Top 50 Best Aesthetic Anime Of All Time

 Kay SebastianKay-Updated Oct 5, 2022

Aesthetic Anime


"Aesthetic". If we go by the Google Definition, Aesthetic means "concerned with beauty or the appreciation of beauty" and I think we can all agree with it.


Aesthetics is all about looks and feels, the beauty that something portrays and how it portrays it.


And the anime medium is no exception to it. Since anime relies on animation, it is one of the most aesthetic mediums of entertainment.


However, there are a lot of shows within this medium that stand out to be much more beautiful than others.


Shows that will please your eyes as well as your heart by brilliantly fusing grace with feelings.


And I will be listing 50 of them in this article. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, this is The Top 50 Aesthetic Anime list that you need to take care of if you want some beautiful on-screen action.


So grab your paintbrushes, lay down on your coaches and let's dive deep into the realm of aesthetics.


I hope you enjoy it!



50. Birthday Wonderland


Birthday Wonderland


Entity Detail
Title Birthday Wonderland
Type Movie
Studios Signal.MD
Premiered 2019-04-26
Source Book
MAL Score 6.521
Duration 1 hr. 55 min.


This anime is a rather selective work considering how obscure it is in the anime industry.


And I don't blame the fans considering that the narrative and the storytelling of this anime aren't all that incredible.


However, for the start of our list, this anime is quite an attractive one. With beautiful background art and unique character designs, this anime has had its share of aesthetics in the medium.


And let's just say that for your eyes to have a wonderful and pleasant experience, this series would help out a lot.


It's a very basic film with core themes and ideas. However, the bright and turning colors will make you fall in love with its beauty.


In the grand scheme of things, Birthday Wonderland is a great starter for our list.




49. Kaijuu no Kodomo


Kaijuu no Kodomo


Entity Detail
Title Kaijuu no Kodomo
Type Movie
Studios Studio 4°c
Premiered 2019-06-07
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.161
Duration 1 hr. 51 min.


Looked upon by many as probably THE BEST piece of anime in the entire anime industry, we have Kajiuu no Kodomo.


This story is all about the sea. Thus, the title of the series translates to Children Of The Sea.


However, don't just dismiss it yet. Because my God, the sheer amount of aesthetics in this series is Insane.


Everything from flow to water animation, it's just way too good and unreal, to say the least.


I mean, I can't emphasize enough how beautiful the experience of watching this movie on TV is.


Watching in theatres would have been even more incredible. Although the narrative isn't all great, the animation will be more than enough to compensate for all your money.




48. God Eater


God Eater


Entity Detail
Title God Eater
Type TV
Studios ufotable
Premiered Jul 12, 2015 to Mar 26, 2016
Source Game
MAL Score 7.261
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Now when you will look at God Eater, you would get a very specific kind of vibe.


And that would be the Game vibe. You know, the feelings that you get when you play some amazing high graphics game.


Yup, that's exactly what I am talking about. And this is because God Eater is one of the most aesthetic CGI-based anime of all time.


The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Monsters named Aragami have shown up.


And these Monsters are subject to extermination by an organization named Fenrir. Those who do the act of killing Aragami are known as God Eaters.


You know the deal, right? An anime with amazing animation and a great story needs to be on your watchlist.




47. Kino’s Journey: The Animated Series


Kino’s Journey: The Animated Series


The title is quite interesting on its own. But let me tell you that the actual show is even better.


The series talks about a traveler named Kino who has a special kind of bike named Hermas.


Now, what makes Hermas special? Well, it's the fact that Hermas is a talking motorcycle which means that it can hold conversations with Kino.


Together they both head out on a journey to meet new people and find new locations.


And we will be following them on their journey as well. Oh yeah! This will be a lot of fun.


And it would be even more fun considering that the animation of this show is so amazing.


I mean, the series has an old vibe to it and the distinct art style makes it stand out even more.


So yeah, Kino's Journey is quite an aesthetic piece of work.




46. Five Centimeters Per Second


Five Centimeters Per Second


Entity Detail
Title Byousoku 5 Centimeter
Type Movie
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Premiered 2007-03-03
Source Original
MAL Score 7.671
Duration 22 min. per ep.


Have you been part of a long-distance relationship? If so then I have an amazing anime for you.


It goes by the name of 'Five Centimeters Per Second'. The anime tells us about two friends named Takaki and Akari, who have been friends since elementary school and their admiration for each other is incredible.


However, when Akari had to move to another city, their friendship was put to a grave test.


And let's just say that this test is going to be quite a challenge for both of them.


The series has a great story but what's greater is the Animation and the feelings it offers in the process.


I mean just look at the aesthetic background and clear animation. The vibe that you will get while watching those beautiful pieces of art will give you goosebumps.


Prepare yourself!




45. Beyond the Boundary


Beyond the Boundary


Entity Detail
Title Kyoukai no Kanata
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Oct 3, 2013 to Dec 19, 2013
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.761
Duration 24 min. per ep.


This anime is known within the industry as one of the most incredible pieces of animation.


And why wouldn't it? After all, this anime is done by Kyoto Animation. And those guys do nothing less than incredible.


The anime tells us about two students named Akihito Kanbara who go on to save Mirai Kuriyama.


Akihito has a very interesting secret and so does Mirai and together, this couple will soon get each other's secrets.


Secrets that question both of their Humanity. What makes this anime so aesthetic, is its pleasing on-screen artwork.


The use of flowers and bright colors is so great and gorgeous that I can't appreciate it enough.


It's just so adorable. And so is the story.




44. Snow White With The Red Hair


Snow White With The Red Hair


Entity Detail
Title Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Jul 7, 2015 to Sep 22, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.771
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Known by many as one of the best romance anime, we have Snow White With The Red Hair.


The series talks about Shirayuki, a cute young girl with uncommon red hair. One day, she gets into a predicament and decides to leave her country and cuts her hair in the process.


While traveling, she meets Zen who helps her cure his wounds but also poisons her in the process.


What happens after that is quite interesting. But that is about the story of the series.


What makes this anime hop onto this list is the art style of the show.


I mean, just look at all the characters and their unique art designs. They are quite aesthetic, wouldn't you say?




43. Devilman: Crybaby


Devilman: Crybaby


Entity Detail
Title Devilman: Crybaby
Type ONA
Studios Science SARU
Premiered 2018-01-05
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.811
Duration 25 min. per ep.


This anime is known within the community as one of the most frightening series of its time.


And to emphasize its horror, it adopted a new and unique art style. The series tells us about a frail guy who gets captured by a devil, making him a Devilman.


And now this weak-hearted man has to experience some of the cruelest acts with his own eyes as a Devilman.


And the experience is painful, to say the least. But it is painful for him, not for us.


Because for us, it is an amazing experience considering that the art style of this anime is very unique and catchy.


With the seemingly sloppy designs and movements, this series has proved itself as a fabulous work that reaches new limits of Aesthetics in anime.


Devilman Crybaby has a unique animation style and has a devoted fan base. 





42. Little Witch Academia


Little Witch Academia


Entity Detail
Title Little Witch Academia (TV)
Type TV
Studios Trigger
Premiered Jan 9, 2017 to Jun 26, 2017
Source Original
MAL Score 7.861
Duration 24 min. per ep.


I wouldn't even need to say anything to you about the Aesthetics of this anime.


Because Little Witch Academia shows its uniqueness right from the get-go. The series tells us about Akko, a girl who wishes to be a witch because of her idol Shiny Chariot.


However, problems will be arriving in her life since she doesn't have a magical background.


However, luckily she found a shiny rod that was first used by Chariot. And maybe this will assist her on her journey.


The anime separates itself with its seemingly cartoonish art style. Like, the way these drawings are drawn and molded, makes it so much more engaging and immersive.




41. Wonder Egg Priority


Wonder Egg Priority


Entity Detail
Title Wonder Egg Priority
Type TV
Studios CloverWorks
Premiered Jan 13, 2021 to Mar 31, 2021
Source Original
MAL Score 8.021
Duration 23 min. per ep.


This anime is fairly new in the medium. However, I would be lying if I said that it didn't take the community by storm.


The series is about Ai Ohto who is on a mission, a mission to solve the mystery box of her friend's suicide.


However, while solving this mystery, she comes across a machine that dispenses Wonder Eggs. And her life from this point on is going to be interesting, to say the least.


The series stood out so much to the audience back when it aired because of how beautiful the animation looked.


Those eyes were so Aesthetic and the overall character designs were just so adorable. No wonder why people loved it initially.




40. Carole & Tuesday


Carole & Tuesday


Entity Detail
Title Carole & Tuesday
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Apr 11, 2019 to Oct 3, 2019
Source Original
MAL Score 7.921
Duration 22 min. per ep.


Are you into music? If yes then Carole & Tuesday is the show for you, my friend.


The show is set on Mars where a girl named Tuesday, a passionate musician, has experienced her share of brutality and has decided to escape her residence.


In the process, she comes across Carole, another musician who wishes to achieve her dream.


Together, these two young girls will be going into the real world and trying their luck for best to enter the realm of music.


However, what makes this anime stand out so much is its art style. With a mix of 2D and 3D art, this series is not only adorable to watch but also quite aesthetic.



39. Clannad After Story


Clannad After Story


Entity Detail
Title Clannad: After Story
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
Source Visual novel
MAL Score 8.951
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Prepare yourself for some real cry fest, weebs. Because this anime right here is no joke.


It is your typical high school anime with a twist to it. However, once you complete the series, you will fall in love with the beautiful vibe and aesthetics that it offers.


The show is emotional on some of the highest levels imaginable and the colorful animation just adds up to the quality of the overall show.


The designs might put you off just a bit but in the grand scheme of things, this show has a vibe that will make you love it so much.


And you are going to have some memorable moments watching this.



38. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid


Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid


Entity Detail
Title Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Jan 12, 2017 to Apr 6, 2017
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.991
Duration 24 min. per ep.


One of the most adorable anime has made its way so high on the list.


And I don't blame it one bit because this show deserves this love and appreciation.


Ladies and Gentlemen, let's talk about Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid. The series tells us about a programmer named Kobayashi who accidentally crosses paths with a dragon and now that dragon wants to be her maid.


It went from 0 to 100 real quick but you know, it's a comedy anime so anything works.


But what works best for the series is its amazing animation. The series has cartoonish art that makes it stand out so much.


But the studio also made sure to give you bits of their capabilities with insane fight sequences and fluid motion.


This makes the aesthetics of this anime, much better than 70% of Battle Shounen.



37. Nagi No Asu Kara


Nagi No Asu Kara


Entity Detail
Title Nagi no Asu kara
Type TV
Studios P.A. Works
Premiered Oct 3, 2013 to Apr 3, 2014
Source Original
MAL Score 8.051
Duration 23 min. per ep.


This anime is yet another work that doesn't seem to gather much attention. However, when you try and lay your eyes on it, the situation will get quite different!


The series talks about 4 students who are asked to leave the sea and go and study on the surface.


This is because the split of beings on the surface and under the sea is being demolished.


Therefore, these guys have to make sure that they maintain peace and harmony wherever they go.


However, their life on the surface is something interesting to watch. The anime doesn't have anything out of this world but the animation is definitely on track for it.


With beautiful sea animation and stunning character designs, Nagi No Asu Kara has made a name for itself in the industry. Believe That!



36. Sk8




Entity Detail
Title Sk8
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Jan 10, 2021 to Apr 4, 2021
Source Original
MAL Score 8.041
Duration 23 min. per ep.


The next anime on our list is what I believe to be the future of animation and aesthetics in anime.


With its sleek and tidy presentation, we have Sk8. The series focuses on a guy named Reki who is a passionate skateboarder.


And with his newly met friend named Langa, he will be participating in a race called S where the Top contenders compete for excellence.


However, Langa might be able to do some incredible things with his snowboarding background. The series not only has hot characters but also has hot animation.


The aesthetic designs and glowing motion make this series so much more fun to watch.



35. The Ancient Magus' Bride


The Ancient Magus Bride


Entity Detail
Title Mahoutsukai no Yome
Type TV
Studios Wit Studio
Premiered Oct 8, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.081
Duration 24 min. per ep.


This anime made quite a name for itself, right off the bat. This is the Ancient Magus Bride, a fictional story that will make you cry so much.


The series tells us about Chide Hatori, a girl whose life was filled with misery and pain.


However, one day, a fateful encounter takes place. And that is going to change the course of her life forever.


This is going to be fun. The series stands out so much because of its aesthetic animations and art style.


It is one of those rare anime that gets you fetched into itself right from the get-go.


And that is why this show is so incredible. The designs and backgrounds are so soothing and filled with emotions unlike any other.



34. Terror In Resonance


Terror In Resonance


Entity Detail
Title Zankyou no Terror
Type TV
Studios MAPPA
Premiered Jul 11, 2014 to Sep 26, 2014
Source Original
MAL Score 8.121
Duration 22 min. per ep.


Terror in Resonance was widely recognized for its direction and animation in the industry. However, the story is second to none as well.


It is about a terrorist attack and its origination of it that just rooted down to an internet video.


Thus, a group of people is on their way to figuring out who did this attack and why they do it.


That is what the show is going to be about. But what makes this narrative, even more interesting, and immersive than it already is is the animation that it offers.


The art looks so dull and unattractive but it works in the favor of the narrative and creates a feeling that is best suited for the show.


And that is why this anime is so good.



33. Hyouka




Entity Detail
Title Hyouka
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Apr 23, 2012 to Sep 17, 2012
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.121
Duration 25 min. per ep.


A blast of aesthetics is about to take place, ladies and gentlemen! Allow me to tell you about Hyouka.


The anime tells us about a lazy guy named Oreki Hotarou who wouldn't do any work if he didn't wish to.


However, his situation changes when he meets a girl named Chitanda, who is nothing less than curious.


Together, they both solve the mysteries of their school and have a fun school life in the process.


The show is so remarkable because of its eye-pleasing animation. The designs are so attractive and immersive that you couldn't help but fall in love with them.


I mean just look at any GIF of the series and you will know why I am saying this.



32. No Game No Life


No Game No Life


Entity Detail
Title No Game No Life
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 9, 2014 to Jun 25, 2014
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.151
Duration 23 min. per ep.


With one of the most interesting color animations, we have No Game No Life. This infamous 'single-season anime talks about the life of two siblings who are hardcore gamers as well.


They get teleported to another world after defeating the God of that world in a game of Chess.


And thereafter, they need to survive in this world where games are used to decide everything!


And amongst all this, we get to see some very eye-pleasing works of animation. Studio Madhouse went with a different approach this time and mostly used Red, Pink, and Purple colors in their color palette.


And I can say that the idea worked very well. No Game No Life is a visual treat when it comes to its animation design and color pallete. 



31. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo


Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo


Entity Detail
Title Gankutsuou
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Premiered Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.171
Duration 24 min. per ep.


With some of the most unique aesthetics and art styles in the medium, we have Gankutsuo.


The series talks about a professional who got arrested for fake charges in the realm of 5053.


It will be interesting to see how he makes it out in this world. However, what is even more interesting to see is the animation of the series.


It looks as if the drawings were made on sandpaper and presented frame by frame.


And that is what makes it stand out so much. It looks so unique and new that many of us would remember it for ages.


And that is why this piece is so high on this list. All worth it, to say the least.



30. Death Parade


Death Parade


Entity Detail
Title Death Parade
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Jan 10, 2015 to Mar 28, 2015
Source Original
MAL Score 8.191
Duration 23 min. per ep.


This anime is without a doubt, one of the best you will watch. With a banger opening and beautiful Sakuga, we have Death Parade.


The series talks about a bar where dead people arrive and play games for an opportunity to get their life back.


However, these games are going to question their morale as well as their ability to seek life.


This is what Death Parade is all about. But this isn't everything that Death Parade has to offer.


The anime also has a very beautiful and aesthetic use of colors with purple being the most prominent one.


It makes your overall experience much more horrifying and remarkable.



29. The Night is Short, Walk on Girl


The Night is Short, Walk on Girl


Entity Detail
Title Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome
Type Movie
Studios Science SARU
Premiered 2017-04-07
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.221
Duration 1 hr. 32 min.


The art style of this anime very closely resembles another show that is on this list.


So we will discuss it later. But for now, let's see what The Night is Short, Walk on Girl has to offer.


The series tells us about a girl who goes to a party. However, this party is going to be very long since the night is going on and on.


And this girl will meet many more people in the process and make sure that she interacts with them.


The art of this show might seem very sloppy but soon you will realize that it is quite aesthetic in its way.


It adds so much more feeling to the show and that is why we love it so much.



28. Kiki’s Delivery Service


Kiki’s Delivery Service


Entity Detail
Title Majo no Takkyuubin
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1989-07-29
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.221
Duration 1 hr. 43 min.


Well, it looks like we have our first Ghibli movie, ladies and gentlemen. Let's start the session.


This is Kiki's delivery service. The series talks about a young witch in practice who is supposed to go to a new town for survival.


So she arrives in a new town and realizes the hardships very soon. Luckily, she gets the opportunity to have a home and food in exchange for making deliveries for a bakery.


And this embarks the journey of Kiki to making her own Delivery Service. The show is not only Wholesome but also very aesthetic.


With its old art style and smooth animation, this work is just so awesome.



27. My Neighbor Totoro


My Neighbor Totoro


Entity Detail
Title Tonari no Totoro
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1988-04-16
Source Original
MAL Score 8.281
Duration 1 hr. 26 min.


Well, it looks like we have another friend from Ghibli Studios. Time to take a look at the show we call, My Neighbor Totoro.


The anime tells us about Satsuki and Mei, two siblings who settle in a new rural place.


There, they accidentally come across playful spirits the most notable being Totoro. Thus begins the fun and adventures of these siblings with this unreal creature that we know by name of Totoro.


This anime is even more wholesome than before and it is known within the industry as one of the best movies of all time.


And a great part of that acknowledgment goes to the beautiful and aesthetic animation it offers.



26. Redline




Entity Detail
Title Redline
Type Movie
Studios Madhouse
Premiered 2009-08-14
Source Original
MAL Score 8.291
Duration 1 hr. 42 min.


You know the show is super aesthetic when it takes 7+ years to make! Oh yeah!


Passion stayed strong with Redline. The series is based on a car race called Redline and multiple characters will be competing in the same.


The aesthetic of this anime is like stylish wear from the old days. And the shine is just so remarkable that you can't help but fall in love with this.


The smoothness and fluidity of the pictures go to show how much effort, time and money, this movie has put into it.


And let's just say that it looks like everything was well worth it. If you haven't had the fun of experiencing the aesthetics of Redline, I think you definitely should.



25. Katanagatari




This anime is sleek. Like, very sleek. And you would notice it yourself just by watching the first few minutes of the show.


This is Katanagari. The series talks about a Swordsman named Yasuri Shichika, who doesn't like to use swords, and a girl named Togame who wishes to acquire the 12 legendary swords.


The series focuses on them getting closer and being on the same mission of finding those 12 swords.


And as they find those swords, you and I will be fascinated by the beautiful animation this show offers.


The sleek designs and motion as well as fights and movements make this anime aesthetic on some very new levels.


Make sure you watch it as fast as you can.



24. Bakemonogatari




Entity Detail
Title Bakemonogatari
Type TV
Studios Shaft
Premiered Jul 3, 2009 to Jun 25, 2010
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.351
Duration 24 min. per ep.


This anime is done by another popular studio called Shaft and I think there won't be any disagreements if I said that this is one of the best Shaft works ever.


This is Bakemonogatari. Now the Monogatari series in general has some incredible works of animation and aesthetics blended into it.


However, what makes this installment better than the others is the high amount of content and emotion it offers.


The show tells us about the life of Araragi as he tries to help other girls overcome their supernatural insecurities.


And in the process, we see some of the most eye-pleasing pieces of animation from the franchise.


Worth all our time.



23. Puella Magi Madoka Magica


Puella Magi Madoka Magica


Entity Detail
Title Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Type TV
Studios Shaft
Premiered Jan 7, 2011 to Apr 22, 2011
Source Original
MAL Score 8.361
Duration 24 min. per ep.


This anime is an original that offered something that no one expected at all. This is the revolutionary Madoka Magica.


The show tells us about two girls who were having a normal life until a supernatural being offers them the power to fulfill their dreams.


However, as you all know, great power comes with greater sacrifices and so, these girls are going to have the worst time of their life.


The anime depicts its dark and gory nature with its extreme animation. And so, the show becomes much more aesthetic and immersive.


A work that all of us should try at least once.



22. Land Of The Lustrous


Land Of The Lustrous


Entity Detail
Title Houseki no Kuni (TV)
Type TV
Studios Orange
Premiered Oct 7, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.411
Duration 24 min. per ep.


I think THIS anime falls in the definition of "Aesthetic" the best. A show with a one-of-a-kind Sakuga, this is Land Of The Lustrous.


The show tells us about a species that cannot flourish in its current surroundings. Therefore, they will be trying their best to fight for survival.


And this fight is presented in the most aesthetic way possible. The series looks like a jelly-like CGI-infused show with a lot of shine added to it.


And such a unique animation and art style make this show much more immersive than it already is.


And that is why Land Of The Lustrous is at the top of the game.


The only reason why it is not higher is because of its left-out story. Otherwise, this anime is an absolute beauty.


It is beautiful to watch with such fabulous colors and design and fans love recreating arts from the show. 



21. March comes in like a lion


March comes in like a lion


Entity Detail
Title 3-gatsu no Lion
Type TV
Studios Shaft
Premiered Oct 8, 2016 to Mar 18, 2017
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.411
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Another incredible aesthetic anime is on its way, weebs. This time around, it's a bit sad but also motivating.


This is March Comes In Like A Lion. The show talks about a Shogi expert who got so pressurized by those around them that he started living alone.


Now, his new neighbors are inclined to help him out and they will do all they can to help him get his life together.


And that is done with beautiful animation and art style assistance. The series has a sort-of untidy presentation that might seem out of place at first but soon adds up to the depressing factor of the show.


And that is what makes your entire watching experience so much more fun and remarkable.



20. Maquia




The next anime on our list is quite magic, to say the list. The anime that will make you cry your heart out is Maquia.


The series talks about motherhood and the love that comes with it. So you know that it is quite emotional.


But 'Quite Emotional' would be a loose term considering that this movie has made some of the strongest hearts shatter and be gone to nothingness.


And a lot of credit for this achievement goes to its aesthetic animation. With a smooth and adorable art style, Maquia ensures that all of its viewers have a great time watching it.


And if you are a fan of emotional stories then this show is for you mate.



19. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


Entity Detail
Title Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Oct 1, 2002 to Oct 1, 2003
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.441
Duration 25 min. per ep.


The Ghost In The Shell franchise always offers something new and interesting to the table.


And this time, it is the Stand Alone Complex. The show is amazing in terms of aesthetics mainly because of its character designs.


The way all the characters look semi-realistic and have a  beautiful use of 3D imagery and colors, make this anime such an incredible experience to watch and enjoy.


The dark colors complement the horror vibe of the series and so, this anime becomes quite notable for all the viewers.


If you want some mind-boggling stuff then this anime is for you, my friend.



18. Mononoke




Entity Detail
Title Mononoke
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Jul 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Source Original
MAL Score 8.441
Duration 22 min. per ep.


WARNING! Don't watch this anime if you have a frail heart. Because this show will scare you from the core and you won't be able to do anything about it.


Don't believe me? Just look at the art style. This unique art style and aesthetics help the series to push through its horror narrative.


With disturbing imagery and unorthodox presentation, this anime is going to give you an experience that you wouldn't have got otherwise.


The beauty in this series is in the excellence of its execution. Making sure that a horror looks and feels horror is incredible.


And that is why Mononoke is so aesthetic.



17. Grave Of The Fireflies


Grave Of The Fireflies


Entity Detail
Title Hotaru no Haka
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1988-04-16
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.511
Duration 1 hr. 28 min.


This movie will make your eyes burst with tears and your heart burst with sympathy.


This is the show we call Grave Of The Fireflies. The series tells about a sibling who lost their family, house, food, and everything in a war and is now walking on the street to survive.


And on this journey to find a way of living longer, they come across many people who turn away from them.


And soon they realize that when the times are tough, even the most humble people take cruel actions.


If this narrative wasn't enough to make you sad, the aesthetics would provide its assistance.


With the old art style and smooth animation, this anime makes sure that it provides feelings and emotions to all of its viewers.


And that is why it is so high on this list. This anime is really heart-touching and really has changed a lot of people's opinions after watching this anime. 



16. A Place Further Than The Universe


A Place Further Than The Universe


Entity Detail
Title Sora yori mo Tooi Basho
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Jan 2, 2018 to Mar 27, 2018
Source Original
MAL Score 8.551
Duration 23 min. per ep.


If you are running out of motivation, I have the best anime for you. It goes by the name of A Place Further Than The Universe.


The show in itself talks about a group of girls who wish to reach a better place and achieve what is considered impossible by those around them.


But this task is going to be a challenge and seeing all of them overcome that challenge is what makes this anime so motivating.


And to add more value to the feelings of the characters, a shiny animation is chosen to highlight the nature of those who are part of the series.


The character designs are slick and so is the animation. And when you add all of that together, you get an aesthetic piece that you can't forget.



15. Assassination Classroom


Assassination Classroom


Entity Detail
Title Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
Type TV
Studios Lerche
Premiered Jan 10, 2015 to Jun 20, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.111
Duration 23 min. per ep.


Assassination Classroom is one of the most unique shows you will find online. It might seem like a basic Shounen at first but by the end of it, you will call it the best Shounen.


The story focuses on an octopus-like creature who is going to destroy the earth very soon and a bunch of high schoolers is asked to kill him.


Oh yeah, I told you, it was unique. And to contrast this uniqueness we get the slick, tidy, and sharp aesthetic of Assassination Classroom.


The show is so clean in its animation that it feels fresh and captivating and makes it stand out even more.


If you haven't watched the anime, I highly recommend you to. It is amazing! This anime will sure give you some hilarious laughs. 



14. Demon Slayer


Demon Slayer


Speaking of great animation, how can we forget the anime that created absolute destruction in the community with its Godly animation?


That's right, ladies and gentlemen, it is time to talk about Demon Slayer. This franchise is one of the most popular ones in the history of anime so I think you already know what the show is about.


What you might not know is that this show was created by Ufotable, which is considered the Gods of animation.


The perfect blend of 2D and 3D is done by the animators in the Ufotable studios and turn, they create some of the most aesthetic pieces of work ever.


Demon Slayer is the most popular one of them all.



13. Fate/Zero




Entity Detail
Title Fate/Zero
Type TV
Studios ufotable
Premiered Oct 2, 2011 to Dec 25, 2011
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.321
Duration 28 min. per ep.


Speaking of Ufotable, Fate/Zero is another aesthetic anime that will please your eyes for every second you watch it.


This anime talks about a war that relies on the use of fictional weapons that can do unreal amounts of damage.


However, this allows the creators to create some of the most beautiful fight sequences in anime history.


And when your entire anime is about fighting, these sequences just make the show so much more aesthetic and beautiful.


And this is not just one installment from Fate Series. Other installments from the Franchise that are done by Ufotable, also deserve the same love and respect.


Fate Series is awesome and aesthetic.



12. The Tatami Galaxy


The Tatami Galaxy


Entity Detail
Title Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 23, 2010 to Jul 2, 2010
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.601
Duration 23 min. per ep.


You might recognize the art style of this anime from another one on our list.


And I hope that you watched that one. However, what we are dealing with right now is much bigger and better than what you have experienced.


Let's take a look at Tatami Galaxy. The series is a love comedy where the lonely MC gets teleported back to the past and has the opportunity to bring his life back on track.


And in this process, we will be looking at him from the side with the incredible animation that the series has to offer.


The show has very unrealistic art, unlike most anime. However, what makes it so aesthetic is the complement that it offers to the narrative.


The use of that art style is wild and you will see why I am saying this once you watch the anime.


Overall, Tatami Galaxy is a beautiful romance.



11. Howl’s Moving Castle


Howl’s Moving Castle


Entity Detail
Title Howl no Ugoku Shiro
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2004-11-20
Source Novel
MAL Score 8.661
Duration 1 hr. 59 min.


The aesthetics index might have to reach its peak with this incredible movie right here.


Howl's Moving Castle tells us about a girl who accidentally turned old because she met a magician called Howl.


And now, she must try her best to reach out to him in his castle and seek his original look back.


Speaking of 'original looks', that's the vibe in this show. The creators ensured to make it just like they did for the olden shows so as to keep the narrative as fluid as possible.


And this decision adds the aesthetic layer to this movie and makes it so much more immersive and adorable.


If you are a fan of old-school movies that are interesting and aesthetic then my friend, Howl's moving castle must be under your radar.



10. Violet Evergarden


Violet Evergarden


Entity Detail
Title Violet Evergarden
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Jan 11, 2018 to Apr 5, 2018
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.651
Duration 24 min. per ep.


We are in the Top 10 Ladies and Gentlemen! This is a new segment and I can't imagine commencing this new segment with anything other than a banger like Violet Evergarden!


The show talks about an emotional girl named Violet who is in search of the meaning of "I Love You".


And as she does so, she gets across many people and tries to learn and understand what emotions mean and how to convey them.


And this entire narrative is captured in a stunning fashion. The animation of this show is just off the charts and they add so much aesthetic value to it.


The shine, the bright colors, the motion, the Sakuga, everything is just so aesthetic. No wonder this is one of the most loved anime of the new generation.



9. Princess Mononoke


Princess Mononoke


Entity Detail
Title Mononoke Hime
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 1997-07-12
Source Original
MAL Score 8.701
Duration 2 hr. 13 min.


Another Ghibli movie is on its way, ladies and gentlemen. And I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be.


After all, this is one of the most fluid pieces of animation you will ever see.


This is Princess Mononoke. The series tells about the war taking place between two civilizations.


One of which is on the mission to destroy forests and the other ones are on the mission to save the forests.


Let's see which one of them prevails. And see that in a smooth, artistic motion.


Since the setting of the show is in the past, the old art style just adds to the quality and experience.


And the great representation of action makes this movie an absolute monster. If you haven't watched it, you definitely should.



8. Made In Abyss


Made In Abyss


Entity Detail
Title Made in Abyss
Type TV
Studios Kinema Citrus
Premiered Jul 7, 2017 to Sep 29, 2017
Source Web manga
MAL Score 8.711
Duration 25 min. per ep.


Talk about something deep and eye-opening, and you can't forget about Made In Abyss. The series will shake you from the core with its story.


The show talks about a gigantic hole called the abyss where explorers go for exploration.


The daughter of one such explorer decides to dive deep down into the Abyss and see what she finds.


However, this attempt is going to make her realize why her mother hasn't returned yet.


The show is dark and deep with its themes and emotions. However, it cleverly uses a cute aesthetic to contrast the gore of the series.


And with amazing backgrounds and soundtrack, this anime makes itself, one of the most aesthetic ones out there.


And you can't doubt that. Made In Abyss is a one-of-a-kind show that you wouldn't wanna miss.



7. Cowboy Bebop


Cowboy Bebop


Entity Detail
Title Cowboy Bebop
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Premiered Apr 3, 1998 to Apr 24, 1999
Source Original
MAL Score 8.771
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Well well, if it isn't an absolute classic. Weebs, we have some really beautiful business to deal with here.


It is called Cowboy Bebop. The show tells us about human bounty hunters in space who travel from place to place and hunt people for money.


Our boy Spike is one of the best in the business although his luck seems to say otherwise.


This is the journey of Spike Spiegel as he tries to live in the present while hunting people and overcoming his past by living his present.


The show itself is filled with humor, action, drama, sci-fi, etc. It is a complete package and so, the aesthetics of the show are very versatile and basic.


These animations can make any moment feel emotional and heavy. And that is why this series was so successful.



6. Spirited Away


Spirited Away


Entity Detail
Title Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2001-07-20
Source Original
MAL Score 8.811
Duration 2 hr. 4 min.


Time to take a look at the best Ghibli movie of all time. With a commercial success like none other, we have Spirited Away.


The show talks about a stubborn 10-year-old girl who was passing by a place with her family.


However, because of an accident, her entire family ends up being teleported into the spirit realm that has countless monsters and ghosts.


Now she has to take care of her parents, who are pigs now, and find a way to get out of this world.


All this must be done by a 10-year-old and fast or else, her life is done for.


The dark yet motivating nature of the series needed something sharp and smooth. And that is exactly what it got with the old aesthetic that adds signature style to the show.


Plus, the movements and motion are so fluid and smooth that you can't help but love it.


Spirited Away was a massive success and its aesthetics played a huge part in it. Spirited Away is one of the highest-grossing anime movies of all time in Japan. 



5. Mob Psycho 100


Mob Psycho 100


Entity Detail
Title Mob Psycho 100
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Jul 11, 2016 to Sep 27, 2016
Source Web manga
MAL Score 8.481
Duration 24 min. per ep.


Time for the Top 5, Ladies and Gentlemen. This is where things get even better and more aesthetic.


And let's start this segment with one of the most colorful anime of all time, Mob Psycho 100.


The story tells about the life of a Psychic who doesn't rely on his powers and instead, wishes to make accomplishments on his own.


However, some evil beings have had their attention caught by him and they will be going after him very soon.


The show is heavy with action and combat but instead of using a dark theme, the creators decided to use a lot of beautiful colors to depict the aura of the fighters.


And that aesthetic is just so cool. I can guarantee you that you can't leave Mob Psycho 100 without appreciating its aesthetic value.


And that is why it is giving the start to our segment.



4. Your Name


Your Name


Entity Detail
Title Kimi no Na wa.
Type Movie
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Premiered 2016-08-26
Source Original
MAL Score 8.921
Duration 1 hr. 46 min.


Time for some amazing romance anime to show up on the list. This is the very popular Your Name.


The show talks about a boy living in the city and a girl living in the countryside who wishes to live in the city.


One morning, both of them wake up and realize that they have had their bodies swapped and now, they will be living each other's lives.


This is the journey of this couple to find each other and realize the hardships and struggles of opposite genders.


The anime is not only amazing in terms of narrative and storyline, but it is also an incredible work of aesthetics and animation.


The sceneries are beautifully animated and presented on the screen which adds so much more romance to the story.


Plus, with insane art and Sakuga, this movie made a name for itself in the industry while also having some handsome financial success by its side.


If you haven't watched Your Name, you are missing out on some amazing stuff.



3. The Garden Of Words


The Garden Of Words


Entity Detail
Title Kotonoha no Niwa
Type Movie
Studios CoMix Wave Films
Premiered 2013-05-31
Source Original
MAL Score 7.991
Duration 46 min.


If we were judging solely based on animation and not on the plot and narrative then this anime would have been higher.


However, for now, Garden of Words stands as an interesting movie for all those who wish to enjoy their loneliness on screen.


The series tells us about a teenager who seems to have nothing going for him.


Therefore, he usually skips his class and stays in a beautiful garden, and over time, he is accompanied by an older woman.


The drawings in the anime are so good that you can't understand them with just words.


Go ahead and watch just a few clips of this movie and you will realize why it is aesthetic on another level.


It is a bit of an exclusive story so if you are not a loner, you might not get the feels for it.


But if you are then this anime will be much higher for you on this list.



2. A Silent Voice


A Silent Voice


Entity Detail
Title Koe no Katachi
Type Movie
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered 2016-09-17
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.981
Duration 2 hr. 10 min.


For runner-up, we have one of the best movies produced by the anime medium. A film that will give you a combined punch of wholesomeness and tragedy while also being aesthetic on a whole new level.


You guessed it right, ladies and gentlemen. I am talking about none other than the legendary movie, A Silent Voice.


The movie talks about a guy who used to bully a deaf girl in his childhood.


However, when he got caught, he was left alone by everyone, even those who assisted him.


Years later, the guy has got the chance to meet the girl again. And this time, he has learned his lesson.


The movie was animated by Kyoto Animation and you know that they do an incredible job at placing emotions with the finest animation.


But they outperformed themselves with the aesthetics of A Silent Voice. The entire movie was captivating and you wouldn't have the courage to leave it at any moment.


And that is what makes the film so aesthetic.



1. Attack On Titan


Attack On Titan


Entity Detail
Title Shingeki no Kyojin
Type TV
Studios Production I.G, Wit Studio
Premiered Apr 7, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.511
Duration 24 min. per ep.


And for the number one tag, we have none other than the legendary anime itself.


A show that was born to break records and make history. This is Attack On Titan.


The story talks about Humanity being held by giant monsters called Titans behind huge walls that protect them.


However, when one of the Titans destroyed the wall, humanity was brought to chaos and insanity began.


With hundreds of human hungry beings going around, Humanity has to make sure that it survives or else it will be the end of it.


This anime is so popular that I don't think anyone even needs to know about the story because they already do.


However, what people tend to ignore a lot of times about Attack On Titan is how aesthetic it is.


This show is excellent in every quality so we overlook its amazingness in just one attribute.


However, if you think about it, the smoothness, motion, animation, color scheme, camera angles, and shine, make the series so much more engaging and aesthetic.


They add beauty and charisma to the show while also retaining the emotions and feelings as you watch them.


Comedy or tragedy, seriousness or tranquility, anything, and everything is enhanced by the aesthetics of Attack On Titan.


This show will captivate you with what it has to say and how it has to say.


And that is why Attack On Titan is at the first on this list. So there you have it, weebs.


These are the Top 50 Aesthetic Anime for you. Make sure you please yourself with these beauties.


Anyway, I hope you had a great time reading this article and found at least one anime to be added to your watchlist.


Thanks a lot for reading and until next time, Sayonara!




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