This is the top ten list of anime shows of all time. Many of the shows deal with the flaws of humanity and the strengths we hold in our hands. Some will make you cry, laugh, grin from ear to ear, and think about our lives on this earth. You will feel a range of emotions from watching the shows on the list, and I hope you take the time to check out each one. Take the time to check out other people's reviews of the shows since much of this is a matter of opinion. Anyways I hope you enjoy what I put together, and if you have any other shows put them in the comments below.
Here we go! Top ten anime shows of all time!
Gintama is likely the strangest anime on the list. It's a very weird mix of action, comedy, samurai, and historically parody. The settings of the show is based Edo, where Aliens showed up, invaded the country and took over ruling over the humans. The storyline revolves around a Samurai who lives in a modern era and aliens are every day occurrence. Samurai swords are banned but no one forbid wooden swords which the main character wields.
I would certainly recommend this series, it takes a few episodes to get into but the more episodes you watch the more you enjoy Gintama. I was a bit skeptical at first, and was thinking this show was going to be similar to the many ongoing series like Dragon Ball Z or Naruto, but boy was I wrong. This show already has a whopping 200 episodes, and is still hasn't lost it's touch.
9. Great Teacher Onizuka
Also called GTO. The main character is Onizuka, a 22-year-old man. He is an ex-motorcycle gangerster who strives and set his sights on becoming the world's greatest teacher just to meet sexy high school girls. The first episode sets all the premises of the entire story. Once a part of the Yakuza, he quits the gang to take on the life of reform to become the world's greatest high school teacher. For the most part he does just that, along the way causing problems but somehow solving and helping his students. Onizuka is a wonderfully flawed character. He drinks, smokes, is very vulgar, a womanizer and acts very dramatic while running on only his instincts but is really very charming in the end.
Many characters in the show dislike him at first but people tend to learn to love him more over time. In the end of it all though, you will love Onizuka all the more. He is entertaining, and really contributes a lot to the show along with all the side characters. This show is certainly full of greatness, and if you haven't watched it yet I would certainly recommend checking it out.
8. Death Note
The main character is Yagami Light, a 17-year-old from Japan who is a genius and bored with his life, school and the world. One day he was on his way home and found a notebook with the words "Death Note" written on the front. He reads it and realizes that if anyone has their name written inside the notebook they will soon die. He couldn't believe it at first but over time he realizes that the book isn't a hoax. Eventually he starts a conquest of becoming God in a "new" world and has a character named L who tries to stop him along the way.
Once you start watching this show, you'll get hooked and won't be able to stop. The level of madness and psychological trouble will interest anyone who likes that. This is one that I recommend to anyone who loves shows that deal with the human psych.
7. Ouran High School Host Club
This comedy and romance laced show was rather something I normally wouldn't watch. The show is based around a girl named Haruhi, who is going to a prestigious school because of a scholarship. One day she runs into the Host Club and accidentally breaks a 8 million yen vase and has to repay them by being a host. Then the rest of the host club finds out she is a girl and have to continually hide the secret so she can keep working to pay off the large sum of debt she is accumulating.
The show really lacks an overall plot, but has plenty of humor, drama and good ending. There is room left in the show to make a continuation of it, but doubt that will ever happen since this aired over 6 years ago.
This show is overall a good slap stick and anyone will really enjoy it even though it's filled with pink, laughs, sweets and is a girly looking show. It's certainly one of the funniest animes I have seen in years, and kept me watching it through the end.
Lupin the Third
The origins of Lupin III is traced back to the early 20th century works of Maurice Leblanc, a french writer. Leblanc created Arsene Lupin, a gentlemen thief who politely left notes to indicate where and when he would steal something who then always escaped the grasps of the police. His goal in the end was not to steal but rather to live life on a dangerous edge and savor every moment of the chase. Lupin follows in his grandfather's footsteps, does exactly what he does, and lives life on the edge. Of course, along the way he tries to woo some ladies, but in the end there is always one girl that seems to capture his heart, and his money.
I would recommend this series to anyone who loves a good adventure and a good laugh. This is a series that has been worked on extensively and is the most well known series in Japan since the 1970 and has hundreds of episodes and an extensive list of movies that goes along with it.
5. Attack on Titan
The plot revolves around a small city, where humanity is pushed to near extinction thanks to a species known as titans who look similar to humans. Humans have to go to extreme measures to survive and create giant walls to protect themselves from the attacks. Eren, a young boy at the time watches his mother being eaten by one of the titans swears to exterminate every titan on the planet.
The plot isn't the most original in the world, but they execute everything perfectly. You feel a large range of emotions when watching this series, but there is one thing I can certainly say about the show, it's brutal. You watch characters get killed left and right, and many don't get developed at all because they are killed so quickly. This show has a lot of blood and gore, so it wouldn't be recommended for people who are a bit squeamish.
This show was certainly a highlight of 2013. It has a very strong start, gripping story, gorgeous soundtrack and animation. It has kept me waiting for more, hoping that the series will continue in the near future. It's lived up to all the hype that was revolving around it, and won't disappoint. It has a good plot but isn't too in depth, and the action scenes are in every episode.
This mystery romance will have you hooked with its hints of occult and the supernatural weaved into it. The complexity of characters, and overall plot is at first hard to follow but throughout the series it unveils itself.
Araragi is the main character, who is part of the world of supernatural. There is a big chunk of his history yet to be explained, but you find out bits and pieces about him over time, and the odd abilities he has.
Simply put, half of the show is about a romantic relationship between Senjougahara and Araragi. The other half is a constant argument between two values: The rational vs. the idealistic. It's either choosing to be the nice guy and seeking happiness for everyone in the end or doing what Araragi thinks is best.
The art and design of this show is very abstract and surreal giving it and absolutely creepy vibe but is gorgeous. The design is very artistic, and you see very strong elements of illusions throughout the show. The character design is beautiful and you can't help but appreciate the animators behind this series.
Once finishing this, and the second season, I have been hooked and waiting for more to come from this series. This is a showthat I don't ever want to have an end but with the story line that it has it will at some point. If you appreciate something different and odd this is certainly the the show that was meant for you.
3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
This show is just pure brilliance. It brings absolute genius comedy and has an excellent range of characters that keeps you hooked. Haruhi posses a strong charisma that you can't help but feel attracted and entertained by her. Kyon, who is the only normal character within the series is the character who will be the eyes of the show and appears rather normal but is witnessing everything that happens.
Kyon meets Haruhi, a girl who is looking for anyone that isn't a normal human. Haruhi announces she is searching for anyone that is aliens, time travelers, espers or any extraterrestrial life on their first day of class together. Kyon finds her strange and keeps trying to talk to her more and more. He tries to figure out why she joined every single club in the school and quit them all but by stating this to her he gives her the idea to start their own club. This causes Kyon, and several other characters to get dragged into spreading the excitement of the S.O.S. Brigade to the school and world.
All I can say is that this anime is straight-up hilarious and fun. The story is wacky, the animation is great and even though the character development issues seem rampant in this series.
The story is original, there hasn't been any other show like this. This show is certainly a big milestone in the world of anime, and I can't wait to see more of it.
2. Cowboy Bebop
The story is set in a space western setting. At first you follow two bounty hunters, Spike and Jet, who own a beaten up ship called the bebop. They travel around chasing criminals for money. They both have checkered pasts and partner up to make some money and travel the solar system. They eventually pick up two woman, Faye Valentine, the debt-laden thief, and the computer genius Edward along with a dog named Ein. This group of characters makes for an interesting story and humorous events along the way.
The character development is extensive in this series. Each episode someone relates to someone's past, and really connects the dots after watching the last few episodes. By spanning out the character development it keeps you watching more and more, wanting to figure out the past of each character. In each episode there is a new bounty, all dramatically different events causing a certain degree of unpredictability throughout the series.
Overall I have to say this is one of my most favorite shows, and the amount of work that was put into it was immense. The animation is gorgeous for the 90s, the soundtrack is absolutely astounding and contrasts with the animation and scenes quite well. It's hard not to fall in love with the characters and wish there were more seasons to the show. I can say this is one of the greatest anime ever, and certainly the greatest anime of it's time.
This series is about a group of friends who have customized a microwave into an odd device that sends messages to their past. By doing so they can change the timeline and cause themselves to switch between different timelines. They are trying to be stopped by a group called SERN throughout the show. This show really classifies as a time traveling sci-fi thriller with a hint of romance.
The show revolves around the crazy antics of Rintarou Okabe, a self-proclaimed mad scientist who goes by the name Hououin Kyouma. He goes on crazy random chats with himself and freaks out about little things, I find it rather entertaining. At first this show is rather random and slow at first, but the more time spans on the more addicting it gets. It also gets very fast during the second half of the show, and the level of character development and enjoyment spikes drastically.
The level of detail in time travel itself, along with the character development, music and storyline made me absolutely put this at the top of my list. Unlike many time travels anime, This one doesn't contradict itself, making me go wow in the amount of detail and work that was put into the details of time travel.
This show has made me laugh like a maniac, and ball silently into my pillow. It made me wonder what would happen, had absolutely beautiful closure, clarity and left me very satisfied wanting more.
If you like time travel, action and humor mixed with a bit of romance this certainly is the show for you.