Ten Best Animes from 1970 to Today

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".

Death Note is an unorthodox creation that brings you into its own world--it doesn't stop and doesn't make you want it to!

I'm only on episode 3 and I just started it today but oh my gosh this series is so awesome. - Anonymousxcxc

death note is so awesoem. the characters are fun, and L is smexy xD but this is one good anime/manga :3 - BrokenSong

Dragon ball is so overrated this is the real mvp!

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2 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 ...read more.

Just a flat out great show. So smartly written. Adults can easily get addicted. - marlmacmomark

Number one I don't care what anyone says - preachinpreach

Dragon Ball é épico!

3 Fairy Tail Fairy Tail Fairy Tail is a manga franchise created by Hiro Mashima. The manga has been adapted into an anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and Satelight, which began broadcasting in Japan on October 12, 2009. Additionally, A-1 Pictures and Satelight have developed seven original video animations and an animated ...read more.

Why the heck is this so low? Good thing I brought it up from the 50's to number 41. Yay Fairy Tail! The plot is great and those graphics though. - Pokemongamer


Best anime EVER - Christie2007

4 Naruto / Naruto Shippuden

Amazing character development that is rarely seen in cartoons of any sort.

It's amazing to see a class clown became a true hero. - aeromaxx777

Best anime, best charecters, best story, best story, best friends, best and best and Naruto best in the world

The show champions the underdogs and gives us lessons that are essential in everyday living. The protagonists still believe in the pureness of the heart -- something that is a rarity in our society nowadays. Ignore the fillers in the anime -- look at the PLOT, not at the graphics. Iro iro gambaru dattebayo~! ^__~

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.

Ever since watching Attack on Titan, the thought of eating people has become less than appealing to me... -PBG

6 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.
7 Rosario + Vampire Rosario + Vampire
8 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.

good - codydoestuff

9 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.

Brutal anime, but exactly this makes it so cool. I also find it cool, that they did use a foreign language to name this anime. Elfen Lied is German for "Elven song".

The chapter or episode "Vernichtung" is the best episode-of the very BEST anime since a long long time!

10 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.

One of the best out there. Interesting plot with alot of twists that keep you wondering.

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11 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 851 episodes to date.
12 Sailer Moon
13 Darker Than Black Darker Than Black Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. In 2007, the 26 episode anime named Darker Than Black: The Black Contractor aired with a huge commercial success. It was ...read more.

This is such a great anime! Really gripping and exciting.

14 Black Butler Black Butler Black Butler is a Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and premiered in October, 2008.
15 Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
16 Cowboy Bebop

Why is this so low on the list?! Cowboy Bebop is a damn classic!

Good animation and writing, deserves the number 1 spot just for the music

17 Full Metal Alchemist

Great storyline and has a lot of tension. Also really funny.

18 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Truly MASTERPIECE amongs the best anime ever!
I can't find anime that as good as Code geass
As well as I can't find male chara as best as Lelouch Lamperouge!

EPIC story! - cinthiaaya

19 Space Battleship Yamato
20 Detective Conan : Case Closed
21 Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan

The funniest anime I've ever seen - 2tasty4U

22 Fate/Zero Fate/Zero Fate/Zero is a series of light novels written by Gen Urobuchi, illustrated by Takashi Takeuchi, and is a prequel to Type-Moon's visual novel, Fate/stay night. An anime adaptation of Fate/Zero was jointly produced by Aniplex, nitroplus, Type-Moon, Seikaisha, and Ufotable that ran from 2011-2012.

To me this is the best anime ever, and by far. Best animation I have ever seen, incredible story, appealing action. It's a must see.

23 Gundam
24 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 ...read more.
25 Saint Seiya
26 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.
27 No Game No Life No Game No Life No Game No Life is a surreal comedy that follows Sora and Shiro, shut-in NEET siblings and the online gamer duo behind the legendary username "Blank." They view the real world as just another lousy game; however, a strange e-mail challenging them to a chess match changes everything—the brother and ...read more.
28 Battle Of the Planets
29 Captain Harlock
30 Hellsing Hellsing Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It premiered in Young King OURs in 1997 and ended in September 2008.
31 Akira
32 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.
33 Groizer X
34 Steins;Gate Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime television series created by the animation studio White Fox based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's 2009 video game of the same name, and is part of the Science Adventure franchise.
35 Another Another Another is an anime based upon the Novel and Manga of the same name by Yukito Ayatsuji. There also exists a live action movie based on the novel.
36 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.
37 Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent is a Japanese anime television series created by director Satoshi Kon and produced by Madhouse about a social phenomenon in Musashino, Tokyo caused by a juvenile serial assailant named Lil' Slugger.
38 Boku no Pico Boku no Pico Boku no Pico is an anime series of three OVA episodes created by Katsuhiko Takayama. It was released to DVD on September 17, 2006.

A must see story that hits all the right points in order to make it a must watch for all anime fans.

39 Gin Tama
40 FLCL FLCL FLCL is an anime original video animation series written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee, which consisted of Gainax, Production I.G, and King Records.
41 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa.
42 Blood+ Blood+ Blood+ pronounced "Blood Plus," is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Junichi Fujisaku.

Unique and interesting. A sort of vampire type Anime, but with a unique twist.

43 Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a shōjo manga and anime series created by Michiko Yokote, with artwork by Pink Hanamori.
44 Berserk Berserk Berserk, also known as Sword-Wind Chronicle Berserk, is a Japanese anime television series that aired from 1997 to 1998. An adaptation of the manga Berserk, it comprises 25 half-hour episodes produced by Oriental Light and Magic and first aired on Nippon TV.
45 Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Masterfully written space epic.

46 Gun X Sword

one of the good mech animes mix of cowboy bebop and trigun has a very good ending

47 Voltes V
48 Black Lagoon Black Lagoon
49 Samurai Champloo Samurai Champloo Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. Samurai Champloo is set in an alternate version of Edo-era Japan with an anachronistic, predominantly hip hop, setting. It follows Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a ...read more.
50 Lucky Star Lucky Star Lucky star is an anime that first aired (april 8th, 2007 to September 16th, 2007) in Japan. The anime follows the daily lives of Konata Izumi, Kagami and Tsukasa hiiragi, and Miyuki Takura. The show is best known for the cute "moe" characters. The target audience is shouen.
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Fairy Tail
2. Blue Exorcist
3. Attack on Titan
1. Dragon Ball Z
2. Bleach
3. Naruto / Naruto Shippuden
1. Space Battleship Yamato
2. Bleach
3. Naruto / Naruto Shippuden

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