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Must Watch Anime - The greatest plots

None of these focus on comedy, but instead storyline and characters.
1 5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second


Although today Tono Takaki and Shinohara Akari live far apart due to a family move shortly after elementary school, they were once two shy young students brought together by their shared differences from their peers. It is because of this that the two built a bond of closeness between them that still survives through their continued correspondence, even over such a distance. 

2 Angel Beats!

Angel Beats!

Death and reincarnation are inescapable, but what happens in between? Without warning and without his memories, a boy who only recalls his last name - Otonashi - wakes up next to a girl named Yuri who offers him a gun and tells him to shoot an angel.

3 Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm

THIS IS SO GOOD IGNORE DESCRIPTION WATCH NOW A teenage bookworm dies and wakes up in another life. A poor family, medieval times, and with so much knowledge of the modern day, an adventure begins!

4 A Silent Voice

A Silent Voice


A deaf elementary school girl, Shouko Nishimiya, upon transferring, meets a boy named Shouya Ishida in her new class. Shouya, who is not deaf, leads the class in bullying Shouko, because she is deaf. As the bullying continues, the class starts to bully Shouya for bullying Shouko.

After graduating from elementary school, Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other… until later, when Shouya, tormented over his past, decides he must see Shouko once more. Shouya wants to make amends for what he did in elementary school.

5 Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

Over a century ago, mankind was devoured by giant beings of unknown intelligence and origin known as Titans – creatures that eat humans alive indiscriminately and for no apparent reason. The remaining population has managed to survive the last hundred years only by building a multi-walled city.

6 Beyond the Boundary

Beyond the Boundary

In a world where supernatural beings known as youmu are hunted by Spirit World Warriors, Akihito lives an eventful life. He’s a half-breed from a human mother and a youmu father, and is immortal - a fact that saves his life on a regular basis, for his bespectacled classmate Mirai can’t seem to stop stabbing him in the chest.

7 Carole & Tuesday

Carole & Tuesday

Like music? Like really nice art? Watch!

There's a girl scraping a living in the metropolis of Alba City, she's working part-time while trying to become a musician. She's always felt like something is missing. Her name is Carole. There's another girl. Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Herschel City, she dreams of becoming a musician, but nobody around her understands. She feels like the loneliest person in the world. Her name is Tuesday.

8 Charlotte


Very few adolescent boys and girls have an onset of special abilities. Yuu Otosaka is one such man who uses his ability unbeknownst to others in order to lead a satisfying school life, Or at leasts till a girl kicks his ass and hires him to do good with those powers.

9 Children Who Chase Lost Voices

Children Who Chase Lost Voices


When she hears a strange song from a crystal radio, Asuna tunes into more than just a magical stream of music. Soon, she is transported to a mysterious world where mythical beasts roam.

10 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

I'm absolutely blown away by this anime. It's not what i expected at all, and i don't even like mecha!

If you liked Death Note you'll love this.

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for.

One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds.

11 Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. 

12 Death Parade

Death Parade

Death Parade is about a woman who wakes up one day, in a an unfamiliar place. She has no memory of who she is or how she got there. She is recruited by a man named Decim, a judge who determines whether or not a soul is worthy of reincarnation.

Death Parade is a very unique anime, there is nothing else like it.

13 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Stunning visuals, unique plot, magnificent characters.

Give it a few eps if you don't like it straight away.

Surviving in this harsh world, young Tanjirou takes it upon himself to protect his family–until the day that everything is taken from him in a vicious slaughter. Now, all he has left is his sister, and she’s not even human anymore.

14 Dimension W

Dimension W

Android girl partner FTW! 

In the year 2071, the world's energy problems seem solved by a network of cross-dimensional electric-field inductors- "coils" -that extract energy from a seemingly infinite source. 

In this world, unofficial "illegal" coils harness powers that the police can't hope to counter. Dealing with these coils is the job of coil-hating repo man Kyoma, whose run-in with the unique android Mira leads the two to form a reluctant partnership.

15 Dororo (2019)

Dororo (2019)

A very unique story executed perfectly.

16 Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone

Does have comedy but it's not over-the-top.

Several thousand years after a mysterious phenomenon that turns all of humanity to stone, the extraordinarily intelligent, science-driven boy, Senku Ishigami, awakens. Facing a world of stone and the total collapse of civilization, Senku makes up his mind to use science to rebuild the world.

17 Eden of the East

Eden of the East


There is one season and 2 movies (first movie is just a recap)

In the year 2010, on a day called ‘Careless Monday', ten missiles hit the cities of Japan; miraculously, there are no casualties and the event quickly fades from public memory. Some time later, Saki Morimi decides to visit Washington, DC on her graduation trip to America, but that day begins a series of bizarre events.

After getting into trouble with the police, she's rescued by a young man who is completely naked save for a gun in one hand and an even stranger item in the other - a phone credited with 8 billion electronic yen and a female voice on the other end called Juiz who will fulfill his every wish.



Satoru Fujinuma is a reclusive part-timer with no plans for the future. What sets him apart from the other slackers in his town is an involuntary time travel ability that allows him to jump back several seconds in time in order to prevent accidents and even deaths. 

19 Flavors of Youth

Flavors of Youth


A few short stories about family, youth, and love.
20 Future Diary

Future Diary


Yuki is a disaffected middle school boy who has no dreams or goals in life. Out of nowhere he is suddenly thrown into a deadly game with his life on the line. He meets Yuno, a total Yandere sworn to protect him.

21 Gangsta.


In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. 

22 Golden Time

Golden Time

Boy 1 meets boy 2

Boy 2 has an ex girlfiend obbsessed with him and doesn't like it

Boy 1 starts dating Boy 2's ex girlfriend

This is my all time favorite romance anime, the story is just supurb. Such a cute romance it makes you feel all warm inside.

23 Happy Sugar Life

Happy Sugar Life


Happy Sugar Life left me with a feeling that i cannot explain. There were so many moments where i thought things like "oh, what the f*ck" and "that's messed up" and yet i loved it at the same time. The main character is probably not a great person from a normal persons perspective, but despite that i loved her and the relationship she had with shio-chan. It was cute, emotional, and made me happy to see the characters happy. Please don't judge the anime from a few episodes, go all the way and see what this story is really about.

I love you Satou-chan, Shio-chan <3

24 Hotarubi no Mori e

Hotarubi no Mori e


While visiting her uncle for the summer, six year old Hotaru gets lost in the woods outside the village. Scared, the crying girl is eventually rescued by a gentle youkai named Gin, who is burdened with a curse that will cause him to disappear if ever touched by a human.

25 Howl's Moving Castle

Howl's Moving Castle


From Studio Ghibli, why haven't you watched it already??

26 Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter is amazing.

Give it a few episodes please. Trust me!

27 Inuyashiki: Last Hero

Inuyashiki: Last Hero

Ichirou Inuyashiki is a compassionate man who always tries to help others, but his family doesn't appreciate him, and at 58 years old, Ichirou is distraught to learn that he's dying of cancer. One night, an alien light hits the earth and he is killed. He is restored by the extraterrestrials and in the process given some strange new abilities. 

28 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)


Muscles, fighting, an absolutely bizarre adventure. What more could you want?

29 Jormungand


Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko’s line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the only way he can find those responsible for his family’s slaughter

30 Just Because!

Just Because!

Eita Izumi has come back to his hometown after four years and encounters some unlikely acquaintances: Haruto Soma, Eita’s childhood friend; Ena Komiya, the photography student who witnesses Eita and Haruto's reunion; Mio Natsume, whose feelings for her middle school crush still linger; and Hazuki Morikawa, a girl who seems uninterested in romantic relationships.

31 K


Japan has reclaimed its former glory under the guidance of Kings, charismatic individuals wielding incredible powers. But now, one of the Red King's vassals has been murdered, and a viral video shows the killer's confession at the scene.

He is one Yashiro Isana, claiming to be the Colorless King.

32 Kiki's Delivery Service

Kiki's Delivery Service


Kiki is a young witch who has just turned thirteen, and as tradition dictates she must now leave the safety of her home for a year to undergo witch training.

33 Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

Kino's Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series

MUST WATCH! I know it has the 'episodic' tag, but there is still a main theme,. It's hard to explain, so just watch it! Trust me! You'll fall in love with it!

Kino and her talking motorrad Hermes travel the land together, visiting different countries (Each country is like a town, they visit one per episode and each is VERY unique) and learning about the various customs and cultures of the people they encounter. 

34 Little Busters!

Little Busters!

Litle busters! 

Not sure how to explain this one... The fact is it is a typical school based anime, or at least it seems that way. You might find the first season boring, ish but TRUST ME when i say you MUST watch both seasons if you watch the first one. There is a great story buried in there.

35 Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Tigrevurmud Vorn, the young lord *and highly skilled archer* of a remote region far from the kingdom's center, is commanded by the king to go fight the war against a neighboring country. During the battle he meets the leader of the enemy Eleonora Viltaria, a silver-haired beautiful war maiden. 

36 Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro


A classic iv'e watched many times, yet to watch the series(s) and other movies.

After robbing a casino and finding out the entire take was counterfeit, Lupin and Jigen are off to the duchy of Cagliostro to find the source of this trickery, and to stop it.

37 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

You will not expect this one to be as good as it is.

Young Riko has spent her entire childhood dreaming of exploring the Abyss, an enormous pit and series of caves filled with wonders and terrors that only the staunchest Cave Raiders have survived to bring back ancient artifacts from its depths. 

38 Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero

Maoyu: Archenemy & Hero

A young knight goes to slay the Demon King, and find out that the Demon is in fact a a Demon King at all, but a beautiful red headed woman, and she wants to make a deal with him.

39 Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Such a beautiful movie, it made me tear up. I love this movie. So, so much.

Maquia is a young girl, and a Lolph, a race of beings whom age very very slowly. Maquia one day finds a baby boy in his deceased mothers arms, and decides to raise him herselp.

It'll be a time she'll never forget.

40 Mary and the Witch's Flower

Mary and the Witch's Flower


Absolutely beautifully made movie.

When ten year-old Mary Smith comes to live with her Aunt Charlotte, she finds her new home rather dull. Then one day a search for a missing cat leads Mary to discover a magical flower growing deep in the woods, along with a little broomstick. The broomstick whisks her above the clouds to Endor College, a secret training school for witches

41 My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

Izuku has dreamt of being a hero all his life, but that's especially challenging for a kid with no superpowers. In a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. 

But then!?
42 Nobunaga Concerto

Nobunaga Concerto

It's a strange one, and the animation is a little strange too. But, it's a good one! Imagine being sent back in time to the 16th century, being mistaken (due to appearance) for a war lord, and forced to take his role and his army. Well that's what happened to Saburo.

43 No Game No Life

No Game No Life

Brother and sister NEETS! Need more anime like this.

Btw, they are both geniuses.

When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs receive an invitation to play a game they defeat it with ease and suddenly they're transported to another world.

44 One-Punch Man

One-Punch Man

In a city plagued with thugs, mutants, and supervillains, Saitama decides to become a superhero for fun.

45 Overlord


I know, you're probably thinking "oh, another guy get's stuck in an mmo anime" yes.. true, but trust me when i say it's really good.

On the night his favorite MMORPG is scheduled to be shut down, veteran player Momonga stays logged in until the clock hits zero. The screen goes dark for only a few moments before he finds himself completely immersed in the online world of Yggdrasil. Left with all of his character’s devastating powers, total dominion over his loyal NPCs, and nothing better to do… Momonga decides to try his hand at taking over the world.

46 Parasyte -the maxim-

Parasyte -the maxim-

In secret, alien parasites drift downwards toward Earth. Their directive: to take control of a human body and thrive in secret. When a parasite attempts to take over Shinji, an ordinary high school student, he stops it in his arm to save his mind. 

47 Planetarian


For thirty years, Hoshino Yumemi, Left in an abandoned planetarium, has waited, hoping for customers that will never show. That is, until a Junker– a plunderer of goods and artifacts from the ruins of civilization—stumbles upon the crumbling establishment. 

48 Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories

In a world where robots built for aid, and for comfort is the norm.

A young boy is hired by a company who retreives the androids who have passed their 'expiry date'. 

I don't want to say any more than that, simply because i believe it's all you should know when going to watch this. 

49 Re:ZERO: Starting Life in Another World

Re:ZERO: Starting Life in Another World

Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world.

50 Rumbling Hearts

Rumbling Hearts

Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, or Rumbling Hearts. 

A young high school boy is introduced to a girl who has a crush on him, he hesitates but agrees to date her. He ends up falling in love, then one day disaster stucks. 

There is a lot of good stuff in this anime, and is definitely not one you want to avoid because of drama tag. Trust me.


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Patjantess592 Jan 16, 2022

This is one killer story. You might want to check some of the older series too. THere are some gems in the old ones.

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ZurakoDesu Oct 10, 2021

Great list or so I'd like to say but I can't take your list seriously since it has "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime" also which is a top tier crap

Aleyann Apr 7, 2021

I am hesitant to watch Tower of God because I have been following its manga creation since the beginning and I am worried if they did the author's work justices. That and I normally find the anime first and watch it then read the manga if there is one. The book is so intricate and I'm worried they may have cut some things out to make it fit into an episode format. I'm going to give it a go and report back as a person who followed this from the very start and even saw when some of the chapters were redone because SIU (the author's Webtoon alias) thought the quality of their work could be better.

Vipes Apr 5, 2021

Finally, someone who believes that Kino is female.

(Kino's Journey, The Beautiful World)

I love this anime, I haven't finished it yet bc I'm on episode 8. But I never thought I'd see someone who also thinks Kino is a she. Anime Planet has her tagged as gender: ?, but I mean yes it's hard to tell what gender she is. I'm so glad you think the same way I do!

Goodguyviktor Mar 3, 2021

I loved fruit of grisaia and I am glad to see others think it's worth it too