Are you an anime fan who ran out of ideas of which series to watch? Or are you simply tired of spending hours browsing for a good time-killer on Netflix? If you are either, or both, you’re in the right place. Here are the top 5 best anime series that we absolutely recommend.
1. Naruto / Shippuden
Naruto is one of the most well-known anime series of all time, thanks to its wide variety of characters and captivating story. The premise is: a boy named Naruto has a dream to win popularity by becoming the leader of his village. To accomplish his goal, he and his allies follow the ninja path and encounter many challenges.
The series has over 700 episodes and is divided into two parts: Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. Naruto is based on Part I of the original manga (with small plot changes), while Naruto Shippuden is the sequel that corresponds to Part II of the manga.
Watch if you love: Adventure, fantasy, martial arts.
2. Death Note
Death Note is ranked the most popular anime of all time on MyAnimeList. The series, directed by Tetsuro Araki (director of Attack on Titan, below), is about a high school student Light Yagami who finds a notebook which kills anyone whose name is written in it. Light wants to use this book to kill every criminal in Japan and bring peace to the world, while detective “L” tries to apprehend him.
Watch if you love: Mystery, crime fiction, horror.
3. Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan is a fairly recent series (released in 2013) that immediately attracted the public’s attention for its graphic animation. The story takes place in an imaginary era where humans and cannibalistic titans coexist. When titans destroy villages and start devouring humans, a young boy named Eren Yeager – whose mother has been murdered by a titan – joins the military to get revenge and exterminate all titans from Earth.
Watch if you love: Dark fantasy, action, doomsday (intended for audience above age 15).
4. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Like most other animes, Jojo’s Biazarre Adventure is based on a famous manga series of the same title. It revolves the Joestar family whose members were gifted with supernatural powers. There are two anime adaptations with different producers, released in 1993 and 2012 (ongoing) accordingly. There are four seasons in the newer series, with more than 140 episodes aired in total.
Watch if you love: Supernatural fiction, action, horror.
5. Cowboy Bebop
Cowboy Bebop is a TV series released in 1998; the anime might be old, but the futuristic yet classical setting makes the story unique and evergreen. The plot is set in 2071, when humans have left the now-inhabitable Earth and colonized other planets. The “Cowboy crew,” made up of four members with mysterious backgrounds and a genetically-engineered Welsh Corgi, tries to keep the solar system safe from invasion.
Watch if you love: Space western, thriller, light comedy.
What’s your favorite anime series? Did we miss out on any must-watch shows? Share with us in the comments below!