Many animations are created and released around the world every year. Here anime is a Japanese term that comes from Japan and specifically refers to animation made in Japan.
The first Japanese animation is said to have been made and released in 1917. Speaking of the earliest known anime in Japan, Astro Boy was released in 1963 as the first anime series to be shown on television. Nearly hundreds of new animes are televised and distributed on movie streaming platforms and air every year, and the amount of anime worth watching grows every year.
The anime industry in Japan has done well in part because there are other Japanese pop cultures in the country such as manga, video games, and light novels. Some popular anime are adaptations of manga, video games, light novels, and other media. Plus, anime is thriving all over the world so quickly as anyone can access Japanese animation with dubs and subtitles.
Here are 30 of the best anime series, including both classic anime franchises and brand new series. This greatest anime list will help newbies find which anime to start watching, or anime fans to decide which next to try.
Inuyasha is a popular manga published by Weekly Shonen Sunday, consisting of only 56 volumes and adapted into an anime. The anime series mainly consists of two parts: the first part is based on manga volumes 1-36, and the second (Inuyasha: The Final Act) is based on the rest of the original manga story. A 15-year-old girl Kagome, transported to a past world, meets a half-demon dog named Inuyasha. Kagome and Inuyasha travel with their group to complete the Shikon Stone, which allows someone to fulfill their wishes.
2. Cowboy Bebop.
Between 1998 and 1999, Cowboy Bebop, now one of the most popular Japanese anime among foreigners, aired 26 episodes in Japan. Cowboy Bebop takes place in 2071 when bounty hunter Spike Spiegel and his partner Jet Black are chasing criminals.
3. My hero academy.
My Hero Academia is one of the most popular current anime, while the original manga has been published in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2014. Young boy Izuku Midoriya and other Heroes fight the Villains using their superpowers. My Hero Academia is also popular with international anime fans, as the atmosphere in the anime is more like an American superhero comic than a Japanese anime.
4. Tokyo Ghoul.
The popular dark fantasy manga Tokyo Ghoul, published by Weekly Young Jump in 2011–2014, was adapted into the 2014 anime. And the sequel to the title Tokyo Ghoul: re-aired in 2018. The focus of anime is on ghouls who live in human society and look like normal people. However, ghouls feed on human flesh.
5. Haruhi Suzumiya.
It is one of the best animes since the 2000s. It was originally published as a light novel in 2003, which was adapted into an anime in 2006. Before the release of the anime, he already had a large fan base of this novel. The first season of the anime never got tired of the stories being broadcast out of order rather than in chronological order.
6. Violet Evergarden.
The renowned Japanese animation studio Kyoto Animation released the quality anime Violet Evergarden in 2018, based on the three-volume novel.
7. Attack of the titans.
Attack on Titans has to be named one of the best action movies of recent years. It was originally released as a manga in 2009, and the first season of the anime adaptation aired in 2013. According to the plot, humanity is on the verge of extinction due to the attack of the titans. The main characters Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman with other members of the Intelligence Corps fight against the titans.
8. Fullmetal Alchemist.
Fullmetal Alchemist, or Hagaren for short in Japanese, is a well-known Japanese sci-fi anime throughout the world. This anime is split into two different animes: Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Fullmetal Alchemist aired before the manga series completed the story, which means that her story is different from the original.
9. Live love! School Idol Project.
Idol, which means Japanese pop groups in Japanese, is now a very popular anime theme, and Love Live! Is the most famous and first anime to provide a theme setting. Two seasons of Love Live! aired in 2013-2014, and the second title of the anime series was called Love Live! Sunlight!! in 2016-2017
10. Ghost in the Shell.
The legendary cyberpunk anime series "Ghost in the Shell" was originally released in 1995 as an anime directed by Mamoru Oshii, followed by the first season of the anime series "Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex" directed by Kenji Kamiyama.
11. Dragon Ball.
Dragon Ball was originally created as the Weekly Shonen Jump manga by Akira Toriyama. The Dragon Ball series has several main parts and it continues in the new title Dragon Ball Super from 2015. A well-known part is Dragon Ball Z, where the story continues after the protagonist. Goku has grown up.
12. Death note.
The mystery and horror of the Dearth Note anime, based on the manga published by Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003 to 2006, is highly acclaimed by both domestic and international anime fans. It is so popular around the world in part because the anime is complemented by a relatively short plot (37 episodes) in addition to a well-crafted storyline.
Pokemon is one of the most popular Japanese anime and games around the world today. It was first shown in Japan under the title "Pocket Monsters" in 1997.
The Neon Genesis Evangelion, directed by Hideaki Anno, is world-renowned as one of the characters of 1990s Japanese anime. The famous mecha anime mainly depicts the story of four teenagers: Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley Soryu, and Kaoru Nagisa. They fight enemies called Angels by piloting giant humanoid robots called Evangelions.
15. One Piece. Big jackpot.
The best-known and best-selling current manga and anime is without a doubt One Piece. The first volume of the manga was published in 1997 and has now sold over 90 volumes worldwide. Adaptation to the anime began two years after the first manga was released, and since then over 900 episodes have been aired. The entire story of One Piece can be divided into about 10 parts, and newbies can enjoy it even if they start with anything.
16. Series "Monogatari".
Clannad is one of Kyoto Animation's masterpieces recommended by all anime lovers. There is no action scene or supernatural event in this anime, but human drama is presented emphatically.
Naruto, the greatest ninja-themed anime, was originally released by Masashi Kishimoto as the Weekly Shonen Jump manga in 1999 and ran until 2014. The Naruto anime series was completed in 2017 after at least 15 years, consisting of two titles: Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden.