There is a generation that is sparked by a relationship to each anime. Anime has been grabbing viewers and long-time enthusiasts since its inception in the early 1970s, and it continues to do so with freshly produced anime. While the most recent anime continue to leave viewers wanting more, anime from ten, twenty, or even thirty years ago are still wonderful.

CBR has compiled a list of the best anime that has broadcast since the genre’s inception. Many of these episodes were made within the last two decades, so if you grew up watching them on Saturday mornings, you’ll recognise some of them. Check out our most recent assessment of the finest fighting anime if you’re looking for some more granular details. Regardless, settle in for some of the finest anime ever produced.

1. Death Note

9.98/10

What would you write in a notebook that could murder everyone in the world the instant you scribbled their name in it? We hope it’s no one and you’d just toss the book in the garbage, but that’s exactly what Death Note’s idea is about. The plot revolves around Light Yagami, an adolescent genius who discovers a strange otherworldly notebook known as the “Death Note,” which formerly belonged to the Shinigami Ryuk and provides the user the extraordinary ability to murder anybody whose name is inscribed in its pages.

The series revolves around Light’s subsequent attempts to use the Death Note to carry out a worldwide massacre of individuals he deems morally unworthy of life in order to transform the world into a utopian society free of crime, using the alias of a god-like vigilante named “Kira,” and the subsequent efforts of an elite task-force of law enforcement officers, consisting of members of the Japanese police force, led by L, an enigmatic internationally known assassin.

Death Note is a one-of-a-kind anime on our list because of its hard-hitting action, fast-paced plotline, and animation that doesn’t grow into other spin-offs to keep faithful to its original premise (we’re not going to address Netflix’s live-action version). If you’re looking for something to binge-watch over the weekend, Death Note is the perfect choice, since it will leave you wanting more.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• Light Yagami is a bright young man who is destined for greatness.
• During his lesson, a weird black notepad falls from the sky.
•He begins his cleansing after realising that the Death Note is genuine.
• The narrative builds up with the world’s top detective on Light’s trail.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Mystery, Psychological Thriller, and Supernatural Thriller are some of the genres explored in this film.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is one.
• Date of Premiere: October 3, 2006
• Madhouse, Nippon TV, and Shueisha are among the studios involved.

2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


9.59/10

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a one-of-a-kind anime series that truly stands out from the rest of the anime universe. Brotherhood is set in a world where the dominating science is Alchemy, and the process of converting one object into something else using symbols is called Transmutation Circles. It is adapted from the manga from page to page.

The series follows two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, in the fictitious kingdom of Amestris, as they attempt to resurrect their mother through Alchemy, breaking a deadly taboo. Edward loses his right arm and left leg as a result, and Alphonse loses his whole body, sealing his spirit inside a suit of armour. The plot follows their adventure as they use the famed Philosopher’s Stone to try to restore their bodies to normalcy. They meet mysterious creatures known as Homunculi along the route, and they uncover terrible realities about the nature of Alchemy in Amestris.

The anime as a whole is fantastic. By far one of the finest shows you ever watch, the concepts of love, fraternity, and courage that are depicted are really moving, and you will rapidly become attached to particular characters. There are plenty of bright moments in between to keep the tale from being too depressing, and it builds up methodically without being rushed. This anime does neither make you feel heavy after a few episodes, nor does it make you feel entirely bored in filler episodes like other anime.

The 64 episodes provided, as well as the numerous battle sequences that loop around, will keep you engaged in this complicated yet engaging plot. If you’re looking for relentless action as well as heartfelt moments, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the game for you.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• Hiromy Arakawa created the second series based on Fullmetal Alchemist.
• To overcome their troubles, two brothers must embark on a journey.
• There are 64 episodes in all, including drama, fantasy, and action.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Adventure, Dark Fantasy, and Steampunk are some of the genres explored in this book.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is one.
• Studio: Bones Inc. Debut Date: April 5, 2009 Debut Date: April 5, 2009 Debut Date: April 5, 2009 Debut Date: April 5, 2009

3. Naruto

9.31/10

If you like anime, you’ve probably heard the statement “I’m going to be Hokage one day – believe it!” If not, then welcome to Naruto’s universe. The shinobi repeats these phrases over and over. Naruto Uzumaki is a well-known anime character from one of the most successful anime series in the world.
Naruto originated as a manga book created by Masashi Kishimoto in Japan, and was turned into an anime series in 2002. The series follows Naruto Uzumaki, a teenage ninja from the Hidden Leaf Village whose ambition is to win the respect and admiration of his peers and become the town Hokage, the village’s most powerful ninja. 220 episodes were produced thanks to the amazing team at Madman Entertainment to keep you on the edge of your seat at all times.

Despite his reputation as a rogue, Naruto’s storey is complex. The creature was trapped within Naruto, the only person capable of withstanding the beast, as an orphaned youngster after his parents were slaughtered during the village’s struggle with the Nine-Tailed Fox. While the tale begins as a standard slice-of-life ninja storey, it quickly shifts to reveal the evil forces at work, Naruto’s transformation from a brat to an inspirational figure, and the darkness that grows within Sasuke Uchiha, who has his own intriguing past.
While it may not appear to be a dark and gritty thriller, it is a well-written anime with a dash of hilarity. Naruto, like the others on our list, is a cult classic that may appeal to anybody looking for a good, long-running series to watch.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• Masashi Kishimoto’s original manga was adapted into this film.
• Naruto Uzumaki is an aspiring ninja that aspires to be the finest in the world.
• Naruto: Shippden is the sequel to Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto: Naruto:
• There are a lot of amazing battle sequences and funny paths in this game.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Adventure, Fantasy, and Martial Arts are some of the genres explored in this film.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is one.
• Date of Premiere: October 3, 2002
• Pierrot Co., Ltd. is the studio behind the film.

4. Attack on Titan

9.74/10

Attack on Titan is the programme for you if post-apocalyptic is tattooed on your forehead in terms of what you love viewing. Based on Hajime Isayama’s manga series of the same name, the series is an action-packed, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic anime that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
The storey follows Eren Yeager, who vows to retake the world after a Titan destroys his hometown and kills his mother. Set in a world where humanity lives within cities surrounded by enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids known as Titans, the storey follows Eren Yeager, who vows to retake the world after a Titan destroys his hometown and kills his mother. Eren and his pals join the Scout Regiment, an elite organisation of troops that combat the Titans, in order to exact vengeance on their enormous opponents and recover the Earth from the Titans.

The anime may be divided into four sections: the 2013 season and films, the 2017 season and films, the 2018-2019 season and films, and the impending final season, which has yet to air. While the anime has yet to be completed, Attack on Titan is a series that should be started as soon as possible, since there are 59 episodes and a couple of films to see.
It’s unusual to stumble across an anime like Attack on Titan. It’s a series that will keep you awake till the sun rises, since it’s set in a world that won’t let you sleep at night. So, if that’s your cup of tea, prepare to go on a quest to defeat the Titans.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• A dark fantasy animation based on Hajime Isayama’s manga.
• The storey is set in a planet where humans dwell in cities surrounded by Titans.
• Follows Eren Yeager and his companions as they prepare to confront the Titans.
•There are 59 episodes in all, as well as different compilation films.
• The last season has yet to air.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Action, Dark Fantasy, and Post-Apocalyptic are some of the genres explored in this film.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is three.
• Date of Premiere: April 7, 2013
• Wit Studio and MAPPA are the studios involved.

5. Dragon Ball Z

9.15/10

This is the sequel to 1986’s Dragon Ball, and it covers several generations. Dragon Ball Z is an anime that everyone should be familiar with, whether it’s because of the name, Goku, or the Saiyans – Dragon Ball Z is one of the best anime series ever made.
Dragon Ball Z, produced by Toei Animation and written by Akira Toriyama, continues the adventures of Goku, who, together with his prequel series colleagues, defends the Earth against villains like as Frieza, Android Cell, and mystical beings such as Majin Buu. While the first anime followed Goku from childhood through early adulthood and had its share of humorous moments, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adult life in this hard-action anime, while also paralleling the development of his kid, Gohan, and his nemesis Vegeta.

While there have been follow-up series such as Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super, Z remains the heart of the Dragon Ball world and has a following unlike any other anime on this list. The series includes almost 150 episodes and has some of the most distinctive anime moments ever, like Goku’s transformation into a Super Saiyan and the Cell Games. We won’t criticise you if you’re a fan of anime but haven’t seen Dragon Ball Z. If you’re just getting into anime, though, this is a must-see if you appreciate fast-paced action, even if some combat sequences stretch three to four episodes at a time. It’s engrossing, entertaining, and tragic all at once, and you’ll wish you were a Saiyan like Goku and his comrades.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• There are almost 150 episodes to watch, spanning decades.
• In this action-packed adventure, follow the characters of Goku, Gohan, and Vegeta.
• There are sequences from the anime that can be recognised.
• Akira Toriyama wrote the script for an action series based on an opera.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Adventure, Fantasy, and Martial Arts are some of the genres explored in this film.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is nine.
• Date of Debut: April 26, 1989
• Toei Animation is the studio in charge of the animation.

6. Bleach

8.99/10

When you combine ghosts and samurais, what do you get? Bleach is an outstanding anime that does not disappoint those who have watched it since they were little. Bleach is an anime series based on Tite Kubo’s manga of the same name. It chronicles Ichigo Kurosaki’s experiences after he acquires the abilities of a Soul Reaper (a death personification akin to the Grim Reaper) from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki.

Because of his newfound abilities, Ichigo is now tasked with protecting mankind from bad spirits and leading departed souls to the afterlife. With recurrent appearances and scenarios including these original characters, the anime adaptation contains original narratives not present in the book. It’s a supernatural anime that truly transports you to another planet, and it’s still going strong with its next last storey arc, the “Thousand-Year Blood War,” which will also be adapted into an anime from the manga.
Bleach is a fantastic Shonen anime for every Shonen enthusiast. If this is your first anime, it’s an excellent place to start exploring other genres and series in the genre. Despite the fact that it may not become your favourite anime,

PRIMARY FEATURES
• Based on the manga by Tite Kubo of the same name.
• Contains almost 350 episodes that chronicle Ichigo Kurosaki’s tale.
• There are 16 seasons accessible, with a final arc coming at some point in the future.
• Through this wacky animation, you’ll meet a variety of characters.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Adventure and Supernatural are two genres that may be found in this film.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• There are 16 seasons in all.
• Date of Premiere: October 5, 2004
• Pierrot Co., Ltd. is the studio behind the film.

7. Cowboy Bebop

8.93/10

On paper, Cowboy Bebop appears to be a crazy sci-fi western series created by John Wayne and George Lucas. Set in the year 2071, Bebop depicts a dystopian future in which the building of a stargate has irreversibly harmed Earth, causing mankind to flee the planet and establish colonies around the solar system. As a result, a galaxy of lawlessness has emerged, with criminal lords ruling and cops paying bounty hunters to do part of the dirty job. It’s nearly hard to keep track of all the inspirations and allusions to other well-known works throughout the programme. To you, that’s Cowboy Bebop.

Cowboy Bebop pulls significantly from sci-fi, western, and noir genres throughout its duration, and its most constant thematic focus points are adult existential malaise, loneliness, and the difficulty of attempting to escape one’s past.

Cowboy Bebop was a critical and economic success in both the Japanese and North American markets, winning a slew of major anime and science fiction awards upon its first release and receiving universal acclaim for its style, characters, plot, voice acting, animation, and music. Cowboy Bebop has been regarded as a masterpiece by critics in the years after its premiere, and it is generally cited as one of the finest anime titles of all time. Cowboy Bebop has been dubbed a gateway series for the medium as a whole, since it is credited with helping to expose anime to a new wave of Western fans in the early 2000s.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• Follow Spike Spiegel and his team on their escapades throughout the course of 26 episodes.
• It’s a well-received anime that serves as a good introduction to the genre.
• Hajime Yatate designed it in 1997.
• Yoko Kanno composed the soundtrack.
• One of the greatest anime series of all time
SPECIFICATIONS
• Neo-noir and space western are two genres that may be found in this film.
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is one.
• Date of Debut: April 3, 1998
• Sunrise Inc. is the production company behind the film.

8. My Hero Academia

8.76/10

Anime and manga fans would usually advise you to read the manga before viewing the anime – it’s the same as reading a book before watching a movie or TV show. My Hero Academia, on the other hand, smacks that lesson in the face, making the anime a fantastic series to watch even if you haven’t read the manga.

The plot follows Izuku Midoriya, a young kid who was born without superpowers in a world where they have grown ubiquitous, but who nevertheless wishes to become a hero. Midoriya is discovered by All Might, Japan’s greatest hero, who shares his power with him after seeing his potential and subsequently assists him in enrolling in a prominent high school for aspiring heroes.
Midoriya becomes a popular favorite as the evident underdog among his peers, being labeled as pleasant and sympathetic. Similarly, the rest of the characters are complex and each intriguing in their own way – the program features a broad array of well-developed characters.

Given Bones’ track record, it should come as no surprise that the studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood has outdone themselves once again. Because of the smooth animation and dynamic angles at which they are featured, My Hero Academia is packed with great action scenes that are an absolute delight to watch.
My Hero Academia is a superb action series that is boosted by a poignant plot centered on a core group of interesting characters. While the program is still in its early stages, the scene has been set for more to come, presenting Midoriya and the rest of the crew with some intriguing new challenges.

PRIMARY FEATURES
• A Japanese superhero anime based on Kohei Horikoshi’s manga.
• It follows Izuku Midoriya, a young man who aspires to be a superhero.
• There are now 88 episodes available, with more to come, as well as a number of films.
• It has received a lot of positive feedback from all across the world.
SPECIFICATIONS
• Adventure, Fantasy, and Superhero
• English and Japanese are the two languages used.
• The number of seasons is two.
• Studio: Bones Inc. Debut Date: April 3, 2016 Debut Date: April 3, 2016 Debut Date: April 3, 2016 Debut Date: April 3, 2016

9. One Punch Man

8.69/10

Yes, indeed. One-Punch Man is a fictional character. This show doesn’t have an exact explanation, but there’s a lot to say about it. The animation, which was created by a person only known as ‘One’ and produced by Madhouse and J.C.Staff, became an instant viral sensation with a global cult following.
The plot follows Saitama, a bald, unassuming man who, after failing to obtain a regular job, chooses to fulfil a boyhood dream and become a superhero, just like any other human being. After three years of “hard” training, Saitama discovers that he has grown extraordinarily powerful, capable of defeating any foe with a single punch, leaving him dissatisfied with the lack of challenge that his foes provide. It’s worth noting that One-Punch Man is a character in One-Punch Man. It’s worth mentioning that One-Punch Man is as much a satirical comedy piece as it is an action one.

The supporting ensemble, far from being a one-man show, is as diverse, colourful, and wacky as anybody could dream for. With moments of humour and badassery for each of the main characters, One-Punch Man is a unique example of a programme where it doesn’t matter whose character an episode focuses on, you know you’re in for a treat.
When it comes to anime, One-Punch Man is a whole meal. The second season may not have lived up to the first owing to a change in production studios, but it’s still worth having. Take advantage of this contemporary work of art while you can!

PRIMARY FEATURES
• Saitama, a hero who enjoys his work, becomes the best hero alive.
• Witness absurd confrontations between characters and their opponents.
• There are now two seasons available, with more on the way.
• Episodes that are colourful and bright
• Despite its perplexing premise, you’ll find yourself watching this again and over again.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Superhero
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Debut Date: October 5, 2015
  • Studio: Madhouse, J.C.Staff

10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

9.32/10

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba is without a doubt one of the finest anime of the past year, if not the whole decade. This extraordinary series has swordsmen who move with the elegance of dancers, terrible demons infused with horrible abilities, and flashes of steel that strike at the right moment.

The series, which is based on the same-named Weekly Shonen Jump manga, premiered simultaneously in Japan and the United States in April 2019 and quickly attracted a following of foreign admirers.

Demon Slayer is set in Japan during the Taisho era, around the time of World War I. Tanjiro Kamado arrived home from a village trip one tragic day to discover his whole family brutally slain by a monster, with just Tanjiro’s sister Nezuko still alive.

However, the attack altered her, and when the demon’s blood combined with her own, Nezuko was converted into a hideous monster. A demon slayer approached the two and threatened to murder Nezuko, but she was spared after hearing Tanjiro’s pleadings to give him a chance to restore Nezuko’s humanity. And that’s only the beginning of the narrative.

Overall, it’s simple to understand why Demon Slayer has captivated anime lovers all around the world. The 26-episode first season offers everything you need for your next anime binge watch, including amazing swordfights and supernatural powers, huge stakes, a lot of emotion, and even a little humour.

PRIMARY FEATURES
After discovering his family killed and his sister changed into a demon, a young boy embarks on a mission to combat demons and save his sister.
There are 26 episodes available, as well as a film in the works.
There’s a tons of tough action in this film, as well as a fantastic narrative.

  • Tons of hardcore action & incredible plot

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Genre: Adventure, dark fantasy, martial arts
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Number of Seasons: 2
  • Debut Date: April 6, 2019
  • Studio: Adult Swim

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