The 10 best animated series of all time

Les 10 meilleures séries animées de tous les temps

Who decides which are the best animated series of all time? Me ? YOU ? Or maybe it's a matter of personal taste. There are so many things to consider when putting together a list like this. For example, whether quality should take precedence over fan favorites or whether the most influential anime series deserves a special place at the top of the list.

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Many anime fans may have inadvertently started with series like Dragon Ball Z. The series was very popular in the 90s. However, many of these viewers did not become long-term fans of the genre. That almost was my story too. It was only more than a decade later that I got back into anime through a combination of circumstances. I quickly went from being a casual viewer to a passionate fan obsessed with the world of anime.

After watching many of the best anime series of all time and rewatching some of my favorites, I feel confident enough to give my opinion on what I found to be my favorites. Even as I type this sentence, I realize it won't sit well with many others, with every fan having their own favorites.

Anime, which refers to animated productions made in Japan, is believed to have appeared more than 100 years ago, in 1917. But the popularity of this Japanese art form was not as widespread until the 1960s, when the first anime was broadcast on television. That honor goes to Astro Boy (aka Mighty Atom). Today, hundreds of new anime series are released every year, and their popularity only grows with each passing year.

The Top 10 best animated series of all time

I have a special relationship with each of the selected series. Not only did they appeal to me, each for their own reasons, but the art style, voice acting, music and score, complex themes, and thought-provoking nature of many of them set them apart. I could have watched each of these series more than once, with the second viewing allowing me to appreciate them better.

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10. Re:Zero – Life in Another World

Re:Zero starts out simple enough, but quickly evolves into a series based on time loops, character development, and unique villains. The adventure is not linear, and time loops do not always follow the intended path once reset. Interestingly, the original source of the anime is a light novel series written by Tappei Nagatsuki.

The main character, Subaru Natsuki, is thrown into another world, the Kingdom of Lugnica in Isekai, and his adventures begin after a chance meeting with the heroine, Emilia. Subaru is what we call a Hikikomori in Japan, an extreme loner, or someone who seeks extreme degrees of social isolation and confinement, which is quite a change for someone who barely leaves the house . The film has many comedic undertones, with Subaru, an anime fan, initially trying to predict everything that will happen in his surroundings based on his experience with anime. But things don't work out that way for him.

Without giving too much away, when Subaru arrives in Isekai, the Witch of Envy, Satella, gives him the ability to return through death. Satella seems to have an inexplicable connection to Subaru and Emilia, who also seem related as Subaru becomes Emilia's personal knight. Subaru's death return ability allows him to return to “save points”, unpredictable and unspecified points in time that were fixed before his death, making him immortal in a way.

This isn't the only ability Subaru has in the series, but if you want to know more, you'll have to watch the anime.

9. Death Note

After the discovery of a notebook capable of killing people when their names are written in it, the series revolves around a very intelligent, hardworking and talented high school student, Light Yagami.

Light, with a moderately warped strong sense of justice, decides that he is going to use the power of the powerful Death Note to rid the world of criminals and people he believes to be evil. He begins with a strong sense of justice, but this is unfortunately distorted by the power he finds in the book. Of course, his murders don't go unnoticed for very long, and the public soon begins calling him “Kira”, in reference to the entity they believe is behind these deaths, although the purpose of the game is to find out who Kira is.

Death Note is based on a manga of the same name, published between 2003 and 2006.

The series is popular largely due to its themes of mystery and horror, but also because of its psychological thriller aspect. She is loved by both Japanese and international audiences. The story is relatively short, with less than 40 episodes, which makes it concise and relevant without deviating too much, which can often happen with long-running series.


The Naruto anime series aired between 2002 and 2007, with Naruto: Shippuden between 2007 and 2017. The series is based on the Weekly Shonen Jump manga by Masashi Kishimoto published in 1999.

The series revolves around a fictional anime world of Shinobi, where Naruto Uzumaki learns to become a master ninja with the help of his friends and other masters. Ninja techniques used in combat are derived from chakra energy. The first thing you'll notice about Naruto is how different he is from the rest of his classmates, and I don't just mean his yellow hair. He has very distinct markings, which are quickly revealed as a powerful demon is sealed within him. Naruto became a Jinchuriki, a human sacrifice, on the day he was born to save the world from the Nine Tails.

Naruto eventually befriends his fellow shinobi, Sasuke Uchiha (who has an equally tragic history) and Sakura Haruno, basically a ninja Hermione, with pink hair. Sasuke is a prodigy among his peers, channeling all of his rage into his studies. He is on the path of revenge after his brother killed his entire village except him. The series follows his life and his journey to realize his dream of becoming Hokage, the leader of his ninja village. Sakura is soft-hearted and hasn't had to experience the hardships that the boys in her group did, but she not only brings comic relief to the trio but also a realistic point of view.

Dealing with topics such as strong bonds with friends and family, betrayal and overcoming various situations, the series is an intriguing adventure for all ages. The series is easy to discover, especially for newcomers, and is widely considered by many fans to be a top-rated anime deserving of its place on all top 10 lists and, for many, even in the top spot.

Naruto probably has one of the biggest anime fan bases in the genre.

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7. Rurouni Kenshin: The Wandering Samurai

Rurouni Kenshin is an anime based on a wandering swordsman who tries to put his tormented past behind him. Having once been an assassin known as Hitokiri, of the Bakumatsu, Hitokiri Battosai tries to put his former life on hold, now becoming a protector of life rather than a taker of life, now known as Himura Kenshin. Himura is now a Rurouni (from which the title comes) which is a derivative of the word ronin, a wandering and masterless samurai. Himura has sworn to never take another life, a vow put to the test when he must fight to keep his country safe.

The story is set in the Meiji era in Japan and gives an insight into the lives of people during that time. After stumbling across a struggling martial arts school, he decides to help out, trying to live a simple life but turning out to be anything but.

The series covers a wide range of topics, but the underlying tone is one of humility and giving of oneself to help those who are less fortunate and in need. The series' many adventures are packed with action and an anime style that comes together wonderfully. It's simply a wonderful story.

Rurouni Kenshin undoubtedly deserves to be in the top 10 best anime series of all time.

6. Ghost in the Shell


In the not-too-distant future, Major Motoko Kusanagi, or simply Major, and her group of officers from Public Security Section 9 fight high crime throughout Japan. But Kusanagi isn't just any officer: he's a cyborg, an effective leader who uses his intelligence and cybernetic enhancements to bring criminals to justice. With her entire body replaced by cybernetics, she often wonders if her soul has retained some form of humanity, or if she is literally just a ghost in a cybernetic shell.

Little is known about Kusanagi's childhood, leading her to believe that she was never human and was created synthetically to serve her purpose.

Ghost in the Shell is set in 2030, where science and technology have advanced, allowing humans to become cyborgs with varying abilities to help humanity progress. However, Japanese unions have begun to use them to their advantage.

Ghost in the Shell inspired a generation of other anime, television series, and films with its concepts and art style, directed by Mamoru Oshii. Although its live-action film didn't receive the same praise, it remains one of the best animated series of all time and has many iterations to enjoy.

5. Steins;Gate

Steins;Gate is in the top 10 highest-ranked anime series of all time on many ranking platforms. That's not the only reason it deserves to be on my list. Its sci-fi and time travel themes are some of the best out there. The series takes place in Akihabara, Tokyo, which is a location that many fans visit.

Rintaro Okabe, a university student, discovers time travel and, along with his colleagues at the Future Gadget Lab, must try to stop an evil corporation from carrying out its plans. Often nicknamed Okarin or his favorite nickname Hououin Kyouma, Rintaro is a self-proclaimed mad scientist, he has all the melodrama and eccentricities, as well as the social ineptitude that make a typical mad scientist but never hesitates to lend a helping hand to complete strangers . Due to its authenticity, it is very easily deceived. Several twists and turns and surprise moments will take you through the episodes one after the other.

4. Fullmetal Alchemist

The anime series is divided into two series, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. The series is based on a manga, which both series follow closely at the start. The first series, however, ended without the manga series being completed, much like Game of Thrones. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is based on the entire completed manga.

After an attempt to resuscitate their deceased mother using alchemy, two brothers are severely tested when the operation goes wrong. The older brother, Edward, loses his arm, while his younger brother, Alphonse, loses his entire body and takes the form of metal armor to save him from death.

The Elric brothers have their moments of hilarity as the two travel, with the legend of the Fullmetal Alchemist quickly becoming famous. It's funny that Edward is the Fullmetal Alchemist, but because of Alphonse's all-metal body, people often end up thinking that Alphonse is the alchemist of legend.

Bringing someone back from the dead is a huge taboo in the world of alchemy, with serious consequences, as the results prove. They go in search of the philosopher's stone to try to right their wrongs.

But this is only the beginning of a crazy adventure for the duo. Leaving their small hometown, they are thrust into a world much bigger than themselves, having to overcome numerous challenges and stop an evil group from finding the Philosopher's Stone to achieve their goals.

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3. Samurai Champloo

After a chance encounter, Fuu Kasami, a teenage waitress working at a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, who have been arrested by Japanese police after their fight results in the death of the local magistrate's son. At the time, the son was harassing Fuu, who saves the duo after helping her. She asks them to accompany her across Japan in pursuit of the Samurai who smells of sunflowers, and that's where the adventure really begins.

Fuu Kasami is a bright and confident young girl whose kindness is unmatched. She's a bit prone to getting into trouble, getting lost and having accidents, but at the same time she's incredibly practical. Not wanting to appear inexperienced in front of her new bodyguards, they end up treating her like a little sister.

Mugen is a master swordsman whose fighting style is characterized by his reckless and erratic personality. Mugen is a sort of antihero, rude, temperamental and unbalanced, he likes to fight and tends to cause problems for his friends. One of the things that drives him to fight alongside Jin is his competitive nature, leading him to have a constant rivalry with Jin and take part in numerous gambling games.

Jin is much more serious than his counterpart and is a student of kenjutsu. The reason for his escape is that he killed his own master in self-defense. Almost the opposite of Mugen, Jin is calm and composed in almost all circumstances, although he can appear a bit stoic. One of Jin's mottos is that there is no honor in serving a cruel tyrant, and this really follows him throughout the series as he fights against those who use their skills to oppress others .

The series is set in Edo-era Japan. What's great is that Samurai Champloo attempts to be historically accurate with this time period, not only in the lifestyles but also in the events that take place, in which the characters are indirectly involved.

It's an easy-going, funny, and sometimes over-the-top animated series. But its art style and comedic elements make it an easy series to watch for those watching it for the first time.

Samurai Champloo is also one of three anime that my fiancé has gotten into the habit of watching in its entirety. The hip-hop music themes are also relevant, bringing a unique style to accompany the big sword fights throughout the series.

Darker Than Black

2. Darker than black

Ten years ago, a mysterious anomaly known as Heaven's Gate appeared above the majority of South America. Soon after, another such anomaly appeared in Tokyo, known as Hell's Gate, which altered the sky and wreaked havoc on the surrounding region. Following this, the stars in the sky disappeared, replaced by false stars. Each of these false stars is linked to people who have special abilities, called contractors.

These Contractors were found and trained by various governments to be used as spies and assassins. However, every time they use their abilities, they must “pay the price”, which comes in various forms: overeating, self-harm, changing bodies, etc. Powers are gained at the cost of their humanity, murdering through goals and justifications, and removing any emotional or other human hindrances to prevent them from achieving their goals.

Darker Than Black is one of my favorite animated series of all time. It is highly regarded by many, but doesn't often appear on lists, unfortunately. I love the series, and it takes at least two viewings of the series to appreciate all the details and meaning extracted from the series. It may be a relatively short series of episodes, but it's not easy to watch, especially for new anime fans. Despite the Contractors' lack of humanity, Hei, the main character, is a slight contradiction, fighting against other Contractors through a group known as the Syndicate, a group of assassins.

Hei has the ability to control electricity or molecules and regularly takes on false identities and personas for his many missions for the Syndicate and simply for his everyday life. He is often seen wearing his mask. He is an incredibly calculating assassin, and is a surprisingly emotional person, which is unusual for an Entrepreneur who usually loses touch with his human emotions. As he becomes more powerful, he also becomes more ruthless but never really loses his caring nature.

1. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is the only series on the list that is still ongoing. The series is based on a manga released in 2009, the first episode of which aired in 2013. After eight years, the series is in its final season, which is expected to end in about a month. The story begins on Paradis Island, where its inhabitants have built huge walls to protect themselves from attacks by mindless titans.

Things quickly take a turn for the worse when two titans break through the walls, starting a war that has spanned nearly 13 years since the series began. Eren Yeager quickly establishes himself as the main character. Along with his best friend Mikasa Ackerman, he joins the Survey Corps, a team that goes beyond the wall to try to learn as much as possible about the titan threat, seeking revenge on the titans after destroying their home and eating Eren's mother. But what begins as a simple battle against the titans, there is much to discover beyond the walls. Eren, although a relatively unskilled beginner, is motivated by his intense hatred of the Titans. Mikasa has a very dark past, after her parents were murdered by human traffickers, she only survived thanks to Eren who saved her and raised her by his side. Mikasa later became one of the most important members of the Survey Corp, one of the strongest and most capable recruits in her class, but she is exceptionally quiet, even shy. The third member of their enigmatic trio, Armin Arlert is an incredibly intelligent young man, although relatively soft compared to his two other childhood friends.

After initially considering ourselves the last humans, there is even more to discover beyond the oceans.

Even beyond the series, there is a lot to discover. There's a rich legacy that has the potential to be explored beyond the series' episodes, with just as many questions. The plot twists and turns are wild, with bombshells at every turn. The Japanese and English voice actors do a great job and create an emotional connection that keeps me coming back for more.

After watching the series a second time, there's a lot more to understand. We realize that every action has a consequence on the history of the war, which dates back several generations before Eren and Mikasa were involved. Even though the series is coming to an end soon and there is still a lot to discover, we can only hope that a prequel series will keep fans coming back.

Attack on Titan remains incredibly popular and is considered one of the greatest animated series of all time.

But wait. There are others. How can we forget these shows?

11 honorable mentions

Saitama - One Punch Man

I could have easily ended this post with the list of 10. But that wouldn't be fair to other great animated series. These are great in their own right, but didn't make the cut for my list.

1. One Piece

The series follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy (commonly known as Straw Hat Luffy or simply Straw Hat), as well as his pirate crew. They are trying to find the greatest treasure left by the legendary pirate, Roger the Gold. The title of the series is derived from this treasure, known as “One Piece”. He is, of course, the captain and founder of his powerful group known as the Straw Hat Pirates, and is on a mission to become the Pirate King, granting him the greatest freedom in the world. Interestingly, it seems that being an incredible leader is hereditary, as he takes after his father, Monkey D. Dragon, the leader of the revolutionary army.

This anime series is loved by many, and for most fans, it deserves its place in the top 10. It's true, and I completely agree. But personally, it doesn't fit the connection and personal preference of the shows on my list. Where it loses me the most is the continuity of the series, still going on after two decades. That's a long time for an animated series. This shows her ability to stay in time, but this is where she loses me.

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2. Erased

Sent back in time 18 years ago, 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma attempts to prevent the death of his mother during his teenage years, a story that began after a series of kidnappings when he was in fifth grade. He possesses an incredible ability he calls “Revival”, an ability that can take him back to a time before a life-threatening incident occurred, giving him the ability to prevent it. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop him from being framed for the murder of his own mother.

The series is slow, but it's worth it. The premise may not be real, but the struggles and emotions Satoru displays are very realistic, dealing with themes about society and real-world struggles.

3. Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop tells the story of Spike Spiegel, a futuristic bounty hunter with a laid-back lifestyle, despite his deadly martial arts skills, often referred to as a cowboy. Alongside his partners, Jet Black and Faye Valentine (later in the series), they travel the galaxy in search of fugitives whose bounty is very high.

Despite his talents as a martial artist, Spike is also incredibly lazy and a heavy smoker, often seen with a cigarette dangling from his lips. This isn't just out of laziness, as he is terribly tormented by the ghosts of his past, frequently suffers from nightmares, and has no fear of death.

The series has an authenticity, despite its futuristic themes. The realism draws you in and keeps you entertained with action, comedy and killer music to round it all out.

4. Ergo Proxy

The story is seen through the prism of a post-apocalyptic future. Humans live there in peace with androids equipped with artificial intelligence. But things quickly take a different turn for the main character, Inspector Re-L Mayer, after a series of murders, which cause tension and threaten to dismantle the state of peace. Re-L is an investigator in Romdeau's intelligence office, an oddity in an otherwise orderly society. Jokingly called the “princess” of Romdeau, or more seriously “your excellency”, she is an important figure in society, which becomes even more evident when she has a life-changing encounter with the Proxies, a mystery at the heart of heart of the anime.

The story is alive and seems too real. The story is vivid and feels all too real. With a lot of attention paid to the philosophical and moral questions we face in the real world, the series is worth watching at least twice to grasp all the nuances and concepts it puts forward.

5. One Punch Man

One-Punch Man is a relatively new series, compared to the others on the list. With only two seasons released, spaced four years apart, it continues to leave fans wanting more.

The series revolves around a seemingly oblivious titular hero, Saitama, who does everything for fun. He is incredibly powerful, as the title suggests, being able to defeat his enemies with a single punch. Since he's so powerful, he's put himself in a sort of self-imposed existential crisis, being too powerful to enjoy fighting as a hero. The Heroes' Association nicknamed him the Bald Captain, because he lost his hair due to his great strength. Saitama seems pretty average at first glance, but he's virtually indestructible and seems incredibly uncaring.

6. Dragon Ball Z

A young warrior named Goku, along with his friends, are tasked with defending their planet from attacks by alien enemies. But things are not as simple as they are on paper, with Goku learning that he too comes from another planet, and there are many twists and turns throughout the series in the 90s.

Most kids growing up in the 90s watched or saw Dragon Ball Z. In South Africa it was a huge hit, and I remember all my friends rushing home between 4 and 5 p.m. when the series was broadcast. Whether we were in the middle of a football or cricket match, the streets emptied. Such was the impact of the show, which many still remember fondly today.

And there you have it. This is my list of the 10 best anime series of all time. I can imagine that at least five of these series will appear on many lists, and that several of them will be contested.

7. Hunter x Hunter

For many, Hunter x Hunter is the best series of all time – even if it's a lot like Dragon Ball. The series ties together themes of power, our connections to each other, and our humanity in a story that may seem overwhelming to some.

It tells the story of Gon Freecss, a 12-year-old boy, a novice hunter, who seeks to reconnect with his long-lost father and discovers that he is a world-renowned hunter (unique individuals capable of tracking down treasures secrets and rare beasts). Along the way, our young hero meets other hunters and has encounters with the paranormal. Gon is sporty, adventurous and not the smartest, but seems to have a heart of gold. Having grown up in a rustic environment, he is good with animals and incredibly determined. But does Gon have what it takes to become a hunter himself?

Voted the 16th best anime of 2000 by the Animage Anime Grand Prix, Hunter x Hunter was praised by critics and fans alike for its art and animation.

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8. Pretty soldier Sailor Moon

Visually stunning and critically acclaimed, Sailor Moon revolutionized anime by creating or introducing the Magical Girl Warrior genre (at least for Western audiences). Unlike most magical girls, Usagi Tsukino (the titular Sailor Moon) and her Sailor Senshi are seen as anti-Disney princess characters who use their powers to kick ass and fight for justice. Together, they have the ability to save their planets from the evils of the Negaverse. Usagi is the reincarnation of Princess Serenity, although she seems anything but that at first. She begins as a cheerful but immature girl who often overreacts and cries. Despite her small flaws, she has unwavering hope and sees the best in everyone she meets, even her enemies.

Even people who have never watched the anime can relate to and know the characters.

9. Tokyo Ghoul

Written and illustrated by Sui Ishida, Tokyo Ghoul is a huge favorite among anime fans. It tells the tragic story of the young and innocent Ken Kaneki. Ken was a Japanese literature student at Kamii University, living a relatively normal life before being attacked by a ghoul and having his life changed forever. The character manages to tug at the heartstrings of the audience who can identify with his identity war. Of course, the promise of violent and bloody battles attracted many more viewers. This film is probably not aimed at young viewers.

10. Sonny Boy

One fan perfectly described Sonny Boy as “an experience. A philosophical, poignant and inventive experience.” That's probably the best way to explain it. It's not an anime like any other. There is no slapstick comedy. There are no easy tricks. Instead of the usual action-packed blockbusters, the series (which is not based on an earlier manga, book, or video game) takes a number of unconventional turns. It follows the story of a group of students who are transported to an alternate dimension. When they arrive, they discover that they have new abilities, superpowers that help them survive in this dimension. This is a science fiction version of Lord of the Flies.

11. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, produced by the Japanese animation studio Kyoto Animation and directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, is a milestone in the history of anime. The anime series follows a sarcastic and cynical high school student, Kyon, who has a habit of hiding his true emotions, rarely admitting his affection for anyone. Kyon meets Haruhi Suzumiya, a whimsical young girl who possesses abilities capable of altering the universe and who is the main heroine of the anime. She enlists him in the SOS Brigade, a club she created with the intention of finding aliens, time travelers and espers. Many will say that it is one of the best animated series of all time. It is full of memorable characters.

The best animated series and best movies of all time according to fans around the world.

kimi no na wa best anime ever

Anime, or Japanese animation, has made its way to the mainstream Western media market, expanding into video games, comic books, films, and even fashion items. Series like One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist and Naruto have become staples of this industry. As anime becomes more and more popular (introducing the world to Japanese culture), fans argue over who the strongest anime characters are. But today we are going to look at the top 10 best anime of all time.

The results presented here are not based on the opinion of any one person. We took to the My Anime List website and compiled a list based on votes from anime fans around the world.

Here is the best anime of all time, as voted for by you, the fans.

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1. Code Geass

Code Geass follows the story of Lelouch Lamperouge, the Black Prince of the Holy Empire of Britannia, who uses the power of Geass to build a world based on his ideals. Lelouch was formerly known as Lelouch vi Britannia, but he was exiled and took on his new alias. With this power and at the head of the Black Knights, he liberates all of Japan and begins a rebellion under the pseudonym “Zero”. Unfortunately for him, he quickly discovers that Geass is not only a gift but also a curse.

Every anime fan knows why Code Geass is considered a legendary series. With its intense fight scenes, gripping plot, and stunning character designs, it's no wonder so many fans love it. But what's most intriguing about this series is its surprising ending.

Go watch the series and see for yourself why Code Geass offers the BEST ENDING of any anime.

2. Kimi No Na Wa (Your name)

Before the Demon Slayer film, Makoto Shinkai's Kimi No Na Wa (or Your Name) was probably the most well-known animated film.

Featuring some of the best animation and art in the genre, especially the beautiful settings, and an incredible soundtrack (featuring iconic RADWIMPS songs), Your Name follows the story of two teenagers who share a deep connection and magical when they discover that they are in fact swapping bodies.

Mitsuha Miyamizu is the female protagonist, a 17-year-old high school student. She lives in a small rural town of Itomori, and is a priestess of the family shrine. Her dreams of getting away from her small town life are fulfilled when she switches bodies with a high school student named Taki Tachibana, literally in her dreams.

Taki Tachibana is Mitsuha's male counterpart, also a 17-year-old high school student, but living in a bustling city and hoping for a future in architecture.

This is a great introductory anime for all newcomers, and definitely one of the best of all time!


If you thought Naruto wouldn't make the list, you're clearly not an anime fan. Naruto is one of the flagship and iconic series in the animation industry. She shaped the childhoods of so many fans and became legendary.

The characters in the series and films are among the most endearing and diverse. Even the franchise's villains have compelling and emotional backstories.

Despite being one of the oldest series, Naruto is a sure way to get that big dose of nostalgia.

4. The Monogatari series

As confusing as the order of appearance of The Monogatari Series is, there is no doubt that this anime series is one of the biggest and best of all time. With the deep themes present throughout the series, it is definitely for the most dedicated anime fans. The series follows Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who inexplicably becomes entangled with a vampire after she attacks him. After that, he is no longer entirely human. The Monogatari series is a masterpiece that touches the heart and captivates the soul. The plot is the real selling point of this series. With plenty of mystery, romance, and even supernatural elements mixed into one series, this is one to watch.

5. Spirited Away

Spirited Away is another animated film that shaped the childhoods of many fans in the anime community, along with My Neighbor Totoro. The film follows the young protagonist, Chihiro Ogino, called Sen for most of the film, a ten-year-old child who is caught in a magical scenario, trying to help her parents and herself return to the human world . Chihiro's character grows a lot over the course of the film, becoming a courageous and hardworking young woman.

This film was made by the ever-famous Studio Ghibli and left its mark even in Western culture.

With the way the art, themes, and story are presented, Spirited Away can be watched by both children and adults.

Jujutsu Kaisen: the best anime of all time

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6. Jujutsu Kaisen

Jujutsu Kaisen is a bit newer than the others on this list, but there's no doubt that it deserves its spot. This anime series features some of the most memorable fight scenes and best character designs. Speaking of which, the main protagonist of the series is Yuji Itadori, a relatively normal boy until he becomes the vessel for Sukuna, a cursed spirit known as the Disgraced One or King of Curses (the king of curses).

Additionally, the representation of female characters in Jujutsu Kaisen is also very successful, which is quite rare in most anime.

The grimy and dark plot is also perfectly suited. The writers aren't afraid to kill off characters and shock viewers.

Jujutsu Kaisen is definitely one of the best anime series of all time.

7. Attack on Titan

Not only known for having one of the most popular anime debuts of all time with Shinzou wo sasageyo, but this franchise has also been the talk of most anime fans, especially since the studio MAPPA was responsible for bringing the anime to the big screen. Despite the dispute over the studio change, Attack on Titan was a week-to-week success.

This series will have you on the edge of your seat with its jaw-dropping turns of events.

There is no doubt that Attack on Titan is one of the best and most epic anime of all time.

8. One Piece

One Piece is perhaps one of the longest-running anime series to date. Hence its place in the top 3 of this list. For 20 years, since its launch in 1997, the franchise has topped the charts and won several awards.

One thing that is commendable about the series is its variety of well-written characters.

9. Gintama

Gintama is an all-time favorite when it comes to brightening up the spectrum with its hilarious outbursts and shenanigans. Gintoki Sakata is the main protagonist of the series, a very skilled samurai. He is known as Shiroyasha – White Yaksha, a demon in Buddhism and Hinduism, a name given to him because of his demonic skills and swordsmanship, white clothing and her silver hair. This seems in complete contrast to the idiotic expression he usually wears.

It is obvious that this anime takes the second place among the best anime of all time since it is one of the best episodic series there is.

10. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Action, powers, philosophical themes, a roller coaster of human emotions, and the list goes on! Fullmetal Alchemist takes the throne as number 1: Brotherhood.

The Elric brothers' quest to return to their bodies is an entry ticket you won't regret watching. The game's fantasy worlds and many aspects of the human experience are what shape the story.

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The best animated series on Netflix right now

Characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion

Even with the growing market for streaming services, Netflix is ​​still in the lead after all these years. And one of the main reasons for this is that it probably has the most varied catalog on the market. Netflix has an incredible list of some of the best anime series of all time available to stream, including some of the most popular classics, right through to the latest releases.

And even though it's not Crunchyroll, the catalog is excellent. Recently they have added new series to the already excellent list. These are not only original series, but also classic series and new, more mainstream series.

According to Bloomberg, the anime market reached $23 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow to over $36 billion in 2025. Netflix has steadily grown its anime library over the past few years, with TV series like Castlevania, B: The Beginning and Dragon's Dogma which attract many spectators. Today, in order to meet demand and appeal to Asian audiences, the streaming giant announced its expansion plans at the recent AnimeJapan 2021 expo in Tokyo:

“We want to be able to pride ourselves on being the best entertainment destination with good quality content,” Taiki Sakurai, Netflix's chief anime producer, told Bloomberg. “The growth of our business is directly linked to the growth of our anime.”

Here we have a small list of the best anime series on Netflix. So no matter if you're getting into anime now, or if you're a fan, you're going to enjoy this list. There is action, romance, comedy and classics that you must watch.

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Everyone who uses the Internet has at least heard of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and there's good reason for that. Although the series only lasted for a year, from 1995 to 1996, it has continued to grow ever since.

With movies, reruns, and more, Neon Genesis Evangelion is so much more than just the episodes of the base anime. But you need to watch this if you want to begin to understand it.

Explaining the plot of Evangelion is no simple task. So we'll just say that it's a mecha anime that deals with complex existential and emotional issues. It's a deep anime where the characters don't just face the threat of angels (yes, angels are the enemies here, and it's also about religion).

Shinji Ikari is one of the main protagonists of the series. He is the designated pilot of Evangelion Unit-01. Initially, Shinji is a passive and laid-back character, but he secretly craves his father's approval and love. He often wears headphones to try to escape reality, obscuring his fragile emotions and memories of the past.

Neon Genesis Evangelion's influence on anime and culture over the years is immeasurable. This is definitely one of the best anime series that Netflix has to offer.

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2. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Yes, this is the Jojo everyone is talking about. This is the anime adaptation of a manga that has been around for over 30 years now, and has continued to top the list of popular manga and anime. It's no coincidence that the anime is just as popular as the manga, if not more. This is a great adaptation with different styles for each bow.

As the name suggests, this is a really weird series. It's got a little bit of everything – so there's sure to be something for you in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Whether you like action anime, mystery, fantasy, vampires, murder, and love stories (sort of), there's something for everyone here.

3. Demon Slayer

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This anime has taken the world by surprise over the past two years, and it has truly been a breakthrough for anime worldwide. Even if we can say that the story is a bit cliché, it has all the bases of a good shonen. The art and animation are on another level.

In the series, Tanjiro Kamado is forced to join the Demon Slayer Corps to try to find the cure to the horrible curse that befell his sister, Nezuko. Tanjiro has always been a young man with a kind nature and has a character design with some of the sweetest eyes in an anime. He strongly dislikes those who are rude or show signs of cowardice, especially after everything he and his sister have had to go through. Family ties are essential here, as well as the morality and tragedy involved in this profession.

This is definitely one of the best anime series available on Netflix right now, and maybe even of all time.

4. Death Note

If you like stories where the main character is a genius and always comes up with a plan, then Death Note is for you. Of course, there is a twist, and that is that the protagonist is actually the villain of the story.

Light Yagami is a cynical high school student who receives a Death Note, a magical book ending with the power of the Shinigami that allows him to kill anyone whose name is written on its pages. Light attempts to use this power to create a new world order and cleanse the population of evildoers.

5. Gurren Lagann

If you like mecha type anime, Gurren Lagann is the one for you. Not only can you watch the entire series in one day, but it's also one of the most emotional, extreme, exciting, and beautiful mecha anime of all time.

It has the most heartwarming moments mixed with the most intense and awesome mech fights you will ever see in an anime.

6. Mobile Suit Gundam

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Mobile Suit Gundam is one of Japan's most commercial anime series, with so much content that it's hard to keep track of. It's also THE mecha anime par excellence, so you absolutely have to go. But there's more than just robots and cool combat. Amuro Ray finds himself in the role of the main protagonist, famous for piloting the powerful Gundam RX-78-2. He comes across as a complete nerd, which seems to get worse as his Newtype powers continue to grow. With his incredible mechanical talent, he makes a perfect pilot.

Mobile Suit Gundam is also one of the deepest anime out there, with excellent political drama, moving characters and stories, and of course, some of the best action out there mixed with a great plot. You really have to give it a chance.

7. Cowboy Bebop

We should clarify that we're not talking about Netflix's brand new live-action adaptation here, but the original anime on which it's based. Cowboy Bebop is a complex anime no matter how you look at it. Similar to Neon Genesis Evangelion, it features themes of humanism and nihilistic ideas and how they confront the world as well.

The team of bounty hunters in Cowboy Bebop go into space to earn a living on different missions, mostly hunting criminals and helping the good guys. But the characters' personal development and emotional moments are completely unique.

The animation and soundtrack are incredible, and you can watch the whole thing in one sitting if you're interested. And you should watch it. It deserves a place in any “best animated series on Netflix” list.

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8. Devilman Crybaby

A remake of the classic anime of the same name, this Netflix original is an incredible new adaptation of the series. The art style is completely unique, and it goes hand in hand with excellent, fluid animation.

The series once again follows the life of Akira Fudo, a shy teenager growing up in Japan, as he is forced to confront an ancient race of demons who seek to destroy humanity. To do this, he transforms into a demon, becoming the Devilman, endowed with the powers of a demon, while retaining his soul.

The plot is complex, even though it is primarily an action anime. It deals with moral issues, humanism, religion and the consequences of your life decisions. Of course, this all fits into a fast-paced plot with incredible action scenes. And since it's quite short, you can watch it in one sitting.

9. One Piece

One of the longest-running animated series ever created, but also one of the most popular around the world. One Piece is a key part of the anime industry, as the anime has been running for over a thousand episodes now. Of course, keep in mind that Netflix has just over 200 available at the moment, but by the time you watch them all, chances are they've already added more, so don't do not worry.

One Piece is an epic story about Luffy and his quest and life mission to become the Pirate King. He brings together an ever-growing crew to tackle these missions while helping them on their own individual quests.

The plot is rich, the superpowers and art are unique and incredible, and the anime somehow maintains the same spirit and energy that it had in the first few episodes. One Piece is a truly unique anime and you should definitely give it a chance.

10. Dragon Ball Z

It's arguably one of the most famous anime series in the world, with its countless references, iconic designs, and impact on popular culture on a completely different level. Dragon Ball is pretty much what people who don't watch anime think all anime are like. But in reality, this is a great series with action, great characters and memorable moments. Even the music is quite unique.

In Dragon Ball Z, we follow the story of Saiyan Goku and the Z Fighters as they take on the universe's greatest villains and save it from destruction time and time again. Each enemy will be stronger than the last, but some of them may even end up being the best allies.

Now’s the time to check it out if you haven’t yet, or if you have, maybe it’s time to watch it again.

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11. Naruto / Naruto Shippuden

Since we have already mentioned One Piece and Dragon Ball Z, leaving Naruto out would be insulting, and that is because, in many ways, these three series are the biggest and most popular of the shonen series, and for a good reason. These are easily the most iconic anime you'll find on the market, and even if they get mentioned a little too much, it's because they're simply that good.

Naruto has some of the best fight scenes in anime, but also many very emotional and complex moments. It deals a lot with friendship and perseverance, regardless of circumstances. Naruto Uzumaki has incredible power within him, but he will develop it much more with the help of his friends. And he is wise enough to understand that the best way to become stronger is to create bonds of friendship and trust.

Emotions, action, memorable moments, incredible music, Naruto has it all. Put it at the top of your list of the best animated series on Netflix.

12. Violet Evergarden

While older anime series are incredibly beautiful, there's no denying that some modern anime have the best art we've ever seen in an animated film, and Violet Evergarden is one of them. The sheer beauty of Violet Evergarden's art and designs can only be compared to the warmth and touching moments of the anime.

Violet grew up as a child soldier during the war and even lost her limbs. But now that the war is finally over and peace has come, she is physically and mentally afraid, which leaves her feeling empty and emotionless. However, she still needs a job, but she has never been part of the war. So she embarks on a job as a ghost letter writer, which will not only allow her to reconnect with her emotional side, but also to begin to understand herself and her past while connecting to other people.

One of the most unique aspects of anime is that there is something for everyone, regardless of the viewer's age or even gender. And it's not for nothing that it has become one of the most popular styles of entertainment, surpassing more Western animation.

While some people think that anime is all action, weird hair, and people yelling at each other, the truth is that anime can be more emotional than most live-action shows. There are incredible life lessons in anime, and, of course, there are incredible action scenes too.

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Best Anime Series for Beginners – What Should You Watch First?

So you've watched some anime and want to give it a try. But where to start ? Here are 5 anime series and movies for beginners.

1. The School of the Dead

Think of this animated series as a throwback to the '80s teen horror movies you watched as a kid, because that's exactly what it is. It's about a group of excited high school students who find themselves in the middle of a zombie outbreak and must rely on each other to survive. The series is equal parts comedy and horror film, with plenty of great action and bawdy jokes that are sure to make you laugh.

High School of the Dead was released in 2010, and it certainly has fun with the genre. The series follows the main protagonist, Takashi Domuro, a second-year student at Fujimi Academy, who leads a group of survivors when their school is attacked by zombies and they fight for survival. It plays on some stereotypes, approaching the story in a new way while giving you an abundance of crude jokes. It only has 12 episodes, making it accessible to anime beginners. In addition, the story is paced and does not drag on.

This is definitely recommended for anime beginners.

2. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

While the original Ghost in the Shell received widespread praise and even reached cult film status, Stand Alone Complex is a television series that is not quite the remake, sequel, or prequel to the film . As its name suggests, this series is independent of the film. While the film explores in depth the psychology and philosophical ideas of a cybernetic world and what that could mean for humanity, Stand Alone Complex gives us a much better idea of ​​who these characters are and what they do Exactly.

The animated series never really digs as deep as the film in terms of psychology, but for all intents and purposes the series is much more balanced. If you like psychological thrillers like CSI or Dexter, Stand Alone Complex will thrill you and get your brain moving.

3. Attack on Titan

Even beginners will recognize this popular anime series. Known as Shingeki no Kyojin, Attack on Titan, based on the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama, was released in 2013 and garnered widespread praise from fans and critics around the world. What draws most viewers to this title is the fact that this series has single-handedly made giants scary again.

The story is certainly refreshing and thrilling. In fact, the first 5 episodes would make one hell of a movie that would keep audiences totally captivated, mesmerized and wanting to know more. The first five episodes of the anime would be enough to drive anyone completely crazy. The story moves quickly and is beautifully animated by Wit Studio.

Whether you're an anime fan or not, it's impossible to watch the first episode and say you're not intrigued. And, after the fifth episode, you will be hooked. Attack on Titan is definitely one of the best animated series of all time.

Watching anime series online has always been an obstacle course for fans of the art of Japanese animation, especially when you're forced to search for sites with pop-ups and constant redirects (you know which ones). There must be a way to watch your favorite anime online legally?

Here is a list of websites where you can watch some of the best anime of all time online. Some of them are even free!

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1. YouTube (Ani-One Channel)

YouTube has been one of the largest video streaming platforms on the planet for several years. Luckily, this giant company hosts several channels that stream your favorite anime for free. One such channel is Ani-One Asia.

Ani-One was launched in 2019 and aimed to stream anime for everyone for free. The channel is owned by Medialink Group.

Popular series like My Hero Academia (currently airing on Adult Swim), To Your Eternity, and Higurashi: When They Cry are currently uploaded to the channel.

Besides that, they also post fun videos like cosplaying and other wacky stuff. If you suddenly get tired of watching anime online, there are plenty of other things waiting for you.


2. YouTube (Muse Asia Channel)

Muse Asia came into existence in 2019. It was established under the name Muse Communications, which has companies based in Singapore and Taiwan. And the best part is that it’s all free!

Muse Asia has a lot, and I mean a lot, of top-notch anime on its channel. With series ranging from Tokyo Revengers to Classroom of the Elite, and even Assassination Classroom, this channel is surely a giant in itself. It even offers Japanese dubs if you are a weeb who has reached the highest levels.


3. Funimation

Funimation was one of the first websites created for watching anime online. Over the years, it has grown a lot, especially after the release of Dragon Ball, one of the most popular shonen anime of its time.

Funimation is not only a streaming platform but also one of the leading English-language anime dubbing companies. This includes Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid and Violet Evergarden.


4. Amazon Prime Video

Although Amazon Prime Video requires a Prime membership of around $9 per month, there is also a 30-day free trial. That's long enough to access and watch its variety of animated content. The streaming service offers some old classics that others don't offer. These include Cowboy Bebop, Akira, and even new releases like Dororo.


5. Hulu

Another option is Hulu. With a subscription of $10 per month, the streaming service offers access to dozens of your favorite movies or anime shows.

Among the most popular anime series online are masterpieces like Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, and One Punch Man.


6. Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll was established in 2006 and is one of the most popular platforms for watching anime online, especially in America. This site is available in over 180 countries and gives users free access to thousands of anime. It is also possible to subscribe to a premium subscription for $7 to watch films without advertising.

We can say that Crunchyroll is at the top of the food chain since it even has its own awards ceremony.

Look for anime like Boruto, Darling in the FRANXX, and more!


7. Netflix

Netflix needs no introduction. But most people don't realize that the streaming service offers a wide variety of anime movies and series. In fact, you'll find some of the best anime of all time hidden among your regular content.

Castlevania, anyone?


Tell us, what are your top 10 best animated series of all time and what other animated titles should be on our list?