The child appears before her mother, desperately close to being real, but not really there. “Mum, where have you been?” the girl asks. “I’ve missed you a lot.

In your opinion, which are the 30 best animes you ever watched?

1. No Game No Life

This brilliant anime can be addicting for gamers thanks to its unique plot and concept of a fantasy world where almost everything is governed by specific rules which one must follow at all times. The two protagonists are siblings named Shiro and Sora, who are violently transported to a different world that is run by games, and where they must develop a lifestyle to survive in a world where games are not so cool and innocent.

2. One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man follows a hero who can end all his fights with a single punch, and that gets him frustrated. Now that’s something very different but what’s so interesting about that? Don’t you want to see the hero struggling to kill his enemy? Well, not this time.

3. Full-Metal Alchemist Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist became one of the most popular anime in both America and Japan because of its extremely touching story; a story that revolves around Edward and Alphonse Elric, who will try anything they can to bring their mother back from death by attempting human transmutation.

The story builds up so well. It’s crazy how good the characters are but it’s even crazier how good they develop. All the main characters change, learn, grow, make mistakes, have their share of victories and no one feels 1 dimensional. Even characters with seemingly a single descriptor for a name actually convey nuanced and rich personalities.

Now if we imagine those characters as well as crafted chess pieces then we can imagine the plot as a chess game. And the game is intense, mysterious, and fun the whole way. There’s a great mix of comedy, action, deep and sobering life lessons or ethical implications.

4. Code Geass

Code Geass is set in an alternate universe after Japan’s conquest by the Holy Britannian Empire with their powerful new robot weapons, the Knightmare Frames, stripping Japan and its citizens of all rights and freedoms and renaming the country Area 11.

Lelouch is a Britannian prince who gave up his right to the throne after his mother was murdered and has vowed to destroy his father, the emperor, and Britannia.

It’s always interesting when family matters mix with a thirst for geopolitical conquest and domination, no?

5. Bleach

High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is unlike any other kid because he can see ghosts. After an accident with a hollow in the woods, he received a power. So begins Kurosaki Ichigo’s training and duty as a Shinigami, Soul Reaper.

Bleach was a combination of suspense, action, emotions, love, sacrifice, adult comedy, friendship, greed for power. Although the fillers and plot really did turn viewers off, but still worth watching nonetheless.

On a side note, The battle OSTs in Bleach are awesome and I think they are really an all-time favorite. These are the only good things I remember about Bleach every time.

6. Sword Art Online

In the year 2022, gamers worldwide have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special helmets called Nerve Gear. Kirito is one such gamer who is eager to jump back into action, having spent a great deal of time as a beta tester.

Sword Art Online was the perfect encapsulation of the MMORPG experience for those who have ever invested a good amount of time playing one.

The artists and animators at A-1 Pictures made sure that they captured the majesty of fantasy environments in the top MMORPGs. Composer Yuki Kajiura also replicated the orchestral soundtracks which defined great MMORPGs. Even the theme songs, such as Luna Haruna’s “Overfly”, fit the theme of the series well.

7. Naruto Shippuden

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 ninjas in the village.

For me, the story is beautiful and has epic fights combined with deep emotion and unpredictable story changes that will blow your mind. You can even learn some morals from it.

8. Attack on Titan

The best action anime rated by many viewers, Attack on Titan is truly a ground-breaking anime. 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.

This is a truly fantastic anime on many levels: the story, the imagery, the vision, and the atmosphere. The basic premise of mindless giants that eat people might sound silly and even grotesque on paper, but watching it leaves you with a much different feeling.

Oh, and the music is just so damn good. Makes you want to attack your mailman.

9. Death Note

This very dark series has been voted the best anime of all time in Japan. One of the things many dedicated fans find interesting about Death Note is that the protagonist isn’t your typical good guy, like your everyday stereotypical hero. The fact that this series goes where few others have dared to go in terms of a moral theme is definitely one of the reasons you’ll find this series so enthralling.

10. Fate/Zero

“Fate/Zero” goes full-on 18+ with the story, and not in a fun way. The story of “Fate/Zero” is full of death, betrayal, murder, rape, torture, child slavery, more murder, more death and so on. All of it, and it was just the first episode.

The Fate VN was no stranger to dark moments, but Fate/Zero takes it to a whole new level. You only need to take a look at our new main character to know that this is not gonna be a happy ending type of story. Our new main character is called Emya, a mercenary with “The Ends justify the Means”, type of mentality who wants to end War, and make true peace. Right off the bat, you are interested in this character and why he is so obsessed with peace. At the same time, you are repulsed by how he ends even innocent lives like its old hat to him.

Most praised it as a work of art, going so far as to call it a modern day Greek Tragedy. You know you are doing something good when you make a story this dark and everyone loves it.

11. Psycho-Pass

It takes place in a world where nearly everything is controlled by the Sibyl system. The Sibyl system judges what is right, wrong, and criminal coefficient. Your criminal coefficient is basically how likely you are to commit a crime based on your emotions.

When the Sibyl system detects someone with an unusually high number an Inspector/Enforcer duo is dispatched to handle the threat. An Enforcer is a latent criminal who helps track down other criminals while their Inspectors watch over them and ensure that they are behaving.

If you like dystopian, action-packed, mind-benders like this anime, then it’s worth a shot.

12. Clannad After Story

After Story is a path that opens in the original visual novel after all the other paths have been opened. Life continues on for Tomoya. A few months have passed since he confessed his love to Nagisa. Now entering the second semester, he continues to meet a variety of different people, expanding his own world in the process.

As well, Tomoya and Nagisa’s relationship begins to enter a level of intimacy unlike before. Through his relationship with Nagisa, and his various encounters, Tomoya begins to understand the meaning and importance of family. Unfortunately, as Tomoya and Nagisa begin their own family together, they are faced with many hardships and challenges along the way.

The things that happen to the characters you don’t see happen in most anime.

Definitely worth watching. Damn, they know how to tug your heartstrings.

13. Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso

A piano prodigy who lost his ability to play after suffering a traumatic event in his childhood is forced back into the spotlight by an eccentric girl with a secret of her own.

What we see are two people struggling at something they love no matter the hardships or pain the feel we in a way can understand them. We in our everyday lives struggle to do things we love whether or not we should be doing them is up to our own choice.

Much inspiration, relatable, stunning music & graphics and an emotional roller-coaster.

14. Steins;Gate

What would happen if you invented time travel? Steins;Gate is the answer to that question. The television anime adaptation of the 2009 visual novel game of the same name, Steins;Gate follows the story of Rintaro Okabe, an 18-year-old self-professed “mad scientist,” and his friends at the “Future Gadget Laboratory,” a hobbyist club devoted to researching “super science” located on the second floor of a television store. When Rintaro and co. accidentally stumble upon a rudimentary form of time travel coinciding with a mysterious murder, the group is ensnared in the machinations of SERN, a sinister organization bent on world domination.

15. Violet Evergarden

The key to Violet Evergarden is that it’s about the future. Violet, a former child soldier who survived a war and lost both her arms, has to face that future, and she can’t help but look backward. Her day job has her ghostwriting clients’ thoughts and memories. She endures PTSD-fueled echoes of her own past constantly. She yearns for her beloved superior officer who (we think?) died. And throughout, she struggles, both physically, with her prosthetic hands, and socially, with everyone she meets. So much anime, including many titles on this list, focuses on conflicts during wartime; it’s rare to see one go all in on the conflicts that come with peace.

16. One Piece

Luffy, whose body has become extraordinarily stretchy (think Mr. Incredible) after digesting a magical foodstuff called a Devil Fruit, is challenged constantly by fellow would-be pirate kings.

All the while picking up new crewmates—including an anthropomorphic reindeer doctor and an afro-sporting skeleton who plays the violin. It’s totally bonkers, but all kinds of fun, and it’ll keep you busy for a long, long time.

17. Hunter X Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is weird, even by anime standards. It’s also one of the best. Hunter takes motives like revenge, wanting to make lots of money, and straight-up sadism and weighs them against morality, which often gets muddled amid the chaos that professional Hunter-dom entails. Its grim compass is juxtaposed against some very random plots, including (but not limited to) visiting a family of assassins, fighting a superspecies known as Chimera Ants, and secretly using mob ties to avenge genocide.

18. Dragonball Super

For many people, Dragon Ball was their first anime.

As kids we would run home from school as fast as our legs could carry us, switch on the TV and put on our favorite cartoon channel, only to notice that there was a new show called Dragon Ball. We thought to ourselves, “Hmm, what could this be?” Then we were pleasantly shocked at what we witnessed, people with insane power, constant screaming, ridiculously awesome looking hair, and fights that would just serve to blow away the landscape.

And today its popularity crossed all the barriers and became famous in most of Europe, America (North and South), Africa and even most part of Asia.

19. Tokyo Ghoul

In modern-day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans-yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

That being said, Tokyo Ghoul has some adrenaline-pumping torture scenes, beautifully choreographed fight scenes, stunning artwork, and foot-tapping music scores. So damn gory.

20. Seven Deadly Sins

Chaos breaks loose in the kingdom of Britannia when the Holy Knights were sworn to defend the country stage a coup. The third princess, Elizabeth, manages to escape and decides to seek out the Seven Deadly Sins, a squad of rogue Holy Knights who were banished after attempting to stage a coup of their own many years ago, to assist in reclaiming the throne.

For some, Nanatsu no Taizai may not have the best plot or characters but the show is really enjoyable. I like the atmosphere of the show too – it’s lighthearted but can get dark at times. And I really like the relationship between the characters.

21. My Hero Academia

In a world where people with superpowers (known as “Quirks”) are the norm, Izuku Midoriya has dreams of one day becoming a Hero, despite being bullied by his classmates for not having a Quirk. After being the only one to try and save his childhood friend Katsuki Bakugo from a villain, All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, bestows upon him his own Quirk “One For All”.

The story follows Izuku’s entrance into U.A. High School, a school that cultivates the next generation of superheroes. As Izuku and his new friends try to balance their Hero training with ordinary school duties, they must face new challenges including the League of Villains, an evil organization established by All Might’s archenemy, All For One, to destroy all Heroes and take control of society.

If you enjoy watching anime/reading manga like Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, you will love this for sure. If you love superpowers, with flashy battles and tournaments, along with a good plot that builds up, this is a must watch for you.

22. Kimi No Na Wa

A teenage boy and girl embark on a quest to meet each other for the first time after they magically swap bodies.

Stunningly animated and well acted, this extraordinary Japanese coming-of-age tale is equal parts body-swap comedy, time-travel romance, and adventure film.

Written and directed by Makoto Shinkai and based on his own novel, the story is engrossing enough to appeal to older tweens, teens who might think they’ve graduated from animated movies, and adults who appreciate well-crafted animation.

The parts are familiar: two people who mysteriously trade bodies, a love/hate romance that blossoms from notes and messages, and a disaster film in which a few realize the danger and must convince everyone else. But how Shinkai weaves these pieces together is original, compelling, and unforgettable.

23. Inuyasha

The series follows Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old girl from Tokyo who is transported to the Sengoku period after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon Inuyasha. When a monster from that era tries to take the magical Shikon Jewel embodied in Kagome, she accidentally shatters the Jewel into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan.

Inuyasha and Kagome start traveling to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds all the shards.

This anime might have mixed feelings among viewers. But personally, The plot on a whole is awesome, it’s just the tiny little bits in it that gets too repetitive. Such as the number of pointless fights, the number of failures, and how long it takes to obtain a clue. Even so, I still find it entertaining, and the action was well made.

24. Gintama

Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura return as the fun-loving but broke members of the Yorozuya team! Living in an alternate-reality Edo, where swords are prohibited and alien overlords have conquered Japan, they try to thrive on doing whatever work they can get their hands on. However, Shinpachi and Kagura still haven’t been paid… Does Gin-chan really spend all that cash playing pachinko?

It’s the ultimate troll anime. Watch the first few episodes and you’ll be marveling over how weird it is. Aliens invading Japan? Uhhh… OK. Even when you’re 20 odd episodes in, you’ll remain convinced that this anime is just one that fools around with inane toilet jokes and fourth wall breaking gags.

25. Monster

Dr. Kenzou Tenma is a renowned brain surgeon of Japanese descent working in Europe. Highly lauded by his peers as one of the great young minds that will revolutionize the field, he is blessed with a beautiful fiancée and is on the cusp of a big promotion in the hospital he works at. But all of that is about to change with a grave dilemma that Kenzou faces one night—whether to save the life of a small boy or that of the town’s mayor.

Despite being pressured by his superiors to perform surgery on the mayor, his morals force him to perform the surgery on the other critical patient, saving his life and forfeiting the mayor’s. A doctor is taught to believe that all life is equal; however, when a series of murders occur in the surgeon’s vicinity, all of the evidence pointing to the boy he saved, Kenzou’s beliefs are shaken.

Along his journey to unravel the true identity of his little patient, Kenzou discovers that the fate of the world may be intertwined with the mysterious child.

I like that it takes the viewer into a world where the line between good and evil is rapidly dissipating; subsequently creating a dark yet realistic environment that is inexplicably terrifying.

That being said, this anime isn’t for everyone nor would I recommend it as a must-watch to just anyone. Monster resurrects a horrifying world that is so realistic but feels so surreal to the viewer. It deals with a world that no one would want to deal with and shows experiences that no one would want to experience. Yet, it engages the viewer completely. Therefore, if you crave an original mystery, a thought-provoking story, an unconventional tale that will shake your very core, then I suggest, you get acquainted with “Monster”.

26. Assassination Classroom

When a mysterious creature chops the moon down to a permanent crescent, the students of class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Middle School find themselves confronted with an enormous task: assassinate the creature responsible for the disaster before Earth suffers a similar fate. However, the monster, dubbed Koro-sensei (the indestructible teacher), is able to fly at speeds of up to Mach 20, which he demonstrates freely, leaving any attempt to subdue him in his extraterrestrial dust. Furthermore, the misfits of 3-E soon find that the strange, tentacled beast is more than just indomitable—he is the best teacher they have ever had!

27. Hotarubi No Mori E

Intrigued by the tale of a mountain god, six-year-old Hotaru Takegawa loses her way in the ancient forest while visiting her uncle. Exhausted and desperate for help, Hotaru is thrilled to find a masked forest spirit named Gin. She learns the hard way that she should not touch the boy, or he would disappear. In spite of this, Gin leads Hotaru out of the forest and warns her never to return when she promises to come again with a gift.

Paying no heed to his cautionary words, and despite being separated by both distance and planes of existence, Hotaru and Gin become close friends as she visits him every summer. However, their relationship and resolve are put to the test, when romantic feelings conflict with the one and only rule.

28. Parasyte

Parasyte centers on a male 17-year-old high school student named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. One night, strange worm-like creatures with drills as a ‘head’ called Parasytes appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses.

29. Koe No Katachi

As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to beat boredom in the cruelest ways. When the deaf Shouko Nishimiya transfers into his class, Shouya and the rest of his class thoughtlessly bully her for fun. However, when her mother notifies the school, he is singled out and blamed for everything done to her. With Shouko transferring out of the school, Shouya is left at the mercy of his classmates. He is heartlessly ostracized all throughout elementary and middle school, while teachers turn a blind eye.

Now in his third year of high school, Shouya is still plagued by his wrongdoings as a young boy. Sincerely regretting his past actions, he sets out on a journey of redemption: to meet Shouko once more and make amends.

Koe no Katachi tells the heartwarming tale of Shouya’s reunion with Shouko and his honest attempts to redeem himself, all while being continually haunted by the shadows of his past.

30. Made In Abyss

The Abyss—a gaping chasm stretching down into the depths of the earth, filled with mysterious creatures and relics from a time long past. How did it come to be? What lies at the bottom? Countless brave individuals, known as Divers, have sought to solve these mysteries of the Abyss, fearlessly descending into its darkest realms. The best and bravest of the Divers, the White Whistles, are hailed as legends by those who remain on the surface.

Riko, daughter of the missing White Whistle Lyza the Annihilator, aspires to become like her mother and explore the furthest reaches of the Abyss. However, just a novice Red Whistle herself, she is only permitted to roam its most upper layer. Even so, Riko has a chance encounter with a mysterious robot with the appearance of an ordinary young boy. She comes to name him Reg, and he has no recollection of the events preceding his discovery.

Certain that the technology to create Reg must come from deep within the Abyss, the two decide to venture forth into the chasm to recover his memories and see the bottom of the great pit with their own eyes. However, they know not of the harsh reality that is the true existence of the Abyss.