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Top 50 Best Anime For Beginners To Watch In 2022

Harshit PatelHarshit-Updated May 29, 2022


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The first time you watch Anime, you may be wondering what to expect. Thankfully, there are a few tips for newcomers.

 

First, watch it in its original Japanese language, with subtitles. This way, you won't miss any edits that make the language difficult to understand.

 

Secondly, it's important to keep in mind that the art style of this series is quite different from its contemporaries.

 

Another great thing about anime is that it can be as adult or younger than you might think. Some shows are aimed at children, which may be too violent or sexy for you.

 

But if you're looking for something a little younger, you can always try one of the popular shows. So whether you're a teenager or an adult, there's an anime series for you.

 

Whether you're looking for a new show to watch or just want to brush up on your Japanese vocabulary, there's an anime series.

 

Let’s go through some of the rated popular anime that beginners can try watching.

 

 

50. Ouran High School Host Club

 

Ouran Highschool Anime

 

Entity Detail
Title Ouran Koukou Host Club
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.181
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

Have you ever watched the Ouran Highschool Anime? If not, you should! This anime has a unique plot that will satisfy even the most diehard anime fan!

 

It stars the popular Haruhi, a young girl with a great love for art. Her soaring ambitions and naivety make her a great addition to the Ouran Host Club.

 

The anime was based on the same name manga and is a parody of both Japanese anime and traditional shojo manga.

 

The anime revolves around the life of a new student at Ouran High School, Haruhi Fujioka. She is quiet and prefers her study time to be surrounded by other students but is eventually recruited into a group run by the school's most attractive boys.

 

Among them are Tamaki Suoh, the group's president, and Kaoru Hitachiin, devilish twins in charge of a club.

 

 

 

49. Sailor Moon

 

Sailor Moon

 

Entity Detail
Title Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Mar 7, 1992 to Feb 27, 1993
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.691
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

It is difficult to say whether Sailor Moon is an anime, but the series is not your average magical girl story.

 

Instead, the story revolves around a teenage girl who becomes the princess of Sailor Moon and fights demons to save her world.

 

The series also explores gender and sexuality issues, highlighting the importance of female friendship and healthy love. It is an excellent choice for young girls and adults of all ages, as its messages are refreshing and relevant to contemporary life.

 

The series's main characters are adorable, quirky, and full of personality. The main character, Usagi/Usagi, is a fourteen-year-old with big blue eyes and a passion for science and technology.

 

Luna, her talking cat, helps her battle evil and find the Moon Princess, the ultimate goal of the series. After completing the initiation ceremony, she becomes Sailor Moon, a sailor suit-clad "pretty soldier." The series follows her adventures and meets other female Senshi and cats, including Venus, Artemis, and Luna.

 

 

 

48. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

 

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

 

Entity Detail
Title Shokugeki no Souma
Type TV
Studios J.C.Staff
Premiered Apr 4, 2015 to Sep 26, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.231
Duration 25 min. per ep.

 

Shokugeki no Soma includes a wide cast of characters, each with exceptional idiosyncrasies and profound narratives that act as the reason for their aspirations in cooking.

 

Since Tōtsuki is a worldwide school, students from different nations like Denmark and Italy are highlighted in the series. The cast of characters are principally understudies in the institute as well as educators and staff individuals.

 

Notwithstanding, a few one-time characters incorporate Tōtsuki Academy Alumni, prominent figureheads in the culinary business, and renowned gourmet experts.

 

 

 

47. Black Butler

 

Black Butler

 

Entity Detail
Title Kuroshitsuji
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Oct 3, 2008 to Mar 27, 2009
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.711
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

In the world of Black Butler in anime, a twelve-year-old orphan named Ciel Phantomhive ignores all danger and sets out to hunt for his parents' killers.

 

His demonic butler Sebastian is by his side on his quest. The anime series follows Ciel as he searches for his parents' killers in the city of Hell.

 

You will love this story! There are many enchanting moments, including the one where Ciel learns the secrets of the Black Butler.

 

This fantasy series is very dark and twisted, but it is incredibly entertaining! The main character, Grell, is supposed to be a reaper and is responsible for taking people to the afterlife.

 

Unfortunately, he is also very bored, and he tends to lose interest easily. But as he makes his way through Hell, he eventually discovers his destiny.

 

Thankfully, he doesn't let this stop him from achieving his goals.

 

 

 

46. Kuroko no Basuke

 

Kuroko no Basuke

 

Entity Detail
Title Kuroko no Basket
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Apr 8, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.111
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

This anime is about a basketball player named Tetsuya Kuroko, who was once part of the "Generation of Miracles." He specializes in misdirection and plays with his teammate, Seirin.

 

He gains strength as the team member he supports becomes stronger. His dog is named Tetsuya, which means "little dog." The anime has a unique style that is both entertaining and realistic.

 

It takes place in a high school, and the student body is made up of girls, boys, and nerds of all ages.

 

As a result, the anime focuses on sports rather than romance.

 

 

 

45. 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.

 

If you're into anime and you love shonen, Mob Psycho 100 is a great choice. The anime series is set in Japan and follows the story of a young boy who has psychic powers.

 

His powers are suppressed so he can live a normal life, but his emotions eventually build-up, and he unleashes his dark power when he reaches 100 percent.

 

However, this isn't the end of the story; there are many other ways he can express his dark side. Mob had psychic powers as a child, earning the nickname "Mob".

 

However, he bottled up these powers and only used them when he needed to. His psychic powers will explode when his emotional level reaches 100%.

 

Luckily, he doesn't let it get to that point. In the anime, Mob will eventually reveal his psychic power to a group of kids who want to help him.

 

This episode is the perfect introduction to the anime series.

 

 

 

44. Toradora

 

Toradora

 

Entity Detail
Title Toradora!
Type TV
Studios J.C.Staff
Premiered Oct 2, 2008 to Mar 26, 2009
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.181
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

The manga series "Toradora" is set in a world where the monsters are called "Taiga" and "Ryujii." It's a fantasy story that follows the adventures of the two children.

 

The manga features a diverse cast of characters, including Ryuji, Taiga, and Minori. The title character flirts with Ryujii and tries to drive Taiga insane by trying to take her power.

 

The main plot of the series focuses on a love triangle between the main characters, Taiga Aisaka and Ryuji Takasu.

 

Their relationship is complicated, and a few twists along the way lead to some pretty funny moments. In addition to the comedy and drama, the series also deals with the concept of romance and is a touching story about a teenage girl's quest to find the perfect love.

 

 

 

43. 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.

 

The main character of the series, Violet Evergarden, is a young girl known as "the weapon." She leaves the battlefield behind for a new life in the postal service.

 

Auto Memories Dolls are creatures that carry people's thoughts and convert them to words. As Violet's Auto Memories Doll, she begins a journey to discover various emotions and shapes of love.

 

This is just the beginning of her adventures. There are also some things that you should know about Violet Evergarden.

 

First, the storyline starts slowly and covers a lot of ground in just a few episodes. This is not a problem for the most part, but it may make the series more difficult to watch for some people.

 

The storyline itself is well-written, and the characters are engaging enough to make the reader feel that the characters are real.

 

The characters have varied backstories and have distinct reasons for their actions. Violet's character development is rich and heartwarming, and she gets to see many transformations throughout the series.

 

 

 

42. Baccano

 

Baccano

 

Entity Detail
Title Baccano!
Type TV
Studios Brain's Base
Premiered Jul 27, 2007 to Nov 2, 2007
Source Light novel
MAL Score 8.401
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

The animated television series based on the manga and light novels of the same name is known as "Bacano!" It is a fantasy adventure that follows the protagonist, Ennis Prochainezo, an orphan rescued from the river by Larva in 1933.

 

This series has been translated into multiple languages, including English, French, and Japanese. To date, there are 16 episodes and one novel.

 

The series is currently in its third season, with a total of 16 episodes and three original episodes (OVAs) in development.

 

Though the storyline doesn't stand out from many other anime series, the cast and writing are solid and keep the story moving.

 

In addition, the musical score and presentation are excellent, and the series has gained significant popularity in Japan. But for those who want something more from manga, Baccano may not be right for them.

 

 

 

41. Psycho-Pass

 

Psycho-Pass

 

Entity Detail
Title Psycho-Pass
Type TV
Studios Production I.G
Premiered Oct 12, 2012 to Mar 22, 2013
Source Original
MAL Score 8.371
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

The anime series Psycho-Pass is an excellent example of post-cyberpunk. It is an original concept created by Gen Urobuchi and produced by Production I.G.

 

The series was initially serialized in Jump Square magazine and adapted into a two-volume novel. Psycho-Pass is widely regarded as the anime equivalent of Minority Report.

 

It is an intelligent, dark series with an excellent soundtrack and a complex cast of characters. The second season of Psycho-Pass was broadcasted from October to December of 2014.

 

The third season premiered in January 2019 and is titled Sinners of the System. The series was also made into a movie, the first of which was released in March 2020.

 

The stories in Psycho-Pass are very scientific and philosophical, which will boost your thinking ability. At the same time, the series features several action scenes which will keep you engrossed throughout the series.

 

 

 

40. Fate

 

Fate

 

The Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA anime is based on the popular manga series by Hiroyama Hiroshi. This 13-episode series follows the life of the titular character, Hakuno Kishinami.

 

The series features action-packed battles and a more peaceful spin-off that follows the protagonist, Shirou Emiya, as she cooks and bakes.

 

In addition to the anime, the series has several sequels, including a New Year's Eve 2017 special. The first episode of the series is set in the future when the Magus and the Spirit Servants are facing off in mortal combat.

 

In the upcoming episodes, the world will learn more about the life and death of these two powerful beings. While the characters from Fate/stay night are still relatively unknown to each other, there are a few new characters to look forward to.

 

In particular, we'll meet Archer, the King of Kings, and the legendary Iskandar.

 

 

39. Parasyte

 

Parasyte

 

Entity Detail
Title Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Oct 9, 2014 to Mar 26, 2015
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.371
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

If you're a fan of the supernatural and anime series, you've probably heard of the Parasyte Anime Series. The main character, Shinichi, is a gang member, and he meets Kana, a girl who takes a shine to him.

 

But when his parents get attacked by the Parasytes, Shinichi is left almost dead. As for Migi, his friend races to help him.

 

He also investigates his father's fate, who is still alive. Parasyte is also known for manga of the same name.

 

In Japan, the manga was published in Monthly Afternoon magazine.

 

 

38. Black Clover

 

Black Clover

 

Entity Detail
Title Black Clover
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Oct 3, 2017 to Mar 30, 2021
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.021
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

The Black Clover Anime Series follows a young boy named Asta who lives in a magical land. As an orphan, Asta is brought up in a foster home and later becomes a magical girl, Yuno.

 

While both are prone to magical powers, Asta is born without them, and Yuno is a natural prodigy who is destined to become a powerful witch.

 

The cast of the Black Clover anime is great, from the opening theme to the ending medley. There are some great moments in Black Clover.

 

While it isn't the best anime series, it's a great start for the Weekly Shonen Jump manga fans. The Japanese anime Black Clover is a popular one.

 

It is based on the manga of the same name by Yuki Tabata.

 

 

37. High School DxD

 

High School DxD

 

Entity Detail
Title High School DxD
Type TV
Studios TNK
Premiered Jan 6, 2012 to Mar 23, 2012
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.371
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

The main female protagonist in High School DxD is Rias Gremory, the heiress of the Gremory Clan. She's the youngest child of Zeoticus and Venelana Gremory and is the aunt of Millicas Gremory.

 

She is also the sister of Kuroka and Magdaran Bael and the sister of Rias Gremory's first Rook. In addition, she is Issei's fiance and a member of the Kuoh Academy's Occult Research Club.

 

Although Season 5 of High School DxD has yet to be revealed, the manga has already been published in 25 volumes.

 

The author of High School DxD, Ichieie Ishibumi, has encouraged fans to read more light novels as higher sales could boost the production of the anime series.

 

 

36. Pokemon

 

Pokemon

 

Entity Detail
Title Pokemon
Type TV
Studios OLM
Premiered Apr 1, 1997 to Nov 14, 2002
Source Game
MAL Score 7.341
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

If you haven't yet started watching the Pokemon Anime Series, now is a good time to start. With new episodes coming out every few months, this series will entertain you.

 

The first season of the Pokemon Anime Series has 52 episodes. It follows Ash and Pikachu in their journey through the world's various regions.

 

This series has a diverse storyline, and each episode takes place in a different area. In addition, each episode has its storyline.

 

For example, Ash and Pikachu encounter Brock in a new outfit while in Hoenn. Both seasons are great, but the first one is probably the best.

 

 

35. Cardcaptor Sakura

 

Cardcaptor Sakura

 

Entity Detail
Title Cardcaptor Sakura
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Apr 7, 1998 to Mar 21, 2000
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.151
Duration 25 min. per ep.

 

The first episode of the card-capturing anime series follows the adventures of young Sakura Daidouji. She is the best friend of the eponymous protagonist and insists on helping her capture cards.

 

A talented, smart girl, she belongs to a rich family and is very devoted to Sakura. However, despite her obvious talents, she also needs the help of her best friend.

 

The series follows a rocky road, as she must overcome several challenges along the way. The story is set in a fictional town near Tokyo, where the titular character is an apprentice to a sorcerer named Clow Reed.

 

The titular character accidentally releases magical cards from her basement. These "Clow Cards" have unique abilities and alternate forms that can be activated.

 

To help her save her town, she must fight the magical personifications that plague it. While battling the mystical creatures, Sakura must learn to seal her magic cards and protect her family and friends from harm.

 

 

34. Spirited Away

 

Spirited Away

 

Entity Detail
Title Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Type Movie
Studios Studio Ghibli
Premiered 2001-07-20 00:00:00
Source Original
MAL Score 8.811
Duration 2 hr. 4 min.

 

As with any good anime, there are many characters, and Spirited Away is no different. While the characters are all lovable, the plot can be frustrating.

 

However, once the story is underway, fans can relax knowing that the underlying themes are universal and universally relatable. After all, no one can say they aren't human!

 

After all, everyone has a story. We'll meet the Kohaku River spirit in this series, who was captured by humans and has lost its identity ever since.

 

We'll also meet the No Face spirit, which is kind and considerate, who eats spirits to become disgustingly obese. Meanwhile, the Radish Spirit is big and floppy, with leaves on its head.

 

These two spirits serve as a perfect duo and help Chihiro get her parents back.

 

 

33. The Promised Neverland

 

The Promised Neverland

 

Entity Detail
Title Yakusoku no Neverland
Type TV
Studios CloverWorks
Premiered Jan 10, 2019 to Mar 29, 2019
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.601
Duration 22 min. per ep.

 

The Promised Neverland Anime is a manga series based on the popular Kaiu Shirai manga. The series follows a group of orphans as they learn more about the darker side of human nature.

 

The orphanage itself is an institution, but unlike horror films, it is portrayed as a place that cares for its children.

 

In addition to good food and a fun environment, the children are also allowed to go out and play, and the "m" in charge of the orphanage is a loving figure.

 

The Promised Neverland has a unique feel and atmosphere not found in other anime. The mysterious nature of the series has been created so that viewers will be compelled to read more.

 

This aspect alone can make or break an anime. It is vital to choose a main character that will resonate with the audience and make them care about the series.

 

Otherwise, the series might fail to achieve its full potential.

 

 

32. Vinland Saga

 

Vinland Saga

 

Entity Detail
Title Vinland Saga
Type TV
Studios Wit Studio
Premiered Jul 8, 2019 to Dec 30, 2019
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.721
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

If you like historical fiction, you may be interested in the Vinland Saga Anime. The manga series was created by Makoto Yukimura and published by Kodansha in Japan.

 

The manga series first began serializing in the Weekly Shonen Magazine. "Vinland Saga" is the first season of an anime adaptation of the manga series of the same name by Makoto Yukimura.

 

Amazon Prime Video has simulcast the original audio version of the manga series with English subtitles. In its final arc, the series has been rated as one of the season's best.

 

The manga is available in several formats, including ComiXology and Google Play.

 

 

31. Clannad

 

Clannad

 

Entity Detail
Title Clannad
Type TV
Studios Kyoto Animation
Premiered Oct 5, 2007 to Mar 28, 2008
Source Visual novel
MAL Score 8.041
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Among the many popular anime for beginners, Clannad is a great choice. Anime newbies might have trouble with Japanese culture, but Clannad gradually eases the transition by introducing quirks.

 

You can even feel the strange shyness of a relationship in Clannad because it depicts the intimacy of love relationships.

 

Despite the underlying tragedy, Clannad is an entertaining slice of life comedy. The teen romance plotline of Clannad is a refreshing change from traditional anime.

 

You won't find monsters, advanced technology, or magic in Clannad. Instead, the plot revolves around the plight of two delinquent teens who fall in love.

 

The characters are exaggerated, and all are attracted to the main male character, Tomoya. The story is also rich in cultural references.

 

 

30. Jujutsu Kaisen

 

Jujutsu Kaisen

 

Entity Detail
Title Jujutsu Kaisen
Type ONA
Studios Yokohama Animation Lab
Premiered Dec 3, 2018 to Dec 8, 2018
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.591
Duration 1 min. per ep.

 

Anime fans will find that this series has a lot to offer beginners. Although there is much anime that can be difficult to understand, Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the best options for beginners.

 

Although the series starts with a predictable storyline, it quickly moves into deeper plotlines that explore the human psyche. The series also has many memorable villains, including the overpowering Ryomen Sukuna, who's a great enemy.

 

Jujutsu Kaisen is popular for its unique blend of adventure and horror. Characters, including Satoru Gojo, must fight against Curses to save the world.

 

In addition, they use Cursed Magic and Hollows to defeat these evil forces. This series is filled with cringe-worthy tropes, delivering a unique impact.

 

The series' dark tone and realistic horror make it a great choice for those who are new to anime.

 

 

29. Record of Ragnarok

 

Record of Ragnarok

 

Entity Detail
Title Shuumatsu no Walkure
Type ONA
Studios Graphinica
Premiered 2021-06-17 00:00:00
Source Manga
MAL Score 6.641
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

The anime's story starts with thirteen battles between the Gods and humans. This is an excellent anime for beginners and intermediates alike, but its heavy fighting sequences are underwhelming.

 

There are few action scenes, and the characters' facial expressions are toned down. It would have been more enjoyable to watch the episodes without the heavy fighting.

 

However, the Record of Ragnarok is a worthy entry for the more seasoned viewers. If you're new to anime, the Netflix anime series Record of Ragnarok might be worth your time.

 

It is based on a manga series of the same name and is packed with controversy, strange choices, and enjoyable moments.

 

Beginners may want to skip the first season, but advanced viewers will want to keep an eye out for the second half.

 

The anime is available on Netflix now. You can check out its first season on Netflix.

 

 

28. Baki

 

Baki

 

Entity Detail
Title Baki
Type ONA
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered Jun 25, 2018 to Dec 17, 2018
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.211
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Another great anime series for beginners is Baki. Based on a manga by Keisuke Itagaki, Baki follows the story of a young man who aspires to be stronger than his father.

 

While practicing, he comes across dangerous opponents. He also hopes to win his mother's love, but he despises his mother because he thinks she's weak.

 

His determination follows him into confrontations.

 

 

27. Erased

 

Erased

 

Entity Detail
Title Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.341
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

If you've ever been enthralled by mysteries, "Erased" is an excellent choice for beginners. This series is heartbreaking and compelling, and its characters are well-drawn and easy to connect with.

 

As an adult, you'll be able to relate to Satoru and Kayo, two teens who have a complex relationship. Fortunately, Erased doesn't feature any cliches associated with time travel.

 

The series is similar to another popular manga series called Parasyte. It follows 27-year-old Satoru Fujinuma as he tries to rewind time to prevent a tragic event from happening in his past.

 

This dark, sci-fi story is intense and heartwarming, as Satoru discovers that his past mistakes have changed his present and future.

 

Its unique plot has been praised by critics and audiences alike.

 

 

26. 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.

 

If you're new to anime, there are several reasons to watch Attack on Titan. In this anime, you'll learn about an octopus-like creature that has destroyed the moon and the earth and now wants revenge by killing all humans.

 

The anime is divided into three parts and contains many gruesome and awesome battle scenes. In addition to being extremely entertaining, Attack on Titan is also a great way to learn about anime characters and how they interact with each other.

 

This sci-fi television show is based on the Japanese myth of the Kaiju or giant monsters that roamed the Earth during the mid-century.

 

These monsters inspired movies like Pacific Rim and are largely symbolic. The giants in Attack on Titan serve as a palette for exploring war and injustice.

 

This makes it a great choice for people new to anime or who want to relive a favorite series.

 

 

25. Demon Slayer

 

Demon Slayer

 

Entity Detail
Title Kimetsu no Yaiba
Type TV
Studios ufotable
Premiered Apr 6, 2019 to Sep 28, 2019
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.591
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

If you're a fan of shonen anime, you've probably already seen the Demon Slayer series. This series is filled with jaw-dropping art direction, smart fight choreography, and an epic storyline that unravels perfectly.

 

The pacing is excellent, the characters are lovable, and the world design is mouth-watering. Anime fans of all backgrounds and levels will love Demon Slayer.

 

The affection and minding between Nejuko and Tanjiro is the fundamental topic of the story. Tanjiro needs to save her sister, and the best way to do that is to bring the blood of the individual who changed her into a Demon.

 

The activities scenes in the anime are enchanting. Particularly the Sword Fights, which impart goosebumps every time.

 

 

24. Fire Force

 

Fire Force

 

Entity Detail
Title Enen no Shouboutai
Type TV
Studios David Production
Premiered Jul 6, 2019 to Dec 28, 2019
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.671
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

Another popular anime for beginners is Fire Force. Fire Force shares the concept of monster hunters, but it's more focused on fighting supernatural creatures.

 

Fire Force occurs after the apocalyptic inferno when people suffer from spontaneous combustion. It's an action-packed series with a high level of maturity and pacing.

 

Those who enjoy watching anime can start with Demon Slayer.

 

 

23. Tokyo Ghoul

 

Tokyo Ghoul

 

Entity Detail
Title Tokyo Ghoul
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Jul 4, 2014 to Sep 19, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.801
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Tokyo Ghoul is an excellent choice for those who have never watched anime before. With various characters and plotlines, it's an excellent choice for beginner viewers.

 

In addition, the characters have memorable names and voice acting. Although the series doesn't have great writing or animation, it makes up for it in the quality of its characters.

 

And the series has continued to improve throughout its history. Beginners will be glad to see that it continues to grow and improve.

 

 

22. 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 supernatural series follows the lives of high school students Akihito Kanbara and Mirai Nikki, who are both Spirit Warrior.

 

When they meet, Akihito tries to save Mirai, but it is too late, and she ends up being a victim of a supernatural event.

 

Throughout the series, the characters struggle to determine their identities and personal responsibilities.

 

 

21. Samurai Champloo

 

Samurai Champloo

 

Entity Detail
Title Samurai Champloo
Type TV
Studios Manglobe
Premiered May 20, 2004 to Mar 19, 2005
Source Original
MAL Score 8.501
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

During the Edo period in Japanese history, Samurai Champloo centres around three different characters. The vagabond warrior Mugen, the stoic ronin Jin, and the clever loner Fuu have their reasons for being there.

 

However, after killing a dangerous killer, they decide to duel to the death and are knocked out. The plotline is familiar but has a fresh spin.

 

While the action is fun and the characters are likeable, the violence can be violent at times, so many anime series are geared toward younger audiences.

 

For first-time viewers, Samurai Champloo is a perfect introduction to anime. However, whether you are a kid or an adult, there's something for everyone in this show.

 

 

20. Great Teacher Onizuka

 

Great Teacher Onizuka

 

Entity Detail
Title Great Teacher Onizuka
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Jun 30, 1999 to Sep 17, 2000
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.701
Duration 25 min. per ep.

 

The main character of the Great Teacher, Onizuka, is self-centered, impulsive, horny and reckless Onizuka. He acts on instinct and puts his heart on his sleeve, attracting trouble in his path.

 

He claims to be a virgin and refers to himself as the Great Teacher Onizuka. The series has many themes that make it an ideal anime for beginners to watch.

 

The main character, Onizuka, is a pervert, earning his teaching degree at a second-rate college. A private school hires him to teach a troublesome class.

 

After receiving an application for the position, Onizuka returns to the Holy Forest and teaches a class of teenager entertainers.

 

The students are divided into three classes, and each is ranked according to their celebrity status. The higher the student's celebrity, the more privileges they receive.

 

 

19. Megalobox

 

Megalo Box

 

Entity Detail
Title Megalo Box
Type TV
Studios TMS Entertainment
Premiered Apr 6, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018
Source Original
MAL Score 7.901
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

One of the most appealing things about Megalo Box is its simplicity. It features simple yet complex plots, and the characters' design is easy to follow.

 

The main character, Gearless Joe, is a nomad who escaped his broken expectations. He forged an ID, and fought in a tournament run by the rich and famous.

 

This makes Megalo Box a good anime for beginners, especially those interested in sports and animation.

 

 

18. Drifters

 

Drifters

 

Entity Detail
Title Drifters
Type TV
Studios Hoods Drifters Studio
Premiered Oct 7, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.921
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

The 2016 anime Drifters is a must-watch for anyone interested in Japanese animation. The series is based on the manga of the same name by Hirano Kouta.

 

Despite the popularity of manga, the series is still a popular choice among anime beginners. This anime's storyline is simple, but it is not without its challenges.

 

Toyohisa is a young boy who meets a mysterious man named Octobrist. Unfortunately, he is injured and is transported into a white hallway where he meets other 'Drifters'.

 

During his quest, he has to battle the evil forces of the Ends. The first season starts at the Battle of Sekigahara, in which Toyohisa successfully buys time for Yoshihiro Shimazu, a young man who is unable to fight alone.

 

To get the help of Shimazu, Toyohisa defeats a full battalion by himself. Afterward, he wanders home, only to find himself in a different world.

 

He meets Nobunaga, Nasu, and other legendary fighters.

 

 

17. Akame Ga Kill

 

Akame Ga Kill

 

Entity Detail
Title Akame ga Kill!
Type TV
Studios White Fox
Premiered Jul 7, 2014 to Dec 15, 2014
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.491
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

Akame ga Kill! is a popular anime for beginners, thanks to its easy-to-follow plot and incredibly likeable characters. The anime is based on a manga series by the same author, Takahiro Nakamura.

 

The series ran for a couple of months but continued to be published in manga form until early 2016. Later, the author released the anime's sequel, Akame ga Kill!

 

Zero, which aired from October 2013 to January 2019. Despite this, the anime is still immensely popular, and the manga continues to expand the audience.

 

While Akame Ga Kill is very similar to the manga, it does have some distinct differences. The manga's characters don't have nearly as much personality, and Akame Ga Kill ends too quickly.

 

Hence, you have to be prepared for similarities and differences between the two works. Beginners are encouraged to watch the first two episodes before moving on to the sequel.

 

If you haven't seen these two works, they are worth checking out.

 

 

16. My Hero Academia

 

My Hero Academia

 

Entity Detail
Title Boku no Hero Academia
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Apr 3, 2016 to Jun 26, 2016
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.021
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

If you're new to anime, this series might be the perfect place to start. In this show, Izuku Midoriya, a high school student, develops superpowers and aims to join the UA High School, which trains aspiring young heroes.

 

In the show, Izuku develops a close friendship with a girl, Deku, and learns to use her power to help others.

 

There are many ways to watch this show, and the best way to start is by picking a genre and then choosing a character to watch.

 

Bakugo has been voted the most popular character in almost every poll since the show began. Other characters to consider include Todoroki and Midoriya.

 

These two have consistently ranked high in popularity polls, and in Fall 2018, they both came in second.

 

 

15. Tokyo Revengers

 

Tokyo Revengers

 

Entity Detail
Title Tokyo Revengers
Type TV
Studios LIDENFILMS
Premiered Apr 11, 2021 to ?
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.261
Duration 23 min.

 

This series might be a perfect choice if you're new to anime. It features delinquent teenagers and deft humour. However, before you get into Tokyo Revengers, it's important to understand the plot.

 

The show has some underlying themes, and the characters are well portrayed. While it's a bit predictable, it is definitely worth watching.

 

Whether you're a newcomer or a diehard fan, Tokyo Revengers is worth checking out.

 

 

14. Afro Samurai

 

Afro Samurai

 

Entity Detail
Title Afro Samurai
Type TV
Studios Gonzo
Premiered May 3, 2007 to May 4, 2007
Source Original
MAL Score 7.361
Duration 27 min. per ep.

 

Afro is a boy who vows revenge when he sees his father die. He later becomes "Number 2" and becomes a master swordsman.

 

When Justice returns to kill him, Afro uses his new skills to face the old school of No. 1. But before he can face Justice, he first has to get revenge on his father.

 

In this way, Afro becomes a hero and a role model for young girls. Afro Samurai has plenty of action and drama.

 

If you are looking for a blood-soaked anime, Afro Samurai will satisfy your needs. It also features rap music by the RZA, which is an asset (via groovy beats) and sometimes a deterrent (rapping during battle).

 

However, one problem with Afro Samurai is that it has a very slow burn. If you don't like action-packed anime, this is not for you.

 

On the other hand, Afro Samurai has many great action scenes.

 

 

13. Sword Art Online

 

Sword Art Online

 

Entity Detail
Title Sword Art Online
Type TV
Studios A-1 Pictures
Premiered Jul 8, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Source Light novel
MAL Score 7.221
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

If you're new to anime, you may be wondering what makes Sword Art Online so popular. It's a fantastic fantasy and action movie with memorable characters and gorgeous animation.

 

The movie's premise revolves around game players who are trapped inside their game. And the only way out is to beat the final boss or reach the 100th level.

 

As a result, game players who die in the virtual world are also dead in reality. The story is simple enough to understand, and the characters are relatively easy to follow.

 

Even newcomers will enjoy this fantastic show. While many anime series feature damsels in need of saving, this trope can ruin a series for newcomers.

 

 

12. High School of the Dead

 

High School of Dead

 

Entity Detail
Title Highschool of the Dead
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Jul 5, 2010 to Sep 20, 2010
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.111
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

One of the best-known series is High School of the Dead. It is a popular anime with a zombie subplot and loads of gunplay.

 

Its characters are quite creepy, and the main character, Keiichi Maebara, is a shy boy with a bad reputation. However, there are also some parts in High School of the Dead that beginners will enjoy.

 

Below are some of the anime's best moments. Anime fans who love zombie movies and horror genres can't get enough of High School of the Dead.

 

The anime is a fun choice for newcomers as the characters are very relatable. The girls' school uniforms are colorful and reminiscent of the zombie genre.

 

Many of the students wear part of their school uniform, and Takashi's is one of the most revealing among all the characters.

 

 

11. One Punch Man

 

One Punch Man

 

Entity Detail
Title One Punch Man
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Oct 5, 2015 to Dec 21, 2015
Source Web manga
MAL Score 8.541
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

This is the cult-favorite manga and anime series that is a favorite of young people. And the anime version of this comic is equally entertaining.

 

One-Punch Man has become one of the most popular anime series since it first aired in 2015. And fans have been eagerly anticipating its new season on Toonami.

 

So if you've never seen the manga, it's time to get on board. This manga series is perfect for those just starting in the world of anime.

 

The titular hero's adventures, Saitama, are told in hard-hitting, side-splitting humor. Its premise is the idea that a nerdy boy can become a superhero and fight all sorts of evil with one punch.

 

And while this may sound like a cliché, it's true: One Punch Man is one of the most popular anime series for beginners.

 

 

10. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

 

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

 

Entity Detail
Title Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Type TV
Studios Bones
Premiered Apr 5, 2009 to Jul 4, 2010
Source Manga
MAL Score 9.171
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Fullmetal Alchemist might be a great choice if you're a beginner to anime. This sci-fi series is centred around a self-proclaimed mad scientist who transforms into an alien being.

 

There are many reasons to watch this sci-fi series, including its satirical tone, unbelievable plot twists, and fun military uniforms.

 

It is a great choice for beginners because it is easily digestible and easy to understand. In Fullmetal Alchemist, the story of Edward Elric, an orphan, reveals the struggle and sacrifice of a human being.

 

Edward tells viewers to sacrifice their bodies to save their mother in the first episode. The two boys develop a bond throughout the anime that makes them ideal friends.

 

As they continue to overcome difficulties and overcome their obstacles, they become closer than ever.

 

 

9. Neon Genesis Evangelion

 

Neon Genesis Evangelion

 

Entity Detail
Title Neon Genesis Evangelion
Type TV
Studios Gainax, Tatsunoko Production
Premiered Oct 4, 1995 to Mar 27, 1996
Source Original
MAL Score 8.331
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Another popular anime for beginners is Neon Genesis Evangelion. This 1995 sci-fi series is full of twists and turns. The plot is gripping and raises some important moral questions.

 

Animes featuring these characters are well-written and layered, making them fascinating to watch. The art, soundtrack, and animation of this show are also outstanding.

 

This anime will surely appeal to beginners!

 

 

8. 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.

 

This anime is for first-time anime viewers who want to get into the world of Japanese animation. One can start with some of the best sci-fi and fantasy anime for beginners.

 

One of the first series to gain widespread popularity is Cowboy Bebop, a popular sci-fi manga series that explores themes of poverty, crime, and violence.

 

Its complex characters and storylines will be enthralling to new viewers. Anime fans will love Cowboy Bebop. This show is hailed as the best anime ever made.

 

The plot is based around four bounty hunters who battle wanted criminals, personal grudges, and existential ennui across the solar system.

 

The soundtrack is jazzy, and the artwork is stylistically perfect. The series is only 26 episodes long, making it an excellent choice for beginners.

 

The series is also one of the most popular amongst young adults.

 

 

7. Dragon Ball Z

 

Dragon Ball Z

 

Entity Detail
Title Dragon Ball Z
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Apr 26, 1989 to Jan 31, 1996
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.151
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Many children grow up with Dragon Ball Z as their first introduction to anime. This popular series, which began over a decade ago, has been updated and re-released each year.

 

Unlike other anime, it contains consistent messages and characters that appeal to various audiences. Beginners can find this series both educational and entertaining, and the newest episodes can be viewed even after the original series was released.

 

You may wonder what to watch first if you're new to the series. Of course, Dragon Ball is the most popular franchise, with more than sixty movies and television series.

 

However, beginners can easily get started watching "Dragon Ball Z" and other series. Some of the most popular series include "Dragon Ball GT," "Dragon Ball Super," and "Broly."

 

 

6. Death Note

 

Death Note

 

Entity Detail
Title Death Note
Type TV
Studios Madhouse
Premiered Oct 4, 2006 to Jun 27, 2007
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.631
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

This anime series follows the adventures of a high-school student named Light as he goes on a murderous rampage. He is accompanied by a Shinigami named Ryuk and becomes embroiled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, figuring out each other's identities and plot twists.

 

It's a perfect choice for a beginner anime lover because it's the perfect length. Animes for beginners are generally short and sweet, and Death Note is no exception.

 

With 37 episodes, this show presents an intricate world and mythology without sapping the viewer with "filler" episodes. As a result, it's easy to follow, even for newcomers.

 

Despite its relatively low viewing time, Death Note has been praised by critics and fans as a perfect introduction to the genre.

 

 

5. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

 

Code Geass: The Rebellion of Lelouch

 

Entity Detail
Title Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
Type TV
Studios Sunrise
Premiered Oct 6, 2006 to Jul 29, 2007
Source Original
MAL Score 8.711
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

It is a great series for beginners. This show combines action and drama with superpowers and the military. It's also quite interesting, with many fans proclaiming Lelouch to be the best anime character ever.

 

So many fans are waiting for the third season of this series. It's worth noting that there are some annoying fillers and unexplained things that can be distracting.

 

It's also important to note that anime can be difficult to follow, so you should make sure you can stick with it.

 

 

4. Naruto

 

Naruto

 

Entity Detail
Title Naruto
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Oct 3, 2002 to Feb 8, 2007
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.931
Duration 23 min. per ep.

 

One of the best-known and most popular anime series for beginners is Naruto. The plot revolves around a young ninja named Naruto, who has to face the harsh world of shinobi.

 

The series has many likable characters and a deep jutsu structure. The characters have unique fighting styles, and each character has a different motivation.

 

You can watch the series online on various streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and Funimation. It's easy to understand why this series is so popular.

 

Naruto is an excellent introduction to ninja culture and is one of the most popular anime for beginners. It follows the adventures of a ninja named Naruto and his friends, Sasuke and Sakura, who are ninjas-in-training.

 

This series is full of exciting adventures, including deadly encounters with dangerous opponents.

 

 

3. Bleach

 

Bleach

 

Entity Detail
Title Bleach
Type TV
Studios Studio Pierrot
Premiered Oct 5, 2004 to Mar 27, 2012
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.801
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

There are many reasons to watch Bleach. If you love manga and anime, you'll also love this series. Its characters are relatable, and the battles are action-packed.

 

In addition, fans of Bleach will appreciate its flexible combat and firefighting aesthetic. And, if you're a beginner, this series is sure to keep you engaged for hours.

 

And, because it is a popular anime for beginners, you can even watch it over your lunch break. Bleach is a popular manga series with a strong supernatural element.

 

It follows the life of Ichigo Kurosaki, a normal teenager who acquires Shinigami powers for some time. He then has to hunt down dangerous Hollow creatures and save his family.

 

You won't want to miss this weekly dose of awesome! And, Bleach is just the beginning. There are various other popular anime that can be watched until you get hooked.

 

 

2. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

 

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

 

Entity Detail
Title JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (TV)
Type TV
Studios David Production
Premiered Oct 6, 2012 to Apr 6, 2013
Source Manga
MAL Score 7.981
Duration 24 min. per ep.

 

Another popular anime for beginners is JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It has a huge library of episodes but is more accessible than most anime.

 

The characters are likeable, and the battle system is interesting. The characters each have their special abilities and must outwit each other to win.

 

While it's a relatively short series, it's packed with action and laughs. This series is a great choice for people who aren't quite ready to commit to a full-length anime series.

 

 

1. One Piece

 

One Piece

 

Entity Detail
Title One Piece
Type TV
Studios Toei Animation
Premiered Oct 20, 1999 to ?
Source Manga
MAL Score 8.571
Duration 24 min.

 

As the most popular anime for beginners, One Piece can be challenging to follow. Because it is an ongoing story, it is best to watch the entire series.

 

The early arcs tend to be slow, and the introduction of Coby and Usopp makes the first few episodes feel grating.

 

However, if you're looking for a great way to get into the series, the movies are a great choice. They feature some of the most popular characters, like the Straw Hats, and give you a good overview of the main plot.

 

This series is canon, and fans will be able to get a feel for the characters. You can also find non-canon movies, including Clockwork Island Adventure, Strong World, Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island.

 

There's also a live-action One Piece series, which will debut on Netflix shortly. The anime is also available on Crunchyroll, FUNIMATION, and Netflix.

 

You can also buy the manga at your local comic book store.

 

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