Top 40 Best Action Anime Of All Time – 2022

Top 40 Best Action Anime Of 2020

Last Updated: April 07, 2022

Action and suspense go hand in hand and what better visual genre is there that is free to go beyond the laws of physics. There is no telling the limits of the superpowers and abilities of the heroes in our list.

The action sequences are key to the plot, but the storyline is bulletproof, with absolutely no loopholes. In conclusion, this anime will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, caught with suspense, fear and all the other spectrum of human feelings.

If you want action, very real action that blows your mind and makes you go berserk then we have the right list for you. It includes the very recent and vintage series right after the 1980s, when anime gained a cult following even outside Japan.

So dive right into this list and prepare yourself for some serious binging.

1. Naruto Shippuden

Aired on: 15th February 2007

Episodes: 500

Naruto Shippuden

We have considered a number of reasons before choosing this anime to be in the number one spot of our rundown. If you actually go through most of the list present on the web you will see this anime taking up pretty high ranks in each of it.

The Naruto franchise has become very popular since the first series came out a long time ago. Due to the crazy popularity, different Naruto merch was made specifically for the growing number of fans.

The plot is quite dark and complicated but is filled with comic relief. The story mainly revolves around a small ninja boy named Naruto Uzumaki, who is hyperactive and goes around his village pranking others. Now the special part is that Naruto is a ninja and he someday wants to become the best ninja of his village.

This series starts roughly around two years after Naruto has left his village Konohagakure, in order to go through an intense period of training to become a top tier ninja.

Meanwhile, the organization named Akatsu for the elite ninja warriors, makes up their mind that they would take over the shinobi world.

Even after Naruto grew up quite a lot his personality did not change much except for the increase in his confidence level. He continues training and fights his battles very diligently in expectation of getting the title of Hokage.

There is not a single part where you will be bored or decide to stop watching the series. The flow of the story will keep you entertained and excited no matter how lengthy the series is.

This series, unlike the very first one was created for mature audiences. The OSTs and the animation is top notch making the series even more enjoyable. There are parts in this long anime series which you would like to watch and enjoy again and again. It  is generally one of the first anime series that any newbie anime lover would watch and fall in love with anime and Mangas even more.

2. One Punch Man

Aired on: 5th October 2015

Episodes: 24 episodes and 10 OVAs.

One Punch Man

This series has a very unique approach in comparison to any other anime or manga series. For instance it’s hero, Saitama is nothing like the other anime heroes. His looks are very different from others and you will see him going through an existential crisis because of him being too strong, which has made him lose interest in battles. You will be quite impressed after seeing the diligence with which Saitama has trained for three years to become a hero that in the process he lost all his hair.

The story is set on a supercontinent where the cities start getting attacked by monsters and villains making it unbearable to carry on living. To get rid of this dire situation the millionaire Agoni takes the initiative to create a Hero Academy.

One day out of the blue, a cyborg named Genos who is only 19 years old decides that he wants Saitama as his mentor after seeing how powerful he is. It is Genos’ idea to join the Hero Academy to become a certified hero, so that their contribution to the welfare of the society gets recognized by the world.

The series continues as Saitama starts fighting more and more evil creatures to protect the world from getting destroyed. The once very unpopular Saitama now becomes the talk of the town.

The webcomic was first published 2009 and the manga illustration was first published in 2012, and both of them are still running. The manga already has 21 volumes and more is being added to the pile. When the webcomic came out it went viral and achieved more than 7.9 million hits.

If you want to enjoy the best kind of action-comedy, One Punch Man is your best option. You will like this light hearted action series very much and will be surprised to see what actually awaits you.

3. Hunter × Hunter

Aired on: 2nd October 2011

Episodes: 148

Hunter × Hunter

Hunter x Hunter is another entrancing anime arrangement which came out from October 2011 to 2014 on Nippon Television in Japan. The producing company Madhouse studio delivered it, and Viz Media is the licensor of this arrangement. The length of every episode is 23 minutes and it is stuffed with action, Shounen, experiences, superpower stories, and fantasy.

Hiroshi Kojina is the director of this anime, with character plans by Takahiro Yoshimatsu and scripts by Jun Maekawa. The Hunter x Hunter anime arrangement is a recreated anime of the first anime arrangement from 1999.

You will be hitched on this tale about a youthful lad named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his dad, who was assumed to be dead, is really alive and is an incredible Hunter named Ging. Gon gets resolved to follow his strides and join the world class title of “Hunter”.

The story follows Gon as he plans to take the assessment and his undertakings as he goes on a mission to locate his tragically deceased dad. En route, youthful Gon figures out how to discover lost fortunes, catch foes, make companions, and find uncharted domains.

The arrangement turned out to be well known right away in the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and different nations. The subtitles were uploaded an hour after every episode came out on the Crunchyroll site. Today, Viz Media is authorized to offer the anime on Blu-ray and DVD with an English name in the US and Canada.

The Hunter X Hunter arrangement is certainly worth viewing, as you will appreciate the stunning experiences of Gon on his approach to turning into a genuine Hunter, and his companions – Leorio, Killua and Kurapika as they fight a variety of beasts and abnormal animals on their way.

Try not to stress about the fact that there are such a huge number of episodes in this arrangement, as you will wind up totally invested in the account of these characters, as all of them have a horde of rather weird capacities, stunning physical powers, and an interminable hunger for experience.

The arrangement circulated on North American TV in April 2016 on Adult Swim’s Toonami. Actually, after the 148th scene, you will probably be desiring to watch more and more of the anime!

4. Akame ga Kill

Aired on: 7th July 2014

Episodes: 24

Akame ga Kill

Despite the fact that it begins with a very tedious air to it, and some of you may feel exhausted during the initial episodes of Akame ga Kill. It would be ideal if you show restraint since you are on to an adventurous journey with this unfathomable anime arrangement.

The plot spins around a little fellow called Tatsumi who originates from the countryside, and who decides to go to the Capital alongside two companions – Sayo and Leyasu. The excursion includes various adventurous activities like the Night Raid gathering of  professional killers who select the little youngster to assist them with battling the defilement of the Empire.

All individuals from the Night Raid are a part of various sorts of battling and executing. They are completely equipped with Teigu, which are Imperial arms produced using  uncommon materials. They  are also accompanied with Danger Beasts.

Generally, this series is known for its realistic dark and bloody features and has a solid following among devotees of Japanese anime otakus.

The director of this anime series is Tomoki Kobayashi,  the writer is Makoto Uezu and is created by Square Enix. This arrangement circulated initially from July to December 2014. They circulated in the US on the Toonami square of Adult Swim from August 2015 to February 2016.

The anime is an adjustment of the first manga by Takahiro and first debuted on Nippon BS Broadcasting TV and Tokyo MX Mainichi Broadcasting System.

If it’s all the same to you to observe some over the top executing and carnage, you should pick the Akame ga Kill arrangement.

5. Tokyo Ghoul

Aired on: 4th July 2014

Episodes: 12

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is a dark anime arrangement which is very violent, particularly on the off chance that you decide to watch the uncensored adaptation.

The Tokyo Ghoul anime  has come across a lot of debate among anime and manga fans far and wide. A significant number of them concur that the first manga on which the arrangement depends on is obviously superior to the TV adjustment.

This is for the most part on the grounds that the whole manga arrangement that was very dark, composed by Sui Ishida and adored by millions has been made into only 12 episodes. This implies there is no top to bottom investigation of the characters which anime fans anticipate.

It is set in Tokyo which has become a city brimming with detestable ruthless ghouls. They can change themselves to look like typical beings thus to mix in with the people along these lines causing more casualties.

In the meantime a normal student Ken Kaneki who becomes friends with Rize Kamishiro who happens to be an avid reader and thus, gets maneuvered into the dark profundities of the cruel universe of the ghouls. The ghouls are terrifying animals which eat flesh from human bodies. During an assault on him by these ghouls, Kaneki is nearly executed. He figures out how to endure, yet he transforms into a mixed breed, where half of him stays as a human and the other part changes into a ghoul. This forces him to change and adjust to this new way of life with the goal that he is incorporated into the two social orders.

The 12 episodes of the anime arrangement were circulated in 2014. They were caught up with a film and a spin-off named Tokyo Ghoul √A, and later proceeded with the side projects Tokyo Ghoul: “Jack” and Tokyo Ghoul: “Pinto.”

There is a computerised game for Android cell phones called Tokyo Ghoul and a computer game for PlayStation Vita taken from this well known manga and anime arrangement.

On the off chance that you like dark and bloody anime, you will cherish Tokyo Ghoul. But if you by chance don’t feel comfortable with evil and violent scenes, you can securely watch the censored rendition of the arrangement!

6. Noragami

Aired on: 5th January 2014

Episodes: 12 episodes 2 OVAs


Noragami is an addictive, adventurous and satirical anime series which ran in 2014. There are 12 episodes in season one, trailed by a subsequent season named Noragami Aragoto comprising another 13 episodes which circulated in the fall of 2015 in Japan.

The story is about a god, named Yato who coincidentally runs into the middle school student Hiyoki Iki, and their gathering changes both of their destinies.

Hiyoki Ili is a standard student who one day engages in an accident while trying to save the life of a stranger. This stranger is none other than Yato who has the ambition to have a great number of admirers and is prepared to do any sort of unspecialized temporary job for 5 yen.

After the mishap, the spirit of the little youngster starts to flip out of her body and goes into another world called the Near Shore where the human spirits and devils wait.

As her spirit coasts around the equal universes, the young lady meets Yato, who offers to fix the issue with her physical body. Both of them joined by Yato’s Regalia weapon Yukine go on various undertakings together, and the outcome is an engaging, in some cases exciting experience, just as a captivating story of how their relationship advances through time as they question and battle with their own characters, their past, as well as their friendship.

The manga was made by Adachitoka and was first discharged in 2011. From that point forward, the arrangement has more than 20 tankobon volumes and keeps on being one of the top favored Shonen manga arrangements in Japan.

7. The Seven Deadly Sins

Aired on: 5th October 2014

Episodes: 24 episodes 2 OVAs

The Seven Deadly Sins

On the off chance that you love adventurous experiences and fantasy ideas, you will be excited by The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) anime arrangement. The story is set in the locale of Britannia which is fundamentally the same as the European Middle Age setting.

The plot is based around the life and adventures of seven knights who are represented as the seven savage sins. The band of knights who plotted against an ouster of the Liones Kingdom but faced defeat in the hands of the Holy Knights and were forced to disappear..

Be that as it may, following 10 years, the Holy Knights figure out how to catch the lord and continue to become oppressive rulers. Thus, Princess Elizabeth begins her excursion to find Seven Deadly Sins and tries to win back the lost realm and to locate the tragically deceased equity on the planet.

The hugely  mainstream top of the line manga arrangement was adjusted into an anime arrangement which took place from 2014 to 2015. Tensai Okamura is the director of the series, and the arrangement is composed by Shotaro Suga from A-1 Pictures studio.

There was a subsequent season made which published from January to June 2018 and was trailed by a fruitful anime film which was discharged in August 2018. There is additionally a light novel and games dependent on The Seven Deadly Sins.

Today, Netflix holds the restrictive rights for the English language rendition, and Funimation holds the home video rights.

In general, The Seven Deadly Sins is a solid proposal for anyone who needs to watch an energizing and extensively light Shonen anime appearing with all the action, fun and incredible music.

8. Fairy Tail

Aired on: 12th October 2009

Episodes: 328

Fairy Tail

This wonderful long-running anime arrangement is one of the best in the rundown since it is filled with incredible action sequences, and intriguing characters.

Some may find that Fairy Tail gets monotonous sooner or later, but for genuine enthusiasts of shounen anime – this is sent from heaven.

Lucy Heartfilia has a fantasy about turning into an undeniably incredible witch, which is the reason behind her search for celestial keys. During her mission, she meets Natsu Dragneel and Happy, who are searching for the winged serpent Igneel – Natsu’s temporary dad.

Natsu is a wizard and belongs to the Fairy Tail organisation. At one point, he saves Lucy from getting abducted and offers her to go along with them.

Incidentally, this band of people meets enchanted swordsman Erza Scarlet and the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster who also go along with them on their mission.

Together they fight the wickedness and end up in endless undertakings, which makes this arrangement such a great, enjoyable anime to watch.

It circulated from 2009 to 2013, and during that period, won various anime grants, including the best Japanese Anime Award in the nineteenth Anime and Manga Grand Prix in 2012. It is dependent on the manga  of the same name composed by Hiro Mashima.

The action scenes are high quality animation and seem pretty detailed and real. There is no way you can actually skip this anime.

9. Bleach

Aired on: 5th October 2004

Episodes: 366


This happens to be the lengthiest animation that has been mentioned in this rundown. Sometimes it is said that viewers feel that the anime gets a bit slow and boring after the first 60 episodes but that is not the case really. You will not know what you are missing if you don’t watch the series.

The story is mainly about a secondary school student called Kurosaki Ichigo, who can see phantoms. He gets this extraordinary power after a mishap. During this situation, when he and his family were assaulted by the Hollow, a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki who tried to spare Ichigo and his family and got harmed while ensuring their safety.

Ichigo vows to take Rukia’s powers so as to spare his family, and thus, the youngster starts preparing to be a Soul Reaper (Shinigami). Ichigo then continues to chase down all hollows which assault individuals. He is joined by his friends from his class Yasutora Sado, Orihime Inoue, and Uryuu Ishida who likewise have novel capacities.

The Bleach TV arrangement is an adjustment of Tite Kubo’s manga arrangement of a similar name. The person to direct this arrangement is Noriyuki Abe. The plot is quite similar to that of Sixth Sense, so on the off chance that you were delighted while watching that film, you will most presumably like Bleach too.

This action anime will make you want to watch it more and more and you will be delighted to watch the anime. You won’t get bored even though it is one of the longest running anime in the history of action anime.

10. Fullmetal Alchemist

Aired on: 4th October 2003

Episodes: 51

Fullmetal Alchemist

The emotional story of Fullmetal Alchemist is the fundamental purpose behind the prevalence of this anime arrangement both in Japan and in the US. This is the tragic story of a splendid youthful chemist Edward Elric who has lost his mom. His attempt to revive her with the assistance of his sibling Alphonse makes him lose his brother as well as two of his limbs gets destroyed.

On account of his abilities as an alchemist, Edward figures out how to change the spirit of his dead sibling into a solid suit of protective layer.

He later goes on a mission to discover the Philosopher’s Stone which should intensify the capacities of knowledge as an alchemist. Edward takes his sibling as a defensive layer on this excursion so as to acquire the legendary stone and to attempt to change them two back to their ordinary form..

This excursion turns very dark and full of danger for the siblings as they meet hindrances and foes that they have never envisioned.

This sensational and wonderful anime arrangement whose director is Seiji Mizushima ran from October 2003 to October 2004. In 2004, Fullmetal Alchemist won a TV Feature grant at the Animation Kobe Awards and was one of the prescribed titles by the jury of the 2004 Japan Media Arts.

The first arrangement was trailed by a spin-off film “Conqueror of Shamballa” from 2005. In 2009, a second anime arrangement called Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was introduced. The subsequent arrangement is a lot more close to the adjustment of the first manga sections.

11. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Aired on: 5th April 2009

Episodes: 64

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

There is a popular idea that only kids enjoy anime, but it is a largely misconstrued one. There is a whole world of anime laid in front of you, and you can enjoy it even if you are an adult. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood can be the best introductory anime for adults who want to venture into the world of  animated tv series.

You will find that the first series under this franchise is not completely taken from the original manga series by Hiromu Arakawa. But this series follows the original plotline very closely as it was made after the manga series was completed.

The anime series got its English subtitles almost as soon as it got released and that is a very important reason why it has so many fans outside Japan.

It continues after the previous series where the two brothers go on a journey to resurrect their mother and to get their bodies back to full potential. Edward loses his limbs and Alphonse loses his physical body as it turns into a body armour when the resurrection of their mother goes wrong.

Edward in order to keep his brother’s soul safe he keeps it on him even when he is on his way towards the capital along with his other brothers in order to become a Fullmetal Alchemist. His only goal was to search for the Philosopher’s Stone which would actually help him to get immense alchemic power.

While on his journey to the capital he discovers that there were many conspiracies that were going on within the government in addition to some information about his father’s past.

Due to the release of the blu ray and the DVD all over the world and its regular releases in the US and UK  Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood received a number of international fans.

The very interesting, exciting and grasping plot of this anime will make you anticipate each and every scene. There will never be even a single moment where you will feel bored while watching this unique struggle  of two brothers who always support each other.

12. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Aired on: 6th October 2006

Episodes: 25

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion

This lovely anime arrangement was made by an all-female group of manga craftsmen called Clamp. After the release of the initial 26 episodes of the arrangement in 2006 and 2007, the fame of Code Geass sky rocketed not only in Japan but also in the remainder of the world.

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is an anime arrangement set in 2010 after the victory of the Holy Britannian Empire over Japan. The kingdom asks its ground-breaking robot weapons known as Knightmare Frames to take everything from the people of Japan, including the name of the nation which the occupiers rename as Area 11.

Lelouch Lamperouge, the hero, was once brought into the world as the king of the Britannian Empire but surrendered his entitlement to the position of authority after the fierce homicide of his mom, and afterward promised to wreck his dad – the ruler.

In the wake of being trapped in the crossfire between the two armed forces, he is spared by a puzzling young lady called C.C. He then sets out on a brave excursion as a veiled vigilante called Zero to battle the Britannian Empire with the help of any methods conceivable.

Due to its prosperity and all the honors it got, a few books and manga based on the arrangement were published. Additionally, a large number of the Blue-ray and DVD sets of the arrangement have been sold all through the world.

On account of the extraordinary action, the energizing twists and turns, and progression of the plot and the mind blowing finale, this anime arrangement is perhaps the best one that has been made yet. So, don’t miss this anime and start watching it.

13. Dragon Ball Z

Aired on: 26th April 1989

Episodes: 291

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z or DBZ is unquestionably one of the most well known anime arrangements around the globe. It is a continuation of the first Dragon Ball arrangement and adjusts the accompanying sections of the manga  made and delineated by Akira Toriyama.

The story begins with Gokuu, who is living calmly with his better half and child five years subsequent to winning the hand to hand fighting competition. The appearance of Raditz, who asserts that he is Gokuu’s tragically deceased sibling, changes the entirety of his life.

He discloses to Goku that he is a warrior from a now-wiped out race from another planet. Gokuu was sent to earth as an infant so as to overcome and wreck our planet, yet in the wake of experiencing a head injury lost his memory and turned into a genial individual battling to secure the feeble.

After this disclosure, Gokuu and his companions are confronted with various assaults from extraterrestrial adversaries. There are two spin-off arrangements, including Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super. The characters have developed since the prequel Dragon Ball arrangement, which is really amusing to watch given that you are an enthusiast of the arrangement.

It is a must watch series for all the anime lovers. You can’t deny yourself the opportunity to experience something this big and great. You should also check out the original Dragon Ball series.

14. No Game No Life

Aired on: 9th April 2014

Episodes: 12

No Game No Life

Each anime fan will concur that No Game No Life is one of the most splendid anime series. The arrangement is around two kin called Sora and Shiro who are moved into a different universe which is controlled by games. The two heroes need to adjust to this new world so as to endure these awful and perverted games.

The show is truly compelling particularly for gamers because of the exceptional idea and plot. It is set in a dreamland where everything is done as per explicit standards which must be followed consistently.

The No Game No Life: Zero is the film which adjusted the sixth volume of the arrangement that broadcasted in 2017.

This arrangement is firmly suggested for each anime fan. When you put your focus on the hyper-genius siblings who want to play computer games as opposed to live in the exhausting genuine world, you will without a doubt be snared. You will need to observe  more of their astonishing undertakings and achievements in the unusual dreamland they are sent to.

The action is splendidly colourful and lovely, but there is some nudity included which some youthful watchers may find unseemly. The short list of episodes of the arrangement were disclosed from April to June 2014.

15. Soul Eater

Aired on: 7th April 2008

Episodes: 51

Soul Eater

Soul Eater is a profoundly engaging anime arrangement about a gathering of students going to a school for masters and weapons known as Shibusen in the Death City, an anecdotal city in Nevada. The primary characters are joined by accomplices who can change into weapons. The students are on a mission to gather spirits so as to secure the city.

The Soul eaters can change into weapons simply after they have taken in 99 malevolent spirits and 1 of a witch.

Maka is cooperated by Soul who transforms into a scythe, Death the kid has two or three accomplices called Patty and Liz who transform into guns, and Black Star is joined by his accomplice Tsubaki who can change himself in a wide assortment of weapons.

Together the students continue to battle different witches and evil presences who need to pulverize Shibusen and to surpass the world.

There is a great deal of fun, adventure, excellent battle scenes and a ton of style in this arrangement which makes it a flat out treat to watch. The TV arrangement ran from April 2008 to March 2009.

Numerous anime fans lean toward the initial 26 episodes of the arrangement since they are more exciting and engaging than the second half which turns out to be getting increasingly realistic. By and large, this is a flawlessly made, fun and snappy anime arrangement, which you will have a ton of fun viewing.

16. Naruto

Aired on: 3rd October 2002

Episodes: 220


If you have never seen an anime or even read a manga but want to get introduced to their wonderful world then Naruto is one of the basic anime and manga series that you must indulge in. The manga of this series has sold over 235 million copies all over the world and thus holds the number three place in the history of bestsellers.

This popular series is written by Masashi Kishimoto and revolves around a kid named Naruto Uzumaki who is also a ninja and wants to become a top level hokage from his village. When he was just a new born baby a Nine-Tailed demon named Kyuubi was sealed inside his body which made his life miserable while growing up in his village.

The main story is divided into two parts, the first part dealing with Naruto when he was a kid, and the second part is when Naruto grows up to be a teenager. But Naruto’s story doesn’t end with these two parts as it also has many sequels.

There is a reason why Naruto is one of the most appreciated series of all time and even now newbie anime watchers start their journey with it. So it is quite easy to say that you will enjoy this series which covers a large extent of genres like drama, action, comedy, shounen and adventure.

17. Mob Psycho 100

Aired on: 12th July 2016

Episodes: 25

Mob Psycho 100

The name in itself is very interesting as we can already guess that this anime is action packed. That is the reason why Mob Psycho 100 has been included in this rundown.

The Manga ran from 2012 to 2017 and is written by the famous Japanese writer One. The Manga has around 16 volumes and was first published on Shogakukan’s Ura Sunday. The anime series is a part of the action, comedy and supernatural genre. It is directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and produced by Akio Matsuda.

Eighth-grader Shigeo “Crowd” Kageyama has taken advantage of his internal wellspring of psychic ability at a youthful age. Yet, the power rapidly ends up being a risk when he understands the potential peril of his abilities.

So as to have some control on his aptitudes, Mob enrolls himself under the wing of Arataka Reigen, a rascal professing to be a psychic, who takes advantage of Mob’s abilities. Presently, to exorcize abhorrent spirits has become a piece of Mob’s every day, tedious life.

In any case, the psychic vitality he applies is scarcely a glimpse of something larger; if his huge potential and intemperate feelings run wild, a disastrous occasion that would render him totally unrecognizable will be activated. The progress toward Mob’s blow up is rising and trying to stop it is purposeless.

If you don’t spend some time watching this masterpiece then your anime knowledge will remain incomplete forever. This intriguing action anime has the potential to keep you glued to your seat up to such an extent that you will be forced to binge watch the series. No kidding!

18. Code Geass: R2

Aired on: 6th April 2008

Episodes: 25

Code Geass R2

This second part of Code Geass series was released because of the high demand that was seen after the release of the first part. The third episode of the series was partially leaked just four days before its release due to some kind of judgement error.

The release of this series was announced in April of the year 2007 and the first episode was screened in March of the year 2008 which was earlier than the scheduled time. Four theme musical pieces are used in each of the episodes, two in the beginning and two at the end.

After a year since the Black Rebellion, a bombed uprising rages against the Holy Britannian Empire driven by the covered vigilante Zero, who is currently absent. At a misfortune, Area 11’s opposition gathering— the Black Knights— get themselves too weakened to even think about combating the fierceness incurred upon the Elevens by Britannia.

Lelouch Lamperouge, having lost all memory of his twofold life, is living calmly near his companions as a secondary school student at Ashford Academy. His previous accomplice C.C., unfit to acknowledge this new development, willingly volunteers to help him to remember his past reason, trusting that the driving force Zero will rise up to complete what he began, leading to an exciting end to the series.

The arrangement won The Most Popular Anime award at the Animage ’s 30th Annual Anime Grand Prix and also The Best TV Animation award at the thirteenth Animation Kobe event in 2008. So don’t dare to  think it will be a waste or just ignore a series which has been acknowledged for so many reasons?

19. My Hero Academia

Aired on: 3rd April 2016

Episodes: 88

My Hero Academia

The Manga from which this anime has been taken is written by Kōhei Horikoshi and has five volumes under its name. The series deals with adventure, superhero and fantasy. It ran from 2015 to 2017 and was accepted and acknowledged by a large number of fans.

The anime series is directed by Kenji Nagasaki, and the production is done by Wakana Okamura and Kazumasa Sanjōba. This series has a light novel with 4 volumes under its name. My Hero Academia: Battle for All is the game that has been produced in relation to this anime series.

The presence of “peculiarities,” newfound super powers, has been consistently expanding over the years, with 80 percent of humankind having different capacities from control of components to shapeshifting. This leaves the rest of the world totally frail, and Izuku Midoriya is one such person.

Since he was a youngster, the goal-oriented middle schooler wanted to be a legend. Izuku’s uncalled for destiny leaves him respecting heroes and taking notes on them at whatever point he can. In any case, it appears that his perseverance has borne some result: Izuku meets the main legend and his own idol, All Might. All Might’s power is a one of a kind capacity that can be acquired, and he has picked Izuku to be his successor!

Suffering numerous long stretches of overwhelming preparation, Izuku selects UA High, a renowned secondary school popular for its fantastic hero preparing system, and the current year’s new students look particularly encouraging. With his strange yet capable cohorts and the approaching danger of a wretched association, Izuku will before long realize what it truly means to be a legend.

It is being said that the characterization of this anime series is based on the idea of the American superheroes from the DC and the Marvel world. Now who doesn’t like DC and Marvel and if these characters are actually inspired from our favourite superheroes don’t you think it’s mandatory for all of us to actually watch it!

20. Attack on Titan

Aired on: 6th April 2013

Episodes: 59

Attack on Titan

There was a time when Attack on Titan was crowned the best action anime out there. Now, though the ranking has gone down but still no one can actually deny the fact that it is still one of the best action anime series ever made.

In this series you will come across Eren Jaeger, a young kid who made himself a promise of destroying all the Titans who roam this earth after they killed his mother and destroyed his hometown.

The animation, the unique storyline and the ambience that prevails through this series makes it one of the most appreciated TV series of all time and is loved by most of the anime lovers.

Though the first season of the series does not have more than 25 episodes but due to its interesting plot and because of how well the series was appreciated by the fans the anime continued for another two seasons. The second season had only 12 episodes and the third season ended with 22 episodes. There will be another season released this year which will conclude the interesting journeys of the characters.

The anime has been taken from a very popular manga created by Hajime Isayama. Through this series you will be able to be a part of the adventures that Eren Shingeki no Kyojin, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert faces while fighting Titans.

There are other institutions who are also trying to save the remaining humans from the hands of these Titans. There are mainly three military branches which use Vertical Maneuvering Equipments to stand against Titans.

So, if you want to enjoy one of the most enthralling action anime ever made you must watch Attack on Titan. Netflix has made it easier for you to actually binge watch this masterpiece!

21. Berserk

Aired on: 1 July 2016

Episodes: 24


Interestingly, Berserk was first adapted into the anime form in 1997, but after the conviction story arc concluded, a decision was reached to end it. After a movie revival, the Manga returned in the Anime Form in 2016.

The main attraction of this anime is definitely the main character Guts. He is someone that you root for, no matter what the circumstances because his backstory does a pretty good job in endearing him to people.

The reason this series is so centred on violence and war is because the setup of it was very grim to begin with. Guts was born out of a hanged corpse and saved by his adopted mother, who died from the plague when he was only three years old.

In this series we get to see Guts as the “Black Swordsman”, a very popular form of his in the manga. We briefly saw this form in the first episode of the 1997 television series as well as in the final scene of the Golden Age Arc films.

This series also captures the captivating love between Guts and Casca, who has also lost her peace enduring the horrors of the past, especially the Eclipse Ritual, which saw them get brutally back stabbed by their own leader Griffith.

The pursuit of Griffith by Guts for revenge becomes the gist of the entire series, in which he is joined by the other main character, Puck. Die hard fans of the manga were extremely happy with the fact that this rendition put more focus on the central theme of violence compared to the 1997 version.

22. Fate/Zero

Aired on: 1 October 2011

Episodes: 25

Fate Zero

Fate/ Zero is an Anime that ran for two seasons from 2011 to 2012. It was based on the prequel series to the Type-Moon’s visual novel, Fate/stay night. The novels were written by Gen Urobuchi.

The anime followed the events of Fourth Holy Grail War, a secret magical tournament held in Fuyuki City, Japan where seven magicians known as masters summoned servants, reincarnations of legendary souls and heroes from all across time.

These servants fight in a deadly battle royale where the winner obtains the holy grail, a magical legendary chalice capable of granting wishes.

The connection between Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night is very evident mostly in Fate/zero’s main protagonist, Kiritsugu Emiya who turns out to be the foster father of Fate/stay night’s protagonist, Shirō Emiya.

Kiritsugu Emiya acts as a representative for the Einzbern family, who themselves are in a bit of a pickle at the start of the war considering they have lost the previous three battles for the Holy Grail. So winning this tournament is paramount for them.

Another prominent character appears in the form of Irisviel von Einzbern, who forms an unexpected romantic relationship with Kiritsugu Emiya.

This series features some of the best action sequences in the industry that mainly comes out of Emiya’s fight with the other representatives.

The series, all in all, is beautifully picturised bringing out the characteristics and features of its heavily varied cast in a perfect manner. For this reason and more it is a great starting point for the main series.

23. Cowboy Bebop

Aired on: 3 April 1998

Episodes: 26

Cowboy Bebop

It wouldn’t be wrong to call Cowboy Bebop a landmark series since it introduced the aime genre to the western audience. It ran from 1998-2000 and used elements such as western and pulp Fiction.

Something that the show perfected to the T was its characterizations. The characters hit very close to home with themes like existentialism, existential ennui, loneliness.

All through the course of the anime, the past has a very poignant effect on our protagonists. The Anime kept its relevance with mention of pop culture icons like John Woo and Bruce Lee, Midnight Run, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Alien.

The story follows the characters of a crew, who work as bounty hunters for a spaceship aptly titled Bebop. It is based in futuristic time with the premise being set up on planets and in some ways is a post-apocalyptic series.

This crew includes Spike Spiegel, an exiled former hitman of the criminal Red Dragon Syndicate, and Jet Black, a former ISSP officer. They are later joined by Faye Valentine, an amnesiac con artist; Edward Wong, an eccentric girl skilled in hacking; and Ein, a genetically-engineered Pembroke Welsh Corgi with human-like intelligence.

The main story line of the anime is undoubtedly the rivalry between Spike and Vicious. Their history goes long back, as they actually started off as friends and partners.

The series has left such an impact on the anime culture, that it is one of the first to get a live action treatment from Netflix. Netflix was till recently filming the live action adaptation of the series, but unfortunately the lead actor John Cho suffered an injury and the production stalled.

24. Hellsing Ultimate

Aired on: February 10, 2006

Episodes: 10

Hellsing Ultimate

Most fans of the manga Hellsing prefer this original video animation series, over the first series that came in the late 90s, mainly because this one followed the written material more closely.

It ran in Japan from February 10, 2006, to December 26, 2012. In North America the series ran from December 5, 2006, to October 28, 2014.

This anime jumps a lot between past and future, it starts ten years earlier from Integra’s struggle to save herself from her uncle and visits the future when these struggles have devastatingly affected the present generation.

Two of its most interesting characters are hands down Alucard and Integra. In many ways it is their dynamics that form the central focus of their relationship. It all starts and ends with the undying loyalty that Alucard has for Integra.

In a lot of ways Integra’s progression has been because of Alucard’s support. She changes from the timid girl who couldn’t protect herself from the attacks of her uncle, to a revered leader, because of the values Alucard and Walters instil in her.

No, doubt it is a master- slave relationship, but it is a step above and beyond it, because here both can’t do without each other.

Apart from this intense leader and original vampire, the series has characters like the faithful Hellsing family butler Walter C. Dornez, and former police officer Seras Victoria, whom Alucard turned into a vampire.

All of them come together to form the formidable guardians of the Royal Order of Protestant Knights whose mission is to search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten the queen and the country.

25. One Piece

Aired on: 20 October 1999

Episodes: 928

One Piece

This is one of those animes which has been around for a long time because of its gripping storyline and capability to attract people’s attention whenever a new season comes out. It was first aired in 1999 and is based on a manga series.

Despite being around this long it still grips the attention of people because of its action, wittiness and most importantly character development.

The story is about a young man Monkey. D. Luffy, who wants to become the king of the pirates and for that to happen he needs to find a treasure called One Piece.

One of the attractions of the anime is how the crew is assembled which has six members. Roronoa Zolo, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Robin and Chopper.

The anime gives a fair chance to every character and thus each character acquires a special place in our heart . They start their journey from the East Blue Sea and with time we see them develop not only in terms of their personality but also their skill sets .

The anime was produced by Toei animation and premiered in Fuji television in October 1999 , till now it has completed 928 episodes . It is one of the most long running animes which has made a place in our heart.

Simply put this will not bore you, it is hilarious and will give you the entertainment that you want to find in an anime.

26. Owari No Seraph (Seraph Of The End)

Aired on: April 4, 2015

Episodes: 23

Owari No Seraph (Seraph Of The End)

Released in 2015 this anime has raised eyebrows from anime lovers. It is two seasons long. There is always an attraction for anime lovers where there are vampires or demons who want to gain control over the human race.

Having said that, there have been many attempts made recently towards this vampire or demon based anime so it becomes necessary to be exceptional in order to stand out from the rest.

The story is based in a world where a virus outbreak has cleared the human race on the face of the planet, except kids below thirteen years of age. The vampires who used to live underground have come up and are using these kids as livestock. The orphaned kids treat each other as a family.

One of the kids Yuichiro and his friend Mikaela along with other children of the orphanage plot a plan to escape but it fails and most of them are killed. But, Mikaela sacrifices herself so that Yuichiro could escape who is then found by the Moon  Demon Company.

Yuichiro is shown to be a part of Japan Imperial Demon Army to avenge the death of his family. The anime involves events that have still not been covered in manga. Although there is no news about season three but the available two seasons are worth watching.

27. Yu Yu Hakusho

Aired on: October 10, 1992

Episodes: 112

Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho consists of 112 episodes and was aired from 1992 to 1995 . The story is about Yusuke Urameshi who one day saves the life of a little girl and gets hit by a car. This action of his is so out of his character that Spirit Realm does not allow him to pass.

Yusuke Urameshi is a teenage boy who is involved in street brawling and has no future whatsoever. As a result he seems it is suitable to sacrifice his life to save a kid. It  comes as a surprise for the secret realm and thus Koenma who is going to be the throne bearer of the secret  realm assigns him some tasks. The completion of the task would mean Yusuke would get his life back.

Later on after getting his life back Yusuke becomes a spirit detective and the adventure begins. It is one of the best shounen anime and was awarded Animage Anime Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995.

So it has a legacy as one can infer. The anime is based on a manga and is directed by Noriyuki Abe.  Funimation divided it into four seasons where each season had its own story arc which they used to call sagas.

The anime was hugely popular in both Japan and later in North America and received positive reviews everywhere . This is the earliest anime which made people love the tournament arc.

28. Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic

Aired on: October 18, 2013

Episodes: 50

Magi The Labyrinth Of Magic

First aired in Japan in 2012 Magi is a manga based anime written by Shinobu Ohtaka and produced by A-1 pictures. IGN listed this anime as the best anime of the 2010s. There are three main characters Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana. The anime is inspired by “One Thousand And One Nights” of the Arabian Nights.

Now this anime deals with some heavy issues like war, slavery, politics etc  which makes it unique and grabs people’s attention. The series does a superb job in developing side characters too.

Aladdin is a magician who has a djinn Ugo, Alibaba is a guy who wants to be rich and cares very much about materialistic values, Morgiana who is a slave of Jamil. There are huge structures called dungeons everywhere around them and they want to conquer them.

Anyone who conquers the dungeon will have unlimited treasures. The three of them go on the adventure and fight evil powers. The anime has a fresh touch because of the subject that it deals with as mentioned earlier .

The action and fighting is comparable to any shonen based anime , the actions are fast ,sleek and very attractive to watch, the sound and the music has a very wide range .  The theme of friendship plays a major role in this anime. The anime has two seasons twenty five episodes each . There is no news about the third season.

29. Fate/ Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

Aired on: 4 October, 2014

Episodes: 26

Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works

This anime is a follow-up to FATE /ZERO consisting of two seasons. It was first aired in 2014 and was produced by Ufotable. Because of the success of FATE/ZERO it was one of the most anticipated anime in 2014 .

Unlike its predecessor this anime has a very straightforward approach and successfully develops the characters to a great extent. The animation is worth praising and the action is so fun to watch. If one thinks that FATE/ZERO was a top notch anime then this one will definitely be an upgrade.

The story is based on Emiya Shirou who accidentally enters into Holy Grail war, a battle among magicians who are called masters and they summon their servants to fight for them in the war. The winner of the war will get a chalice which will fulfill any wish of the winner.

Shirou’s characterization in the series is worth appreciating, not only Shirou but Archer and Lancer were also explored. The best part was when the creators decided to explore the servant’s story.

The anime might not be as dark as its predecessor but that does not mean that it is not worth watching, it has definitely improved the game. The masters and the servants are much stronger than before. The show has many twists and turns to grab your attention.  Takahiro Miura was awarded the best director for this anime.

30. Samurai Champloo

Aired on: May 20, 2004

Episodes: 26

Samurai Champloo

This anime has many similarities with the universally acclaimed, Cowboy Bebop. It is mainly because both of them come out of the directorial efforts of one person- the legendary Shinichirō Watanabe. This series ran from May 20, 2004 to March 19, 2005.

Just like his previous effort in Cowboy Bebop, this work was also equally appreciated and applauded. It shared a lot of similar themes and designs like mixed genres, episodic narrative design and contemporary music.

The anime follows the life of Mugen, an impudent and freedom-loving vagrant swordsman; Jin, a composed and stoic rōnin; and Fuu, a brave girl who asks them to accompany her in her quest across Japan to find the “samurai who smells of sunflowers”.

Their origin story in many ways is comparable to Fairy Tail, as a chance encounter makes Fuu go on a journey of a lifetime with two comrades Mugen and Jin.

But unlike Fairy Tail, Mugen and Jin are not known to each other, so this is a trifecta of three individuals who are complete strangers to each other, that makes the discoveries about them even more interesting.

The story is set in an alternate version of the Edo period, roughly sixty years after the end of the Sengoku period. Samurai Champloo employs a blend of historical Edo-period backdrops with modern styles and references.

Just like in Cowboy Bebop, real life counterparts were used to increase the reliability of the anime. Here too contemporary characters from the Edo Period are used like Hishikawa Moronobu, Alexander Cartwright and Vincent van Gogh to make it feel more authentic.

31. The Devil Is A Part Timer!

Aired on: April 4 2013

Episodes: 13

The Devil Is A Part Timer!

The Devil Is A Part Timer! is an anime that came into our lives as a breath of fresh air, because of its theme and handling of content.

Its basic plot line is the age old fight between good and evil, but with a twist. It follows the journey of the two main characters Demon and Emilia, not only in one world, but two.

The story starts off in the world of Ente Isla, and then transfers to the Modern world of Tokyo, Japan where all these Classic characters have to adapt themselves as members of this very different society.

The way all the main protagonists cope with these situations, make for some very comic instances. The most interesting aspect of the present dynamics is definitely the relationship between the suave Satan and intense Emilia.

They progressed from being mortal enemies to potential partners, in between these two dimensions. Other important characters include Alciel the leader of a major demon faction, Chiho Sasaki a high school student who is Sadao’s friend and fellow employee at MgRonald, Lucifer a fallen angel and one of Satan’s generals, and Crestia Bell Sadao’s next door neighbor.

After the series wrapped up, fans got so attached to it, that they started instantly, demanding a new season. The first series covered 9 volumes, and since then 9 more volumes have come up giving more than enough material. The fans had their hope reignited when creator Satoshi Wagahara urged fans not to lose hope.

32. Hellsing

Aired on: October 2001

Episodes: 13


Hellsing is based on a manga of the same name that was published in 1997. So, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that it has endured the tides of time and has made a unique place for itself in the manga culture.

It was well appreciated for its story-line and animation during its run. But since the manga ran till 2008, a lot of the sequences and situations were made up or created on their own by the showrunners, because they ran out of content from the source material.

A lot of the story is centred around Alucard, the strongest and most vicious creature of the universe. The anime follows his relationship with every other character in the series.

The most interesting dynamic is definitely between Alucard and Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing. They started off with Alucard acting as Integra’s ultimate protector, when her Uncle tried to get her killed.

It is his protection and guardianship that inspires Integra to become a fearsome leader of her organisation, Hellsing. The whole story is caused because of the activities in this organisation.

The mission of Hellsing is to essentially search for and destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threaten the queen and the country.

Since the series deviated from the original manga, years later a new series was produced titled Hellsing: Ultimate which covered the original material in entirety.

33. Sword Art Online

Aired on: July 8, 2012

Episodes: 25

Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online has definitely become a sort of phenomenon in recent times. With the advent of sites like Netflix and the amount of buzz it has achieved through social media, people have fallen in love with it and want more of it.

The anime has the interesting premise of a virtual reality world, calledAincrad, where Sword Art Online (SAO)- the game, was premised on.

The story begins when 1000 players are trapped in the game and forced to play it with real life consequences. If they suffer an injury in game death, they will also get the same fate in real life.

Amongst these characters Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya, is unique as he has special skill sets. These special skill sets help him to maneuver through this game better than his opponents. He also does it all alone, a method that stands in contrast to other players who choose to perform in teams.

Another important character is Asuna Yuuki, who forms a deep and romantic bond with the Kirito. Their Romance provides a much-needed relief in the intense atmosphere of the game.

The popularity of this series paved way for another future season titled Sword Art Online II, which aired between July 5 and December 20, 2014.

34. Psycho Pass

Aired on: 12 October 2012

Episodes: 22

Psycho Pass

Psycho Pass represents a very unique genre in the anime universe, known as Cyberpunk. It is one of the most popular series to date that employs this genre.

Cyberpunk is basically a subgenre of sci-fi which is based on a dystopian futuristic setting that tends to focus on a “combination of low-life and high tech”. It features advanced technological and scientific achievements, such as artificial intelligence and cybernetics, juxtaposed with a degree of breakdown or radical change in the social order.

It ran from October 2012 to March 2013 and was highly appreciated despite some malfunction in the latter episodes. These malfunctions forced the creators to tweak a lot of these episodes during the DVD release.

Psycho Pass is set in a Japan of the future, where a system called Sibyl System has taken over. In this system, the minds and mentalities of the citizens are measured. The assessment of each citizen is called their individual Psycho Pass.

Psycho Pass calculates the likelihood of an individual to commit a crime, which is then measured by the crime coefficient index.

When this index exceeds an accepted threshold (100), they are pursued, apprehended, and either arrested or decomposed by the field officers of the Crime Investigation Department of the Public Safety Bureau.

The Main Characters of this Anime are Akane Tsunemori, a rookie Inspector; Shinya Kogami, an Enforcer; Shogo Makishima, a prolific criminal mastermind; Nobuchika Ginoza, a strict man who looks down on Enforcers; Tomomi Masaoka, a middle-aged enforcer who used to be a detective; Shusei Kagari, a carefree young man who was marked as a latent criminal in childhood; and Yayoi Kunizuka, a former musician turned into a latent criminal stemming from a relationship with a terrorist.

35. Magi: The Kingdom Of Magic

Aired on- October 2013

Episodes- 25

Magi The Kingdom Of Magic

Magi: The Kingdom Of Magic is the sequel series of Magi: The labyrinth of Magic and follows the same characters albeit on a different adventure. It premiered on October 6, 2013, and concluded with its final episode on March 30, 2014. It had a total of 25 episodes.

This adventure basically starts off with all of the main characters going off their separate ways after their previous battle. Hakuryuu and Kougyoku, have to go back because of orders from their home country of Kou Empire. Aladdin decides to head off to Magnostadt, a country ruled by Magicians where certain mysterious events attract his attention. Finally, Alibaba and Morgiana getting inspired by Aladdin decide to get better equipped and return back to their own homelands respectively.

This season helps us to explore these characters better, individually. We are taken in a roller coaster of their emotions as we learn to regard them separately. But the theme, which is their togetherness, that initially made it a hit, also returns as a pertinent danger looms over everyone.

The most emotional arc of the entire series is definitely the ordeal the entire team faces while trying to save Dunya. This ordeal begins during the celebrations in Sindria, signifying that this team is destined to always struggle and try to save the world as heroes.

The music used in the Anime was also perfect, as it featured songs like “Anniversary” by SID, “Eden” by Aqua Timez, “Hikari” by ViViD and the ending theme song is “With You/With Me” by 9nine.

36. InuYasha

Aired on: 16 October 2000

Episodes: 193


This anime is based on a manga of the same name created by Rumiko Takahashi. The central characters of this anime are Kagome and Inuyasha along with Shippo, Miroku, Sango and Kirara.

The main objective is to get hold of a jewel which is broken into pieces and not let it get into the hands of demons as it would increase their powers. The jewel was once inside Kagome and it was shattered after she time travels into a feudal era of Japan after falling through a well. Inuyasha who is a half-demon is freed by Kagome as she pulls off the arrow which was pierced in Inuyasha by his girlfriend Kikyo.

The anime deals with many subjects like time travel, love, friendship, magic, demons which means everything that makes an anime our favourite. The characters are few in number which gives the creators the time to develop them well and present them to us, the music fits well with the feudal era of Japan.

It is one of those animes which you get addicted to once you start and though 193 episodes looks too much but still it grabs your attention. Some very little plot arrangement are very enjoyable and make this anime interesting such as Inuyasha’s confusion over whether to be with Kagome who freed her from the arrow or with Kikyo who stuck him with the arrow. All in all it has all the ingredients to be your favourite anime.

37. Darker Than Black

Aired on: April 5, 2007

Episodes: 38

Darker Than Black

First aired in 2007, it has 2 seasons till date and is created by Tensai Okamura. This anime is filled with supernatural phenomena, assassins, and emotional turmoils.

It is based in South America, and the story starts with an around ten years ago when the “Heaven’s Gate” opened along with the opening of “Hell’s Gate” in Tokyo. The real stars are replaced by fake stars which change their behaviour. Superhuman beings called contractors possessing supernatural powers control the movements of these stars but every time these powers are used they have to pay a price.

The contractors work for various countries and organisations, they are used to kill, spy and to wage war. The story revolves around one such contractor named Hei who undertakes missions in Tokyo under an organisation called Syndicate. The character development and use noir theme is the most appreciable part of this anime.

It generally received positive reviews as it successfully takes you to a different reality where you don’t know anything. We see a protagonist who has his own shortcomings and thus we feel close to him, mystery uncovers at every point of the series. One ends up begging for more when it finishes and as the fans say it is literally darker than black.

To summarise if someone likes mystery, angst, supernatural phenomena, then they should really go for this one and for others, I would recommend them to give it a go you will not regret.

38. Black Butler

Aired on: 2 October 2008

Episodes: 36

Black Butler

Directed by Toshira Shinohara and produced by A-1 Pictures, this anime has 36 episodes with 7 OVA episodes. It has one more part called Book Of Circus and has also been adapted into a movie. The animation is comparable to what we see in today’s anime and thus is very visually pleasing.

There are two main characters Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis . Ciel is an aristocrat who has a bad past which includes his parents being murdered, him being made a slave and Sebastian is a demon who is in contract with Ciel. The contract being if Ciel avenges his parents murder and Sebastian has to help him and then Sebastian can have Ciel’s soul.

Both of them go on to have numerous adventures with lots of action. The anime is set at a time when there was the presence of East India Company and the anime stays true to its setting. The music is also very engaging and the voice actors have done a commendable job .

Most importantly one will live with Ciel while watching this anime as he is put in all kinds of situations which develops his character and shows his desires. In the end, it has a lot of cliffhangers to glue you with the series.

39. Rurouni Kenshin

Aired on: January 10, 1996

Episodes: 95

Rurouni Kenshin

Based on the manga of the same name, this anime was first aired in 1996 created by Nobuhiro Watsuki and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. There are also two Original Video Animation (OVA) series and two theatrical movies.

The story is set in the Meiji period in Japan and the central character is Kenshin Himura a swordsman who saves people to atone a murder he himself committed but without killing the criminals. These criminals also feel cheated by the system as the country is undergoing change because of a new government that has little to no value to old traditions.

It is a hard time for swordsmen cause no matter how skilled you are you cannot win against technology that is guns. It implies that if you have the money you can take anything you want. So that is the kind of power tussle going on between the new age government and the people who want to preserve the traditions. The people were simply thrown out of society or were killed in the war of transition.

The series ended in 1998 and was produced by Aniplex and Fuji TV. It has good action and the plots are crafted well and has a great soundtrack. We really feel that the historical setting feels quite convincing and all anime lover should watch this.

40. Sword Art Online II

Aired on: July 5, 2014

Episodes: 24

Sword Art Online II

Second season of sword art online created by Reki Kawahara is produced by A 1 pictures and directed by Tomohiko Ito. The second season first aired in 2014. The season has three arcs: “Phantom Bullet”, “Calibur” and “Mother’s Rosario”.

It revolves around Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya who finds an ally in Shino “Sinon” Asada who is the best sniper in-game player. They both enter a tournament called Bullet of Bullets where they have to find the one whose name is Death Gun. In the tournament, they have to play a game called Gun Gale Online.

Our villain Death Gun has the capability to kill someone by simply killing his virtual character in the game. This anime is a visual treat and feels good to the eye. The musical theme works well with each moment and adds to the anticipation.

It is an enjoyable season with good animation, soundtracks and settings.  In this season each character’s motivation is deeply studied.  the animation of the game world totally grabs your attention. The fighting scenes and the detailed character design are also worth praising.

The storyline is easy to follow and visually it is one of the best anime. The voice acting reflects the ongoing action. This season is darker and more mature and characterization is better than before.


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