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Some of the best Japanese animation shows of all time

Use this top list to find good anime to watch, see what other people enjoy, or share your favorite series in the comments. Most popular anime will usually be located at the top of the rankings list. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's the best, though - merely that it received the most votes from the visitors - so check out some of my personal top recommendations as well.

Be sure to voice your opinion about Japanese animation in general, and also leave a comment on your way out. Is this Japanese anime list correct? If not, what do YOU think is the best anime of all time, and why?

List of the Best Anime Series

1. One Piece

One of the top long-running animes, One Piece follows a 17-year-old Monkey D. Luffy who leads a crew called Straw Hat Pirates. Luffy ate a Devil Fruit as a kid, which gave him the ability to stretch his body like rubber. He uses it to fight various villains on his search for the legendary treasure, One Piece.

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

2. Bleach

A top shounen anime based on manga by Kubo Tite. Kurosaki Ichigo is a 15 year old boy who can see ghosts. One day he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who's job is to destroy evil spirits called Hollows. Rukia is terribly injured and transfers her powers to Ichigo as the last resort. Now Ichigo has to do his Soul Reaper duties, as well as protect Rukia from Soul Society's laws.

Genres: Action, Supernatural, Comedy

3. Elfen Lied

The race of Diclonii - mutant humans with special powers - is abused and used for experiments. A teenage Diclonius girl Lucy escapes an experimental facility and starts living with humans. She seeks revenge and battles humans and other Diclonii. A violent and dramatic anime.

Genres: Drama, Ecchi, Horror, Psychological

4. Fairy Tail

Based on the manga series by by Hiro Mashima, this fantasy anime follows the adventures of Lucy Heartfilia, a new member of the Fairy Tail mage guild. She teams up with a powerful fire wizard Natsu Dragneel who is searching for his mentor, a dragon named Igneel. They and other guild mages perform various missions and face dangerous enemies together.

Genre: Shounen, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

Literally meaning "when cicadas cry", this is a controversial murder mystery anime. It's set in a rural village of Hinamizawa, where strange events during the Watanagashi Festival happen. The main characters are six teenagers who get involved in the murders. It's very hard to tell reality and delusions apart in this anime, but slowly the truth is revealed...

Genres: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological

6. Death Note

A bright high school student Light Yagami finds a notebook with mysterious powers: it kills anyone whose name is written in it. Light starts a campaign to change the world by destroying all crime.

Genres: Drama, Thriller, Supernatural

7. Sword Art Online

In year 2022, the first virtual MMORPG, "Sword Art Online" launches. 10,000 players join the game using Nerve Gear technology. They soon learn that the game won't let them log off until the final boss dies. Furthermore, dying in game means dying in real world as well. Kirito is a master solo player determined to escape the game.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance

8. Naruto

A popular shounen anime based on manga by Kishimoto Masashi. Uzumaki Naruto is a young ninja who has Kyuubi - a fearsome nine-tails fox - sealed inside him. Naruto's dream is to become Hokage, the strongest ninja in the village, and finally be accepted by his people.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

9. InuYasha

Set in medieval age Japan, Inuyasha follows group consisting of a time-traveling middle school student, a half-demon, a lecherous monk, a fox demon, a demon slayer, and a nekomata who seek to find the scattered fragments of the Jewel of Four Souls. The shards of the jewel possess great power and are sought after by evil demons.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

10. Dragon Ball Z

The legendary shonen anime Dragonball Z begins with Goku living peacefully with his wife and a son. One day Goku learns that he is a Saiyan, a powerful being from another planet. Goku and his friends have to defend Earth from new powerful enemies.

Genres: Action, Martial Arts, Comedy

11. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

A remake of the legendary Full Metal Alchemist anime series which follows the FMA manga more closely and introduces new characters. Edward and Alphonse Elric are alchemists working for the state. They are both seeking a way to restore their bodies which are crippled after a failed human transmutation attempt that was meant to bring back their mother.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

12. Soul Eater

Students of the Shinigami Technical School are called Meisters. Each of them possesses an intelligent weapon which can change into a human form. The goal of every Meister is to collect 99 evil human souls and 1 soul of a witch so that their weapon could become the Death Scythe to be used by Shinigami himself.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural

13. Naruto Shippuden

A sequel to the extremely popular anime series which picks up after a 2 and a half year timeskip. Naruto returns to the Konoha village after training under Jiraiya. He still hasn't given up on Sasuke, who now joined forces with Akatsuki to achieve his own goals. However, Naruto is in more danger than ever as Akatsuki increase their efforts to hunt the Tailed Beasts.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Martial Arts

14. Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a high school delinquent. His mother died in a car accident when he was a kid, causing his father to resort to alcohol and gambling. This results in fights between the two until Tomoya is injured. One day while walking to school, he meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating class due to her illness. The two begin hanging out and slowly, Tomoya becomes attracted to Nagisa.

Genres: Romance, Drama, Comedy, Supernatural

15. FullMetal Alchemist

Two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, broke the taboo of human transmutation by trying to revive their dead mother. Ed lost an arm and a leg, while his brother lost his entire body, and only survived because Ed affixed his soul to a suit of armor. Now they travel the world in search of Philosopher's stone, the only thing that can restore their bodies.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Magic

16. High School of the Dead

H.O.T.D. is a violent action anime which follows the adventures of a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Genre: Horror, Action, Ecchi

17. Kuroshitsuji / Black Butler

At a first glance, Sebastian Michaelis is the perfect butler: there's nothing he won't do for his master Ciel, the Phantomhive family heir. However, the two share a dark secret: Sebastian is actually a demon who has a contract with Ciel.

Genre: Action, Black comedy, Fantasy

18. Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club is a club of attractive males who make money entertaining schoolgirls. Haruhi gets mistaken for a guy because of the clothes she wears and her short hair, and joins the club to repay the debt for breaking an expensive vase.

Genre: Romance, Comedy

19. Ao no Exorcist / Blue Exorcist

Also known as Ao no Futsumashi. Humans live in Assiah, and demons in Gehenna. The two aren't supposed to interfere, yet demons frequently possess humans. The only ones who can fight them are exorcists. Rin Okumura, Satan's son and half-demon, trains to become an exorcist to avenge his foster father who sacrificed himself to save Rin.

Genre: Action, Supernatural

20. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Japan is called Area 11 and ruled by the mighty Britannia. Lelouch, an exiled son of Britannia's Emperor, meets a mysterious girl named C.C. who grants him the power of Geass. Using his natural intelligence and the new power to give absolute orders, Lelouch organizes a rebellion against Britannia.

Genres: Fantasy, Mecha, Sci-fi

21. Pokémon

Multiple anime series based on the Pokémon universe were created, with hundreds of episodes in total. They usually involve Pokémon Masters doing battle with their Pokemons ( Pocket Monsters).

Genres: Shounen, Action, Adventure

22. Durarara!!

Mikado is a high schooler who longs for the excitement of a big city. At the invitation of his friend Masaomi, he transfers to a school in Tokyo. Masaomi warns him about people he shouldn't cross in the city: a violent man dressed like a bartender, an information merchant, and a mysterious gang called Dollars. To top it off, Mikado witnesses an urban legend on his first day: a headless driver of a black motorcycle.

Genre: Action, Supernatural

23. Angel Beats!

Otonashi is a teenager who died and went to afterlife. The afterlife is a high school for those with any lingering regrets. He meets a girl named Yuri who invites him to join the Afterlife Battlefront - an organization she leads which fights against the student council president Angel, a girl with supernatural powers.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance

24. Fruits Basket

High school student Tohru Honda lost her mother and began living with the Sohma family. She finds out the family members are cursed by Chinese zodiac spirits, and turn into their respective zodiac animals when they're hugged by a person of the opposite gender. Tohru decides to try to break this curse.

Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Drama, Comedy, Reverse harem

25. Vampire Knight

Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a prefect of the school whose job it is to protect the Day class students (humans) from the Night class students (vampires), and to protect the true identity of the Night class students from being discovered.

Genre: Romance, Supernatural, Action

26. Blood+

High school girl Otonashi Saya is an amnesiac. She starts regaining her memories after getting attacked by a Chiroptera - an artificial creature which feeds on human blood - and learns that she the last true vampire, destined to destroy all of those monsters as well as her twin sister Diva.

Genre: Action, Supernatural, Tragedy

27. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

A young boy named Gon Freecss dreams of becoming a Hunter (an elite fighter with special privileges) in order to meet his father, Ging Freecss, who is a famous Hunter himself. Gon applies for the Hunter's Exam when he is just twelve, undergoes rigorous tests, and makes new friends and enemies. This is the new 2011 anime based on the popular shonen manga.

Genres: Shonen, Action, Fantasy

28. Gintama

Gin Tama follows an eccentric samurai Gintoki Sakata and his buddies, who do odd jobs to make a living. The story takes place in medieval age Japan, which was conquered by aliens and has all sorts of anachronistic technology available. A gag anime of the highest caliber.

Genre: Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi

29. Mirai Nikki / Future Diary

Yukiteru Amano is a loner who spends most of his time writing a diary on his cell phone. One day, Yuki's imaginary friend Deus Ex Machina gives him a special diary which contains entries from 90 days in the future. Furthermore, the teenager now has to participate in a deadly battle royale with other owners of future diaries.

Genre: Psychological, Supernatural, Romance

30. Dragonball

Goku is a young boy who is searching for the seven Dragon Balls which are said to grant any wish. After many adventures, he starts training under Master Roshi and preparing for the World Martial Arts Tournament. He makes many friends, defeats multiple villains, and is constantly striving to grow stronger and better himself.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts

31. H2O ~Footprints in the Sand~

Based on a visual novel of the same name, this anime follows protagonist Takuma Hirose, a blind high school student. The cause for his blindness is unknown. When Takuma moves to a new town and meets several girls, he slowly begins to heal.

32. Rosario + Vampire

Aono Tsukune is a high school freshman who ends up getting accepted into Yokai Academy, a school for supernatural creatures disguised as humans. There he meets Moka, a beautiful vampire girl, as well as other students (succubus, werewolf, witch, yuki-onna, and so on). Since Tsukune is the only human in school, he must hide his identity or he will get killed.

Genre: Harem, Comedy

33. Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yugi is a high-school student who possesses an ancient Egyptian artifact, the Millennium Puzzle. Upon completing the puzzle, he discovers that a spirit of a Pharaoh lives in it. Together with his friends Yugi does card battles in a popular Duel Monsters fantasy game, and tries to discover the truth behind the ancient Egyptian artifacts.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

34. Detective Conan / Case Closed

Shinichi Kudo is a smart high school student who frequently helps the police with their work. One day he witnesses a murder and is given an untested poison to kill him. However, the poison instead turns him into a child, and he sets out to track the killers as a boy detective Conan.

Genres: Mystery, Drama, Romance

35. Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Misaki Ayuzawa is the strict student council president of Seika High School. She also secretly works at a maid cafe due to her family circumstances. When heartbreaker Takumi Usui finds that out, he promises to keep quiet as long as Misaki spends some time with him.

Genre: Comedy, Romance

36. Digimon

Digimon (Digital Monster) is a series about kids who get transported to the digital world because they are destined to save it as well as the real one. They do this with the help of their Digital Monster partners who can evolve and become stronger.

Genres: Action, Adventure

37. Darker than Black

After opening of Hell and Heaven Gates, people with special powers (Contractors) appeared. This story follows a young Contractor mercenary Hei, who has the power to generate electricity.

Genres: Action, Mystery, Neo-noir, Sci-fi, Supernatural

38. Shaman King

Yoh Asakura is a lazy and relaxed young guy, who is trained by his fiancée to become the Shaman King by winning the Shaman Tournament.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Supernatural

39. Steins;Gate

An eclectic group of friends in Akihabara led by a self-proclaimed mad scientist discover a way to send text messages to the past. This causes unintended consequences and pits them against an organization called SERN which is also researching time travel. A top rated anime series based on a visual novel of the same name.

Genre: Science fiction, Mystery, Thriller

40. K-On!

Four high school girls join their school's light music club to save it from being abolished. The girls are Yui Hirasawa, the singer and guitarist, Ritsu Tainaka, the drummer, Mio Akiyama, the bass player, and Tsumugi Kotobuki (aka Mugi) who plays a keyboard. Rather than playing music, the girls often just relax drinking tea and eating snacks. Possibly the most moe anime ever.

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

41. Samurai Champloo

A 15 year old girl Fuu saves two fierce warriors, Jin and Mugen, from being executed after a violent sword fight. They set on a journey to find a mysterious samurai from Fuu's memories who is supposed to smell of sunflowers.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical

42. Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

Tsuna unwillingly undergoes training from an Italian hitman named Reborn to become a mafia boss, just like his great-great-great grandfather was.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Mafia

43. Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)

Kenshin wanders around Japan trying to find a new life and atone for his sins. Vowing never to kill again, he tries to escape his past as the greatest killer of the Edo era.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Historical

44. Shugo Chara!

A shoujo anime about Amu Hinamori, an insecure schoolgirl who finds her courage with the help of four Guardian Characters.

Genres: Magical Girl, Romance, Comedy, Drama

45. Toradora!

Ryuji is a nice guy who's eyes make him look like a dangerous delinquent. He has a crush on his classmate Minori. Another girl in his class, Taiga, is in love with Ryuji's best buddy Yusaku. Taiga and Ryuji end up agreeing to working together to get closer to their love interests.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, School Life

46. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Haruhi is a high school girl who has a supernatural ability to change the world around her, unbeknown even to herself. She starts a school club about all things supernatural and soon a number of strange people join in. The story is told through the eyes of her friend and the only normal person in the club, Kyon.

Genres: Comedy, Sci-Fi

47. Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files

A delinquent and foul-mouthed teenager saves a kid and dies in the process. The spirit world decides to give him another chance and brings him back to life. However, there's a catch: the guy now has to work as a spirit detective and track evil demons who managed to get into the human world. A classic shonen anime.

Genres: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

48. Cowboy Bebop

A classic Japanese animation series that takes place in year 2071. Spike, Jet, and the rest of the crew travel through galaxy in their ship The Bebop, working as bounty hunters known as cowboys.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-fi

49. D.N.Angel

Whenever teenager Daisuke Niwa thinks about his crush, he turns into Dark, and infamous thief and an arrogant playboy. He is told this weird genetic ability is inherited by his family. Daisuke's crush Risa falls for the mysterious Dark.

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural

50. Hellsing

A powerful vampire Alucard is working for a human organization Hellsing, whose mission is to destroy dark creatures like ghouls and vampires. Note: Hellsing anime does not follow the manga closely, but Hellsing Ultimate OVA series do, and are considered to be of better quality overall.

Genres: Action, Supernatural, Fantasy

51. Sailor Moon

A legendary anime of magical girl genre. Usagi Tsukino, an ordinary 14-year-old middle school girl transforms into Sailor Moon and fights evil together with her friends.

Genres: Adventure, Magical girl, Romance

52. Claymore

A dark fantasy anime series set in a fictional medieval world where humans are constantly attacked by flesh-eating Yoma. A mysterious Organization creates human-Yoma hybrids: powerful female warriors who wield swords and possess unique techniques and abilities, in order to kill Yoma. These warriors are known as "Claymores".

Genre: Fantasy, Action

53. Cardcaptor Sakura

Ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto opens a mysterious book in her father's study and accidentally lets loose the magical Clow Cards. By opening the seal Sakura is revealed to have special powers, and it becomes her responsibility to retrieve the missing cards. Original story by CLAMP.

Genres: Magical Girl, Fantasy, Adventure

54. Trigun

Vash the Stampede travels a "wild west" sort of world on another planet, dealing with bounty hunters and meeting all kinds of people on the way. Vash is, in fact, more than a human; he's haunted by terrible memories of him destroying all city when he couldn't control the weapon he possesses in his left hand.

Genres: Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

55. Chobits

Hideki is a student at Tokyo who is interested in persocoms (highly advanced, human-shaped computers) but cannot afford one. One day he finds persocom in the form of a cute girl just lying in a heap of garbage. He carries her home and turns her on. Turns out the only thing she's capable of saying is "Chi". Hideki names her Chi and starts teaching the clueless girl all kinds of things about the world.

Genres: Comedy , Romance, Sci-fi, Ecchi

56. D.Gray-man

15-year-old Allen Walker is an exorcist who destroys Akuma (intelligent and evolving killers created by the Millennium Earl) using his left arm which can transform into a powerful claw-like weapon. This anime tells his adventures working for the Black Order, an organization of exorcists which fight Akuma and oppose the Millennium Earl.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

57. Wolf's Rain

The world is freezing over and dying. The only hope of it being reborn is within the wolves, who live hidden among humans. A melancholic and dark anime for more grown-up viewers.

Genre: Adventure, Post-apocalyptic, Fantasy

58. Devil May Cry

This anime follows the adventures of a half-demon half-human demon hunter, Dante. He is hired through his own business named "Devil May Cry". The characters are based on the popular PS2 games by Capcom.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Supernatural

59. Shakugan no Shana

High school student Sakai Yuji gets attacked by a fearsome monster and consequently saved by a Flame Haze named Shana. He learns that he is merely a Torch - a temporary replacement of the real Yuji who died a long time ago.

Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Action

60. Full Metal Panic!

Sousuke is an elite soldier working for a mercenary force Mithril. He is given a mission to protect a Japanese high school girl Chidori Kaname by posing as a transfer student. Sousuke might now a lot about military technology, but he knows next to nothing about school life, which results in all sorts of hilarious situations.

Genre: Action, Mecha, Romance, Comedy

61. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

TTGL is an epic mecha anime where Rule of Cool trumps over science. It takes place in the far future where humans live underground in fear of Beastmen who rule the surface. Everything changes when a young digger, Simon, discovers a small Gunmen mecha. His friend, a charismatic young man Kamina, captures his own Gunmen from a Beastman and starts the Dai-Gurren brigade.

Genre: Mecha, Action, Comedy

62. Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi tells the story of a bullied teen who improves himself and becomes stronger. One day, a mysterious girl transfers into Kenichi's class, and takes him to her martial arts dojo. There, the weak and cowardly teen starts to learn to defend himself and protect those dear to him from the masters of the Ryozanpaku.

Genre: Martial Arts, Comedy, Romance

63. Spice and Wolf

Kraft Lawrence is a trader who travels between villages and towns in a medieval world. One day, a wolf goddess of harvest named Holo sneaks into his cart. The two eventually decide to travel to the Holo's homeland in the North as trading partners.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

64. The Prince of Tennis

Echizen Ryoma is a young tennis player who joins the elite Seishun Gakuen and secures himself a spot on the team. He makes new friends and learns new techniques as he strives to win the Japan's tennis championship.

Genre: Sports, Drama, Comedy

65. Deadman Wonderland

Ganta Igarashi, your everyday middle school student, witnesses his entire class getting brutally murdered by a mysterious red man. He is blamed for the tragedy and imprisoned in Deadman Wonderland: a prison where inmates are forced to play deadly games for the amusement of the masses.

Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Sci-fi

66. The World God Only Knows

Keima Katsuragi is known online as "The God of Conquests" because of his legendary skill at dating sims. In real life, however, he's just a nerdy high school student. His life changes when a demon girl forms a contract with him and tasks him to catch spirits which ran away from hell. The only way to do that is by conquering the hearts of girls the spirits are hiding in. Will Keima's dating game skills work in real life?

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Harem

67. Hellsing Ultimate (OVA)

Action anime series of superb quality, Hellsing Ultimate follows the original manga faithfully. Very violent, gory, and intense, featuring battles between England-based Holy Order of Protestant Knights - also known as Hellsing - and their many supernatural and human enemies.

Genre: Action, Supernatural

68. FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

A 6-episode OVA series that is recognized as one of the best animes ever. Naota is a 12-year-old living in Mabase city who complains about how nothing ever happens there. His peaceful life is interrupted when an Haruko Haruhara runs him over with her Vespa scooter and hits him on the head with her bass guitar.

Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy, Surreal

69. Mysterious Girlfriend X

This anime focuses on the relationship between high school students Akira Tsubaki and Mikoto Urabe. This would be a typical high school love story, except that Urabe is anything but typical. The two start going out after Tsubaki tastes Urabe's drool and becomes addicted to it.

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life

70. Eureka 7

Renton Thurston, a 14 year old boy, leaves his grandfather's home in order to join a group of rebels called Gekkostate. It's an epic story about saving the world, about a boy growing up, and about love between two beings from different worlds.

Genres: Mecha, Sci-fi, Adventure, Romance, Comedy

71. Baccano!

Each of the stories in the series involves several intersecting plots. They all stem from a single event in 1711, when a group of alchemists summoned a demon which granted them immortality. One of them manages to recreate the elixir, which ends up in the hands of mafiosi, thieves, street thugs, and other characters.

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

72. Berserk

A brutal and bloody anime telling story of Guts, a lone swordsman and a powerful warrior, battling evil in a medieval fantasy world.

Genre: Dark fantasy, Action, Tragedy

73. xxxHolic

Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by monsters only he can see, and his greatest dream is to get rid of them. He learns of a witch named Yuuko who is said to be able to grant any wish, and starts working at her shop to pay for her services.

Genre: Supernatural, Mystery, Comedy

74. Gakuen Alice

Mikan and Hotaru are two best friends attending a small school in a remote town. One day Hotaru leaves for an elite school in Tokyo. Mikan runs away from home to follow her, and discovers that Hotaru went to Alice Academy: a special school for children with special powers. Furthermore, Mikan herself is found to possess a rare Nullification Alice.

Genre: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance

75. Shuffle!

The story takes place in a universe where humans live alongside gods and demons (recognized by their pointed ears). Despite their respective positive and negative connotations, both races are equally good-natured. The main character is Rin Tsuchimi who attends a multi-racial highschool.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

76. Neon Genesis Evangelion

It's year 2015, and Earth is being attacked by mysterious creatures called Angels. Shinji Ikari, a 14 year old boy who suffers from depression and lack of self confidence, joins NERV (a military organization) as a pilot of Evangelion mecha - the only weapon capable of defeating Angels.

Genres: Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-fi

77. Fate/stay night

Seven Masters and their Servants, resurrected heroes from all times, battle for the Holy Grail in Fuyuki city. The main character is Shiro Emiya, a teenager who can only use a single form of magic, but has mastered it unlike anyone else.

Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Magic

78. Samurai 7

Kanna village is regularly attacked by bandits who steal their harvest. The elders decide to hire samurai for protection, but the village is poor so they can only pay in rice. Seven samurai are hired who protect the village and launch an attack on the bandit capital.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

79. Air Gear

Itsuki Minami "Ikki", also known as Baby Face, is a tough street punk living with his 4 sisters. One day he finds out that his sisters are a part of an Air Trek (a form of inline skates) gang, and gets pulled into the world of A-Ts.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Ecchi

80. Beelzebub

Oga Tatsumi is the strongest juvenile delinquent at Ishiyama High. One day while sleeping near to a river he finds a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king, and Tatsumi has been chosen as the one to raise it along with the baby's demon maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Supernatural

81. Sekirei

Minato Sahashi is an intelligent young man, but due to his inability to deal with pressure he's unemployed and failed college exams twice. One day he meets a girl named Musubi, who literally falls from the sky. Minato learns that she is a Sekirei who chose him as her Ashikabi: a human which allows a Sekirei to bring out her full powers and participate in life-threatening battles.

Genre: Action, Harem, Romance

82. Junjo Romantica

Junjou Romantica is a yaoi series which focuses on relationships between male couples. The main story is about Misaki Takahashi, an 18-year-old who is trying to get into a college. Unexpectedly, his tutor who is also his older brother's best friend starts romancing him, and poor Misaki doesn't know how to react.

Genre: Yaoi, Comedy, Romance

83. Kekkaishi

14-year-old Yoshimori Sumimura and 16-year-old Tokine Yukimura are offspring of rivaling kekkaishi (barrier-maker) families. They have abilities to make magical barriers and even control dimensions. It's their job is to protect great sealed power in Karasumori from monsters called Ayakashi which are drawn to it.

Genres: Action, Supernatural, Comedy

84. Monster

Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a talented surgeon who believes all patients are equal. One day he saves an injured boy over an influential politician. His life starts going downhill, but suddenly mysterious murders start that seem to benefit Tenma. Police is suspecting him, and Tenma starts his own investigation.

Genres: Mystery, Horror, Psychological

85. Karin / Chibi Vampire

Karin Maaka is an unusual vampire who produces blood instead of drinking it. As a result, she has to inject her blood into someone or she experiences massive nosebleeds. A human boy Kenta Usui learns her secret and the two become friends.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Supernatural

86. Black Lagoon

A mercenary group known as Lagoon Company smuggles goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia. They take on various missions which often involve violent firefights, hand-to-hand combat, and nautical battles.

Genres: Crime, Action, Black comedy

87. Kanon

Yuichi Aizawa returns to the city of his childhood, but he doesn't remember anything about what happened when he lived there 7 years ago. On the day he arrives, he meets a strange girl Tsukimiya Ayu who wears wings on her backpack, and begins to recall the forgotten memories.

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Dramedy

88. Slam Dunk

A popular sports anime which follows Hanamichi Sakuragi, a delinquent and a gang member who joins his school's basketball club due to the influence of a girl he has a crush on. He comes to love the sport and his team aims to become the best in Japan.

Genre: Sports

89. Mayo Chiki!

Kinjirou is a 17-year-old with a fear of women which makes his nose bleed every time he touches a female. While in the bathroom he accidentally discovers that Subaru, a butler of his classmate Kanade, is actually a girl. Now he must work to protect Subaru's secret, while Kanade and Subaru attempt to cure his fear.

Genre: Comedy, Romance

90. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

A twisted magical girl anime produced by Shaft. Evil witches are wreaking havoc and killing humans, and the only ones who can stop them are magical girls. To become one, a girl must form a contract with a weird creature named Kyubey. In return, he promises to grant a single wish. However, Kyubey's motives turn out to be darker than anyone could have thought.

Genre: Magical girl, Dark fantasy

91. Trinity Blood

The series focuses on the on-going cold war between the Vatican, the human government, and the Empire, the government of the Methuselah. Fighting on the Vatican's side is Abel Nightroad, a Crusnik-a vampire that feeds on vampires.

Genre: Action, Fantasy

92. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

In year 2029, humans have crossed the line between virtual world and reality and can move their minds freely through the net. They are watched over by law enforcement that's able to upload themselves into super powered cyborgs.

Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Cyberpunk

93. Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi

Sekaiichi Hatsukoi (World's Greatest First Love) is a popular Japanese yaoi show that follows Onodera Ritsu, an editor who resigns from his father's publishing company due to his coworkers' jealousy. He applies for a position at Marukawa Publishing, but instead of the department of literature he is placed in the shoujo manga department. He considers resigning right away, as his new boss, Masamune Takano, is intolerable.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Yaoi

94. Mushishi

Mushi are the most primal and primitive form of life, unknown and unseen by most people. Ginko is a mushi-shi who travels around the country investigating these creatures and helping people who are plagued by problems caused by mushi. A calm and melancholic anime set in an alternate version of Japan.

Genre: Supernatural, Fantasy, Detective

95. Gundam Wing

In year 195 AC (After Colony), the space colonies and Earth are locked in a deadly conflict. For years, Earth has tried to seize control of the colonies using mobile suits. But the space colonies are ready to strike back with their own advanced mechas called Gundams.

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha

96.Toaru Majutsu no Index / A Certain Magical Index

Both science and magic exist in this world. On the science side, there's technology and espers with supernatural powers. On the magic side, there are mages and priests capable of casting spells. Kamijo Touma is considered a weak (lvl 0) esper, but his right hand can dispel any supernatural, magic or divine effect on touch.

Genre: Action, Supernatural, Comedy

97. Gundam Seed

Earth Alliance is waging war with space colonies (ZAFT). Mankind is divided over genetic human engineering, with normal humans known as Naturals and genetically engineered ones as Coordinators. A young Coordinator Kira Yamato pilots the GAT-X105 Strike Gundam and is forced to fight his old friend Athrun Zala. Little do they know that sinister forces are working to bring about events that go far beyond their worst nightmares.

Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha, Romance

98. Toriko

Toriko is a Gourmet Hunter: a person who travels the world looking for rare ingredients in order to prepare the most amazing dishes. Toriko's goal is creating the ultimate dinner course, and he works towards it by capturing rare and evasive beasts using his enormous strength.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

99. Toaru Kagaku no Railgun / A Certain Scientific Railgun

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun is a spin-off set in the same world as Index anime (both based on the same light novel series by Kazuma Kamachi). The story deals with the adventures of your favorite tsundere Misaka Mikoto, one of the Level 5 espers in the Academy City.

Genre: Sci-fi, Action, Comedy

100. Queen's Blade

Queen's Blade is a tournament held in Gainos city to decide the next queen. The strongest warrior shall win - the only requirement is that they are over 12 years old. The whole continent watches and enjoys the contest.

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Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

101. Great Teacher Onizuka / GTO

Eikichi Onizuka, a badass 22-year-old former biker gang member sets out on a quest to become the greatest teacher Japan has ever seen.

Genre: Slice of life, Dramedy, School

102. Ergo Proxy

In a post-apocalyptic world, humans survive largely in domed cities, served by robot AutoRaves. A strange virus called Cogito causes some Autoreivs to gain self-awareness. Real Mayar, a female inspector in Romdeau city, is assigned to investigate mysterious killings. While they were thought to be performed by these awakened androids, the trail instead leads to insanely powerful beings called Proxies.

Genre: Sci-fi, Cyberpunk, Philosophical

103. Heaven's Lost Property / Sora no Otoshimono

Tomoki Sakurai frequently sees a strange girl in his dreams asking for his help, but he can't remember her face when he wakes up. When an Unidentified Mysterious Animal - UMA - falls out of the sky, his calm life suddenly becomes complicated. The animal turns out to be an angel named Ikaros, who declares herself to be Tomoki's servant.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Harem

104. Nurarihyon no Mago / Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Rikuo Nura seems to be an ordinary middle school student, but he's actually a quarter youkai (demon). His youkai grandafther wants Rikuo to become the leader of the Nura clan, but Rikuo prefers a normal life with humans.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

105. Hajime no Ippo / Fighting Spirit

Magunochi Ippo is an ordinary high school student who lives a rather boring life. But all that changes when he is saved by a boxer named Takamura and decides to follow in his steps.

Genre: Sports

106. Yumeiro Patissiere

Ichigo Amano is a clumsy 14-year-old who doesn't have any talent except eating sweets. One day she meets Henri-sensei who acknowledges her ability of taste and invites her to the elite St. Marie Academy. There she meets new friends and Sweets Spirits which help humans achieve their dreams.

Genre: Cooking, Comedy, Romance

107. Slayers

A wandering sorceress Lina Inverse joins forces with swordsman Gourry Gabriev. The two face various foes from bandits to the demon lord Shabranigdo. Based on a long-running light novel series.

Genre: Fantasy, Advneture

108. Bakemonogatari

The protagonist of Bakemonogatari is Koyomi Araragi, a teenager who returned to being human after a run in with a vampire thanks to a weirdo priest named Oshino. Koyomi helps other characters - girls, mostly - who have their own various supernatural problems. This series is known for witty and charming dialogues and a bizarre animation style by Shaft studio.

Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Comedy, Occult

109. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo)

My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute follows the story of 17-year-old Kyosuke Kosaka. Kyosuke has a younger sister - Kirino - who is star of the track team, a straight-A student, and a model. She also treats her older brother like trash. However, one day Kyosuke finds out that Kirino is actually a closet otaku who plays eroge.

Genre: Comedy, Harem, Romance

110. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

A Japanese teenager gets kidnapped by an assassin syndicate "Inferno" after he witnesses an assassination while visiting the US. His memories are erased and is was made into an assassin codenamed Zwei. Together with an amnesiac girl "Ein", they carry out missions as part of Inferno elite squad known as Phantom.

Genre: Action, Romance, Tragedy

111. Kuroko no Basket / Kuroko no Basuke

The Basketball which Kuroko Plays is a popular sports anime following the basketball teams of Seirin and other Japanese high schools. The titular character Kuroko used to play in a legendary middle school team called he Generation of Miracles. When he joins the basketball team of Seirin High, everyone is surprised by how small and frail-looking he is. However, Kuroko has developed his own unique style of basketball, which plays to his strengths.

Genre: Sports

112. Welcome to the N.H.K.

Tatsuhiro Satou is a 22-year-old NEET and hikikomori (a shut-in). One day he is approached by a mysterious girl Misaki, who makes him sign a contract and claims she'll cure Satou of his hikikomori ways. The other prominent character is Satou's hardcore otaku neighbour Yamazaki, who teams up with him to create an eroge. Highly recommended anime for people who enjoy twisted humor.

Genre: Drama, Black comedy, Romance

113. Kyo Kara Maoh!

Shibuya Yuuri is a seemingly normal young man. He attempts to save a classmate from some bullies, but ends up getting dunked into a toilet. Somehow, the toilet pulls him into another world, a fantasy version of the medieval ages. Furthermore, he is proclaimed to be the next Maoh (king) due to the color of his hair and eyes. Yuuri has to adapt to the new world, where his race (Mazoku) is at war with humans.

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure

114. Another

When Koichi transfers to a new class, he notices a fearful and tense atmosphere, which centers around a beautiful girl Mei Misaki. The mystery deepens when Koichi realizes that no one notices Misaki's presence.

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, Horror

115. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai anime series follows a group of five childhood friends who have drifted apart since. They are brought together again when the sixth friend - Menma, a girl who died 10 years ago - comes back as a ghost, seen only by the group's ex-leader, Jinta.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Supernatural

116. Azumanga Daioh

This funny anime follows the lives of six Japanese high school girls in Tokyo as they experience everyday life and overcome their own personal trials.

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

117. Macross Frontier

The story follows three young adults - Alto Saotome, Sheryl Nome, and Ranka Lee - who are a part of an interstellar fleet which is trying to find a habitable planet near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Genre: Mecha, Space opera, Romance

118. Fate/Zero

A prequel to Fate/stay night, this epic anime shows the battle between 7 masters and servants during the 4th Holy Grail War. Participants include Shiro's stepfather Kiritsugu Emiya, priest Kirei Kotomine, and others.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Thriller

119. Nisemonogatari

The second season of Bakemonogatari which focuses on Koyomi's sisters, Karen and Tsukihi Araragi. A new villain appears in town which afflicts Karen with a supernatural disease. Furthermore, he is somehow connected to Koyomi's girlfriend Senjougahara. The fanservice level in this series is through the roof!

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Occult

120. Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Gundam 00 is set in year 2037, where three major powers: Advanced European Union, Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations, and the Human Reform League compete for the new sources of energy. Fossil fuels have all but run out, and now humans turn to solar power by building collectors in space and orbital elevators.

Genre: Mecha

121. Hetalia: Axis Powers

This anime is about Italy, a cowardly pasta-loving fool, and his friends, which are other personified countries of the world, as they live through strange moments in world history. Mostly centering around the time of WWII.

Genre: Comedy, History

122. Nodame Cantabile

A talented musician Shinichi Chiaki becomes involved with a messy and unorganized piano student Megumi Noda (aka Nodame). The two meet by accident and dislike each other because they're so different. However, eventually Shinichi and Nodame grow closer and acknowledge each other's talents and unusual qualities.

Genre: Slice of life, Comedy, Romance

123. Honey and Clover

The story follows five students at an art college in Tokyo. A rather brilliant josei anime with romance, comedy, and drama elements.

Genre: Slice of life, Comedy, Romance

124. The Vision of Escaflowne

An ordinary schoolgirl Hitomi gets transported into another world, Gaea, where Zaibach empire tries to take over the world, and king Van and knight Allen try to oppose them using the mysterious mecha, Escaflowne. An old but good anime to watch.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

125. Basilisk

Ten representatives each from two warring ninja clans do battle in middle-age Japan. The clans each support a different grandson of Tokugawa Ieyasu as the next shogun. Prize is destruction of the rivals and a thousand year support from the government of the future shogun.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical fantasy, Romance, Tragedy

126. Mahou Sensei Negima

Also known as Negima! in English. Negi Springfield is a 10 year old wizard who gets an assignment as an English teacher for a class of older girls.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Harem

127. Natsume Yuujinchou

Natsume's ability to see youkai has made his life difficult from the young age. The situation changes when he moves in with his distant relatives and discovers his grandmother's "Book of Friends", which lists the names of many powerful youkai. Unlike his grandmother, Natsume doesn't want to fight youkai, and decides to return their names to them. A calm and melancholic anime with not too much action.

Genre: Supernatural, Drama, Comedy

128. Saiyuki

Humans and demons used to live in harmony, but that ended when demons began attacking humans and plotted a mission to unleash Gyumao - an evil demon imprisoned for thousands of years. A rogue priest Genjo Sanzo must team up with three demons - Sha Gojyo, Son Goku, and Cho Hakkai - and embark on a journey to the west to stop the resurrection of Gyumao, and restore the balance between humans and demons.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

129. Flame of Recca

Recca Hanabishi is a high school student obsessed with ninjas. He declares himself a follower of Yanagi Sakoshita, a girl who has the power of healing. Recca soon discovers that he also has a special power of controlling flames, and enters a tournament of warriors with supernatural powers.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance

130. Accel World

In year 2046 people can enter virtual reality at will. Haruyuki Arita is a bullied student who plays games on the school's network all the time. The Vice-President of the Student Council, Kuroyukihime, notices his high scores and gives him a secret program, Brain Burst, which allows its users to accelerate and essentially freeze time. However, Burst Points are needed for that, and to acquire them Haru has to battle other Burst Linkers.

Genre: Action, Cyberpunk, Romance

131. Tegami Bachi / Letter Bee

AmberGround is a land of eternal night, only partially illuminated by an artificial sun. Lag Seeing is a Letter Bee, a person who delivers the letters and packages between cities. It is a dangerous job since giant insects called Gaichuu attack Letter Bees, attracted to the "heat" stored in the precious letters.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Drama

132. Aria the Animation

A young girl Akari Mizunashi works on Aqua (terraformed Mars) to become an Undine, or a gondolier. Her boss is a master Undine Alicia Florence, and her best friends are fellow gondoliers Aika and Alice. This is a feel-good anime which is very calm, beautiful, and optimistic.

Genre: Adventure, Sci-fi, Slice of Life

133. Tsuritama

Yuki is a high school student who has trouble making friends. One day he is approached by Haru, a self-proclaimed alien, who invites him to fish. They are eventually joined by Natsuki and Akira, and the four meet, fish, and go on adventures on the island.

Genre: Sci-fi, Comedy

134. Noein: To Your Other Self

A violent war is taking place between the factions of Lacrima, which protects humanity, and Shangri-La, which seeks to destroy all space-time. A group named Dragon Cavalry is sent back in time to retrieve an object which can stop Shangri-La's invasion. In the present, 12-year-old Haruka and her friend Yuu meet a member of the Dragon Cavalry who claims to be Yuu from the future.

Genre: Adventure, Romance, Sci-fi

135. Zero no Tsukaima

Saito is a regular high school student who gets summoned into a strange magical world by a fiery-tempered girl Louise. Louise isn't very good at magic, but she managed to summon the legendary familiar - Gandalfr - who has special powers of his own. Gandalfr is no one else but Saito, who now has to serve his new capricious master.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Harem, Comedy, Ecchi

136. Ranma 1/2

Sixteen year old guy named Ranma Saotome was trained from early childhood in martial arts. As a result of an accident during the training, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, but hot water will change him back into a boy.

Genres: Martial arts, Romance, Comedy, Shonen

137. RahXephon

17-year-old Ayato Kamina pilots a godlike mecha RahXephon. He uses it to fight against multi-dimensional invaders known as the Mulians, or Mu. A top rated and unique mecha anime.

Genre: Mecha, Drama, Romance

138. Zetsuen no Tempest

Zetsuen no Tempest follows two teenagers, Mahiro and Yoshino, who get drawn into a conflict between several magician factions existing in the modern world. Mahiro seeks to find the murderer of his younger sister who was killed a year ago, and a young female magician, Hakaze Kusaribe, promises to aid him in return for his help.

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Drama, Action

139. Ginban Kaleidoscope

Tazusa Sakurano is a Japanese Olympic figure skating candidate. Pete Pumps is a Canadian stunt pilot. During a qualifying round in Canada, Tazusa falls in the middle of a Triple Lutz and loses consciousness. At the same time, Pete dies in a plain crash. Unfortunately for Tazusa, Pete ends up involuntarily inhabiting her body for 100 days, while she has to prepare for the Olympics.

Genre: Drama, Romance, Sports, Comedy

140. Dennou Coil

In year 2026, virtual reality is everywhere and it can be seen through special glasses. Yuuko Okonogi moves with her family to Daikoku City, the center of technological advancement, and joins her grandmother's nvestigation agency which consists of kids equipped with powerful virtual reality tools.

Genre: Sci-fi, Slice of life

141. Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko

Niwa Makoto moves in with his aunt after his parents go overseas for work. To his surprise he learns that his aunt has a daughter - his cousin, Touwa Erio. Erio believes herself to be an alien and walks around wearing a futon.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Mystery

142. Hyouka

Hotaro Oreki is a lazy yet intelligent student. His calm lifestyle is disrupted when he joins the school's Classics Club. Other members are Eru Chitanda (a curious girl interested in mysteries), Satoshi Fukube (a self-proclaimed human database), and Mayaka Ibara (an avid manga reader). Even though the club is supposed to be about classic literature, they usually end up solving various mysteries thanks to Chitanda's endless curiosity and Hotaro's detective skills.

Genre: Mystery, Detective

143. Gantz

Kei Kurono is a typical high school student in a selfish world, not caring about anyone other than himself. However when, by chance, he was forced to help out his childhood friend, Katou Masaru, rescue a drunkard who fell into subway tracks, both he and Katou were killed... Or not. After being run over by the train, they were suddenly teleported to an enclosed apartment with others who recently died. Now their lives are controlled by a mysterious black ball inside the apartment called GANTZ.

Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller, Sci-fi

144. Rozen Maiden

When Sakurada Jun, a deeply traumatized ex-student finds a web site that tells him to place an order for a doll in his drawer, his life is turned around when the doll comes to life...

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Supernatural

145. Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

Nanoha Takamachi is a 3rd grade elementary school girl who rescues an injured ferret (who is actually a transformed boy named Yuuno) and finds Raising Heart, a magical crystal which gives her magical powers. Now she has to collect 21 magic Jewel Seeds from Yuuno's world, but she's not the only one after them. Probably the definitive magical girl anime.

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Sci-fi

146. Higashi no Eden / Eden of the East

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this terrorist act called Careless Monday does not result in any victims, and is soon forgotten by the general public. Three months later, a young woman named Saki Morimi visits the United States of America on her graduation trip. When she is in front of the White House, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countryman saves her.

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Psychological

147. Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Masaki is the main character of the series. He gets involved with several alien girls who start living in his house and competing for his attention.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Harem, Sci-fi

148. Gungrave

A fantastic story about Brandon Heat, a hired killer, and Harry MacDowell, boss of a mafia organization. Starting off as friends, in the end they attempt to kill each other.

Genres: Action, Criminal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural

149. Daily Lives of High School Boys

A funny comedy anime following the daily lives of a group of students at the boys-only Sanada North High School.

Genre: Slice of life, Comedy.

150. Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings

The anime is based on a Capcom video game series of the same name, and takes place during the Sengoku, or the Warring States Period, in Japan. Two young warlords from rivaling regions form an alliance to bring down Oda Nobunaga, the Devil King.

Genre: Action, Martial Arts

151. Inazuma Eleven

A popular soccer anime which follows a talented goalkeeper, Endou Mamoru, who is trying to recruit new members for his school's team, and participate in the tournament.

Genre: Sports

152. Sankarea

Furuya is obsessed with zombies. When his cat dies, Furuya begins trying to raise it from the dead. he sees the idol of a nearby all girl's school walking close to where he conducts his experiment, wishing to die and be reborn as a different person

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Supernatural

152. Kaze no stigma

Unlike his family, Kazuma had no talent for the flame magic, and was bested by his relative Ayano for the right to hold the sacred sword Enraiha, the symbol of the clan's succession. Banished in disgrace, he returns to his ancestral home after a four-year exile... right into the hornet's nest.

Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, Supernatural

153. Psycho Pass

In a dystopian future, technology has advanced to the point where a person's mental health can be determined with a simple scan. Those deemed to be Latent Criminals are hunted down by Inspectors and their Enforcers, and afterwards offered freedom in exchange for hunting other criminals.

Genre: Cyberpunk, Crime, Sci-fi

154. High School DxD

Issei Hyodo is your average perverted high school student whose one wish in life is to have his own harem, but he's got to be one of the unluckiest guys around. He goes on his first date with a girl only to get brutally attacked and killed when it turns out the girl is really a vicious fallen angel. To top it all off, he's later reincarnated as a devil by his gorgeous senpai who tells him that she is also a devil and now his master! One thing's for sure, his peaceful days are over.

Genre: Action, Fantasy, Harem, Ecchi

155. Itazura na Kiss

In the romantic comedy story, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a handsome boy who is also smart and good at sports, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko's family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad's childhood friend...whose son just happens to be Naoki.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Slice of life

156. Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts

Akihisa Yoshii attends Fumisiki Academy, where your grades decide your class. The better your class, the better equipment you get to use in school. On top of that, classes challenge each other in the Summoner Test War in hopes of trading for better equipment. As a class F student, the worst class, things look bleak for Akihisa.

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

157. Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan (also known as Shingeki no Kyojin) takes place in a world full of Titans during the mid 800s. Titans are humanoid giants that prey on humans, seemingly for sport. The remainder of humanity lives in fear behind enormous walls. Eren, a young teenager, is one of the few who dreams of going outside and defeating the Titans. One day, the walls surrounding the city are broken down by a 60-foot-tall Titan, and Eren ends up being in the middle of the attack.

Genre: Dark fantasy, Adventure, Action

158. Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun / My Little Monster

Mizutani Shizuku is a calm and collected girl who is completely focused on her studies. One day, she is forced to deliver class notes to Yoshida Haru, a known truant and troublemaker. The boy turns out to have an unexpectedly sweet and innocent personality, and the two strike up an unlikely friendship.

Genre: Romance, Comedy.

159. Mirai Nikki / Future Diary

Yukiteru Amano is an antisocial student who spends most of his time playing with his cellphone, writing in his diary, or talking to his imaginary friend, Deus Ex Machina. One day Yukiteru learns that Deus is more than a figment of his imagination, as his diary gains the power to predict the future, and he is forced to participate in a deadly battle with other diary holders.

Genre: Thriller, Drama, Supernatural, Psychological

160. Planetes

Hard science fiction story set in the near future. Space Debris Section, a unit of Technora Corporation, is working in Earth's orbit to clean up space junk to ensure the safety of satellites, space stations, and spacecraft.

Genre: Sci-fi, Drama

161. Btooom!

Ryouta Sakamoto is one of the world's top Btoom! players (a competitive video game where people try to blow each other up with various bombs). One day he wakes up on a remote tropical island equipped with a bag of bombs which look exactly like the ones in the game. When the first person he meets tries to kill him, Ryouta realizes that he is now fighting for his life.

Genre: Action, Psychological, Thriller, Sci-fi

162. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Every being in the world possesses a magical essence known as Rukh, which powers the eternal cycle of rebirth. However, Rukh can be corrupted and used for malicious purposes. It is the job of Magi like the young Aladdin to ensure that doesn't happen, as well as to find a suitable king candidate.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

163. Log Horizon

Shiroe is just one of the thousands of people playing Elder Tale, one of the most popular MMORPGs in the world. Something unbelievable happens during the day of the release of the newest expansion: tens of thousands of gamers are suddenly transported into the world of Elder Tale, which has now become their new reality. Shiroe, together with his closest friends, has to face challenges like the new status of NPCs (now the locals of Elder Tale, called People of the Land), creating some form of governance, and dealing with death inside the game.

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

164. Katanagatari

Yasuri Shichika lives on a remote island with his elder sister, who trains him in an unarmed martial art which allows him to face sword wielders and destroy their weapons. One day he is visited by Togame, an ambitious strategist who is trying to collect the legendary Deviant Blades for the shogunate.

Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Comedy

About the Rankings

The rankings above are a result of thousands of votes cast by visitors to the Top Anime List on Squidoo over the course of several years. Now that Squidoo has merged with HubPages, the voting and submitting features are, sadly, no longer available. You can still use the list to find good series to watch, however. I recommend using CTRL+F and searching for genres that interest you.

Please note that the rankings above are for the best anime series. If you wish to find good movies to watch try the list of best anime movies instead. There's a list of top manga as well!

Anime Opinions Duel

What do you think about anime? Make your choice...

Top Recommendation: Death Note

One of the best animes about a duel between two great minds.

Light Yagami is one of the top ranked students in Japan. He's brilliant, smart and bored with his everyday life. One day he finds a Death Note - a notebook with the power to kill anyone who's name is written into it. It belongs to Ryuk, a Shinigami (god of death) who dropped it into the human world to entertain himself. He's perfectly content with letting Light to play around with it.

After "testing" the Death Note on a local thug, Light soon realizes its power is real and starts a grandiose campaign to rid the world of all crime. However, a genius detective L is already on the track of this mysterious new killer.

Personal impressions: it's very entertaining to watch the best minds of the world trying to outwit each other, as well as Light's transformation from an innocent student to a cold blooded exterminator. Definitely one of the top animes in my book; it has also been holding #1 spot for a while in our list of top anime above.

Top Recommendation: FullMetal Alchemist

Probably one of the greatest fantasy animes ever created.

Edward Elric has mechanical "automail" limbs instead of his right arm and left leg. His brother Alphonse is a huge, hollow metallic armor, with the blood seal inside being the only thing that binds his soul to this world. The reason they ended up this way is because the alchemist brothers broke the taboo of human transmutation by trying to revive their dead mother.

Now Ed and Al travel around the world in search of the legendary Philosopher's Stone - the only thing that does not obey the principle of Equal Trade. They hope to use it to regain what they lost the night they attempted to bring their mother back.

Personal comment: Fullmetal Alchemist is a very emotional and powerful anime - some parts might even shock you! It is widely accepted among western viewers as one of the best anime shows. FMA is entertaining, powerful, emotional and thought-provoking.

Personal Recommendation: Eureka 7

Possibly the best mecha series from Bones of all time.

Renton Thurston, a fourteen year old boy is living his boring life in a small town called Bellforest with his mechanic grandfather. He is constantly teased by his peers because of the reputation of his father, Adrock Thurston, who is considered a hero by the military. Renton's life becomes even worse when his favorite lifting (a sport similar to surfing, only done in air) spot is closed off.

One day Eureka, a cute and mysterious girl crash-lands in his yard, asking him and his grandfather to fix her mecha, Nirvash. Renton ends up joining Eureka in Gekkostate, a ship of rebels led by his lifting idol Holland.

E7 is one of my favorite animes of all time. Expect giant robots flying on surfboards, science fiction, romance, comedy, action, good old "saving the world", and awesome techno soundtracks. From the list of all anime shows I've seen, this is definitely in my top 10.

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Anime Genre Poll


Alexisboyce on March 11, 2020:

Magical girl.

Emilea Andrews from UK on August 29, 2017:

whoa great list!! so little time, so much to watch!

Andrew Hincks on September 09, 2016:

How's it going? Thought you might like to see this epic FNAF cosplay team.

Cody Sy on December 17, 2014:

Highschool DxD Should be top 1

WTF?? on December 14, 2014:

how the hell is pokémon above beserk and cowboy bebop?

poisondemon on November 29, 2014:

i love fairy tail, death note and fate/zero, so i love the list

shutthenarwhalup on November 01, 2014:

You guys are so negative you need some food.

austin on October 29, 2014:

I love fairy tail the most

ya mum on September 19, 2014:

sailor moon was the best form me a a kid

bobbybelcher on August 19, 2014:

Awesome anime post :D

KingRezo from Puerto Rico on August 05, 2014:

I definitely wish there was a continuation of deathnote if you've seen the whole anime definitely the ending monologue was sad even when knowing what Light had become.

EmmaGraceEllis LM on May 15, 2014:

Fantastic lens- thanks!

MoshiMonsterFan on May 02, 2014:

Totally awesome! For a guy who likes anime u are awesome!

MeltingMountains on April 28, 2014:

you really should include Attack On Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)

marley101 lm on March 26, 2014:

Wow it`s a big list :P

I grown up with Dragonball Z

tomasokalno on March 11, 2014:

Thanks for this enormous list! After quick browsing I couldn't find spongebob there.

Amine from Doha, Qatar on March 08, 2014:

this is one big list hahaha, i really like hunter and detective conan, and now im watching one piece.

arigato gozaymas ;)

purplemadhatter on February 19, 2014:

@three michi: watch zombie loan, fooly cooly, or deadman wonderland. boogiepop phantom is also nice

three michi on January 16, 2014:

Im going to have to come back here to see which animes I need to watch. :D

Jackson Thom from West of Left South Lucky on January 03, 2014:

That's some list of anime. I haven't even seen most of them, but the all look good. Great article!

Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer from Hedgesville, WV on December 28, 2013:

you have great lenses and i've never seen so many comments. off to read some more chadrew

eiramarie on November 26, 2013:

Very nice lens.. but what I really love watching is Naruto

richardrose on October 12, 2013:

Great selection of stuff that I have never seen. Great lens

ryan-stewart-1485537 on October 05, 2013:

@jamesp420: Hunter X Hunter is written by the same guy. It is probably the most similar thing out there.

stuartym91 on September 24, 2013:

Dragon ball z is brilliant

jhavong13 on September 15, 2013:

Fairy Tail is my personal favorite. Angel Beats is awesome... and haven't seen Shingeki no Kyojin, wait.

anonymous on September 11, 2013:

Deathnote is a personal fav!

EzLoanLookUp LM on September 03, 2013:

More anime for me to watch. Good lens

anonymous on September 01, 2013:

Angel beats is a beast (love the opening theme) clannad is great too

anonymous on August 31, 2013:

There's a new Hatsune Miku DVA game!!! i want it so bad but i don't have playstation -_-

anonymous on August 31, 2013:

@jsmilely: Is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo messed up!!!! at first but after that, it's so AWESOME!!!!!!

anonymous on August 31, 2013:

@anonymous: nice {^_^}

anonymous on August 25, 2013:

@anonymous: 1. Luffy. 2. Ichigo. 3. Edward Elric.

anonymous on August 25, 2013:

Samurai X and Doraemon are one of the best anime ever made.They are not like the typical animes going now.Samurai X is at 40 something and Doraemon is not in the list.

akusphinx on August 24, 2013:

My favorite..

anonymous on August 23, 2013:

Sword art online,Samurai x,kenichi,Attack of the titans(on going series),Hunter x hunter,Naruto,Initial d,One piece and more lol

neverasbad on August 21, 2013:

Bleach. Actually watched the whole thing from beginning to end.

anonymous on August 15, 2013:

FUCK Eureka 7 !

jsmilely on August 11, 2013:

@anonymous: im watching that show right now and OMG sooo messed up and intense and you dont wanna stop watching it

anonymous on August 10, 2013:

(not in order of my favorites just naming good ones) Puella Magi Madoka Magica

angel beats

mirai nikki

ano hana

Elfen lied

steins gate

guilty crown

code geass

school days


anonymous on August 10, 2013:

@anonymous: Elfen lied

angel beats

ano Hana

code geass


guilty crown

Mirrai Nikki

steins gate

school days

anonymous on August 07, 2013:

@jamesp420: Your welcome ^-^

jamesp420 on August 07, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks I'll check those out :) I think The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is pretty much one of a kind so idk if there's anything to be found. lol I just finished Steins;Gate and was totally blown away. now i'm dying for something like it but i guess i just can't be satisfied lol. thanks again! btw the etc. part made me lol

jamesp420 on August 07, 2013:

@anonymous: I'll check it out, thanks :)

anonymous on August 06, 2013:

@jamesp420: Um . . . the anime I recomand you is not similar to the anime you watch (since I never watch the anime you watch so I don't know, sorry *_* )

But here's the list . . .

Blue Exorcist ( started watching)

---------------- Similar to Elfen Lied ---------------

Code Gease - similar maybe? - (I check on google)

Konomini - (Also checked on google)


--------------- Similar to Yu Hakusho -------------


Drangon ball first series

Flame of Recca - Similar to Yu Hakusho i heard

--- Similar to The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya --

I couldn't find one . . . sorry (-_-)

------------------- Similar to etc ----------------------



I hope you could find what you like, sorry i could't help much *_*

Good luck

anonymous on August 06, 2013:

@jamesp420: Watch Higurashi no Naku Koro ni its awesome!

jamesp420 on August 06, 2013:

can anyone recommend some good anime for me? i only recently got into it and i'm looking for something thematically similar to Yu Yu Hakusho, Elfen Lied, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, etc., but geared more towards adults. any ideas?

anonymous on August 03, 2013:

Who is the best anime character ? ( your opinion, three person)

Mines are : Ikuto - shugo chara

Usui - maid sama Black rock shooter - black rock shooter

leeasaw on August 01, 2013:


socialcx1 on July 27, 2013:

Eurika 7 is one of my favourites. Fantastic lens.

ebeyidodo on July 27, 2013:

Love your style,support you.

MentalBreak on July 24, 2013:

I love this list!Some of my favorites are on here and some that I plan on watching!Thanks :D

anonymous on July 22, 2013:

Did any of you guys watch Attack Of The Titans ? that story is so fuck up !!

anonymous on July 21, 2013:

@anonymous: It's kind of sad since Ikuto wasn't in the shugo chara party (*_*)

He's the best!!!

anonymous on July 21, 2013:

@SomniMax: your welcome (^_^)

anonymous on July 21, 2013:

@anonymous: Um . . . I don't think so . . .

Well, you could find more anime in - crunchyroll Browse popular anime (type on google)

for your information (^_^)

anonymous on July 19, 2013:


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I ca ca ca canna canna

Swing, swing, swing my sword, sword

Whenever I get bored, bored

I can swing my sword, sword

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Once I hit the floorboards

But I had it restored

And it was expensive

But it was a write off!

Swinging is my business

And by that I mean swinging swords

Please do not ignore

Do you like my sword?


That was rhetorical

You know I am the oracal

I know you like my sword

It's made of freakin' diamonds

If you don't your lying

But that would be fine

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anonymous on July 17, 2013:

@anonymous: I never watch fairytail . . . but . . . is it good? where can I watch it?

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

@anonymous: thanks (^_^)

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

@anonymous: fairytail is gay

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

@anonymous: no its not.....

lol need to watch more anime dude

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

does anyone know an anime that is like fairytail?

anonymous on July 16, 2013:

Attack on Titan and dragon ball z is the best anime out there. Im sorry but truth is truth

anonymous on July 11, 2013:


anonymous on July 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Hxh 2011, TTGL, Monster, Code Geass, Fate/Zero (1st episode is boring), Baccano (1st episode is boring).

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

Hey, I'm looking for a new anime to watch so can you guys give me advices?

Thanks (^_^)

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@anonymous: You should watch one piece movie called strong world

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@anonymous: I know! the ending sucks!!! they should made the ending more AWESOME!!!

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@anonymous: I know right? Detective conan deserves to be more higher (^_^)

but I can't believe that you hate shugo chara. I love shugo chara!!! I watch all the episodes except season 3.

Well . . . everyone thinks different (^_^)

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

@seodress: ME TOO! (^_^)

anonymous on July 02, 2013:

This information is very helpful (^_^) there's like almost every anime series I watched!

I'm looking for a new anime to watch so this really helps me out !!!

Anyway, how do you vote on these anime?

anonymous on June 25, 2013:

@Baskerville LM: i have sen nearly 80 of the ones here and i would say you missed slamdunk, fate/zero, madoka, toradora, monster, yu yu hakasho, steins gate the most. There are many others which are awesome but those are the best ones from the ones you missed.

anonymous on June 25, 2013:

@Baskerville LM: i have sen nearly 80 of the ones here and i would say you missed slamdunk, fate/zero, madoka, toradora, monster, yu yu hakasho, steins gate the most. There are many others which are awesome but those are the best ones from the ones you missed.

seodress on June 23, 2013:

I love this.

Baskerville LM on June 21, 2013:

Wow, what a long list. I've got around 30-40 on mine. Can you recommend anything I might have missed?

anonymous on June 18, 2013:

@nicolekato: That's only cause you haven't seen any other 'good' animes.

anonymous on June 18, 2013:

@nicolekato: That's only cause you haven't seen any other 'good' animes.

nicolekato on June 12, 2013:

I love this. I'm kind of sad that Ao No Exorcist only came in at 19 though :( I really like that one.

anonymous on May 29, 2013:

Anime is so debatable and fun to follow ! -

anonymous on May 25, 2013:

@anonymous: shugo chara was a great anime but i didnt like the end

anonymous on May 22, 2013:

@Underrated: Shugo Chara is awesome trust me watch it man ^_^ trust me its cool

anonymous on May 21, 2013:

Oh my god guys... You haven't seen "Attack on Titan" ?!???!!!???!?!?!? Check it out!!! ONe of the best anime's I've ever watched!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY GUYS WATCH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

SomniMax on May 20, 2013:

Many thanks for sharing useful information !!

anonymous on May 14, 2013:

@raheelbs: It was one of the best... all there is now is some narutoXsasuke gay shit

Kishimoto's gay,a sexist and a terrible writer!

shishu on May 14, 2013:

Such an informative lens...

raheelbs on May 13, 2013:

Naruto is the best anime yet..!!! I am watching it from past ten years..!

anonymous on May 05, 2013:

@EristheDisco: Hipster.

EristheDisco on May 02, 2013:

Well the list is well made, but the voting of the fans is disappointing. Code Geass should be #1, no contest and not a chance of anything passing it. Macross Frontier should also be way further up the list, such as top 10, if not top 5. I hate how the long-running, overrated ones always make the top. Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Elfen Lied, they're all overrated. Get some real quality stuff up there. As far as plot, character development, suspense, realism, and genius go, nothing beats Code Geass.

ConvenientCalendar on April 30, 2013:

I did not know there was that much out there! Great lens!

Satores on April 29, 2013:

where the heck is Gilgamesh, Law of Ueki or Blue Gender on that list...Law of Ueki is definitely a contender

Underrated on April 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Agreed

Underrated on April 22, 2013:

Great lens

annayjo on April 22, 2013:

I grew up watch DragonBall and DragonBall Z so I must put that on top my all time favorite Anime. When DragonBall Movie came out, I was a little disappointed with the storyline and also some of the Actor/Actress choices but you can't make everyone happy, right? =) I haven't seen a lot on the list so I'm hoping to get to see some of them. Thanks for the info!

annayjo on April 22, 2013:

I have to vote for

mariacarbonara on April 16, 2013:

My boy is just getting into anime so will love this

anonymous on April 15, 2013:

This list is large and contains many familiar titles. It will be nice to have it broken down by audience and age groups (i.e. seinen vs shounen) and release eras (Where is Doraemon and Astro Boy?)

bornot2b1 on April 13, 2013:

very happy to find this lens... My son is going to be so grateful.

belinhafernandes on April 13, 2013:

Amazing lens on Anime. I know a few of the titles, not all! A lot to discover!;)

anonymous on April 11, 2013:

Detective Conan is the best!!! Why is it only like 33 or something??? Anyway, Shugo Chara is the WORST ANIME MADE EVER (personal story)!!!!!!!!! Why is it even on the list???????????!!!!!!!!!!!

BenjaminMBrown on April 08, 2013:

Your following is huge...I'm in awe!

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