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Best 40 Anime Series of All Time

Posted on 15 February 2023 by Ritesh kumar

    Everyday Anime attracts more and more new fans around the world. Watching anime was once uncommon, but now, it's nearly impossible to find someone who hasn't at least watched one anime. According to people, some anime are better than others.One of many benifit is that you can learn Japanese from anime. Anime serie offers massive variety of animated works, and often draw non-learners to begin learning Japanese. Whether you’re looking for action and adventure in a fantasy or a heart-wrenching high school drama, you’ll find it among the many anime series on internet.The blog is here to help you to sort through the best of the best anime series. Here is the list of Best 40 Anime Series of All Time that you should must watch.

  • Death Note

    1. Death Note

    IMDb Rating: 9/10 (over 331k votes)
    Anime Studios:Madhouse
    Released Year:2006
    Director:Shusuke Kaneko
    Episodes: 37

    You will be blown away by Death Note's execution and storyline.Light Yagami is a cynical high school student who receives a Death Note, a magical book ending with the power of Shinigamis that allows him to kill anyone whose name is written on its pages. Light Yagami attempts to use this power to create a new world order and cleanse the population. The show raises a lot of moral questions about justice, capital punishment and vigilantism in a very plausible manner. Instead of giving us clearly defined hero, the anime gives us a rather complex protagonist we might even have trouble rooting for at times.

  • Attack On Titan

    2.Attack On Titan

    IMDb Rating: 9/10 (over 381k votes)
    Anime Studios:Wit Studio,MAPPA
    Released Year:2013
    Director:Tetsurō Araki
    Genres:Action fiction
    Episodes: 87

    Attack on Titan is one of a great anime with a fantastic cast of characters and wonderful story. It is based on a manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama, was released in 2013 and it has huge fans and critics around the world. The story centers around Eren Jaeger, who lives in a world in which humanity has been driven to the brink of extinction by a race of giant human-eating creatures known as Titans. After his hometown is destroyed and his mother eaten, Eren joins the Survey Corps and vows to rid the world of Titans. However, things quickly become more complicated as the story begins to unfold.

  • Hunter x Hunter

    3.Hunter x Hunter

    IMDb Rating: 9/10 (over 105k votes)
    Anime Studios:Madhouse
    Released Year:2011
    Director:Hiroshi Kōjina
    Genres:Action fiction

    This is actually one of the greatest animes I've ever seen.Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter X Hunter is a classic anime. The series is about Gon Freecs, a young boy who runs away from home to take the Hunter Exams. He hopes that by passing the exams and becoming a Hunter, he'll finally find his long-lost father, Ging. The journey of Gon Freecs, he meets Killua, Kurapika and and Leorio becomes best friend especially with Killua. Killua and Gon has many adventures together mainly battling it out in Heaven's Arena .

  • Naruto: Shippuden

    4.Naruto: Shippuden

    IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 (over 131k votes)
    Anime Studios:Pierrot
    Released Year:2007
    Director:Hayato Date
    Genres: Action fiction
    Episodes: 500

    Naruto Shippuden is my best favourite Anime Series of all time. Naruto: Shippuden airing between 2007 and 2017 and before Naruto series ran between 2002 and 2007. The series is based on the Weekly Shonen Jump manga. The series revolves around a fictional anime world of Shinobi, where Naruto Uzumaki want to become the Hokage of leaf village. Shippuden also makes the rivalry between Naruto and Sasuke a focal point, and their final battle has become one of anime's most legendary fights.

  • Rick and Morty

    5.Rick and Morty

    IMDb Rating: 9.1/10 (over 536k votes)
    Anime Studios:Adult Swim
    Released Year: 2013
    Director:Dan Harmon,Wes Archer and Others

    Rick & Morty redefines the concept of irreverent humour. The concept of multiple dimention is amazing. Dark, zany, quick witted dialogue within consistently original plot lines drives this masterfully creative sci-fi/ comedy to previously unscaled heights. The line between genius and mediocrity, especially a it pertains to comedy, is incredibly thin.

  • One Punch Man

    6.One Punch Man

    IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 (over 163k votes)
    Anime Studios:Madhouse (season 1), J.C.Staff (season 2)
    Released Year:2015
    Director:Shingo Natsume

    One Punch Man is one of the most funny anime that you will ever watch. The first season delivers some crazy action packed moments, as well as some awesome heroes and bizarre villains. The anime is absolutely stunning, due to being animated by the incredible studio Madhouse, the animation company behind the likes of Hunter x Hunter, Irregular at Magic High School, No Game No Life, Parasyte, and Death Note. The story is about a man named Saitama, which after saving a young boy from a villain, decides to become a hero for fun. He trains for three years straight to the point that his hair falls out and he becomes the world's strongest human being. He's become so strong he can beat anyone in one punch, which makes thing kinda stale for him.

  • Avatar:The Last Airbender

    7.Avatar:The Last Airbender

    IMDb Rating: 9.3/10 (over 321k votes)
    Anime Studios:Nickelodeon
    Released Year:2005
    Director:DiMartino,Giancarlo Volpe

    Avatar:The Last Airbender is the best anime of that era.The anime is old but has very good graphics. Every character's design really suits their personalities and vice versa. The character development, where characters went from not being able to stand then fight,and the storyline is out-standing.The series bring in the simple idea of the four elements and turn it into something so beautiful, is amazing and is partly why avatar deserves so much more recognition. Its not just about a bald kid who came out of an ice berg, but the story of a kid who learns to overcome his past and fight for the justice everyone deserves, alongside his friends who each have their own stories.

  • Steins;Gate


    IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 (over 64k votes)
    Anime Studios:White Fox
    Released Year:2011
    Director:Hiroshi Hamasaki
    Episodes: 25

    Steins;Gate is a masterpiece show of that time.The anime dosent seem like much at first but it all ties together in a good way at the end of the series. Its sci-fi and time-travel themes are one of the best around in anime. The show takes place in Akihabara, Tokyo, which is a location for many fans visit. Rintaro Okabe, a university student, discovers time travel and, along with his fellow co-workers at Future Gadget Laboratory, must try to prevent an evil corporation from fulfilling its plans.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    9.Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    IMDb Rating: 9.1/10 (over 174k votes)
    Anime Studios:Studio Bones
    Released Year:2009
    Director:Yasuhiro Irie
    Genres:Action fiction
    Episodes: 64

    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of a best anime that everyone should watch. The anime follows Edward and Alphonse Elric, two brothers who use alchemy to revive their mother. Unfortunately, the experiment went horribly wrong, and they had to deal with the consequences. Edward lost a limb, and Alphonse almost died, but his soul remained on Earth after being bound to a suit of armor. After that, the brothers go on their journey to find the Philosopher's Stone.

  • Spy X Family


    IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 (over 27k votes)
    Anime Studios:Wit Studio,CloverWorks,
    Released Year:2022
    Director:Kazuhiro Furuhashi
    Episodes: 25

    SpyxFamily is beautiful anime and best short anime to watch, love the characters in it mostly Anya Forger and Damian Desmond, they look so lovely when their together, and love the face of Damian when Anya apologize to her, he looks so indenial.The most beautiful part here is when Damian saved Anya from the dodge ball game I really love that scene, and Damian was really denying that he was a nice guy. Watch this and you'll gonna love it that much. You know I'm an anime lover, really, but this anime I really loved it.

  • Cowboy Bebop

    11.Cowboy Bebop

    IMDb Rating: 8.9/10 (over 123k votes)
    Anime Studios:Sunrise
    Released Year:1998
    Director:Shinichirō Watanabe

    Cowboy Bebop reads something like John Wayne and George Lucas came up with a wild sci-fi western series. Set in 2071, Bebop imagines a dystopian future where Earth has been irrevocably damaged due to the creation of a stargate, forcing humans to evacuate the planet and create colonies across the solar system. The result is a galaxy of lawlessness, where crime lords rule and cops pay bounty hunters to handle some of the grunt work. The show ultimately features so many influences and nods to other famous works it’s almost impossible to keep track. Although it covers a wide range of genres throughout its run, Cowboy Bebop draws most heavily from sci-fi, western, and noir, and its most recurring thematic focal points include adult existential ennui, loneliness, and the difficulties of trying to escape one’s past.

  • Demon Slayer

    12.Demon Slayer

    IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 (over 108k votes)
    Anime Studios:Ufotable
    Released Year:2019
    Director:Haruo Sotozaki

    Demon slayer is one of the classics and if your into samurai kinda style of anime this is for you it contains few slayers trying to kill demons and they are an unauthorized corporation trying to bring peace but the plot is fantastic makes wanna stick till the end of the seasons and definitely recommend everyone to watch doesnt matter of your age probably not as good as aot but def one of my favss! the character building makes you emotionally attached to the series and they upload a new episode abt 23 mins long.

  • 13.Castlevania

    IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 (over 68k votes)
    Anime Studios:Powerhouse Animation
    Released Year:2017
    Director:Sam Deats

    Castlevania is one of a best anime with gripping, funny, beautifully animated, superbly voiced. The soundtrack is beautiful. Everything just feels so well put together that I find myself laughing, wincing and cheering all at once. Castlevania redeems itself in season finale, which features the best battle sequence of the entire show. It may be one of best fight scenes in anime history.

  • My Hero Academia

    14.My Hero Academia

    IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 (over 66k votes)
    Anime Studios:Bones
    Released Year: 2016
    Director:Kenji Nagasaki

    My Hero Academia is one of a best anime series to watch with family. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they have become commonplace, but who still dreams of becoming a hero himself. He is scouted by All Might, Japan’s greatest hero, who shares his power with Midoriya after recognizing his potential, and later helps to enroll him in a prestigious high school for heroes in training. As the clear underdog amongst his peers, Midoriya becomes a fan-favourite, being tracked down as likable and relatable. Likewise, the rest of the characters are multilayered and each interesting in their own right - the show boasts a colorful cast of diverse and wonderfully realized characters.

  • One piece

    15.One piece

    IMDb Rating: 8.9/10 (over 130k votes)
    Anime Studios:Toei Animation
    Released Year:1999
    Director:Kōnosuke Uda,Hiroaki Miyamoto,Toshinori Fukazawa,..
    Genres: Adventure

    One piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy commonly known as Straw Hat Luffy , along with his pirate group members. They attempt to find the greatest treasure One piece, which is left at one place by the legendary pirate king, Gold Roger. The anime show is watched by many people and deserves its spot in the top 10. With over 1,000 episodes and counting, One Piece is one of the longest anime series of all time. However, its length didn't stop fans from becoming immersed in the story of Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates.

  • Code Geass

    16.Code Geass

    IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 (over 71k votes)
    Anime Studios:Sunrise
    Released Year:2006
    Director:Gorō Taniguchi
    Genres: Action/Drama
    Episodes: 50

    Code Geassis a great anime to watch with main character Lelouch vi brittania.Lelouch has his charisma, personality,attitude no individual character even comes close and he is my favorite hero and villian. Code Geass is set in a alternate reality where the Britannian Empire has conquered more than one third of the world and counting, and that includes Japan. The anime manage to establish a believable backdrop from which it launches a compelling plot along with motivated and realistic characters. The most easy way to describe Code Geass is mixture of Death Note and Gurren Lagann.

  • Black Clover

    17.Black Clover

    IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 (over 26k votes)
    Anime Studios:Studio Pierrot
    Released Year:2017
    Director:Tatsuya Yoshihara

    Black Clover is one of a great anime to watch with combination of comedy, story, plot,characters development.The anime has power of friendship , the hero who has no chance of achieving his dreams, but he does. Asta is a magicless character in a world where magic means everything, but as he always says: "my magic is never giving up." The storyline is made in such a way that makes you try to anticipate what's going to happen next and the feeling that the next episode should be released as soon as possible. This anime is outstanding infact One of my favorite anime of all time.

  • Bleach

    18. Bleach

    IMDb Rating: 8.2/10 (over 58k votes)
    Anime Studios:Studio Pierrot
    Released Year:2004
    Director:Noriyuki Abe
    Genres:Action fiction

    Bleach is a great anime when you mix ghosts and samurais. Bleach follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper from Rukia Kuchiki. Ichigo’s newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. Bleach is a great anime for all Shonen fans. If this is your first anime to give a shot at, it’s a great gateway anime to explore more genres and series in the genre. Though it may not become your favourite anime, Bleach will definitely make you look back at how great of a storyline it contained from beginning to end.

  • Dragon Ball Z

    19.Dragon Ball Z

    IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 (over 133k votes)
    Anime Studios:Toei Animation
    Released Year:1989
    Director:Daisuke Nishio

    Dragon Ball Z is an anime sequel of Dragon Ball. Produced by Toei Animation and written by Akira Toriyama, Dragon Ball Z continues the adventures of Goku, who, along with his friends and foe made in the prequel series, defend the Earth against villains ranging from aliens like Frieza, androids like Cell, and magical creatures like Majin Buu. While the original anime followed Goku from childhood to early adulthood and had its fun moments, Dragon Ball Z is a continuation of his adult life in this hard-action anime, but at the same time parallels the life of his son, Gohan, as well as the development of his rival Vegeta.

  • Sword Art Online

    20.Sword Art Online

    IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 (over 47k votes)
    Anime Studios:A-1 Pictures
    Released Year:2012
    Director:Tomohiko Ito

    Sword Art Online is a good anime with cute characters.The story of the main heroes attempting to overcome and survive a dangerous virtual reality game, is truly amazing and highly entertaining the whole way through. The animations are spectacular and manages to create some incredibly captivating imagery. The characters are some of the best to ever exist in an anime. Kirito and Asuna are amazing leads. The two are equally sympathetic and their love story that is centered on in the first half of the show is extremely heartwarming.

  • Akame ga Kill!

    21.Akame ga Kill!

    IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 (over 25k votes)
    Anime Studios:White Fox C-Station
    Released Year:2014
    Director:Tomoki Kobayashi
    Genres: Action fiction

    Akame ga Kill is an absolute brilliant story and loved every single episode. The action, and animation is A1. The Characters are all super interesting and play their own important roles throughout the series. I really enjoyed the relationships between each character. The writers certainly portrayed the connections fantastically. Whenever something serious happens to one of the characters you definitely feel it at home, which is how you know you’ve acquired an attachment to the characters. Another alluring part about the show, is the romance. I love how the evil villain falls in love with the main Character. She seems to be drawn to him out of opposites attracting.

  • Re:ZERO


    IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 (over 20k votes)
    Anime Studios: Puyukai
    Released Year:2016
    Director:Masaharu Watanabe
    Episodes: 50

    Re:ZERO is amazing anime with beautiful characters,awesome fights.REM is a complete beauty and her love for Subaru is exceptional. The biggest reason for me to watch this anime is Rem. The best part of the anime is the dialogue which is wonderful and the voice actors do a great job of portraying emotion. Subaru is the underdog who doesn't have any gift or talent, and sometimes the breakdowns just feel so real.

  • 23.Vinland Saga

    IMDb Rating: 8.8/10 (over 44k votes)
    Anime Studios:Wit Studio,MAPPA
    Released Year:2019
    Director:Shūhei Yabuta
    Genres:Action fiction

  • Jujutsu Kaisen

    24.Jujutsu Kaisen

    IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 (over 66k votes)
    Anime Studios:MAPPA
    Released Year:2020
    Director:Sunghoo Park
    Genres:Dark Fantasy
    Episodes: 24

    Jujutsu Kaisen is relatable to Bleach, which is one of my all-time favorite anime shows. Jujutsu Kaisen is MAPPA's striking new achievement which has set the bar for action anime shows, very high and hard to top. The anime is a masterpiece from the character ,the animation is amazing the voice actors fit the roll perfectly sub and dub every ep has something funny in it ether you can laugh at the characters.

  • Gintama


    IMDb Rating: 8.7/10 (over 13k votes)
    Anime Studios:Bandai Namco Pictures.
    Released Year:2006
    Director:Chizuru Miyawaki
    Genres:Action fiction
    Episodes: 367

    Gintama is not your normal typically shounen the main protagonist is neither a teenager nor have any goals like Naruto wants to become hokage or Luffy wants to become pirate king but gintoki hasn't have any goals he just reads shounen jump . So now you might be wondering ' it's such a boring show ' belive me this show will make you laugh till you have stomachache this show is a comedy , slice of life show but it also have action and don't think it just have comedy just watch till ep 57 and then you will end up watching the first serious arc of this show.

  • 26.Arkane

    IMDb Rating: 9/10 (over 216k votes)
    Anime Studios:Fortiche Productions, Riot Games
    Released Year:2021
    Director:Pascal Charrue and Arnaud Delord
    Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
    Episodes: 9

  • Chainsaw Man

    27.Chainsaw Man

    IMDb Rating: 8.5/10 (over 28k votes)
    Anime Studios:MAPPA
    Released Year:2022
    Director:Ryū Nakayama
    Episodes: 12

    This is the most promising new anime series, Chainsaw Man must be added to your watch list. The dark fantasy was originally published as manga serialized on Weekly Shonen Jump from 2018 to 2020, which is made into the first anime adaptation by the trendy studio Mappa. It has been released on 11 October 2022. A protagonist named Denji, who can transform himself into the Chainsaw Devil, fights against various Devils with Public Safety Devil Hunters.

  • 28.Dr Stone

    IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 (over 22k votes)
    Anime Studios: TMS Entertainment
    Released Year: 2019
    Director:Shinya Iino
    Genres:Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
    Episodes: 35

  • 29.Parasyte The Maxim

    IMDb Rating: 8.3/10 (over 40k votes)
    Anime Studios:Madhouse
    Released Year:2014
    Director:Kenichi Shimizu
    Genres:Sci-fi,body horror
    Episodes: 24

  • Ranking of Kings

    30.Ranking of Kings

    IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 (over 10k votes)
    Anime Studios:Wit Studio
    Released Year:2021
    Director:Yōsuke Hatta
    Genres:Action, Adventure
    Episodes: 23

    Ranking of Kings is a simple but great anime with a boy name Bojji.He is a tiny, good heart boy who is next in line to take the throne from his dying father, who is king. Bojji is not physically strong and struggles to speak, so leading him to communicate primarily through sign language. In first episode of the anime, he takes the shirt and pant off his back for someone in need. Bojji friend and companion, Kage, who is the sole survivor of a assassin clan. This series is more than a good story.

  • 31.Tokyo Ghoul

    IMDb Rating:7.8 /10 (over 56k votes)
    Anime Studios:Pierrot
    Released Year: 2014
    Director:Shuhei Morita

  • 32.Tokyo Revengers

    IMDb Rating: 8/10 (over 18k votes)
    Anime Studios: Studio Puyukai
    Released Year:2021
    Director:Koichi Hatsumi
    Genres:Action, Drama
    Episodes: 30+

  • Mob Psycho 100

    33.Mob Psycho 100

    IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 (over 35k votes)
    Anime Studios:BONES
    Released Year:2016
    Director:Yuzuru Tachikawa
    Genres:Comedy, Horror, Supernatural
    Episodes: 37

    Honestly love it so much, it gives out so much emotion about each character and the whole anime too. It may look bad base of the art style but don't let it fool you. The characters and villains of the anime are amazing. The voice acting fits the characters perfectly and personalities. Never in my life I've related to an anime before. I felt the emotions of each characters and it gives me goosebumps. Every episode made me want to watch more, i cannot wait for the 3rd season. Every fight everyone plays out, plays out amazing with the animation. I instantly grew attracted to every character in the anime. The anime relates to problems people may suffer in real life and it truly amazes me that an anime would have something like that and actual emotions people will go through base off different consequences. The seriousness and humor combined togther.

  • Komi Can't Communicate

    34.Komi Can't Communicate

    IMDb Rating: 7.8/10 (over 6k votes)
    Anime Studios:OLM
    Released Year: 2021
    Director:Kazuki Kawagoe
    Genres:School story, Comedy
    Episodes: 24

    In Komi Can't Communicate a high school student named Tadano who learns his very popular classmate Komi.She has social anxiety to the point where she can not talk to anyone directlly. While everyone thinks she is a gorgeous and cool but she is actually very shy and has a very hard time intracting with others. Tadano the boy takes it upon himself to help Komi make 100 friends by graduation. For Komi, something that seems usual like ordering a coffee or asking a classmate for a pencil or anything is a huge and terrifying thing to do.

  • 35.Lycoris Recoil

    IMDb Rating: 7.6/10 (over 2k votes)
    Anime Studios: A-1 Pictures
    Released Year: 2022
    Director:Shingo Adachi
    Genres:Girls with guns, Action fiction
    Episodes: 13

  • 36.Bofuri

    IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 (over 2k votes)
    Anime Studios:Silver Link
    Released Year:2020
    Director:Shin Oonuma,Mirai Minato
    Episodes: 17+

  • 37.Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

    IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 (over 13k votes)
    Anime Studios:Studio Bind
    Released Year:2021
    Director:Manabu Okamoto
    Genres:Drama, Fantasy comedy
    Episodes: 24

  • 38.That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

    IMDb Rating: 8.1/10 (over 12k votes)
    Anime Studios:Eight Bit
    Released Year:2018
    Director:Yasuhito Kikuchi
    Episodes: 96

  • Fruits basket

    39.Fruits basket

    IMDb Rating: 8.6/10 (over 7k votes)
    Anime Studios:TMS Entertainment
    Released Year:2019
    Director:Akitaro Daichi
    Genres: Romantic comedy
    Episodes: 63

    Fruits Basket is very interesting and cute anime. The characters were sweet,heartwarming, funny, and amazing. The feels were realistic to me beyond my limit. Even the story line and characters' backstory were done well.

  • world Trigger

    40.World Trigger

    IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 (over 1k votes)
    Anime Studios:Toei Animation
    Released Year:2014
    Director:Mitsuru Hongo
    Genres: Action, Science Fiction
    Episodes: 99

    The Story is quiet amazing the idea that someone is severly injured and dying very slowly is amazing and gives so much depth to the character but the back story of Osamu was quiet boring and not that intersting compared to koga yuma but the story itself is intertaining so far the reason i give it 4 star is the animation in the 1st season wasn't so good comparing to the other animes that came out in the same year which is really bad when the anime is categorizied as "ACTION" but they fixed that in the second season which is great but then they still have those talking episodes that no one cares about which is quiet boring so i removed it again for explanation : I know that talking is important in any series don't get me wrong but you have to make it intersting not boring and sometimes that happens in the series and sometimes it doesn't.

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