Top 10 Anime Series

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Japanese animation or anime is hugely popular the world over, and is unique because of interesting story lines, vibrant colors, and graphics. Here, we have listed the top 10 anime series of all time, which have a huge following among both adults and children across the world.
Today, top-notch animation can be enjoyed through various forms, like television series, video games, movies, and commercials. Though animation is something that American companies are well-known for, Japanese animation or 'anime' has generated a huge fan base, and is equally, if not more popular than the animation that we know of. Japanese anime originated in 1917, with simple cartoon series, about characters from day-to-day life. Gradually, in the 1960s, the unique and distinct style of animation developed into the anime that we know today, and spread globally in the 1980s.

The distinct characteristics of anime include exaggerated physical features such as big hair, elongated limbs, and large eyes. They are accompanied by vivid story lines that borrow from Japanese folk literature, and sometimes straddle between the future, the past, and the present.

*Note these series are suitable for ages 13 and above

Naruto (2002 - 2007) and Naruto Shippuden (2007 - present)

Episodes: 500+ (combined)

Naruto is a story about a young ninja, with a nine-tailed fox demon sealed inside him. An orphan who struggles to win approval from his village people, he strives hard to learn all the techniques of ninja, and fights his way through to become better and stronger.

Naruto Shipudden is a sequel which became more popular than the first series. In this series, the characters are all grown-up. Naruto returns to his village after training under Jiraiya, and is ready to use his various strategies to defeat his enemies. Both the series capture the essence of ultimate, fun-filled ninja fighting, and are also regarded as one of the top animes in the world today.

Bleach (2004 - 2012)

Episodes: 366

Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15-year old boy who can see ghosts. The powers of a Soul Reaper is transferred to him by Rukia, whose job was to destroy Hollow, the evil spirit. She gets injured and transfers her powers to Ichigo, who then destroys Hollow. But now, he has to use his powers to save humans from evil spirits and guide the dead souls to their afterlife. Soon after, the soul society finds out about Rukia's illegal act of transferring her powers, and they decide to execute her. Check out this series to find out how Ichigo battles it out with the soul society to save Rukia, and along the way handles the responsibilities of the Death God.

One Piece (1999 - present)

Episodes: 585+

Monkey D. Luffy is a young boy who aspires to become the captain of a pirate ship. His body has the properties of rubber, after eating a fruit named Gum-Gum. Follow this adventurous series, as Luffy, along with his crew, sets out on a journey to find the legendary treasure―One Piece. This is one of the longest running anime series, and with its amusing, adventures, filled with all kinds of sea villains from merman to neptunians or sea kings, makes it a must-have and must-see.

Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 - 2004) and FMA Brotherhood (2009 - 2010)

Episodes: 115 (combined)

FMA is a story of two brothers who break the taboo of human transmutation to revive their dead mother. They pay a price for their crime, and have to find the Philosopher's stone to regain their crippled bodies.

FMA Brotherhood is a remake, but is still excellent in every aspect, be it action, suspense, or comedy. Even though the main focus is on the two brothers, this series managed to highlight and explore other new characters. Both the series have two distinct versions of the same story, so you can watch any of them first. They are both independent stories, which is quite rare in anime.

Death Note (2006 - 2007)

Episodes: 37

This is the story of Light Yagami, a young student, who finds a notebook which holds mysterious powers. This book allows Light to kill anyone, whose name is written on it. Watch this thrilling series to find out how Light uses the book to fight crime, and cons the detective after him. A highly unpredictable, astonishing series, that focuses on values―good and bad.

Case Closed (1996 - present)

Episodes: 687+

A detective by the name Conan helps the police solve many cases, because of which he gets abducted and attacked by gangsters of the Black Organization. They inject poison which was meant to kill him, but instead transforms his adolescent body into that of a child. Find out how Conan investigates and assists the police track down the Black Organization's dealings and crimes, in this series. Detective Conan is definitely an interesting and thrilling series to watch.

InuYasha (2000 - 2004)

Episodes: 167

This anime is filled with mysterious creatures and demons, where InuYasha too, is a half demon. He along with Kagome Higurashi is in search of the Jewel of Four Souls, that got shattered and dispersed across Japan. They set out on a journey to find these powerful shards, and strive hard to keep them away from the evil villains. Watch it for its action, romance, and comedy. Some may not be satisfied with the ending, but still watch it for its sequel (InuYasha - The Final Act), which is much better than the first part.

Cowboy Bebop (1998 - 1999)

Episodes: 26

This is one of the best anime series ever made, and is about a story that takes place in the year '2071'. Two characters travel through the galaxy in spaceships, working as bounty hunters known as 'Cowboys', looking for high-priced criminals and terrorists. Simply put, it is an intelligently made anime with an amazing storyline.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006 - 2007) and R2 (2008)

Episodes: 50 (combined)

A young Britannian prince is banished to Japan and accused for leaving his mother defenseless. He is held hostage in a terrorist attack, where he meets a girl who saves his life and grants him the 'Powers of the King.' With this newly acquired power, he sets off on a quest for retribution, and vows to destroy Brittannia. An excellent series, a little slow in the beginning, but once it picks up speed, it gets very exciting, suspenseful, and has an epic ending too.

Dragon Ball (1986 - 1989) and Dragonball Z (1989 - 1996)

Episodes: 444+ (combined)

DBZ is one of the most legendary animes till date. It is about the adventures of Goku, his struggle to become stronger in order to find the seven dragon balls, and save his friends and earth from the invasion of the evil Saiyans. This series is truly addictive, and amazing with all the colorful characters, and their captivating plots and battles.

20 Best Anime Series for Guys

Full Metal Panic
Black Blood Brothers
Fist of the North Star
Ghost in the Shell
Afro Samurai
Eye Shield 21
Paranoia Agent
Space Adventure Cobra
Flame of Recca
Astro Boy
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Pokemon
Berserk
Macross
Initial D
Gungrave
DNA2
Ranma 1/2
Erufen Rito
Major
Gurren Lagann


20 Best Anime Series for Girls

Future Diary
Cardcaptor Sakura
Sailor Moon
Vampire Knight
Ouran High School Host Club
Hikari Hanazono
Fairytail
Kenishi
Fruits Basket
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
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Rurouni Kenshin
Mai Hime
Clannad
Black Cat
Kanon
Toradora!
Air
Tsukihime
Someday's Dreamers
Noir

Other Popular Ones

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Hunter x Hunter
Hajime no Ippo
Kino's Journey
Mushishi
Hellsing
Legends of Galactic Heroes
Future Boy Conan
Baka and Test
YuYu Hakusho
Basilisk
Steins;Gate
Elfen Lied
Black Butler
Clannad: After Story
Baccano!
Trigun
Reborn
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Saint Seiya
Samurai Champloo
Sword Art Online
Great Teacher Onizuka
Yugi-oh
Mobile Suit Gundam
Soul Eater
Golden Boy
Air Master
Claymore
Kimi ni Todoke
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Gin Tama
Eureka Seven
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Gunslinger Girl
Angelic Layer
Pretty Cure
Sket Dance
Ergo Proxy
Knights of the Zodiac

*Please Note - The data compiled in the article is in no particular order.

With all the best ones listed here, you are now spoiled for choice. So choose the ones you like and start watching them. If you feel any other anime should have made this list, feel free to say so in the comments section below.