[web_stories title=”false” excerpt=”false” author=”false” date=”false” archive_link=”true” archive_link_label=”” circle_size=”150″ sharp_corners=”false” image_alignment=”left” number_of_columns=”1″ number_of_stories=”5″ order=”DESC” orderby=”post_title” view=”circles” /]Have you ever considered the idea of having the best anime series? Well, if so then this article is for you. In the following paragraphs, I will be talking about what exactly makes an anime great and how it can stand out from others making it one of the best anime series. But before we get into that, let’s start with what goes into being an anime and what defines an ‘anime’.
What do we mean when we say “Anime” and why is it different/similar to cartoons? Anime (アニメ) literally means animation in Japanese. It’s basically Japanese hand-drawn or computer animation which is typically influenced by Japanese comics (Manga). There are often various genres such as action, adventure, drama, comedy, science fiction, and fantasy that anime can fall under. So while cartoons are typically geared towards children in the United States, Anime often has a wide range of appeal to people of all ages. It’s not uncommon for some animes to have over 100 episodes with detailed storylines and compelling characters.
Now that we understand a little better what Anime is, let’s get into why some animes make for great series’. There are many things that can attribute to this but I will just mention three major points that I think make an anime great. Characters: This is one of the most important aspects of any story, Anime or not. In order for us to care about the outcome of a story, we need to connect with and feel for the characters.
Anime does an amazing job at this by giving us complex and interesting characters with backstories that often leave us wanting more. This is why I think it is one of the best mediums for storytelling as it can be done in a way that manga or books often can’t due to the visual aspect of anime. Animation: This goes without saying but Anime is beautiful.
The animation itself can be breathtaking at times and really add to the story being told. Whether it is the detailed backgrounds, fluid character movements, or just the overall art style, good animation can really make an anime great. Story: Obviously the story is key in any great anime series. It has to be well written, paced well, and captivate us from beginning to end. We want to feel like the story is important and there are real stakes.
The characters themselves need to be relatable or at least interesting so we care about them and their outcomes. There needs to be an overarching theme or goal for the series as a whole, not just some random collection of events that don’t really go anywhere. These are just three simple things but they come together nicely in what I think makes one of the best anime series.
There is no way I can personally rank all the great animes that exist so instead I will link you to ten of my personal favorite anime series that you should definitely check out if you have not watched them yet. In no particular order, these would be Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood & Attack on Titan.
The greatest treasure in the world was kept secret by the World Government for centuries. Gold Roger was known as the “Pirate King,” has been the most powerful and notorious of all pirates who sailed the Grand Line. After being captured and killed by the World Government, things changed all around the world. His last words before his death proved that there exists a huge treasure called One Piece. It was because of this knowledge that the Grand Age of Pirates emerged, men who desired to discover One Piece—which promises an endless supply of riches and renown – and possibly even Pirate King status.
One Punch Man is a great anime that tells the story of a superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch. The protagonist, Saitama, is a seemingly ordinary man who became a superhero after training for three years and becoming bald. Saitama is incredibly strong and fast, but he sometimes struggles to find opponents who can challenge him. The anime follows Saitama as he tries to find worthy opponents and stops evil villains.
Steins; Gate is an anime about time travel. The protagonist, Okabe, discovers that he has the ability to send text messages back in time, and he starts using this power to change the course of history. However, as he soon learns, there are always consequences to his actions. Steins;Gate is a thought-provoking and thrilling ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s a must-watch for any anime fan.
Humans discovered safety behind massive walls 100 years ago, preventing the Titans in their tracks. However, when a huge Titan smashes through the barriers, triggering a flood of Titans into what had previously been the humans’ safe zone, their security is risked. Soldier Eren Jaeger sees one of the monsters consume his mother during the devastation that follows, prompting him to vow he will kill every Titan. Humanity’s last hope for avoiding extinction at the hands of monsters is a group of survivors that includes his friends.
Hunter X Hunter
Hunter X Hunter is an amazing anime that follows the story of Gon, a young boy who sets out on a journey to find his father. He soon finds himself in the company of other Hunters, brave individuals who risk their lives to do what is right. The characters are all so well-developed and the plot is so exciting that I can’t help but recommend this anime to everyone.
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z is an anime that follows the adventures of Goku as he defends Earth against various villains. The show is highly action-packed and features many memorable characters and exciting battles.
Dragon Ball Z is one of my favorite anime shows. It’s a lot of fun to watch and the characters are very likable. I always enjoy watching the show and rooting for Goku and his friends. The action is non-stop and there is never a dull moment. I highly recommend Dragon Ball Z to any anime fan. It’s definitely a classic that should not be missed.
Death Note is one of my favorite anime shows. It’s a psychological thriller that follows Light Yagami, a high school student who finds a supernatural notebook called the Death Note. The Death Note has the power to kill anyone whose name is written in it, and Light decides to use it to create a new world order in which he is the only one who can kill.
Light’s actions quickly attract the attention of the police, as well as the world’s top detective, known only as L. The two engage in a battle of wits as they try to outsmart each other, and the stakes get higher and higher as the body count grows.
Death Note is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. If you’re looking for an anime that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then look no further than Death Note.
Mugen is a strange, fierce animal-like fighter with a distinctive fighting style. Jin has a more conventional approach, while the two samurai warriors are far from allies, yet their separate paths appear to cross anyhow.
When Mugen falls down in front of a teahouse where he meets Jin and Fuu, Fuu recruits them both to come with her on an adventure to find a mysterious samurai who smells like sunflowers.
Cowboy Bebop is an anime that follows the story of a group of bounty hunters as they travel across space in search of criminals. The show is set in the year 2071, and it mixes elements of westerns and science fiction together to create a unique and interesting world.
The characters in Cowboy Bebop are some of the most memorable in all of anime. The main character, Spike Spiegel, is a bounty hunter with a dark past. He is joined by his partner, Jet Black, as well as a ragtag group of other bounty hunters. Together, they travel across the galaxy in their ship, the Bebop, and take on dangerous jobs.
In the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist, Edward and Alphonse Elric seek the Philosopher’s Stone in order to restore their bodies that were lost when they attempted to use their alchemy abilities to resurrect their deceased mother. Edward, who suffered only limb loss, joins the State Military in order to continue his brother’s search for a way to regain his body while wearing a suit of armor. However, Edward and Alphonse are not the only ones looking for the legendary stone. As they delve deeper into it, they find out that someone is attempting to transmute all of Spain for unknown reasons.
If you have watched one of these anime then you will know why they are the best and if not then I highly recommend checking them out as soon as possible.