You can’t go wrong with the world’s most popular anime! You’ve probably seen them all if you’re a true anime fan. These titles were chosen because they are iconic and popular among anime fans. This is a great place to start if you’re new to these addictive Japanese cartoons. These anime series have millions of fans worldwide. They are frequently watched again and shared with others.
As you all know, narrowing this kind of list down to only 15 anime, and ranking them on top of that… So don’t start sending me death threats just because your favourite anime didn’t make the cut. This list is entirely based on my opinion and what I’ve witnessed over the years, so accept it as such. Also, let me know in the comments which anime you believe should have made the list.
Most Popular Anime Of All Time
15. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Following the failure of a horrifying alchemy experiment in the Elric household, brothers Edward and Alphonse are thrust into a terrifying new reality. The boys attempted to resurrect their recently deceased mother despite the alchemical principle that forbids human transmutation. Instead, Alphonse’s body disintegrated, while Edward sacrificed a leg and then an arm to keep Alphonse’s soul in the physical realm by binding it to a massive suit of armour.
Pinako Rockbell and her granddaughter Winry arrive to help the brothers. Winry, a biomechanical engineering prodigy, creates prosthetic limbs for Edward out of “automail,” a tough, versatile metal used in robots and combat armour. The Elric brothers set out on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful gem that allows an alchemist to defy the traditional laws of Equivalent Exchange.
The boys’ journey entangles them in a growing conspiracy that threatens the fate of the world as Edward becomes a well-known alchemist and earns the moniker “Fullmetal.”
14. Jujutsu Kaisen
Yuuji Itadori, a high school student, spends his days either with the Occult Club or visiting his bedridden grandfather in the hospital. However, when he comes into contact with a cursed item unknowingly, his leisurely lifestyle takes an unusual turn. Yuuji finds himself thrust into the world of Curses after swallowing the aforementioned item, which turns out to be a finger belonging to the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.”
Yuuji witnesses firsthand the threat that these Curses pose to society as he discovers his own newfound abilities. When he is introduced to the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he starts down a path he will never be able to return to—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.
13. Sword Art Online
Gamers all over the world have had the opportunity to experience fully immersive virtual reality since the release of the innovative NerveGear. One of the console’s most recent games, Sword Art Online (SAO), provides a portal into the wondrous world of Aincrad, a vivid, mediaeval landscape where users can do whatever they want within the bounds of their imagination. Since the release of this worldwide sensation, gaming has never felt more alive.
When the creator of SAO traps thousands of players inside the game, the idyllic fantasy quickly becomes a brutal nightmare. The “log-out” function has been removed, leaving the only way out to complete all one hundred increasingly difficult levels of Aincrad. To make matters worse, any in-game death is permanent, effectively ending the player’s life outside of the game.
While Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya was fortunate to be a game beta tester, he quickly learns that, despite his advantages, he cannot overcome SAO’s challenges on his own. Kirito teams up with Asuna Yuuki and other talented players to confront the seemingly insurmountable trials. However, with difficult bosses and menacing dark cults impeding his progress, Kirito discovers that such tasks are far more difficult to say than done.
12. Tokyo Ghoul
A sinister threat is invading Tokyo: flesh-eating “ghouls” who look and act exactly like humans. Ken Kaneki, a reserved college student, hides his face behind his books in order to avoid hearing about the escalating crisis. His solitude is shattered when an attractive woman named Rize Kamishiro approaches him and asks him out on a date.
Kaneki discovers while walking Rize home that she isn’t as sweet as she appears and that she has duped him. After a tragic struggle, he awakens in a hospital to learn that his life was saved by transplanting the now-deceased Rize’s organs into his own body.
Kaneki’s body begins to deteriorate, transforming him into a human-ghoul hybrid. Kaneki clings to his humanity as he embarks on his new terrifying journey in the bloody conflict between society’s new monsters and the government agents who hunt them.
11. Attack On Titan
Titans, monstrous humanoid creatures, slaughtered humanity to near extinction centuries ago, forcing humans to hide in fear behind massive concentric walls. The fact that these giants’ desire for human flesh appears to be motivated by pleasure rather than hunger makes them truly terrifying. Humanity’s remnants began to live within defensive barriers to ensure their survival, resulting in a century without a single titan encounter. A colossal Titan breaches the supposedly impregnable outer wall, reigniting the battle for survival against the man-eating abominations.
Following a horrific personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their abolition by joining the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that battles the merciless humanoids outside the walls. Eren, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and his childhood friend Armin Arlert join the Titans’ brutal war and race to defeat them before the final walls fall.
10. One Punch Man
Saitama, despite his unimpressive appearance, has an unusual hobby: he is a hero. Saitama worked tirelessly for three years to achieve his childhood dream, losing all of his hair in the process. Saitama’s power has grown to the point where he can defeat any foe with a single punch. However, because no one can match his strength, Saitama has encountered an unexpected problem: he no longer enjoys the thrill of battle and has grown quite bored.
Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg who witnesses Saitama’s power and wishes to become Saitama’s disciple, notices him one day. Genos suggests that the two join the Hero Association to become certified heroes and be recognised for their positive contributions to society. Saitama quickly agrees, surprised that no one knows who he is. As a member of the Hero Association, Saitama embarks on a new journey, meeting new allies and facing new foes in order to relive the thrill of battle.
9. Spy x Family
Corrupt politicians, fervent nationalists, and other warmongering forces constantly jeopardise Ostania and Westalis’ fragile peace. Regardless of their schemes, renowned spy and master of disguise “Twilight” completes perilous missions one after the other in the hope that no child will witness the horrors of war.
In the bustling Ostanian city of Berlint, Twilight goes by the alias “Loid Forger,” an esteemed psychiatrist. His true goal, however, is to gather information on prominent politician Donovan Desmond, who appears in public only on rare occasions at his son’s school, the prestigious Eden Academy. Loid carries out his master plan by marrying unmarried city hall clerk Yor Briar and adopting the curious six-year-old orphan Anya as his daughter. He’ll enrol Anya in Eden Academy, hoping she’ll excel and allow him to meet Donovan without suspicion.
Unfortunately for Loid, even a man of his abilities finds it difficult to be a loving father and husband. And, like Loid, Yor, an underground assassin known as “Thorn Princess,” and Anya, an esper who can read people’s minds, have no plans to reveal their own. Despite the fact that their idyllic family is built on deception, the Forgers gradually realise that their love for one another is more important than anything else.
8. My Hero Academia
Over the years, the emergence of “quirks,” or newly discovered superpowers, has been steadily increasing, with 80 percent of humanity possessing abilities ranging from element manipulation to shapeshifting. This renders the rest of the world powerless, including Izuku Midoriya.
The aspirant middle schooler has wanted to be a hero since he was a child. Because of his unfortunate fate, Izuku admires heroes and takes notes on them whenever he can. But his perseverance appears to have paid off: Izuku meets the number one hero and his personal idol, All Might. Might’s quirk is an inherited talent, and he has chosen Izuku as his successor!
After months of arduous training, Izuku enrols in UA High, a prestigious high school known for its excellent hero training programme, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. Izuku will quickly discover what it truly means to be a hero, thanks to his strange but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organisation.
7. Death Note
Heinous murders, petty thefts, and senseless violence pollute the human world. In contrast, the realm of death gods is a mundane, unchanging gambling den. Light Yagami, a brilliant 17-year-old Japanese student, and Ryuk, the sadistic god of death, both believe in the same thing: their worlds are rotten.
Ryuk sends his “Death Note” into the human world for his own entertainment. Light shines through it, mocking the first of its rules: the human whose name is written in this note will perish. Light succumbs to the temptation and experiments by writing a felon’s name, which disturbingly reenacts his first murder.
Light—dubbed “Kira”—follows his wicked sense of justice with the ultimate goal of purging the world of all evildoers, despite the terrifying godlike power that has fallen into his hands. Light’s brilliance rivals L’s, and the grand chase for Kira becomes an intense battle of wits that can only end when one of them dies.
6. Demon Slayer
Tanjirou Kamado has carried the burden of providing for his family since his father’s death. Despite living on a remote mountain in poverty, the Kamado family lives a relatively peaceful and happy life. Tanjirou decides to go down to the local village one day and sell charcoal. Tanjirou is forced to seek refuge in the home of a strange man on his way back, who warns him of the presence of flesh-eating demons in the woods at night.
When he returns home the next day, he discovers that his entire family has been slaughtered. Worse, his sister Nezuko is the sole survivor, having been transformed into a bloodthirsty demon. Tanjirou, consumed by rage and hatred, swears to avenge his family and defend his only surviving sibling. Tanjirou will go to any length to slay the demons and protect the last traces of his beloved sister’s humanity alongside the enigmatic Demon Slayer Corps.
5. Chainsaw Man
Denji’s ambition is straightforward: he wants to live a happy and peaceful life while spending time with a girl he likes. However, this is not the case, as Denji is forced to kill devils by the yakuza in order to pay off his crushing debts. He will go to any length for money, even if it means using his pet devil Pochita as a weapon.
Unfortunately, he has outlived his usefulness and is assassinated by a devil working for the yakuza. Pochita, on the other hand, merges with Denji’s dead body and bestows on him the powers of a chainsaw devil. A revived Denji, now able to transform parts of his body into chainsaws, uses his new abilities to quickly and brutally dispatch his enemies. After catching the attention of the official devil hunters who arrive on the scene, he is hired as one of them by the Public Safety Bureau. Denji will go to any length to achieve his simple teenage dreams now that he has the means to face even the most formidable foes.
4. One Piece
Gol D. Roger was dubbed the “Pirate King,” and he was the most powerful and infamous person to ever sail the Grand Line. The capture and execution of Roger by the World Government caused global upheaval. His final words before death revealed the existence of One Piece, the world’s greatest treasure. This discovery ushered in the Grand Age of Pirates, with men dreaming of finding One Piece, which promises an endless amount of riches and fame, as well as possibly the pinnacle of glory and the title of Pirate King.
Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies the pirate stereotype. Instead of the popular image of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate ransacking villages for fun, Luffy’s motivation for becoming a pirate is pure wonder: the prospect of an exciting adventure that will lead him to intriguing people and, eventually, the promised treasure. Following in his childhood hero’s footsteps, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, encountering crazy adventures, unravelling dark mysteries, and battling formidable foes all in pursuit of the most coveted of all fortunes—One Piece.
3. Dragon Ball
Gokuu Son is a young boy who lives alone in the woods until he is discovered by a girl named Bulma while looking for a set of magical objects known as the “Dragon Balls.” Bulma wishes to collect all seven artefacts and wish for a perfect boyfriend because the artefacts are said to grant one wish to the person who collects all seven. Gokuu happens to be in possession of a dragon ball, but he refuses to give it up, so Bulma strikes a deal with him: if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power, he will accompany her on her journey. With that, the two began their epic journey.
They are not travelling by themselves. On the way, they meet the old Muten-Roshi and decide to become disciples of Kuririn, with whom Gokuu trains to become a better martial artist for the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament. It isn’t all fun and games, though; the ability to grant any wish is a powerful one, and there are others who would do much worse than wish for a boyfriend. To keep those who have the legendary power from abusing it, they train to become stronger fighters and use their newfound strength to help those around them.
Pokémon are fascinating creatures with a diverse range of abilities and appearances; many people, known as Pokémon trainers, capture and train them, often with the goal of competing against others. Satoshi has always wanted to be a Pokémon trainer, but also a “Pokémon Master,” and now that his tenth birthday is approaching, he has the chance. Unfortunately for him, all three Pokémon that were available to new trainers had already been claimed, leaving only Pikachu, a defiant Electric-type Pokémon, roaming the streets. This chance meeting, however, would result in a lifelong friendship and an epic adventure!
Satoshi and Pikachu set out to become the best trainers in the world, travelling across beautiful, sprawling regions with their friends Kasumi, a Water-type trainer, and Takeshi, a Rock-type trainer. Peril, however, lurks around every corner. Team Rocket is always nearby, hatching nefarious plans to steal powerful Pokémon. Satoshi and his friends will have to thwart their efforts while also attempting to earn the eight Pokémon Gym Badges needed to challenge the Pokémon League and ultimately claim the title of Pokémon Master.
A massive demon known as the Kyuubi, or Nine-Tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, and wreaked havoc just before Naruto Uzumaki was born. The village’s leader, the Fourth Hokage, sacrificed his life to end the Kyuubi’s rampage and sealed the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.
Naruto is still a hyperactive, knucklehead ninja living in Konohagakure. Shunned by the village due to the Kyuubi within him, Naruto struggles to find his place in the village, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some wonderful new friends, but also to some deadly foes.
So that was it for the list, be sure to let us know what’s your favorite anime from this list in the comments below!
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