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The Three Best Anime Shows For Americans

Updated on December 9, 2012

Below Are In My Opinion The Three Best Anime Shows For Americans

I found that out of all of the Anime on TV and the internet that the best 3 shows for Americans were Naruto, Death Note, and Bleach. I am American and so these three matched my preferences best out of all of the Anime I have watched over the years, if you are not European or American than perhaps different Anime shows will fit you better.

I really love these three Anime shows though and strongly believe that they are indeed the best three shows based on US preference. If you are new to anime or have not seen these three shows please give them a chance, they are fantastic! Here is a summary without spoilers of all three of the best shows.

1. Naruto (Best Anime Show For Americans)

Naruto is a story about many truly lovable characters. The main character is Naruto Uzumaki and the plot revolves around how he is an orphan who wants to become recognized as the Hokage (the strongest ninja in the whole village). Naruto has an extremely powerful nine-tailed fox trapped inside of him and will eventually learn to release that power.

Naruto gets paired up with Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno in the ninja academy and are part of a three person unit trained by the legendary Kakashi Hatake. These four characters are the ones that the show primarily revolves around, but there are tons of other characters all with their own cool ninja abilities.

The show is far to complicated for me to summarize effectively in this hub, but it is by far the best Anime I have ever watched and I would recommend the show to anyone. The only thing that I will say is 100% necessary is that if you do watch any of these anime shows... You HAVE to watch them in Japanese with English subtitles and not dubbed into English voices. The dubbed versions are pathetic and can't show the proper emotions in the voices.

2. Death Note (2nd Best Anime Show)

Death Note is amazing. I almost gave it the number 1 spot! The only reason I didn't is because there are so few characters in the show and compared to how many characters from Naruto I simply loved, Death Note only had maybe 3-4 characters I connected with.

Death Note is about a genius named Light Yagami. He is a high school student who discovers the "Death Note" (A notebook that if you write details of a person's death inside they will die according to what you write). The Death Note was sent down to earth by a shinigami (Japanese god of death) named Ryuk who can only be seen and heard by Light.

Light realizes the power of the notebook and decides that he wants to rid the world of evil by using it to kill off criminals he sees in the news. He figures if criminals are held accountable for their actions he can create a crime free society using his new powers. I don't want to ruin the story so I'll only explain a little bit further.

The police start investigating these deaths that Light is causing and a detective named "L" who is also a genius attempts to stop Light. The rest of the story is insanely awesome and although the whole series is only 37 episodes every single one of them will have you on the edge of your seat wanting to watch the next episode. This is definitely a much watch anime.

3. Bleach (The 3rd Best Anime Show For Americans To Watch)

Bleach is third on the list of best anime because it is fantastic, but Naruto and Death Note are just so amazing that Bleach ends up third. It is unfortunate to be in competition with such amazing shows, but that is just the way it is.

Bleach is about a student named Ichigo Kurosaki. Ichigo is granted the powers of a "Soul Reaper" (essentially a Shinigami or death god) from a Soul Reaper named Rukia. Rukia had been following a Hallow (evil spirit) and was trying to save Ichigo from it when she was injured. She tried to transfer half of her powers to Ichigo so he could save them, but ended up giving him nearly all of her powers. Once Ichigo gained these powers he feet that it is was duty to take on all of the responsibilities that Soul Reapers have such as saving humans from evil spirits, and helping guide good souls.

This show is also very long and too complex to fully summarize on here (plus I don't want to spoil any of these for you), so I will just say that the story is pretty good. Ichigo ends up battling all sorts of different Hallows, Soul Reapers, pretty much anything you can think of he fights it or something with crazy powers. Some of these characters really do have ridiculous powers that are in my opinion completely "over powered", but that is just me. Lots of people think that this is the best Anime, but I disagree. I rank it third and would still highly recommend it as a third pick to Naruto and Death Note.

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