I know that there are many best anime lists out there. But it feels kind of obligatory if you have an anime blog to write one!
I know that many bloggers don’t come to edit their older articles. That’s probably the right approach because I am not even sure if the Google algorithm cares. Or if someone would even discover this article since it’s buried under so many years of new content. But because I spent so much time on this particular article in the past, I thought that it was a good idea to revamp it. It has been almost 3 years since I wrote it, so it’s about time to update it!
If you lurk around on my blog, you might have noticed that I usually make top lists based on users’ votes. As a result, I stick to using popularity rankings from websites like MAL or My Waifu List. This list is different; it’s my list, so it’s highly biased. There are many quality anime I am yet to see and the ranking is an estimation according to my liking, it’s hard to rank them since they have different genres and plots, so keep that in mind. If the anime is placed on this list, I loved it, though.
With that being said, 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
Saitama is a guy who trained a lot and became invincible, defeating all his opponents with a single punch. He decides to join the Hero Association to become a certified hero in hopes to find a cure for boredom by seeking strong opponents who won’t be defeated with 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, it pokes fun at this trope. It’s an ultimate parody because the MC is not handsome, doesn’t get the praise he deserves, and others fail to see how powerful he is. On the other side, his disciple Genos has it all: he is a popular looker who gets all the girls and also acknowledgment from the Hero Association.
The series would be boring if it was only focused on Saitama since he can defeat everyone with a single punch. And that’s why they chose a different approach! You can see all the other heroes fight in full-power mode too!
24. No Game No Life
- Genres: Fantasy, Ecchi, Comedy, Isekai
- Episodes: 12
- Airdate: 2014
No Game No Life revolves around two genius gamer siblings who dislike the real world. They are famous in various online multiplayer games for being undefeatable.
One day, they receive a strange e-mail challenging them to play a chess game. They willfully accept the challenge and win the game, only to be teleported to a fantasy world. There they meet Tet, the God of Games. During the brief introduction, they find out that everything is resolved by playing games in this realm.
The OP gaming duo now has a new goal in mind—to become gods in this new realm!
Why No Game No Life? Isekai that has a bit of ecchi, comedy, and also amusing mind games? Count me in!
The unique laws of this world combined with likable characters and a dab of ecchi is what dreams are made of!
23. Death Note
- Genres: Police, Thriller, Psychological, Supernatural, Shounen
- Episodes: 37
- Airdate: 2006–2007
Light Nagami is a highly intelligent high schooler who one day stumbles upon a supernatural notebook called Death Note. This book was dropped into the human world by a death god and grants its user the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it. Light becomes obsessed with the idea of creating a world without evil and starts using Death Note to get rid of criminals. However, such a thing is impossible to achieve without consequences, and there will a price to pay.
Why Death Note? It’s not a coincidence that Death Note is ranked #1 in popularity charts, including MAL. This anime is considered a masterpiece and you will often find it recommended in almost every ‘best anime list’. Rightfully so, it’s a compelling story full of psychological games. The MC is not the only genius. The detective who is trying to hunt him down is a genius too, which makes it entertaining to watch.
22. Sword Art Online
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy, Game
- Episodes: 25
- Airdate: 2012
SAO takes place in the year 2022 when every gamer’s dream becomes reality—people can now experience and control their in-game characters with their minds thanks to a special helmet called Nerve Gear.
A boy called Kazuto Kirigaya is an avid gamer who is more than hyped to join the SAO world. He even previously tested the game as a beta tester. But after 10 000 players log in for the first time to SAO, they are bound to discover that the mad creator of the game disabled the logout button. The only way to get out of the game is to beat all 100 floors of Aincrad, a castle where unique monsters reside on every floor and every dungeon. To make matters worse, if your health bar drops to zero, you will also die in real life too.
Why Sword Art Online? Sword Art Online received worldwide attention because it was among the first game isekai. The show set the trend for the next isekai anime. Many gamers are excited about the idea of having a chance to control their in-game characters with their mind. Consequently, it’s no wonder that it has become so popular and well-received. To top it off, they added a likable couple. The male MC is handsome & OP and the female MC is a capable beautiful waifu.
- Genres: Police, Psychological, Action, Sci-fi
- Episodes: 22
- Airdate: 2012-2013
Psycho-Pass is set in the 22nd century and the world as we know has changed. Japan implemented the Sibyl System that can determine the threat level of each citizen. This is all thanks to its ability to examine their mental state for signs of criminal intent, which is also known as 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. But can she even do anything with that information?
Why Psycho-Pass? This is one of the most MATURE & dark anime I have ever seen. If someone thinks that anime is for kids, I recommend you to show them this series. They will surely change their mind. It’s truly a masterpiece when it comes to psychological & philosophical questions and tackles topics of morality and ethics very well. Psycho-Pass is certainly one of the best dark anime you can watch.
20. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
- Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Shoujo
- Airdate: 2015
Shirayuki is a cheerful red-haired teen herbalist from the kingdom of Tanbarun. Her life suddenly turns upside down when she attracts unwanted attention from the Tanbarun prince who orders her to become his concubine. She refuses to do so, cuts her hair, and flees to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines.
Whilst hiding, Shirayuki stumbles upon a prince Zed who got poisoned by an apple that was meant for her. She quickly aids the prince because of her herbal knowledge. She then ends up joining the prince on his journey back to his Kingdom and strives to become a court herbalist.
But is there a chance that the two can become more than friends with such a vast difference in their social status?
Why Akagami no Shirayuki-hime? Show me a girl does not want to be treated like a princess. In Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, the dream of every little girl becomes true for the heroine. I don’t care if it’s cliché, it’s so heartwarming and sweet that I can’t help but love it.
19. Tokyo Ghoul
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen
- Episodes: 12
- Airdate: 2015
Ken Kaneki is a college student who ends up heavily injured after being attacked by his date who was, unknowingly to him, a ghoul. Fortunately, he is taken to the hospital in time and undergoes an organ transplant so that he can live. When he gains consciousness again, he slowly realizes that he has become a half-ghoul because he received a ghoul organ transplant. He has to face a new, harsh reality and adapt—that is if he wants to survive in the unrelenting ghoul world.
Why Tokyo Ghoul? It’s rare to find a good anime with ghouls, vampires, or demons. They are usually plagued with fanservice and steamy ecchi scenes with no solid basis. This is not true for Tokyo Ghoul Season 1, though. It offers a captivating story of a half-ghoul boy who struggles to overcome his own demons while also trying to keep the world a safe place for both species.
- Genres: Action, Sci-fi, Romance, Pychological, Seinen
- Episodes: 12
- Airdate: 2012
Ryōta Sakamoto is a lonely NEET teen. He spends his days playing a shooter game called Btooom! where he is among the top players. Sadly, he doesn’t have any aspirations for the future, which puts a strain on his relationship with his parents.
One day, Ryōta, alongside multiple strangers, gets nominated for a real-life adaptation of Btooom!, and he is involuntarily transported to a secluded island. There, he has to fight and even kill others if he wants to get home in one piece.
Why Btooom!? I would say that the concept of a mysterious battle royale IRL is pretty enthralling. I just wish it didn’t end up so abruptly with an open ending when there is no 2nd season.
17. Akame Ga Kill
- Genres: Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Drama, Shounen
- Episodes: 24
- Airdate: 2014
Tatsumi, a young boy, and his two childhood friends who come from a poor village embark on a journey to the Capital to find a way how to make money. Instead of making money, Tatsumi gets separated from his companions and unsuccessfully tries to enroll in the Capital army. After that, he gets scammed and loses the little money he had too. He is then taken into care by a seemingly nice noble family. That same night, the family is attacked by an assassin group called Night Right. Tatsumi discovers the horrific truth about the family and how they have been torturing innocent people and joins Night Raid as a member.
Why Akame Ga Kill? Sure, this anime can get very dark and gory, but at the same time, it has many funny moments 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 the fighting OST of this show.
16. Inuyashiki The Last Hero
- Genres: Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Psychological, Seinen
- Episodes: 11
- Airdate: 2017
Inuyashiki Ichiro is a middle-aged friendless man with an uncaring family. No one appreciates him even though he is a very kind, caring person.
One fateful day, Ichiro gets struck by a huge explosion outside whilst walking his dog. Soon after, he finds out that his once human body got replaced by a mechanical one. This is all due to the intervention of extraterrestrial beings who caused the explosion that ultimately destroyed his previous body. While the new body looks human on the surface, it has supernatural qualities. He can now save lives with his newly acquired powers and this alone makes him content.
Unfortunately, this tranquility doesn’t last long because Ichiro is bound to meet someone evil who also got his body replaced that night. Can Ichiro stop him, and if so, at what price?
Why Inuyashiki The Last Hero? A heart-breaking, unconventional story with a unique MC who is an old-looking man and not a handsome typical MC will certainly catch your attention.
Don’t judge the book by its cover is the fitting quote here. The MC will win your heart with how empathetic and kind he is!
15. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte-the maxim)
- Genres: Body Horror, Psychological, Drama, Action, Seinen
- Episodes: 24
- Airdate: 2014–2015
Do you fear bugs? Then imagine how would it feel 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 the 17 years old high schooler Shinichi, the worm-like creature that tried to take over his brain failed and ate only his right hand!
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. You won’t be disappointed because it’s action-packed with memorable fight scenes & music.
14. Inu x Boku SS
- Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, Shounen
- Episodes: 12
- Airdate: 2012
Ririchiyo Shirakiin is a young daughter of a renowned family. She has a petite body but that doesn’t stop her from having an arrogant, patronizing demeanor.
With the help of her childhood friend, she moves into 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. Another condition that must be met if someone wants to live in the complex is to be accompanied by a Secret Service agent. Ririchyio’s agent, Soushi Miketsukami, is a special case. He treats her like a Queen and his ultimate Master, almost like a dog.
A new chapter in Ririchiyo’s life begins, and she will have to not only learn how to get along with her supernatural neighbors but also come to terms with her own insecurities.
Why Inu x Boku? If you appreciate a good romantic comedy in a fantasy setting, this is the right anime for you. It has shoujo-esque vibes despite being a shounen, and you might fall in love with this lovely youkai servant.
The only downside is that Inu x Boku SS has only 12 episodes and no 2nd season.
13. Guilty Crown
- Genres: Action, Superpower, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi, Mecha
- Episodes: 22
- 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.
In the year 2039, ten years after the outbreak of the Apocalypse Virus Japan nation falls under the control of the CGQ, a military force that restores order at its own judicial discretion. The only organization that dares to oppose them is Funeral Parlor.
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 that can be pulled out from certain people as manifestations of their personalities, Shu faces a difficult decision that can determine his whole future.
Why Guilty Crown? First of all, Inori Yuzuriha is a perfect waifu. She is willing to sacrifice herself for the better good, she is lovely, cute, and at the same time kinda OP. If she isn’t enough to convince you to watch it, the plot is pretty engaging with many turns and twists thanks to its mysterious nature, making the ending unpredictable.
12. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)
- Genres: Psychological, Mystery, Thriller, Romantic, Supernatural, Shounen
- Episodes: 26
- Airdate: 2011–2012
Amano Yukiteru is a lonely high schooler who spends his days observing others and writing his findings in a cell phone diary. He seems to have no real friends but he finds himself often in conversation with his imaginary friends—The God of space and time, 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 that 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 11 other people as well with one goal in mind: the last one standing becomes the next God.
Why Mirai Nikki? You know that a psychological anime is good when you didn’t what’s coming until the very end. This is the biggest appeal of Mirai Nikki—it’s mysterious and sophisticated. It also helps that the female MC is a yandere queen who is a cute psycho.
11. Black Clover
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
- Episodes: 170
- Airdate: 2017–2021
Asta is a young orphan who lived in an orphanage from his birth along with a 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 while Asta struggles to even utilize his Mana in the form of Magical Power. The fact that Yuno has such talent and Asta is useless would probably make one give up—but not Asta!
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 tell you that this is among the best shounen I have ever seen. It just that it gives me a similar feeling to Naruto and it sparked some nostalgia in me. It might be a bit cliché but it’s still amusing and enjoyable to watch with a rating of ~7 on MAL.
10. Made in Abyss
- Genres: Sci-fi, Adventure, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
- Episodes: 13
- Airdate: 2017
Riko is the daughter of a famous Diver Lyza. Divers are very brave individuals who 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 and mental deterioration as they descend and ascend. She is determined to find her mother and works in the upper layers of the Abyss even though she is only a child.
Everything changes one seemingly ordinary day when she encounters a humanoid robot in the Abyss. The two of them hit it off almost instantly and Riko, along with the robot—now named Reg—decide to sneak out and descend into deeper layers of the Abyss to uncover the dark truth.
Why Made in Abyss? Made in Abyss isn’t at all what it seems to be. It may seem like a kid show filled with cute chibi characters in a fantasy world but it gradually turns into something much darker and sadder.
9. Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Genres: Action, Demons, Historical, Supernatural, Shounen
- Episodes: 26
- Airdate: 2019
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba revolves around Tanjirou, a young boy whose soul got scarred by a tragedy—all members of his family except his younger sister, Nezuko, were slaughtered by a demon and she has turned into one.
Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and embarks on a journey to find a way how to turn Nezuko back into a human.
Why Kimetsu no Yaiba? And the winner of the best anime of 2019 goes to… yes you guessed it right, Kimetsu no Yaiba!
Whilst the demon/supernatural genres are popular, there are not that many that can bring you such enthralling and brilliant execution as Kimetsu no Yaiba. 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 first one.
8. Fairy Tail
- Genres: Magic, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen, Fantasy, Action
- Episodes: 175
- Airdate: 2009–2013
Fairy Tail is set in the mystical land of Fiore, where magic exists as an essential part of everyday life. Mages join magical guilds, and one such guild is Fairy Tail. Members of the guilds usually take on job requests and fulfill missions to get money.
Lucy Heartfilia is a young Celestial mage searching for celestial gate keys, and her dream is to become a proper wizard by joining the Fairy Tail guild. After an unexpected turn of events, she runs into a fiery boy Natsu and later gets saved by him. It’s then that she discovers that he is a member of Fairy Tail, and he takes her to the guild.
Why Fairy Tail? If you are a fan of long-running shounen shows with all the typical tropes that come with them, this is a perfect fit.
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 villains. And there is also fanservice if you are into that.
7. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
- Genres: Action, Sci-fi, Superpowers
- Episodes: 24
- Airdate: 2014
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S is the 2nd season of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun with heroine called Misaka Mikoto.
The series takes place in 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 is called an esper.
All espers in the Academy City are ranked based on how strong they are. The weakest rank starts on Level 1 and the strongest is Level 5. 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 carefree life of Misaka comes to an end when she finds out that there is an evil project going on in Academy city and she might have indirectly contributed to it. Misaka’s worst nightmare becomes reality: someone misused her DNA and cloned her to perform insane experiments. This experiment ultimately means killing 20 000 Misaka clones in combat with the strongest Level 5, Accelerator, who has a good chance of achieving the ultimate Level 6 shift.
Why Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S? Let me be a bit biased. Misaka is the best anime girl for me, hence my names in League are only Misakas. 😀 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.
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 and complex world-building also adds charm to it.
6. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)
- Genres: Romance, Demons, Shoujo, Fantasy, Comedy
- Episodes: 13
- Airdate: 2012
Nanami Momozono is a high schooler with a rather problematic family background—her father gambled her house away and vanished. Dispirited and homeless sitting outside on the bench, she spots a man in distress who is being harassed by a dog. Nanami helps him without hesitation and explains to him her situation. Surprisingly, the man offers her his home for free as a form of gratitude.
Since she does not have many options, she goes to see the house only to find out that it’s a rundown shrine. She then tries to leave but stops after she runs into two shrine spirits and a beautiful fox familiar, Tomoe, who are taking care of the shrine. Nanami finds out that the previous land god of the shrine was Mikage, and he transferred this role to Nanami.
Unfortunately, Tomoe refuses to accept Nanami because she is a human and leaves abruptly, stating that he won’t serve a human. Nanami doesn’t give up though and tries to do her best in fulfilling her duties as a land god of the Mikage Shrine. She realizes that to do things effectively, she needs to get Tomoe back, and risks her life to force Tomoe into the contract. After Tomoe becomes her familiar, they have to learn how to work together despite their differences.
Why Kamisama Hajimemashita? Kamisama Hajimemashita is a perfect love story because while it doesn’t lack sweetness, it’s not overly sweet or annoying. Tomoe can overcome his past trauma thanks to Nanami, and his backstory is deeply explored in the series.
Romantic aspect aside, it’s still a good story that mixes comedy and fantasy with some action here and there.
5. Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
- Genres: Action, Superpower, Mystery, Fantasy, Shounen
- Episodes: 25
- Airdate: 2013
Eren Yaeger’s life turns upside down after the wall protecting his village from Titans, monstrous humanoid creatures, gets breached, causing utter havoc. He loses a close relative in a very gruesome way and witnesses firsthand the atrocious power of Titans.
After this traumatic experience, driven by anger, Eren decides to dedicate his life to the eradication of Titans by enlisting into the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that fights the Titans outside the protection of the remaining walls.
Why Shingeki No Kyojin? Well, there is a reason why you probably already heard about Attack on Titan. It’s simply epic. You will see a lot of mind-blowing fights, touching scenes, and memorable dialogues (and monologues) that will make you crave for more. Many people find it the best anime of all time and I can see why.
4. D. Gray-Man
- Genres: Adventure, Dark Fantasy, Superpower, Demons, Action, Shounen
- Episodes: 103
- Airdate: 2006–2008
This series is set in the 19th century and centers around a young boy called Allen Walker who joins an organization of exorcists, the Black Order. The exorcists use an ancient substance, Innocence, to combat a very powerful but evil man known as the Millenium Earl. His goal is to wipe out humanity for good, and he uses an army of demons for that. After the Black Order finds out that Allen Walker might be the destined prodigy who is 100% compatible with Innocence, they realize that the ultimate defeat of the Millenium Earl might be more than a pipe dream.
Why D. Gray-Man? First of all, the 19th century is appealing; you won’t see any tech there, just the good old-fashioned stuff which is perfect for “the old era” junkies like me.
Then we have a likable protagonist, Allen. From kindness through sacrifice to high morals, he has it all. His interactions with the members of the Black Order are hilarious but they can also be touching and serious.
If you love the whole “good vs evil” concept in a fantasy realm, go for it!
3. Code Geass
- Genres: Mecha, Adventure, Fantasy, School, Military, Drama
- Episodes: 25
- Airdate: 2013
Code Geass is set in an alternate timeline, where the world is divided into three superpowers: the Britannia, the Chinese Federation & the Europia United. The Britannia is trying to conquer as many countries as they can, including Japan. Japanese people are eventually stripped of all their rights and Japan is renamed Area 11.
Lelouch vi Britannia is an exiled Britannian prince who gets involved with a mysterious woman called C.C.. She bestows the power of Geass upon him, which in turn makes his dream of exacting revenge on the Holy Britnannian Empire possible.
Why Code Geass? Lelouch is an absolute bae! He is a true mastermind and many would say that he gives off very similar vibes to Light from Death Note. I disagree though. In my opinion, Lelouch is smarter and doesn’t have a warped vision of the world like him.
2. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
- Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Superpower, Action, Shounen
- Episodes: 148
- Airdate: 2011 – 2014
HxH tells the story of Gon and his friends, particularly his best friend Killua who had used to be a childhood assassin before he took the hunter exam.
Both Killua and Gon eventually become licensed Hunters. Being licensed as an official Hunter bestows several desirable benefits on the licensee, ranging from the usage of public facilities at no cost to reduced legal responsibility for the murder. The two of them then start intensive training to become stronger and set off to achieve Gon’s goal of finding his father.
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.
Why Hunter x Hunter? First of all, it’s the best anime for me. 😀 But seriously, in this anime are also prevalent essential life lessons—similarly to Naruto—which is always nice to see, mainly when it comes to an amazing story that can give you shivers.
I grew to like more characters than the main cast even though the story revolves around Gon. This is because you can easily come to like any side character. After all, they get enough key moments. I prefer Killua—Gon’s best friend—over Gon but there are who is a best friend of Gon but there are SO MANY wonderful characters that you will have problems choosing a fave. They are all unique not only when it comes to their personalities but also their abilities.
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 superior animation and art.
1. Naruto & Naruto Shippuuden
- Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Shounen, Superpowers
- Episodes: 220+500
- Airdate: 2002–2007 and 2007–2017
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 alone is a difficult task to achieve but it seems near impossible because Naruto has a Nine-tailed fox demon sealed in his body, making him hated and frowned upon in the village.
Luckily for Naruto, he eventually becomes a shinobi for the Hidden Leaf thanks to his determination and hard work. He continues the ninja training with two more classmates under the supervision of the skilled Kakashi-senpai. While that seems idyllic, it soon comes to an end when one of his teammates chooses to walk a dark path and abandons the village to seek power from dangerous individuals. Naruto sets a new goal: to bring him back, no matter what.
Why Naruto? In my opinion, Naruto is one of the best anime because I find the story incredibly easy to relate to and it’s my childhood anime that I always love to come back and re-watch, no matter how many times. I found the story so touching and relatable that it broke my heart when it finished. 🙁
The anime is filled with important life lessons and characters that teach us about good values & morals: we discover the true meaning of kindness, sacrifice, forgiveness, justice, friendship, family, and of course, love.
Naruto gives almost every character a powerful backstory, which is refreshing. You see supporting characters fleshed out almost as great as the main cast and villains are not villains only so there can be some plot. They have their reasons and motives, which are explored in depth.
The show is one of few anime that has beautiful character development—in no way rushed! You can enjoy the Naruto Universe for many days thanks to 720 episodes combined!
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