If you are a fan of anime and want to catch up on the best shows, then look no further as we have prepared a list of the best anime shows of all time!
Anime has become the most explosive piece of multimedia art in the past two and a half decades, with humble beginnings in the West during the fringe period of the 90’s . With the advent of the internet age, the popularity of anime has only skyrocketed due to the availability of online streaming services. With every season of the year literally riddled with anime after anime after anime, some of them are bound to become classics on their own.
We’ve put together twenty of the most loved anime franchises of all time. Many of these have caught mainstream attention for their ability to glue you to your seat, but many are cult classics as well that, though did not receive much attention during their airing, have attracted quite the following over the years. Ok, let’s stop the dilly dally and let’s get it on!
Best Anime Shows Of All Time
20. Hajime No Ippo (2000)
Ippo Makunochi is your typical coward who just wants a silent life, helping his mother with their boat business and go through highschool without a buzz. This wasn’t the case and he got bullied every day, until professional middleweight boxer Mamoru Takamura helped him one day and brought him to the gym to learn boxing. They discover Ippo’s hidden raw strength, prompting Takamura’s boxing stable to help him go through the journey of becoming a pro boxer.
19. Monogatari Series (2012)
Monogatari is a series of stories revolving around the weird, daily experiences of Koyomi Araragi, who was attacked one day by a powerful vampire and won, becoming a vampire himself in the process. He eventually gets surrounded by mysterious events and people being possessed by spirits of snakes, nekomata (monster cats) and raging monkey arm spirits.
18. Psycho-Pass (2012)
Like a Japanese version of Minority Report, Psycho-Pass puts us in futuristic Japan where the populace is measured mentally on metrics that determine if they are likely to commit a crime or not, called a Crime Coefficient. Passing this test is called a Psycho-Pass and people who fail the Psycho-Pass are apprehended for future crimes and killed with guns called Dominators – weapons that will only shoot and kill if a person’s Crime Coefficient is above the limit.
17. Elfen Lied (2004)
Among the first sci-fi horrors that have put blatant nudity and gore into use, Elfen Lied is a story about Lucy, a girl from the new experimental humanoid specie called “Diclonius” that resembles a human girl with horns, and her ability to use telekinetic hands called Vectors that can easily kill and destroy. She manages to escape the test facility where she is incarcerated but not without injuries, causing her to have temporary amnesia. She is then taken in by locals Kouta and Yuka and is pursued by a military unit relentlessly.
16. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)
Among the well-loved feel-good anime of the internet, Anohana revolves around highschool student Jinta and old his friends. One day out of nowhere, he is haunted by the ghost of his childhood friend Menma. With only Jinta able to see her, he tries to assemble his old group of friends and try to rekindle old relationships but he also digs old emotions that everyone has buried from the death of Menma – the very cause of them falling apart.
15. One Punch Man (2015)
Probably one of the more mainstream anime that is about to get a second season in 2017, One Punch Man is a comedic adventure of superhero for fun Saitama who, after being a normal human and doing basic strength training, has become the strongest superhero who can defeat any opponent with one punch. Continuously looking for an opponent that can challenge him, he battles everything from undersea monsters, giants to an alien conqueror and still defeats them with one punch!
14. Digimon (1999)
During a Summer Camp, a group of children experience a weird phenomenon: snow in the middle of summer. Investigating this event, the children are transported to a world filled with life forms made up of digital data called Digimon. They try to find a way to go home while traversing the dangerous Digital World together with their friends and their partner Digimon as the new Chosen Children.
13. Log Horizon (2013)
Shiroe is a player of MMORPG Elder Tale, where he was the strategist of the legendary raiding team Debauchery Tea Party. One day after installing the new expansion for Elder Tale, Shiroe wakes up and discovers he is transported to a new world that is entirely similar to Elder Tale, together with everyone who was online during the patch. With no way to log out, physical immortality and the game’s NPCs and monsters becoming real, he and his squad tries to discover the secrets of the new world.
12. Slam Dunk (1993)
Hanamichi Sakuragi is a highschool goon that has no luck with girls. After transferring to his new school, Shohoku High, he befriends Haruko – a basketball fanatic girl. Because of his height and natural strength, Haruko tries to recruit him to join the school varsity. Sakuragi agreed, wanting to impress Haruko, but he discovers along the way that learning basketball, as somebody who has no clue what the game is, is going to be hard.
11. Hellsing (2001)
In fantasy England, a Neo Nazi group called Millennium has infused themselves the power of the undead and started to terrorize the country with their escalating power. With the queen’s domain threatened, legendary monster hunter Alucard and his two handguns arise in blood boiling retaliation to make sure that Millennium is destroyed and unable to further attack the innocent with their vile powers of the dark.
10. Stein;s Gate (2011)
Okabe Rintarou is a college mad scientist who has tried to test fringe science incessantly. Taken by people lightly, Okabe and his friends at his Future Gadgets Lab become the center of a scientific breakthrough where he discovers how to travel through timelines. Together with genius student Kurisu Makise, he learns that meddling with space-time has its consequences and it will always correct itself in the process.
9. Shingeki no Kyojin (2013)
The last remnants of humanity have barricaded themselves inside 50 meter walls to protect them from Titans – gigantic humanoid beings that have been trying to kill any and all humans that they see. 100 years of safety inside the walls have been broken one day when a 60 meter Colossal Titan attacked the walls and let in a horde of the monstrosities. Eren Yeager and his childhood friends join the Survey Corps in the hopes of exterminating the titans and taking revenge for their demolished homes.
8. Code Geass (2006)
The world has been ravaged by war and divided into the three major powers that have emerged from it. Japan has been conquered by the Holy Britannian Empire and converted to a refugee country called Area 11. Years later, Lelouch Lamperouge, the exiled prince of Britannia, has seen enough abuses in his stay in Area 11 and spearheads the strongest revolution of citizens of Japan using the Knightmare Frame technology he stole from his country, leading the resistance as the mysterious Zero.
7. One Piece (1999)
In a world made of vast seas, pirates have dominated the world and been at odds with the World Government for very long. At his execution, Gol D. Roger puts forth the challenge to all pirates to find his elusive treasure, the One Piece, and be heralded as the new King of Pirates. The golden age of piracy starts and Monkey D. Luffy, a teenager who swallowed a fruit that makes him stretch, goes to an adventure to find the One Piece and claim the title of King of Pirates for himself.
6. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1996)
A global cataclysm called the Second Impact has destroyed most of the world while poisoning the waters for the remaining humans that survived. Gigantic monsters called Angels are attacking New Tokyo-3 and they are nigh-unstoppable. Exhausting all manners of retaliation, the Japanese government has turned to an agency called NERV to deploy mecha called Evangelion. With just a 2 percent chance of victory and disturbed child pilot Shinji Ikari to fight, it is up to him to get in the robot and win it for the world.
5. Dragon Ball (1986)
Son Goku is a young martial arts prodigy who has learned to live his life in peace. Being a humanoid alien with a monkey tail, he trains with his friends and grandfather to go on to adventures. Discovering that he needs to fight to keep the peace of the world from conquerors, spirits and alien invaders, he travels the world to become more powerful and seek the powers of the Dragon Ball – seven magical spheres who contains a magic dragon that will grant any single wish.
4. Death Note (2006)
Genius high school student Light Yagami is tired of the bad things that are happening to the world. With corruption, murders and all around criminality, he wishes to do something about it. Ryuk, a god of death, becomes bored and drops his notebook, the Death Note, in the world. Light stumbles upon the Death Note and discovers that he can kill anyone if he writes the name of the person inside the notebook. Light puts justice into his own hands and kills evil elements, and a genius detective known only by his alias L is out to stop him.
3. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009)
Brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric are two of the most knowledgeable alchemists sanctioned by the government. With the power to transmute materials into another using the power of alchemy, they investigate the threats that loom around the government and the conspiracies that float around it. Edward, known as the Fullmetal Alchemist, also tries to find a way to get his brother’s original body back – something that they lost together with his arm and leg during a failed human transmutation in their childhood.
2. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
In the year 0079 of the Universal Century, a feud between the Earth Federation and the space colonies called Principality of Zeon has erupted, prompting a war between two factions. Zeon creates a breakthrough in the form of piloted robots called mobile suits, which systematically kill the human population. The Earth Federation has developed counter-insurgency, developing advanced prototype mobile suits called Gundam.
1. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Spike Spigel is the captain of the spaceship Bebop and his crew – space-faring bounty hunters who will do any job they want in the wild open space after the Earth has suffered a cataclysmic hyperspace event. With his first mate and former Space Police Jet Black, a child hacker, a con artist and a GMO Corgi dog, they go on crazy misadventures to live in the bowels of space. In their misadventures, we discover the pasts and hidden secrets of each of the crew, delving into a deeper story about the origins of the people inside the Bebop.
These were some of the best anime series that everyone should watch! If you haven’t watched any of these, do have a look at them. If you think your favorite anime series deserves a position in the list, then do let us know.