TOP 8 ANIME SERIES OF ALL TIME

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In one of my last blog titled “THE WORLD OF JAPANESE ANIMATION(ANIME) AND COMICS(MANGA)” I shared names of few animes which are worth watching.

In this blog I’ll give a brief about some of those animes including their story, characters, few highlights and why you should definitely watch them irrespective of your age.

1. DEATH NOTE 

Death Note is number one on our list because of many reasons. Death Note is rather dark, and its protagonist(main lead) isn’t a stereotypical good guy like in many other series.  The series goes to places where other anime haven’t dared, and this is what makes it absolutely enthralling.

The Shinigami is a god of death who is able to kill any person as long as he is able to see the victim’s face and write their name down in the Death Note notebook. Ryuk who is bored by living the life of god of death leaves one of these notebooks in human reals to see how humans use it. The prodigal high school student Light Yagami finds the Death Note and starts testing it by writing the name of a criminal in it. The criminal dies immediately, and Light realizes how devastating and dangerous the power of the notebook in his hands really is. Light decides to clear out the world from criminals with the help of this notebook, and people begin worshiping him. The police though realize that there is a serial killer targeting criminals and try to catch him with the help of an eccentric detective named L.

The original manga series was published from 2003 to 2006 and comprises of 12 volumes and 108 chapters. The anime series developed by Madhouse was of 37 episodes directed by Tetsuro Araki and were broadcasted in Japan from October 2006 to June 2007. 

If you would like to see and experience the absolute best in the world of anime, Death Note is definitely a anime series which you should watch first and foremost. You will be amazed and astonished by the experience which awaits you with this very dark and fascinating series.

2. NARUTO

If you have heard of anime and manga, then you have probably heard about Naruto. It holds the third place in the bestsellers manga list in history with around 235 million copies sold in over 35 countries.

Written by Masashi Kishimoto, this is a coming of age story about a young Naruto Uzumaki, who is a child ninja looking for recognition and with a dream of becoming the leader (Hokage) of his village(Konoha). Prior to his birth, Naruto gets a large demon Kyuubi sealed inside him which causes problems for the boy when trying to find his place in his village.

The story is divided into two parts – the first includes the early adolescent years of the boy and the second when he is a teenager. The popular manga series was adapted into one of the most popular anime TV series of all times, which comprises of 220 episodes which originally broadcasted in Japan from 2002 to 2007, and on cartoon Network from 2005 to 2009.

The sequel – Naruto: Shippuden aired from 2009 to 2011 and comprises of a whopping 500 episodes. It explores the life and adventures of Naruto Uzumaki who is a young, hyperactive and loud ninja looking to become the strongest ninja in the village (Hokage). The series begins more than two years after Naruto left Konohagakure to go through intense training. The Akatsuki(antagonist) which is the organization of the elite ninjas is planning on overtaking the shinobi world. Even though he is older, Naruto has not changed very much, except that his confidence has grown. He goes through each fight with all his heart, soul and determination still in pursuit of the Hokage title.The characters are all amazing, including the antagonists which is why so many people around the world love this series.The story keeps you interested and excited at all times, that is why this is one of the most watchable lengthy anime series. 
The story doesn’t end there as it continues with Boruto Uzumaki, who is Naruto’s son in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations(2017-).

If you are new to manga and anime world, Naruto is definitely a great place to start!

3. DRAGON BALL Z

Dragon Ball Z  is definitely one of the most famous anime series around the world. It is a sequel to the original Dragon Ball series and adapts the chapters of the manga series written and well illustrated by Akira Toriyama.

The story begins with Gokuu who is living peacefully with his wife and son five years after winning the martial arts tournament. The arrival of Raditz who claims to be Gokuu’s long-lost brother changes all of this. He tells Gokuu was sent to earth as a baby in order to conquer and destroy Earth, but after suffering from a head injury he lost his memory and became a good-natured person fighting to protect the weak. After this revelation, Gokuu and his friends are faced with many attacks from extraterrestrial enemies.

The Dragon Ball Z series was broadcasted from 1989 to 1996 and included 261 episodes. Due to the huge popularity of the series in Japan and in US, 17 movies and a total of 148 video games based on Dragon Ball have been released.

There are three sequel series including Dragon Ball GT(1996-1997), Dragon Ball Super(2015-2018) and Super Dragon Ball Heroes(2018-).

Watching the Dragon Ball Z series is definitely a must for any anime fan and enthusiast, of course, after you watch the original Dragon Ball series.

4. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST : BROTHERHOOD

If you think anime is only for kids, you may want to think again. If you are an adult and you want to explore the wonderful world of anime, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a anime to start.

This series was made after the manga series by Hiromu Arakawa and follows the original plotline closely. It includes 65 engaging episodes which will keep you interested and craving for more. The anime series is written by Hiroshi Onogi and directed by Yasuhiro Irie and aired in 2009 and ran until 2010. It was subtitled in English almost immediately following its release which made it very famous among non-Japanese viewers as well.

The story begins with two disfigured brothers Edward and Alphonse who go on a quest for improving their alchemic training so they can resurrect their dead mother and also to restore their physical bodies to their full and healthy form. Edward loses a leg and sacrifices his arm so that he can preserve the soul of his brother when an alchemic experiment for resurrection goes wrong. Alphonse is turned into a body armor, and Edward wears his brothers’ soul on him as he travels to the capital along with his other brothers to become a Fullmetal Alchemist at the State Military. He proceeds to look for the Philosopher Stone which is supposed to give him immense alchemic powers. On the way, he discovers some deep conspiracies of the government along with secrets about his father’s past.

With the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood you will never be bored and feel the need to fast forward any scene. Every minute of this amazing anime series is spectacular and is worth your attention and time.

5. ONE PIECE

Our favorite hero Luffy has taught us that if you really want to accomplish something in your life you need to put your entire heart and soul into it. This is what makes One Piece such a different, inspirational and loved anime series.

Luffy is a good-natured and adventurous pirate who is looking for the mystical great treasure called “One Piece”. He is a part of the Grand Age of Pirates who are all pursuing the dream of becoming the first to find the treasure and proclaim the title of “Pirate King.”

The series follows the adventures of D.Luffy, who is just 17 years old but  overcomes various amazing adventures, unveils dark mysteries and battles numerous enemies on his way to the coveted prize and title.

The series produced by Toei Animation aired on October 20, 1999, on Fuji Television, and since then over 850 episodes have been aired on multiple networks around the world.

By October 2017 around 430 million copies of the series were sold, One Piece became the top-selling anime series in history. The estimated production cost of each of the episode is approximately $88,750, and the series still has a strong fan following among anime around the world.

6. FAIRY TAIL

This brilliant long-running anime series makes it to the top 8 list because it combines great animation, interesting characters and an arc-like structure of the series.

Lucy Heartfilia has a dream of becoming a powerful full-fledged wizard that is why she is searching for celestial keys. During her pursuit, she meets Natsu Dragneel and Happy who are searching for the dragon Igneel –Natsu’s foster father. Natsu is a wizard and a member of Fairy Tail. He saves Lucy during an attempt for abduction and offers her to join them. Somewhere along the way, they meet magic swordsman Erza Scarlet and the ice wizard Gray Fullbuster who join them on their quest. Together they face the evil and end up in countless adventures which make this series so much fun to watch.

The series broadcasted from 2009 to 2013, and during that period won various anime awards, including the best Japanese Anime Award in the 19th Anime and Manga Grand Prix in 2012. The anime series was based on the popular manga of the same name written by Hiro Mashima.

A second series aired in Japan from 2014 to 2016, and the third series began airing on October 7,2018 and is slated to have 51 episodes. So take out the time to watch and enjoy the amazing episodes of the first Fairy Tail series.

7. POKEMON

Most of us have spent hours watching the adventures of Pikachu and Ash Ketchum, or played one of the numerous Pokemon games, right?

Well, years after its release, the original Pokemon anime series is still in the top 3 of the best anime series of all times. It is due to the immense influence and fame it has acquired on a global level.

Pokemon is an abbreviation for term “Pocket Monsters” which was the Japanese title. The series has been aired in more than 98 countries around the world.

The Pokemons are fun and mysterious creatures each with its own talents, abilities, and appearance. Satoshi(Japanese character) has always dreamt of raising his own Pokemon and become a master, but when he finally gets an opportunity to get a Pokemon, he gets Pikachu who is a rebellious Pokemon.The rest, of course, is history – as the adventures of the two unwrap.

This series is fun and safe for young kids, so if you want to feel the nostalgia of being a child again and at the same time introduce your own children to the art of anime, the original Pokemon series is the perfect way to start.

The animated Pokemon series is split in seven chronological series in Japan, and all these seven series include more than 20 different seasons,which means that you have quite a bit of catching up to do if you want to watch them all.

8. BLEACH

With a staggering 366 episodes, bleach is one of the lengthiest anime series on our list. It was broadcasted from 2004 to 2012 and gathered a serious fan following during the years.

The story revolves around a high school student called Kurosaki Ichigo, who is able to see ghosts. He receives this special and mysterious power after an accident in a hollow of a tree. During the accident, a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki rushes to save Ichigo and his family and gets injured while protecting them.

Ichigo promises to take Rukia’s powers so that he can save his family, and as a result, the young boy starts training to be a Soul Reaper(Shinigami). Ichigo then proceeds to hunt down and kill all hollows which attack the people. He is joined by his classmate buddies Yasutora Sado, OrihimeInoue and Uryuu Ishida who also have special abilities.

The Bleach anime series is an adaptation of Tite Kubo’s manga series of the same name. The director of the series is Noriyuki Abe.

This is a wonderful adventure anime series which will keep you wanting to watch more and more episodes. If you are a true fan, you will enjoy every single one of them from episode 1 to episode 366.

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