Check out the 40 best anime ever

In this quarantine, everyone is looking for tips on what to do to deal with boredom. To help you, we made a very comprehensive selection of the best anime ever, with options for all tastes.

Read on to see what they are, and see synopses and links to go to the streaming services where they are available to view.

1. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

We started our list with one of the best and best known anime of all time, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, which is based on a series of manga written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It originally became an anime in 1993, but the second season came out in 2012 and new episodes keep coming out.

It follows the Joestar family through the centuries, starting in 1880 and continuing to the present day, always focusing on a family member and his adventures. Everyone has what are known as "Stands", super powerful special abilities that allow them to beat their enemies. It is available to watch on Crunchyroll.

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2. Avatar: The Legend of Aang

We also have Avatar: The Legend of Aang in our selection, which, although not of Japanese origin, is categorized as anime. It was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and written by Aaron Ehasz for Nickelodeon. It has three seasons that were released from 2005 to 2008.

It takes place in a world where some people have the skills to manipulate one of the four elements: earth, fire, water and air. Follows Aang, the last of the airbenders, who is also the Avatar, someone who has the ability to control all four elements. Follow the link to check out his and his friends' Netflix adventure.

3. She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

Another of the best anime ever is She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot of an animated series of the same name from 1985 that was released in 2018 for Netflix.

It takes place on the planet of Etheria and follows Adora, an orphan raised by the Horde, an evil army led by Hordak who wishes to conquer all Etheria.

One day, Adora gets lost in the forest and discovers a magical sword that turns her into the Princess of Power, She-Ra, and realizes everything the Horde has done to her planet. With that, he joins the resistance that fights them. Follow the link to see more.

4. Blue Exorcist

Illustrated and written by Kazue Katō, Blue Exorcist was a series of manga released from 2009. It became an anime in 2011 by A-1 Pictures and has two seasons.

Follow Rin Okumura, a young man who looks normal. Eventually, he is ambushed by demons and he turns out to be the son of Satan and that his father wants him to return to him.

However, this is not what Rin wants. So he trains to become an exorcist to be able to defend humans. Check out the first season on Netflix and the second on Crunchyroll.

5. Gurren Lagann

A Japanese mecha anime, Gurren Lagann was animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex with Konami. It has 27 episodes that were released between April and September 2007. It was directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, having been adapted for manga later.

It follows two teenage friends, Simon and Kamina, who were born and raised in an underground village hidden from the surface. Together, they escape the village with the help of Yoko Littner and join the fight against the Beastmen, humanoid creatures that terrorize what remains of humanity on the surface. Check it out right now on Netflix, one of the best streaming services.

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6. Dororo

Another excellent option among Japanese animations is Dororo, which comes from a series of manga written and designed by Osamu Tezuka in the late 1960s. It has two adaptations for anime, the first of which was very poorly received. The current one, released in 2019, has 24 episodes.

There follows a child who was exchanged for his father, Lord Daigo Kagemitsu, for the prosperity of his land when he made a pact with 12 demons. However, that child did not die and the anime tells its story of fighting those who did it wrong. It is available on Amazon Prime Video through the link.

7. Psycho-Pass

One of the best anime ever is Psycho-Pass, a cyberpunk anime series produced by Production I.G. It was co-created by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro, and was written by Gen Urobuchi. The first season was released between 2012 and 2013, with the second season in 2014.

In the 22nd century, Japan has the Sibyl System, a way to determine the threat level of each citizen by examining their mental state for any sign of criminal intent.

Akane Tsunemori is a young woman with a strong desire to do justice. However, with the work, she discovers that the System used is not as perfect as everyone thinks and she faces several questions about what Justice really is. Watch it now on Netflix.

8. Beastars: The Good Wolf

Beastars is a manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki, launched since 2016 that became an anime in 2019. It takes place in a world of modernized and anthropomorphized animals with a strong cultural divide between herbivores and carnivores.

Follows Legoshi, a large gray wolf who is strangely quiet and shy. He is a student at the Cherryton Academy where he lives in a carnivore dormitory, among which is Jack, his labrador friend.

Unexpectedly, Legoshi meets a small white dwarf rabbit, Haru, with whom he falls in love. You must learn to deal with these feelings and reconcile your relationship with her with social expectations. To check it out, just follow Netflix.

9. Sailor Moon Crystal

Another of the best animes of all time is one who likes Japanese animations, certainly heard: Sailor Moon, a series of anime and manga very old and well known. Now, in 2014 the Sailor Moon Crystal series was launched, being a reboot more faithful to the original manga.

Follow Usagi Tsukino, a sophomore in high school who, as clumsy as she is, is very energetic. Upon meeting Luna, a cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, becomes Sailor Moon, a Magic Warrior. Along with other warriors, you must find the legendary Silver Crystal. Go to the Crunchyroll to see.

10. Black Lagoon

Based on a manga of the same name written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe, Black Lagoon had its first two seasons released in 2006. It also has an OVA, Roberta's Blood Trail that has only 5 episodes.

It follows a group of known pirate mercenaries with the Lagoon Company, which smuggles goods in Southeast Asia in the early 1990s.

Lagoons kidnap Rock, a Japanese businessman, who soon joins them in their various missions and adventures, all motivated by money. Watch this great animation on Netflix.

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11. Neon Genesis Evangelion

One of the best anime ever and an excellent option to watch during the quarantine is Neon Genesis Evangelion, a Japanese mecha anime produced by Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno, released between 1995 and 1996.

It takes place in Japan 15 years after an apocalyptic event, known as the Second Impact, in the futuristic and super-fortified city of Tokyo-3. He follows Shinji, a teenager who was recruited by his father, Gendo, to pilot a mecha called the Evangelion to protect the world against aliens known as Angels. Follow the link to watch.

12. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Another good choice is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the second animation based on the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa, released between 2009 and 2010. However, unlike the first animation, Brotherhood is practically a direct reproduction of the manga.

The series follows the adventures of the brothers Alphonse and Edward Elric, who after an accident with Alchemy suffered serious consequences – Edward lost an arm and a leg, Alphonse his entire physical body – and his search for the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary substance that would allow them to recover their bodies. The 64 episodes are available on Netflix.

13. Attack of the Titans

Among the best anime ever, we have a series that deservedly became an instant hit around the world: Attack on Titan. So far, the animation has 59 episodes and 3 seasons and is based on the work of the same name, written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, with a fourth season scheduled to premiere in October 2020.

The story focuses on the journey of Eren Jager who lives in a world surrounded by walls and fears the Titans who live outside and try to devour humanity. After losing his family to these Titans he vowed to exterminate each of them, but during the adventure he becomes what he hates most. Watch through the link.

14. Yuri !!! on ICE

A sports anime about ice skating, Yuri !!! on ICE was produced by MAPPA, directed and written by Sayo Yamamoto and has choreographies created by a professional in the field. It has 12 episodes that came out in 2016.

Follow Yuri, a young ice skater who, in the finals of the Figure Skating Grand Prix, lost terribly. Then, he returns to his homeland and stays at his parents' house, where he ends up meeting a Russian champion and his training partner and joins them to compete in another Grand Prix. See it right now on Crunchyroll.

15. Kill la Kill

An original series with 24 episodes and 1 OVA, Kill la Kill was released between 2013 and 2014 and was the first production by Estudio Trigger. Scripted by Kazuki Nakashima and directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi, responsible for Gurren Lagann, who also appears on this list.

Without a doubt one of the best anime ever, Kill la Kill follows the story of Ryuuku Matoi, a rebellious student in search of her father's killer, which leads her to join the Honoouji Academy and develop a bloody rivalry with Satsuki Kiryuin and your mother’s fashion empire. Go to Netflix to watch.

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16. Ghost in the Shell

A 1995 cyberpunk film based on a manga of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, Ghost in the Shell is a well-known animation that currently has several versions, including OVAs and several other films.

It takes place in Japan in 2029 and follows Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg police officer who is hunting down a mysterious hacker known as Puppet Master. The narrative incorporates philosophical themes that focus on self-identity and a combination of advanced technologies. It's one more that can be seen on Netflix.

17. Violet Evergarden

Originally a series of light novels written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase, Violet Evergarden became an animated series with 13 episodes in 2018. In addition, it has a flime that was released in 2019 and one that due to the coronavirus pandemic , was postponed, but it had the starting date 2020.

The story is about Auto Memories Dolls, people who work writing in place of others. Follows Violet, a girl who throughout her life was used with a war instrument and her journey of integration into society after the end of the war. Now, he decided to pursue the career of Auto Memory Doll. Check out this work of art through the link.

18. One Piece

One Piece, based on the manga of the same name illustrated and scripted by Eiichiro Oda is one of the longest and best animes ever. With more than 900 episodes produced since 1999 and not expected to end soon.

The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Gang in search of the hidden treasure of the infamous pirate Gold Roger, the One Piece. In their journeys they encounter all kinds of challenges, battle with strange beings and find all kinds of fantastic places. Check it out right now on Crunchyroll, one of the best apps for watching anime.

19. Samurai 7

A 2004 animated series produced by Gonzo based on a 1954 film called Seven Samurai, Samurai 7 is directed by Toshifumi Takizawa and has 26 episodes.

It tells the story of a village called Kanna and takes place in a futuristic world that has just witnessed the end of a gigantic war. In it, Nobuseri bandits – who are ex-samurai – terrorize all villages.

The village elder hires seven samurai who are willing to help protect the place and teach residents how to defend themselves. Click on the link to see one of the best streaming services.

20. My Roommate is a Cat

One of the best anime ever is My Roommate is a Cat, which is based on a manga of the same name written by Minatsuki and illustrated by Asu Futatsuya. The animated version was released in 2019 and easily became one of the best anime of 2019.

It follows Mikazuki Subaru, a shy and socially troubled writer who just lost his parents and, upon visiting the tomb, ends up finding an abandoned cat and adopting her.

Together, they end up having to learn to live and deal with each other's presence. It is very moving and beautiful, as well as serving as a guide on how to care for cats. Just go to Crunchyroll to see.

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21. Berserk

A fantastic animation adapted from the work of Kentaro Miura, released in 1989 in Japan and still in production today, Berserk has two television adaptations, the first of 25 episodes released in 1997 and the second, a trilogy of animated films released between 2012 and 2017.

Berserk, in a fantasy story with dark and supernatural elements, follows the life of the Black Swordsman, Gats, a lone mercenary who is forced to join the Falcon Band, by his charismatic and Machiavellian leader Griffith. It is a heavy and cruel story, but considered by many to be one of the best works of fiction ever written. To see it, follow the link.

22. Princess Mononoke

A 1997 war film, Princess Mononoke was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli, known for his always moving and excellent creations.

It takes place at the end of the Japanese Muromachi period, only with several elements of fantasy. It is worth mentioning that the term “Mononoke” is a Japanese word that means spirit or monster.

The young prince Ashitaka of the village Emishi follows, who is cursed by a demon, who must not only reconcile the forces of nature and those of humanity, but also win the battle against the demon within him. This one, of the best anime ever, is available on Netflix through the link.

23. Demon Slayer

A relatively recent anime, Demon Slayer quickly proved that it deserves a place on that list. Adapted by Ufotable in 2019, it is based on the manga written and illustrated by Koyoharu Gotõge and has received several awards since its recent release.

Demon Slayer follows the story of Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-hearted young boy who has his family killed by demons and his younger sister transformed into one of these creatures, which makes him train to become a Demon Hunter and prevent others from suffering like him. To see more go to Crunchyroll!

24. My Totoro Friend

Another animated film by Ghibli Studio, Meu Amigo Totoro was released in 1988 and was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. He won several awards for best film.

Following are two sisters, daughters of a teacher who had to move inland to care for their sick mother. They, while getting used to rural life, end up encountering several supernatural creatures.

One of them is the Totoro, a giant and mystical spirit of the forest that takes them on different adventures and helps them on several occasions. Check out this one, which is among the best anime ever, through the link.

25. The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland is based on a manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu that started to be released in 2016. The anime animation had its debut in 2019, with a second season to be released in early 2021, in addition to of a live action film for December of that year, if not postponed because of the quarantine.

It takes place in 2045, where several children live in an orphanage. Apparently, nothing could be better, but when one of the children leaves, Conny discovers terrible secrets about everything that happens there. She, along with Ray and Norman create plans for how to defeat evil and escape with life. Go to Crunchyroll, which has one of the apps to watch anime, to see.

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26. Code Geass

Code Geass is an original Japanese animation produced by Sunrise, written by Ichirō Ōkouchi and directed by Gorō Taniguchi. It has two seasons launched from 2006 to 2008.

It takes place in an alternative world, in which exiled prince Lelouch vi Britannia gains the power of absolute obedience from a woman called only by CC.

With this supernatural power he leads a revolution against the Empire, leading several mecha battles. Watch it right now on Netflix, which is also one of the best sites for watching movies and series!

27. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

An excellent alternative for those who want to laugh a little during the quarantine is the romantic comedy animation based on the manga written and illustrated by Aka Akasaka, Kaguya-Sama: Love is War has 24 episodes in two seasons, released in 2019 and 2020.

The absurd story tells the story of what would appear to be a perfect couple, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, were it not for their determination to get the other to confess their love first. Their machinations for this accumulate to insane levels that guarantee great laughs. Follow the link to see.

28. Vinland Saga

A manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Yukimura that tells historical events, Vinland Saga became a 24-episode anime in 2019.

It takes place at the beginning of the 11th century, in England while it was dominated by the Danes and follows the people known as Vikings. It combines a dramatization of King Cnut's history rise to power with a bow of vengeance centered on explorer Thorfinn, the son of a dead ex-warrior. It's another one from Prime Video, which is one of the best apps for watching movies and series.

29. Hellsing Ultimate

Another of the best anime ever is Hellsing Ultimate, which is based on a manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It became anime in 2001, and that version was released between 2006 and 2012.

It follows Alucard, a servant of Integra, the leader of an organization known as Hellsing. He is a vampire who fights other vampires, in addition to those who stand against the organization's goals. To see more, just head to Netflix where it's available.

30. Boku no Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is an excellent anime, based directly on the manga by Kõhei Horikoshi released in 2014 in Japan, its adaptation for an animated version took place in 2017 and quickly garnered a legion of fans and several prizes with its hitherto 78 episodes and 2 feature films. footage.

In a world where most of the population has some kind of superpower and superheroes are a glorified and exalted profession, Izuku Midoriya dreams of becoming one of them someday.

However, he has to face a big problem: he has no powers, which changes when he meets his great idol, All Might, who offers him the chance to become a great hero. Watch it right now on Crunchyroll.

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31. Hana Year

Ano Hana is another very good alternative for you to watch, with 11 episodes released in 2011. The anime was created by a collective of artists called Super Peace Busters and format by director Tatsuyuki Nagai, writer Mari Okada and character designer Masayoshi Tanaka.

Following is a group of childhood friends who split up after one of them died in an accident. Five years after the event, the group leader removed himself from society and lives in seclusion.

Eventually, the spirit of the one who died asks Jinta, the recluse, to do something, saying that he will never go to the next life if he doesn't. This brings the group together and they, together, learn to move forward by helping them do the same. Check through the link.

32. Spirited Away

Another animated film by Ghibli Studio and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away marked the childhood of many. It was released in 2001.

It tells the story of Chihiro Ogino, a 10-year-old girl who, when moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of Kami, spirits of Japanese folklore.

After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro accepts a job at Yubaba's bathhouse in order to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. It is available on Netflix, which is one of the best sites for watching movies and series online.

33. Mob Psycho 100

A manga series written and illustrated by ONE between 2012 and 2017, became an anime by Bones Studio and had its first season in 2016 and its second season in 2019, in addition to a live action film in 2018.

Follow Shigeo, better known as Mob, a boy who is not very good at expressing himself, but who is a very powerful telepath. To lead a normal life, you suppress your powers and try to learn to control them by asking for help from other telepaths (who are really nothing more than charlatans). Check it out right now on Crunchyroll.

34. Carole & Tuesday

Another of the best anime ever is Carole & Tuesday, a 24-episode animation series produced by Bones Studio and directed by Shinichirō Watanabe as a celebration of the studio's 20 years and a record label's 10 years. It aired in 2019.

It takes place in the future, on Mars, which is partially terraformed. There, Tuesday Simmons runs away from home and goes to the City of Alba to become a song and ends up finding Carole Stanley, a refugee orphaned by the land. Together, they become the duo Carole & Tuesday to follow their dreams. Head to Netflix to see more.

35. One-Punch Man

In 2009, the digital manga One-Punch Man, written and illustrated by Yusuke Murata, became an instant success by deconstructing the genres of super heroes and martial arts manga in a mix of comedy and action. It was no surprise when the animation was released and equally well received in 2015.

One-Punch Man follows the story of Saitama, a normal man who one day encounters a monster and after facing it, takes a liking to the thrill of combat and decides to train to become a superhero.

Unfortunately, he trains too hard and now beats any opponent with a single punch, guaranteeing him a life of dissatisfaction and boredom due to lack of opponents to match. Check out your search for a worthy foe on Netflix!

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Initially it was a manga written and illustrated by Kei Sanbe. However, in 2016 it became an anime created by A-1 Pictures and quickly one of the best anime ever, in addition to having a movie and a series, both in live-action.

Follow Satoru Fujinuma, a mangaka with social problems. However, he has a supernatural ability to go back in time moments before some horrible accident happens, in order to save several lives.

One day, however, he sees his mother dead and is accused of murder, after which he goes back almost two decades in time, until he is a child again. Now, you must save your mother and prevent murders that occurred at the time. It is available on Crunchyroll.

37. Devilman Crybaby

Another really good option is Devilman Crybaby, an original internet animation series based on a series of manga. It is directed by Masaaki Yuasa, produced by Aniplex and Dynamic Planning. animated by Science Saru and released by Netflixe m 2018.

Now, it takes place in the 21st century and follows Akira Fudo and his friend Ryo Asuka. Ryo proposes that Akira team up with a demon to obtain his powers so that he can defeat them.

He then does this, becoming the Devilman, with demonic powers but a human soul. Deals with various topics of puberty, sexuality, LGBT identities and more. Follow the link to watch.

38. Aggretsuko

Among the best anime ever, we also have Aggretsuko, also known as Aggressive Retsuko, an animated musical comedy that was launched in 2018 on Netflix and has already been renewed for the third season.

Follows Retsuko, a 25-year-old red panda forced to deal with condescending co-workers and a sexist boss. When she reaches the limit of what she can handle, she will sing karaoke – but not any karaoke, but death metal – in her mind, managing to relieve the sensations. Watch on Netflix.

39. Levius

A series of manga by Haruhisa Nakata, Levius became anime in 2019 with 12 episodes in the first season, produced by Polygon Pictures.

It takes place in the 19th century, when the world entered the Renaissance Age, recovering from a terrible war. There is a sport – mechanical martial arts – that has excited nations. Levius is one of the cybernetically enhanced warriors to fight, win and survive. It is available through the link.

40. Castlevania

Finally, we have Castlevania, a Netflix animation released in 2017 produced by Kevin Kolde and his company Project 51 and scripted by the renowned writer Warren Ellis, which has 3 seasons and quickly became a great success, being considered one of the best anime of ever.

Based on the Castlevania video game series, the animation follows the journey of Trevor Belmont, Sypha Belnades and Alucard Tepes to prevent the vampire Dracula from destroying the world in revenge for the death of his wife. Castlevania has excellent characters and an agile and captivating narrative from beginning to end that can be checked through the link.


So, did you like our selection of the best anime ever?

Leave in the comments if you already knew them all or if any were new. Also, tell us which ones are your favorites and don't forget to check out the tips to do with your pet, the best recipe apps for entertaining in the kitchen and what activities to do at home and promote your well-being!

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