Although not a lot of people actually watch cartoons anymore especially if they are working adults now, that doesn’t count for everyone. There are still some who’s childhood habits haven’t changed and that can be evident to those who still watch anime. Anime may be for kids but they are also a good outlet for those who work so much that they need some kind of distraction. There are also those who still watch them because they love them so much. We don’t discriminate here on whatever hobbies or interests you have. With that being said, all of us probably have encountered anime in our lives even when we were kids. Here are the top 10 most popular anime of all time in no particular order.
10. Full Metal Alchemist
Just as we have always done, we always start a list with a bang and by that we mean we have to introduce the cream of the crop to set the standard high. One of the highest rated anime of all time is none other than Full Metal Alchemist. This heart-wrenching, action-packed fantasy series revolves around two brothers who may have just bitten more than they can chew and it has amassed thousands perhaps millions of fans in just a few years.
9. Cowbow Bebop
If you are a child from the 90s, then you most definitely have watched this anime. If you haven’t, then you need to get on it because it’s just that good that we actually recommend it. It’s creative way of combining space and cowboys make it so original and authentic that it would be a crime not to include it in this top 10 list f most popular anime of all time.
With so many action focused anime out there, adding a little something definitely made Bleach stand out. It’s incorporation of the supernatural may not be new, but the way they manipulate this aspect makes it so understandably interesting that once we watch the first episode, we just have to continue watching it until the very end. While some of the ones in this list has started to lose popularity, Bleach is starting to climb up and become the new “It” anime.
7. Death Note
It’s iconic black notebook has spread fear and curiosity world wide and luckily for us, we get to see it come to life with so many adaptations to it. But the anime series is just unbeatable with it’s suspenseful plots and most alluring characters that will make you think why you have not watched this one when it came out. Well known for it’s dark theme and eerie vibe, Death Note is definitely one of the most intriguing of them all.
The iconic card game anime has broken records throughout the years of it’s peak and although it’s not as popular as it was before, it still deserves a spot in this list because of the undeniable impact it has made in the anime community. With the card game still popular to this day, it’s no surprise that the anime series also reached a peak that allows it to get a spot in this lost of most popular anime of all time.
5. One Piece
Today’s “It” anime, One Piece has captured fans of all ages because of it’s gripping story lines and incredible animation. It may just be the Naruto of this generation for it’s originality, it’s no non sense style of writing and it’s overall appeal as an action-adventure anime. Having so many people cosplay characters of this anime is already a sign of the immense success of the show through the years.
4. Sailor Moon
Not something a lot of people would watch, Sailor Moon is surprisingly one of the most popular, with so many internet memes dedicated to it on social media sites such as Tumblr and Twitter. Having a female protagonist was rare when it first came out which can explain why it was so popular way back when. The theatricals and the cheesy dialog may not be for everyone, but we have to admit that it is one of the most recognized anime of all time.
You have probably imagined yourself throwing shurikens and jumping from branch to branch if you watched Naruto when you were younger. This iconic, still ongoing anime series is by far one of the best there is out there. With its hundreds of episodes, it’s pretty impressive that it is still managing to stay relevant with today’s generation of kids. Although most of the fandom include the ones who watched when they were younger and have grown up already, the new audience is not too far behind.
Arguably the most popular of them all, Pokemon and it’s endless story lines is definitely the most well-known and recognized anime of all time. From the immensely successful video game installments to box office hits and to the still on going series, Pokemon has definitely shaped the history of anime not just in Japan but all over the world. With over nine hundred episodes and counting, this anime giant is simply unstoppable.
1. Dragon Ball Z
Everybody and their mothers know what Dragon Ball Z is all about. The crazy glowing hair, the intense fight scenes, and let’s not forget the iconic dragon, Dragon Ball Z is by far one of the best anime ever to have graced our television screens. It may not be as popular as Pokemon, but it is still pretty relevant to today’s younger generation. With reruns and DVDs available online, anyone can practically watch the series and not get sick of it.