Top 10 Best Anime Movies of All Time


    If you are an anime fan, how do you choose the right movies to watch? How can you tell that one anime movie or series is better than the other? For most people, they check the description and the picture and rate a movie to be better. If you do that, you end missing other quality anime movies that do not have a good picture or description. I prepared this guide to provide you with a top list of best anime movies of all time.

    Anime movies have been there since 1980s. If you are an anime movie lover, you must have watched many movies. However, you will find that there are other great and entertaining anime movies that you have not watched.

    There are so many factors that make an anime movie great to watch. Some of the factors that we put into consideration when picking our movies include the following:

    • Popularity
    • Entertainment value
    • Quality writing
    • Originality
    • Movie/series significance

    To come up with our top list, we did more research and checked their rankings on different websites. The following is a list of anime movies that you need to watch.

    best anime movies of all time

    What is anime?

    Before I review the most popular anime movies to watch, let us first understand what exactly anime means. The term anime is a Japanese word for animation and this includes all types of animated media. Anime is an art form that includes all the genres that are found in cinema.

    Animated films have individual drawings, illustrations or painting that is photographed by a frame. The first cinema animation had a frame-by-frame and handwritten images. Animated films are generally directed to appeal to children but any person can enjoy watching them.

    Best anime movies of all time

    The following is a list of anime movies any anime lover will enjoy to watch. Actually, I have watched all these movies and they are worth your time. Check their full reviews here.

    Death Note

    There are so many reasons why Death Note topped our list. This is an incredible anime series that I would recommend you to watch. This series has been selected as the top one by many fans in Japan. If you check its ratings on MyanimeList website, you will find that the series is ranked number one.

    This anime series was made by Madhouse and it contains 37 episodes directed by Araki. They were broadcasted from October 2006- June 2007 in Japan. It became so popular such that there is a Broadway musical that was written and composed based on the series.

    I will give you a brief synopsis of this series but I don't want to spoil the mood for people who haven't watched it. This anime series is about an intelligent high school student who went for a secret crusade to get rid of criminals from the world after finding out a notebook with the ability to kill anyone whose name appears in it.

    Shinigami, who is a god of deathis able to kill any person if at all he can see your face and then write down your name on the notebook. The high school student discovers the death note and starts to test it by writing down criminal’s name. The criminal will die instantly and he finds out the amazing powers of the notebook.

    He now chooses to clear criminals from the world with the assistance of this notebook and everyone worships him. If you watch this movie, you will realize that it covers places where other anime movies do not cover. This makes it interesting and entertaining to watch.

    This is an amazing anime series that you should consider watching. It gives you a nice experience such that you can watch it over and over again.

    #2: Attack on Titan - Shingeki no Kyojin

    #2: Attack on Titan -Shingeki no Kyojin

    If you are looking for a great and revolutionary anime movie, Attack on Titan is the best to watch. It talks about a young man by the name Eren Jaeger who promises to abolish all the giant humanoid titans that exist on earth. This is after they destroyed his home as well as killed his mother.

    It follows adventure and fight against Titans by ErenShingeki no Kyojin, Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman who do everything to ensure that the walls that surround the people that are left on the planet are not attacked by the Titan. Humans are protected by 3 various military branches and the soldiers have vertical maneuvering equipment to jump from trees, wall and building to invade the Titans.

    The initial series was produced in 2013. Additionally, spin-off light novel as well as the manga series has also been developed from the achievement of this anime series. The 2nd season was aired in 2017. The third season is planned to be released in 2018.

    The main reason why many people love this series is because of the storyline and the imagery. The series has a very captivating storyline that many anime fans love. The original Attack on Titans had only 5 episodes and the production ensured that it is popular and the longest running anime series.

    Get Attack on Titan series if you want to experience an exciting and well-paced anime action. I have watched this series and I know you will also find it positive and watch the whole series.

    #3: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    Most people think that anime movies and series are just for kids. However, adults can also enjoy watching this movie. The best recommendations for adult’s isFullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. This series was written by Hiroshi Onogi and the director is Yasuhiro Irie. It was premiered in 20009 and ran up to 2010.

    It was released all over the world by Blu-ray and DVD and aired in different channels in the UK, US and Australia. You can never get bored when you are watching this anime. Every minute of the series is fun to watch so you will not have the urge to fast forward any scene. It is worth both your time and attention.

    This is anamazing anime that will help you explore the anime world. As compared to the first Fullmetal Alchemist that was partly based on the manga series by HiromuArakawa, this one was based on manga series and gets along with the initial plotline. You will enjoy watching 65 enjoyable episodes such that you will be even asking for more.

    The story is about 2 brothers who are disfigured. Their names are Edward and Alphonse and they are on a mission to improve their alchemic training to bring back to life their dead mother as well as reinstate their physical bodies to a healthy condition.

    Edward ends up losing his leg and thereby expenses his arm to preserve his brother's soul in the course of the alchemic experiment. Alphone now turns to body armor while Edward wears his soul and visits capital with the other brothers to be Fullmetal Alchemist at the state military.

    He goes on to look for the Philosopher Stone that should provide him with massive alchemic powers. On his journey, he finds out deep government conspiracies with information about his father‘s past life.

    #4: Naruto Shippūden

    Naruto Shippūden

    If you are looking for an interesting and fun to watch anime movie, Naruto is worth your time. It was released many years back and ever since, there have been many films, comic, and games produced and sold to Naruto fans.

    Naruto Shippūden is a great selection for people who are new to Manga and anime. It includes 500 episodes which were aired from 2007 to 2017. If you are a Naruto fan, I know you have been following this series over the years. As compared to the Naruto series, Naruto Shippūden is ideal for more mature audience. It has superb music and animation and the scenes in this series will keep you wanting to watch more.

    Naruto Shippūden is about the life as well as the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young and loud ninja who wants to be the toughest ninja in the village. This series begins more than 2 years when Naruto left Konohagakureto go through anstrong training. The Akatu, an organization of elite ninjas plans to overtake the Shinobi world. In as much as he is older, he hasn't changed only that his confidence has developed.  Naruto goes to the fights with passion so that he can get Hokage title.

     All the characters in this series and amazing even the antagonist. This is why a large number of people love watching this anime. It has an interesting storyline that is exciting all the time. This makes the series of the most watched lengthy series.

    #5: Naruto


    There are so many anime movies and series produced. However, not all are interesting to watch. If you are an anime lover, you probably know about manga and anime. If so, you must also have come across Naruto. It is rated the third in the top seller manga list.  It has a record of more than 235 million copies that have been sold in more than 35 countries.

    This is an interesting anime that has won many awards. It offers a mixture of adventure, martial arts, action, shounen and comedy in every 23-minute episode of the the series. Apart from Naruto, the series, fans have more than 11 movies and 11 original animations and video games to enjoy. You will also find trading cards and light novels that are based on the characters and Naruto storyline.

    It was written by MsashiKishimoto and involves a story of Naruto Uzumaki, a child ninja who wants to get recognized and has a vision of being the leader of Hokage village. Before his birth, he gets a big demon Kyuubiwrapped in him and the boy faces problems when struggling to look for his place.

    There are two parts of the story and the first part is during the adolescent while the second part is about his teenage life. This series is the most popular anime TV series. It has 220 episodes that were first aired in Japan from the year 2002- 2007. It was also aired in the cartoon network from 2005-2009.

    #6: Dragon Ball Z

    Dragon Ball Z

    Looking for a good anime to watch? You need to watch Dragon Ball Z which is a top anime with high ratings. In fact, it is a popular anime series that is watched all over the world and rated as the best anime movies of all time. This series is a sequal to the original Dragon Ball series.

    This series was aired from 1989-1996 and includes 261 episodes. It is popular in the US and Japan. There have been 17 movies and over 148 video games that have been released and based on this series.

    If you watch the original Dragon Ball series will give you with entertaining adventures. The series is a must watch if you are an anime lover.

    The story of this series begins with Gokuuwho lives harmoniously with his family. They have stayed for 5 years after he won martial arts tournament. Raditz comes and says that he is the Gokuu's long lost sibling. He says that he is a soldier from an extinct race and from another planet.

     Gokuucame to earth when he was a baby to destroy and conquer the planet after suffering head injury. After losing memory, he is now a good natural person who fights to guard the weak. When Gokuutogether with his friend found out, they were faced with many attacks from the extra-terrestrial enemies.

    #7: Fairy Tail

    Fairy Tail

    Finding interesting and entertaining anime movies can be tough especially if you are a beginner. It is hard to tell whether an anime is great based on the picture or description. If you look forward to enjoying great animation, enjoyable characters and much more, Fairy Tail is the right anime to watch.

    For some people, they find Fairy Tail quite repetitive; however, die hard shounen anime fan will love watching this anime. This series was aired from 2009-2013 and it won many anime awards like the best Japanese Anime Award in the 19th Manga and Anime Grand Prix in the year 2012. It is majorly based on the popular anime series that was written by Hiro Mashina.

    The second series was premiered in Japan from 2014-2016 and in 2018; we are expecting the third series release. You will enjoy watching 175 episodes of the first Fairy Tale series.

    The series is about Lucy Heartfiliawho wants to become a powerful-fledged wizard and this is the main reason she is looking for celestrial keys. In her search, she finds NatsuDragneel who want the dragon Igneel who is Natsu's foster father.

    Natsu, who is a wizard and a member of Fairy Tale saves Lucy in an attempted abduction so he offers to be part of them. On their way, they come across a magic swordmanErza and ice wizard, Gray Fullbuster to join them. They fight the evil together and they engage in many explorations which makes the series interesting to watch.

    #8: Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online

    Do you need the best anime 2019? You might consider Sword Art Online. The best thing you will love about this anime is the quality music as well as the sound. The series is perfect for multiplayer online game lovers. Fans of MMO games and anime will enjoy watching this series.

    The plot of the series is about some gamers who in the year 2022. They are among worldwide gamers who launch Sword Art Online MMORPG game that connects players to virtual-reality world with the aid of special nerve gear helmets.

    One of the eager gamers in the series is called Kirito who is the first person to enter the game. He then becomes Klein’s friend, a beginner warrior. The gamers utilize their thoughts to take charge of the avatars in the computer-generated world of Ainca where they havediverse medieval weapons and meet gruesome monsters as well as fight bosses.

    The gamers then found out that they could not log out of the game and that they are held by the game’s creator until they complete the levels. The worst thing about this game is if you die, you are also dead in real world.

    Without saying much about this anime, you have an idea of the adventure and excitement that you will get from this series. It has 25 episodes that were released in 2012 now they are about the light novels by Reki Kawahara. The books are also popular worldwide and many anime lovers prefer them because of the writing which is not covered in some series.

    #9: One Piece

    One Piece

    This is another inspirational anime that you will enjoy watching. This series was premiered on October 20, 1999 on Fuji Television. Ever since there have been over 800 episodes that have been aired on different networks in the world.

    One piece has been rated as the best-selling anime series with over 430 million copies which were sold by October 2017.

    Luffy, an adventurous pirate looking for mystical great treasure by the name One Piece. He is one of the pirates who all want to become the first to locate the treasure and get the name Pirate King.

    This anime series follows Monkey D.Luffy adventures, a 17-year-old who overcomes the many adventures. When getting the prize and the title, he unveils many dark mysteries and battles many enemies.

    #10: Bleach


    If you love watching length anime series, Bleach is one of the best selections in our list. The series has 366 episodes and it was aired in 2004-2012. The series has a story about a high school student names Kurosaki Ichigo, who has the ability to see ghosts.

    This is an interesting and anime series with wonderful adventures which will want you keep watching it over and over again. Since it is a length series, many people might get tired after watching the first 60 episodes. However, if you are a true fan, you can enjoy watching every episode from episode one to episode 366.

    He got thedistinct power from an accident in a tree’s hollow. With his family, they were attacked by the Hollow by the name RukiaKuchiki who hurries to save Ichigo as well as his family gets hurt in the quest of protecting them.

    Ichigo takes Rukia's power so that he could protect his family. This little boy becomes a soul reaper. The plot f this series is similar to Sixth Sense. If you watched this movie and love it, you will definitely enjoy watching Bleach.

    Ichigo goes along to search all the hollows that attack people. His classmates YasutoraSado, Uryuu Ishida, and Orihime Inoue join him and they also have exceptional abilities.

    Final Words

    If you have been asking yourself this question, what anime should I watch? I believe you now have several options to choose from. I have given you a list of top ten anime to watch if you are an anime lover. I only covered good anime movies to watch for both kids and adults. I didn't just pick the movies from the blues; we took many factors into consideration. These movies are entertaining, have great storylines among other factors. They have also been rated high in other leading websites which makes them the best recommendations for anime lovers.

    About the Author Kim Brown

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