30 Best Anime Movies and Series of All Time

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Anime is an incredible genre and has now become ubiquitous. Many people still think that anime is for kids, but the truth is spoken- it is for everyone! With thousands of anime series and movies available, it is safe to say that it has got something for every taste.

With beautiful animation, an amazing storyline, and a rainbow of emotions, anime is one of the most loved genres by people.

Here’s a list of the best anime movies and series that we have compiled just for you!

15 Top rated anime series of all times

  1. Attack on Titan

30 Best Anime Movies and Series of All Time

Revolving around the theme of the refugee crisis, loyalty, and friendship, ‘Attack on Titan’ is a revolutionary anime series with a fantastic storyline. Titans, who are gigantic humanoid beings invade the human world and assassinate them out of the blue moon.

As the story unravels, the dark secrets of the government come to the light. The protagonist, Eren Jaeger has vowed to protect humankind against the titans after they killed his mother right in front of his eyes. War is inevitable, not just against titans but also among other human beings. 

  1. Naruto: Shippuden

Best Anime Movies & Series - Naruto: Shippuden

The series is about an adolescent ninja, Naruto Uzumaki, who aspires to become a Hokage, the leader of his village. As Naruto explores life and faces challenges, we see his character evolve from a hyperactive, loud ninja to a more mature and confident person.

A group of elite ninja is on a mission to take over the shinobi world. With a whopping 500 episodes, the series keeps you captivated throughout. All the characters of the series, even the antagonists are fantastic which makes the audience watch the show over and over again. 

  1. Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

Action? Check. Superpower stories? Check. Fantasy? Check. Hunter x Hunter has gathered a massive following all over the world. This hooking series is about a young boy named Gon Freecss who discovers the shocking truth that his father was alive after he was presumed to be dead.

Fueled with determination to follow the footsteps of his father to join the elite title “Hunter”, Gon goes on a quest to search for his father. With 148 episodes, you will find yourself completely captivated by the storyline and we’re sure you’ll crave more episodes!

  1. One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

An action-comedy series, this story is about a man named Saitama who has trained himself to be undefeatable in any battle. He is so strong that battles don’t thrill him anymore and all it takes is a single punch, to defeat the enemy.

Things start to change after the arrival of a 19-year-old cyborg named Genos, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after knowing his capabilities. As the story unravels we find Saitama fight much stronger enemies, just to get the thrill of fighting back. One of the best series to be made, One-Punch Man is loved by many.

  1. My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

We know how fantasy series are – a protagonist with superpowers trying to save the world from evil. Well, this series has a bit of a twist. What is it, you may ask? In a world full of people with superpowers, the protagonist Izuku Midoriya, a middle school student is born without one.

Unfazed by the fact, he aspires to become a superhero and attend a premier school for superheroes. The story has three main themes of friendship, struggle, and victory making it a perfect watch for us. 

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

This series is the second part of the previously released Manga ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ in 2003. The series is based on two brothers undergo rigorous alchemy training, which they believe would help them bring their dead mother back to life, which was considered taboo and thought to be almost impossible to perform.

Edward goes on a quest to find the Philosopher Stone and on the way, uncovers some dark conspiracies about the government and secrets of his father. With its 65 engaging episodes, every minute of the series is a spectacular watch.

  1. One Piece

One Piece

Revolving around the adventures of a 17-year-old pirate named Luffy, this series gives us a lot of life lessons. It teaches us to give our best in whatever we need to accomplish, even if it costs your life.

Luffy is on a quest to find the great mystical treasure called “One Piece” and in the way, overcomes challenging situations, unveils dangerous secrets, and fights the enemies. This series is the top-selling anime in the world. 

  1. Naruto

Naruto

With over 235 million copies sold in over 35 countries, Naruto has a huge base of fan following. This best-selling Manga is the prequel to Naruto: Shippuden and narrates the story of the young Naruto who is looking for recognition and a dream of becoming a Hokage someday.

Before his birth, the boy gets a powerful demon Kyuubi sealed inside him, which later in his life becomes a problem as he is unable to fit in among his people. With numerous awards under the belt, this anime series has everything that you are looking for – adventure, action, friendship, and comedy.

  1. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghouls is a dark anime series with a lot of violence. Loved by millions, this series is about a young college student, Ken Kaneki who makes friends with a fellow student and is pulled into the dark world of ghouls.

Ghouls are dangerous creatures who feast on human flesh and blood. Kaneki encounters a ghoul and fortunately, he survives, but the ghoul had already bit him.

This changes him into a half-human and a half-ghoul, and he is forced to adapt to his new lifestyle. The ghouls have the power to transform themselves to appear as human and blend in the human world. For the ones who don’t like violence, there’s a censored version as well.

  1. Death Note

Death Note

A very dark and enthralling anime series ‘Death Note’ is voted the best series ever by the Japanese. The protagonist, unlike other series, is an evil guy which makes it a very fascinating watch. The God of Death, Shinigami has the power to kill any person whose face he has looked at by writing their name down in the Death Note notebook.

This notebook finds its way to the human world, in the hands of a high school student, Light Yagami, who targets to kill the criminals using the notebook. Realizing the power of Light, people start worshipping him. Hands down, one of the best series to be ever made!

  1. Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu

This anime series is about Hinata Shouyou, a short middle school student who takes interest in volleyball after watching a match on TV. Determined to become a start player, he gathers a team and starts practicing for a championship. However, in the first round of the championship, they go against the best player Kageyama Tobio and face defeat.

This does not deter him and he keeps practicing. The story has a twist that in the first year of his high school, both he and Kageyama join the same team. They need to start working together and co-operate for their team to be the best. A fun and interesting watch, this series has an excellent storyline that will keep you hooked.

  1. Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom

In this unconventional series, a school gets a new teacher who is a strange creature with tentacles. He has destroyed almost two-third of the moon, leaving it to be in a permanent crescent shape. He is on the most-wanted list of the government and the students of his class have been assigned to kill him.

The students plan various ways to kill the teacher but are unsuccessful in their attempts. The teacher turns out to be the best teacher the school had ever witnessed. The series has many light-hearted moments combined with a lot of action. This 22 episode series remains one of the most interesting watches of all time.

  1. Bleach

Bleach

This is one of the longest series with over 366 episodes. The story revolves around a high school student named Kurosaki Ichigo who has the superpower to see ghosts. This ability was endowed by him after an incident when he and his family were attacked by a Soul Reaper.

Ichigo trains to be a Soul Reaper and vows to hunt down all the Hollows who kill people. He makes a small team of his friends who also have a few superpowers. This series is wonderfully written and keeps you wanting more after every episode.

  1. The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins

Full of adventure and fantasy, this anime series is about seven knights who represent the seven deadly sins. To overthrow the tyrannical ruler of Britannia, Princess Elizabeth embarks on a journey to Seven Deadly Sins.

The series is about bringing back the long-lost justice of the kingdom and the adventures that come with it. This series also has some great music and some light-hearted moments. This is a hugely popular Manga and should be on your watch list if the plot interests you.

  1. Parasyte

Parasyte

With just a single season, this series is no less than a work of wonder. The story revolves around a boy named Shinichi Izumi who gets infected by a parasite that has been butchering and consuming human beings.

The boy got saved as the parasite had entered his body through his hand. ForTo both the boy and the parasite to survive, they need to learn to co-exist together. This 24-episode sci-fi adventure series keeps the audience engaged with its unique storyline.

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15 Top rated anime movies of all time

  1. Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Moving Castle

The movie revolves around a passionate love story between an 18-year-old girl, Sophie, and a magician named Howl. The girl had been cursed by a witch and turned into an old woman. After the curse, the girl cannot continue living her old life so she enters Howl’s castle as household help.

She befriends the fire demon of the household and they both promise to help each other out of their terrible situations. With due course of the story, we see Howl falling in love with Sophie for who she is and not for her looks. This movie never fails to mesmerize the viewers and is one of the best so far!

  1. When Marnie Was There

When Marnie Was There

A young girl named Anne was sent to the countryside citing health reasons by her parents. There, she met another girl Marnie, who is very friendly but mysterious. Marnie is a blonde girl who helps Anna conquer her self-esteem issues and develops a strong bond with time.

Later in the movie, we discover that Marnie has closer ties with Anna than we couldn’t ever have imagined. A perfect movie to watch that deeply touches human emotions.

  1. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

This movie is science fiction based on the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bepop. Set in the year 2071, Cocky Spike Spiegel and his crew land on Mars to chase an enormous cash reward. The team is on a mission to catch the mysterious terrorist who threatens to destroy the human population of Mars with the help of pathogens if the demands are not met.

It is a race against time for the team, and this movie makes sure the audience seat at the edge of their chairs throughout!

  1. The Anthem of the Heart

The Anthem of the Heart

The plot centers on a young girl named Naruse who carries the guilt of her parent’s divorce with her carelessly spoken words. She is suddenly cursed by a mysterious “Egg Fairy”, which renders her unable to speak so that she never hurts anybody with her words again.

Years later when she attends high school, she discovers that she can sing, but not speak. A heartfelt story of her relationship with her fellow committee members and their plan to show Naruse’s story to the world is worth the watch.

  1. Penguin Highway

Penguin Highway

Mysteriously one fine day, penguins start appearing in a village. Captivated by the fact, a young boy named Aoyama is determined to find the reason for such appearances with his friend. On their quest to solve the mystery, they find a dangerous sea and soon discover that whatever goes in there does not come out and can only be destroyed by the penguins.

A horrifying event happens when the penguins try destroying the sea. A child wiser than his age, Aoyama is refreshingly self-confident. The movie gives a wholesome experience to the viewers.

  1. Her Blue Sky

Her Blue Sky

This movie explores the relationship dynamics between three people Akane, Shinnosuke, and Aoi. Akane is the elder sister of Aoi and when their parents died, she was the only family left for her.

After a few years, Akane’s ex-boyfriend Shinnosuke returned to town and at the same time the two former lovers meet, Aoi encounters Shinnosuke’s teenage self as she travels time and falls in love. It is a thought-provoking anime with both the elements of realism and romance in it.

  1. Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

This movie revolves around a conspiracy about an Augmented Reality (AR) called the Augma in a new Ordinal Scale. This OS assigns each player a rank using a ranking system. This rank is determined by the number of monsters the people are defeating or the number of items they gather in the real world.

Higher ranking people are rewarded with enormous powers and it is often a result of the Player versus Player (PvP) battles.

  1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Movie

This anime movie is a trilogy. The first part came out in 2012 and is named ‘Eternal’, the second part ‘Rebellion’ was released in 2013. Both of these parts are mainly based on the TV anime series, for people who didn’t watch the series.

Only in the final part, do we get a new plot wherein the protagonist, a middle school girl Madoka Shikame encounters Kyubey which is a cat or a dog-shaped creature. Kyubey entrusts Shikame to be a girl with the magical power to save the world. This movie revolves around the adventures of Shikame and the decisions she makes that would change the future of the world forever.

  1. Stand by Me Doraemon

Stand by Me Doraemon

Doraemon has been our favorite anime since childhood. The most renowned anime worldwide, this movie was a 3D version of the series. This anime has only seven episodes of the series Doraemon and is enjoyed by both adults and kids alike.

In the movie, Sewashi and Doraemon find themselves way back in the past to meet Nobita. It is the story of true friendship, where Doraemon tends to Nobita, whose life is in danger.

  1. In this Corner of the World

In this Corner of the World

This anime movie paints the picture of the daily struggles of a high-spirited 18-year-old woman who is married off to a man she barely knows. The movie is set in Hiroshima during WWII and showcases the scenario of the infamous bombing through the eyes of a survivor, Suzu who is the protagonist of the story.

A second version of the anime was released in 2019 namely, “In This Corner (and Other Corner of the World)”.

  1. A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice

The movie tackles sensitive topics of bullying, suicide, disabilities, and broken families. A young girl Shoko Nishimiya, who has just moved schools and is deaf is bullied atrociously by one of her classmates Shoya Ishida.

She is bullied to a point that she changes her school while her bully is criticized by his classmates for going too far. Years later, the bully sets on to seek an apology for his behavior from Shoko back in elementary school. A very sensitive and heart-warming story makes it a must-watch.

  1. Wolf Children

Wolf Children

This movie is considered a masterpiece in the anime world. The plot revolves around a woman named Hana, who falls in love with a werewolf in the university in Tokyo. They have two children who are half-human and half-wolf and can change forms whenever they like.

Tragedy strikes the family as Hana’s lover dies unexpectedly while hunting for food for his children. It is now upon Hana to fend for her children and keep their identity hidden from the rest of the world. 

  1. Weathering With You

Weathering With You

A romantic anime movie, ‘Weathering With You’ is the most viewed anime movie of 2019. In rainy weather, a high-school boy Hodaka Morishimu runs away from his home in a village to Tokyo. He meets an orphaned girl Hina in the city.

Hina has the supernatural ability to change the weather to what people desire. Along with Hodaka, they help people who hope for good weather during important days of their lives like weddings. An unconventional movie with mesmerizing animation, it’s the perfect watch for a weekend.

  1. Spirited Away

Spirited Away

This movie has gained the highest recognition from all over the world and stayed the highest-grossing movie for two decades after its release in Japan. The plot revolves around a 10-year-old child who is trapped in a strange world where her parents turn into pigs because of a curse.

The girl works hard under a witch named Yubaba to help her parents. This fantasy drama is special because it can be viewed from a variety of perspectives. A tale of a determined and smart child and how she overcomes the challenges makes it a great watch.

  1. Your Name

Your Name

This fantasy movie has two protagonists: Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu. Taki lives in Tokyo while Mitsuha resides in the countryside. The teenagers share a magical connection which swaps their bodies.

This constant swapping makes both the characters learn more about each other. Things get complicated when one day the boy and the girl decide to meet in person. The movie is beautifully animated and the storytelling is spectacular.

Conclusion

We hope that you like our collection of carefully curated anime movies and series. Anime is something that is loved by both adults and kids alike, making it a perfect watch with family and friends. If you’re a die-hard anime fan, chances are you have already seen a few of these movies and series. If you’re a beginner, pick up one of the movies or series and get watching!

Which of these movies or series struck a chord with you? Do let us know in the comments below!

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