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  • Joined Aug 17, 2013
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I started watching anime after I discover that many of my favorite Directors & Movies have been inspired by anime or manga. I decided to give it a try and I was hooked on the creativity of the stories. So, I embark on a journey to discover the Best Animes of All Time. I keep an open mind for any anime that has a good story to tell.

At some point, I decided to start watching in release order to give more time for sequels to be created (as I hate cliffhangers) and be able to watch the full story without waiting. I went as far back to the 1960s, I've been checking out every anime that ranks higher than 3.7 on this site for the chosen year, even for the genres that I"m not fond of (slice-of-life, episodic comedies, romance, moe, ecchi & harem), it helps me be more open-minded and I have found some that I really liked, but also dropped a lot that annoyed me too. Below 3.6 rankings I only watch the ones that I really think I would like (sci-fi, dark stories, action, thrillers, fantasy). Some OVAs & Shorts do not rank high due to lack of popularity and I have discovered some hidden gems at the bottom of the pile.

I've been collecting the Best Animes I have watched for each year on my lists:

1960s to 1970s • 1980s • 1990 to 1996 • 1997 to 1999

200020012002 • 2003200420052006200720082009

201020112012201320142015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018

And currently going through 2019 • 2020 • 2021 (work in progress)

You may also want to check:

Animes with a Watching Guide

Animes with Incredible Art

and you can find more recommendations in my Custom Lists.

(To save the lists to your profile, just click the "Heart Icon", it gets saved to your likes > custom lists)

Find Something New to Watch | Best on Your Watch List (Filter further with tags and by adjusting the year & rating)

Life on anime

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Life on manga

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Dubfan Sep 15, 2021

Thanks so much for your insight! That'll definitely clean up my watch list significantly. Also, a man after my own heart:

"I only watch anime that has been completed, because I hate cliffhangers, and I prefer to watch at my own pace, not from week to week. Furthermore, I also prefer to watch in Dubs, especially when it's a show that I don't expect much, so I may wait until the dub is complete, which may take years!"

That is exactly how I watch anime. I feel that watching an anime week by week gives episodic shows an unfair advantage in ratings.

Dubfan Sep 15, 2021

Hey, thanks for the comment, I would love to talk about anime. Since you've seen WAY more anime then me I was hope you could thin down my watchlist. It's getting too large for me to handle.... (No spoilers please, just what anime you enjoyed). I like all grenes/themes, but I just watched a serious show so I need something calming.


Ultra Maniac  , Episodes seen: 11

Battle Game in 5 Seconds 

Sister Princess

The God of High School , Episodes seen: 3


To Your Eternity , Episodes seen: 6

Dies Irae

Aldermain on the Sky


91 Days

86 Eighty-Six

Pace Patrol Luluco , Episdoes seen: 4

Tower of God

I'm Standing on a Million Lives

Katana Maidens

Urahara , Episodes seen: 1


Ah My Buddha!! , Episodes seen: 3

Hand Shakers , Episodes seen: 1

Taboo Tattoo

Super Gals!


Tales of Phantasia


Rakka - Braces of the Six Flowers- , Episodes seen: 4


Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story

Fruits Basket (Season 2 and Season 3--once it's fully dubbed)

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Warlords of Sigrdrifa

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

MIX , Episodes seen: 8

Wonder Egg Priority


Higurashi: When They Cry - GOU (I didn't really like the old one)

Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki


Combatants Will Be Dispatched!

Kemono Jihen

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn , Episodes seen: 3

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis

Muhyo & Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation

SHOW BY ROCK!! Mashumairesh!! , Episodes seen: 1

Is this a Zombie?

Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-

The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent (once it's fully dubbed)

MAGATSU WAHRHEIT (once it's fully dubbed)

Ikebukuro West Gate Park

As I said... my watchlist is out of control and this is without adding the Netflix/Movies/Blu-Rays shows... haha... Well, I would greatly appreciate your help!


1SAITAMA Sep 13, 2021

I am waatching one piece man with your watch guide.

thanks man that's a good guide.

anything new?

RIPAnimeram Aug 20, 2021

You slightly misunderstood my question but it's fine it's not that important. 

lightreputationn Aug 7, 2021

fair enough, thank you so much!