Anime is a very diverse and creative media, where anything and everything is possible. Due to this, and because of the fact that opinions exist, many people have their own favorite list of anime.
Here I am today, to write a list about *my* personal opinion; what ten anime are the best, again, in my opinion? Now, with that out of the way, let’s get onto the list:
#10) Pokemon (1999)
The original Pokemon games were amazing. LeafGreen is still one of my favorite Pokemon games, and it just seems that Gamefreak can’t make a Pokemon better than that. Just like the games, the original Pokemon anime was amazing. Sitting at number ten due to nostalgia reasons, I do recommend you check it out, but keep in mind it is made for a younger audience.
#9) Attack on Titan
Oh boy, Attack on Titan! This was one of my favorite anime. Set way back in time, a mysterious race of humanoid giants appears and begins devouring the human population. Probably not what your first anime should be, if you are prone to saying “This show is weird,” and never watching it again? Check it out for sure!
Slayers was the first anime that I ever watched. I can’t say I remember much about it, other than that I found the characters cool. It is fairly old, having aired in 1995. Regardless, you should check it out and see what you think!
#7) Death Note
Death Note is what is oft referred to as a “classic.” It is, without a doubt, an anime that anyone who watches anime needs to watch.
Death Note follows brilliant high-schooler Light Yagami, who finds an odd black book outside his school one day. After some hesitation, he takes the book to his home and learns that the book can be used to kill anyone he wants, just by writing their name on the pages of the book. He gains a powerful ally, a Shinigami named Ryuk. ( Shinigami roughly translates to God of Death) Light begins writing the names of criminals in the book and begins his journey to be the god of the new world by ridding the old world of all criminals.
Very good show, highly recommend!
Noragami stands for “Stray God,” and conveniently enough, the show follows such a god. Near-titular protagonist Yato, is a down on his luck god who dabbles in wishes. All he requires is a five yen coin and you can consider your wish granted… if it is reasonable enough, of course. Yato, while he may be a god, is not an all-powerful being. He cannot grant your wish to be all-powerful, he can’t grant your wish to be immortal, etc. He is more human than most gods, and as such relies on the spirits of the dead to defend him in battle. He contracts spirits to form into weapons for him, resulting in talking weapons. (Or thinking weapons?) Definitely check this one out, good mix of comedy, action, and seriousness! (Plus two great OP’s!)
Naruto is a widely popular franchise. Many people, even those who don’t regularly watch anime know the name. The show follows titular protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki through his journey to become the Hokage of his home-village, “The Village Hidden in the Leaf,” alongside his fellow Shinobi comrades, Sakura Haruno, and Sasuke Uchiha. Sasuke being the sole survivor of a massacre orchestrated by his brother, whom he wishes deeply to kill. The show has been, on numerous occasions, called out for being too long or repetitive, but I have yet to grow bored of this awesome show. If you, for some reason, have not watched Naruto already, do it. It’s great, believe it!
#4) Dragon Ball Z Kai
Dragon Ball follows lovable protagonist, Son Goku through numerous trials and hardships. Powerful foes with the ultimate goal of destroying the Earth seem to spring out of the ground itself, and poor Goku never gets a break. Whether he’s sacrificing himself to defeat a powerful foe (see: Raditz, Perfect Cell) or eating every last bit of food on Earth (the man can eat… a lot.) the show never disappoints. Spawning many well-known memes, particularly the “Over 9000” quote that Vegeta utters upon learning of Goku’s initial strength. If for some odd reason, you haven’t watched Dragon Ball, do it.. do it now, Piccolo!
But seriously, the English dub is great for this show. Sean Schemmel did an astounding job as Goku, and Chris Sabat really nailed it as Vegeta/Piccolo. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the voices that Sean and Chris did for the characters of this show (well, Goku/Vegeta/Piccolo, is what I mean) are iconic and irreplaceable. This is the definitive way to watch Dragon Ball. Do it!
#3) Re;Zero – Beginning Life in Another World from Zero
Re;Zero follows Natsuki Subaru, a 17 year old boy, who goes to get groceries and during the return trip, is transported to another world. He soon discovers that he has a power allowing him to return to what seems akin to a checkpoint in a video game after death, allowing him to continue retrying scenarios until he “passes” them. It is an incredible show, featuring an amazing soundtrack, gorgeous visuals, a gripping and compelling story, wonderfully written characters, and even a dash of comedy here and there! Definitely recommend, one of my all-time favorites!
(#2) KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!
KonoSuba shares a few similarities with Re;Zero. It is an isekai. (Isekai is a genre of anime where the protagonist is transported to another world.) However, that is where the similarities end.
KonoSuba is a show that can handle both serious and comedic moments perfectly. There are serious moments in KonoSuba, but they are far fewer than Re;Zeros. To put it simply, KonoSuba is a comedic Re;Zero, without much death. It is one of the funniest anime I have ever watched, and sports impressive animation quality as well! Definitely recommend.
(#1) Assassination Classroom
Assassination Classroom is one of the best animes to ever be created. A show sporting not only gorgeous visuals, but a well fleshed out cast, great music, comedic moments, and serious moments all the same. Assassination Classroom may have a (sorta-kinda?) predictable ending, but that doesn’t make it any less sad. I mean, who doesn’t want to hear Karma speak in English?
Onto the honorable mentions:
Akashic Records, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War, Gleipnir, Seven Deadly Sins, Higurashi
Well, that’s all for today’s article! Do you agree or disagree with my list? What animes are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!