Highest Rated Anime TV Series With At Least 5,000 Votes

by dan_martinez2 | created - 13 Aug 2014 | updated - 06 Aug 2015 | Public

This list is ranked according to IMDb's scores. Entries with identical ones are organized with the entry that has the highest number of votes being first with the rest following soon after. The original Japanese versions will be chosen whenever possible for authenticity's sake.

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1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009–2012)

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: Iemasa Kayumi, Kent Williams, Muriel Hofmann, Lili Troncale

Votes: 83,965

2. 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: 174,834

3. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV-MA | 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: 72,664

4. Attack on Titan (2013– )

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

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

Stars: Marina Inoue, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Josh Grelle

Votes: 106,273

5. Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto (1989–1996)

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

The adventures of Earth's martial arts defender Son Goku continue with a new family and the revelation of his alien origin. Now Goku and his allies must defend the planet from an onslaught of new extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Kyle Hebert, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat

Votes: 56,450

6. One Piece: Wan pîsu (1999– )

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

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

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

Votes: 54,482

7. Berserk (1997–1998)

Not Rated | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Guts is a skilled swordsman who joins forces with a mercenary group named 'The Band of the Hawk', lead by the charismatic Griffith, and fights with them as they battle their way into the royal court.

Stars: Nobutoshi Canna, Marc Diraison, Carrie Keranen, Kevin T. Collins

Votes: 23,070

8. Dragon Ball (1986–1989)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Son Gokû, a fighter with a monkey tail, goes on a quest with an assortment of odd characters in search of the Dragon Balls, a set of crystals that can give its bearer anything they desire.

Stars: Masako Nozawa, Jôji Yanami, Hiromi Tsuru, Mayumi Tanaka

Votes: 39,670

9. Kôdo giasu: Hangyaku no rurûshu (2006–2012)

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

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: Johnny Yong Bosch, Jun Fukuyama, Yuri Lowenthal, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 38,779

10. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)

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

When a failed alchemical ritual leaves brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric with severely damaged bodies, they begin searching for the one thing that can save them; the fabled philosopher's stone.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 53,308

11. 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: 33,416

12. Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996–1999)

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, Richard Cansino, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Rebecca Forstadt

Votes: 15,220

13. Monster (2004–2010)

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

A brilliant neurosurgeon living in Germany finds his life in utter turmoil after getting involved with a psychopath that was once a former patient.

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

Votes: 15,448

14. Shin Seiki Evangerion (1995–1996)

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

A teenage boy finds himself recruited as a member of an elite team of pilots by his father.

Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Kotono Mitsuishi, Spike Spencer

Votes: 35,634

15. Kôkaku kidôtai: 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, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, William Knight, Richard Epcar

Votes: 15,766

16. Trigun (1998)

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

Vash the Stampede is the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke and with a 60 billion double dollar price on his head the most sought after!

Stars: Masaya Onosaka, Hiromi Tsuru, Satsuki Yukino, Johnny Yong Bosch

Votes: 17,026

17. Hellsing Ultimate (2006–2012)

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

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: 16,640

18. Naruto: Shippûden (2007–2017)

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

Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.

Stars: Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Chie Nakamura, Kazuhiko Inoue

Votes: 62,965

19. The Boondocks (2005–2014)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.

Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Gary Anthony Williams, Cedric Yarbrough

Votes: 24,115

20. FLCL (2000–2018)

TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi, Suzuki Matsuo

Votes: 13,198

21. Metalocalypse (2006–2013)

TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

The epic and over-the-top adventures of Dethklok, the world's most successful death metal band.

Stars: Brendon Small, Tommy Blacha, Mark Hamill, Victor Brandt

Votes: 14,264

22. Erufen rîto (2004)

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

Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware that she's actually a mutant serial killer with a split personality.

Stars: Sanae Kobayashi, Chihiro Suzuki, Mamiko Noto, Adam Conlon

Votes: 25,997

23. Claymore (2007)

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

In a world rife with deadly creatures called "youma", a young silver eyed woman, Clare, works on behalf of an organization that trains female youma halfbreeds into warriors with the ability... See full summary »

Stars: Todd Haberkorn, Houko Kuwashima, Stephanie Young, Motoki Takagi

Votes: 10,769

24. Ergo Proxy (2006)

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

In a post-apocalyptic future humans live in peace with androids in a domed city. However, a strange series of murders has intruded into bored inspector Re-l Mayer's life.

Stars: Kôji Yusa, Akiko Yajima, Rachel Hirschfeld, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 10,480

25. Bleach (2004–2012)

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

High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is unlike any ordinary kid because he can see ghosts. After an accident with a hollow, he got a power.So begins Kurosaki Ichigo's training and duty as a Shinigami, Soul Reaper.

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh, Jamieson Price

Votes: 38,160

26. Inuyasha (2000–2004)

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

A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a jewel of great power.

Stars: Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Darren Pleavin, Satsuki Yukino

Votes: 12,846

27. Naruto (2002–2007)

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

Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja, struggles as he searches for recognition and dreams of becoming the Hokage, the village's leader and strongest ninja.

Stars: Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan, Kate Higgins, Chie Nakamura

Votes: 54,163

28. Sailor Moon (1995–2000)

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

The magical action-adventures of a teenage girl who learns of her destiny as the legendary warrior Sailor Moon and must band together with the other Sailor Soldiers to defend the Earth and Galaxy.

Stars: Susan Roman, Jill Frappier, Katie Griffin, Ron Rubin

Votes: 10,570

29. Dragon Ball GT (1996–1997)

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

After Goku is made a kid again by the Black Star Dragon Balls, he goes on a journey to get back to his old self.

Stars: Elise Baughman, Andrew Chandler, Masako Nozawa, Yûko Minaguchi

Votes: 20,815

30. Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999–2003)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A group of young teens is unexpectedly sent to the mysterious Digital World and paired up with their own powerful, morphing monster called the Digimon. Together the entire group set out on an adventure to fight evil and save the world.

Stars: Steve Blum, Mona Marshall, Tifanie Christun, Derek Stephen Prince

Votes: 18,374

31. Pokémon (1997– )

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

Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.

Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Ikue Ôtani

Votes: 32,818

32. Yu-Gi-Oh! (I) (2000–2006)

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Yugi Moto solves an Ancient Egyptian Puzzle and brings forth a dark and powerful alter ego. Whenever he and his friends are threatened by evil in Duel Monster Card Game, this alter ego breaks out to save them.

Stars: Dan Green, Amy Birnbaum, Eric Stuart, Wayne Grayson

Votes: 15,593



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