21 Best Anime of All Time You Must Watch

Anime is a popular form of entertainment in Japan, but it has become increasingly popular in America as well. The best anime of all time are some of the best shows out there and they are must-watch for anyone who has even a passing interest in Japanese animation.

This article will give you a few anime recommendations, but there are many more fantastic ones out there to choose from if these don’t suit your tastes. Hopefully this list can help you find something that suits your preferences and inspires you!


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Steins;Gate is a Science Fiction, Thriller, Drama. Steins;Gate tells the story of best friends Rintaro Okabe and Itaru “Daru” Hashida who have found a way to send text messages into the past.

As they become immersed in the world of time travel, Okabe starts to realize that earlier events aren’t as simple as they seem, and being able to send emails back or forth could spell trouble for humanity’s future.

Attack On Titan

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The anime is based on the best selling manga series of the same name and tells the story of Eren Yaeger, a young boy who lives in peace and security, unaware that he is part of a prophecy to rid the world of “The Titans”.

But when Titans attack his hometown he starts to realize that his father’s stories about how they are humanity’s last hope were true. With renewed hope and a new conviction to protect what he cares about most, Eren embarks on a journey as mankind’s best hope for tomorrow.

Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)

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Kimi no Na Wa or in English called Your Name is a beautiful Anime produced by CoMix Wave Films and directed by Shinkai Makoto. The film tells the story of a male high-school student (Taki) and a female elementary school student (Mitsuha).

One day, Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body. On the other hand, Taki finds himself in Mitsuha’s body. They try to adjust to their new lives. One day, they see a comet and make a wish. However, their world changes overnight when they are suddenly thrown into an unknown situation.
This anime is one of the best movie anime you must watch right now!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is set in the fictional country of Amestris, telling the story of two brothers: Edward and Alphonse Elric. The brothers go on a quest for the Philosopher’s Stone so that they can regain their bodies from a failed attempt to bring their mother back from the dead.

On their journey, they deal with criminals and military officials as they learn of government conspiracies that’re keeping them away from finding the Philosopher’s Stone.

Fairy Tail

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In a fantasy world, there is an ancient heritage which many would desire: magic. In order to harness such power, wizards take a magical exam, but each wizard must best their peers in order to become the most powerful wizard. Two friends Natsu Dragneel and Gray Fullbuster set out on an adventure.
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Naruto is a Japanese animated television series based on the manga of the same name by Masashi Kishimoto. “The anime details the struggles of a young ninja, Naruto Uzamaki and his quest to be recognized as the Hokage, the strongest ninja in his village.”
Naruto also known as the one of the best action anime of all time.


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Clannad is a Japanese anime television series, animated by Kyoto Animation and based on the visual novel developed by Key. It tells the story of Tomoya Okazaki, a delinquent who finds himself in an unfamiliar town following his mother’s sudden death.

He meets Nagisa Furukawa, a strange girl who holds the key to understanding why he’s been sent there. The two form a profound connection as they try to handle problems together, in the process learning that friendship offers strength to help overcome life’s hardships.

Kuroko no Basket

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Kuroko no Basket is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. The story follows the players of the basketball team in the Shūtoku High School and tells of their pasts as they aim to be like their best player, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kuroko was a member of the legendary “Generation of Miracles” basketball team and is now known as the phantom sixth man in Teiko Middle School’s basketball team.

One Piece

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One Piece is a Japanese shonen manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young man with the power of rubber from birth who gained fame for being a pirate as he travels the seas in search of the One Piece, said to be the greatest treasure in the world.”

The Promised Neverland

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The Promised Neverland is a horror story set in the near future. Emma and her friends live in a seemingly perfect world created for them by their parents, who are actually demons intent on devouring children’s souls.

The three kids know what’s going to happen but have no way out of this situation as they’re forced to do whatever it takes to survive until their eighteenth birthday, when they’ll be able to escape from the demon-infested paradise known as “The Promised Neverland.”

Dragon Ball

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Dragon Ball is a series of anime adaptations based on the Dragon Ball manga. Dragon Ball follows the adventures of Goku (Kakarot) who at first is a very happy-go-lucky child and an outcast because he has asian features.

He sets out on an adventure across the world to collect seven dragon balls, which can grant any wish. Along the way he becomes allies with many warriors, begins training under Master Roshi to become a strong warrior, and is even trained in martial arts by King Kai. Along with his friends, they defend Earth from various threats and restore peace to the world.”

Death Note

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Death Note is a Japanese manga series that came out in 2003. The story follows a young man who comes into possession of the Death Note, an object that falls from the sky when he opens a lidless red notebook. He is told that if he ever writes someone’s name, they will die. The anime explores his journey and how he handles it.

Hunter x Hunter

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Hunter x Hunter is a manga series that follows a young boy named Gon Freeccss who finds himself on the path to becoming a Hunter, someone capable of tracking down and capturing dangerous animals. Along the way he meets and befriends experienced Hunters, Kurapika, and Leorio which all become strong allies in his journey.”
You must watch Hunter x Hunter if you are the fans of adventure anime.

My Hero Academia

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My Hero Academia follows the life of an average school boy named Izuku Midoriya. He’s one day discovered by his idol, All Might, to be a man with superpowers called “Quirks” and is given a chance to go to the best hero academy in Japan. This anime starts out showing Izuku’s journey at the hero academy as he goes through many trials and tribulations to achieve his goal of becoming a successful hero.”

A Silent Voice

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A Silent Voice is anime film that came out in 2016. It follows Shoko Nishimiya, a school girl who falls victim to school bullying after transferring back to her hometown elementary school. Her classmates Shoya Ishida (the main male protagonist) and Naoka Ueno are the primary bullies/culprits of her suffering.

The story starts off with Shoko transferring to a new school but is haunted by her past experiences as she’s bullied again for being deaf. A Silent Voice is an anime everyone should watch.”

Death Parade

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Death Parade is anime series that came out in 2015. It follows the story of two people, who die and meet a bartender in purgatory. The bartender places them into games with each other where they’ll be judged on their past life’s decisions to determine which one of them should go to heaven and which one should be damned to hell.”

Violet Evergarden

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In this anime, Violet Evergarden is a girl who was once an Auto Memory Doll. She was made to assist people through the pain of losing loved ones. But one day she meets a man named Gilbert and falls in love with him, which changes her life forever.”


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If you like sports anime, especially volleyball, then you must watch this one. Haikyuu is a Japanese anime series that came out in 2016. It follows a boy named Shōyō Hinata as he joins the volleyball team of Karasuno High School and slowly starts to blossom. The anime focuses on his future as a high schooler and how volleyball has helped him mature.”

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

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One of the best romance anime? This anime may be the answer. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (2013 anime series) follows the everyday life of an antisocial high school student named Hikigaya Hachiman as he goes through his rebellious teenage days. Along the way, he encounters a girl named Yukino Yukinoshita who also happens to be the most attractive in their whole grade. The anime is based on the light novel series of the same name and expands on its original plot.”


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Bleach is anime series that came out in 2004. It follows a young man, Ichigo Kurosaki, who has the ability to see ghosts and spirits. He is later revealed to become the Shinigami (Death God) of Karakura Town. As the anime series progresses, Ichigo must protect his family and friends from powerful Hollows and evil spirits called Arrancars.”

Spirited Away

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This anime movie tells the story of a ten-year-old girl who wanders away while sightseeing at her family’s new Japanese theme park with her parents. She soon finds herself in a world of spirits, witches, monsters and magic.

*Wrap It Up

With anime being a popular form of entertainment in Japan, it’s not surprising that anime is also becoming increasingly popular among American audiences. Whether you’re looking for something lighthearted and comedic like My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU or want to get wrapped up in the suspenseful story-telling of Spirited Away, there are plenty of anime movies out there to choose from. Take some time to browse through our list and see if any new anime movie sparks your interest!

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