People who live outside Japan use the term ‘Anime’ to describe all the animated productions created in the land of the rising sun. While comic books usually preceded the animated cartoons that came from the western world, there are no “anime comic books’. But Japan has comics that inspired many anime series.
Anime is popular throughout the world and one of the biggest reasons for its popularity is the first in our list of Best Anime shows of all time.
Dragon Ball Z (DBZ)
It will be hard to find a person who has not heard of Dragon Ball Z. The series laid the foundation for how anime storytelling works. Although it is a fairly simplistic show with little character development and threadbare plots, it became the precursor for a multitude of other anime series. We can call it the big daddy of all Anime series. Dragon Ball Z follows the adventures of Goku and his companions who defend their home planet from the evil forces like Vegeta and Frieza. They adapted the series from the Dragon Ball manga created by Akira Toriyama. The original manga had 519 chapters, of which 325 were created as a series.
Attack on the Titan
The Attack on the Titan tells the story of humanity which was wiped out by giants who ate humans. These massive giants destroyed the free-living society. A majority of earth’s living population is now hiding in cities protected by very tall walls that unbreakable by even the biggest giants. The remaining humans form a military unit hell-bent on taking revenge on the giants for their murderous exploits.
Hunter X Hunter
Hunter X Hunter is considered to be visual gold by anime lovers worldwide. This series is one of Madhouse studio’s best pieces and has excellent writing and execution. It is famous for its complex characters, lots of emotions and entertainment. The story revolves around Gon Freecss, who thought his father is dead. But he later comes to know his father is alive and is a famous hunter who locates unidentified species, brings lawless men to justice and is also a serial explorer. Gon follows in his father’s footsteps to become a hunter and continues the storyline.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Don’t let the odd sounding name fool you. This is one of the topmost Anime coming out of Japan. Created by Hiroyuki Imaishi and produced by Studio Gainax, Gurren Lagann is a top-notch Anime. It has great plots, a well-written script, and is well executed. It tells the coming of age story of Simon. Get ready to go on a fun ride where you will laugh, cry and jump out in joy with Simon.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion is another creation from the house of Studio Gainax. It is considered to be the Anime which changed the way they tell Anime stories. Its main character Shinji Akari is considered to be one of best fictional characters ever created. Complex dialogues and beautiful animation makes it a must watch.