Top Anime Series Of All-Time

by jamesgirman | created - 15 Apr 2014 | updated - 04 Dec 2015 | Public

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1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two brothers search for a Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their deceased mother goes awry and leaves them in damaged physical forms.

Stars: Kent Williams, Iemasa Kayumi, Matthew Leonhart, Vic Mignogna

Votes: 167,685

2. Hunter x Hunter (2011–2014)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gon Freecss aspires to become a Hunter, an exceptional being capable of greatness. With his friends and his potential, he seeks out his father, who left him when he was younger.

Stars: Issei Futamata, Megumi Han, Cristina Valenzuela, Mariya Ise

Votes: 99,963

3. Steins;Gate (2011–2015)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Ashly Burch

Votes: 62,563

4. Clannad: After Story (2008–2009)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A sequel to the recently wrapped anime based on the Key Clannad franchise. After Story is a path that opens in the original visual novel after all the other paths have been opened. Life ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, David Matranga, Luci Christian, Mai Nakahara

Votes: 11,399

5. Code Geass (2006–2008)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all-powerful empire.

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai, Johnny Yong Bosch, Yukana

Votes: 68,894



6. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Steve Blum

Votes: 119,957

7. Fighting Spirit (2000–2002)

TV-PG | 20 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Ippo, a teenage boy with a pure heart and unrelenting determination, discovers a passion for boxing after veteran fighter Takamura saves him from bullies.

Stars: Steve Staley, Richard Epcar, Grant George, D.C. Douglas

Votes: 7,034

8. Gurren Lagann (2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral King, who forced mankind into subterranean villages.

Stars: Tetsuya Kakihara, Shizuka Itô, Yuri Lowenthal, Marina Inoue

Votes: 18,515

9. Death Note (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 322,876

10. Monster (2004–2005)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

A brilliant neurosurgeon finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopathic former patient.

Stars: Hidenobu Kiuchi, Liam O'Brien, Mamiko Noto, Karen Strassman

Votes: 31,311

11. Mushi-Shi (2005–2014)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Ginko is an expert travelling around to investigate a primeval life-form, the "Mushi," and helping people with Mushi-related supernatural problems.

Stars: Yûto Nakano, Travis Willingham, Kôjun Itô, Jennifer Seman

Votes: 13,595

12. Gintama (2005–2021)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

In an era where aliens have invaded and taken over feudal Tokyo, an unemployed samurai finds work however he can.

Stars: Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Rie Kugimiya, Kazuya Nakai

Votes: 11,761

13. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988–1997)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Various people, especially two rising commanders, cope with a massive continual space conflict between two interstellar nations.

Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Ryô Horikawa, Katsuji Mori, Nozomu Sasaki

Votes: 3,725

14. Great Teacher Onizuka (1999–2000)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

About Eikichi Onizuka, a 22-year-old ex-gangster member and a virgin. He has one ambition that no one ever expected from him. His solely life purpose is to become the greatest high school teacher ever.

Stars: Steve Blum, Kirk Thornton, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Wataru Takagi

Votes: 9,480

15. Attack on Titan (2013–2023)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaeger vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Stars: Josh Grelle, Bryce Papenbrook, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa

Votes: 370,915

16. Fighting Spirit: New Challenger (2009)

Animation, Action, Comedy

Ippo continues to defend his title and training to reach his goal, Ichiro Miyata. While Takamura goes for the world, and faces the world champion, Brian Hawk. In what is to become his toughest fight so far.

Stars: Akio Ôtsuka, Wataru Takagi, Daisuke Namikawa, Tomokazu Seki

Votes: 2,645

17. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Five childhood companions reunite when the ghost of their dead friends appears, and demands they grant her final wish.

Stars: Miyu Irino, Ai Kayano, Haruka Tomatsu, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 13,952

18. Hellsing Ultimate (2006–2012)

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

The vampire Alucard, his master Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, and his newly sired ward Seras Victoria, try to protect England from a war-crazed SS-Major who seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army.

Stars: Katie Gray, Crispin Freeman, Victoria Harwood, Ralph Lister

Votes: 23,681

19. The Tatami Galaxy (2010)

TV-14 | 253 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

When a nameless student at Kyoto University encounters a demigod one night, he asks to relive the past three years in order to win the heart of Ms. Akashi, the object of his affection.

Stars: Shintarô Asanuma, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Rin Mizuhara, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 4,292

20. One Piece (1999– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his pirate crew in order to find the greatest treasure ever left by the legendary Pirate, Gold Roger. The famous mystery treasure named "One Piece".

Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Laurent Vernin, Tony Beck, Akemi Okamura

Votes: 125,807

21. Baccano! (2007–2008)

TV-MA | 384 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A crazy fantasy caper involving alchemists, immortals, gangsters, outlaws and an elixir of immortality, spread over several decades.

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, J. Michael Tatum, Caitlin Glass, Akemi Kanda

Votes: 11,916

22. Psycho-Pass (2012– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Crime

Believing in humanity and order, policewoman Akane Tsunemori obeys the ruling, computerized, precognitive Sibyl System. But when she faces a criminal mastermind who can elude this perfect system, she questions both Sibyl and herself.

Stars: Kana Hanazawa, Miyuki Sawashiro, Takahiro Sakurai, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 19,532

23. Slam Dunk (1993–1996)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

About Sakuragi Hanamichi, a freshman of Shohoku High School who joins the basketball team because of the girl he has a crush on, Haruko. Although he is newbie in this sport, he is no ordinary basketball player.

Stars: Hisao Egawa, Eriko Hara, Akiko Hiramatsu, Yukimasa Kishino

Votes: 5,871

24. From the New World (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In a post-apocalyptic world set a thousand years after our era, the remaining humans, now with telekinesis, live in a seemingly peaceful society, but dark secrets of the past will soon be discovered by a small group of friends.

Stars: Emily Neves, Greg Ayres, David Wald, John Swasey

Votes: 3,292

25. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A creature named Kyubey offers Madoka and Sayaka a wish if they agree to become 'magical girls' and fight abstract beings called 'witches'. However, a magical girl named Homura is, for uncertain reasons, determined to stop this agreement.

Stars: Aoi Yûki, Chiwa Saitô, Emiri Kato, Cristina Valenzuela

Votes: 9,851

26. Kuroko's Basketball (2012–2015)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Sport

The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The school that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called "The Generation of Miracles." There was ... See full summary »

Stars: Kenshô Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuki Ono, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 9,072

27. Haikyu!! (2014–2020)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Determined to be like the volleyball championship's star player nicknamed "the small giant", Shoyo joins his school's volleyball club.

Stars: Ayumu Murase, Kaito Ishikawa, Yu Hayashi, Satoshi Hino

Votes: 25,819

28. Kids on the Slope (2012)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Music

Two different students - a successful but aloof academic and a rebellious but kindhearted delinquent - form a friendship through their love for music.

Stars: Brittney Karbowski, Luci Christian, David Matranga, Chris Patton

Votes: 3,027

29. Toradora! (2008–2009)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Ryuji Takasu lives in a falling down house with his mother, and although being a nice guy is cursed with the evil look of his father causing people to avoid him. Taiga Aisaka is a tiny,self... See full summary »

Stars: Rie Kugimiya, Junji Majima, Yui Horie, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 15,810

30. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum

Votes: 49,288

31. Nodame Cantabile (2006)

47 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Two musicians united in talent, divided by nature - the upper-class perfectionist Chiaki and the sloppy middle-classer Nodame - fall in love.

Stars: Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eita Nagayama, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 2,272

32. Nichijou: My Ordinary Life (2011)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy

A group of students lead normal lives and cope with normal predicaments, but all too often find themselves in abnormal situations.

Stars: Shizuka Furuya, Hiromi Konno, Mariko Honda, Minoru Shiraishi

Votes: 2,986

33. Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files (1992–1995)

TV-PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World ... See full summary »

Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Christopher Sabat, Cynthia Cranz

Votes: 13,887

34. One Outs (2008–2009)

Animation, Drama, Sport

Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Lycaons, heads to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa to train and find a new pitcher for the team. There, he meets Toa Tokuchi, a 134-kmph ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Tsutomu Isobe, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kenji Utsumi

Votes: 1,668

35. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.

Stars: Shirô Saitô, Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Votes: 19,901

36. Mononoke (2007)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A mysterious man called the Medicine Seller travels along feudal Japan, uncovering and slaying evil spirits called "Mononoke".

Stars: Takahiro Sakurai, Michael C. Pizzuto, Kate Hawkins

Votes: 2,336

37. Hunter x Hunter (1999–2001)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The history of Gon Freecs, a boy who left home alone to become a Hunter. In the hard test, Gon meets Leorio, Kurapika and Killua.

Stars: Junko Takeuchi, Hozumi Gôda, Yuki Kaida, Annika Odegard

Votes: 8,403

38. Durarara!! (2010)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

Tired of his mundane life, Mikado Ryugamine decides to move to Ikebukuro, a district in Tokyo, when a friend invites him. With everything from invisible gangs to rumored beings, Ikebukuro is full of connected mysteries where people's pasts intertwine with the present.

Stars: Kari Wahlgren, Yuri Lowenthal, Bryce Papenbrook, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 7,355

39. Rurouni Kenshin (1996–1998)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Richard Cansino, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 19,503

40. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Music

Koyuki meets the guitarist, Ryuske, and discovers a love and talent for music.

Stars: Taliesin Jaffe, Eric Vale, Greg Ayres, Jamie McGonnigal

Votes: 2,449

41. Welcome to the N.H.K. (2006)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

This surreal dramedy follows Satou Tatsuhiro as he attempts to escape the evil machinations of the NHK.

Stars: Yutaka Koizumi, Yui Makino, Michael C. Pizzuto, Monica Rial

Votes: 6,983

42. Natsume's Book of Friends (2008– )

24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

When Natsume Takashi inherits a book that belonged to his late grandmother he realizes the book is filled with the names of spirits she defeated and bound to her will. He then decides to return their names so they can be free once again.

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Kazuhiko Inoue, Miki Itô, Ryohei Kimura

Votes: 2,122

43. Kino's Journey (2003)

TV-PG | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.4