Let me just say one thing – this is my personal list and obviously, it’s highly biased. There are many high-quality anime I have not seen yet and the ranking is not accurate either, it’s very hard to rank anime in general because there are many masterpieces and unique concepts so take that into consideration too (✿ ♥‿♥).
Here is a list of the 25 Best Anime Of All Time That You Need To See!
25. One Punch Man
- Genres: action, sci-fi, comedy, parody, superpower, supernatural, seinen
- Episodes: 12
- Airdate: 2015
Plot: Saitama is a guy who trained a lot and became invincible, defeating all his opponents with a single punch. He joins the Hero Association to become a certified hero and hopes to find the cure for boredom by seeking strong opponents who would not get defeated by one punch.
Why One-Punch Man? 12 episodes might seem too little to create an astounding anime but One-Punch Man managed to do that.
The concept might not seem unique at first sight (invincible hero, duh) but when we take a closer look the irony/parody is strong with this one – Saitama is not getting the attention he deserves from the public/ the Hero Association and they also fail to see how powerful he is (and he is not even attractive) – on the other side Genos, his disciple has it all – the looks, the popularity and the acknowledgment from the Hero Association.
The fact that the whole anime does not center only around Saitama is another great thing – we would all get bored if every episode was just Saitama defeating everyone with one punch, right? You can still see multiple heroes in the action and find many amusing moments that will make you excited all along.
24. No Game No Life
Genres: police, thriller, psychological, supernatural, shounen
Plot: No Game No Life revolves around two main characters, Sora and Shiro, the duo of NEET siblings who dislike the real world (hence the choice of being NEET). They are famous in the online multiplayer game under the nickname “Blank” for being extremely skilled and undefeatable.
One day they receive a strange e-mail challenging them to play a chess game and they willfully accept and win only to be teleported into another world where they meet Tet, the God of Games. During the brief introduction of Tet, they find out that in this strange and mysterious world, everything is getting resolved by playing games – the physical harm is blocked there by magic.
The godlike, overpowered and never defeated gaming duo has a completely new goal in mind: to become gods in this new realm.
Why No Game No Life? A bit of ecchi, comedy and also mind games whilst all is situated in an alternate universe? Check!
【1】 All bloodshed, war, and pillage are forbidden throughout the world.
【2】 All disputes are to be resolved through the outcome of games.
【3】 In games, wagers will be made on what both parties decide to be of equal value.
【4】 Unless contrary to “Three”, the game content and the things wagered do not matter.
【5】 The challenged party has the right to decide the contents of the game.
【6】 “As per the Oath”, the wager will be unconditionally adhered to.
【7】 All matters for group conflicts will be decided by a representative.
【8】 If cheating is detected during a game, it will be regarded as a defeat.
【9】 The above rules are unconditionally everlasting, upheld in the name of God.
【10】—— Everyone should get along while playing games.
Now you know why is NGNL so amusing to watch – the unique laws of this world combined with likable characters and a spark of ecchi is what dreams are made of.
23. Death Note
Genres: police, thriller, psychological, supernatural, shounen
Airdate: 2006 – 2007
Plot: The main character, named Light Nagami is a very intelligent high schooler who randomly discovers a supernatural and powerful notebook called Death Note, which was dropped into the world of mortals by a Shinigami (Death god) named Ryuk.
The death note grants its user the power to kill anyone whose name and also face he knows. Light becomes obsessed with the idea of creating a world without evil and starts using Death Note obsessively to achieve that but nothing is without consequences. The hunt to catch Light begins.
Why Death Note? It’s not a coincidence that Death Note got ranked #1 in popularity on My Anime List. This anime is considered a masterpiece and it’s usually placed in the top 10 anime lists by various anime fans. The reason? A compelling and unique plot. I mean, you don’t see many anime with a notebook falling from the sky which grants the power to kill people after writing their names into it, right?
On top of that, the anime introduces a character who is trying to catch Light and is equally intelligent which makes it very amusing – it’s not a story of one of the one-sided, overpowered MC.
22. Sword Art Online
Genres: action, adventure, romance, fantasy, game
Plot: The anime takes place in the year 2022 when every gamer’s dream became real – gamers are able to connect to an MMORPG game called Sword Art Online through helmed called NerveGear, which is able to simulate user’s senses via their brain and thus they can experience and control their in-game character with their minds.
The main character named Kazuto Kirigaya (Kirito in-game name) is a very keen gamer and so he is, of course, hyped to join the world (even though he was already beta-testing SAO before). 10 000 players who logged the first time soon finds out that the mad creator disabled the logout button and the only way how to get out is to beat 100 floors of Aincrad where are dangerous creatures, bosses and the outside world is often hostile as well because players are not always good people. To make things more complicated, if your health bar in the game drops to zero you also die in real life too.
What could go wrong, right?
Why Sword Art Online? SAO got worldwide famous because of its very unique nature – stuck in the MMORPG game whilst unable to log out, waaat?!
Many gamers are also infatuated with the idea of being able to control their in-game characters with their mind (and also feeling certain sensations from there while being perfectly safe in their real bodies though) so it’s definitely no wonder this anime has become so popular and known.
Top three features that caught my attention were cute romantic moments, the idea of implementing an actual MMORPG game environment & beautiful soundtracks which will let you experience the magic of the Sword Art Online world.
Genres:police, psychological, action, sci-fi
Plot: Psycho-Pass is set in the 22nd century and the world has changed. Japan implemented the Sibyl System which is able of determining the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for signs of criminal intent, known as their Psycho-Pass.
The police department takes in a new officer, Akane Tsunemori, a young woman with a heart in the right place. Shortly after joining the world of Inspectors and Enforcers, Akane discovers that the Sibyl System is flawed. New questions arise: what to do with that information and how to integrate into the system which might be corrupted?
Why Psycho-Pass? This is one of the most “adult-like” anime I have ever seen. If someone thinks that anime is for kids, I recommend you to show them this anime. It’s truly a masterpiece when it comes to psychological & philosophical questions, including ethics/morals and includes the captivating, mysterious storyline.
20. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Genres: fantasy, romance, drama, shoujo
Plot: The main heroine, Shirayuki, a teenage herbalist in the kingdom of Tanbarun is a cheerful girl with very unique red hair. Her life suddenly turns upside down when she gets noticed by a prince, who orders her to become his concubine.
Shirayuki refuses to do so, cuts her hair and escapes into the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. Whilst hiding Shirayuki runs into a prince named Zed who got poisoned by an apple meant for Shirayuki. She quickly aids the prince thanks to her knowledge of herbs, poisons, and antidotes.
Shirayuki joins the prince on his journey back to the Kingdom and decides to follow her own dream – to become a proper court herbalist without Zen’s help.
Can the two become more than friends with such a huge difference in their social status?
Why Akagami no Shirayuki-hime? What girl does not want to be treated like a princess? Yes, I can answer that for you quite easily – every girl loves when a boy treats her like one.
In Akagami no Shirayuki-hime our sweet girl Shirayuki gets the opportunity to be treated like a princess from a real deal. It does not matter if it’s a cliché, this anime is just light-hearted and heartwarming to the core!
19. Tokyo Ghoul
Genres:action, mystery, drama, horror, psychological, supernatural, drama, seinen
Plot: The story is set in an alternate reality, where humans live alongside ghouls, flesh-eating creatures looking the same as normal humans.
The main protagonist, Ken Kaneki is a college student who almost dies after being attacked by his
date who revealed herself as a ghoul. Kaneki is taken to the hospital and undergoes surgery while being unconscious only to find out that he became a half-ghoul due to organ transplant from the ghoul who had previously attacked him.
Kaneki has to face a new, harsh reality and adapt – if he wants to survive he has to deal with both humans and ghouls and most importantly with his own inner conflict.
Why Tokyo Ghoul? Finding high-quality anime with ghouls or vampires is almost impossible -but Tokyo Ghoul makes this mission successful and offers a breathtaking story of a half-ghoul, a half-human boy struggling to keep the world in a balanced and safe place for both species.
Genres: action, sci-fi, romance, pychological, seinen
Plot: The story centers around Ryōta Sakamoto, an isolated youngster who is also a neet. He lives only online, in the game and doesn’t wish to change it anytime soon. On top of that Ryōta is considered one of the top players in a game called Btooom!
Absolutely everything changes one day when Ryōta alongside with multiple random strangers get nominated into a real-life adaptation of Btooom!, forcing him to fight and even kill people on the secluded island in the same way he would do in virtual reality to survive.
Why Btooom!?I would say this anime is an adaptation of a mysterious battle royale which is actually a good thing and makes you want to see more (too bad there are only 12 episodes).
I feel like it may get the second season because of the unsolved story but only time can tell.
17. Akame Ga Kill
Genres: action, fantasy, adventure, drama, shounen
Plot: Tatsumi, a young boy, and his two childhood friends embark on a journey to the Capital to find a way how to make money for their poor village.
Instead of making money Tatsumi gets separated from his companions and tries to enroll at the Capital army unsuccessfully and on top of that, he gets scammed and loses all his money in the process. Tatsumi gets taken in by a seemingly nice noble family but discovers the horrific truth about the family and what they have been doing when the assassin group called Night Raid attacks and ends up joining them.
Why Akame Ga Kill? Sure, this anime can get very dark and gory, but at the same time, it contains funny situations so you get the full package of goodies! I need to warn you though, you might shed a tear or two (◕︵◕).
And not to mention the fascinating soundtracks! If you are feeling down and want some motivation just search up the fighting OST of this anime and you won’t be disappointed.
16. Inuyashiki The Last Hero
Genres: action, drama, sci-fi, psychological, seinen
Plot: The series centers around Inuyashiki Ichiro, a middle-aged, friendless man with an uncaring family despite being a very kind, caring person. Everything changes when one evening Ichiro gets struck by a huge explosion outside whilst walking his dog – soon after Ichiro finds out that his once human body got replaced by a mechanical one thanks to extraterrestrial beings who had caused the explosion which ultimately destroyed his body.
Whilst the new mechanical body looks the same on the surface, Ichiro is now able to save lives with his newly acquired powers which fill him with happiness and hope.
The events take a turn when he realizes that he was not the only one present in the park at the time of the explosion. Shishigami Hiro, a high schooler also got his body replaced but there is one major difference – Hiro is using the body’s abilities like a real psychopath, killing people for fun and wreaking havoc on the whole city right after finding out what he is capable of.
Will Inuyashiki be able to stop him and if so, at what price?
Why Inuyashiki The Last Hero? A heart-breaking, unconventional story with a unique main character, Inuyashiki, who is by no means an attractive teenager, but rather an old-looking man will certainly catch your attention and make you question when was the last time you have seen an anime with an MC who is an old man (probably never tbh).
Don’t judge the book by its cover is the fitting quote here. Inuyashiki will win your heart with his empathy and goodwill anyways!
15. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim)
Genres: body horror, psychological, drama, action, seinen
Airdate: 2014 – 2015
Plot: Do you fear bugs including worms? Then imagine what would happen if one alien-like little worm would just burrow into your skin while attempting to take over your brain. Not very pleasing, right?
Fortunately for 17 years old high schooler Shinichi, the worm-like creature which tried to take over his brain failed and eaten only his right hand. How will the coexistence of the two end up?
Why Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu? If you have seen Venom and enjoyed the human-parasite relationship or if you just want to see how it is to live in a symbiosis with a parasite, go for Kiseijuu.
The story can be sometimes gory and dark, but you can probably digest it and enjoy the action and fights.
14. Inu x Boku SS
Genres:comedy, supernatural, romance, shounen
Plot: The main heroine, Ririchiyo Shirakiin is the daughter of a renowned family. Two things you notice about Ririchiyo at a first sight: petite, Lolita-like body and arrogant, patronizing attitude.
With some help from her childhood friend, Ririchiyo moves in a residence in Maison de Ayakashi, a secluded high-security apartment complex. The Maison de Ayakashi is a home for many bizarre people and each inhabitant of this complex is half-human and half-yokai.
The condition which must be met to live in the complex is to be accompanied by a Secret Service agent. Ririchyio’s agent is named Soushi Miketsukami and he is a bit… let’s say special. He is treating Ririchiyo as his queen and ultimate master, almost like he is her dog. Ririchiyo’s new life begins and she has to learn how to communicate and get along with her supernatural neighbors, her partner Soushi and her own insecurities.
Why Inu x Boku? If you like a few comedy elements incorporated and you are also a romantic soul with a possible fetish for a sweet male yokai fox (or a yandere loli) then this is the right anime for you.
The only downside is that Inu x Boku SS has only 12 episodes without a second season.
13. Guilty Crown
Genres: action, super power, drama, romance, sci-fi, mecha
Airdate: 2011 – 2012
“If you value your everyday life, go out and protect it. Are you going to move or let life come to a standstill again?”- Gai Tsutsugami.
Plot: In the year 2039, ten years after the outbreak of the Apocalypse Virus Japan nation falls under the control of the CGQ, military force which is supposed to restore order its own way. The organization called Funeral Parlor is the only one that dares to oppose the CGQ.
The main character Shu is a high schooler who had led an ordinary, boring life until he met a mysterious girl, Inori Yuzuriha who also happened to be a key member of Funeral Parlor.
After discovering that Shu wields the Power of Kings, allowing him to use weapons called voids which can be pulled out from certain people as manifestations of their personalities, Shu faces a difficult decision – is he really capable of leaving his comfort zone and if he is, is he willing to join the vicious fight?
Why Guilty Crown? Inori Yuzuriha is a perfect waifu, bro. She is willing to sacrifice herself for the better good, she is lovely, cute and at the same time strong as hell. If that wasn’t enough the whole storyline is pretty interesting and has many twists, making the ending turn in a way you won’t expect.
12. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
Genres: psychological, mystery, thriller, romantic, supernatural, shounen
Airdate: 2011 – 2012
Plot: Amano Yukiteru is a loner who attends high school and just observes everything from his comfort, safe zone while he writes a diary on his cell phone, noting all the observation.
Yuki seems to have no friends but he finds himself often in conversation with his imaginary friends – The God of space and time named Deus and his servant.
What a shock will Yuki experience when he finds out that Deus is a real God, proving it by granting him a Random Diary which can predict future events around Yuki. That might seem like a blessing at first glance but only until he discovers that Deus granted additional diaries to the other 11 people as well. That might seem harmless but unfortunately for Yuki, the rollercoaster of kill or be killed begins due to Deus’ rules of the game – the last one standing becomes a God.
Soon after, Yuki’s strongest ally joins the game – a pink-haired girl called Yuno Gasai who is madly obsessed with Yuki and claims to love and protect him at any cost.
Why Mirai Nikki? This anime is one of the anime where you absolutely can’t predict how is it going to end, or, that you predict it’s going to end a certain way and you fail anyways.
The most appealing side of Mirai Nikki is how mysterious, psychological and sophisticated it is. Yuno is the queen of yandere female characters and it’s very hard to not love her even though she is a bit (only a tiny bit, wink) psycho.
11. Black Clover
Genres: action, comedy, magic, fantasy, shounen
Episodes: 103, ongoing
Airdate: 2017 to ?
Plot: The anime focuses on Asta, a young orphan who lived in an orphanage from his birth along with his fellow orphan, Yuno. The two consider each other rivals but deeply care for each other and dream of becoming “the Wizard King”, the title awarded to the strongest mage of the Kingdom.
Despite being raised together Yuno wields amazing magic power from a young age whilst Asta is not able to utilize his Mana in the form of Magical Power. The fact that Yuno has such talent and Asta is basically considered “useless” in the all magic word would probably make one give up – but not Asta – he never gives in and follows rough physical training every single day.
Motivated by their mutual desire to become the next Wizard King, they embark on a journey to become Magic Knights.
Why Black Clover? I won’t really tell you that this is the best anime ever or that you will feel the same as watching Naruto, but you might still love it if you are looking for a longer anime with similar shounen vibes. The 151k MAL users rate this anime 7.15 which you might take into consideration – despite the cliché concept it’s still amusing, comedic, action-adventure/magical-fantasy enjoyable shounen.
To explain a bit more – Asta is a classic representation of a shounen MC – never giving up, training despite being talentless and improving significantly whilst being a bit naive/silly.
10. Made in Abyss
Genres: sci-fi, adventure, mystery, drama, fantasy
Plot: Made in Abyss follows a story of Riko, a daughter of Lyza the annihilator who used to be a Diver (very brave individuals dive into The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past, facing dangers and physical/mental deterioration as they descent/ascent) who is determined to find her mother.
Although Riko is very young she is already working in the upper layers of the Abyss but is forbidden to descent into deeper layers. Everything changes one day when she encounters a robot in the Abyss who has the appearance of a young boy who seems to be created with very powerful technology. The two of them become very quickly friends and she also chooses a name for the boy – Reg.
She makes up her mind and decides to descend to the deepest layer of the abyss with the help Reg whilst risking her own life and experiencing horrific discoveries about the Abyss.
Why Made in Abyss? Made in Abyss isn’t at all what it appears to be. It may seem like mysterious adventurous children’s anime with cute chibi art but gradually reveals itself as something much darker than you would ever anticipate – don’t let the art and the starting light-hearted atmosphere turn you off – you will be really shocked how the tables turn!
9. Kimetsu no Yaiba
Genres: action, demons, historical, supernatural, shounen
Plot: The story revolves around Tanjirou, a young boy whose soul got scarred by a tragedy – almost the whole remaining family has been slaughtered by a demon except his younger sister Nezuko who has turned into a demon.
Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and embarks on a journey to find a way how to turn Nezuko back to a human.
Why Kimetsu no Yaiba? And the winner of the best anime of 2019 goes toooooooooooooo – yes you guessed it right, Kimetsu no Yaiba!
Whilst the demon/supernatural features can be found in many anime, there are not many anime which can bring you the thrilling atmosphere Kimetsu no Yaiba can. Hypocrisy, mortality, hope, and despair are prevalent themes in Tanjiro’s tragic journey and will surely not disappoint you even if you have a very high standard when it comes to anime.
Despite having only 26 episodes and limited space for backstories of characters Kimetsu proves this is not an issue and you will be hyped for the next episode immediately after you finish the previous one.
8. Fairy Tail
Genres: magic, adventure, comedy, shounen, fantasy, action
Airdate: 2009 – 2013
Plot: The anime is set in the mystical land of Fiore, where magic exists as an essential part of everyday life. Many magical guilds are disposing of magic from dark guilds to warm-hearted guilds like Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail is well-known for its unity, strength and high spirit. Members of the guilds take on job requests and fulfill missions together for the money.
Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage searching for celestial gate keys, and her dream is to become a proper wizard by joining Fairy Tail, a famous guild. In the twist of events, she runs into Natsu and gets saved by him after being kidnapped and shortly after she finds out that he is a member of Fairy Tail. Lucy’s dream becomes the truth: she joins Fairy Tail and develops a friendship with many members of the guild, becoming a true family which fights the evil in the world with their magical abilities.
Why Fairy Tail? If you love Naruto, Bleach or any anime with many episodes, slow character development, and various superpowers/ unique fighting styles, this anime is perfect for you.
You don’t need to focus only on one character because the anime shows the background story of many characters and you can grow to like even villain ones.
The only aspect which might someone find annoying is that every girl is overly hot/cute with cleavage (fan service is strong with this one).
7. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
Genres: action, sci-fi, superpower
Plot: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S is a continuing story of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun with the main heroine named Misaka Mikoto. The whole story takes place in the Academy City which is ahead 30 years from the rest of the world. As the name suggests, the Academy City consists of schools and institutions along with scientific facilities focusing on the research of psychic powers. Out of all people, only a few have psychic powers on different levels. Everyone who can emit invisible energy from their body, also called the AIM diffusion field (an involuntary diffusion field) is called an esper.
All espers in the Academy City are ranked based on how strong they are from Level 1 (the weakest) to Level 5 (the strongest). There are currently only seven espers ranked Level 5, including a middle schooler Misaka Mikoto, ranked three. Misaka can manipulate electricity, making her the ultimate Electric Princess.
The care-free life of Misaka comes to an end when she finds out that there is an evil project going on in the Academy city which she might have indirectly caused. Misaka’s worst nightmare begins: an unknown research facility used her DNA sample and cloned thousands of copies of Misaka to perform insane, dark experiments involving dispose of all of the clones. All clones are required to be killed in combat by the strongest Level 5 of the Academy City called Accelerator. Why would anyone do that you ask? To achieve an ultimate Level 6 shift.
Why Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S? Let me be a bit biased. Misaka is just the best character in anime for me, hence my names in League are only Misakas as you have probably already noticed. Being the number three esper in the Academy City earned her the title Tokiwadai’s Ace (cool, hah?). Noble-minded, generous, kind, sometimes childish and tomboyish and at the same time so powerful make her a perfect waifu (for me).
But apart from that, this anime can be sometimes so dark and then, out of nowhere it turns into a comedy. Being set in a futuristic world with high tech fits the whole frame of the anime as well.
6. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
Genres: romance, demons, shoujo, fantasy, comedy
Plot: The main character of the series is Nanami Momozono, a high schooler with a rather problematic family background – her father lost literally everything they had because of his gambling and even left her. Dispirited and homeless sitting outside on the bench, she runs into a man being harassed by a dog. Nanami helps him without hesitation and explains to him her situation in a short dialogue. Surprisingly, the man offers her home for free as gratitude.
Nanami does not have many options so she actually goes to seek the house only to find out that it’s a rundown shrine and tries to leave, but meets two shrine spirits and a fox familiar called Tomoe who were previously taking care of the shrine. The previous land god of the shrine named Mikage transferred this duty to Nanami and she became a full-blown god of the shrine.
Despite that Tomoe refuses to accept her because she is a human and leaves abruptly, refusing to serve a human. Nanami doesn’t give up though and is trying to fulfill her duties as a human god of the Mikage Shrine, but it’s very hard without the help of Tomoe, so she risks her own life to force Tomoe into the contract. After Tomoe becomes Nanami’s familiar, they start a journey full of adventures whilst trying to keep the shrine working smoothly.
Why Kamisama Hajimemashita? Kamisama Hajimemashita is a perfect love story – not overly sweet or annoying, but sweet in a good way with a huge shift of behavior from Tomoe’s side because of the Nanami’s influence. Romantic aspect aside, it’s still a good story with many comedic elements and fantasy features + superpowers so you won’t be bored.
5. Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Genres: action, superpower, mystery, fantasy, shounen
Plot: Centuries ago, mankind was slaughtered to near extinction by monstrous humanoid creatures called Titans, forcing humans to hide in fear behind enormous concentric walls. The most terrifying fact is that Titans don’t eat humans because of their hunger. The creepy expression on their faces will make you question their motives as a first thing. Everything seemed peaceful until one day the colossal titan breached the outer wall, bringing havoc on the whole village behind the wall.
The main character, Eren Yeager is also a victim of this tragedy, losing a close relative and witnessing first hand the power of Titans. Without hesitation, Eren decides to dedicate his life to eradication by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights the Titans outside the protection of the remaining walls.
Eren joins the Survey Corps together with Armin Arlert, his childhood friend and Mikasa Ackerman,
his adopted sister to win a terrific battle against the giant monsters to save humanity.
Why Shingeki No Kyojin? Well, there is a reason why you probably heard about Attack on Titan. This anime is well known because of its high quality despite having only 25 episodes. 3 words defining this anime would be epic, dynamic and masterpiece. You will see a lot of epic fights, but also a lot of emotional scenes and dialogues which will make you craving for more. Hurray, this anime has a second season and also third!
4. D. Gray-Man
Genres: adventure, dark fantasy, superpower, demons, action, shounen
Airdate: 2006 – 2008
Plot: The story is set in the 19th century and centers around a young boy called Allen Walker, who joins an organization of exorcists named the Black Order. The exorcists use an ancient substance, Innocence to combat a very powerful man known as the Millenium Earl and his army of demons (Akumas) who wants to wipe out humanity for good. Allen Walker might be the prodigy compatible with Innocence on 100%, and thus, making him an ultimate weapon.
Why D. Gray-Man? The 19th century is actually very appealing; you won’t see any tech there, just the good old fashioned stuff which is perfect for “the old era” junkies like me (and maybe you!).
From friendship through sacrifice to very high morals, Allen has it all. His friends are also all very noble-minded and at the same time powerful, making the whole anime an eye candy.
If you love the whole “good vs evil” concept situated in a supernatural world go for it!
3. Code Geass
Genres: mecha, adventure, fantasy, school, military, drama
Plot: Code Geass is set in an alternate timeline, where the world is divided into three superpowers: the Britannia, the Chinese Federation & European Union. The Britannia is trying to conquer as many countries as they can, including Japan. Japanese people are eventually stripped of all their rights and also lose freedom and even the name Japan is removed and replaced with Area 11 name instead.
Lelouch vi Britannia is an exiled Britannian prince who gets involved with a mysterious woman called C.C. and obtains from her power of Geass and decides to use it to obliterate the Holy Britannian Empire for good, sacrificing everything, even his humanity in the process.
Why Code Geass? Lelouch is an absolute bae! He is a true mastermind and many would say he is evoking similar vibes you get from Light from Death Note.
In my opinion, Lelouch is on a way higher level than Light though, but I will let you decide that!
The most appealing thing from the series is that Lelouch is actually a hero and a villain in one person depending on the angle of vision.
2. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Genres: adventure, fantasy, martial arts, superpower, action, shounen
Airdate: 2011 – 2014
Plot: The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his father, who he was told was dead, is actually alive and a world-renowned Hunter. To become a hunter you have to pass a rigorous hunter exam taking place every year, making you a licensed Hunter which has its own perks to help you track beasts, individuals or treasures easily.
It’s important to say that Hunters are capable of using Nen in a specific way called Hatsu (Nen is referring to an ability to control one’s own life energy). Nen users are classified into six categories, based on their Hatsu abilities: Enhancers are capable of strengthening and reinforcing their physical abilities, Emitters project aura out their bodies, Manipulators can control objects or living things, Transmuters change the type of properties of their aura, Conjurers can create objects out of their aura and Specialists have very unique abilities and can’t be categorized.
The whole story centers around Gon and his friends, particularly his best friend, Killua Zoldyck, who used to be a childhood assassin before taking the hunter exam. The two of them are trying to get stronger and find Gon’s father while encountering dangerous enemies and problems.
Why Hunter x Hunter? In this anime are also prevalent good values (similarly to Naruto) which is always nice to see, mainly when it comes to an amazing story which gives you shivers.
I grew to like more characters (the story again revolves around Gon but you can easily come to like any side character because they get enough attention) – and I personally prefer Killua who is a best friend of Gon but honestly, there are so many wonderful characters in this anime who are unique in their nature/abilities that you will have problems choosing.
You have a chance to get to know the background story of many characters in HxH, making it hard to decide who is going to be your favorite character and also villains in HxH are not black and white – they are peculiar and likable.
If I had to choose which version of HxH is better I would recommend the 2011 Hunter x Hunter version – it has more episodes and a better art style.
1. Naruto & Naruto Shippuuden
Genres: adventure, fantasy, comedy, shounen, superpowers
Episodes: 220 + 500
Airdate: 2002 – 2007 and 2007 – 2017
Plot: Naruto tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and the village where he lives. He also dreams of becoming the Hokage, the leader of the village. That all would be possible to achieve if Naruto didn’t have a Nine-tailed fox (Kyuubi) sealed in his body, making him hated and frowned upon in the village where he lives.
Eventually, Naruto becomes a shinobi for the Hidden Leaf (his own village) thanks to his hard work and continues to learn with two more teammates how to manipulate the chakra and also how to be a good shinobi at the same time. The chakra is used to create or perform miraculous feats like walking up trees, phasing thought rocks, cloning, breathing fire, creating tidal waves, shooting lighting from hands and many many more.
That all would be too wonderful and peaceful if one of his teammates (and friends), Sasuke wouldn’t choose to walk a dark path and separate to seek power from dangerous individuals. Naruto sets a new goal: to bring him back, no matter what.
Why Naruto? Personally, for me is Naruto the best anime because I just find the story incredibly easy to relate to and it’s basically my childhood anime which I always love to come back and re-watch, no matter how many times. The story is just so unique and astounding that it broke my heart when the Naruto series finished (◕︿◕✿).
The anime is full of good values/morals: kindness, sacrifice, forgiveness, justice, friendship, family and of course, love.
All that our world might be lacking is portrayed there exactly as it should be.
Naruto contains a powerful backstory for every character, not just the main characters + you get to know villains very well too – they might even come to your liking.
Naruto is one few anime which has beautiful character development – in no way rushed and you can enjoy the Naruto Universe for many hours thanks to 720 episodes combined.
Hi, I’m Mia, the founder of 9 Tailed Kitsune. An avid anime fan, gamer, and esports enthusiast dedicated to helping you find anime content exactly to your liking.