Top 100 Favorite Anime Series of All Time

by ajacayen-47694 | created - 15 May 2017 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

In all my life in watching more than three hundred anime, I had never realized or gotten to the point to figure out that anime has been such a big and important influence to me.

From action-pack, horrific violence, heart-warming drama, to cute romance alongside such incredible animation, great plotlines and of course, memorable characters, I could say that anime is something people should give a try at least once in their life. Who knows, maybe they might get addicted to a particular anime they have just watched and then start a binge-watch to even more anime.

Now, let me introduce you to at least one hundred Japanese animated series as an introduction to the world of anime. I would also like to clarify that this list is not the official list of best animes of all time. All of this is just based on my criticism and how I felt about this anime. Like all animes, I chose these specifically because of their storyline, characters, animation, and songs.

Note: Please don't be offended if your favorite animes aren't here.

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1. My Hero Academia (2016– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A superhero-loving boy without any powers is determined to enroll in a prestigious hero academy and learn what it really means to be a hero.

Stars: Daiki Yamashita, Justin Briner, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Ayane Sakura

Votes: 23,415

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

2. Fruits Basket (2019– )

TV-14 | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

After a family tragedy turns her life upside down, 16 year old high schooler Tohru Honda takes matters into her own hands and moves out...into a tent. Unfortunately for her, she pitches her... See full summary »

Stars: Manaka Iwami, Laura Bailey, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Eric Vale

Votes: 823

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

3. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba (2019– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

A family is attacked by demons and only two members survive - Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko, who is turning into a demon slowly. Tanjiro sets out to become a demon slayer to avenge his family and cure his sister.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Zach Aguilar, Abby Trott, Aleks Le

Votes: 9,131

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

4. One Punch Man (2015– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.

Stars: Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa, Max Mittelman, Zach Aguilar

Votes: 97,900

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms.

Stars: Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi, Vic Mignogna, Muriel Hofmann

Votes: 100,475

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

6. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006–2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all powerful empire

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 43,913

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

7. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Steve Blum

Votes: 80,751

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

8. Hunter x Hunter (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. With his friends and his potential, he seeks for his father who left him when he was younger.

Stars: Megumi Han, Issei Futamata, Cristina Valenzuela, Mariya Ise

Votes: 41,802

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

9. Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996–1999)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Richard Cansino, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 16,527

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

10. Attack on Titan (2013– )

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Yeager vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Stars: Marina Inoue, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Josh Grelle

Votes: 135,024

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

11. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Doc Harris, Christopher Sabat, Scott McNeil, Sean Schemmel

Votes: 106,149

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

12. One Piece: Wan pîsu (1999– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew in order to find the greatest treasure ever left by the legendary Pirate, Gold Roger. The famous mystery treasure named "One Piece".

Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Akemi Okamura

Votes: 59,395

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

13. Clannad: After Story (2008–2009)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A sequel to the recently wrapped anime based on the Key Clannad franchise. After Story is a path that opens in the original visual novel after all the other paths have been opened. Life ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, David Matranga, Luci Christian, Mai Nakahara

Votes: 7,687

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

14. Haikyuu!! (2014–2020)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Hinata Shouyou, a short middle school student, gained a sudden love of volleyball after watching a national championship match on TV. Determined to become like the championship's star ... See full summary »

Stars: Ayumu Murase, Kaito Ishikawa, Yu Hayashi, Satoshi Hino

Votes: 4,877

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

15. Naruto: Shippûden (2007–2017)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.

Stars: Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Kate Higgins, Chie Nakamura

Votes: 70,808

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

16. Parasyte: The Maxim (2014–2015)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Horror

17-year-old Shinichi Izumi is partially infected by a Parasyte; monsters that butcher and consume humans. He must learn to co-exist with the creature if he is to survive both the life of a Parasyte and human, as part monster, part person.

Stars: Adam Gibbs, Aya Hirano, Brittney Karbowski, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Votes: 19,521

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

17. Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files (1992–1995)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World ... See full summary »

Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Christopher Sabat, Cynthia Cranz

Votes: 10,449

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

18. Ouran High School Host Club (2006)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

At the ultra prestigious Ouran High School, Haruhi Fujioka looks for a quiet place to read and walks into an unused music room, and accidentally stumbles across the notorious Ouran High ... See full summary »

Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Mamoru Miyano, Masaya Matsukaze, Ken'ichi Suzumura

Votes: 7,393

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

19. Psycho-Pass (2012– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Crime

Believing in humanity and order, policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System. But when she faces a criminal mastermind who can elude this "perfect" system, she questions both Sibyl and herself.

Stars: Kana Hanazawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Noriko Hidaka, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 13,802

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

20. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996)

TV-14 | 624 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 43,080

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

21. The Seven Deadly Sins (2014– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The legend of the confrontation between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Holy Knights.

Stars: Yûki Kaji, Rintarou Nishi, Misaki Kuno, Bryce Papenbrook

Votes: 16,790

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

22. Bleach: Burîchi (2004–2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is unlike any ordinary kid because he can see ghosts. After an accident with a hollow, he got a power.So begins Kurosaki Ichigo's training and duty as a Shinigami, Soul Reaper.

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh, Jamieson Price

Votes: 40,824

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

23. Maid Sama! (2010– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

Seika High School, once an all-boys school notorious for its wild students and for generally being a terrifying place for girls, has recently become a co-ed school. With the female ... See full summary »

Stars: David Matranga, Monica Rial, Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto

Votes: 3,993

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

24. The Rising of the Shield Hero (2018– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes - wielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield - who defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance,... See full summary »

Stars: Kaito Ishikawa, Asami Seto, Billy Kametz, Erica Mendez

Votes: 3,271

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

25. Toradora! (2008–2011)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Ryuji Takasu lives in a falling down house with his mother, and although being a nice guy is cursed with the evil look of his father causing people to avoid him. Taiga Aisaka is a tiny,self... See full summary »

Stars: Rie Kugimiya, Junji Majima, Yui Horie, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 7,731

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

26. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998–2000)

TV-Y7-FV | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Sakura stumbled upon the book of Clow Cards in a library. Accidentally setting the magical cards loose, it's now up to Sakura to catch them all with her best friend Tomoyo, and Kerberos, the guardian of the cards.

Stars: Sakura Tange, Andrea Kwan, Junko Iwao, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 3,931

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

27. Erufen rîto (2004)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

Stars: Sanae Kobayashi, Chihiro Suzuki, Mamiko Noto, Adam Conlon

Votes: 27,927

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

28. Fairy Tail (2009– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Lucy, an aspiring Celestial Wizard, becomes a friend and ally to powerful wizards Natsu, Gray, and Erza, who are part of the (in)famous wizard guild, Fairy Tail.

Stars: Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Tia Lynn Ballard, Tetsuya Kakihara

Votes: 18,404

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

29. Noragami (2014–2016)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A minor god seeking to gain widespread worship teams up with a human girl he saved to gain fame, recognition and at least one shrine dedicated to him.

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Uchida, Yûki Kaji, Bryn Apprill

Votes: 9,140

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

30. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (2018– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Puberty Syndrome-a rumored, mysterious syndrome that only affects those in their puberty. For example, a bunny girl suddenly appeared in front of Sakuta Azusagawa. The bunny girl's real ... See full summary »

Stars: Kaito Ishikawa, Asami Seto, Yurika Kubo, Atsumi Tanezaki

Votes: 1,855

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

31. Re: Zero - Starting Life in Another World (2016– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Shortly after being summoned to a new world, Subaru Natsuki and his new female companion are brutally murdered. But then he awakes to find himself in the same alley, with the same thugs, the same girl, and the day begins to repeat.

Stars: Yûsuke Kobayashi, Sean Chiplock, Rie Takahashi, Inori Minase

Votes: 6,869

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

32. Black Clover (2017– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Asta and Yuno were abandoned together at the same church and have been inseparable since. As children, they promised that they would compete against each other to see who would become the next Emperor Magus.

Stars: Dallas Reid, Jill Harris, Cris George, Micah Solusod

Votes: 3,653

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

33. Inuyasha (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a jewel of great power.

Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Darren Pleavin, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 13,591

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

34. Soul Eater (2008–2009)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 duo's. These pairs are a partnership between a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to reach a ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Bailey, Chiaki Omigawa, Micah Solusod, Brittney Karbowski

Votes: 10,347

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

35. Tokyo Ghoul (2014)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Austin Tindle, Sora Amamiya, Brina Palencia

Votes: 29,395

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

36. High School DxD (2012– )

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

After being killed on his first date, idiotic and perverted Issei Hyodo is resurrected as a demon by Rias Gremory only to be recruited into her club of high-class devils.

Stars: Yûki Kaji, Yôko Hikasa, Azumi Asakura, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 5,455

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

37. Sword Art Online (2012– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito, works to escape.

Stars: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook, Cherami Leigh

Votes: 31,994

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

38. Your Lie in April (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Drama, Music

A piano prodigy who lost his ability to play after suffering a traumatic event in his childhood is forced back into the spotlight by an eccentric girl with a secret of her own.

Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Risa Taneda, Ayane Sakura, Ryôta Ôsaka

Votes: 11,785

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

39. Free! (2013– )

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Free! revolves around members of a high school boy's swimming team. Four boys-Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin-all participated in a swimming tournament shortly before graduating elementary ... See full summary »

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Johnny Yong Bosch, Akeno Watanabe, Nobunaga Shimazaki

Votes: 1,979

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

40. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (2018– )

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

"If you blush, you lose". Living by this principle, middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to ... See full summary »

Stars: Rie Takahashi, Yûki Kaji, Konomi Kohara, Mao Ichimichi

Votes: 683

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

41. Pokémon (1997– )

TV-Y | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Ikue Ôtani

Votes: 35,137

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

42. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012– )

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The story of the Joestar family, who are possessed with intense psychic strength, and the adventures each member encounters throughout their lives.

Stars: Matthew Mercer, Daisuke Ono, Fuminori Komatsu, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 5,696

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

43. Bungou Stray Dogs (2016– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Nakajima Atsushi was kicked out of his orphanage, and now he has no place to go and no food. While he is standing by a river, on the brink of starvation, he rescues a man whimsically ... See full summary »

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Kaiji Tang, Max Mittelman, Yûto Uemura

Votes: 1,731

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

44. Kuroko's Basketball (2012–2015)

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Sport

The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The school that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called "The Generation of Miracles." There was ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenshô Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuki Ono, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 4,160

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

45. Trigun (1998)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Vash the Stampede is the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke and with a 60 billion double dollar price on his head the most sought after!

Stars: Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru, Satsuki Yukino, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 18,183

Grade: A = 5/5 - Loved it Top 100

46. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma (2015– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama