Anime has gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Watching anime was quite unusual before. But today it is almost impossible to find someone who has not seen or at least heard of the title of an anime series.
Here is a list of the top 10 anime of all time:
1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
This famous series takes place in a world where alchemy is commonly practiced. Alchemy is the science of breaking down and reconstructing physical matter. When two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric try to resurrect their dead mother, they won’t stop, even with divine intervention. Things go horribly wrong.
Alchemy can repair broken things and change the properties of matter, but it operates on one principle, you cannot take things without giving something in exchange for the same value. This causes a major accident and both brothers go through major physical injuries.
Edward loses his limbs while his younger brother loses his entire body and only his soul remains in the mortal world. However, Edward was able to bind his brother’s soul in a suit of armor. The show follows the story of the Elric brothers who get their whole bodies back with the help of the Philosopher’s Stone.
2. Attack on Titan
Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has been a fan favorite. The anime adaptation has become a global phenomenon ever since it premiered its first episode. The story takes place in a world where humanity is on the brink of extinction. The last of humanity lives inside the fortified cities to protect themselves from man-eating monsters, titans.
After a few hundred years, the wall is breached and titans attack the people who live there. The story tells about the life of a boy named Eren Yeager, who sees his mother being eaten by a titan and swears revenge on them. Furthermore, when he grows up he joins the Survey Corps (the military core that moves outside the walls).
But there is more to the story, which no one could have imagined. Attack On Titan will release its final installment in 2023. The perfect character development and bloody titans make this series a must-see.
3. Demon Slayer
The record-breaking anime Demon Slayer has become an internet sensation since it premiered in 2019. This anime has taken animation to a whole other level. Each episode is incredibly impressive with amazing fight scenes. Demon Slayer is set in the Taisho era, where demons exist and hunt humans.
It’s a story about a boy named Tanjiro kamado, whose entire family is slaughtered by demons when he goes out to work. However, only his kind-hearted sister survives the attack, though she was turned into a demon. He then decides to join the Demon Slayer Corps to help his sister and avenge his family.
The series has really well written characters and the backstories of demons have been captured very nicely. Smooth animation and music make this series a must-see.
4. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop first aired in 1998 and is one of the most popular anime in Japan and Western countries. The series has a very futuristic plot. Set in 2071, humanity has taken over the galaxy.
In the midst of the rising crime rate, the intersolar system police set up a legalized bounty hunting business to hunt down criminals. The series features two bounty hunters Spike Spiegel, an exiled assassin, and Jet Black, a former ex-ISSP officer. The Hunters travel from planet to planet in their starship, the Bebop. The show is as popular now as it was 20 years ago.
The exploration of adult themes and a hell of a soundtrack make this series a top notch anime. Cowboy Bebop was also adopted by Netflix but failed to impress the fans as nothing can match the original.
5. Death note
Death Note is a classic manga and anime written by Tsugumi Ohba. The series follows the story of a High School student Light Yagami, who discovers a book that kills people. If there is a name in the book, the person dies in the same way as it is written in the book.
The owner of the book is a Shinigami named Ryuk who always stays by his side. The only condition for a Death Note is that the holder of the book must know the full name and appearance of the person whose name is written in it.
Light starts killing criminals left and right. The police hire a brilliant detective L to find the mass murderer. The series will be a game of cat and mouse. It is so exciting to watch this mouse hunt. The manga is so brilliantly written that the audience is always guessing what will happen next.
6. Stein’s; Gate
The anime is about three friends who accidentally discover time travel. The main character Rintarp Okabe runs a Gadget Factory with his friends Mayuri and Itaru, where they conduct experiments with various gadgets.
The trio love their work, but it doesn’t seem to be getting them anywhere. At the beginning of the story, they are supposedly working on a microwave powered by a mobile phone. That’s when they discover time travel. The gadget can send a text back in time and they can stop accidents from happening.
This is how the story goes, it is full of funny and intense moments to keep you hooked with the story. Stein’s; Gate was a huge success when it was released in 2011 and still ranks high on must-see anime lists.
7. One Piece
Eiichiro Oda’s magnum opus, One piece is the longest running anime on TV. The series has over 1000 episodes. But that hasn’t stopped fans from indulging in this well-written series.
The main character of the series Luffy is not your typical pirate, but one who believes that no one’s dreams are impossible to achieve. Luffy wants to become a pirate king and leads a group of pirates, The Straw Hats.
He accidentally ate a special fruit that has given his body properties such as elasticity. The foreshadowing in the show is very well planned and fans are always in awe when they find answers to mysteries. The anime has handled the pirate theme with such a degree of nuance.
8. Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter has been a fan favorite for ages. The series shows the life of a young boy who wants to find his father, Ging. His only clue is that his father is a world-class hunter.
Gon leaves his home to take a difficult and deadly exam in hopes of gaining more clues about Ging. Gon meets his best friend Killua during this exam. Killua comes from a family of contract killers and wants to do something different with his life.
The emotional high points of the series are captured so beautifully. Hunter x Hunter anime has been on a long hiatus due to the manga going on hiatus. The series received a reboot of the original anime in 2011. The original anime aired in 1999.
9. Naruto Shippuden
Naruto is one of the “big three” of anime, the show has long enjoyed popularity among fans of this genre. This is the second part of Naruto. The show continues where the first part left off. Naruto returns with Jiraiya after two years of training.
The series has introduced some world-class villains. The emotional scenes are very touching and the anime moves on a more serious tone. The Third Great Ninja War continues for over 300 episodes, and each episode is a must-see.
The series is known for its funny fillers, but that didn’t stop loyal fans from following the series. Naruto has some very memorable characters. Furthermore, it is the greatest shounen anime of its time.
10. One Punch Man
The main character Saitama is the strongest superhero ever. He can defeat his enemies with just one blow. Saitama is a GOAT. He trained so hard that he lost all his hair. The series is well balanced with comedy and action.
The fights are intense and Saitama wins them all as he is so powerful that anyone standing against him cannot match his Punch. Saitama and Genos have a good teacher-student relationship.
Saitama has been fighting crime for a long time, but no one knows him, only Genos knows what a true legend Saitama is. He worked as a grocer and read a lot of manga. If you want to watch another show with action and comedy, this is the show for you.
Some honorable mentions
- Dragon Ball Z
- JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure
- Seven Deadly Sins
- Devilman Crybaby
- Violet Evergarden
These are some of the Anime that have been fan favorites for a long time. Every year the mangakas and animators get better and better, but for now these are our picks for the 10 best anime of all time.