Greatest Anime of All Time

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21 Black Butler Black Butler

This is the best anime ever. The story goes with a young boy who made a contract with a demos Sebastian Michaelis in order to take a revenge on the death of his parents. Combined Comedy, action, and detective stories. And you must try it.

Black Butler is just amazing. Every character is different, and you get to really understand every single one, and why they are good or evil. (or in between! ) The plot itself is very complex, and it will keep you guessing until the very end. Black Butler is truly a masterpiece.

All the characters, every single one of them is developed with such skill, the plot will always keep you going and the perfection of this. One amazing anime/manga!

It's the best. Period.

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22 Clannad Clannad

Dude, this will make real man cry, good luck resisting not to cry. This should be at the TOP.

Makes men cry and women cry more. And cry. And cry again. Top quality storylines and creative art

Clannad and Clannad After Story. I have never been more emotionally invested than in this anime. It's sad to see this down at 49. I have seen all types of anime. I used to think of myself as an action-packed anime buff... But having seen this beautiful masterpiece... Words cannot describe the happiness and sadness that this anime has imparted into me. If you're looking for an anime to really mess with your emotions... If you're looking for many tears (on many different episodes even! ) then this anime is THE BEST IN EXISTENCE.

Your heart is constantly being ripped apart and mended back together by the tragedy and romance. Just wait till the after story

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23 Future Diary Future Diary

I have seen a wide variety of animes, and this was my favorite (although it wasn't far ahead of some other anime). Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) deserves to be higher up on the list. You can never predict what will happen, and it consists of all sorts of elements inlcuding violence, action, romance, comedy, and mystery. No matter how hard you try to think of what will happen in the end, you will probably never guess what happens. This is the only anime I've ever cried in! That's pretty big for me since I come off as a generally stoic person. 10/10!

This is a great anime I think it should be higher up because the storyline is great and the girl is insane

After having Steins; Gate and Code Geass tied as my top-favorite series of all time, I never expected to ever watch an anime again that managed to outrank either of the two. Imagine my surprise when by a random fluke some anime that I had never heard of that looked like some cringey cash-in on the initial mobile-phone craze entered into my radar and managed to gradually become my favorite series of all time, managing to safely beat out both Steins; Gate and Code Geass, two series which were both so very good that I couldn't decide between them for years.

This anime is great in so very many ways. From the very second episode, at the very least, you just KNOW that something big is up in the story and continuously reform your speculation of just what that something could be with every subsequent episode, the plot managing to keep releasing little insights every episode. In addition, the sheer number of times I expected the show to go one direction and it pulled a 180 and went in ...more

This is one of Awesome anime I ever saw

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24 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

Misty has never kissed Ash.
Anyway, Pokemon is a groundbreakingly good anime. 700 episodes and 13 movies and still standing strong

Why is Pokemon 15th place?! It extremely entertaining to watch, and it is a awesome kids show, and all of their Anime's are so good to watch.

On worst this is #2... SCREW THEM! Pokemon is so awesome! But too many shows copied off it...

A masterpiece that will go on for years from ash getting a pikachu and ash becoming a Pokemon master truly a great anime and can't wait for the live action film

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25 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate

This should be #1 on the entire list! Anime News Network did a poll and then rated it themselves on the best animes of all time, and this came out as #1! It has an amazing plot that is unexpected at every turn and will keep you until 3 o' clock in the morning, because you can't resist watching the next episode! The characters were all great, the plot was the best that I have ever seen. One of the characters is based off of a true story! It is just plain amazing!

This is a slow but mind blowing anime. This should be in top 30 or so.

The character development is very great and as the anime progresses the true twists and turns can be known and in the end there is a mind blowing twist which lifts the anime and makes it one of the best.

So I highly recommend it.

P. S: Anime is is best for those who are searching for a plot driven story

Brilliant anime loved every bit of it. Loved all of the characters especially okarin and his laugh

Just Epic. Best plot/characters I ever seen

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26 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese ...read more.

I do like to watch a lot of anime and I know that a lot of people dislike Avatar because it's American, or the movie sucked or whatever, but the show is awesome it doesn't drag on for a million seasons like some of the upper contenders do and it still manages to make a great storyline with a lot of great wonderful characters. AVATAR ALL THE WAY!

A truly FLAWLESS ANIME! Great story, Epic action, comedy and a good ending. It deserves a spot in the top 3 at the very least.

Avatar is on its own level. It's not just another pointless, plotless story that has a few giggles and kisses to keep you interested, it has a real, powerful, heart-wrenching, intense yet oh so carefully soft story line. The characters feel so real it's as if they could really breathe... The voice acting is superb, every tear, fight and laugh sounds so realistic it's almost Unreal. The paths the characters follow are so twisted... with so many chances to take a wrong turn. And the best part? They do. They're humans. They make mistakes and feel the grief and self-loathing associated with their decisions. They fight for what they believe in, every single character will.

Avatar is not just another anime. It has a real-world feel to it... Their world faces the same problems that ours does, just with bending involved.

As a kid, it taught me to respect peace, not to look for a fight, or a war. It taught me to fight for what's right, even if I find out later I was wrong. It ...more

Avatar isn't an anime Corry in the house is an anime

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27 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because ...read more.

I love Yu-Gi-Oh! It annoys me that so many hates it. Most people has only seen the 4Kids version and then thinks: ", this show sucks! It's just a little kiddie show.. " or something like that. Yu-Gi-Oh! Is so much more! Personally I prefer the Japanese version. I just love Shunsuke Kazama! His voice as Yugi/Yami was so awesome! And Shinkichi Mitsumune's Soundtrack! And the original unchanged storyline by Kazuki Takahashi! Many people thinks Yu-Gi-Oh! Is just an anime about a card game. I must say if that's what you think, then you don't even know what Yu-Gi-Oh! Is.. Sure the card game is important, but there are so many more things in Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh has tons of great relationships, great character development, no stupid fillers that makes no sense and so much more! I highly recommend anyone to watch all the episodes of this show! Yu-Gi-Oh! Is my favorite anime of all time!

I love yu-gi-oh, why is it #17?! I mean, the storyline may be a little long, but it's not boring or anything. The story actually has some depth, unlike animes like Pokemon, Pokemon currently has over 720 episodes and still airing... That series is becoming monotone~ But yu-gi-oh is awesome, I've liked it for 2 years and still going strong

This show is amazing - Pokemon shouldn't even be in the top 10. Although the original series was definitely the best, each new one had something cool to add to both the game and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Universe. As for the original YGO, the character development was amazing, and it showed how truly in-depth a character can become in 5 seasons. The plot was awesome, and even though each new series gets progressively more and more about merchandising, YGO will always be one of my favorite anime.

I personally love the story arc of yugioh! I think every series is unique in some way! Plus, we've Got the abridged series, which always made me laugh with the memes! And no, it's not a rip off of any anime! Some say that it's a rip off of Pokemon, but Pokemon has noting to do with playing card games! I think they should do something to change Pokemon, maybe like the protagonist. Give them different personalities or something! I also like the fact that yugioh is more dark and mature, although people who haven't watched it kept saying it's childish.

An other reason for like it is that I like the character designs. Although you can see that they can get quite crazy sometimes (the protagonist's hair and the rival's coat -- specifically kaiba, chazz, jack and kite's coat, doesn't have gravity! although that's what makes them look cool...) they still look good.

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28 Clannad After Story Clannad After Story

I'm am male, 21yo and I was depressed as hell at that time. Before watching this anime I haven't cried for over 5 years. But during this anime my depression went away and I cried like a little girl. This anime has happy parts and sad parts. I actually became a better person after I watched it. Because this anime made me sit down and think for a while. Okazaki just represented me, he acted like me, used the same humor like me, skipped school a lot like me, hell he even looked like me, he had problems with his dad like me.

Hell I'll never forget this anime...

This deserves to be higher than 40. It's one of the very few animes where anyone can relate to the story.

Honestly yes, I'm one of those people who cried out at some parts.

It's just sad how the characters struggle and then touching when they fix their lives and endings. This anime is not aiming to be sad. It is, but it is still more TOUCHING. That's the key factor on why the characters are so sympathyzable. Their back-stories and how they help each other to end their suffering. Truly one of the best I've seen so far.

A site like myanimelist places this in its list of top 10 and here we have people voting for other irrelevant stuff. Clannad AS is the most beautiful anime ever...period...

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29 Trigun Trigun

A future where everyone carries a gun, the universe's most powerful gunman, however, he's an idiot, vash the stampede is a legend

Probably one of the top 15 Anime ever made, although simplistic at times, it is definitely a very emotional anime, especially towards the end of it. Death, Compassion, the will to go on in a barren planet, It shows some of humanity's worst and best side, a 'must watch' if you like anime.

Vash is my favorite character of any anime. The show is worth it just to watch him and wolfwood together.

Vash the stampede is a legend

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30 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is an anime series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It was also directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by veteran playwright Kazuki Nakashima.

Gurren Lagann... Gurren Lagann is inspiring. It doesn't have an overly complicated plot, and it doesn't try to leave it's viewers wondering about it's philosophical implications. It's a simple robot anime... Right?

Not even close. You see, one misconception I've found is that people like Gurren Lagann for it's sheer over-the-top action. This is often helped along by the Kamina fans who will shout out in capital letters WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM! And proclaim that he's the manliest thing ever, and that Gurren Lagann is the anime that will pierce the heavens, and talk about how EPIC and BADASS the final fight was.

That's... Well, I can see the appeal. But Gurren Lagann isn't really about mechas. You see, Gurren Lagann's strength isn't the fight scenes (though they are quite exciting), or in the plot. It's about the characters. At it's very heart and soul, Gurren Lagann is the tale of Simon, a boy who becomes a man. It's about an orphan who's good for nothing, and yet ...more

I've been putting off watching this anime for a while... Started it this morning in the background as I did other stuff. After the first few episodes, I had stopped doing everything else. I just finished the entire show in one go... And I have no words. Shed manly tears numerous times (especially on the final episodes). I enjoyed bleach, loved death note (minus the end), and can't wait for the attack on titan to have new episodes... But none of them ever made me feel the way this show made me feel. It may be the greatest thing I've ever watched. The OST has replaced everything else in my workout playlist... Nothing else could make me feel this determined. Hell, I think I'm gonna go for a run now. I only found this list looking for more stuff like Gurren Lagann... And there is nothing that can compare.

I accidentally tripped upon this gem while searching YouTube one day, and finding a review on it. I'm not the hugest anime fan (I'm more of a Video Game fanatic), but this has easily become my favorite show/anime of all-time. This even rivals in comparison to my favorite Video Games (The Metal Gear series and Mother/Earthbound series). The story is touching, the music is amazing, the characters are over-the-top, and the action is simply EPIC. I highly recommend this series. Go watch it if you haven't already ;D

I want to believe

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31 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

WAY better than some of the ones in the top ten. This one is way more mature than DBZ or One Piece. The art style is way cooler too.

Definitely belongs in the top 7 at least! An amazing anime with a great balance of ACTION, COMEDY and DEPTH. Very realistic historical and very enjoyable at different levels for all audiences. A MUST WATCH!

My favorite Anime of all times. It has great characters, storyline, music/theme songs, and style, THE BEST! And Kenshin Himura is the best hero of all anime/manga!

The most emotional and immersive anime I ever saw. It is in my top 3 anime of all time and deserves respect. How sad people only watch naruto and fairy tale skip this only because its older.

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32 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied

Pretty much the best anime I've seen. It has a very deep and partly disturbing storyline. I don't think I'll ever forget this anime's story line.

Its not suitable for children for pretty much every reason and it goes well beyond your average R rating.

Its sweet but by far one of the best in terms of story
This gripping story will literally make you cry in places but makes up for it with its comical parts!
Quite literally one of the most creative anime out there

I really love the story line of this anime. If you look into it there is a deep meaning in the story. It is about trust and friendship. I hope they made it longer and make the ending more satisfying at it is. But overall it is the best.

Just finished it today, and I have two words for it: Very Amazing.
One of the best animes I've seen so far. - NuMetal

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33 Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

I would Agree w/ you
It's super awesome and I really2x love it For me it's top 1
Please watch and the story is about
The life of a young boy named Tsunayoshi Sawada, who finds out that he is next in line to become the boss of the most powerful Mafia organization called Vongola, the Vongola Family. As such, the Vongola's most powerful hitman, a gun-toting infant named Reborn, is sent to tutor "Tsuna" on how to become a respectable boss.

Katekyou Hitman Reborn is a story about friendship and how strong it is I really loved it so much

Love everything about it!.. the plot.. character.. mixture of the genres... coolness! Major2x.. one of a kind

If you haven't seen the anime, your not a real otaku.

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34 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.

This is not my #1 favorite anime, but I think it's the best one on this list! Deserves its place in any top 10 or top 20 anime series list. It's unusual in that the characters are not really likeable heroes in the classic sense. One of the things that strikes me about it is how much more empathy I had for all of the characters as an adult compared to when I watched it as a teen- when I was younger I didn't feel particularly connected with most of them, and felt very dismissive of certain characters due to their personalities and portrayals (eg Asuka's abusive behavior and attitude was pretty off-putting to me, while Shinji seemed 'whiny', Rei was 'wooden') that, now since getting older seem a lot more human to me. I think sometimes you have to overcome or understand your own issues better before getting to like a series like this and it's characters, growing out of fantasizing about who you'd like to be or who you think you'd be (powerful, competent, cool, in control, super-heroic) ...more

What can I say, my favorite anime used to be deathnote because the psychological struggle, symbolism, and in-depth characters... Then I saw Neon Genesis Evangelion... Blew me away completely. For starters the characters are some of the most developed I've seen especially when you consider the story length isn't all that long. The story shines with complete originality along (angels coming to destroy earth and mankind using all it's resources to defeat them to control their own fates) with it's whole cast of interesting and diverse personalities (my favorite being Asuka, the red headed spitfire who pilots ever Unit 2, she's absolutely hilarious). The music is great... And the placement of each seperate tune is very choice. So much diversity even in the soundtrack... From some of the most happy sounding tunes (such as Misato or Asuka Strikes) to the most heartbreaking (I mean you Thanatos... Or even Kom Susser Tod! ). I don't know what else I can say about this show besides I fell in ...more

The series of evangelion is very complicated. It happens in the future when robots like usually seen in gundam series is being used to destroy their enemies. The pilots are called child Rei Ayanami, Asuka Soryu and Shinji Ikari being the 1st, 2nd and 3rd child. Being popular here is not guarantee that anime is the best but it is more appealing to more readers and viewers. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but beware of controversial scenes that are not suitable for minors - ronluna

It's definitely not for everyone and you probably need clinical depression or be a nihilist to really enjoy the series, but if you do, it'll be better than anything you've ever seen.

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35 Berserk Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.

You have got to be kidding me 139?!? Berserk is easily in my top 3 of ALL time.

You have no idea what you are missing out on folks if you have never heard of or seen Berserk, just YouTube search it, it's unreal! Even better read the Manga, and also 3 movies will be out in 2012!

The Anime Is Pretty Damn good. It has a great story line, its short with no fillers what so ever, The English dubs are done pretty damn well and there are plenty of epic gorey battles. The manga is 10 times better than the anime with epic demon battles, Huge ass sword that's around 7-8 foot, More gore and Darker. This is my number one anime and manga. I suggest you watch it and read it!

I've checked so many mangas in my life (from "Hokuto no Ken" to "Sakura card captor)... Berserk is the only series (including "real life" T.V. shows) that I've seen and seen again at least 10 times!
Berserk is absolutely not a grotesque manga focused on gore scenes and nudity (as written almost everywhere), but as said in the beginning of each episode, it philosophically focuses itself in the question of humanity, existence of God and the complex principle of karma (the "destiny", in Indian philosophies like Buddhism)!
For instance, every act of violence ordered (naively? ) by the young and deeply charismatic army leader Griffith in and out the battle fields, all along the years, will have incredible serious consequences in the final episodes, for him, and most of all for his poor "friends".

Really this manga is full of serious dialogues (i.D. they are teens, but they talk like normal to very instructed adults) mixed with great action scenes and very intelligent ...more

No words can describe how much incredible is Berserk, go watch then thank me later!

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36 Fruits Basket Fruits Basket

A beautiful story that had me in tears on more than one occasion. As an avid fan of stories featuring or concerning the zodiacs, this is definitely at the top (Fairy Tail a close second with Lucy and her zodiac keys). The characters are engaging, the voice-acting in the anime (Japanese, and surprisingly, English) is enriching and perfectly matched to the characters, and the adventure the manga takes you on is simply riveting. The only reason I can think why Fruits Basket is currently so low on this list is because not many people have been exposed to it. I implore all anime and manga lovers to give Fruits Basket a chance. Friendship, love, heartache, heartbreak, comedy, drama... Fruits Basket has it all. 10/10

Fruits basket was amazing. It had animals, romance and humor. It's also entertaining for all ages. I think they could of made it a bit longer though for me twenty-six episodes wasn't enough.

Fruits Basket has struck a chord within me. You can really relate anything with it. I was so into it, it make me cry for so many reasons. It's emotional, funny, dark, serious and so many more. The manga is so touching.

The Manga is better

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37 Spirited Away

Spirited Away is a captivating masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki. It has great art and the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi is simply superb. The innocence of Chihiro at the start and how she develops into a more mature person as she fights for the people she loves. Another great aspect to it is that the main antagonist isn't shown to be evil. She does good things as well as bad which I believe is great.

Overall Spirited Away is a must watch movie and is better than crap like Naruto.

Spirited Away is something I watch every few months. It has loads of innocence in it and while the character growth isn't obvious, it has an inner quality that really touches me.

I truly adore spirited away, I have ever since I was a small girl! To saying I've watched it a hundred times is a great under statment! Please whenever you get the chance watch this anime!

Naruto is garbage. It is just better than trash like Steven Universe.

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38 Case Closed AKA Detective Conan

Detective conan is the best anime for me. It's just the only that can make a viewer also think what is the true motive of the culprit or how/what method did he use kill the victim. Conan is still running and I hope that it will not end.

It has more than 600 episodes, 15 movies, OVAS, SPECIALS, LIVE ACTIONS, in which totally prove that many fanatics are still watching for this anime.

If you are to connect all episodes to one it's not very good. But each episodes individually are great and the way each character was shaped and molded... totally awesome... although I don't want it to end yet I so wanna know the ending

I really love this anime so much now! I remember when I first watched it back in 2010 on Adult Swim and I was about 8 then. For some reason, I liked it even if I didn't know what it was about. Anyway, now I do know what it's about, and I like about every single episode. I don't think there's just one episode you could hate since most of them has to do with Conan trying to crack a case. What I love the most about this series is that you could try to solve the mystery before Conan can, even though there's a likely chance that you won't, but they give you hints after the end of each episode so you'd get a small visual. People needs to give more respect to this anime in America like the Japanese do in Japan! I mean there should be NO POSSIBLE WAY that you could hate Shinichi/Conan! I guess the reason why they canceled this anime in America is because of low ratings, due to people thinking it's "too old", or that Funimation made the mistake of airing it late at night or it could ...more

I just love this anime... I love conan, ai, ran-all the the characters (except kogorou😂)... but this anime made my chilhood awesome... and I watch it nowadays too and never gonna stop watch

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39 Maid Sama!

If you love romance/comedy anime you should really watch this! It has many romantic parts and a lot of funny scenes. This is the first anime I really got addicted to. I like the manga more than the anime 'cause it has many more "killigg" and funny parts. By the way, this is my 1ST FAVORITE anime and manga. Please. Try to watch it, 'cause you'll never regret watching it,
TRUST ME!

Cutest drama ever! I recommend watching this if you like cute annoying guys or if you like tough acting girls! Heheh!

All the characters here are cute and also I like Misaki's braveness and boyish character which is not completely boyish

I loved this one, and I'm extremely picky about my anime!

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40 Tokyo Ghoul Tokyo Ghoul

The most unpredictable and awesome anime I have ever seen. The fighting scene is powerful and the plot is not too fast. This anime take our eye off the good side of us and show us 'it is okay to be hurt than to hurt others'. The most epic anime I had ever seen

This Anime is amazing it shocks me that I can't find it on this list! It could possibly be the greatest anime I have ever watched, the Art style is gorgeous, the plot is amazing and the characters are awesome!

The greatest anime I have ever watched. Never have I been more invested in a show than Tokyo Ghoul, with a superb story and intricate characters. Outstanding and completely amazing.

This anime should be in the top 10. Its amazing. I'm just sad they didn't expand some side story lines. I wish there was more

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