what is the number 1 anime of all time?

The emotional core of the series revolves around the plight of the Elric brothers, Ed and Alphonse, two alchemists sponsored by Amestris' authoritarian army. It's not your classic military drama, however, as Ed and Alphonse quickly learn the extent of Amestris' authoritarianism. By now, most people are at least superficially familiar with Neon Genesis Evangelion, either through the overwhelming amount of branded products or the constant references in popular media. But for a series as entrenched in the animation canon as Evangelion, the way we talk about it is constantly changing.

The franchise, which was initially presented as a meaningful deconstruction of the mecha popularised by Gundam and Macross, later became bloated and filled with superfluous content, much like the commodity-like melodramas it mocked years earlier. Psychically incised in adolescence, Kunihiko Ikuhara's Revolutionary Girl Utena is a shining beacon for the shoujo genre. Inspired by the seminal works of Riyoko Ikeda and the legendary all-female theatre troupe Takarazuka Revue, Utena is a post-structural examination of queer identity and generational trauma filtered through a surreal lens and poignant, romantic backdrops. The show follows Utena Tenjou, a high school student obsessed with becoming a prince so she can meet the prince who saved her as a child.

She defies the gender norms of her school (which might as well be a Greco-Roman city-state with its own all-powerful student council and interlocking political structures) and dazzles the female student body with her unwavering dedication to safeguarding other women. After saving the school's garden caretaker, Anthy, from her abusive boyfriend, Utena becomes embroiled in duels over Anthy's possession, which is somehow instrumental in revolutionising the world as we know it. The series focuses almost entirely on character drama, deftly using archive footage and repetition to foster a mythic portrait of the shifting psychological profiles and taboo desires of its central cast. With its decadent symbolism, Utena has been marked in anime history as much as fellow 90s pioneers Cowboy Bebop and Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Austin Jones FLCL was intended to be unlike anything else you've ever seen, anime or otherwise. It has an incredible Japanese alternative rock soundtrack by the band The Pillows. Its characters interact in extremes of mania, moodiness or helplessness. Its plot, in which robots emerge from the swollen, injured head of a child, heralding the return of a powerful alien being, doesn't matter.

None of that matters, according to the series' director, Kazuya Tsurumaki. Fare thee well, brother. Eric Vilas-Boas Tackling themes of poverty and exploitation, Michiko and Hatchin is a racy story that focuses on women throughout. With an intense sense of liberation, it's one of the only anime to capture the spark that made Cowboy Bebop legendary.

Austin Jones A space opera classic, Galaxy Express 999 is a perfect entry point for any anime fan wishing to explore the seemingly impermeable world of 1970s animation. Series creator Leiji Matsumoto is known for his sci-fi works such as Space Battleship Yamato and Space Pirate Captain Harlock, all of which take place loosely in the same universe, but the melancholic slowburn of Galaxy Express 999 shines through as its ultimate expression. The series is mostly episodic, and follows a poor Earth boy named Tetsuro as he boards the titular train, which supposedly leads to the Andromeda galaxy. There, even the poor can receive machine bodies, which are signs of wealth for the rich and an object of great desire for the lower echelons of galactic society.

The main tension of the series comes from the overwhelming desire for immortality that drives its itinerant cast, frequently touching on issues of class and conscience. If you took all the philosophical cyberpunk thrillers of the late 80s and 90s, filtered them through the Matrix and Ghost in the Shell, and then deliberately cut the timeline, you'd get this head-scratching psychological seinen. At the centre is Lain Iwakura, a shy teenager whose personality changes both online and offline as she becomes more and more involved in Wired, a virtual reality world that simultaneously encompasses every method of communication known to mankind. Director Ryutaro Nakamura manages to squeeze an extraordinary amount of metaphysical musings into the series' brief 13 episodes, which, despite being far from easy to watch, is exceptionally rewarding for those willing to enter its world with an open mind.

John Maher Mononoke is a psychedelic nightmare that deftly combines a Christie-esque murder mystery with supernatural horror. With its memorable animation style, which mimics the ukiyo-e painting style of 17th century Japan, Mononoke revels in maximum beauty and spine-tingling sound design, but it also succeeds in its emotional endeavours, proving to be more than just an experiment in direction. The Mononoke are a type of yokai (a spectrum of beings in Japanese myth ranging from ghosts to demons) that prey on the negative emotions of humans. They serve as an excellent piece for pulse-pounding psychological horror, unafraid to delve into demanding thematic territory.

Produced by Toei Animation, the series balances the grotesque with the intensely vulnerable so harmoniously that it often blurs colour and lines with a hallucinatory flair. For a show about spirits, the core of Mononoke is decidedly human. It's sure to haunt you for years to come. Austin Jones Wandering Son doesn't need plot arcs or explosions to be a truly original anime.

The series is about a transgender girl, Shuichi, and a transgender boy, Yoshino, entering high school and facing puberty. Wandering Son is a genuinely unique trans narrative, as each of Shuichi and Yoshino's classmates is aware of their dysphoria and supports them as best they can in their efforts to confirm themselves. The duo even meet an older trans woman who acts as a mentor throughout the series. However, the series does not shy away from the difficult moments of growing up trans; Shuichi's sister, a child model, often mistreats Shuichi for his identity, jealous of the attention he receives for his appearance.

Wandering Son expertly balances the bad and the good, and when combined with Keiichi Okabe's score and a minimalist watercolour palette, the series is a gentle, if imperfect, examination of our most vulnerable period of development. At just 11 episodes, Wandering Son is one of the shortest series on this list and is perfect for anyone who has ever struggled with their gender expression or wants to understand the lives of our most invisible minority. It is an exercise in intense empathy. If you're looking for epic, dramatic anime with a captivating story, look no further.

Attack on Titan is one of the most popular anime series that is full of epic fight scenes as well as interesting and meaningful storytelling. It is full of tragic scenes and sad moments. This series is likely to break your heart a lot, as many characters sacrifice their lives to protect humanity. It is set in the Taisho period (1912-192 in Japan, where demons live side by side with humans.

The protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado, discovers that his family has been killed by the demon attack and that only his sister Nezuko has become a demon. He decides to become a demon hunter to return her to a human. This anime includes all the important parts for an excellent anime from the purity of the main character and the growth of friends to the spirit of brotherhood and respect for any character. The battle scenes between the sword-wielding demon hunters and the unique demon characters are intense, which is beautifully drawn.

The past and background of each character, including the demons, is depicted with respect in this anime. Who decides which are the best anime series of all time? Me? You? Or maybe it's a matter of personal taste. There is a lot to consider when compiling a list like this. For example, whether to put quality before fan favourites or whether the most influential anime series deserve a special place at the top.

After receiving a considerable amount of love and hate for my list of the 15 most powerful anime characters, I thought I'd also make a list of the top 10 anime series of all time. For many anime fans, they may have inadvertently started out on Dragon Ball Z. The series was very popular during the 1990s. However, many of those viewers may not have become long-term fans of the genre.

This was almost my story as well. It wasn't until more than a decade later that I returned to anime due to a series of circumstances. I quickly went from being a casual viewer to an avid fan. After watching many of the best anime series, and re-watching some of my favourites, I am quite confident to offer my opinion on what I find to be my personal favourites.

Even as I write this sentence, I realise that it would not be the same opinion for many others, as every fan has their own personal favourites. I have a special relationship with each of the selected series. Not only did they appeal to me, each for their own reasons, but the artistic styles, voice acting, music and score, difficult themes and thought-provoking nature of many of them are what make them stand out for me. I could watch, and have watched, each of these series more than once, and the second viewing allows me to appreciate them that much more.

The main character, Subaru, is thrown into another world, Isekai, and his adventures begin after a chance encounter with the heroine, Emilia. It has quite a lot of comedic overtones, with Subaru, an anime fan, initially trying to predict everything that will happen around him based on his experience watching anime. But things don't work out that way. The series is popular largely because of its mystery and horror genre themes.

It is enjoyed by both Japanese and international audiences. The story is relatively short, spanning less than 40 episodes, which makes it concise and to the point without getting too sidetracked, which is often the case with long series. The series revolves around a fictional world of shinobi, where Naruto learns to become a ninja master with the help of his friends and other masters. The ninja techniques used in battles are derived from chakra energy.

Dealing with themes such as strong bonds with friends and family, betrayal and overcoming various situations, the series is an intriguing adventure for all ages. The series is easy to understand, especially for newcomers, and is considered by many fans to be a top-notch anime that deserves to be on every top 10 list and, for many, even number one. Naruto has probably one of the largest anime fanbases in the entire genre. Rurouni Kenshin is an anime based on a wandering swordsman trying to put his tormented past behind him.

It is set in the Meiji era of Japan, with a glimpse into the lives of people during that time. After stumbling upon a struggling martial arts school, he decides to help, trying to lead a simple life, but it turns out to be anything but. The series deals with a wide range of issues, but there is an underlying tone of remaining humble and giving of oneself to help those less fortunate and in need. There are numerous adventures in the series packed with great action with an anime style that blends brilliantly.

It's a very good story overall. Rurouni Kenshin definitely deserves a place on the list of the top 10 anime series of all time. In the not too distant future, Commander Motoko Kusanagi, or simply the Commander, and her group of officers as part of Public Security Section 9 fight high crime throughout Japan. Ghost in the Shell is set in the year 2030, where science and technology have advanced allowing humans to become cyborgs with various abilities to help humanity progress.

However, Japanese syndicates have begun to use them to their advantage. Ghost in the Shell has inspired a generation of other anime, TV series and films thanks to its concepts and art style, directed by Mamoru Oshii. While its live-action film may not have received the same accolades, it remains one of the best anime series of all time. Steins;Gate is among the top 10 highest rated anime series of all time on many rating platforms.

This is not the only reason it deserves to be on my list. Its sci-fi and time travel theme is one of the best in television and film. The series is set in Akihabara, Tokyo, which is a place of visit for many fans. Rintaro Okabe, a university student, discovers time travel and, together with his co-workers at the Future Gadget Lab, must try to stop an evil corporation from carrying out its plans.

There are a number of plot twists and surprise moments that will keep you tuned in episode after episode. After an attempt to revive their deceased mother through alchemy, two brothers go awry when the whole thing goes horribly wrong. The older brother, Edward, loses his arm, while his younger brother, Alphonse, loses his entire body, and takes the form of metal armour to save himself from death. Reviving someone from the dead is a great taboo in the world of alchemy, with grave consequences, as the results show.

The two set out on a quest to find the Philosopher's Stone in an attempt to right their wrongs. But this is only the beginning of a wild adventure for the duo. Leaving their small hometown, they are thrust into a world much bigger than themselves, having to overcome quite a few challenges and also prevent an evil group from also finding the Philosopher's Stone in order to achieve their goals. After a chance encounter, Fuu, a teenage waitress working in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, who have been arrested by the Japanese police after their fight unintentionally causes the death of a local magistrate's son.

At the time, the son was harassing Fuu, who saves the duo as a result of their help. She tasks the two of them with accompanying her across Japan in search of the sunflower-smelling samurai, and this is where the adventure really begins. The series is set in Edo-era Japan. The great thing about this is that Samurai Champloo tries to be historically accurate to the period, not only in the lifestyles, but also in the events that take place, in which the characters are indirectly involved.

Samurai Champloo is also one of the three anime series that my fiancé has made a point of watching in its entirety. The hip-hop musical themes, besides being very appropriate, bring a unique style to accompany the great sword battles throughout the series. A decade ago, a mysterious anomaly known as Heaven's Gate appeared over most of South America. Soon after, another appeared in Tokyo, known as Hell's Gate, which altered the sky and wreaked havoc on the surrounding area.

As a result, the stars in the sky disappeared, replaced by false stars. Each of these false stars is linked to people who possess special abilities, known as Contractors. These Contractors have been found and trained by various governments to use as spies and assassins. However, every time they use their abilities, they have to "pay the price, which comes in various forms, overeating, hurting themselves, changing their bodies and the like.

The powers come at the cost of their humanity, killing through goals and rationality, suppressing any emotional and other human impediments that prevent them from achieving their goals. Even beyond the spectacle, there is much to unravel. There is a rich lore that has the potential to be explored beyond the episodes of the series, with so many questions. The plot twists are crazy, with bombshells at every turn.

The voice actors do a great job in both the Japanese and English dub, and the emotional connection is what keeps me coming back for more. Re-watching the series a second time, there is so much more to understand. You realise that every action has a consequence in the history of the war, which goes back many generations before Eren and Mikasa are involved. Although the series is coming to an end soon, and there is still much to unravel, one can only hope for a prequel series that will keep fans coming back for more.

The series follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, along with his crew of pirates. They try to find the greatest treasure, left behind by the legendary pirate Gold Roger. The title of the series derives from this treasure, known as "One Piece".

After being sent back in time some 18 years, 29-year-old Satoru tries to avoid the death of his mother as a teenager, a story that began after a series of kidnappings when he was in 5th grade. The series is slow, but worthwhile. The premise may not be real, but the struggle and emotions shown by Satoru are very realistic, and deal with issues of society and real-world struggles. The series has a great authenticity, despite its futuristic themes.

The realism is what draws you in and keeps you entertained with action, comedy and a soundtrack that rounds out the package. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic future. In it, humans live in peace with AI-equipped androids. But things quickly change for the protagonist, Inspector Re-L, after a series of murders cause tensions and threaten to dismantle the peaceful state.

The story is vivid and feels all too real. By focusing heavily on philosophical and moral issues that we face in the real world, the series deserves to be watched at least twice to grasp all the nuances and concepts it brings to the table. One Punch Man is a relatively new series compared to others on this list. With only two seasons released, spaced four years apart, it continues to leave fans wanting more.

The series revolves around a seemingly oblivious hero, Saitama, who does it just for fun. As the title suggests, he is able to defeat his enemies with a single blow. A young warrior named Goku, along with his friends, is on a mission to defend his planet from an onslaught of attacks by alien enemies. But things are not as simple as on paper, as Goku learns that he too is from another planet, and there are a number of twists and turns throughout the 90s series.

Most kids who grew up in the 90s will have seen or known Dragon Ball Z. In South Africa, it was a huge hit, as I remember all my friends rushing home between 4 and 5pm when the series was on. Whether we were in the middle of a football or cricket match, the streets would clear. This was the impact of the show, which many still remember fondly.

This is my list of the top 10 anime series of all time. I imagine that at least five of these series would be on many lists, and quite a few would be questioned. See results See trailer Chilllllllllllllllll naruto alone lo no im no gunna be one of those pl One Piece and Dragon ball Z honorable mentions hahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaa. These are probably top 2 Rezero sucks, MC keeps dying, too many suffer If you guys don't like this list go make the f**kin list yourself.

See if people disagree or agree with you. Man, please don't s**t talking about other people's list. It doesn't ruin your life anyway Aot definitely deserves at least top 10 and don't comment shit if you can't appreciate what's good theres a reason and its popular JJBA, OP and DBZ should be on there and Naruto needs higher, this list is a BIG MEGA L Ermmm I don't agree with this maybe add these ; naruto; attack on tittan; darling in the franxx; baka and test summon the beasts; demon slayer; black clover;avatar; bleach; sorry for the uppset but i dont like this list???????????????????? Wow, no mention of Inuyasha or Ranma. What a crappy list, strong disrespect to Rumiko.

AoT downgrades its third and fourth season by reallocating budget to Yoshiki lmao Is the story really that good? It seemed pretty simple to me. Death Note is number one on our list for many reasons. First of all, it has been voted the number one anime series of all time by Japanese fans. It is also ranked as the number 1 most popular anime series on the MyanimeList website.

The setting of the anime is Japan, in a parallel world after 2030, where scientific technology is highly developed. The anime industry has flourished considerably in Japan, partly because the country has other Japanese pop cultures such as manga, video games and light novels. I won't say too much because I don't want to spoil anything, but it's a very short anime and definitely worth watching. This anime broke all the preconceived ideas I had going into it, don't be put off by the silly comedy of the first few episodes.

It is without a doubt one of the best adventure anime ever made, every episode is absolutely fantastic and has stood the test of time. The first season of the anime never bored them by airing the stories out of order, which were not chronological. It is one of those anime with humanoid computers where the boundaries of ethics become blurred. It is a masterpiece that should rightly rank among the greatest works of television of all time, let alone anime.

Based on the successful visual novel by 5pb and Nitroplus, the anime Steins;Gate is still considered one of the best sci-fi series in the genre by anime fans around the world. A really curious anime, it's not easy to decipher what it's really about, I think it's one of those anime that encourages debate about the meaning of life. The slice-of-life anime The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱) is one of the best anime after the 2000s. It's an amazing anime to begin with and I seriously don't understand how it's not on this list because it's a really popular anime and a lot of people have seen it or at least heard of it like this.

However, this unconventional romance anime manages to make this list thanks to its unique approach and solid visuals. If you like adventure and fantasy, you'll love the anime series The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai). Better known as Mirai Nikki, this anime is flawed but for many of us falls under the title of guilty pleasure.

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