If you’re someone who is entering the anime universe for the first time or someone who is looking already a veteran and is digging for some masterpieces, then you are at the right place. We will show you Top 20 Anime you should definitely watch in your lifetime, you will find anime series and anime movies from different genres in this list. The anime industry has come a long way from a time when the western world thought this medium of entertainment produced by the Japanese was thrash, then there were Anime Movies and Series which changed the idea people had about anime in their minds.
The first ever Anime was made and released in 1917 in Japan, from there they haven’t stopped creating different kinds of stories in the form of anime. From 1917 to 2022 there has been a big change in the Anime Industry, as in today’s date anime is one of the top mediums of entertainment and the distribution is spread worldwide on a huge scale. Huge Streaming platforms like Netflix have started producing their own Anime series as they know that there is a huge audience for it, but this huge shift took place in the midst of global pandemic of corona virus. People being stuck in their four walls needed different kind of entertainment and then they shifted their focus on trying out anime, also it has always been something which had audience of every age group.
Anime is created when a manga is famous and starts selling high number of copies, then the publishing company thinks to invest into it and turn it into an anime. But there are also some anime who never had a manga and was just created into an anime series or movie, the pop culture of Japan has this never ending love for manga industry as people of all ages read manga on daily basis. We have gathered Top 20 Anime series/movies you should definitely watch, of course there will be some who won’t make the list but we promise this list is something you should check out and follow.
Inuyasha is a retro anime which everyone should watch once in their lifetime, its based on a relationship and journey of a high school girl named Kagome and a Half Demon Inuyasha. Kagome falls down inside a well where she is transported to the past timeline, in this era of Japan demons battling humans is a common thing. Kagome attracts demons towards her as she is carrying the “Shikon Jewel” which has extraordinary powers, later she discovers a Inuyasha who is sealed by the humans to a tree.
Inuyasha breaks the seal and kills the demon attacking Kagome, when he lays his eyes on her he can’t believe what he sees as she looks exactly like a girl he loved and resented called Kikyou. He starts hating Kagome as she resembles someone he resented, but after the shikon jewel gets clustered and spread around the world Inuyasha lends Kagome a hand and together they embark on a journey to find all the pieces of the Shikon Jewel.
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The Tokyo Ghoul Manga has one of the best art panels of all time, it was on of the best selling manga in Japan. The Anime adaptation for Tokyo Ghoul came out in 2014, the story takes place in a world where humans live amongst man eater ghouls! Our protagonist Kaneki Ken goes on a coffee date with his crush but the date turns into a gruesome night when he founds out that she is a powerful Ghoul who wants to devour him.
Trying to save his life he tries to run away from her, the ghoul is killed by a metal frame falling on her from a construction side during her chasing kaneki. Now that’s how Kaneki’s good luck saved him, but was it really good luck because he finds out that he is turning into a ghoul. The scenes where he starts feeling hungry for human meat is so well made that it can send chills down your spine. However, he joins a Coffee Shop known as “Anteiku” where everyone is a Ghoul, but they survive on drinking blood only from blood banks. Kaneki learns to survive as a Ghoul with his new family at Anteiku, he keeps facing problems fighting ghouls and trying to still be a human.
Mob Psycho 100 is written and drawn by One, who is also the creator of the famous Manga and Anime One Punch Man. The story is about an eight grader named Shigeo Kageyama also known as “Mob” who has unimaginable psychic abilities, but his own powers put him into trouble at times. Like Mob cant even eat food without unknowingly bending the spoon with his ability. The only way he likes to use his power is to impress his crush Tsubomi chan, despite knowing her for a long time Mob hasn’t confessed his feelings to Tsubomi because he has the fear of being rejected.
He starts working at Reigan Arataka, who is a con artist owning a company which offers services of killing spirits. He starts using Mob’s power to free people from bad spirits and monsters, Mob calls Reigan his sensei and listen to whatever he orders him. The truth about Mob’s Power is that if it goes out of control during his rage it can flip the world upside down, you don’t want to see this bowl cut boy angry trust me.
Samurai Champloo is one of those hidden gems of which many otakus don’t know about, this anime is a short 26 Episode series but the quality is amazing and it will keep you hooked on every episode. The anime is packed with Action and Comedy, the choreography and direction for some of the scenes are too good even for today.
The 3 Musketeers named Fuu, Mugen and Jin meet somehow in this chaotic world and then keep coming back to each other as if the universe somehow wants them to form a trio. Samurai Champloo is an anime which has influenced many anime creators, despite being a gag action there are moments when it starts tugging your heart strings. The characters stay with you after the series ends, and how can you not appreciate their style. Samurai Champloo is an anime you should watch and we are sure you won’t regret this decision, so go on get some popcorn and start binging now.
My Hero Academia is a story about an Underdog living in a world full of powerful people, the MHA universe is filled with people with people who are born with super powers known as “Quirks”. But our protagonist Deku is the rare case where he wasn’t born with any quirk at all, this is a major hit to Deku’s confidence as he idolizes All Might.
Deku wants to be like All Might and save the people, but he doesn’t have any quirks which makes him a normal kid. One day All might sees Quirk less Deku perform a heroic act and save his friend Bakugo, this impresses All Might and comes to make a decision which will change Deku’s Life.
All Might meets Deku and tells him that he has chosen him as his successor for the power of “One For All”, which is the most powerful attack between the heroes. To receive this power he has to eat All Might’s strand of hair and then he is trained vigorously by his idol. Later he is admitted into a Hero Academy where you see different type of interesting characters, if you are looking for a shonen anime then My Hero Academia is one of the best!
Fooly Cooly also know as FLCL is an amazing Sci fi fun anime that is short anime but the quality will leave you floored, not many people know about this wonderful anime and that’s why we had to include this masterpiece in our list. The story is about a boy named Naota Nandaba and an alien friend he made called Haruko Harahara, the series has one of the most mind blowing scenes which keeps you glued to the screen.
Fooly Cooly is an anime which you can’t help but binge and finish it one sitting, the crisp clear animation, the quirky characters and the amazing soundtrack make FLCL a treat to watch. Show some love to this hidden gem so we can bring it back into the Otaku Culture.
Akira is an anime movie which was always ahead of its time, the power it held when there was no scope for anime is unimaginable. Akira is based in a dystopian Neo Tokyo in 2019, the Japanese decided dropped an atomic bomb on Tokyo after they failed some dangerous experiments being done on children. The real story starts in 2019 where Kaneda who is the coolest guy in Neo Tokyo with his badass Bike, tries to battle the government and save his friend Tetsuo from being controlled by the government.
Tetsuo has been captured by the third world people and they use him as a lab rat, later he develops supernatural powers because of the experiments. Kaneda is someone who never gives up and carries on the mission for saving his friend and battle anyone who comes in his way. The Animation and colors of this Movie are so crisp and clear that it’s hard to believe that Akira was made in the late 1980’s. The impact of Akira on the world was huge, the western countries started opening its doors for the Anime world. In short Akira was the movie that spread Anime like wildfire throughout the planet, this mystical story about friendship and Neo Tokyo is a must watch. The characters like Kaneda look badass with their fashion sense, if you want to be as cool as him then we got you don’t worry. At Merch Fuse we have amazing Akira T-Shirts and Akira Hoodies if you need some drip for the winters, hop in our Anime Collection and discover more cool merch.
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Hunter X Hunter is considered one of the best Shonen Anime of all time, the story of Gon Freecs who leaves on a journey to find his estranged father is a beautiful one. You come across characters like Kurapika, Leorio and Killua during this journey, who later turn out to be important parts of Gons life.
The Anime starts like a fairytale adventure but then later it starts getting darker, at some parts you will see gruesome scenes like Killua pulling out heart out of his enemy. The relationship of Gon and Killua starts making you go aww and you can’t help but fall in love with them.
The series is created by Togashi who hasn’t completed this story yet because of his back problems, but recently there was news announced that Togashi has started working on new chapters and might finish the series finally. How amazing it would be if we get another season of Hunter X Hunter, but that’s just a mere dream for now.
How crazy It would be if I tell you that the creators of Hunter X Hunter and Sailor Moon are actually married to each other? Yes, it’s true that Togashi and Takeuchi are a real life couple. If you don’t know anything about Sailor Moon then you must be spending your life under a rock all this time, it was on par with monsters like Dragon Ball Z during its time.
The story puts you in a trance of friendship, love, empowerment and you can’t help but love this anime, the animation of Sailor Moon is the good old retro animation which is now missed in today’s time. The Chemistry between Usagi, Ami, Makoto, Minako and Rei are the reason you will be hooked to the story, watching them destroy monsters with their glittery flair moves is a treat. Sailor Moon is an anime which you can watch whenever you want and the fashion wave it sent across the otaku community was massive.
Hayao Miyazaki has taken us on a ride in his imagination through his movies, the Ghibli movies are a totally different dreamy genre where everything happens in a fantasy world. Spirited Away won Hayao Miyazaki an Oscar and became the first anime to ever do so, the movie was accepted by the whole world with open arms as it depicts a fantasy world somewhat similar to Disney.
The story starts when a Ten Year old kid named Chiro crosses a tunnel when she is with her parents trying to reach their new place, but she ends up in a total different world full of mystical beings. The visual treat you get during this movie can’t match anything else, you find characters who are so meaningful yet different to anything you’ve ever seen.
Chiro meets Haku who tries to help her out of this hoopla and get her back to the normal world, Haku also happens to be a dragon who can fly in the sky. If you’re a foodie you might feel hungry while watching the delicious food the spirits gulp, so grab some snacks before you watch Spirited Away.
I’m Booing you if you’re someone who hasn’t watched Pokemon, I mean Pokemon was the element that connected the west to this amazing genre of entertainment called anime. Pokemon plays a huge part in the lives of every Otaku born in the 90s, a story about a guy called Ash Ketchum and his drive to be the world best Pokemon trainer is a behemoth.
Ash meets his friends Pikachu when Prof Oak lends him as the first starter Pokemon, but they take time to win each other’s trust and later go on to form an unbeatable bond. Pikachu is a huge part of anime culture and we can’t deny it, even people who don’t know about pokemon know who this yellow red cheeked hamster is.
Ash meets Misty and Brock while travelling through Pokemon towns, they click together and form a trio who stay together throughout their journey. As kids everyone wanted to be a pokemon master and wished the pokemon world to be real, as adults we still want the same thing and that’s the reason Pokemon is in our Top 20 Anime you should watch List.
They say Otaku’s use Death Note as an anime to turn non anime lovers into Otakus, its true most of the time the first anime that people watch is death note. Death Note has a plot which can shake you to the core, a high schooler named Light Yagami picks up a strange looking book called “Death Note” and takes it home. He reads the details which say “The persons name written inside the Death Note will die”, light takes it as a gag book but gives it a shot by writing down a criminal’s name.
He is shell shocked when he finds out that the criminal dies, this makes Light start a revolution and he starts killing people by penning down their name. He meets Ryuk the Shinigami, who is also the one who dropped the book accidentally on earth from his realm. The Story goes on and the Japanese government hire “L” who is a smart detective and he tries to decode the reason why people have been dying in a large number. The battles between Light and L is a treat to watch, meanwhile behind Ryuk keeps enjoying his Apples.
Dragon Ball Z was and still is one of the best anime series in the history, it is included in the “Big Three” which has Naruto and Bleach besides this Masterpiece. Akira Toriyama is the creator of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, his art during fight scenes in manga inspired a generation of mangaka’s to imitate his work and learn from it.
Dragon Ball Z is based on the protagonist Son Goku was is Saiyan living on earth, when goku was a baby he was sent to earth to destroy it but due to hitting his head he forgot his all memories. Grandpa Gohan adopted Goku and raised him into a human being, he has started his family with Chi Chi and has a son called Gohan named after the man who saved him.
Dragon Ball Z has characters like Vegeta, Frieza, Cell, and Piccollo who are some famous characters in the anime world, they have their own fan following. Dragon Ball Z is an anime which has almost been watched by everyone by now, if you’re one of those who hasn’t then go and start now. If you want some amazing Dragon Ball Z T-Shirt or Dragon Ball Z Hoodies then check out Merch Fuse, they are an apparel brand who packs an Anime Collection you would love.
Jujutsu Kaisen has take over the anime industry since its release, it is the perfect shonen flick for the otakus who want something similar to Naruto. The anime has crossed large number of manga sales and the viewership during the first season broke all the records. The Story of Itadori Yuji trying to save his friends from curses, he accidentally eats a curse object which is Sukuna’s Finger.
This incident changes the trajectory of his life and he meets Megumi Fushiguro who saves him from the curses, when Yuji transforms into Sukuna we meet Gojo who battles him literally being Blindfolded. There are moments in the anime which will leave you in awe, one of them is when Gojo takes of his blindfold and treats us with his deep ocean blue eyes.
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Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is the anime that was rated top on the IMDB Series List, it had beaten Breaking Bad to get the top Spot and stayed there until Attack on Titan came in the scene. A Story about of two brothers called Edward Elric and Alphonso Elric who leave on a journey to fix the damage done by their attempt to perform human transmutation to bring their dead mother. In this process Edward loses his arm and Alphonso loses his whole body.
They must find a way to recover their bodes to the original form, this anime is one of the best out there and if you’re looking for something serious and long term then Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is right for you.
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One Punch Man was first started as a webtoon as a gag action story, a man named Saitama who wants to be a hero but destroys anything with just one punch! One the creator of One Punch Man and Mob Psycho created this masterpiece but the art was really questionable, so the publishers hired Yusuke Murata who is one of the best illustrators in the manga world.
Yusuke Murata put life in One’s work and this leads to an anime adaptation of this fun yet endearing story, if you need something to watch when you’re looking for a laugh then this is perfect for you. There are 2 Season and the Third season is in the making, Saitama is tired of destroying his enemies by just one punch now will he find someone who is worth his power? Find out by watching One Punch Man.
Naruto is an anime you should watch once in your lifetime, the tale of a boy who can’t perform ninjutsu properly and goes on to become the strongest ninja and the Hokage of the leaf village. Being one of the Big Three anime, Naruto plays a huge part in spreading anime into the western world and giving it a larger platform. The Series is a very long one so you can’t binge it one go, but we are sure that you wont drop the series midway because of boredom.
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Bleach is considered as the best Shonen Anime of its time, the art and story by Tite Kubo was a strong competition to the other anime in its time. The tale of how the protagonist named Kurosaki Ichigo has to turn into a Shinigami to save his family and how his life changes after this incident, the storyline of bleach is something which won’t let you get bored.
Ichigo isn’t your average shonen hero, he doesn’t have the hunger to be the best or anything. All he wants is to protect his family and friends and that’s the desire for him to be strong, the characters you meet during the series will grow on you. Tite Kubo literally has the best designs in the Shonen Genre, bleach will come back with its final season this October let’s all scream Bankaiii.
Demon Slayer is an anime which had a huge viewership in Japan and all over the world, the first season came out like a storm and rolled over all the ongoing anime series. The Story of Kamado Tanjiro and his family being killed by Muzan, he has a sister named Nezuko who has been turned into a demon. The way Tanjiro carried Nezuko on his back and battles demons is a sight to see, the power of sibling love is strong in this one.
The Movie called “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” was released after the first season, it became the top ever movie in Japan. The Business done by this movie was something which was never seen before, later they came with the second season called “Entertainment District Arc” which also displayed drool worthy animation fight scenes. If you’re a fan of Demon Slayer then you need to check out these Demon Slayer t-shirts and Demon Slayer Hoodies, they are super comfortable and crafted well by our designers.
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Attack On Titan replaced Fullmetal Alchemist on the IMDB List and has been there since it came out, the beautifully tragic story of Eren Jaeger keeps you on your toes during the episodes. Hajime Isayama was rejected by top publishers. Yes, the only ones who gave him a chance was Kodansha. A Tale of Human devouring Titans and clueless human beings known as eldians living inside a small limited world protected by walls, managed to win hearts of anime fans from all over the globe
As the story goes on Eren Jaeger turns into an antagonist from being a protagonist, he would go any lengths to protect his Friends. Watching this little scared boy turn into a Viscious Titan cleaning off acres of land with his moves is a treat to eyes. AOT Fans are now waiting for the new season which maybe the last, if you need some merch related to AOT then Merch Fuse has some of the best designs in the market. Their Attack on Titan Hoodie and Attack on Titan T-shirt is an item you must have in your anime wardrobe, so go on and checkout their amazing anime collection.