After numerous failures and low-quality projects witnessed in the anime sector during World War II and its aftermath, we saw a resurgance in the following decades that brought forth numerous movies and TV series that could compete with the biggest Hollywood projects- even earning awards and setting new records in terms of ratings and views.

This trend has become more apparent over the past few years, particularly with anime series like Attack on Titan, which has gained immense popularity worldwide and competes with major international series.


However, many viewers are unsure how to enter this magical world filled with fantasy and where to start. Fear not! We’re here to save you the time and trouble of searching for the best. We have compiled a list of the10 best anime series of all time, presented in no particular order.

The list is based on our assessment of the quality of the work, as well as the success of the anime in terms of ratings and viewership around the world. Now, without further ado, let’s get started on our list of the top 10 anime series of all time.

10 Best Anime Series of All Time

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)

Action, Adventure I Rating: 17+

The anime revolves around the brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, who attempt to revive their deceased mother through alchemy and restore Alphonse’s body lost in their experiments.

They embark on a perilous journey filled with dangers and threats, impacting not only their lives but the entire world. Their goal is to restore their mother and free Alphonse from the metal suit that confines him.

Monster (2004)

Crime, Drama I Rating: R

Monster revolves around Dr. Kenzo Tenma, whose comfortable life takes a turn when a man with a gunshot wound is brought to him. Being a skilled surgeon, Tenma chooses to assist the man, who promptly escapes after being saved.

However, Tenma soon realizes that the man he rescued is a notorious criminal responsible for numerous major crimes in the past.

Overwhelmed by remorse, Tenma decides to dedicate his life to permanently eliminating the criminal and saving the world from his atrocities.

Vinland Saga (2019)

Action, Adventure I Rating: 17+

Vinland Saga tells the story of Thorfinn, a boy who witnesses the murder of his father, the warrior Thors, before his eyes by one of the Viking clan leaders named Askeladd.

To avenge his father, Thorfinn joins Askeladd’s crew with the intention of carrying out his own revenge. He occasionally challenges Askeladd in an attempt to fulfil his quest for revenge and return to his homeland.

The question remains: will he succeed, and what will he do if he attains his goal? The answers to these questions are revealed in this must-watch anime series.

Death Note (2006)

Crime, Drama I Rating: 17+

Light Yagami discovers a small notebook thrown into the human world by a Shinigami named Ryuk. This notebook, known as the Death Note, grants its possessor the ability to cause the death of anyone within 40 seconds by writing their name in it.

With this newfound power, Light, who adopts the alias Kira, aims to eliminate all criminals and create his version of a utopian world.

However, he encounters opposition from the Japanese government, which dispatches a detective named L to defeat Kira and his vengeful ways.

Attack on Titan (2013)

Action, Adventure I Rating: 17+

Attack on Titan tells the story of Eren Yeager, a boy who dreams of joining the Scout Regiment and venturing beyond the Walls in search of the Titans and saving his people.

However, one day, the Titans attack the massive Walls that protect them, killing his mother in the process. This event causes him to cling to one idea for the rest of his years: to avenge his mother and exterminate the Titans once and for all.

As the story unfolds across its seasons, unexpected twists and turns reveal that wishes don’t always unfold as anticipated.

Code Geass (2006)

Action, Drama I Rating: 17+

Lelouch is a young boy who harbours strong hate for his father, the British Emperor. He is particularly protective of his younger sister and ensures her safety from everyone around her.

However, one day, he gains a supernatural power that enables him to force others to fulfil his wishes with just a glance, and he resolves to utilize this ability to stand up against the British Empire and destroy it from its roots. This decision forces him to confront those closest to him.

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Action, Adventure I Rating: PG13

Gon Freecss is a boy who loves adventure and lives with his aunt, who raised him on an island. He sets out on a journey to find his missing father, whom he has never seen before. In order to find him, Gon must join a non-governmental organization that his father was a member of, called the Hunter Association.

However, before he can enlist in it, he must undergo a series of tests, where he meets three other companions: Kurapika, who seeks revenge on those who killed his entire clan; Leorio, the hardworking doctor who seeks to make money; and a boy called Killua Zoldyck from a family of assassins.

They work together in order to complete the test and win a Hunter’s card.

Fate/Zero (2011)

Action, Adventure I Rating: 17+

Every ten years, the ‘Holy Grail War’ takes place between seven different families. The winner of the war gets the prize of the ‘Holy Grail’, which grants any wish to its owner.

In order to win the Grail, each family must choose one of their members to be the Master, who works to summon one of the Servants. Each Master has three spells that allow him to control and subdue the Servant in case they get out of control.

The last standing survivor among the family members will be declared as the winner. Fate/Zero is full of action, suspense and drama, and it will keep you guessing until the very end.

Erased (2016)

Crime, Drama I Rating: 17+

The series follows the story of Satoru Funinuma, a 29-year-old aspiring manga artist who has the ability to travel backwards in time to prevent terrible things from happening.

One day, his mother recognizes a serial killer who has committed numerous crimes for the past 20 years and is now seeking her to kill her and frame Satoru for the crime.

Satoru must now travel back in time for much farther than he has ever done before in order to prevent the tragedy. He must also cooperate with his new and old friends to ensure a safe future for himself and those he cares about.

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Action, Adventure I Rating: 17+

Set in a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2071, where humanity has sought refuge on other planets due to the uninhabitable state of Earth.

To maintain peace across the galaxy, governments have established a new law enforcement agency known as the “Inter-Solar System Police” to track down criminals.

The narrative centres around a group of bounty hunters known as Cowboys who reside on a spaceship named the Bebop. As they traverse planets and moons in pursuit of wanted fugitives, each crew member grapples with shadows from their past that they cannot escape.

That was our list of the top 10 anime series of all time. Let us know in the comments if your favourite anime made it to the list, and if not, share your picks with us!



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