Animation in Japan is on a whole other level to the rest of the world. Whereas for most cultures animation is primarily aimed towards younger audiences, in Japan the medium covers any topic you care to think of.
From cookery and sports dramas to shonen anime aimed at teens, wading through the thousands of anime series which have been made over the last few decades can be something of a minefield. Discovering the real gems isn’t made any easier by the fact that some series have been running for many seasons, so it’s always good to be doubly sure it’ll be worth your time before dipping in.
Inevitably when putting together a list such as this there are plenty of great series which fall by the wayside, with quite literally hundreds which are worthy of an honourable mention but which sadly space won’t allow for. If you think there’s a glaring omission here, feel free to hit us up in the comments.
In a word, abs!
99. Lucky Star
Aka, an accurate depiction of high school life.
98. Elfen Lied
As described by the creators of Stranger Things, “It’s like an ultraviolet E.T.!”
97. Log Horizon
No logs found anywhere.
96. Cardcaptor Sakura
Never has an anime about cards been so engrossing!
95. Berserk (1997)
Lower than expected but at least it’s not the films or the 2016 version.
94. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Sah much magic.
93. Hellsing: Ultimate
Alucard won’t be happy at this low placing…
92. The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
More pets please!
91. Katekyō Hitman Reborn!
Don’t mess with Tsuna!
90. Yu Yu Hakusho
Don’t tell Yusuke about being placed at only 90!
89. Yona of the Dawn
Don’t get on Yona’s bad side!
Oh right, the comet is named Charlotte, not any of the characters!
87. Seraph of the End
A vampire story involving an end-of-the-world element, what’s not to like?
86. Akame ga Kill!
That is badass and lethal in equal measure!
85. When They Cry
Cute yet scary!
Could get lost forever in those adorable eyes!
83. Ghost In The Shell (1995)
A classic that Hollywood shouldn’t have touched.
82. Kuroko no Basket
Never has basketball been more badass!
81. Terror In Resonance
80. Natsume Yuujinchou
Need a bigger hairdryer.
Gotta catch’em all!
78. Akira (1988)
A masterpiece that’s surprisingly low on a list like this.