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 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.

This show is a technical masterpiece. They create suspense without having any fights or "physical action" which is actually incredible. This show is so plot heavy and you genuinely have no idea where it is going until something happens. You literally can't binge this show because it hurts your brain (in a good way), 10 episodes of death note feels like an entire season of an anime. The characterization is on point and the pacing is perfect, not too slow and not too fast. Voice acting is so good, in the sub AND dub (yes, the dub is really good). Art style is pretty realistic and I like the blue and red dynamic they keep bringing up. This show is an actual 10/10.

What an amazing anime. I've binged watched this show three times, and have never gotten bored with it once. It's simply outstanding how a single show can bring so much suspense, thrill, sadness, and defeat.

There are four main qualities, in my opinion, that make Death Note a superior anime.

The first and probably main reason is the plot. Wow, what a plot. To be honest, the plot is so well laid out, and so well constructed, that sometimes I can't even tell that four whole episodes have gone by. The storyline is just so detailed and so well paced, and I think that that is a very important quality to have in any show or movie.

The second reason is probably the characters. Death Note has some of the most likeable, and some of the most hateable characters out of any anime I've seen. Even if you don't agree with Light's reasoning, he is still a pretty well written character, and despite the fact that he's a mass murderer, he still has emotional moments from time to ...more

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 ...read 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

I love the Saiyan Saga, Frieza Saga and the Android Saga. Those are SOOOO GOOD! Fantastic and epic battles, loveable characters and badass transformations, its just GREAT!
Other than that though, I don't care much about Dragon Ball. OG is fine, Buu saga has great set pieces, but drags on for far too long. GT was weird and felt like lacked a clear direction, but Super Saiyan 4 is 10/10.
Super was kinda underwhelming. Tournament of Power was awesome, most of it, but the rest of Super was just meh. Except Future Trunks saga, that one sucked big time.

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, ...read 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.

This just may be one of the greatest TV shows ever and I am not joking. The story telling in this show exceeds all others (yes even the story telling ATLA as much as I don't like to admit it). The character development and plots are masterfully done, the twists are executed very well, the animation is just stunning, genres of war, action, horror, and comedy are mixed together very well, and this show can make me you feel all sorts of feelings. This show can make you feel happy, sad, angry, confused, excited, and scared. It is really easy to tell the creators of the show really worked hard on this masterpiece. In my opinion, AOT is the magnum opus of anime TV shows or movies. This is exactly what a masterpiece looks like, AOT is in a tier of its own. AOT set the standard and that standard is going to be extremely hard, or maybe even impossible, for other shows to live up to.

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 ...read more.

I just started watching Naruto about a month ago, and not really watching it either. About 2 years ago, kids in my school (I was about 9) started wearing these crazy headbands, and I asked what they were for. I guess my friend Zane (he's a big anime fan) said Naruto, but I didn't remember, until 1 month ago, when I was listening to a mix of gaming music, and who was on the screen, but a fan art of Kakashi Hatake! It just clicked in my head, and I watched all the episodes I could on Youtube. My favorite character is duh, Kakashi, but I love all the characters because most, not all, but most, give you life lessons. But when I see the comments on some of the Naruto videos, I feel sad because they say "This really brings back memories" or "This is my childhood." And there is nothing wrong with that, but my childhood, with school getting harder, and problems at home, feels like it's ending, and I haven't had the chance. It feels like I filled my childhood with dumb stuff. Naruto is ...more

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

Naruto is basically about a young boy, Naruto Uzumaki, who is a jinchuriki. Jinchuriki's are people that have living monsters inside if them. One of Naruto's friends, Gaara, had the One-Tails inside of him. Naruto and the members in Team 7, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, work together to train to become Hidden Leaf ninja. Naruto loves to eat Ichiraku Ramen. Naruto is basically about Hidden Leaf ninja training for that one day that Sasuke leaves the village. Naruto is a 10/10 for me.

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.

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.

Along with One Piece, along with AOT, are the greatest animes ever. The callbacks in this anime is just astounding. In one episode a character could say something that doesn't seem important and it comes back in a later episode as something very important. It's just so well written, very fun, the characters are great, and it's entertaining. I find it very impressive that this show has remained consistently great for 20+ years. Although I feel like AOT is the better anime with better quality, I have to give props to One Piece. I can say this anime has a case as the greatest anime ever made, and may still be considered one of the best in the future.

This is the best anime in the world because : This is a very original story and it's world too. It is very overwhelming the fact , that Oda could find lots od characters, theirs personallities , how they look likes and all of them differents and they are very detailed. I'm very impressed because lots of series and movies are going to be worse and worse when they are very long, and this series is going more than 20 years, and this isn't spoiled , but it's better, the stroy and everything in it. There are lots of genre in the One Piece, you can find everything: fight, drama etc. Also you can learn a lot's of thing from One Piece for example: forgivness, friendship, trust tc. Sometimes is very emotional and serious and sometimes you can't stand without laughing. This is a fantastic story. It can be very helpful. If I want to give up, sometimes the straw hats come to my mind, and I release I couldn't give up, I have to fight for my goals. I know this is a created world , but it can give a ...more

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

The animation, music, character development, plot, suspense, gripping moments, everything is perfected. This is the best anime ever made.

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.

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 ...read 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 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

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.

No, just no. I don't despise this show but I am not a fan. It's probably 1 of the worst mainstream shonen shows out there in my opinion. There are way too many friendship clutches, the fanservice is ridiculous. Natsu and lucy aren't really that likeable (lucy is kinda useless). The villains are basically 1 dimentional and are extemely annoying too. Also, it follows way too many stereotypes. I don't mind stereotypes but there should be a limit.

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 ...read 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 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 ...read 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.

I have so many animes,TV series and movies but I haven't encountered anything like this masterpiece. This is the only series which I have watched more than once. It's just another level. From writing to anime production, everything is 10/10 and there is not even a single dull moment. The fact that the main protagonist Gon and the main Antagonist Meruem didn't even meet once in the arc is just insane. This series is just a Gem, a beautiful art.

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!

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. ...read more.

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

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!

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.

Oh, Bleach... will you forever be so underrated compared to trash like Death Note? People, please... This anime is what it's all about. Not some arrogant pretty boy with a God-complex like Light from Death Note, who also seems to always top the charts of the best villains as well... This anime is what opened my mind to watching others, like Naruto, Soul Eater, and so many more. Naruto and One Piece may have been around for longer, and may have sold more, but that's hardly a reason for Bleach to be down so low, when it is such a masterpiece. This show has the most humble hero, the most terrifying villain, a great storyline, wonderful amounts of sword fighting action, and some of the most heart-wrenching deaths imaginable. This show literally is one of the only animes with good FILLERS, one's that you can actually get into and not want to instantly skip (don't get me started on Naruto's pre-Shippuden fillers... ) Practically the only thing missing from Bleach is more romance, maybe ...more

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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.

Naruto Shippuden is like Naruto, but when they are older. Naruto Shippuden is where the Jinchuricki get they're monsters out of them. Gaara, one of Naruto's friends, had the One-Tails. Akatsuki members hunter him down and used a jutsu, killing Gaara. This is also where Sasuke Uchiha comes back to the Hidden Leaf Village, after over 2 1/2 years. This is also where Sasuke kills his own brother, Itachi Uchiha. This is the anime where EVERYONE (some people) dies. In all honesty, it is a very great show!

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!

Although nothing can beat the oringenal Naruto, Naruto shows how the characters have grown up, become more powerful (looking at you Sakura), and full-fill their dreams. If you just watch Naruto, it's not worth it, because you don't see Naruto become Hokage! But in Naruto Shippuden, you do, and it's worth it. If you don't like filler episodes, skip them! The anime is the best, the characters are the best, the villans are the...wait. No, not the villans, but some of the villans are villans because life made them that way. The plot is the best (not you filler episodes), and it has many life lessons. Thsi anime deserves all it's fame, and Naruto and Naruto shippuden will always be with us.

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.

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.

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!

My Hero Academia is pretty good, but I've never been THAT crazy about it.
The animations are great and the characters are well done, but I never got super hard into it.
Well except the whole Overhaul saga, that one was amazing and easily my favorite arc of the whole series thus far. I am not all that into MHA, but the Overhaul saga was fantatsic!

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 ...read 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.

Ahh the Pokémon anime. The nostalgia is strong with this anime.
Its not very good, very repetitive and the Pokémon Adventures manga is FAR SUPERIOR!
That being said, the Pokémon anime still holds a special place in my heart. Its good entertainment and its always a joy to watch the older seasons.
Though when it comes to this anime, I love the first 13 seasons from Indigo League to Sinnoh League Victors plus the XY series. I have fallen of the newer series and don't really feel like watching it, since it does get repetitive.
But those older seasons are still a joy...

But Pokémon Adventures is better, read it you want great stories, characters and battles and just all the things the anime and games never is.

Pokémon was my childhood and was the reason I even started watching anime, as a huge Pokémon fan I must say the newer generations aren't good but the older generations are amazing and worth checking out. My favorite is probably Pokémon indigo league. The characters are amazing. Ash ketchum, he's really annoying at times but in the end if you look past that he's actually a pretty decent character, brock is one of my favorites with his tendency to fall for every girl he sees and his funny lines, Misty is defidantly annoying and hot-headed but she's strong enough to be able to survive on her own and is actually really nice ..she just doesn't show it (a huge tsundere). This show plus some of the older Pokémon seriece really shaped my childhood and inspired me to be my best self.

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.

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.

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.

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". ...read 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.

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!

You know this anime is good when it's above Cowboy Bebop (no offense to Cowboy Bebop fans). I just hate the amount of hate this anime gets, because this is a masterpiece as well. Kirito and Asuna are such nice and sweet characters, when the haters think it's annoying because of that. Well, you know what? I love the characters, the animation, the music, the plot, and most importantly, the romance. The romance was what got me into Sword Art Online, because normally in an anime series, the main protagonist either gets boned near or at the end of the series or just not at all. But Kirito and Asuna, their romance was to the point and not too shabby or cliche. And I hate how people compare their love story to Twilight! Sword Art Online is nothing like Twilight! The heroes are not emos, but rather nice characters that act like normal people rather than goth teenagers. Sword Art Online is definitely an anime series I will never forget and never hate.

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.

Genius. The plot is amazing, there is not a dull moment. The perfect mix of highschool romance and world domination/rebellion to destroy an empire.

Although this is like a mastermind at work who lacks a proper rival. Most anime work well with two characters (either rivals or enemies) who are comparable in technically and tactically. But this anime just makes you want to watch more as it ends.

Lelouch vi Britannia begins as an average high school student. An exiled prince of Britannia, he has always sought to change the world for his sister Nunnally. One day fate arrives and gives him the power to due so. He gains the power of Geass, the ability to compel one to submit to his every command. Lelouch finally has the ability to destroy Britannia, the homeland that abandoned him. He adopts the identity of Zero and through his brilliance as a tactician puts his plans in motion. But who is the real Lelouch? Zero? Lelouch Lamperouge, his cover identity? Lelouch vi Britannia, exiled prince of a great empire? This character study makes Code Geass the best anime series ever.

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.
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...

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 ...read 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.

Wow, I didn't expect Ouran High School Host Club to be so high on this list, in the top twenty. This means it is recognized as classics like Cowboy Bebop and Code Geass. I'm glad this anime is getting the popularity it deserves.

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 ...read more.

The final season is the best. Character development really occurs. The storyline is amazing. I know it's not the typical anime on in this but it deserves to be called one. If you didn't watch as a kid, watch it now. It's still so amazing.

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

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.

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.

21 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!

Simply put, this is not for the faint hearted. Full of unexpected twists and darkness which will claw at you like never before. Just brilliant.

22 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.

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 ...read 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 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 ...read more.

Love it, first anime to ever pull me in. I watch a lot of different anime series now because of this series I saw on TV when I was 12(I'm 33 now). But I always return to my number one. Inuyahsa, it has everything, action, comedy, romance..and so much more. You can't even believe how thrilled I was when it was picked back up and finished and better yet a whole new series with all their children. You all should really watch this series, you will love it.

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 favourite 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.

"This was not the first anime that I ever watched as a child but rather it was the first "cartoon" I fell in love with. I didn't know what and anime was and the difference between them and regular western cartoons at the time. But out of all the anime I saw as a kid, this one is the one that stuck with me and I still come back to in every now and then. From the opening and closing themes, the stories, the music, characters and their developments. It is probably one of the best out there, and in my personal opinion it IS the best. Even the curse of the dubbed voice acting that comes with anime, InuYasha is a cut (slightly) above the terrible voice acting that plagues Japanese anime. The fact that this series centers around Japan, draws from a large trove of Japanese lore and have characters that *gasp* look Japanese is a great refresher as well. All in all, I love the old animation style, music and the stories.

Man. Inuyasha is what got me started with anime. Of course there was Pokemon, and digimon, and dbz. But they weren't what sucked me into the anime world. Now, I may love Naruto, bleach, and one piece but my vote would have to go to this anime. This is the anime of all animes. It makes you laugh, it makes you smile, it makes you cry and it makes you frustrated with characters. But you LOVE it! It's that type of show that makes you wish you were in it, and apart of that little group. I remember crushing on Inuyasha and Koga, and wishing I was Kagome when I was a little girl. This is an anime that warms the heart.

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