Greatest Anime of All Time

Anime refers to animation originating from Japan, characterized by a unique art style that emphasizes artistic detail and camera effects. Anime include television series, films, OVAs, and web series. This is a list of the top 10 greatest anime ever, which may include critically acclaimed classics, top rated series, and international sensations.
The Top Ten
1 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama 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 the most amazing anime I've ever seen.

The only reason why I vote Death Note is due to the plot. I don't particularly like any of the characters in this anime, but I do think their personalities and characteristics are interesting which makes the show interesting. If this was "rate your most favorite anime" then this anime won't make the cut, but I have to admit that it is a master piece and not many other anime can top it in complexity and uniqueness.

The best freaking anime ever! The whole anime it's self is so mysterious and amazing!
The characters are all so uniquely made and created you can't just have only one favorite character! The story line is pressuring and thrilling, Because you never know what may happen thought the series and after watching one episode you practically binge watch the series because want to find out what happens one episode after another. Without extreme gore, horror and suspense this anime is just chilling even just by a notebook being used.

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

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 more.

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 generations. Not only in Japan and the US but in other countries all over the world as well. Just check it's 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 it's 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 got better story and action scenes. Sure. When it comes to story and action scenes, I don't put Dragon Ball Z on my number one either but were talking "greatest" here. I try to recall how much I loved it during it's time when this new anime doesn't exist yet. How much excitement did it gave me back then and compare that to the excitement this newer anime with better story ...more

Dragon Ball z is the best. Is the father of all manga anime. If Dragon ball z wasn't exist Naruto and the others also wasn't exist. The nine tails fox is a copy by the giant monkey from Dragon Ball z.

No show reinvented a genre like DBZ. They showed that fast paced action was awesome. But, its best aspect was its characters which were awesome. They fought from Radditz all the way to Omega Shenron. Best series ever and a memory of my childhood

The classic anime from which many people started their journey through anime world. It has great story and interesting world building, definitely worth watching

3 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, more.

I LOVE this anime! I have watched it through sub and dub series 1-4 AT LEAST TWICE! I love this so much as the story plot and characters is planned out so well that you never know what is going to happen next! I first watched it with my sister and it is so action packed that we had to to a 3 second memorial for each character when they die. I LOVE this it is my favourite and I truly recommend watching the anime but also reading the manga as the art is so beautiful. CAn't WAIT FOR SERIES 5!

Best action show I've ever seen in my life, not kidding. The animation is genuinely stunning, I love the realistic look of the characters and the horrifying look of the titans (they seriously made them look like nightmare fuel). The plot is engaging and the pacing is slow but not so slow that it is boring, just slow enough that you can process everything that is happening. I love the realistic feeling of the characters, the internal conflict of characters feels very real. I like that they even give short lived side characters good internal conflict. No one feels overpowered when they fight titans, those who are good are obviously good and feel genuine which a refreshing take saying that so many characters are overpowered in some animes. It gives actual suspense since they aren't scared to kill off lots of characters and every time they fight, you're worried that your favourite character will die. This show also feels very mature, like I would show this to people and not feel ...more

Best anime for me. In the first time, I think it's just a basic shonen manga, that the main character will fight the villain Boss( Colossal Titan, Armored Titan,...). But now I can't imagine manga is getting darker and Eren become the anti-hero( what). The character development, plots, songs, soundtracks,... I can't I can't criticize. I don't know stand 104th and scouts or yeagerist, but that makes me feel excited. The thing I also like from this anime is women aren't sexualized, uniform is not skirt or short( like others anime I watched before). Thank you, Isayama and WIT,MAPPA studios.

I'm not really, into anime. Never have been, it's just not my thing. But when I saw this I had a complete change of heart. HOLY COW! My mind was blown from the first episode all the way to the end! This show does not simply exceed anime standards, but completely dominates as a show. The characters are relatable (to a degree), the story is mind-blowing, the animation is something you see once in a decade, and the music, you could listen to that alone and get hooked on the show. Bear in mind that this anime is not for the squeamish or faint-of-heart, it is very dark, depressing, bloody, and violent. Seriously, if you are not into anime but want to give it a try, Attack on Titan is the way to go.

4 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 more.

Its awesome never, beatable its is in top 3s
Its perfect for all ages
Eps are more interesting then manga

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.

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

I always say Naruto will be my favorite anime simply because it was the first anime I ever fell in love with. But that's not the only reason I think it's the best anime out there! Anyone who says Naruto is boring, long, too complicated, stupid or not worth watching obviously hasn't seen enough of it to actually make a legit judgement. Nobody can watch Naruto without relating to a character's feelings or getting tied into the emotional experiences. Naruto touches on key subjects like friendship, enduring loneliness and pain, teamwork and the will to never give up. The storyline is brilliantly thought up and has everything an anime needs. Its comedy and silliness brings laughter, but its sad, emotional scenes when the time is right can bring tears. Naruto truly is an amazing anime in itself.

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'd watch ever because of unique story. I'm amaze on the writer who did this story.. Incredible imagination. How he did this?.. Huh.. Thumbs up.. For this.. It delivered 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 animes. ) Oda Sensei is an amazing story teller and has kept me interested in one piece up 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 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 getting into one piece because you won't regret a single moment of watching or reading one piece.

One Piece is the best anime I'ved ever watched. I really love how Oda foreshadow the major events and how he made luffy as the best shounen protagonist. Seriously, if you think that Luffy is just a typical shounen protagonist, you got it wrong. He is much more complicated than that, that's why I will never get bored of him.
Even the supporting characters can't help but to love him as well!

And the villains in the show is also perfectly written, even though they are evil you won't easily get to hate them, they have this cool factor that you will really love in them (especially doffy) and the history in one piece world is top tier, seriously how does oda get those crazy ideas? He is so amazing! One piece will be forever my number 1 show!

The best because of the great story, the many great characters and their background, the epic scenes, the combination of funny and serious and the imagination of Oda. Simply the best

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

Okay, for those of you that don't know, here's the basic premise of the story.

It is set in a world where alchemy evolved rather than modern science, in a country where military power rules the state. The story revolves around two brothers, who are on a quest to get their bodies back after they lost them performing an alchemy "transmutation" to try to bring their mother back to life after she died from a fatal disease. The ritual went wrong, and the oldest brother's left leg was taken while the younger lost his whole body. The elder brother then used his right arm as payment to take his brother's soul and attach it to a suit of armor before it could slip away to the other side. Oh, did I mention that this all happens when they are 10-11 years old? The older brother then gets mechanical "automail" limbs to replace the ones he lost and joins the military, gaining the title "Fullmetal Alchemist", hence the name of the series. The brothers then set out to find a legendary item ...more

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood should be at the top! This is one of the best anime I have ever watched in my life! This anime has action, suspense and so much emotion behind it, that you just fall in love with it. This anime shown me if you fall, just stand up and fight again! This anime is literally my motto! And you just fall in love with the characters! Some are hot-headed, kind, funny, scary, super adorable, mean, evil, womanizers, housewives, alchemists, brave, strong, emotional, and so on! The characters are different in their own unique way, and I love that each character is never the same! Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood also has an amazing plot and follows the manga. This anime can make you laugh and cry. The fights, battles, and wars that are fought in this anime can make you hold your breath or jump for joy. And I love that! The villains in this anime are also very unique, not gonna lie! This anime doesn't just have one villain though. This anime involves a want-a-be ...more

For me this anime is very straight forward and on point. There is NEVER a dull moment in this anime it is very original funny and action filled. It delivers the perfect amount of of funny, seriousness, sadness, action and story but when I say perfect I mean perfect. This anime is very balanced and always leaves you with a feeling for more. The anime is flawless it really can't get better than this. My number one anime of all time love the characters the story and it's on of those anime that once finished doesn't leave you hollow but just crave for more. I loved this anime in every way a masterpiece. NUMBER ONE.

Personally, I like this version more since it follows the manga, which I am in the middle of reading. It's not that the original version wasn't better in fact, it was actually one of favorites when my cousins showed it to me in 2009. I'm nitpicky about anime that does have a fantastic manga to follow though, so I prefer this more for people who want to understand the story better. If the manga is already fantastic there's nothing you should change about it when making an anime, especially if it has a dedicated fan base. It's like telling an amateur author to rewrite a Shakespearean play so that it is better than the original.

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 more.

Fairy Tail is amazing and is my favourite! It should definitely be number one in 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 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.

I believe that besides pokemon and the like, Fairy Tail was one of my first animes. I think this show was really what started it all. Fairy Tail is like a home to me because every character is funny and relatable and I cried so much in this show. This anime emphasizes a lot on family, friends, and and just overall trying to defeat the enemy that is dead set on either ending the world or ending Fairy Tail. I love the atmosphere they created in the guild and they will forever be my home- the place that started it all.

Fairy Tail deserves deserves to be in the top best anime! It has everything!
You could never get bored of it! An amazing protagonist, good characters, a really interesting and unique plot. I find this anime a total piece of art!
Being a comedy anime, they always manage to make me laugh and I think their jokes are really good. I think is incredible how the characters manage to get in your heart and make you feel their emotions. The bonds everyone share make the story funnier, more interesting and sometimes even more emotional. Watching Fairy Tail is a rollercoaster of emotion! The show's characters always make the viewer feel different emotions, from amusement (because of Natsu's behaviour) to sadness (the backstories of some characters and some fighting scenes).
Not to mention that the animation is pretty good! The fighting scenes always amaze me. And the music is really good too.
It's the full package!
But anyways, I totally recommend Fairy Tail, cause I think it's the ...more

8 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 more.

By far the best anime. Anime's 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.

Like other people have said, this show even though it is short, is amazing. It is for a more mature audience, but the over all plot is brilliant. It had me staying up all night just to want to know what happens next. You get really attached to the characters as well, its almost like you get to be friend with them. This Anime will make you laugh, it will make you sit on the edge of the seat, and it will for sure make you cry. It makes you asses your own life. Someone once told me that you should gage things on what you learn from them, and I can say this show taught me about myself. So if you know whats good for you, watch this.

FMA has so much heart. It sends a great message to all of the viewers. That anything worth having is worth the sacrifice. Its about redemption, life, love, determination and the pathways that connect us all. The plot is amazing with so many interesting characters with different backgrounds, different reasons to be who they are. The philosophical aspects of Fullmetal Alchemist is problem one of the most amazing parts of the series. This anime makes you question your own resolve, your own journey, as you journey with Ed and Al. This anime has great character development and a action-packed story. With the perfect blend of thoughtfulness and action, this amazing masterpiece deserves to be at least in the top five best animes of all time.

This series has claimed my heart and will forever remain my favorite anime of all time (next to the Brotherhood series, of course).
A phenominal story with amazing characters and loving bonds, and spectacular scenes that will shock you and quench your thirst for action, comedy, and heart-rendering moments.
Anyone who hasn't watched this series has yet to experience heartbreaking tales of love and friendship, epic battles between characters who carry different goals, whether it's revenge against someone or trying regain what was lost. And most of all, the unbreakable bond between two brothers trying to right what they wronged and regain what they lost.
I recommend this anime to ALL true anime lovers.

9 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. more.

I just recently started watching this show and I love it a lot. I'm about a third of the way finished, but my brother watched the whole thing and recommended it to me because he loved it a lot. A lot of the characters are likable and it is basically your average main character that suddenly gain the power to save the world along side his friends, but the special part about this anime that's different from the rest is the concept of afterlife, unique powers, and systems of balance and life.

Bro this is such a good anime. Theres many twists and interesting characters. Not to mention the OST along with the openings and endings. I was obsessed with Naruto before I was always like Naruto is the best. Then I heard about this anime called Bleach that happened to be in the big three. I never heard about it as much as other anime. But I watched it.. one episode and I fell in love with it. So many memories from the time Rukia gave her powers to Ichigo up until Ichigo fights Ginjo. This anime is a little stretched and has quite a few fillers, but that didn't really affect how good the actual story was. This is one of my all time favorite anime, and I can't wait for it to come back! BLEACH 2021

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.

Ok. So I was one of those fans who thought Naruto was the greatest anime ever and nothing could top it. Even when someone recommended me some other anime, I would be like "nothing can top Naruto for me." But Bleach changed everything. I was completely blown away when I watched Bleach for the first time. I fell in love with all the characters. Ichigo is my favorite protagonist out of the big three, Aizen is probably one of the greatest villains to ever have been created in an anime, all the captains, the Espadas, and (SPOILER ALERT) the Sternritters they stick close to your heart. People tend to downplay the contribution that Bleach gave to anime in general but it'll forever be one of the GOAT!

10 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 more.

I love this show! It is definitely not the typical show I would watch... But after giving it a try it blew my mind! I thought no anime was in the same ball park as one piece or Naruto until I watched this! It starts of light hearted and pure making it seem like a happy go lucky show... So I was not expecting it to go dark on me... It blew my mind! Very unique story and characters with intense action! I can not call my self a hard core fan because I have really just started the series compared to the people who have been with it for years! I have only watched hunter x hunter 2011, but as a life long anime lover I can saw GIVE IT A TRY! You won't regret it!

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 heart breaking 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 unsetting to see over hyped mainstream animes take the spot of ones that really deserve being higher.

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

Really this should be number two. Everything about this anime is just simply amazing. The characters themselves aren't good just because they want to be good. They are interested in powering up themselves and do what they want to do. With that being said sometimes Gon the main character makes very selfish decisions one which will shock everyone when they get to the ant arc. Every single character introduced in this story gets development. Heck they get so much development it is insane! The fights are amazing, well played, and involve strategy. The powers ups make sense and not just handed down like little popsicles. So much death happens in this show as well including deaths of a few minor characters. Unique story, unique characters, unique everything. Best shonen? More like best anime!

An anime in which each and every character have their own subtle strengths and flaws, which are tested within the progressively trying circumstances that the characters face. Gon is brilliantly selfish in a way that both saves or destroys the ones around him, Killua is willing to sacrifice everything for the ones that were first kind to him, Leorio is blunt, brash, yet caring, with a goal that is not immediately obvious and Kurapika is intelligent, a strategic thinker, but more than a little obsessed with revenge. Each character is unique, and the story progresses in a way leaving you constantly wondering if the characters will leave their battles alive; it's not one of those happy worlds where the enemies just progressively gets stronger as you grow stronger. It's not safe. Sometimes the enemy is far beyond your reach, sacrifices must be made, and people die.

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The Contenders
11 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 story line 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 a great development to the characters it should be at least in the top 15.

Naruto Shippuden and Naruto are both incredibly epic animes. It makes you cry, laugh and keeps you wanting more and more! I've seen many animes 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 its not the most happy anime ever that does not make it depressing or boring. This should be down next to Naruto on the list.

The world of Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is immense and so detailed, the plot line is believable and you get to see the characters as they develop. I like it especially in comparison to stuff like Fairy Tail because the characters actually have limitations that you know about, there's no secret power they miraculously get that doesn't get explained. You get to watch them learn as they succeed but also when they fail or other characters die. For such a large fictional world, I still feel a part of it which doesn't happen often. Yes the filler is annoying, but I just skip it and go back to it when taking a break from the plot or waiting for the next season. I also have to say the music is amazing!

12 My Hero Academia My Hero Academia is a superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 20 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format.

OK so one of my classmates asked if I've ever watched bnha and I said no, but that I've heard of it. I now thank that particular classmate because damn I love this show. Every character was well thought out (especially Bakugou) and every scene was well animated. I feel like I am really apart of the class and it is always interesting to see the different uses of quirks and the creative ways the characters work together and achieve for their goals. Heck I even like some of the villains in this show- like what's there not to like?

The first anime I watched, and definitely my favorite. It includes so many genres in one, action, drama, comedy, and more. They really centralized the main character, but added lovable and iconic side characters for people to be fueled by as well. The plot and journey the main character, Izuku Midoriya makes to fulfilling his dream is astonishingly well played out, and adequately paces his struggle, emotions, and gaining of strength. This is not at all a slow show, and the arcs are unique from each other. Midoriya's relationships with other characters influence his character development, like his rival Bakugo, who pushes him to be stronger and his mentor, All Might, who inspires him and helps him grow more powerful. The wide range of ships, character designs, plots, it's easy to watch and laugh at, but will also awe you with the amazing fight scenes and sad moments. The range of characters and goes is amazing, plus the concept of 80% of the population having superpowers and how the ...more

ATLA and Fairy Tail have great story telling, but never have I fallen in love with a cast of characters as much as the MHA kids. Literally. This may not be the BEST anime ever, and it is overhyped, but it does deserve to be up in the top ten. The show does not rely on romance or drama to carry its plot. There is humor, action, and character development. The characters are very likable. The girls aren't useless or whiny. Not everyone is OP. The villains actually SCARE ME. This show is the whole package.

OMG! This show is pure gold! The plot and characters never cease to amaze me or make me laugh. Each character has been written down to the very last detail and is interesting in their own way. I'd have to say the best characters are Bakugo, Todoroki, Kirishima, and Deku, who are all HAWT as heck if I do say so myself (well, maybe not Deku, he's just a little cinnamon roll <:). But the villains are scary and interesting, and the plot is full of incredible fight scenes that keep you entertained. The show doesn't rely on romance or petty drama, but the kids all form a crazy bond with one another that can't be broken. This show is fantastic, and needs more praise!

13 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.

To start, I absolutely love the opening, "Tank!" is one of my favorite opening songs of any show. Anyways, Cowboy Bebop is what I would call a literal masterpiece. What this show was able to do in a span of 26 episodes is just amazing. The quality of this show is almost second to none, none of the episodes are really "bad." The action and animation is top-notch, the characters are relatable yet complex, the story and plot are stellar, and the voice acting is absolutely amazing in both the sub and the dub (that doesn't happen often). Is this the best anime of all time? That's very debatable, but I do believe it's in the conversation. I also think it's not only in the conversation for best anime ever, but for best TV show ever.

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 ...more

Holy crap. I do not like scifi, but bebop was a whole different story. Yes, It may be old, and for more mature audiences, but that's what makes it special. It contains a perfect mix of happiness and sadness. In conclusion, it really tricks your brain by adding very deep themes. If I was rating by maturity level, I would say 13+. Yes, it might be a inappropriate, but it is definitely something that is a blessing to grow up with.

Cowboy Bebop is not only a likely candidate for the best anime of all time, but I can go as far as putting this in at least top 100 best television programs ever made. The story is gripping and leaves you eager for more at the end of every episode. The characters are fun and memorable. The best part about the show is that the character's back story aren't explained through simple exposition, but are gradually revealed throughout the series leaving room for many interesting reveals and plot twists. It also consists of the highest quality animation of any anime I have yet to see. This is a show that every animator, including myself, should look up to for techniques and creativity. A personal favorite of mine, Cowboy Bebop could quite possibly be one of the best shows of all time.

14 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 more.

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 story telling 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 is very lovable and entertaining.

The original series featuring Ash, Misty and Brock were great, the stuff of my childhood. From the first episode right up until the end of the Orange Islands were 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.

What on earth is Pokemon doing in 15th place?! Pokemon has had something to capture generation after generation. Pokemon should be coming first! When I came to look at this site, I could have bet my life that Pokemon would be first. I believe this happened due to the fact that the people who enjoyed the earlier generations of became haters of the newer generations of Pokemon. Its because they feel as if they are being left behind by Pokemon; I know this because I was one of them. Despite this, I still agree that Pokemon should be up there!

I've watched around 300 episodes of Pokemon. After a while a found myself getting bored with the story line. Collecting badges happens quite slowly. Most episodes have basically the same story: fellowship helps someone out, ash improves and learns thing along the way. Team rocket tries to steal pikachu or steal something else, they fail. end of episode. I enjoyed watching the first league ash participated in, I felt after that they could have stopped producing the Pokemon series. But maybe I've just outgrown Pokemon.

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.

No matter how much people criticize Dragon Ball for it's old graphics, confusing story lines and overall craziness, you can't beat it, there's just something about it that lets people ignore those details. For one, behind maybe Dragon ball Z, it's one the most nostalgic anime that has ever existed, if not the very most. As well characters were pit into proportion, and you could see the characters' power increase overtime, unlike Z where they can just blow up planets with their fingers. It's probably how most kids born from the 80's-90's remember anime from when they were children, and on a side note, that is how I remember anime, and I was born in 2000. And am I the only one who misses Launch and Kami after they left the series, besides cameos? Dragon ball is the rock on which Dragon ball Z was built, the anvil on which the Z sword was hammered, the runway on which DBZ airlines landed their plane. It's the king because nobody can, or wants to let go of it.

I didn't like Dragon Ball Z as much because the heroes never really lost. Also, when Goku set the bar, becoming a Super Saiyajin, 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 character's 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.

Characters balanced? Goku was the one OP, only one saving everybody, and only in the WMAT was he defeated (till piccolo Jr. that is) DBZ he at least died. DBZ at least in the beginning there was more help from piccolo, krillen, and his son. Even in the beginning of DB, goku was the one solving most the fighting problems and saving his friends.

Humor there is some in DBZ, just wasn't mostly innoproprate like DB.

We go goku' past in DB? We get more of it in DBZ, plus more about his planet & his family. And we learn more about kami/piccolo too!

Both are about equal. DB was more adventure sure, but other then that they are both good.

The original Dragon Ball is better than Dragon Ball Z in my opinion. Although I still very much enjoy DBZ, the original had a much richer story that appealed to me more so that DBZ. The fights in DB were just as entertaining as the fights in DBZ, however that had a sense of uncertainty to them as they could (and often times did) go in an unexpected way. The humor in DB was another reason I enjoyed it more that DBZ. It was featured a lot more and helped to develop characters (e.g. Goku, Krillin, Master Roshi etc.) and it also helped the story flow more smoothly. Don't get me wrong, I still love both series, it's just that DB slightly edges it. DBZ did a lot of things right, and I personally enjoyed the fact that my favourite characters got stronger and developed more. But the linear format of ' characters fight the big baddie, baddie easily defeats them, Goku comes out of the woodwork and starts to fight the baddie, they are both at the same level, Goku finds a way to become stronger ( ...more

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". more.

People should give this more of a chance. I understand there's some lackluster parts but it starts to come back again in the Gun Gale arc and really hits hard in the newest arc called Alicization, which is better than the first season everyone remembers this show by. When this show is good, it's top notch story telling.

This is a good anime. Watch it if you are above 13. there is a lot of romance in it. This anime dosen't really need to have all the hate-

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 together often, but I feel that Sword Art Online was the 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 animes out there right now. If I was only able to watch 1 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 of 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! 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.

Ain't no way they put Code Geass this low. As of now, Code Geass is at #17, which is just insulting. I would say this anime is often overlooked because of the bigger and more popular animes such as One Piece, Naruto, Dragonball, Attack On Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, etc. All of those animes can be considered masterpieces in their own right, but I'd put Code Geass over almost all of them (AOT is my favorite anime). Code Geass has the greatest finale of any show I've ever seen, it's not even close. The storyline, the plot, the character development, is stellar and essentially all other parts of the show such as dialogue and the animation itself is also on point. This show barely has any missteps along the way, something not many shows can say. I believe there is no such thing as a perfect show, but this show is as close to perfect as a show can get. I totally recommend this to anyone who hasn't watched it.

I think this anime beats Death Note by far. Not only did its creators excellently develop the characters, especially that of Lelouch, the general of both the first season and R2 is just superb. Lelouch is an anti-hero, which is a refreshing change from the typically idealistic and naive protagonist. His flaws as a character also separate him from cliche protagonists from other animes. His not-so-fit physical condition and mediocre piloting skills are far outweighed by his utter ingenuity and Geass. This anime also deals with societal problems, particularly that of racism. Every episode leaves the reader wondering whether the ends really do justify the means.

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 Deathnote 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.

What an underrated show?! With a wide variety of characters, a unique concept of weapons and meisters, sing the human soul to gain power, and Kishin monsters and witches, the interest of this show keeps you hooked! The bold designs of characters and unique personalities really grow on you, plus the small journeys and plot lines really build up to the large conflict at the end making this a fun and satisfying anime to watch, and brilliant show that I can guarantee you've never seen anything like!

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 set that its 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 hard.
There's sad meaningful episodes and then there's the lighthearted fun episodes.
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...

Soul eater has a unique art style I have never seen before, It is simply stunning. With the complex themes and rich characters with personalities of all types, it is a stunning show. The action is perfectly complemented and balanced with the light humour of the show along with Death the Kids occasional neurotic Breakdowns. The mystery and magic system of the show is also a key aspect of the appeal to the audience. And finally, the shows rich history and world-building is an envy for any show, in my opinion, this show has the quality to be on par with shows like Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.

Agreed. 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 then 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 yourAsymmetrical bastard! " (also soul eater joke).

19 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 more.

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 favourite 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) to be the best anime I have ever seen. No matter how many other animes 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 defiantly deserves to be on 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!

Funniest anime that I have ever watched in my life.

Personally I would recommend this anime to anyone. The graphics, plot and episodes were perfect. The intro wasn't bad either. One issue that I have with this is that, I would prefer if this anime went for a longer period of time. It only has 26 episodes. I would prefer for it to have around 50-70 episodes, anymore than that it would get boring. But anyway all in all, an amazing anime.

I have been watching anime for quite some time. When I started watching this anime, I absolutely fell in love with it. I'm always up for a good comedy anime with nice characters and a good plot. This exceeded my expectation by a long shot. The characters were brilliant, as well as the story line. And let's not forget how Tamaki's mother tied into it all. I really wish this anime was a bit longer, but not long enough to bore it's fans.

Overall, one of the greatest! Now to enjoy some instant coffee!

20 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 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 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

Based solely on story line, Avatar has no equal. The plot is amazing, with truly tremendous side plot and character development. Each character is so complex and has so much going on, it's extremely difficult to not relate to the characters and really fall in love with them. AMAZING voice acting, each voice suits the character perfectly, all are respectable actors, clearly this show had a huge budget. The actual animation was tremendous as well, it as well as its counterpart Legend of Korra are the two best drawn animation I have seen to date. All in all, great anime! Best show I have had the pleasure of watching, my ultimate favorite.

This was my very first anime, dating all the way back to my early childhood. I absolutely loved the story and me and my siblings would each pretend to be a bender. I would always call being the earth bender to be like my hero, Toph, like except for the blind part. She was carefree, a rule breaker, and always picking fights to stand up for what she believed. Plus she won at literally any game. I always thought of her as one of my role models, being both brave and sarcastic, yet still making a little bit of time to be a girl. I thought that Sokka was the second best, being comedic relief and all. I also looked up to Katara a lot, in fact so much I always chose that for my name in games. She was so beautiful and elegant, yet ready to fight at all times. I couldn't believe she and Sokka were related. When the legend of Korea came out I watched the entire thing hoping to see my favorite characters again. I was so glad to see all of the connections to the old show.

I love this so much and am grateful that it is on netflix, it a great show that everybody should watch. The story itself is great and I love all the trials they go through and character development from the start to the end. This show has everything to love about it. Aang's character was done greatly and I love how they ended it. it should definitely deserve a higher spot on this list. I also want to point out that sokka is not just a comic relief and his character is so much more than that. All the characters good and bad have much more than you just see them. I grew up watching this show and it is the best.

21 Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.

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.

Black Butler is my favorite anime. Every character has a different personality and back story which makes it more interesting. The ending of season one was very good too, although we knew what was going to happen it went down in a more interesting way that had me in tears. The character's backstories are quite interesting as well, they all have different backstories and not something like "his parents died in a wreck." Even though Ciel's parents died it happened in a way that kept you more interested. (MANGA SPOILERS) And not only that but apparently Ciel has a twin who was brought back to life which makes me want to keep reading the manga. I haven't reached this part yet so I don't know if it is true but him having a twin has been confirmed. And lastly, I guess you can say it has multiple endings like the ending of season one never happened in the manga, and Book Of Circus is what actually happened, or at least that is what I have heard.

It is truely one of the best anime shows out there, Although it may not be for everybody. It is full of mystery and it is about young master ciel phantomhive who makes a contract with demon, sebastian Michaelis, who becomes his "black butler" as you may say. Sebastian stays at his ciels side like a shadow. Always there when needed although they may run into 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.

Behind Death Note, Black Butler is my favorite anime of all time. The characters in this anime are the best characters I have ever seen in anything. They are all so different, with individual personalities that are reflected in their voices, attitude, and clothing, (which makes for some very entertaining cosplay panels! ) There isn't a single character I don't like. My personal favorite character in this anime would have to be Grell. In fact, I think Grell is my favorite anime character of all time. I love the personality, style, and voice and I love watching people cosplay Grell too.

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 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

I feel sick how low this show is on this list! From the sick fake love dynamic going both ways as Yuki and Yuno mutually use one another (that eventually becomes real love, or does it? ), to the various powers of the diaries and how their (mostly insane) users exploit them in their bids for Godhood (or just desperate survival, not everyone wants to win! ), to the alliances that form and break up, to that sick twist towards the end! This anime blew me away and everyone needs to at least give this anime a chance. The main character (Yukitero) is a massive wimp at the start, which can be infurirating. However, this is half the point of his broken relationship with Yuno and he eventually grows a spine.

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 my favourite anime... Ever...

By episode 3 you'll have your eyes glued to the screen whilst slipping off the edge of your seat. Great suspense! Like, I couldn't even guess what was to happen next. You've got to love Yuno. The BEST yandere ever. Not to mention, the other characters are brilliant too, with characters I didn't think much of to begin with became really interesting after their own personal backstories or motives were discovered. Adds a whole lot of depth to the series. By the way, the climax skyrockets! No joke, there is no point in even trying to guess the ending because it is unpredictable! Overall, I can't think of any downsides to future diary altho my friend says there's quite a bit of plot holes (it's his gave anime too though! ) but to be honest I can't really think of any big ones and the tiny ones don't bother me. If you are interested in the theme of 'time' and mystery, this will be a must watch. In my opinion, Future Diary a rollercoaster that is ...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 too be the best anime I have ever seen. I love the characters and I could really relate to them. The storey that I could relate to the most was Yuri's storey. 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 that you can find peace. Then there is Yuzuru, He thought 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.

This anime is capable of making any person go through an entire spectrum of emotions all in a single episode, let alone the entire series! Furthermore, the episodes are short, and so is the series, but the storyline has a great deal of depth to it, so you never lose interest but still get deeply obsessed with the plot and characters, plus there's no filler episodes! I finished the entire series in two days, and the only thing I regret about that is not spacing it out a little so I could enjoy it more. Make sure you watch it if you haven't, and if you did watch it but didn't like it you clearly lack a soul!

I have watched many animes, and Angel Beats! Was the best by far, the ending was so sad, in the 13 episodes, Angel Beats! Has created a bond between me and the characters most shows don't get in many, many seasons. You get to learn all their quirks, one sentence says enough, "This is so stupid.". This made the ending way, WAY sadder than I ever imagined, it was like saying farewell to dear friends. If you think you're man enough to not cry over an anime (I thought so too), I guarantee you this anime will invade your heart and tears will cascade down in a waterfall before you realize it. 11/10, should be number one for sure.

Angel Beats is one of those anime's that really make you realize who you are as a person. being unable to look at yourself in the mirror and harboring regrets we forget is human nature. This show taught me how to overcome many things I had not done, either out of hesitation or resentment. I understand that everyday could be my last and the past can not hold me back ever again. I have to live life and love every bit of it. We are all born lost and our journey is to walk the path we carve. This anime changed my life. Watch it and tell me after you see the final episode that your not a better person at that moment because of it.

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 more.

When people were starting to get tired of the Dragon Ball Z phenomena, they had to look for something else, something new, but will still provide the action and excitement Dragon Ball Z has given them. Then comes Yu Yu Hakusho. In our area, as far as I can remember, Yu Yu Hakusho became a household name. Everyone was watching it. Even some unexpected people came out of nowhere acting like they were Toguro and Yusuke. Even my classmate in high-school used to put Yusuke's name as alias in his test papers. And I thought that was just too much. The story is different from Dragon Ball Z and you might also notice the attempt to give it more twist. But I could say that the action and fighting scenes were somewhat patterned from DBZ. Really a great and entertaining show. According to my brother, this is his favorite series of all time. And for the balanced amount of popularity and "how much I liked it", I put it at number 8.

THANK YOU! Yu Yu Hakusho is by far my favorite anime. This list has severely disappointed me. Dragon Ball Z is number 1? Clearly most of the voters are small children. As much as all of you would like to believe it Dragon Ball Z is the not the father of all anime, and it is extremely generic, standard, and un-creative, and it lost a severe amount of luster to me when it got to the point where every character could just blow up the world whenever they wanted. Dragon Ball Z holds nostalgia for me, but nostalgia isn't everything, without any plot, the bare minimum of character development, and tons of plotholes, it comes out as far worse than the fan boys believe. Then comes Yu Yu Hakusho. Delivered great action, had very compelling, interesting, and well developed characters, and a very well made and flowing plot, that keeps me hooked no matter how many times I re-watch it. I except how popular Dragon Ball Z is, but I simply can't acknowledge it as the best anime ever, when all it ...more

Dragon Ball Z is, sure, a good anime. However, the battle scenes go on for more than just five episodes at the least.

When I first started watching Yu Yu Hakusho, I thought for sure the same thing was going to happen -- and I was very pleasantly surprised. Because even when they're fighting in a tournament, their matches sometimes only even last half an episodes, whereas Dragon Ball Z it would probably take... three episodes. (Not bashing on DBZ, but it's true. )

Yu Yu Hakusho does a brilliant job at packing the most punch in fight scenes, while still keeping them short and bearable.

Not to mention that none of the characters really look like their on steroids when they start fighting. Well, maybe Toguro...

Anyway, I like Yu Yu Hakusho because the characters are still powerful, yet they're limited which makes it that much more believable. Not to mention that each character has his own amount of kick-as time!

And speaking of the characters, they're ...more

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 in DVDs, and they are of my greatest treasures. I thank God for the creators of Yu Yu Hakusho!

25 Spirited Away Spirited Away Product Image

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.

I love this movie because it inspires me so much! I can't believe it is not in the top 10! It deserves to be more than 37! This movie just has a lot of meaning about a girl who tries her best to get her parents back. I remembered watching this when I was 6 years old. The only part that I thought was scary was the monster called No-face. This movie is how kids can be heroes too, not just adults. This movie is my favorite anime movie of all time. Please give Spirited Away a chance?

Spirited Away is my favourite anime, and movie, of all time for me. Beautifully done, with a captivating and heart warming storyline along with amazing characters and such a great plot line that every time I watch it (which is at least every few months) I pick up on something different. It also makes me tear up every time and really makes you think about your own childhood and the dreams you had, as well as the life you're living- it's powerful and thought-provoking.
If you haven't seen it- watch it!

My favorite since I was little, so glad that it's on this list. I remember whenever I visited my mom we would go to a library and she said I could pick any movie I wanted and once I saw this, I wanted it every time after. I can't ever find it now anywhere. But it's one of the best friendship/ memory/ inspirational movies ever.

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