Most Original / Unique Anime

These are really good shows that have used ideas that make them different from your average anime these shows were unique in their time and some have led to the concepts being replicated or tweaked with.

The Top Ten

1 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".

Genius story line that would put a real detective to work. This show is like a strategic chess game played out on a global scale. Furthermore the protagonist is the bad guy. Simply put this show really is unlike any other show.

Greatest anime I've ever watched. I was seriously impressed by Death Note's uniqueness. It's definitely a must-watch for not just anime fans, but everyone in general

This is the only anime I find different than most other anime - zxm

Magnificent story of two geniuses. After watching this show, my anime standards went up really high. There's only a few that can challenge Death Note's ingenuity.
(P.S. Code Geass sucks)

2 Dragon Ball 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.

One of the greatest series of all time this anime led to the inspiration of some of our greatest shows the story of a kid who constantly trains to get stronger and stronger in his fight for justice. Goku isn't all that bright but when it comes to fighting he has no equal. This show laid the basic character outline for shows like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and Fairy Tail.

3 Fullmetal Alchemist 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.

This is a show about two brothers who attempt to get their bodies back after breaking the forbidden taboo in Alchemy. Its is a show that well to put quite simply is unique.

Lol none of this list is unique but at least this has amazing story with great characters

So unique I never heard of a show that involves alche!

4 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". ...read more.

A show about virtual reality basically is the Matrix thrown in with something like world of Warcraft. This is basically every kids dream world a game much like ones we play today,

This is nothing new, it is just a poor copy of.hack

Ggo is superhot but better

5 Attack On Titan 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.

Real awesome. You can't get any more awesome than this show. This show is the best hands down if you're looking for epic action and story plot. Eren is such a unique and individual character as well (main protagonist).

Attack on titan has a realm and a love for the characters like no other anime. MUST WATCH

It's the most unique anime, killing titans wooah

Awesome. Awesome.awesome. Awesome. Awesome. AWESOME

6 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

A protagonist with such a mindset especially in a slice of life anime is very rare to see.

Best anime ever. It is very unique and deep

Especially for loner like me it is very intersting.we have all faced being loner in one of parts of our life so we all can relate to that.

7 Yu Yu Hakusho 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.

This is one of the big original animes that started the whole Spirit world craze that we see in shows like Soul Eater and Bleach.

Love Action, love the humor. love this Anime.

8 Elfen Lied Elfen Lied Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. It was originally serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump from June 2002 to August 2005, with the 107 chapters collected into twelve tankōbon volumes.

This is a show about a girl that was mentally abused here entire life and experimented on in some ways this show is very similar to Deadman Wonderland.

Just mindless king

9 Code Geass R1 & R2

A unique combination of a battle of wits, family problems and global politics.

Excellent show. Almost a decade old now.

This is not 'that' unique but it has many interesting premises mixed to form this piece of literature

10 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.

A show about a boy whos goal it collect all the creatures in the word and makes friends along the way this show led to shows like Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh

The Contenders

11 Angel Beats

It's so awesome. The place the characters are in, is the afterlife. They've organized a secret club that a girl started so she could get revenge on god because of her three murdered siblings. So, basically it's awesome.

12 Baccano Baccano Baccano! (バッカーノ!), which Narita translates as 'stupid commotion', is Italian for 'ruckus'. An ongoing light novel series with over twenty volumes published, it takes place across three eras – the early 1700s, 1930s, and 2000s – and presents its story arcs in anachronistic fashion. Though ...read more.

You wouldn't find another shows like this even outside the anime. Even if one probably exist, it's really hard to find the show like this because it's rare. From the narrative, the connected events, and no real main characters. In words, Baccano is a "never-beginning and never ending" tale.

Why isn't this number one? Everything about it is unique and original and especially it's characters.

Simply because of the characters and how the story is told

Tthis is fairly nw

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

This and baccano are awesomely unique

Durarara has a unique plot and character developement, and will really blow the minds of all who watch it.

15 Mushishi Mushishi Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in Monthly Afternoon from December 2002 to August 2008. The individual chapters were collected and released into ten tankōbon volumes by Kodansha.
16 The Tatami Galaxy
17 Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin Wiki is a collaborative website about the series 'Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story' (るろうに剣心 明治剣客浪漫譚, Rurōni Kenshin Meiji Kenkaku Rōmantan), also known as 'Rurouni Kenshin' and 'Samurai X'. ...read more.

A show about a swordsman that is already basically as strong as he can get he is doing good deeds in hopes of atoning for the murders he committed.

18 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.
19 Golden Time

A unique love story...

20 Noragami Noragami
21 Hunter X Hunter 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.

Come on, you can't find anime like HxH anywhere!

Chimera Ant Arc. enough said.

22 Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous)
23 Gundam

This is a really old anime that helped to create the idea of fighting in power suits in the anime world this show has led to the creation of shows like Evangelion and Zoids.

24 Bleach 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.

Okay yeah its not entirely Unique but this show is about soul reapers people that fight hollows ( fallen souls) and guides people onto the next world. While the story has evolved to be so much more this concept alone is an idea that has been touched on or tweaked by several shows such as D. Gray Man.

25 Serial Experiments Lain Serial Experiments Lain Serial Experiments Lain is an avant-garde anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, with character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998. The series is influenced by ...read more.

You have to be a true otaku to know of this anime. Nonetheless, it is the most unique animes I've ever seen, to say the least. It is well plotted and has a very interesting meaning to it. If you hold a high attention span and have a large IQ, then you are going to love this anime. - NerdyPweeps

26 Hyouka Hyouka

Solving mysteries? Go ahead!

27 Overlord Overlord

Brings virtual reality anime into a whole new level of uniqueness. - SelfDestruct

28 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is an anime and manga franchise originally written by Hirohiko Araki. It centers around the perilous journey of the members of the legendary Joestar bloodline.
29 Terra Formars

Unique giant cockroaches

30 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
31 Fruits Basket Fruits Basket After the accident in which she lost her mother, 16-year-old Tooru moves in with her grandfather, but due to his home being renovated, is unable to continue living with him. Claiming she will find someone to stay with but also fearing the criticism of her family and not wanting to burden any of her ...read more.
32 Zoids

Zoids might have awesome stuff that kids like, but it also has some well thought out Zoid creations, with splendid detail to graphics and customization.

33 Claymore Claymore Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue, but was moved to one of their sister magazines as the content was deemed too adult for Shōnen Jump’s target demographic.
34 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 ...read more.
35 No. 6

It's a very unique show which has a very nice plot anyone would love,it's something I've never seen before in anime as the main character shion and his new partner Rat finding the secrets of no.6 which is a city.its not messed up like dragon ball z, u can understand everything!

Watch ITT!

36 D.Gray-man
37 Tsuritama
38 Parasyte Parasyte The anime was simulcast by Crunchyroll outside of Asia. Aside from the manga and anime, the series also has two live-action film adaptations. The Chinese Ministry of Culture blacklisted Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu as well as 37 other works on June 9, 2015. ...read more.
39 Fist of the North Star

Uniquely manly and realistic artstyle. Protagonist is a true badass hero. Set the groundwork for every shounen that came after.

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