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The top anime series of all time

Anime has come a long way since its origins in Japan over a century ago. From the early days of "Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors" to the current era of streaming and globalization, anime has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. With so many anime series to choose from, it can be difficult to determine the best of the best. However, there are a few anime series that are widely considered to be among the top anime of all time.



Akira ride bike
Poster of Akira

One of the most influential anime series of all time is "Akira" (1988). Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, this classic cyberpunk anime film is considered a masterpiece of animation and storytelling. The film takes place in a post-apocalyptic Tokyo and follows a biker gang member named Kaneda as he tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a dangerous government experiment. The film's stunning animation and complex story have made it a classic that is still widely watched and studied today.









Ghost in the shell
Picture of Ghost in the Shell

Another influential cyberpunk anime film that is considered one of the top anime of all time is "Ghost in the Shell" (1995), directed by Mamoru Oshii. The film explores themes of technology, consciousness, and humanity through the story of a cyborg policewoman who is hunting a dangerous hacker. The film's thought-provoking story and groundbreaking animation have made it a classic that continues to inspire new anime series and films.




Chihiro, main character of Spirited Away
Poster of Spirited Away

For those who are looking for a heartwarming and visually stunning anime, "Spirited Away" (2001) directed by Hayao Miyazaki is a must-watch. This Studio Ghibli film is widely considered one of the greatest animated films of all time, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story follows a young girl named Chihiro as she enters the spirit world and must find a way to return to the human world. The film's stunning animation, heartwarming story, and relatable characters make it a classic that is beloved by audiences of all ages.








Light vs L
Death note poster

For those who enjoy psychological thrillers, "Death Note" (2006) is one of the top anime series of all time. The series follows a high school student who discovers a mysterious notebook that allows him to kill anyone whose name is written in it. The story quickly spirals out of control as the student's actions have consequences that he never could have imagined. The series is filled with mind-blowing twists and turns that keep audiences on the edge of their seats. A live action adaptation was made in 2017, the film was directed by Adam Wingard but it wasn't quite succesful as the anime series



Characters of Full metal alchemist
Full metal alchemist: brotherhood post

For fantasy lovers, "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (2009) is one of the best anime series ever created. The series follows the story of two brothers who use alchemy in their quest for the Philosopher's Stone. The series is filled with action, adventure, and a powerful story of brotherhood that resonates with audiences of all ages.



Poster of attack on titan
Created by Hajime Isayama

For those who enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, "Attack on Titan" (2013) is an anime series that should not be missed. The series follows humanity's struggle against giant humanoid creatures known as Titans. It is set in a world where humanity is forced to live in cities surrounded by three enormous walls that protect them from gigantic man-eating humanoids referred to as Titans. The series is filled with intense action and a gripping story that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats.











Characters of Your Lie in April
Created by Naoshi Arakawa

On the other hand, if you are one of those who enjoy coming-of-age stories, "Your Lie in April" (2014) is a must-watch. The series follows a young pianist who has lost his passion for music after his mother's death. The series is filled with beautiful music and a powerful story that will touch the hearts of audiences of all ages.





Characters of One punch man (Saitama)
Created by One, Yusuke Murata

Finally, last but not least, for those who enjoy superhero comedy, "One Punch Man" (2015) is an anime series that is not to be missed. The series follows the story of a powerful superhero who becomes bored with his ability to defeat enemies with just one punch. The series is filled with action, comedy, and a unique story that has captured the hearts of audiences around the world.


In conclusion, anime has come a long way since its origins in Japan over a century ago. From the early days of "Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors" to the current era of streaming and globalization, anime has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. The top anime series of all time include classics like "Akira," "Ghost in the Shell," and "Spirited Away" as well as more recent series like "Death Note," "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood," "Attack on Titan," "Your Lie in April," and "One Punch Man." These anime series have not only entertained audiences but also had a huge impact on popular culture around the world. Definitely these shows are the must see anime, of course the list is not enough and many other great stories might be worth to be mentioning in upcoming articles!


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