Top 10 Best Anime of All Time

Anime is more than just a form of storytelling. It's a way of life for millions of fans who love the unique and captivating style of Japanese animation. Anime has it all: stunning visuals, amazing art, and epic camera effects. It can make you laugh, cry, scream, and cheer. It can transport you to different worlds, introduce you to incredible characters, and challenge you to think deeper. Anime is not just entertainment, it's inspiration.

But among the countless anime series that exist, there are some that stand out from the rest. These are the series that have earned the respect and admiration of fans, critics, and casual viewers alike. These are the series that have set the standards for excellence in animation, storytelling, character development, and music.
The Top Ten
1 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

Best anime ever!
Let's put it in first place!
It's the most amazing anime I've ever seen.

Death Note is an epic, intense masterpiece, an unforgettable adventure. The plot is enthralling, and the characters are realistic and three-dimensional.

One of the very few anime I personally would say is expertly written, Death Note is an intense and immensely entertaining show with an amazing plot (with great pacing). It features interesting characters who have depth beyond just being cool (though they are still cool if that's your thing). The show also has a great OST, appealing art style, practically no fanservice, and is highly accessible to both anime and non-anime fans. I love rewatching this show (and rereading the manga) as it never gets old. I definitely recommend it!

2 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable character virtues such as teamwork, loyalty, and trustworthiness.

You heard it right, Dragon Ball Z haters! No matter how much you hate it, this anime has to be the most popular in our generation. Not only in Japan and the US but in other countries all over the world as well. Just check its Wikipedia page and see how many languages it has been translated into. Most people who got into the anime fandom started with Dragon Ball Z. Some people bash Dragon Ball Z for its long fight scenes that span into several episodes, for characters that move too fast that you don't see them anymore, etc. Some even compare it to newer action titles and say that the new title is better because it has a better story and action scenes. Sure. When it comes to story and action scenes, I don't put Dragon Ball Z as my number one either, but we're talking about the "greatest" here. I try to recall how much I loved it during its time when this new anime doesn't exist yet. How much excitement did it give me back then, and compare that to the excitement this newer anime with better story and fight scenes gives me. I can say that nothing beats Dragon Ball Z in that matter. It was the first of its kind, and the others only followed. Only a few consider Muhammad Ali to be the pound-for-pound best boxer of all time; he's been beaten several times while other fighters retire with their records unblemished. But why is it that everyone considers him "The Greatest"?

3 Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series lasted 220 episodes, while Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, has been airing since... read more

A good storyline, good fights, and, as someone said before, it explains what happened to all the characters, unlike Bleach, where they really forgot about Ashido, Nelliel, and Kuukaku.

I love this anime. In my opinion, Shippuden is better. But this is still good. Naruto is a little overpowered. The female characters are horribly written. But it is still my top 5.

Naruto is the new standard of realistic fantasy!
Exaggeration is minimal.
And there's always an explanation for everything...

4 Attack on Titan Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, apocalyptic setting, and its dramatic story line, and action packed scenes.

It's more than the average Shōnen anime. It's absolutely beautiful. The characters' personality arcs are incredible. The main protagonist goes from a young, determined boy to a mass murderer - a man who just wanted to protect his homeland and for his friends and beloved to achieve true freedom and live long and happy lives as heroes.

It has banger music too, from louder songs like "The Rumbling" and "Shinzou wo Sasageyo", along with more beautiful songs like "Akuma no Ko" and "Red Swan".

This anime is the greatest of all time. It had me on the edge of my seat every single episode. I grew up with Dragon Ball Z and I enjoyed it, but anyone putting it above Attack on Titan simply hasn't watched it, or they are so stuck on nostalgia that they feel they have to be loyal to their childhood show like a bad sports team.

The writing for AoT is god-tier. You notice more and more things every time you rewatch the series, to the point where it's like a new experience. You actually feel the intensity of the fights, and how one simple mistake can lead to death. Even if you do everything perfectly, you can still easily fail and get everyone killed. The show constantly questions our morality and what is right and wrong, without being cheesy.

The character development is so deep, and seeing how certain characters are in the beginning of the show to who they end up becoming both makes perfect sense and surprises you at the same time. If you haven't watched it, you NEED to. Don't just watch episode 1 and then say you will watch more later. "It doesn't matter how strong the opposition is. It doesn't matter how fearsome the world is. It doesn't matter how cruel the world is. Fight!" - Eren

5 One Piece One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 851 episodes to date.

One Piece is the best anime I've watched ever because of its unique story. I'm amazed by the writer who created this story. The imagination is incredible. How did he do this? Huh, thumbs up for this. It delivers to the audience a funny trek and, more than that, a true friendship and dreams occur in this story.

I just can't believe One Piece doesn't at least have the number two spot! One Piece is like the most epic anime I have ever watched (I've seen a lot of anime). Oda Sensei is an amazing storyteller and has kept me interested in One Piece up to the current chapters that now number over 600. Yeah, the art may take a little getting used to, but it gets better along the way. Plus, it's more refreshing because it's different from a lot of other shows. I've got to admit, the characters are awesome, and the fights are just amazing. Anyone who says they don't like One Piece obviously hasn't seen up to Sky Island Arc, Water 7 Arc, Impel Down Arc, Marineford War Arc, Fishmen Island Arc, etc. Seriously, don't let the length of the anime and manga stop you from getting into One Piece because you won't regret a single moment of watching or reading One Piece.

6 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‎ Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.

There is no set best out there. The only reason something is considered better than others is because it speaks more to you and matches your preferences. What I mean to say is that because it was such an anime for me, I consider it the best. This anime was just an eye-opener for me. I didn't watch anime before this one, except for maybe some episodes of Pokemon or Dragon Ball or Beyblade on television, but that's because they were on screen at times when I was free. So when a cousin of mine recommended this to me, I wasn't really expecting much, but boy was I wrong. It was amazing. The storyline, the characters, the fights, the ending. All done with grace and perfection. Even the female cast was fleshed out, and I was so grateful for that because the previous animes had made me skeptical. This anime will forever have a special place in my heart. I love it to bits. It was probably also the reason why I had such a hard time finding good anime afterwards. The fact that I had watched Hunter x Hunter and Gintama after this didn't help either. The struggle to find enjoyable anime like these (AOT fans, it was a good anime but I couldn't invest myself much in it, sorry not sorry) continued for a long time afterwards.

7 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated feature film, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess. The series ended its initial run on March... read more

Fairy Tail is amazing and is my favorite! It should definitely be number one on the list. I wish that this anime would be more recognized. I discovered it by luck, and I love it. I love the bonds everyone shares, and how Lucy won't leave her friends' sides even if it would cost her life. It's perfect. It's sad, dramatic, serious, funny, adventurous, and includes fighting. It's the full package! If you haven't watched this anime yet, I suggest you watch it as soon as possible! It may be an ongoing anime, and it might take you too long to watch all the episodes up to date, but it's definitely worth it!

Fairy Tail deserves a seat in the front row. Seriously, what is it lacking? A good protagonist, an anticipating plot, and action that doesn't eat away at 10 episodes per battle. On top of that, it lives up to its comedy genre.

Most anime have very irritating villains who do evil things purely based on the fact that they're evil. Not all the bad guys in Fairy Tail have a silly purpose like that. There's always a little reason why they take such actions. Not all the enemies are complete psychos or just plain evil.

But anyway, any top 50 anime list should have Fairy Tail somewhere in there. Fairy Tail is marvelous. I absolutely adore this show.

8 Naruto Shippuden Naruto: Shippuden is the ongoing sequel to the original Naruto anime and covers the Naruto manga from volume twenty-eight on. The TV adaptation of Naruto: Shippuden debuted in Japan on February 15, 2007 on TV Tokyo. It is developed by Studio Pierrot and directed by Hayato Date.

In my opinion, Naruto will be the best anime ever, but Naruto Shippuden is what makes it even greater. I think that a lot of good ideas have been used. It's a perfectly executed storyline with amazing characters. SNM!

I think Naruto should be up there. It is part of Naruto, just with a different name, and the story gets 10 times better. It is action-packed, mystery-solving, and has great development to the characters. It should be at least in the top 15.

Naruto Shippuden and Naruto are both incredibly epic anime. They make you cry, laugh, and keep you wanting more and more! I've seen many anime in the past year, and I can honestly say that the Naruto series is the best by far. It shows immense growth throughout the seasons from all characters, and the main characters aren't ridiculously strong characters that never lose, so that makes it realistic. The background on each character is very detailed and well done. Even though it's not the happiest anime ever, that does not make it depressing or boring. This should be down next to Naruto on the list.

9 Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Alchemist is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same name by Hiromu Arakawa. It is about two brothers, Edward Elric and Alphonse Elric, trying to restore their bodies after failing at bringing their mother back to life. It aired in 2003 and was remade as Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood in 2009.

By far the best anime. Anime should not be assessed on how strong the characters are. So far, that's all that has been shown. Fullmetal Alchemist has an amazing plot, with a blend of action and adventure, with emotions. Fullmetal Alchemist is a fairly short anime series (compared to the ones above), yet has sensational character development. It also hurts to see people critiquing this series without watching it, because I can guarantee you that if you see this whole anime, there is no way you can say it is substandard in any way.

Talk about popularity. This anime used to be extremely popular and well-liked. I did a quick search over the internet and found out that this was actually voted as the most liked anime series for 2005 and 2006, and why am I not surprised? Actually, I just saw this anime recently, although I've been hearing about it (it's inevitable), but ignored the hype because I was under the influence of the drug most popularly known as "Rurouni Kenshin" at that time. But after I saw the series, I was like... wow. Great story and a great cast of characters too. If there are series that revolutionized anime, Full Metal Alchemist has to be one of them.

10 Bleach Bleach is a Japanese anime series based on Tite Kubo's manga of the same name. Bleach adapts the first 54 volumes of Tite Kubo's manga series of the same name. In addition, 4 anime-original arcs were broadcast in-between and during the adaptations of original arcs of the manga.

Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student with the ability to see ghosts. The early... read more

Kenpachi could probably kill Chuck Norris, and he hasn't even released his Bankai yet.

Also, Gin and Toshiro are on this show.

Reason enough.

Bleach is Naruto's greatest rival today when it comes to popularity. Whenever you find a Naruto download site, most likely, they also have Bleach download stuff. We can't say for sure if it's more popular compared to its rival or less popular. Based on my observation, I'd say it's less popular. Then you might be asking, "Why is this one notch ahead of Naruto?" Well, I've seen both series, and I like Bleach a lot better. My "anime friend" told me (when I asked him for some recommendations) that he likes strong and prominent main characters. Then I came to realize that I feel the same way. And probably that's the reason why I like Bleach better than Naruto. The strong main character in the series is Kurosaki Ichigo. He's got a team behind him, but he's the one who takes care of the strongest villain. Unlike Uzumaki Naruto, who is at times (or should I say, often) overtaken by Uchiha Sasuke. Also, when it comes to the story, I find Bleach a bit more exciting. Naruto and Bleach are most likely the two most popular anime today, and these two have given more life to anime fandom in this generation. But since I prefer Bleach over Naruto, I put it at number nine!

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The Contenders
11 My Hero Academia

Fantastic anime. There are high highs and low lows, but the highs are so incredibly high and don't cease to blow me away, and happen much more often. MHA certainly deserves its place as one of the most popular anime right now, and although the fandom is interesting, it does not hurt the quality of the series whatsoever. It manages to stay intriguing throughout and certainly knows how to leave you in shock and amazement numerous times. Although it just came out, I would say the first half of Season Six (Paranormal Liberation War) is the most well-done arc in the entire series so far. I highly recommend MHA for anime veterans and newcomers alike.

This needs to be higher. Sure, it can get a little confusing at times, but this character confusion creates the best ships. Oh, and the humor! This anime is really hilarious, and the relationship of Izuku Midoriya and his classmates is just hilarious! Starting off from first crushes to actual relationships and being the best hero, this show takes you on an action-packed adventure of Midoriya's life.

12 Hunter x Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video animations (OVAs) totaling 30 episodes were subsequently produced by Nippon Animation and released... read more

I don't think you get as much character development from any other anime as you do in Hunter x Hunter. Each one that you meet is unique and well-written. Even the side characters are given some amazing roles to play.

The main character is a delight to watch grow throughout the various arcs. I have experienced a major sociological slap from watching some truly heartbreaking and exhilarating scenes.

When the bad guys do good and the good guys do bad, you're twisted with who to root for, who to hate, and who to fear.

The characters, the emotions, the adventure, the puzzles, the battles, the animation, the feels.

This anime honestly deserves more attention as it is seriously underrated. It's pretty unsettling to see overhyped mainstream animes take the spot of ones that really deserve being higher.

Hunter x Hunter is truly a king of an anime, among the best.

Absolutely loved everything about this show! All the characters are unique, well-made, and progress throughout the show (sometimes becoming darker). Gon and Killua make the ultimate team - Gon is strong, positive, and determined, yet can be selfish and naive at times, whereas Killua is more reserved, cunning, and keeps Gon in check. Both of them are seriously inspiring in their own ways. The storylines are amazing, the fight scenes are always engrossing, and the soundtrack is extremely varied and well-made. It's the best anime I've ever seen, but it's also up there with my favorite shows of all time. I think I'm going to watch it all again once I finish this last arc.

13 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. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States on September 8, 1998.

This is not the best anime, although it's up there, but this show has been part of so many people's childhoods (myself included). Pokemon has been embedded in pop culture, and most people know about the show. The storytelling and animation in Pokemon's earlier days were just beautiful and stunning. The Pokemon designs are really well drawn too, and the characters are memorable. People will say this show has declined, which it has. But think of other shows that have been on air as long as Pokemon has; they have declined in quality too, such as The Simpsons, SpongeBob, etc. Overall, Pokemon is consistent and very lovable and entertaining.

The original series featuring Ash, Misty, and Brock was great, the stuff of my childhood. From the first episode right up until the end of the Orange Islands, it was really enjoyable. That being said, the seasons in Johto, Hoenn, and I'm towards the start of Sinnoh now seem to be mostly filler-like episodes, excluding Pokemon catching/evolving episodes, move learning episodes, and important battle/contest episodes. Aside from that, it seems to me like they meet a random person with a Pokemon they haven't seen much, and they never see said person again. I hear that the newer seasons are really good, and I'm excited to see if they improve upon the middle seasons.

14 Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno.

The only reason that DBZ and Naruto are as high up as they are lies in the fact that both are aimed at the younger generations. Anime is perfect for teenagers of any nation to get into. As people grow up, they lose interest in anime, and they develop interests in more mature shows because society deems we grow up. For those of you who looked back and gave older animes a try, you will quickly discover this one needs to be number one. I grew up watching this, and some moments made you laugh, while others made you cry. Still others made your jaw fall off and roll across the floor. The story was masterfully crafted. The characters could be related to on nearly all levels, despite being from a completely different time period. Everything was totally believable while still being fresh. Spike was the quintessential main character. He had his past that you spent most of the series trying to piece together while enjoying the rest of the tale spun for you. Jet was the black dog, the hunter who wouldn't let go, mostly of his past. I always found it cool that they didn't overdo the presence of his cybernetic arm with stupid abilities. Faye was the woman of their crew. Smart, sexy, and probably too smart for her own good. She was for a bit, one of the causes of their trouble, but just as often, the solution to other unrelated trouble. Ed was the clearly insane genius of the lot. A mere child, yet she hacked computer networks like it was as simple as breathing. Finally, last, and yet totally not least, the smartest member of their crew, and the hairiest, was Ein... The dog. Genetically engineered to be smarter than normal, the dog somehow accidentally became a member of their crew and just ended up sticking around, managing to occasionally point them in the right direction without being too obvious about it. Can't have a dog making his "masters" look dumb. Some would say it's not a "true anime," but I couldn't care less what country made it. Cowboy Bebop is among the greatest... more

15 Dragon Ball Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.

I didn't like Dragon Ball Z as much because the heroes never really lost. Also, when Goku set the bar, becoming a Super Saiyan, I thought it was cool and all, but after Gohan became SSJ2 and the series progressed, there really was no limit to any of the characters' strength, and that annoyed me. In Dragon Ball, the characters were very much balanced, and even when nearing the end of the series where Goku had improved greatly under Kami's guidance, the characters were still fairly balanced.

Are the characters balanced? Goku was the one who was overpowered, the only one saving everybody, and he was only defeated in the World Martial Arts Tournament (until Piccolo Jr., that is). In Dragon Ball Z, he at least died. In DBZ, at least in the beginning, there was more help from Piccolo, Krillin, and his son. Even in the beginning of Dragon Ball, Goku was the one solving most of the fighting problems and saving his friends.

There is some humor in DBZ, it just wasn't mostly inappropriate like in Dragon Ball.

Do we get Goku's past in Dragon Ball? We get more of it in DBZ, plus more about his planet and his family. And we learn more about Kami/Piccolo too!

Both series are about equal. Dragon Ball was more adventure, sure, but other than that, they are both good.

16 Sword Art Online Sword Art Online is a series of Japanese light novels written by Reki Kawahara and illustrated by abec. In 2012, it received an anime adaptation produced by A-1 Pictures and the SAO Project, and is directed by Tomohiko Ito . The first season is divided into two arcs known as "Aincrad" and "Fairy Dance". It has also received a second season, titled Sword Art Online II.

After finishing The Irregular at Magic High School (it is merely decent at best), I can finally conclude that Sword Art Online is much better than The Irregular at Magic High School. I know the two anime are usually compared often, but I feel that Sword Art Online was more enjoyable of the two. Now I wouldn't really say it's on the level of well-written like, say, Fate/Zero, but for me, I think Sword Art Online is supposed to be an anime where you enjoy watching it rather than setting high standards for it. If you just watch it for the enjoyment of the anime, you'll like the anime more than when you just watch it for expectations.

Sword Art Online is one of the best anime out there right now. If I were only able to watch one anime in my whole life, I would pick SAO because the story is so gripping and serious. Basically, people in the year 2022 play a virtual game and they get trapped there by the creator of the game. They cannot leave until they finish all 100 levels of the game. If people in real life try to take off their gaming helmets, they will die. If they die in the game, they will die in real life. Will they make it out? Who will survive? I'm not gonna say any more to spoil it because you simply must watch! Edge of my seat! So dramatic! It has romance too!

17 Code Geass Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.

There is no equal to this series! I know DBZ was great, and I loved it more than anyone. However, that was before I watched this. To add the intelligence this series brought along with the added morals and high-quality plot, it truly made this a masterpiece! There has never been a greater ending to a series. Code Geass is unrivaled. Every character had meaning in this magnificent story. There was never a dull moment as the show always kept you on your feet and made you second guess yourself. I never thought I'd see a show as great as this one. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly advise you to make it a top priority to watch this show!

It was everything Death Note was, except even smarter. It always kept you guessing, and you never knew what was going to happen. It was so great I cried at the end because how could it be over? It was a ride that I never wanted to get off. It is hands down my favorite anime.

18 Soul Eater Soul Eater is an anime series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo, which adapts the Soul Eater manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ohkubo.

This is the most amazing anime/manga ever created! The animation/drawing style is so unique and lovely. The characters are developed very well. The setting it's in (Death City) is wonderful and dark. The fighting scenes are amazing and beautifully animated. The plot, though, is the best bit. It's obviously been thought out carefully.

There are sad meaningful episodes and then there are the lighthearted fun episodes.

Anyway.

If you haven't seen Soul Eater, you must watch it. NOW. Though the first few episodes aren't as good as the rest, it won't take long for you to get hooked...

Agreed. The best anime/manga ever created. I also agree that you have to watch the first three episodes before you judge! They're just introductions, people! I just finished this anime some time ago. The ending made me cry. All the characters change and become better than they were before... To watch them grow is amazing. There are amazing fight scenes and amazing friendship scenes (episode 33). This anime has friendships, life lessons, self-sacrifice, loyalty, secrets, tragedy, magic, technology, and symmetry... But not Uncle Bob's Rumba (Soul Eater joke) Coffee. I'm talking for Death the Kid when I say, "You better vote for this you asymmetrical bastard!" (Also Soul Eater joke).

19 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 martial arts, known as "bending". This show is often seen as one of the greatest cartoons of all time... read more

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 storyline. 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 taught me to work hard, that nothing good ever comes from not trying. And it taught me to be free, to experience the world not just as the place where you survive but where you lead a life, where you can be happy.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is #1. The fight scenes are gorgeously executed and well-researched. The comic relief is actually funny, and you find yourself in fits of laughter more often than you'd think for such a serious plot. The characters are tangible, breathable, real people that you can't help but root for, even if they're the antagonist.

There are plot twists and loss, life-long advice, and unbelievable sadness.

There is no better show in any country, in any language, on any planet than Avatar: The Last Airbender.

20 Ouran High School Host Club Ouran High School Host Club is a manga series by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. The manga has been adapted into a series of audio dramas, an animated television series directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, a Japanese television drama series, a live action film adaptation and a visual novel by Idea Factory.

I have almost watched the series straight through twice now since February 2014 and it's only April. I watched select episodes over 5 times each, I'm guessing, and I really enjoy watching this series. I will probably continue to watch it as the months go by despite the shortness of the series. I wish there had been more episodes because I completed it in about 2 or 3 days when I first got into it, but I can't control what BONES does (or whoever controls that) and am grateful to have been able to witness the beauty and comedy this series has to offer. My favorite characters are Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin, those handsome and very close twin brothers, but I loved everyone in the Host Club. I can't believe that I denied watching this series about 7 years ago now, and I am so glad I changed my mind and decided to check it out.

This was (and remains) the best anime I have ever seen. No matter how many other anime I watch and get attached to, it's not long before I end up even more hooked on this one. All of the characters (including ones that were only in it for one or two episodes) were fully developed and had perfect ways of showing it. It definitely deserves to be in a higher place on this list.

The only real flaw I can see in this anime is that it's too short! I would give almost anything to see them make a second season, just to see more of the hilarious dilemmas these characters get themselves into!

21 Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures. It premiered in October, 2008. It was based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. The series follows Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old Earl of Phantomhive serving as the Queen's Watchdog. He is tasked with solving crimes in the underworld of Victorian-era London. Ciel has formed a contract... read more

Good story and plot, but the thing that made me love this series to death were the characters. Especially the main characters, Ciel is an adult in an adorable child's body (which I can often relate to), and Sebastian is just too handsome and cunning for his own good. Their rather cold personalities are (as far as I know) quite refreshing in the more mainstream anime. The combination of detective stories, comedy, and action was near perfect, though Grell takes the cake for the comedy for me personally.

I found the second season not nearly as good, and the end was AGGRAVATING. No, seriously. Stupid wish.

It is truly one of the best anime shows out there, although it may not be for everybody. It is full of mystery and is about young Master Ciel Phantomhive, who makes a contract with the demon Sebastian Michaelis, becoming his "black butler," as you may say. Sebastian stays by Ciel's side like a shadow, always there when needed, although they may encounter quite a few difficulties which is up to you to find out. The contract ends once Ciel takes revenge on his parents. I recommend this for a more mature audience if you consider watching it, though. And I guarantee you that Sebastian is "merely one hell of a butler."

22 Future Diary Future Diary is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Sakae Esuno. The plot surrounds a battle royale in which each combatant has a diary with entries from the future. The manga was serialized in the Kadokawa Shoten's Shōnen Ace between January 2006 and December 2010.

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 that 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 another direction I can't even count. The show keeps you guessing at every turn.

The payoff from the last few episodes is absolutely immense. You feel so many emotions, and you are just so emotionally invested in the characters that you simply can't stop marathoning episodes until the whole thing is over. I can satisfyingly say that the understanding of the full meaning of many things in the show cannot be fully comprehended until the very last moment: everything builds to that final understanding.

I cannot overstate just how amazing this series is. Like Steins. Gate, this is one of the few anime series that I can recommend you watch the English dub for: it is very well done, emotion-packed, and the voice acting is never jarring or seemingly out of place. If you enjoyed any combination of Death Note, Steins. Gate, and Code Geass, then you'll be absolutely enthralled by this. Do yourself a favor and take the time to watch through The Future Diary (Mirai Nikki) as soon as... more

23 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.

Wow, absolutely wow! This anime has to be the best anime I have ever seen. I love the characters, and I could really relate to them. The story that I could relate to the most was Yuri's story. I could relate because, like her, I have two little sisters and a brother. She really is a great example of a fantastic leader despite what had happened to her. She proved that no matter what hardships you go through, you can find peace. Then there is Yuzuru. He taught me that you always have something to live for. Even when you think that your purpose for living is lost, there will always be one. Then Kanade. She taught me to never judge a book by its cover. Kanade was always so lonely only because she wanted people to have a normal youth. And yet, everyone fought against her and wanted to hurt her. The thing I noticed about Kanade is that she only used her powers for defense. She was so delicate and never wanted to hurt anyone. Out of all the characters, I see a lot of myself in Kanade.

24 Yu Yu Hakusho Yu Yu Hakusho is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. An anime adaptation consisting of 112 television episodes was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan's Fuji TV network from October 10, 1992 to December 17, 1994.

I used to watch this in the days of Toonami, when the best part about being a kid was fantasy worlds like Nintendo's and stuff. This show stands out because it is deep despite its brevity. It makes me question things about my life and where I'm going. It inspires me to be noble and masterful. I cried watching this show more than any other. It cuts to the heart. It can be hilarious like no other, philosophical like no other, romantic like no other, intriguing like no other, and epic like no other. I have Ghost Files on DVDs, and they are my greatest treasures. I thank God for the creators of Yu Yu Hakusho!

If you loved DB and DBZ but felt you needed more comedy, faster action scenes, and watching two lovable idiots bicker while everyone else hangs their head in shame, then this is the anime for you. It has some of the most detailed action scenes of any anime I have seen. The theme music is some of the best and the most catchy. The fight scenes average 1.5 episodes per battle (much faster than DBZ, no offense). It also pulls you in with the feels! SO MANY FEELS! It starts right in episode one, and it will pull you in. How do I know this? Well, one of my friends only watches animes that are 25 episodes or less. I told him to humor me and watch the first episode with me. He agreed to do so, and once the episode was over, he looked at me with a tear down his face and yelled, "F YOU!" He has now watched the entire anime 3x over. Another friend has only watched 3 medium-short animes and loves this show to death. He's currently on Ep. 56. Another notable thing about this show is that it can be digested in bits and doesn't make you feel like it is dragging on too much. All in all, an amazing anime to binge again and again.

25 InuYasha InuYasha is a manga franchise created by Rumiko Takahashi. It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV in Japan from October 16, 2000 until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing five years later on October 3, 2009 to cover the rest of the manga series and ended on March 29,... read more

Inuyasha was one of the first anime I ever watched. I used to look forward to each new episode. My life wouldn't be as exciting without this anime to look forward to each weekend. I'm glad this anime exists. I like how cool the character designs look.

The anime was one of the more action-oriented anime. There was a fight scene in pretty much every episode. Even most Shonen Jump anime has to take some episodes away from the action, but Inuyasha was always guaranteed to deliver an action-packed adventure.

The way they always traveled all over feudal Japan made the world of Inuyasha feel like they could go anywhere. I can't think of any anime that gave the sense of exploration as Inuyasha.

I watched almost all the episodes with the whole family. I'm glad Inuyasha is one of the things that can connect people together because of adventure, romance, and action.

Inuyasha is one of the popular "first anime" that people typically watch, which eventually motivates them to become a full-blown anime fan. In this case, I'm not surprised. Inuyasha is a story full of emotion and is ranked high on my list of favorite anime. It isn't a typical "shounen" anime, and it isn't obsessed with having fight scenes that last 5 episodes long.

The characters are human (well, even though some of them are demons), and they aren't heartless moving pictures with voices. Speaking of which, I recommend the dub (I'm typically a sub person, though).

All in all, it is a thoroughly enjoyable anime. While some people may not like the somewhat slow pace akin to that of a shounen anime, I recommend Inuyasha wholeheartedly.

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