10 Best Anime (Other Than Bleach, Naruto, and Inuyasha)

Updated on January 10, 2017
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Overlords of Anime

When it comes to anime the big three are Bleach, Naruto and InuYasha. Yet, when it comes to the underdogs, and the unknown, these top ten animes have the plot, action, and graphics to join the big three in any anime line-up.

Top Ten Best Animes

10. Angel Beats!

Daily rock concerts during assemblies, intricate classroom antics, not to mention the fact that these teens are attending high school, in the afterlife. New student, Otonashi, who lost his memories after dying, becomes enrolled in this afterlife school, where he meets Yuri, the president of the Battlefront gang. Battlefront fights against God and his plan to make everyone do what is right at school. Students in this academy carry UZIs, AK-47s, katanas and even a medieval style ax. You're probably wondering why? Because God created Angel.

This means standing up against her. Angel, the antagonist, is not only the student body president, but she keeps everyone in check, with force. She's a special girl with the ability to program weapons out of her body for combat. The only rule in this school is that those who follows the rules disappear and those who don't, well, they live to fight another day against Angel. I love this anime because rock music, weapons, and the surprise twist ending made me wish there was a season two. That's why Angel Beats! made it to numero 10.

9. High School of the Dead

One word: Zombies. With 2012 coming to a close and the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Taking zombie killing tips from this anime will probably keep you alive at least until the New Year. Starring Takashi Komuro, Rei Miyamoto, Saeko Busujima, Saya Takagi, and Kohta Hirano, five high school students who have survived a zombie-virus are now on the run, trying to escape their neighborhood while evading the gross flesh eaters.

When it comes to zombies... I hate them. Who doesn't? But, this anime is cool enough and give geeks such an awesome role. I don't want to say too much about it. But, just three words, Bikinis, Babes, and Blood. Nuff said. That's why H.O.T.D. is numba 9 on this list.

8. Deadman Wonderland

This anime is actually a new one for me. I started watching it on Adult Swim and let's just say it peaked my interests. When a powerful earthquake sinks most Tokyo into the ocean civilization as we know it goes down with it. Ten years after the accident, Ganta Igarashi, a normal middle school student is transformed by red crystal shards implanted into his chest by the Red Man. This dude not only kills everyone in Ganta's class, but the poor kid is framed and unjustly sentenced to death and spending some time in Deadman's Wonderland. this place is pretty much Disney World on Meth.

There's a lot of strong language, and some gruesome scenes since, surprise, the crystals cause biological abnormalities (AKA: Superpowers). When the owner of said crystals puncture their skin, their blood can be morphed and used to form powerful twisted weapons. You just need to watch one episode to be hooked, and since the story is easy to follow you won't feel so lost getting into it.

7. Tokyo Mew Mew

What's cuter than a pink-haired, cat-eared girl, with a frilly pink outfit? A wolf-eared girl with a purple outfit. Tokyo Mew Mew, known as Mew Mew Power in America follows the life and times of Ichigo Momomiya and her friends. She becomes a cat-like superhero, while attending an endangered species exhibit with her crush, Masaya. Ichigo and the Mew girls, which consist of a Gray Wolf, Finless Porpoise, Blue Lorikeet, and a Golden Lion Tamarin work together as maids at the Mew Cafe in their human forms.

But, these spicy chicks protect the Earth from aliens that use animals as puppets in their evil schemes. I find that so rude. Even though this is an older anime, and I have not seen it in America within the past five years. The Japanese version starts strong and finishes with a deeper meaning of life on Earth. That makes T.M.M. my number 7 pick.

6. Rosario + Vampire

I'm not really into vampires, but, when I found out this show had a werewolf and succubi, I could not say no to R+V. This story pretty much follows every other romantic vampire storyline, but with a twist. In a school of monsters that hates humans, a human (ironically), Tsukune is accidentally transferred there. His first friend becomes a vampire chick, Moka, who loves to "kiss" his neck.

Even though she fears humans, she vows to keep his secret from the other students.Trouble seems to follow Tsukune, but in the end enemies become best friends and allies. I really like this show, overall. It does take some work getting used to the bubbly alter-ego of the busty vampire student. So, just stick with it. This is number 6 on the list for good reason. Trust me, this show "sucks", but in a good way.

5. The Book of Bantorra

This show I'm just getting into it. I automatically loved the fast paced theme song. I think that's one of the main reasons why I tune in. This story follows a group of librarians (cool) that fight for books made from the lives of those who have passed (awesome), using their psychic abilities to keep them away from the Church (mind just exploded).

It's superb on different levels but what really impresses me is the premise and topic of the show. Librarians protecting books, which holds the souls and stories of those who passed. Without giving too much away, a single touch by this show will keep you firmly planted in your chair and that's why this made it to 5 on my list.

4. To Loveru

Here we go, more cute, pink-haired girls, in girly outfits that would make a Barbie blush. Alien Lala escapes her home world, planet Deviluke and her father, who is of course King of the Universe. She falls into the sensual clutches, of oblivious Earth human Rito. He, unfortunately has a crush on Haruna and she doesn't even know it yet. Rito become Lala's accidental fiancé, and ends up receiving all the baggage that comes with being engaged.

All this because of one little bath late at night (spoiler). I'm glad to put this on my list because what's cuter than an alien and her child-size father. Not to mention, she has a tail, and no one seems to notice but Rito and some close friends. That's awesome! This show is so number 4, for that reason alone!

3. Xam'd: Lost Memories

This is tough, I actually saved this spot for the anime Fooly Cooly, but, Xam'd has stolen my heart. Three high school students, are on their way to well, school, but a suicide biological bomber sets off a parasitic bomb which lodges itself in the arm of the main protagonist, Akiyuki. Long story short, this causes a rift in his friendships with Haru and Furuichi.

A couple years later, Furuichi joins the Mainsoul military with Haru and try to get a handle of the inhuman creatures that wreak havoc on their small community. Akiyuki becomes the host of a powerful creature known as a Xam'd, sort of like a superhero with memory lost. He must remember his name or lose his mind. With the help of Nakiami, who is like a Xam'd whisperer, and a bunch of postal service workers that specialize in kicking butt. The ending is touching. The twists aren't predictable. This anime deserved to be number 3. Sorry Fooly Cooly.

2. Full Metal Alchemist

Who doesn't love a short older brother and his mechanical younger brother. Ed and Al Elric are two boys who had their mother ripped out of their lives. They get involved with alchemy in order to put her back together again. Only problem: the Equivalent Exchange concept. One cannot gain something without giving up a piece of themselves, literally.

Without ruining the storyline, these kids grow up and become some of the most powerful alchemists in the world. Their power even surpasses their father. Still, all I'm going to say is that this anime stands on its own and has a lot of strong seasons, movies, books, and all that good stuff. In fact, this anime is right there with Bleach and Naruto, but because I love it so much and rarely hear about it anymore, I placed it on my list. Congrats number 2!

1. Blue Exorcist

The first two minutes of the episode freaked me out. I'm not going to spoil that for first time viewers! That's why it wins, hands down. You can't understand the beginning until you watch the end. I'm not giving anything away. All I'm going to say is cute twin brothers, ultra powerful well-known father, and horns with a pointy tail. This anime blows your mind, and even causes a tear or two. However, the thing that kept me coming back to this show other than the awesome graphics was the opening and ending songs. ROOKIEZISPUNK'D deserves to have their name flashed here. Awesome show, #1!

There are a billion other animes I have yet to mention. But, these three unique animes deserve this spot and the place in my heart for life.


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      AnimeLover292 22 months ago

      huh this is a new one i love all these and agree to everyone last one but i cant place them in a list =P

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      shin 2 years ago

      technically , according to fan base , popularity , general opinion and individual reputation, it's like this:

      1.Naruto, One Piece, Bleach

      2.Inuyasha, Fairy Tail, Full Metal Alchemist

      Basically the two main levels of greatness. Even Dragon Ball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho were pretty big during their time. Other cool anime would include, Sword Art Online , Shangrila ,Hayate the Combat Butler, Kuroshitsuji, Death Note, Beelzebub, Code Geass, Berserk, Air Gear, Eureka 7 , Rave Master etc.

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      Son Gohan 2 years ago

      Actually, it's the big 5, and they are Naruto Shippuden (Sorry if I spelled that wrong), One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, and Fairy Tail. I know it's not an official thing, but that's what I saw and believe most people think.

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      Sora 2 years ago

      I have to respectfully disagree with the author on parts of this list. For one thing, One Piece should be included in either the title and stated 10 best anime other than One Piece, Bleach, etc. or should be put in the Top 10 list. It's complete absence is a little unsettling considering the popularity and appeal of One Piece. Also animes like HunterxHunter, Clannad, Code Geass, No Game No Life, Attack on Titan, Barakamon, and others, in my opinion, are better suited on this list than some of the ones mentioned.

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      Sora 2 years ago

      @dg Animes can serve many variegated purposes to the watcher. Different people want different things from anime.

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      dg 3 years ago


      Yours is hardly real ranking, animes are about life, not about having silly fun while watching senseless or mundane plots such hotd. Except for Ao No Exorcist, Psycho Pass is enough to outrank all your animes, without eben taking shingeki No Kyojin, Magi, or Akame Ga kill into account(the list goes on

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      Random 3 years ago

      Wot?? What about Hunter X Hunter?? Gosh,this anime is worth it.It's non-cliche,fully-detailed,awesome,exciting and original.I recommend you to watch it!!

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      Chandler 3 years ago

      Honestly I watched the first minute of one piece and already decided it was the stupidest thing iv heard. That's coming from a guy who was looking for an anime with a little common sense.

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      Max Wong 3 years ago from Singapore

      I have a recommendation here. Tokyo Ghoul is a manga by Ishida Sui and serialized in Weekly Young Jump. An animation adaptation is currently ongoing. The story revolves around Kaneki Ken, a university freshman. He goes on a date with a lovely lady, Kamishiro Rize, who reveals herself as a man-eating creature called a ghoul and attacks him.

      I'm easily attracted to manga with dark morbid tones and Tokyo Ghoul is no exception. Within an hour or so I finished reading the available chapters and was hungering for more. Do check it out!

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      Shanaynay 4 years ago

      lol, at no. 1. blue exorcist. when you said well known and powerful father my thoughts were as follows

      "understatement of the year"

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      BookAddict67 4 years ago

      Ha ha. I am so happy I friggin love Au No Exorcist!!!!!!!!! Yup. That is all

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      Derp 4 years ago

      Watch Zero no Tsukaima and Steins;Gate they're awesome

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      Haven't watched Fairytail or Sket Dance yet. Also, I just started watching season three of To Love-ru so I'm glad I'm getting so many show options! Thanx.

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      I haven't watched HOTD in forever. Plus, I watched like the censored version, I think. BTW I'm always looking for new anime to watch. Gotta watch something while doing homework, right? So thanks for the suggestion and my list isn't written in stone. I plan to improve it as time goes on. ;)

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      ... 5 years ago

      you forgot Death Note,you forgot Code geass,you forgot Kara no Kyoukai. You forgot lots of animes. I don't know who you are but the fact that you put Highschool of the dead above Angel Beats tell me a lot about you. HOTD could be good but the creator put to much ecchi into this Anime. I can understand him because ecchi and action is nearly a guarantee for success because very man will love to watch this anime. The story is an imitation of films like 28 days later. So nothing special about that. How can you put something like that into your list but forget Kara no kyoukai. you talk about underrated animes but the garden of sinners isn't in your list?

      Angel Beats,Fullmetal Alchemist and Deadman Wonderland are the only animes in your list that should get more attention.

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      bro 5 years ago

      i suggests all of you to watch -

      1-fairy tail


      3-sket dance

      4-fullmetal alchemist brotherhood

      5-what ever you want

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      Will do! ;)

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      yes, it's true Dom, check out one piece thought ..it's very good

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      Man, sounds like bleach took on a life of its own. Thanks for the guide too!

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      Ok i will, well the best site to watch bleach is called bleachget.com and i think it ended in May, although Tite Kubo said it would be back once the manga catches up ...that last arc was trash i mean Mugetsu ? then Kubo went into the arc where Ichigo got his powers back...not if you're reading ..all the captains are getting killed by Quincy's who can steal bankai..kubo has no idea what he's doing ...CLOWN

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      You can message the guide to me, I'd love that. And every time I watch Bleach online, I get a bunch of broken links. So I gave up and watched the slower one episode a week on TV. I'm positive bleach ended forever ago!

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      oh i like the dubbed version a little...but i can't stomach the bad voices ...fillers do confuse ..if you would like i can message you a guide to fillers ..so you can omit those ...and i hope i don't spoil anything .but Bleach Ended ..the last episode was like a few months back ..i hope it returns

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      It came out right. By the way I'm tired of the fillers on Bleach when I watch it on adult swim. I think I'm going to be confused when the real episodes actually begin.

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      Diss away, lol im so sick of the hype...do you know why i really hate those 2 ? The Filler too much of them ...just like Detective Conan but hey that's another story lol i love OP make sure you watched the subbed version o.k. ? One Piece is still going on and is good ..i have no complaints keep writing i really enjoyed this one a lot ..very controversial ..i'll be following you lol ...did that come out right ? o_O lol

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      Dominique Smith 5 years ago from Florida

      Alma Cabase: I miss H.O.T.D. it had so much potential. It must've been the gore or something, who knows. By the way, you'll love Angel Beats, I thought it was lame at first but it got really good after ten minutes. Plus thanx for the compliment ;D

      Thranax: I think I had to put FMA up there because of the Brotherhood, and I love that the show ended on a really happy note. I mean after losing so much those boys gained a family! But, I totally understand your opinion too, thanks for the comment.

      MundaneMondays: One piece reminds me of the good ole days when I was in sixth grade my friends were crazy over it. I have a best friend who wants me to watch Reborn, I have such a crazy schedule I've got to sit down and watch it eventually. Fairy Tail is something I hear everyone talk about. I really got to get into it, seriously. LOL about trashing them! But, I don't want to diss anyone who might be in love with Bleach and Naruto... oops :)! Thanx!

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      Deadman has potential, it's just gonna take me a little time to get used to the disgusting blood. Full Metal is a classic, here are 3 you should consider as well

      1.) One Piece

      2.)Fairy Tail

      3.)Hitman Reborn

      you know you just trashed Naruto and Bleach right ? finally someone who has to balls to admit they watch other things other than those

      "fan faves" nice work captain =_=

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      Andrew 5 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      I haven't seen many of those shows but I do like Tokyo Mew Mew and Angel Beats. (FMA Isn't in my top 10 =x) Thanks for sharing your opinions and keep up the great anime reviews.


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      Alma Cabase 5 years ago from Philippines


      Too bad high school of the dead was stopped. I've been waiting for new updates on both manga and anime series for months. T__T..anyway..cool list my friend..^^ Anime fever on! I've never heard about Angel Beats but the story seems interesting so I'll check it out later.

      Good hub! Keep it up!