Top 10 Best Anime Series

Updated on April 19, 2016

Anime is increasingly popular nowadays. They come in all sorts of stories, characters, and settings. Coming up with the Top 10 Anime Series today is definitely challenging but I’m eager to take it. I’ve been an anime fan ever since high-school and watched countless anime series and episodes. Through the years, I have come up with a list of my favorites based on their storyline, drawing, and fame. Probably the best thing about most Anime series nowadays is that you kids can learn essential values from them. Thought sometimes violent, the men behind these anime series always make sure that their creations will introduce good memories and entertain their viewers.

Death Note DVD cover
Death Note DVD cover

Writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata are the ones behind this thrilling anime series. Death Note’s main character is Light Yagami. He is a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook used by Death Gods. The owner of his find is a cunning and curious death god named Ryuk. The Death Note can be used to kill anyone given the user knows his target’s real name and seen his face. This anime series revolves on Yagami Light’s quest to cleanse the world through the notebook’s power. Despite his good intentions, Light eventually found himself being the evil he aims to perish.

Samurai X DVD cover
Samurai X DVD cover

The anime series started when Kenshin was caught up with Karou Kamiya. The bashful teacher attacked our hero misjudging him to be the cruel man who uses the name of Battousai the Man Slayer to terrorize their town. Kenshin Himura easily proved his innocence by pulling out his reversed edge sword. Such type of sword can’t kill. Karou Kamiya left Kenshin alone and continued her search and was successful. A battle between her and the fake Battousai immediately commenced but it Karou is simply too weak. She was about to receive the final blow when Kenshin Himura picked her up and led her to a safer distance. Patrolling policemen arrived leaving the fake Battousai with no choice other than to flee. Karou decided to let Kenshin board on their Dojo as an act of appreciation. The fake Battousai infiltrated the dojo together with a pack of thugs and finally revealed himself as a former student who has a crooked idea about martial arts and sword fighting. Kenshin Himura protected Kaoru breaking his secret in the process. Despite knowing who Kenshin really is, Karou accepted him and simply didn’t care about his past. They met several friends and foes along the way as the series continued. Kenshin Himura will never rest until the weak is not oppressed and true peace reigns all throughout the country.

Slamdunk DVD cover
Slamdunk DVD cover

Slam Dunk is an anime series which features the adventure of Shohoku High basketball team as they struggle to be the league champion. The team was a mediocre at first with only Takanori Akagi as a decent member. Everything changed after the team recruited Hanamichi Sakuragi, Kaede Rukawa, Riota Miyagi, and Hisashi Mitsui. With their unparalleled guts and determination, the team eventually became a formidable force that won’t back down to any challenge.

The main focus of the anime series is on Sakuragi Hanamichi. He is an energetic freshman who knows nothing about basketball but was convinced to join the team to impress Haruko Akagi, the team captain’s sister. He may seem dumb but Sakuragi Hanamichi has tremendous innate talent in basketball. His evolution from being a punk who can barely dribble to a basketball superstar is nothing but amazing! Despite his presence and the support of talented teammates, the road towards victory is still packed with unimaginable challenges. In fact, there’s no chance of winning through individual effort. The team should work together as one to defeat the best teams across the country and be hailed as the national basketball league’s champion!

Hunter X Hunter DVD cover
Hunter X Hunter DVD cover

Hunter X Hunter is an anime series which features Gon, a young boy whose father disappeared years ago to be a Hunter. He believes that the only way to find his long lost father is to follow his path so Gon sets forth on a journey to become a Hunter. A Hunter is one who travels all around the globe to do dangerous tasks like catching notorious criminals, searching for rare food ingredients, and venturing in deep jungles to find treasures.

Gon decides to leave his home and start the journey to become one of the greatest Hunters to walk the earth and find his father after becoming twelve. He entered the Hunter Examination and met Leorio, Kurapica, and Killua. The four of them easily became friends despite their differences. They worked as a team to emerge victorious in every challenge during the Hunter Exam and their efforts eventually paid off. They became full-pledged Hunters and decided to take on different adventures afterwards. Killua and Gon became partners and together faced seemingly invulnerable enemies and extremely challenging situations as the series progressed. This anime series was based on the manga created by Togashi Yoshihiro.

Eyeshield 21 DVD cover
Eyeshield 21 DVD cover

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Sena Kobayakawa stars the anime series Eyeshield 21. He grew being beaten up and bullied by his classmates, which is probably the main reason why he developed impressive running and dodging skills. Sena thought his life in Deimon Private Senior High Scholl will end up same as the previous but everything changed after he was forced to join the American Football Club. Yoichi Hiruma, the team’s brutal captain was the one who noticed his potential to be the team’s quarterback. Sena has the speed and he is more than capable of being the best given he has the courage and enough determination to face one seemingly impossible challenge after another.

Unlike what many believe, Sena Kobayakawa’s main attribute is not solely his lightning speed. He encourages his teammates to surpass their limits and help the team win even against formidable opponents. Despite all the odds against them, the Deimon American Football team wins through brutal and ingeniously planned offensive stances which are made possible through their captain’s twisted and evil mind. The team suffered several losses in the process but their determination and perseverance never faltered. Instead, they considered each loss as a stepping stone for improvement and a start for something new and better.

Fairy Tail DVD cover
Fairy Tail DVD cover

The anime series started as Lucy Heartfilia, a 17-year-old celestial wizard decided to join Fairy Tail. This guild is quite famous not just because of having strong members but mainly because of the chaos and destruction they leave behind after every job. Though the guild usually saved the day, the property damages due to their actions made them a hot subject among guild council members. Lucy successfully joined Fairy Tail and teamed up with Natsu Dragoneel, a Dragon Slayer searching for the dragon who raised him. Lucy eventually realized how hard it is to be a wizard. She met new friends along the way as long as terrifying opponents. Fairy Tail recently suffered badly after being attacked by a powerful Dark Guild yet the members insisted not to give up. In the end, their will to survive and rebuild the guild will help them surpass the crisis and transform Fairy Tail to one of the strongest guilds ever known.

Bleach DVD cover
Bleach DVD cover

Kurosaki Ichigo is far from being an ordinary student because he can see ghosts. He has such kind of ability ever since childhood. In fact, he got used to it and managed to befriend spirits from the afterlife or those who are still trapped in our world. His life entirely changed after a Hollow, monsters who consume spirits or people who are gifted with spiritual powers. Although a shinigami (Death god) by the name of Kuchiki Rukia came to help them, she just can’t defeat the strong Hollow alone. She was left with no choice other than give Ichigo some of her spiritual powers. Ichigo became a substitute shinigami and managed to defeat the Hollow as if he was born to be a shinigami. With his newly acquired power, Kurosaki Ichigo trained to become a strong shinigami who will do anything to keep the balance between our world and the one occupied by spirits.

Naruto DVD cover
Naruto DVD cover

Uzumaki Naruto had a tough childhood because the monster that terrorized his hometown 12 years ago was sealed inside him. The most disturbing part is that it was his parents who made the decision. Instead of blaming them for his misfortune, Naruto searched for the true meaning of his existence and aimed to speak with his late father someday in any way possible which eventually happened in the later part of the series. At first, Naruto was unaware about him being the Demon Fox’s container. It was when he faced Mizuki, a renegade ninja who tried to steal a jutsu scroll where he found out about his true identity. Despite being different, Naruto easily made friends with junior ninjas and made truthful bonds of friendship. Naruto’s goal is to become the next Hokage. He believes that it’s the only way for him to protect the village and everyone close to his heart that resides in it. His dream might be lucrative but with his teeming perseverance and through hard work, achieving it is never impossible.

One Piece DVD cover
One Piece DVD cover

Gol D. Roger obtained wealth, fame, and power like no other pirate had enough to crown him as the Pirate King. With a vague reason, he surrendered to the marines and told everyone about One Piece just before he was executed in public. It was said that anyone who can get a hold of this treasure found in Grand Line will be the next Pirate King. This challenge spread across the globe and encouraged millions to embark on a journey in search for the infamous treasure. One of them is a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy who accidentally ate a devil fruit which gave his body rubber-like properties. He is determined to assemble a group of skillful individuals who can help him in his journey towards being the next Pirate King and it was never hard since Luffy’s innocent and truthful heart impresses almost everyone. It seems like befriending anyone is his secret weapon. This ability was even noticed by Mihawk, a warlord whom he met a couple of times in the series. It’s not certain whether Monkey D. Luffy and his crew will eventually find One Piece. The only thing certain is that their journey will be exciting and something they’ll never forget for the rest of their lives.

Dragonball Z DVD cover
Dragonball Z DVD cover

Nothing can beat the classic which is probably why Dragonball Z captured the number 1 spot. This anime series follows the adventures of Son Goku, a Sayan who managed to escape the destruction of his planet and was sent here on Earth. At first, his mission was to rule over our world but an accident entirely changed his attitude and way of thinking. He met strong and reliable friends along the way and formed the Z Warriors. Every member of this team is willing to risk their life in protecting Earth from even the strongest and most horrifying foes like Frieza, the one who destroyed Son Goku’s planet, Cell, Majin buu, and many more. The anime series is full of intense action. Its unique storyline is also a major factor of Dragonball Z’s success. Dragonball Z has been aired countless times on television yet kids of all ages are still excited to see every episode. This fact alone proves how successful this anime series is and that it has what it takes to be called the best anime series of all time!

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There you have! Do we have the same Top 10 Anime Series or you prefer a different order? Is your favorite anime series not included in the list? Leave a comment to explain why your anime series should be a part of the list. There are thousands of good anime series out there so I’m certain you can come up with great ideas to improve this list.

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      12 months ago

      Fairy tail best

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      24 months ago

      where is sword art online? :'(

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      2 years ago

      Honorable mentions:

      Sailor Moon

      Saint Seiya

      FM Alchemist Brotherhood

      Soul eater

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      rotten world 

      2 years ago

      I really don't get what Slam Dunk & Eyeshield 21 are doing in this list....cause they can be easily replaced by Code Geass & Steins Gate.

      Although the list was good, it was really disappointing to not see FMA Brotherhood on this list.

      Here the order should be this... (from 1-10): Naruto ; One Piece ; Dragon Ball Z; Death Note; Bleach ; FMA Brotherhood; Code Geass ; Fairy Tail ; Steins Gate ; Hunter X Hunter.

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      3 years ago

      I believe fullmetal alchemist brotherhood or simply fullmetal alchemist should be in this list. In my opinion fma is the best anime all time. Well, its your list not mine but in my opinion, here's my list

      1. Fma brotherhood/ original

      2. Code geass

      3. Kuroshitsuji

      4. Aot

      5. Fairy tail

      6. Death note

      7. Bleach? I havent watch it yet

      8. Naruto? I havent watched it

      9. Dragon ball z

      10. One piece? Havent watched it

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      3 years ago

      I think 3 anime that should never miss a spot on any 'top 10 anime' lists are FMA, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Puella Magi.

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      Dawnie Moore 

      3 years ago from Perth, Australia

      This was a very interesting post. I've watched all these shows except for Slam dunk. Personally, my favourite anime of all time is Full metal alchemist but dragon ball Z was basically my childhood. So anyway, great list. It was very thoughtful and engaging.

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      4 years ago

      No FMS: Brotherhood... wat?

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      4 years ago

      How isn't Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, sword art online, Code Geass , Steins;Gate. Not on this? Also agree it's abit shonen based.

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      4 years ago

      1.Black Butler

      2.Fairy Tail

      3.Full Metal Alchemist


      5.Death Note


      7.One Piece


      9.Fruit Basket

      10.Dragon Ball Z

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      5 years ago

      were is sword art online ?

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      5 years ago

      This is a really good list with a nice layout and a good introduction to each series for people who aren't already familiar with them. My only complaint is it's geared more towards shounen series with a focus on action/fighting. Given the title, I was expecting a bit more variety.

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      5 years ago

      Nice but not enough.and i think hyuga hinata is uglier than sakura haruno,lucy heartfilia is one of the strongest in fairy tail and the best anime is detective conan!whatever you made well!

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      Victor W. Kwok 

      5 years ago from Hawaii

      Really interesting.

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      Anthony Binks 

      5 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Here here, totally right.

      Dragonball z is a fantastic and the best anime ever. I loved it when growing up.

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      5 years ago

      Very interesting. I use to be love watching Neon Genesis Evangelion I still king of do and thank you for commenting on my short story I am kind of a begginer at it though which might be why it's predictable but I will keep trying to make them better because I would like to write more fanfictions about Godzilla in my opinion there is no monster greater then him.

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      Sinclair Miller III 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I love watching Animes

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      5 years ago from Germany

      Awesome page layout, really creative.

      And a good choice of animes, i personally love all of your top 5 animes.

      Long lasting animes with 200+ episodes. Those animes just grab you by the balls and have you watching them episode after episode!


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