Top 10 Best Anime of All Time

Anime, a wondrous and captivating form of storytelling, has its roots in the land of the rising sun, Japan. With its distinctive art style, mesmerizing visuals, and intricate camera effects, anime has captured the hearts of fans across the globe. It encompasses a wide range of formats such as television series, full-length feature films, Original Video Animations (OVAs), and increasingly popular web series. Over the years, anime has provided audiences with unforgettable characters, thought-provoking plots, and enchanting worlds to explore. It has not only entertained, but also inspired many to push the boundaries of their imagination.

In the vast universe of anime, there are a few gems that have earned their place in the pantheon of greatness. These series have managed to strike a chord with fans, critics, and casual viewers alike, transcending the borders of language, culture, and geography. They've garnered acclaim for their exceptional storytelling, memorable characters, breathtaking animation, and awe-inspiring soundtracks.

With your help, we've compiled a list of the top 10 greatest anime series of all time. This ultimate list pays tribute to the masterpieces that have left a lasting impact on the world of animation and beyond, featuring a mix of critically acclaimed classics, top-rated fan favorites, and international sensations. So, whether you're a seasoned anime aficionado or a curious newcomer, join us as we celebrate the very best that the anime world has to offer.
The Top Ten
1 Death Note Death Note is a Japanese television drama anime series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The show is centered around Light Yagami - a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".

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

The Greatest anime ever created!
This was my first anime which I watched (after Pokemon, Shinchan, Ninja Hattori, Beyblade, Hagemaru and Doraemon) in 2020 and it was a brilliant experience. The show is just a masterpiece in terms of storytelling, including the cat-and-mouse game between the world's greatest detective, L and a 17-year-old high school student, Light Yagami. MY favorite character in anime history deserves to be L, he is the true pinnacle of anime greatness. This anime is an immense delight to character depths, broad storytelling and dark themes.
A show which changes your perception of the anime world...

One of the very few anime I personally would say is expertly written, Death Note is an intense and immensely entertaining show with an amazing plot (with great pacing), interesting characters that have more to them than just being cool (but are still cool if that's your thing), a great OST, appealing art style, practically no fanservice, and is super accessible to both anime and non anime fans alike. I love rewatching this show (and rereading the manga) and it never gets old. Definitely recommended!

This is THE STANDARD when it comes to anime in my opinion. I've watched it countless number of times and every time I observed something new. It can never get boring. The characters are not perfect, they're flawed and show the reality of human nature. At some point of time, I feel that many of us can relate to some of the other aspects of the characters which makes it very interesting and unique.

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

You heard it right, Dragon Ball Z haters! No matter how much you hate it, this anime has to be the most popular in our 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

Despite this being one of the older ones, I still really enjoy Dragon Ball Z. It's not all about the action. It's one of my favorite parts about it but it's not what it's all about. One of my favorite aspects of Dragon Ball Z is Gohan and Piccolo. I love how Piccolo turns from this guy who wants to rule the world to someone who sacrifices his life for someone that treated him like a friend instead of an enemy.

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, apocalyptic setting, and its dramatic story line, and action packed scenes.

You can understand them even though your not in this time you can understand the fear. The storytelling and plot of this story is superior than any other story. Aot is just a pure masterpiece. The writing make it so good this what the only reason I got into anime in the first place.

Why isn't this No. 1? The art-style and detail is amazing, I could look over Shiganshina and still think its B-E-A-utiful! The plot does get confusing from time to time, but it does well. It is very sad at some parts, but this needs to be close to number 1.

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

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 lasted 220 episodes, while Naruto: Shippuden, a sequel to the original series, has been airing since February 15, 2007. In addition to the anime series, Studio Pierrot has developed eleven movies and several original video animations. Other types of merchandise include light novels, video games, and trading cards developed by several companies.

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...

My first anime, it really is amazing. I really love the fights. All of the fights are amazing (tho they might last a "couple" episodes).

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.

My favorite anime. Those people who say "It's too long!", Shut up. It is plain amazing. How did Oda even do this? Luffy and his crew are all funny, serious, or both, and that is why I love One Piece. There are way more reasons but I could go on and on so yeah.

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.

There is no set 'best' out there. The only reason something is considered better than others is because it speaks more to you and match your preferences. What I mean to say is that because it was such an anime for me I consider it the best. This anime was just an eye opener for me. I didn't watch anime before this one except for maybe some episodes of pokemon or dragon ball or bayblade on television but that's because they were on screen at times when I was free. Do when a cousin of mine recommend this to me I wasn't really expecting much but boy was I wrong. It was amazing. The storyline, the characters, the fights, the ending. All done with grace and perfection. Even the female cast was fleshed out and I was so grateful for that because the previous animes had made me skeptical. This anime will forever have a special place in my heart. I love it to bits. It was probably also the reason why I had such a hard time finding good anime afterwards. The fact that I had watched hunter x ...more

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 feature film, Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess. The series ended its initial run on March 30, 2013. A new series premiered on TV Tokyo on April 5, 2014.

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.

Fairy tail is just ridiculously awesome and my all time favourite. It has different genres in this anime that not all animes can achieve which makes it the perfect blend of everything: it's funny, dramatic, serious, sad, emotional, adventurous and action-packed. The characters are original and timeless and the arcs are beautifully structured. It teaches lots of morals about life, friendship, bravery and standing up for your friends, family, yourself and what you think is right. As you watch the story develop we see more of the characters back stories and how they came to be who they are now. The best story arcs that I've watched so far are the Phantom Lord arc (reminds me of the battle of Hogwarts) and the tower of heaven arc. The characters are truly inspiring and even though you didn't like a few of them from the start, they really start to grow on you. I love Natsu, Happy, Gray, Lucy (and her celestial spirits), Erza, Jellal, Wendy, Carla, Gajeel, Panther Lily and everyone else in ...more

I love the anime Fairy Tail. It definitely has not been the first anime I've watched but it's one of my most favorites, next to a few others. I was so upset when I thought it was over, before I found out the story has multiple arcs, with new enemies, friends, and just the story line all together. All of the characters have some importance in the show, and depending on the arc, they may be the hero of it all. The battles don't drag on for too long and normally end in an unexpected way. The filler episodes throughout the series, though there aren't that many, are always enjoyable and amusing to watch. Despite it being long it definitely makes time pass quickly. It contains all of the action and (for the girls) romance that many anime fans look for. It's definitely worth watching!

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

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

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

By far the best anime. Anime'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.

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

Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a high school student with the ability to see ghosts. The early parts of the story focus mainly on the characters. As events unfold, the story begins to delve deeper into the world of these gods of death. more.

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

Also, Gin and Toshiro are on this show.

Reason enough.

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

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

Amazing story line! You just simply love everything about Bleach, all the characters are simply amazing! The story line never disappoints you since everything is so well thought out. This is an anime that you watch and are continually entertained with since you are always surprised with something even more, it is like you are learning about a whole new world. Also not to forget how you get emotionally attached to the characters, they laugh you laugh, they cry you cry. The fighting is also amazing, as the movie goes on the more epic everything gets. I am usually the pickiest person ever, I hate story lines with cliches, I like originality! I hate it when I watch something and then after I can guess what happens next. Bleach is one of a kind, I recommend it to all otakus.

The Newcomers

? Wonder Egg Priority
? Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku
The Contenders
11 My Hero Academia

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

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

Definitely best anime ever. I had low expectations before starting it and also heard it's overrated. But once I started every episode was just mind blowing and compelling story telling and deep characters. Everyone must watch before they die.

I fell in love! With this Anime once I saw it, I think it would appeal to a large audience of people, mainly from the Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto Shippuden and Fairy Tail fandoms. Because! It has of course powerful characters, but character's who also have struggles, who are striving to become great heroes. Both heroes and villains in this show have a backstory, they aren't automatically evil, nor automatically good, an actual backstory. Main characters can be beaten but they always get up strong, the plot always moves along, even if an episode seems to be about to turn into a filler, it actually has important elements, lessons to be learned, story to be seen. It's a great anime overall and I suggest many more people should watch it!

12 Hunter x Hunter Hunter × Hunter is a manga franchise created by Yoshihiro Togashi. In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan's Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video animations (OVAs) totaling 30 episodes were subsequently produced by Nippon Animation and released in Japan from 2002 to 2004. A second anime television series by Madhouse aired on Nippon Television from October 2011 to September 2014, with two animated theatrical films released in 2013. There are also numerous audio albums, video games, musicals, and other media based on Hunter × Hunter.

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.

13 Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States on September 8, 1998.

First anime ever! This is one of the few kids anime out there, and it is a good introduction to how anime are going to be like. Stomachs growling, screaming, filler episodes, attractive characters, etc.

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!

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

The only reason that DBZ and Naruto are as high up as they are lies in the fact that both are aimed at the younger generations. Anime is perfect for teenagers of ANY nation to get into. As people grow up, they lose interest in anime, and they develop interests in more mature shows because society deems we grow up. For those of you who looked back and gave older animes a try, you will quickly discover this one NEEDS to be number one. I grew up watching this, and some moments made you laugh, while others made you cry. Still others made your jaw fall off and roll across the floor. The story was masterfully crafted, the characters could be related to on nearly ALL levels despite being from a completely different time period. Everything was totally believable, while still being fresh. Spike was the quintessential main character. He had his past that you spent most of the series trying to piece together while enjoying the rest of the tale spun for you. Jet was the black dog, the hunter who ...more

Let me just first say that this list is ridiculous. The best anime doesn't hit you over the head with loud characters, fan service, and hundreds of episodes. It doesn't need to. Cowboy Bebop takes a while to warm up to for most people. It's characters are deep with most of their development occurring beneath the surface. Just because they don't always voice their emotions doesn't mean that they aren't feeling them. The plot seems simple when you look at the big picture, but it has a beauty in its delivery. I will admit that I didn't care for the show when I first watched it. I'm only a teenager and I was completely new to anime at the time. I got through about three episodes before turning to different shows like the overrated DeathNote to obsess over. A month layer, I was back to Bebop. Thinking back on the episodes I had watched, I remembered a spark. Something about it was special. It spoke to me. Back to it, I quickly devoured the entire series. The ending was bittersweet and ...more

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.

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.

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". It has also received a second season, titled Sword Art Online II.

After finishing The Irregular at Magic High School (it is merely decent at best), I can finally conclude that Sword Art Online is much better than The Irregular at Magic High School. I know the two anime are usually compared 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.

Really people...
SAO was the first anime I have ever watched, and it started as an awesome adventure anime. It had a lot of potential, but then the author ruined it by making Kirito a perfect character that had no development, turning Asuna into a weak crybaby, making a harem for Kirito and they included a boring season (Mother Rosario) that was all about Asuna's weaknesses and bad relationship with her mother... Plus they created a nice new character (Yuuki) just to kill her in the end in an attempt to make the show a little more emotional and likeable.
Sorry SAO fans, but this is one of the most disapointing anime I have ever watched in my entire life.

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.

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.

This is the correct answer. This is the best anime of all time, and no one can ever convince me otherwise. The plot, the character development, the revenge, the symbolism, the parallels, and most of all the perfect conclusion. Never will another show end as perfectly as Code Geass did, and because of this it is the greatest anime of all time.

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.

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).

The development in the characters and their relationships with one another is done amazingly. It's really entertaining to see the characters evolve and become better people by the end of the show. A good example of this would be Black Star. He starts off as loud and obnoxious and becomes a truly sour character. As he struggles to become stronger he pushes others away but his friends and his self realisation pull him back. Watching him start off as so selfish to growing as a person is really heart warming. This happens with a lot of the characters (CRONA).
The animation is so stylistic and is very appealing to the eyes. Some of the best parts of the show would have to be the insanely awesome action scenes that always left you on the edge of your seat.
There is an endless amount of reasons to why this show is so amazing. It deserves to be much higher on this list. If you haven't already seen it YOU HAVE TO!

19 Avatar: The Last Airbender Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American animated television series that aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008. Avatar: The Last Airbender is set in an Asiatic-like world in which some people are able to manipulate the classical elements by use of psychokinetic variants of Chinese martial arts, known as "bending". This show is often seen as one of the greatest cartoons of all time and is commonly thought to be an anime.

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.

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

I have almost watched the series straight through twice now since February 2014 and it's only April. I watched select episodes over 5 times each I'm guessing and I really enjoy watching this series. I will probably continue to watch it as the months go by despite the shortness of the series. I wish there had been more episodes because I completed it in about 2 or 3 days when I first got into it, but I can't control what BONES does (Or whoever controls that) and am grateful to have been able to witness the beauty and comedy this series has to offer. My 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!

21 Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures. It premiered in October, 2008. It was based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. The series follows Ciel Phantomhive, the twelve-year-old Earl of Phantomhive serving as the Queen's Watchdog. He is tasked with solving crimes in the underworld of Victorian-era London. Ciel has formed a contract with demon Sebastian Michaelis, who disguises himself as his butler, to seek revenge on those who tortured him and murdered his parents. In exchange for his services, Sebastian will be allowed to consume Ciel's soul.

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 10, 1992 to December 17, 1994.

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!

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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 five years later on October 3, 2009 to cover the rest of the manga series and ended on March 29, 2010 after 26 episodes. Four feature films and an original video animation have also been released.

Inuyasha was one of first anime I ever watched. I used to look forwards to each new episode. My life wouldn't be as exciting with out this anime to look forwards to each weekend. I'm glad this anime exists. I like how cool the character designs look.

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

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

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

Inuyasha is one of the popular "first anime" that people typically watch, which eventually motivates them to become a full blown anime fan. In this case, I'm not surprised. Inuyasha is a story full of emotion, and is ranked high on my list of 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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