Top Anime List
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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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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Jin is a cold, soft-spoken ronin who's sword skills are equal to no other. Mugen is a reckless, self-taught fighter who uses breakdance moves to beat his opponents. Together with a ditsy waitress Fuu they set out on a journey to find the "Sunflower Samurai" from her childhood.
FLCL is an outrageous mix of sci-fi, comedy and wild adventure, telling the story a 12-year-old teenager who gets mixed up in an alien conflict on Earth. It is pretty much the craziest anime you'll ever watch! FLCL has gorgeous animation and great soundtrack by a Japanese rock band, The Pillows.
Dark, stylish and dramatic sci-fi anime show that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humans and android AutoReivs live together in domed cities. A mysterious virus called Cogito is infecting the robots and making them self-aware, resulting in murders. Young female detective Re-l is tasked to investigate these events.
The new adaptation of Berserk, a dark fantasy series with some of the most violent anime fights you've ever seen, tells the story of a mercenary warrior Guts - a member of the Band of the Hawk lead by an ambitious man named Griffith. This group of young mercenaries fights for the country of Midland in their war against the Chuder Empire.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a stylish and cool mecha anime telling the story of humans rising up against cruel beastmen and kicking their sorry butts using giant robots powered by Spiral Energy. The very definition of badass!
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