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20 Best Anime Series of All Time – 2020

Are you an anime enthusiast who thinks they’ve seen all of the best anime series ever made? You might have seen most of the anime series and the most popular anime movies out there, but do you think you can name all of your favorite picks?

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Japanese anime has become quite popular over the years. It started becoming mainstream across the world during the 1980s as people outside of Japan began watching more and more anime series coming out from the land of the rising sun. With their increasing popularity, anime has become an integral part of popular culture.

There are more anime series out there than one can care to count and then some. Most of the anime shows have been around for decades. It might be overwhelming to pick the best out of Japanese anime series that have come out over the years.

With decades’ worth of enjoying Japanese anime, checking the rankings of the seemingly countless shows, reading reviews on various leading anime websites, and further research, we have come up with the ultimate list of the best anime series you need to watch.

Without further ado, here is our ultimate list for the best anime series of all time.

Death Note

death note

There are several reasons to have Death Note as the first pick for the best anime series of all time. The first reason why it is at the top is that it has been voted as the number one anime series of all time by Japanese fans. It is also the most popular anime series on the esteemed MyanimeList website itself.

This anime is a peculiar one. The anime has a dark theme, and the main hero in the series is not exactly the typical good guy that many other series have. Death Note is a show that has dared to go to lengths that no other anime series have, and that is what makes it stand out from the rest.

The show revolves around Shinigami. It is the god of death who can kill anybody as long as he can see the victim’s face and write their name down in the Death Note notebook. Ryuk is bored of living the lifestyle of the god of death, and in his boredom, he decides to leave one of these Death Note notebooks in reach of humans to see how they use it.

The Death Note notebook ends up in the hands of Light Yagami, a prodigal high school student. He understands that there is something peculiar about the notebook and tests its power out by writing the name of a criminal in the notebook. The criminal dies immediately after Yagami writes his name in the Death Note, and he realizes the true power this notebook in his hands possesses.

Light Yagami then decides he must use the power of the Death Note to remove all the criminals in the world. People begin to worship him for his efforts, but the police realize that there is a serial killer who is targeting criminals. They work with an eccentric detective called L to apprehend Light Yagami. The original manga series was published from 2003 to 2006, and it has 108 chapters spread across 12 volumes.

Madhouse developed the anime series that consisted of 37 episodes directed by Tetsuro Araki. The anime was broadcasted in Japan from October 2006 to June 2007. A series of Nintendo video games and three live-action films were also released based on the show. A light novel based on the series was released in 2006. There is a mini-series in Japan as well as a U.S. film based on the anime that started streaming on Netflix in August 2017.

Needless to say, this is one of the most popular anime shows of all time. It became so popular that there was even a Broadway musical that was written and composed based on this show. If you want to truly experience the best that the world of anime has to offer, Death Note is the perfect place to start. You will be surprised at what awaits you for your viewing pleasure when you watch this dark and phenomenal anime series.

Attack on Titan – Shingeki no Kyojin

Attack on Titan

Ranker voted Attack on Titan Shingeki no Kyojin as the Best Action Anime, and we feel inclined to agree. This is definitely one of the most revolutionary anime series to come out, and it rightly deserves such a high spot on our ultimate list of the best anime series.

Attack on Titan revolves around a young man called Eren Jaeger, who has made a vow to destroy all of the Titans on the planet. Titans are giant humanoid creatures who have dominated the planet for years. They managed to invade Eren’s hometown, destroy it, and kill his mother in the process.

There are so many things to fall in love with this show. The visuals are remarkable, it has a compelling storyline, and the ambiance of this anime series make it quite unique. Its incredible storyline and the entire production of this anime has made it fast become one of the most popular anime series of all time. In fact, it is as popular as some of the longest-running anime series in history.

The original Attack on Titans has only aired 25 episodes so far, making its sheer popularity a remarkable feat. This entry on our ultimate list of the best anime series is based on Hajime Isayama’s award-winning manga. Throughout the series, we follow the adventures and the fight of the elite fighting forces of the remaining humans against the Titans. Eren Shingeki no Kyojin, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert are in focus through the series as we watch them do everything possible to keep the Titans at bay from falling to the attacks of the Titans.

There are several military branches that partake in protecting the human population. The soldiers use specialized grappling systems called Vertical Maneuvering Equipment. They use them to jump on trees, buildings, and walls to attack the Titans.

The original series aired in 2013, and a light spin-off novel followed along with a manga series as a result of the anime show’s immense success. The second season aired in 2017, the third in 2018, and the fourth season is scheduled to release sometime in 2020.

If you’re in the search for some truly inspiring anime with well-drawn action sequences, you might want to consider watching the Attack on Titans. It’s a binge-worthy anime of the highest order.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most popular anime series of all time, and there are so many reasons why. It has a touching and gripping storyline that makes it one of the most popular anime series in both the U.S. and Japan. The story revolves around a prolific young alchemist Edward Elric who lost his mother as a child. He and his brother Alphonse tried reviving her in an unsuccessful event. The attempt resulted in the death of his brother, and he lost two limbs himself.

Edward utilizes the alchemy skills, however, to transform the soul of his dead brother into a powerful suit of armor. He begins the quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a rare stone believed to bolster the power of alchemists. Edward sets off on the path to search for this mythical stone, taking his brother along with him in his armor form. He wants to find the Philosopher’s Stone so he can finally bring both his brother and himself back to their normal forms.

The journey is treacherous, and it takes a dark turn as they meet several adversaries and obstacles on their way. It is a beautifully animated and very dramatic anime series directed by Seiji Mizushima. The show ran from October 2003 to October 2004, consisting of 51 episodes. The show was a major success, winning the 2004 T.V. Feature award at the Animation Kobe Awards. It was also one of the recommended titles by the Japan Media Arts 2004 jury.

The sequel film “Conqueror of Shamballa” was released in 2005. A second anime series was released in 2009, and it is a part of this list of the best anime series of all time. A much closer adaptation of the original manga, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, was made after the original manga was completed.

If you want to watch a genre-defining anime, you must watch this anime series.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

 

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Anime series are not just for kids to watch. If you have ever held on to that notion, you might want to watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This anime series is like the original Fullmetal anime series. While the original series was partially based on Hiromu Arakawa‘s anime series of the same name, Brotherhood was made after the manga was complete, and it follows the original manga’s plotline quite closely.

The show consists of 65 enthralling episodes that make you stick to the screen and wanting to watch more. One of the best anime series ever, it was written by Hiroshi Onogi and directed by Yasuhiro Irie. The anime made its premier in 2009 and ran for a year. Fullmetal Alchemist was already a sensation in the world, and its English subtitled version released soon after the original release. The show became immensely popular for non-Japanese speaking audiences.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follows the two disfigured brothers Edward and Alphonse on their quest to improve their mastery over alchemy and resurrect their dead mother as well as restore their physical forms. Edward lost a leg and sacrificed his arm to preserve his brother’s soul when they made a failed attempt to resurrect their mother. Alphonse is turned into a suit of armor, and Edward wears his brother’s soul as they travel.

Edward is in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, a mythical stone that will enhance his alchemic abilities. He discovers several conspiracies on his journey and enemies that they would never imagine. The DVD and Blu-ray box sets of the series released all around the world. The series also aired on various channels across Australia, the U.K., the U.S., and several countries with millions of fans.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fullmetal Alchemist are both truly thrilling anime shows. When you are watching this show, you will never feel the need to fast forward a scene.

Naruto

Naruto anime

Anybody who has heard of the words ‘anime’ and ‘manga’ have most likely heard of the name ‘Naruto’, and it is not a surprise. Naruto holds a firm position as the third best bestseller in manga of all time, with over 235 million copies of the manga sold across 35 countries worldwide. Naruto became synonymous with the word ‘anime’ at one point.

Masashi Kishimoto wrote the coming of age story about a child ninja called Naruto Uzumaki. Naruto is looking to make a name for himself and become the leader of his village, the Hokage. Before Naruto was born, however, a demon called Kyuubi was sealed inside Naruto, and the demon became a problem for him as he was finding his way in the village.

The story of Naruto is divided into two parts. The first part covers his early childhood, and the second part comprises of his years as a teenager. This highly popular manga was adapted into one of the most popular anime series of all time. The anime consisted of 220 episodes that originally began airing in Japan from 2002 to 2007, and it even aired on Cartoon Network from 2005 to 2009. The sequel, Naruto Shippuden aired from 2009 to 2011, and it had a remarkable 500 episodes!

The story does not end with Naruto as his son Boruto Uzumaki’s tale takes things forward in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations.

Besides the series, there have been 11 original video animations, 11 movies, light novels, trading cards, and videogames based on Naruto’s storyline and characters. Naruto has won several awards over the years, and it is one of the most captivating anime series to date. It is a mixture of action, adventure, comedy, Shounen, and martial arts in each of the 23-minute long episodes. This anime series is one you do not want to miss out on.

Naruto Shippûden

naruto shippuden

Naruto became one of the biggest franchises ever since the original series aired. Since then, there have been several comics, films, video games, and series related products like trading cards that have been sold to millions across the world. Naruto Shippuden picks up from the original Naruto anime series as it explores the life of Naruto Uzumaki.

Naruto is a young, loud, and hyperactive ninja looking to become the strongest ninja in his village, the Hokage. The series starts over a couple of years after Naruto leaves Konohagakure to go through intense training. The organization of elite ninjas, the Akatsu, is planning on taking over the shinobi world. Naruto is slightly older in this series, but he is pretty much the same as he was as a child. The only real difference is that he has become a lot more confident in his abilities.

Naruto fights with his heart and soul to achieve superiority and become the Hokage. The characters in this series are fantastic. Even the antagonists in Naruto are well-defined characters and make the entire series more interesting.

The story is compelling and keeps you on the edge of your seat at all times. This is why it is one of those lengthy anime series that are so watchable.

With 500 episodes that aired from 2007 to 2017, Naruto fans have been following their favorite series and their favorite anime hero throughout the years religiously. Naruto Shippuden, unlike the original anime series, is geared to cater to the more mature audience. The animation in this series is phenomenal, and the music is some of the best ever used in anime shows. There are some scenes throughout the series that make you want to rewatch again and again.

If you are new to the world of anime, watching Naruto and Naruto Shippuden is definitely the way to go.

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z is perhaps one of the most well known among all the anime series out there. This is actually a sequel to the original Dragon Ball series and continues from the story, as written in the manga illustrated and written by Akira Toriyama.

The anime begins with Goku, as he is living his life peacefully with his wife and son five years after winning the famed martial arts tournament. Raditz, someone who claims that he is the long lost brother of Goku arrives and changes everything. He tells Goku that he is, in fact, a warrior from another planet that has gone extinct. Goku was sent to Earth to conquer the planet and then destroy it. He lost his memory because he suffered an injury when he was a child. Instead of becoming the conqueror that he was sent to become, Goku became a well-natured person who was fighting to protect those who could not protect themselves.

Goku is surprised by this revelation, and soon after he finds out, Goku and his friends face several attacks from various extraterrestrial enemies. The characters in Dragon Ball Z are all grown up from what they were like in the original series, and it is quite an entertaining experience if you watched the original series as well.

Dragon Ball Z started to air in 1989 and went on till 1996 with 261 episodes. The show was a huge success in both Japan and the U.S. Due to its popularity, Dragon Ball Z has been adapted into a total of 17 movies, and 148 video games based on the story. There are two sequel series to Dragon Ball Z called Dragon Ball G.T. and Dragon Ball Super.

Dragon Ball Z is an iconic anime series, and it is a must for any person who considers them an anime enthusiast.

Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Another one of the long-time running anime series that makes it to our list of the best anime series of all time is Fairy Tail. The anime brings together some interesting characters, phenomenal animation, and an incredible arc-like structure for the series to make one of the all-time favorite anime series for many die-hard anime fans.

There are people who find that Fairy Tail starts to become repetitive at a certain point, but for those who genuinely appreciate the art of Shounen anime, this is one of the best anime series to ever exist.

The anime revolves around Lucy Heartfilia. She has a dream that she will become a full-fledged wizard. To fulfill her aspirations, she sets out in search of powerful celestial keys. Her journey brings her together with Natsu Dragneel and Happy. The two are on a journey to find Natsu’s foster father, the dragon Igneel.

Natsu is a wizard and is a member of the Fairy Tail guild. He saves Lucy from an attempted abduction and offers her the choice to join him and Happy on their journey. The group carries on, and on their journey, they come across a magic swordsman called Ezra Scarlet and the ice wizard called Gray Fullbuster. They also join Lucy on their quest.

The group battles evil and goes on numerous adventures on their way that makes the series a lot of fun to watch. The series started airing in 2009 and ran till 2013. The anime won several awards in that time, including the best Japanese Anime Award in the 19th Anime and Manga Grand Prix in 2012. The show was written and illustrated based on the manga of the same name by Hiro Mashima.

A second series of the show aired in Japan from 2014 to 2016 and a third in 2018. The original series has 175 episodes of the most captivating show you might ever see.

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online or S. O. A. is another phenomenal entry in the list of the best anime series of all time. This anime is one that is full of the most beautiful illustrations and music. We think it is an ideal series for video game players who love massive multiplayer online games.

The plot of this anime revolves around several gamers who are a part of the worldwide gamers involved in the launch of Sword Art Online MMORPG game in 2022. This MMORPG game lets players connect to the game through virtual reality using special Nerve Gear helmets.

Kirito is among the gamers who are the first to log on to the game and strikes up a friendship with Klein, who is a newbie warrior in the game. Gamers play the game using their thoughts to control their online avatars in this video game’s virtual world called Ainca. The gamers access a wide array of medieval weapons and fight bosses and grueling monsters throughout the game.

The players realize at one point that they are unable to log out of the game. The creator of this video game is holding them captive until they are able to complete all the levels in this game. The real kicker is that if you die in the game, you will die in real life as well.

You can imagine the kind of excitement and exhilaration this anime offers to whoever watches it. The show aired its 25 episodes in 2012 and are all based on the light novels written by Reki Kawahara. The books also became quite popular around the world, with many anime fans even preferring the books over the show. The show offered them proper pacing and writing, which might have felt lacking in some parts of the series.

If you are someone who loves online MMO games and you enjoy anime series, this show is definitely going to be worth your time.

One Piece

one piece

If you really want to accomplish something in your life, you must put all your heart and soul into doing it – even if it ends up with you losing your life. This is what the hero Luffy teaches us in the show One Piece, and it makes the show one of the most loved and inspiring anime series to ever exist.

Luffy is a well-natured and adventurous pirate. He is in search of a mythical treasure called “One Piece” in this show, and the show revolves around his journey. Luffy is a part of the guild called the Grand Age of Pirates. These are all pirates in search of the treasure as they dream of becoming the first to find One Piece and be proclaimed the Pirate King.

Our hero, Monkey D. Luffy, is a pirate just 17 years of age but quite the capable pirate. In his journey, Luffy experiences countless adventures as he unearths dark mysteries. He battles mysterious enemies as we follow him on his path to the coveted prize and title of Pirate King.

Toei Animation produced this anime series, which premiered in October 1999 on Fuji Television. Over 800 episodes, several crossover episodes with Toriko, and Dragon Ball Z later, this is one of the most loved anime series of all time.

In June 2004, 4Kids Entertainment bought the rights for distributing One Piece in North America. A special Pirate Rap theme song was made for the American viewers of the show. The English language version of the show aired in September 2004 on Fox and later on at the Cartoon Network channel. They stopped airing the show after 143 episodes as 4Kids Entertainment realized that the show was not exactly the most appropriate for their target audience. Later on, Funimation proceeded to license and dub One Piece in 2007.

The series aired with less censorship and fewer restrictions with them compared to 4Kids. The cable program even released an uncut DVD box set in Japanese and English with 13 episodes in 2008. They released 14 more sets after its success. The completely unedited series began to air on Toonami, but the series was finally removed in March 2017 after a very strong run.

It is one of the top-selling anime series in history as it reached 430 million copies sold around the world by October 2017.

Bleach

Bleach anime

This entry on our list of the best anime series of all time aired from 2004 to 2012, and it is one of the lengthiest shows we have here with 366 episodes. The show gathered a serious fan following over the years it aired and even long after.

The story of Bleach is centered on Kurosaki Ichigo, a high school student who has the ability to see ghosts. He received this gift to be able to see ghosts after an incident took place in the hollow of a tree. The incident saw his family attacked by the Hollow. Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper, came to rescue Ichigo and his family. The Soul reaper manages to save his family and gets injured in the process.

Ichigo promises the Soul Reaper to take his powers to save his family. The result sees Ichigo begin his training to become a Soul Reaper (Shinigami). If you have seen the Sixth Sense, you might find a slight similarity between their plot lines. If you enjoyed that movie, you will fall in love with Bleach.

Ichigo proceeds to hunt down all the hollows that are responsible for attacking people. Uryuu Ishida, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue are classmates and friends of Ichigo who join him on his mission to slay the hollows. Each of them also possesses unique abilities that help them in the fight against the menace.

Bleach is an adaptation of Tite Kubo’s manga series with the same name. Noriyuki Abe is the director of the anime series.

Bleach is a fantastic anime show that will keep you wanting to watch more and more even though many anime fans find that the show becomes repetitive after the first 60 episodes. If you are a true fan and know how to appreciate fantastic work when you see it, you will enjoy each of the 366 episodes of the show from start to finish.

Code Geass

Code Geass

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch is an anime series that follows the conquest of the Holy Britannian Empire over Japan in 2010. The Holy Britannian Empire used its powerful robot weapons known as the Knightmare Frames to take everything away from the Japanese people – even stripping the name of the country. Japan is now called Area 11 by the occupiers.

Lelouch Lamperouge is the protagonist of the anime series. He was once born as a prince of the Britannian Empire, but he gave up his right to ascend to the throne when his mother was brutally murdered. He took a vow to destroy the murder, the emperor, and his own father.

Lelouge gets caught up in the crossfire between the warring armies. A mysterious girl called C.C. saves him from getting killed in the crossfire. Lelouge embarks on a mission to fight the Britannian Empire and his father as a masked vigilante that goes by the name of Zero. He makes it his life’s mission to defeat the Britannian Empire by all means possible.

This anime series is among our top picks for several reasons. Created by a team of an all-female manga artist collective called “The Clamp”, this show aired from 2006 to 1007. Since the release of its 26 episodes, the popularity of Code Geass grew phenomenally in Japan and throughout the rest of the world.

The result of all its success and recognition were several awards, novels, and manga based on the series. Millions of Blu-ray and DVD copies of the series sold throughout the world further contributed to its success.

It is an exciting show with remarkable twists and turns. The finale dumbfounded many viewers, and it is rightfully considered to be one of the best anime series to ever exist.

Hunter x Hunter

hunter x anime

Madhouse studio produced one of the most successful anime series called Hunter x Hunter. This fantastic show spans across 148 breathtaking episodes, and it aired in Japan on Nippon Television from October 2011 to 2014. Viz Media was the licensor of the series. Each of its episodes is 23 minutes long and is bound to take you on a rollercoaster. Packed with Shounen, action, superpower stories, fantastical depictions, and adventures, it is a remarkable anime series.

The story is about a youngster who goes by the name of Gon Freecss. He finds out that his previously presumed deceased father is, in fact, alive and well. He is a very successful and legendary Hunter called Ging. Gon is determined to find his father and follow his footsteps to join him with the title of the elite “Hunter”. The anime series follows Gon as he makes the preparations to go through the trials to become like his father.

As he goes on his adventure to find his long lost father, he manages to capture enemies, make friends, find lost treasures, and discover previously uncharted territories. Hiroshi Kojina is the director of the anime series, and it features character designs from the great Takahuro Yshimatsu. Jun Maekawa is the writer of the script for the Hunter x Hunter anime series. It is a complete reboot of the original series that was made in 1999, and it has garnered far more success than the original.

The series became an instant hit in the US, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. among many other countries. The series also aired on North American T.V. in April 2016 through Adult Swim’s Toonami.

If you find the enormous number of episodes daunting, you will be delighted to learn that you will never get bored for even a minute as you watch the scintillating 148 episodes. In fact, once you are done watching the last episode of the show, you are going to wish that the creators made even more episodes.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul

This list of the best anime series of all time would not be complete if we did not include Tokyo Ghoul. If you are an avid anime enthusiast, you might already know how this series has its fans divided. Many fans of Tokyo Ghoul saga believe that the original manga on which the series is based is much better than the anime. It is not uncommon for manga fans and fans of the animated series to be at odds, but Tokyo Ghoul has made a clear divide.

The primary reason for the divide is that the dark manga series written by Sui Ishida was loved by so many, and the T.V. series adaptation gave it no more than simply 12 episodes to tell the whole tale. The lack of a significant number of episodes means there is no in-depth exploration of all the characters as the original creator of the manga did, and fans were highly disappointed.

If you have not read the manga series itself, you might not feel the same way. It is one of the most superbly animated series with a dark theme and quite the gory depiction of violence. If you choose to watch the uncensored version, you will be in for quite a gruesome surprise. You’ve been given fair warning.

The story of the anime revolves around Ken Kaneki, a serious college student who becomes friends with another avid reader called Rize Kamishiro. As a result of this friendship, Kaneki gets pulled into the dark and horrific depths of the inhuman world of ghouls. These ghouls are terrifying creatures that feast on human flesh.

Kaneki gets attacked by a ghoul, and even though he manages to escape with his life, the attack leaves him as a half-ghoul and half-human. The transformation sees Kaneki change and adapts his lifestyle so he can fit into both societies.

The setting of this tale is in Tokyo. The city is full of evil should with a bloodlust. They have the ability to transform themselves into a human-like form so they can blend in with the general population and find more victims to devour.

The 12 episodes of this show aired in 2014. The anime was followed up by a feature-length anime film and spin-offs like Tokyo Ghoul: Jack and Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto. Keep in mind that this is a gory anime. You can watch the censored version if you do not want to see a lot of blood and gore, but true anime fans who appreciate the art originally as it was intended will love the uncensored version.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop

If there is one anime series that can take a lot of the credit for opening the doors to Japanese anime to fans all over the world, it arguably has to be Cowboy Bebop. This show has been called a masterpiece by many and rightfully so. It has received several accolades for being a remarkable anime, and it deserves each of them.

Cowboy Bebop is an anime series that is set in the year 2072. It is a time when humans have colonized several planets and moons in our solar system after having left the Earth completely inhabitable. The powers in charge of making sure there is peace throughout the galaxy are called the Inter Solar System Police. The police are too thinly spread to enforce the law by themselves, and that is why they take the help of desperado bounty hunters who are called “Cowboys”. The team on the Bebop spaceship are also Cowboys.

Think of this anime as a Western in a futuristic setting and in space. It is an incredibly entertaining show that combines well-written comedy, dark themes, romance, action, sciences, spies, tragedy, and philosophy, all in one complete package.

We see the quiet and carefree Cowboy Spike Spiegel partner with the practical and boisterous Jet Black and the highly intelligent Welsh corgi Win, who was genetically engineered. Also part of the crew is Faye Valentine and Edward Wong. This team goes from one adventure to the next, and the pasts of all the characters are revealed to the viewers as we go along with the show.

All 26 episodes of the show aired in 1998 and 1999 and premiered on Adult Swim in 2001 in the U.S. It attracted millions of new fans around the world thanks to the highly western-inspired style of the series. Cowboy Bebop is arguably the anime series that introduced much of the rest of the world to Japanese anime. It is a must-watch for new people to the world of anime.

Steins;Gate

Steins Gate

Next up on our list of the best anime series of all time is Steins;Gate. This anime series is a part of the Science Adventure franchise, which includes Chaos;Head and Robotics;note as well. Steins;Gate is an anime series created by White Fox anime studio. It consists of 24 episodes, and it was aired in 2011.

This is a thriller and sci-fi anime that revolves around a mad scientist called Rinto Okabe. Rinto, along with his friends Mauyuri Shiina and Hashida Itaru, invents a time travel Phone Microwave through an accident. This new invention allows them to send text messages and emails to the past. This ability results in an alteration to the present by changing the course of history itself.

The anime is based on a highly popular visual novel by Nitroplus and 5pb. Steins;Gate is considered to be one of the best anime shows in the sci-fi category by fans around the globe. The series was written by Jukki Hanada, Jyuuta Sakai designed the characters, and the anime is directed by Takuya Sato and Hiroshi Hamasaki.

If you enjoy stories regarding time travel and adventures, the thrilling story of this show will excite you. Unlike many other time travel-related shows and films, you will not find any annoying plotholes or illogical plotlines in this animated show. It might just be one of the best anime shows you will ever come across in a long time.

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Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

The Blue Exorcist is an anime series created after adapting the manga series illustrated and written by Kazue Kato from 2009. This series is full of action and excitement. The story of this animated show is about Rin Okimura. He is a teenager who finds out that his twin and himself are both children of Satan himself. They were born to a human woman. Rin realizes that he has Satan’s powers, and the show sees us follow him as he becomes an exorcist with the guidance of his brother.

They work together so that they can eventually defeat and destroy Satan, who killed their foster father, who was a priest and an exorcist himself. Their real father wants to conquer their world, and they must stop him from doing that.

The Blue Exorcist has 24-minute long episodes and has a total of 25 episodes that aired originally in Japan in 2011. The series has a captivating story that is full of action, demons, Shounen, fantasy, and some of the most brilliant animation work you will ever see,

The second season of the series also began airing in 2017 to continue the story from where it left off in the first season. The Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is equally enthralling. You do not even need to be a die-hard anime fan to enjoy this anime show. It does not matter if you are not someone who is into binge-watching anime shows. The 25 episodes of this show will make it impossible for you to resist once you start watching.

The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

If adventure and fantasy is your cup of tea, you might fall in love with The Seven Deadly Sins or Nanatsu no Taizai. This is an animated series with a setting close to Middle Age Europe in a place called Britannia. The story revolves around seven knights who are the personification of the seven deadly sins. This group of knights was planning to overthrow the Liones Kingdom, but they failed due to the Holy Knights. The group was disbanded.

After a decade of the event, the Holy Knights managed to capture the king and took over power for themselves. Ironically, the Holy Knights become tyrannical rulers. With the kingdom overthrown and in tatters, the Princess Elizabeth of Britannia travels through the kingdom in search of the Seven Deadly Sins. They are her only hope of winning back the kingdom and finding some semblance of justice in a world where it seems to be completely lost.

The manga series was a huge hit around the world, and this anime adaptation also garnered significant success as it was aired from 2014 to 2015. It consists of 2 OVAs and 24 episodes directed by Tensai Okamura. The anime was written by Shotaro Suga from A-1 Pictures studio.

Netflix holds the exclusive streaming rights for the English language version. The Seven Deadly Sins is an exhilarating watch that is a light Shounen anime show compared to most others on the list. Full of fun, fantasy, action, and fantastic music, this is a must-watch anime.

Soul Eater

Soul Eater

If you are looking for pure entertainment in the world of anime with plenty of death, Soul Eater might be worth your while. The show is based on a group of students who live in a fictional city called Death City in Nevada. These students attend the Shibusen School for mastering weaponry. The protagonists of the show are accompanied by partners who can transform into weapons. They are on a journey to collect souls so they can protect the city.

The Soul Eaters transform into weapons only after they can consume 99 evil souls and the soul of one witch. The story is a little complicated, but that is what makes it so exciting to watch. Each of the characters is paired with their Soul eaters. Maka, for instance, is partnered with a Soul eater that turns into a scythe, Death, the Kid, has a couple of partners called Liz and Patty. They turn into pistols. Black Star is accompanied by Tsubaki, who can transform into a wide assortment of weapons.

The students work together to fight witches and demons who want to destroy Shibusen and conquer the world. The show consists of 51 episodes of the most beautifully animated storyline. It is a lot of fun to watch and something you would not want to miss.

Akame ga Kill!

Akame Ga Kill

Last but not least, we have Akame ga Kill on our list of the best anime series of all time. It is no doubt one of the best animes to exist, but it does have a slow start. Some people might start to feel bored as the show begins. The first few episodes of Akame ga Kill do not excite, but if you can pull through, you are in for an incredible treat.

The anime follows Tatsumi. He is a young boy who comes from the countryside. He is headed towards the Capital with Leyasu and Sayo, two of his closest friends. We see them on their journey through multiple adventures with a group of dangerous assassins called the Night Raid. They recruit Tatsumi so he can help them fight the corrupt Empire. Each member of this group of elite assassins is skilled in a special fighting style. All of the assassins are armed with Teigu, Imperial arms made from extremely rare materials.

It is a dark anime, and there is gratuitous gore that makes an integral part of the anime. It has a strong following among Japanese viewers. Tomoki Kobayashi directed the series. It was written by Makoto Uezu and produced by Square Enix. The show consists of 24 episodes that aired from July to December 2014.

It is a fantastic adaptation of Takahiro’s original manga of the same name. It is something for you to watch if you love gore, excessive killing, and violence.

Final Thoughts

With that, we come to the end of our ultimate list of the 20 best anime series of all time. The Japanese anime word is vast and plentiful.

It was not easy leaving out several other shows that made worthy contenders for one of the top spots. If you want to truly call yourself an expert on anime and enjoy everything that the wonderful world of Japanese anime has to offer, this list has everything you need to get yourself started.

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