25 Best Anime Of All Time That You Will Want To See

Have you ever wondered why so many adults all over the world find Japanese anime so fascinating and ...

Have you ever wondered why so many adults all over the world find Japanese anime so fascinating and enjoyable? There are a number of possible answers: some might find the vivid colors intense; others may learn new things about Japanese culture; while still others might enjoy exercising their imagination and exploring meaningful concepts found in the anime. In the world of anime, nothing is impossible, and if you’re willing to try hard to achieve your goals, you will eventually make it. Unlike American cartoons, pretty often (if not always) the best anime has lots of depth, and there’s always a deeper meaning you can discover.

Whatever the real reasons are that so many people love anime, the only sure thing is that there are millions of fans worldwide, just as there are millions of fans of American cartoons, graphic novels, and so on. Because its fan base keeps growing, we collected the 25 Best Anime Of All Time That You Will Want To See, and if you happen to be one of the many people who hasn’t come to the magical world of anime yet, just use our list as a foundation to find your way in. You won’t regret it.

25

One Piece

One Piece

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It is really difficult to sum up the story of a series with hundreds and hundreds of episodes, but we can guarantee you that the main character, Luffy, will provide you a meaningful life lesson. He will teach you that if you decide to accomplish something, you should give your all and fight to achieve your goal till the last moment of your life. This message alone makes this anime great.

24

No Game No Life

No Game No Life

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This brilliant anime can be addicting for gamers thanks to its unique plot and concept of a fantasy world where almost everything is governed by specific rules which one must follow at all times. The two protagonists are siblings named Shiro and Sora, who are violently transported to a different world that is run by games, and where they must develop a lifestyle to survive in a world where games are not so cool and innocent.

23

Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass

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Psycho-Pass is a smart series that deeply analyzes free will and whether or not a person’s “hue,” when cloudy, can determine if they will become a threat to society. Using a special weapon known as the Dominator, detectives are able to continuously read and send psychological data to determine a person’s crime coefficient. Depending on how clouded a person’s hue is, they will either receive mandatory rehabilitation or be executed on the spot. Fans of Minority Report should watch this anime.

22

Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill!

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According to reviews, it’s quite possible you will find its first couple of episodes boring, but as the story unfolds, it becomes one of the most captivating fighting anime you may ever see. The story focuses on a country boy named Tatsumi who sets out on a journey to the Capital to make a name for himself and meets a seemingly dangerous group of assassins known as Night Raid. Will you join him on his journey?

21

Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai

Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai

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This fantastic series focuses on the adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji-era, Japan. So, if dramatic characters, great sword-fighting action scenes, a bit of history (the story takes place in the 1870’s), and some philosophizing about living a life of violence versus peace intrigues you, you definitely need to watch this little masterpiece.

20

One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

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One-Punch Man follows a hero who can end all his fights with a single punch, and that gets him frustrated. Now you might be thinking, what’s so interesting about that? Don’t you want to see the hero struggling to kill his enemy? Well not this time. Here you will see a super-overpowered hero struggling to find a stronger enemy, struggling to feel the thrill and adrenaline of the fights he once felt when he was weak. Was his training to become strong not worth it after all? Watch the show to get your answers.

19

Inuyasha

Inuyasha

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Kagome, a modern girl from Tokyo, accidentally finds a portal that leads her to medieval Japan, where she meets the half-demon Inuyasha. She decides to help him find a magic crystal and fight the evil demon Naraku. With its virtuous mix of romance, comedy, action-adventure, fantasy, and horror, Inuyasha has managed to gain millions of fans worldwide and is considered a classic in anime circles.

18

Trigun

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According to critics and fans, Trigun combines some of the funniest, most absurd, and at the same time intellectual dialogue with powerful drama and sense of what you could also consider to be horror in emotional terms. Just to get more of an idea, Vash, the protagonist, is one of the most contradictory characters in any anime you will ever see. He’s a gunfighter who hates killing but he does it anyway. He’s almost unbreakable, yet very vulnerable. He has the power to destroy all life, but gets upset at the death of a bug. With a $60 billion double price tag on his head, he’s also the most sought after man on the planet!

17

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

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The story of this magnificent anime is about Jin, a traditional and very skilled samurai; Mugen, an innovative and equally skilled samurai; and Fuu, a girl who works at a teahouse. When Jin and Mugen get caught and are about to be executed, Fuu saves their lives and in return makes them promise to help her find the Samurai Who Smells Like Sunflowers. I know you probably think the plot of this anime sounds simple and childish, but trust us when we say it’s worth giving it a try.

16

Soul Eater

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What most fans appear to like about Soul Eater is that it has something new to offer in terms of story, setting, the personas of the main characters, and artistic style. The story centers on the Shibusen, a school for “Weapons and Masters” in the fictional town of Death City, Nevada. To get a more distinct understanding, a weapon in Soul Eater is a person born with the ability to transform into a Weapon, not just any weapon but the one they were born as.

15

Tokyo Ghoul

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Ghouls are terrifying creatures that feed on human flesh. When Kaneki is almost killed in an attack, he transforms into a half-ghoul, half-human hybrid and is forced to adapt to their lifestyle in order to survive. Is this show good? Yes, without a doubt, but our advice is that if you happen to find gore disturbing, then you should watch the censored version.

14

Cowboy Bebop

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Can you imagine what it would be like if a genius could fit every good movie you’ve ever seen into just one series? Well, this is how numerous die-hard fans of Cowboy Bebop describe it. What is this ’90’s classic about? Well, it’s basically a Space Western with dashes of film noir, gothic horror, creature-feature, black comedy, screwball comedy, spy action, crime, romance, tragedy, action, philosophy, science, spirituality, fatalism, optimism, and more. It’s got a little something for everyone.

13

Fullmetal Alchemist

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Fullmetal Alchemist became one of the most popular anime in both America and Japan because of its extremely touching story; a story that revolves around Edward and Alphonse Elric, who will try anything they can to bring their mother back from death by attempting human transmutation. If you think that an anime series can’t make you cry, then try to watch this one without tearing up.

12

Code Geass

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Code Geass is set in an alternate universe after Japan’s conquest by the Holy Britannian Empire with their powerful new robot weapons, the Knightmare Frames, stripping Japan and its citizens of all rights and freedoms and renaming the country Area 11. Lelouch is a Britannian prince who gave up his right to the throne after his mother was murdered and has vowed to destroy his father, the emperor, and Britannia. It’s always interesting when family matters mix with a thirst for geopolitical conquest and domination, no?

11

Bleach

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High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is unlike any other kid because he can see ghosts. After an accident with a hollow in the woods, he received a power. So begins Kurosaki Ichigo’s training and duty as a Shinigami, Soul Reaper. If you liked The Sixth Sense, then you will most likely love this series.

10

Fairy Tail

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In a world where magic is commonly used and sold, a team of guild members takes on various missions to earn enough money to pay the rent. Among them are Lucy, a celestial spirit mage, Natsu, a fire dragon slayer, and Happy, a blue-winged cat. Welcome to Fairy Tail—a world where magic can buy everything.

9

Sword Art Online

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In the year 2022, gamers worldwide have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who is eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester, and quickly becomes friends with newbie warrior Klein. The rest is just part of cartoon greatness and history now.

8

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

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After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies. In what might be the most famous Asian anime of all time in the West, Dragon Ball Z was and will always be to many fans one of the most influential cartoons ever created.

7

Naruto Shippūden

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Naruto Uzumaki is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninjas in the village. The story is absolutely beautiful and has epic fights combined with deep emotion and unpredictable story changes that will blow your mind.

6

Attack on Titan

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After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaegar vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction. This is a truly fantastic anime on many levels: the story, the imagery, the vision, and the atmosphere. The basic premise of mindless giants that eat people might sound silly and even grotesque on paper, but watching it leaves you with a much different feeling.

5

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Two brothers search for the philosopher’s stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes poorly and leaves them physically deformed. It’s a very satisfying series that manages to stay engaging throughout its sixty-four-episode run. However, keep in mind that even though it follows the story line of the manga very closely, there are still a few changes.

4

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

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Dragon Ball is another legendary anime that became a global phenomenon and gained millions of fans. The story focuses on the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any wish and the rest is part of pop culture history.

3

Pokémon

Pokémon

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Well, what can we say about the legendary adventures of Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu, who travel across many regions in hopes of being regarded as Pokémon masters, that you don’t already know? Although artistically and even from a story point of view Pokémon is nowhere near the greatest or best anime ever, it’s unarguably the most famous and influential on a global scale.

2

Future Diary

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One of the most fascinating stories we have ever seen in anime history, the hero of this series is given a diary that can predict the future and is thrown into a battle with eleven others where the last survivor becomes God. Sounds pretty sweet, no?

1

Death Note

Death Note

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This very dark series has been voted the best anime of all time in Japan. One of the things many dedicated fans find interesting about Death Note is that the protagonist isn’t your typical good guy, like your everyday stereotypical hero. The fact that this series goes where few others have dared to go in terms of a moral theme is definitely one of the reasons you’ll find this series so enthralling.

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