Well this is going to be rather straightfroward – today we are going to explore top 10 anime for beginners you certainly have to watch if you haven’t already!
This list is perfect for people starting watching anime or for recommending some anime to your friends who are new in the anime world.
10. Death Note
Genres: police, thriller, psychological, supernatural, shounen
This anime was one of the first 5 anime I watched and kind of lured me into the anime world. I highly recommend this anime. The popularity rank number 1 on MAL was earned rightfully.
The main protagonist, named Light Nagami is a very intelligent high schooler who randomly discovers a supernatural and powerful book called Death Note, which was dropped into the world of mortals by a Shinigami/ Death god named Ryuk.
Death Note grants its user the power to kill anyone under one condition; the Death Note’s owner must have the specific person in mind whilst writing his/her name. Light becomes obsessed with the idea of creating the world without evil, but nothing comes without consequences.
9. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Genres: mecha, adventure, fantasy, school, military, drama
“The only ones who should kill are those who are prepared to be killed!” – Lelouch Lamperouge
The storyline is focused on Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled Britannian prince who lives in a world full of violence, injustice, and oppression. The Holy Empire of Britannia starts to conquer nations including Japan, renaming it to Area 11 and dominating it completely.
Even though Japan doesn’t want to surrender so quickly and tries to regain its lost independence by showing a great will to fight against the tyrants from The Holy Empire of Britannia, the power seems to be lacking.
Lelouch’s past is haunting him and he feels completely powerless in the start; but things are soon about to change thanks to a mysterious girl called C.C. who bestows upon Lelouch the power of Geass, granting Lelouch unimaginable power, making him almost undefeatable.
Lelouch chooses the difficult journey; abandoning his humanity in order to obliterate the whole Holy Empire of Britannia.
8. Kamisama Hajimemashita
Genres: romance, demons, shoujo, fantasy, comedy
This is one of my most favored anime ever. This anime is perfect in every aspect for a romantic soul – it’s not oversweet and the relationship between main characters develops slowly, but not too slow so you won’t be bored to death.
The main heroine named Nanami Nonozomo is a “normal” high schooler except the fact that her father ran away because of his gambling debts and Nanami had to leave her house because of eviction (basically homeless).
After saving a man named Mikage who was chased by a dog and ended up hanging on a tree, she receives a kiss on her forehead from Mikage who also offers her to stay in his house instead of him. Nanami is homeless so she accepts the offer, not realizing that Mikage bestowed upon her a mark of Deity.
Nanami soon finds out that she will live with a familiar, an attractive fox yokai Tomoe and also keepers of the shrine. Nanami becomes the Earth God and works hard to fit into her new role whilst trying to live a normal high school life.
7. Mirai Nikki
Genres: psychological, mystery, thriller, romantic, supernatural, shounen
I really love this anime. I have seen it many times, but it has its own magic; it’s surprisingly mysterious and no one would expect or predict what happens in the end.
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. Everything seems great until the moment Deus decides that he will grant additional diaries to the other 11 people as well with one goal – the owner of a diary who kills all the other 11 people will become God, replacing Deus who is about to die. The game “kill or be killed” begins.
6. Sword Art Online
Genres: fantasy, game, romantic, action, adventure
SAO will be your favorite anime for sure if you like to play games. For players of MMORPG will be the story of this anime one of unfulfilled dreams. What I really love about this anime is the development of a relationship between two main characters – Kirito and Asuna.
In the year 2022 is possible for players who use helmet called Nerve Gear experience and control their characters in a game by their thoughts and even more – sense what’s happening in the game as real as if experienced in a reality.
Kirigaya Kazuto, in short version and also nicknamed as Kirito becomes one of the 10 000 beta testers for a new massive online role-playing game named Sword Art Online. When the real game is finally released, everything seems perfect until users find out that they can’t log out from this world called Aincrad and even worse – they soon find out that if they will be forcefully disconnected from Nerve Gear in real life or if they die in the game, they die as well in a real life.
Like in any other MMORPG game, you need to fight monsters to level up, drop loot and wipe floors with bosses and also cooperate with your allies. Trapped in the game, Kirito is forced to fight for survival, slowly starting to experience not just the violent side of Aincrad while wiping floors with bosses, but also the beauty of the Aincrad together with a girl he met in the game named Asuna.
5. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Genres: body horror, psychological, drama, action, seinen
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 a 17 years old high schooler Schinichi, the worm-like creature which tried to take over his brain failed and eaten only his right hand.
How will the coexistence of human and alien end up?
4. Diabolik Lovers
Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA
Genres: reverse harem, supernatural, vampire, school, shoujo
I might be hated for this, but this actually a good choice if you are a girl interested in a reverse harem. For sure, it doesn’t have such shocking, magic or deep plot when you compare it to other anime, but something is still appealing about this anime anyways.
The story focuses on a little, innocent – looking blonde girl named Yui who is under weird circumstances forced to live in a house with 6 boys, who are … a little weird. Soon she will find out a secret – all of them all vampires with lust for her delicious blood.
note: it’s not ecchi! (what a shame)
3. B Gata H Kei
Genres: ecchi, romantic, comedy, school, seinen
The reason why I chose this anime is that I wanted to have in this list a variety of genres. Don’t find me a pervert, please, haha. To be completely honest, I’m not a big fan of ecchi because of lack of story and just forced to focus on big boobs in these anime. However, this one is actually pretty good when it comes to the development of a relationship.
The main heroine, Yamada is a really attractive 15 years old girl who just started attending high school. Other girls her age are dealing with problems like first love, instead of that Yamada has a different goal – she wants to sleep with 100 different men.
Despite the fact she is self-conscious of a fact that she is pretty enough and admired by everyone she finds her vagina rather weird and that brings her a lot of problems, for example, she doesn’t want an experienced boy for the first time.
She then somehow randomly falls in the school’s library on a really average-looking boy called Kosudo and becomes kinda obsessed with an idea of her having her first time with him. Although, another problem appears. Yamada knows nothing about sex, nor about interaction with boys.
2. Guilty Crown
Genres: action, super power, drama, romance, sci-fi, mecha
“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, military force which is supposed to restore order its own way. The organization named Funeral Parlor is the only one who opposes it.
The main character Shu, a high schooler led a normal life until he met a mysterious girl named Inori who happened to be a member of the rebellious organization Funeral Parlor and as it seems, a key member.
Events get twisted when Shu finds out he has an ability which allows him to use weapons called voids (weapons which can be drawn out from persons as the manifestations of their personalities).
Shu is forced to decide whether he will leave his comfort zone and fight or just run away and watch.
1. Naruto + Naruto Shippuden
Episodes: 220 + 500
Genres: adventure, fantasy, comedy, shounen, superpowers
I really can’t skip Naruto. It was like the second anime I watched and I’m really glad I did. Except for the fact that this anime has many fillers (which you can, of course, skip).
I consider it a really deep anime with amazing development of characters through their childhood to teenage years. You can really see those changes through the years, their personal development and change of attitudes what makes this one of the most favored anime ever. If you are looking for long run anime, I consider this your best choice. By the way, I don’t really wanna spoil the whole story because in Naruto is too much going on and it might be a surprise for people who never watched it.
The story focuses on Naruto, who has no parents and is rejected by almost everyone. Before he was born, 4th Hokage sealed the fox demon into him and that causes that people in village fear, reject, or even blame him. Naruto is not a natural talent so he has to put hard work in order to become a powerful ninja.
His only goal is to be recognized by everyone by achieving the title of Hokage ( the strongest ninja in the village).
In order to fulfill this dream, he goes through many obstacles, experiencing pain, but and also happiness and eventually finding out the true meaning of friendship, love, and sacrifice whilst working his way to the top.