Every anime is great…except a few that are not but most of them are great because each anime aims to do something different.
So, let’s dive deep as to why all these anime are here.
This list will throw curveballs if you haven’t watched a lot of this anime and might be a little puzzling, but even if they aren’t the best in your opinion, they are definitely worth at least one watch if not more.
So, let’s get right to it!
15. Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume’s Book of Friends)
Natsume Yuujinchou is an expert at very subtly giving you ‘the feels’. It has an episodic nature despite having the overarching series progressing slowly.
The story, the moral dilemma, and how Natsume experiences all of it are focal points of the series. This is one series that is somehow able to deliver all the viewpoints of every single character without villainizing any of them.
A single episode of this series takes you on an adventure from wholesome to tragic to coming to peace with it.
Natsume’s friendships, which are central to the series, are captivating and always a delight to watch over and over and over again.
14. Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100 is a very heavily underrated show. It has everything needed to make a great series including great fights, friendships, and the seemingly limitless kindness of our protagonist Mob or Kageyama Shigeo.
Mobu is a great protagonist with an aversion to fighting. He is super forgiving and doesn’t hold any grudges against people even those who have wronged him.
The way the story progresses and the characters along with it just goes on to show what great writing this show has.
13. Jujutsu Kaisen
Jujutsu Kaisen came and took the anime world by storm.
Jujutsu Kaisen is a gripping combination of varied and contrasting characters fighting each other to death.
This show doesn’t shy away from any and all darkness of the world and instead gives it a form via the antagonists.
It has great action, thought-provoking questions laid out, fun abilities, great bonds between characters which aren’t always friendly, eccentric comedy, and a great premise and set-up.
The sound and animation are just a bonus for this series!
All the characters have their own presence complimenting the protagonists, the matches have so much build-up, suspense and culminate into a great ending.
The story takes the ordinary aspects of volleyball and takes them to new heights. The character development, their progressions, animation, sound, and
11. Cowboy Bebop
The comedy is also so well written and timed with the emotional moments that it will have you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from laughing your heart out one moment to ripping it out the other.
All of this in combination with a beautiful art style and a cool and suave protagonist? Cowboy Bebop is definitely a worth-watch!
10. 3-Gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like A Lion)
3-Gatsu no Lion is a must-watch for a couple of different reasons.
A beautifully flawed protagonist that most people will be able to relate to, wholesome moments and friendships, realities of life while still romanticizing the little things, emotions and characters that tug at your heartstrings, creative visualizations that are just leveled up by the animation, simple yet captivating story, ambient sound that will bless your ears.
3-Gatsu no Lion has a beauty that can’t be expressed or understood. It has to be experienced.
9. Code Geass
Take a genius prodigy. Give him a purpose, some allies, a tragic backstory, an overpowered ability, and motivation.
Lelouch is your character and Code Geass is your story. It is one of the greatest anime out there with the way Lelouch manages things, starts a rebellion, takes down the government.
All to avenge his mother’s death. Code Geass takes all the real aspects of life, puts them in a situation without constraints to exaggerate the questions, and then really takes an objective turn by giving the protagonists what they deserve in the face.
It is a series that asks a lot of questions and begs a lot of thought and attention from the audience.
8. Attack on Titan
It not only has great characters but a story-telling that livens them up even more. In addition to all the intellectual and simple value that this show has, it also has a great animation!
Staying true to the source material elevates the show to a much higher level!
7. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu ( Legend of the Galactic Heroes)
This series is a golden one if you are willing to stick around with it.
It is a very her-centric series. It doesn’t demand too much brainpower from you.
Just pure heroic legends like the ones that are told to kids when they’re growing up.
You will only be able to understand this once you have watched enough anime and have a general grasp of the culture.
But once you do understand, Gintama is one the greatest comedies and action-packed series there is!
5. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
The story of two brothers with a purpose. There’s nothing more endearing in the story than our protagonist duo and their adventures.
While having a very basic structure to alchemy, it really takes it into all possible dimensions and expands on the story and relationships.
This is not something a lot of stories can do.
4. One Piece
One Piece is an experience of its own and it will definitely reward you with some really high-quality content if you are willing to cut some slack for this 1000+ episode series.
3. Fruits Basket
This show should come with a warning label!
Fruits Basket has somehow managed to have great love stories, lovely wholesome moments, and relationships between characters and still make the viewer cry.
Great character development and progression with a simple and strong premise.
Keep a box of tissues ready by your side when you start.
2. Hunter x Hunter
If you’re okay with a lot of death, bloodshed, and attractive mass murderers, then Hunter X Hunter is the series for you.
Under a seemingly simple plot, Hunter X Hunter manages to touch and explore a lot of morally grey areas and manages to throw curveballs at you in the most unexpected ways.
Time travel is quite a used-up concept now, wouldn’t you think?
Steins; Gate manages to make a complex and wide storyline out of this simple trope!
Although it has fairly straightforward components to follow like a mad scientist and an evil organization, the wild characters make the best out of it!
One moment it is creepy, the other it is funny, another it is intense and another it is vivid!
Steins; Gate is truly an underrated anime masterpiece.