Top 10 'Gateway' Animes


The Top Ten

1 Inuyasha 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 more.

This is a story about a girl named Kagome, who falls down a well in her family's shrine, well she is more pulled down the well than her falling. Either way she ends up 500 years in the past. She then meets InuYasha, a half-demon after the sacred jewel. Did I mention that the sacred jewel was embedded in Kagome's body and now all the demons are after it, but she hit's it with an arrow and it shatters into a million pieces. Her and InuYasha must go and collect all the pieces of the sacred jewel before they fall into the wrong hands. Now I can't really say much more before spoiling some good laughs and plot lines. This was MY gateway anime. - Chika-Emi

The best plot. And the music is very beautiful so classic and emotional

2 Naruto Naruto Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series more.

Twelve years before the start of the series, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked Konohagakure, destroying much of the village and taking many lives. The leader of the village, the Fourth Hokage sacrificed his life to seal the Nine-Tails into a newborn, Naruto Uzumaki. Orphaned by the attack, Naruto was shunned by the villagers, who out of fear and anger, viewed him as the Nine-Tails itself. Though the Third Hokage outlawed speaking about anything related to the Nine-Tails, the children ‚Ä" taking their cues from their parents ‚Ä" inherited the same animosity towards Naruto. In his thirst to be acknowledged, Naruto vowed he would one day become the greatest Hokage the village had ever seen. Now I have only seen the first few episodes of this, but I can see why some people are attracted to this anime. - Chika-Emi

3 Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku who, along with the Z Warriors, defends the Earth against evil. The action adventures are entertaining and reinforce the concept of good versus evil. Dragon Ball Z teaches valuable more.

Now, look me in the face and tell me you have not ever heard of this anime. I would call it the great-granddaddy of anime. Dragon Ball Z takes place in... I really don't know. All I do know is that is has a lot of fighting in it. Into fighting? Check this one out! - Chika-Emi

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

Now admit it, if you haven't seen the anime, you might have played the game. The Pokémon Franchise has been around for a long time, and there is no way that you could not have heard the word Pokémon once or twice. The Pokémon Franchise follows a boy named Ash (I think) who goes out into the vast world to catch'em'all (right? ) and to also become the strongest trainer ever (I think. Only watched the first episode people! Just taking a shot in the dark! ) There are multiple seasons, games, episodes, so curl up with a mountain of popcorn and watch'em'all! (Bad pun on my part) - Chika-Emi

5 Bleach Bleach

Ichigo and Rukia's first meeting. In Ichigo's bedroom. Rukia gives Ichigo her powers, Ichigo becomes a shinigami.

Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper, ‚Ä" a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper‚Ä"from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. It's a long anime I will tell you that right now, over 300 if you are wondering! - Chika-Emi

6 Death Note 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".

Death Note is about a boy named Light Yagami, who is wishing for more adventure in his life. One day he finds a Death Note, which works if you write a persons name in the book. After experimenting with it a little bit, Light decides to get rid of the evil in this world. But think, with great power come great responsibility. - Chika-Emi

It’s dark, psychological and intense throughout. It’s the first anime I ever watched, as is the same for many people.

7 Sailor Moon Sailor Moon

If Powerpuff Girls Z doesn't qualify for an anime, then this is the first anime I binge watched.

I regret watching this show. First off I can say there is a lot wrong with it. But Sailor moon follows the story of Usagi Tsukino a 14 year old girl that whines and cry's a bunch, who one days meets Luna, a talking cat that reveals her as "Sailor Moon" who was sent to try and save Earth from antagonists, which begins with the dark kingdom. I watch the first ten episodes then quit. Sorry if any of my comments so far are hurting your feelings. - Chika-Emi

8 One Piece 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 749 episodes to date.

I had to put this on here. You know it. One piece is about Monkey D. Luffy (really? Yes really! ) a young boy inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate Red Haired Shanks, sets off on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find the One Piece and become King of the Pirates. Pretty simple plot but good story, but it is a very long anime. Last time I checked a little over 400 episodes I think. - Chika-Emi

I just had to look at it once I saw the artwork. It was so different, I just had to check it out. - BeAJa

No questions. It's simply the best.

9 Clannadd

Now these have two different story lines but are both made by Key. Angel Beats! Is about Otonashi, who wakes up in a school just to find out that he is dead. He meets the ever-so-name-changing- battlefront and decide to fight with them on their battle against Angel. Now this one made me cry, but so did Clannad. Clannad follows the life of a boy named Tomoya Okazaki, a high school delinquent who meets many people in his last year at school, including five girls, and helps resolve their individual problems. Now I watched this after Angel Beats! And boy did this one make me cry. - Chika-Emi

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

FMA Brotherhood was my gateway anime. It's an excellent series to start off with but may set your standards a bit high.

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The Contenders

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

In the anime community, this is a controversial one. There is no consensus, but I think that a reasonable opinion would be that this anime is flawed but enjoyable. Just go watch it and make your own opinion. I personally think it's both overrated and underrated at the same time.

You heard it right, Sword Art Online haters! The reason this anime series is so popular is because it is one of the best anime gateway series to introduce to people!

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12 Fairy Tale
13 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin
14 Kaze no Stigma Kaze no Stigma
15 Angel Beats! Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi.
16 The Irregular at Magic High School The Irregular at Magic High School
17 Soul Eater 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.

Soul eater is a very good anime and was the first anime I ever watched it has a very good plot and is action packed

18 Code Geass 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 GorŇć Taniguchi, and written by IchirŇć ŇĆkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp.

First watched, also the best ever. Plot is amazing, characters lovable.

19 Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist Blue Exorcist is an anime series directed by Tensai Okamura and produced by A-1 Pictures, which adapts the Blue Exorcist manga written and illustrated by Kazue Kato.
20 Taboo Tattoo Taboo Tattoo

A lot of people are going with the popular choices such as Death Note, Attack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, and Sword Art Online, I am going with some of the more niche choices such as Taboo Tattoo, Chivalry of a Failed Knight, Bungou Stray Dogs, and K Project. While the popular anime I mentioned have their own strengths, they have been mentioned frequently so I recommended some good anime that are relatively unknown. - SelfDestruct

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3. Pokemon
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