Top 15 Most Popular Anime Of All Time, Ranked

Top 15 Most Popular Anime Of All Time, Ranked

You can’t go wrong with the most popular anime on the planet! If you’re a true anime fan, you’ve probably seen them all. These titles were chosen because they are well-known and well-liked by anime fans. If you’re new to these addictive Japanese cartoons, this is a great place to start. These anime series have millions of fans all over the world. They are frequently revisited and shared with others.

As you are all aware, narrowing this kind of list down to only 15 anime and ranking them first… So don’t start sending me death threats just because your favourite anime wasn’t included. Accept this list as it is entirely based on my opinion and what I’ve witnessed over the years. Also, let me know in the comments which anime you think should have been included.

Most Popular Anime Of All Time

15. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

After a horrifying alchemy experiment fails in the Elric household, brothers Edward and Alphonse are thrust into a terrifying new reality. Despite the alchemical principle that forbids human transmutation, the boys attempted to resurrect their recently deceased mother. Instead, Alphonse’s body disintegrated, while Edward sacrificed a leg and then an arm to keep Alphonse’s soul bound to a massive suit of armour.

Pinako Rockbell and Winry, her granddaughter, arrive to assist the brothers. Winry, a biomechanical engineering prodigy, makes Edward prosthetic limbs out of “automail,” a tough, versatile metal used in robots and combat armour. The Elric brothers embark on a quest to locate the Philosopher’s Stone, a powerful gem that allows an alchemist to defy the traditional laws of Equivalent Exchange.

As Edward becomes a well-known alchemist and earns the moniker “Fullmetal,” his journey entangles him in a growing conspiracy that threatens the fate of the world.

14. Jujutsu Kaisen

Yuuji Itadori, a high school student, spends his days either with the Occult Club or visiting his hospitalised grandfather. However, when he unknowingly comes into contact with a cursed item, his leisurely lifestyle takes an unusual turn. Yuuji is thrown into the world of Curses after swallowing the aforementioned item, which turns out to be the finger of the demon Sukuna Ryoumen, the “King of Curses.”

As he discovers his own newfound abilities, Yuuji witnesses firsthand the threat that these Curses pose to society. When he enrols in the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujutsu Technical High School, he embarks on a journey that he will never be able to reverse—the path of a Jujutsu sorcerer.

13. Sword Art Online

Since the release of the innovative NerveGear, gamers all over the world have had the opportunity to experience fully immersive virtual reality. Sword Art Online (SAO), one of the console’s most recent games, provides a portal into the wondrous world of Aincrad, a vivid, mediaeval landscape where users can do whatever they want within the bounds of their imagination. Gaming has never felt more alive since the release of this worldwide sensation.

When the game’s creator traps thousands of players inside, the idyllic fantasy quickly turns into a brutal nightmare. The “log-out” function has been removed, leaving only the completion of all one hundred increasingly difficult levels of Aincrad as a way out. To make matters worse, any death in-game is permanent, effectively terminating the player’s life outside of the game.

While Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya was fortunate to be a game beta tester, he quickly discovers that, despite his advantages, he cannot overcome SAO’s challenges alone. Kirito joins forces with Asuna Yuuki and other talented players to face the seemingly insurmountable challenges. With difficult bosses and menacing dark cults impeding his progress, Kirito learns that such tasks are far more difficult to say than to do.

12. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo is being invaded by a sinister threat: flesh-eating “ghouls” who look and act exactly like humans. To avoid hearing about the escalating crisis, Ken Kaneki, a reserved college student, hides his face behind his books. When an attractive woman named Rize Kamishiro approaches him and asks him out on a date, his solitude is shattered.

While walking Rize home, Kaneki realises she isn’t as sweet as she appears and that she has duped him. He awakens in a hospital after a tragic struggle to learn that his life was saved by transplanting the now-deceased Rize’s organs into his own body.

Kaneki’s body degrades, transforming him into a human-ghoul hybrid. Kaneki clings to his humanity as he embarks on a new terrifying journey in the bloody conflict between society’s new monsters and the government agents tasked with hunting them.

11. Attack On Titan

Titans, monstrous humanoid creatures, slaughtered humanity centuries ago, forcing humans to hide in fear behind massive concentric walls. Because their desire for human flesh appears to be motivated by pleasure rather than hunger, these giants are truly terrifying. To ensure their survival, humanity’s remnants began to live within defensive barriers, resulting in a century without a single titan encounter. The battle for survival against the man-eating abominations is reignited when a colossal Titan breaches the supposedly impregnable outer wall.

After suffering a terrible personal loss at the hands of the invading creatures, Eren Yeager dedicates his life to their abolition by joining the Survey Corps, an elite military unit that battles the merciless humanoids outside the walls. Eren, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and childhood friend Armin Arlert join the Titans’ brutal war and race against the clock to defeat them before the final walls fall.

10. One Punch Man

Despite his unimpressive appearance, Saitama has an unusual hobby: he is a hero. Saitama worked tirelessly for three years, losing all of his hair in the process, to realise his childhood dream. Saitama’s strength has increased to the point where he can defeat any opponent with a single punch. However, because no one can match Saitama’s strength, he has run into an unexpected problem: he no longer enjoys the thrill of battle and has grown quite bored.

One day, Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg who witnesses Saitama’s power and aspires to be Saitama’s disciple, notices him. Genos suggests that the two become members of the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes and be recognised for their positive contributions to society. Saitama agrees quickly, surprised that no one knows who he is. Saitama embarks on a new journey as a member of the Hero Association, meeting new allies and facing new foes in order to relive the thrill of battle.

9. Spy x Family

Corrupt politicians, zealous nationalists, and other bellicose forces constantly threaten Ostania and Westalis’ fragile peace. Regardless of their plans, renowned spy and master of disguise “Twilight” completes perilous missions one by one in the hopes that no child will witness the horrors of war.

Twilight goes by the alias “Loid Forger,” an esteemed psychiatrist, in the bustling Ostanian city of Berlint. However, his true goal is to gather information on prominent politician Donovan Desmond, who only appears in public on rare occasions at his son’s school, the prestigious Eden Academy. Loid’s master plan is carried out by marrying the unmarried city hall clerk Yor Briar and adopting the curious six-year-old orphan Anya as his daughter. He’ll enrol Anya in Eden Academy in the hopes that she’ll succeed and allow him to meet Donovan without suspicion.

Unfortunately for Loid, being a loving father and husband is difficult even for a man of his abilities. And, like Loid, Yor, the “Thorn Princess,” an underground assassin, and Anya, an esper who can read people’s minds, have no plans to reveal their own. Despite the fact that their idyllic family is based on deception, the Forgers come to realise that their love for one another is more important than anything else.

8. My Hero Academia

The emergence of “quirks,” or newly discovered superpowers, has been steadily increasing over the years, with 80 percent of humanity possessing abilities ranging from element manipulation to shapeshifting. This renders the rest of the world, including Izuku Midoriya, powerless.

Since he was a child, the aspiring middle schooler has wished to be a hero. Izuku admires heroes and takes notes on them whenever he can because of his unfortunate fate. But his persistence appears to have paid off: Izuku meets All Might, the number one hero and his personal idol. Might’s eccentricity is an inherited talent, and he has chosen Izuku as his heir!

Izuku enrols in UA High, a prestigious high school known for its excellent hero training programme, after months of arduous training, and this year’s freshmen look especially promising. Thanks to his strange but talented classmates and the looming threat of a villainous organisation, Izuku will quickly discover what it truly means to be a hero.

7. Death Note

The human world is polluted by heinous murders, petty thefts, and senseless violence. The realm of the death gods, on the other hand, is a mundane, unchanging gambling den. Both Light Yagami, a brilliant 17-year-old Japanese student, and Ryuk, the sadistic god of death, believe that their worlds are rotten.

Ryuk sends his “Death Note” into the human world to amuse himself. Light shines through it, mocking the first of its rules: the person whose name appears on this note will perish. Light gives in to the temptation and tries his hand at writing a felon’s name, which disturbingly resembles his first murder.

Despite the terrifying godlike power that has fallen into his hands, Light—dubbed “Kira”—follows his wicked sense of justice with the ultimate goal of purging the world of all evildoers. Light’s brilliance rivals L’s, and the grand pursuit of Kira turns into a tense battle of wits that can only end when one of them dies.

6. Demon Slayer

Tanjirou Kamado has been responsible for providing for his family since his father died. Despite living in poverty on a remote mountain, the Kamado family lives a relatively peaceful and happy life. Tanjirou decides to sell charcoal in the local village one day. On his way back, Tanjirou is forced to seek refuge in the home of a strange man, who warns him of the presence of flesh-eating demons in the woods at night.

When he returns home the next day, he finds his entire family slaughtered. Worse, his sister Nezuko has been transformed into a bloodthirsty demon and is the only survivor. Tanjirou swears to avenge his family and defend his only surviving sibling, consumed by rage and hatred. Tanjirou, along with the enigmatic Demon Slayer Corps, will go to any length to slay the demons and protect the last vestiges of his beloved sister’s humanity.

5. Chainsaw Man

Denji’s goal is simple: he wants to live a happy, peaceful life while spending time with a girl he likes. However, this is not the case, as the yakuza force Denji to kill devils in order to pay off his crushing debts. For money, he will go to any length, even if it means using his pet devil Pochita as a weapon.

Unfortunately, he has outlived his usefulness and is assassinated by a yakuza devil. Pochita, on the other hand, merges with Denji’s dead body and bestows chainsaw devil powers on him. A resurrected Denji, now able to transform parts of his body into chainsaws, uses his new abilities to dispatch his enemies quickly and brutally. He is hired as one of the Public Safety Bureau’s devil hunters after attracting the attention of the official devil hunters who arrive on the scene. Denji will go to any length to realise his simple adolescent fantasies now that he has the means to confront even the most formidable foes.

4. One Piece

The “Pirate King,” Gol D. Roger, was the most powerful and infamous person to ever sail the Grand Line. The World Government’s capture and execution of Roger caused global upheaval. His final words before passing away revealed the existence of One Piece, the world’s most valuable treasure. This discovery ushered in the Grand Age of Pirates, with men dreaming of finding One Piece, which promises an endless amount of riches and fame, as well as possibly reaching the pinnacle of glory and assuming the title of Pirate King.

Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies the pirate stereotype, enters the picture. Rather than the popular image of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate ransacking villages for fun, Luffy’s motivation for becoming a pirate is pure wonder: the prospect of an exciting adventure that will lead him to fascinating people and, eventually, the promised treasure. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew cross the Grand Line, encountering crazy adventures, unravelling dark mysteries, and battling formidable foes all in pursuit of the most coveted of all fortunes—One Piece.

3. Dragon Ball

Gokuu Son is a young boy who lives alone in the woods until he is discovered by a girl named Bulma while searching for the “Dragon Balls.” Bulma wishes to collect all seven artefacts and have a perfect boyfriend because the artefacts are said to grant the person who collects all seven one wish. Gokuu happens to have a dragon ball and refuses to give it up, so Bulma makes a deal with him: if he lets her borrow the dragon ball’s power, he will accompany her on her journey. That was the start of their epic journey.

They are not travelling on their own. On the way, they meet the elderly Muten-Roshi and decide to become disciples of Kuririn, with whom Gokuu trains to improve his martial arts skills in preparation for the upcoming World Martial Arts Tournament. But it’s not all fun and games; the ability to grant any wish is a powerful one, and there are those who would do much worse than wish for a boyfriend. To prevent those with legendary power from abusing it, they train to become stronger fighters and use their newfound strength to benefit those around them.

2. Pokemon

Pokémon are fascinating creatures with a wide range of abilities and appearances; many people, referred to as Pokémon trainers, capture and train them, often with the goal of competing against others. Satoshi has always wanted to be both a Pokémon trainer and a “Pokémon Master,” and now that his tenth birthday is approaching, he has the opportunity. Unfortunately for him, all three Pokémon available to new trainers had been claimed, leaving only Pikachu, a defiant Electric-type Pokémon, roaming the streets. This chance encounter, on the other hand, would result in a lifelong friendship and an epic adventure!

Satoshi and Pikachu set out to become the world’s best trainers, travelling across beautiful, vast regions with their friends Kasumi, a Water-type trainer, and Takeshi, a Rock-type trainer. However, danger lurks around every corner. Team Rocket is always close by, hatching cunning plans to steal powerful Pokémon. Satoshi and his friends must thwart their efforts while also attempting to earn the eight Pokémon Gym Badges required to challenge the Pokémon League and eventually claim the title of Pokémon Master.

1. Naruto

Just before Naruto Uzumaki was born, a massive demon known as the Kyuubi, or Nine-Tailed Fox, attacked Konohagakure, the Hidden Leaf Village, and wreaked havoc. The Fourth Hokage, the village’s leader, gave his life to put an end to the Kyuubi’s rampage and seal the monstrous beast inside the newborn Naruto.

Naruto is still a rambunctious ninja living in Konohagakure. Naruto struggles to find his place in the village after being shunned by the village due to the Kyuubi within him, while his burning desire to become the Hokage of Konohagakure leads him not only to some wonderful new friends, but also to some deadly foes.

That concludes the list; please share your favourite anime from this list in the comments section!

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