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Animes with a Watching Guide

Some animes are difficult to figure out where to start and what is worth watching. These Animes have a Watching Guide. I'm only adding the Season where the story begins to keep the list short and they are sorted in Alphabetical Order. I'll keep updating the list as I create/find new guides, so check it out every so often. If you know of other guides or if you create your own, let me know in the comments. NOTES: 1. Not all guides were created by me, I'm just trying to collect them all so they are easy to find. 2. I don't necessarily recommend all these shows, there are different tastes for different people, but if the show needs a guide, I'll add them here. 3. Save the list to your "loves" by clicking on the heart icon.
1 .hack//SIGN


2 A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index

3 A Certain Scientific Accelerator

A Certain Scientific Accelerator

4 A Certain Scientific Railgun

A Certain Scientific Railgun

5 Ajin: Demi-Human

Ajin: Demi-Human

6 Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

7 Bakemonogatari


IMPORTANT! If this is your first time watching, then it's strongly recommended you watch this series in Release Order for best enjoyment, this is because the author planned the story out of order, and watching chronologically spoils some parts, while not knowing what happened before creates a more interesting story.

Monogatari Series (Bakemonogatari) Watch Order (This is the Recommended Order) by Simok123

If you already watched the whole series, then it's ok to 'rewatch' in chronological order so you can understand it better, or just get a different experience:

Monogatari Series True And Detailed Chronological Order v2

8 Baki the Grappler

Baki the Grappler

9 Berserk


10 Black Butler

Black Butler

11 Black Clover

Black Clover

12 Bleach


13 Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist

14 Bubblegum Crisis

Bubblegum Crisis

15 Carole & Tuesday

Carole & Tuesday

Not a Guide, but a Music Playlist:

Carole & Tuesday – Episode Titles Songs (Music Videos)

Carole & Tuesday Episode Title Song Playlist (Audio Only, But Includes All Songs)

Carole and Tuesday All Songs (Songs From The Anime. I recommend you watch this playlist after you watch the anime to avoid spoilers)

16 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

17 D.Gray-man


18 Danganronpa: The Animation

Danganronpa: The Animation

19 Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

20 Detective Conan

Detective Conan

21 Dirty Pair

Dirty Pair

22 Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball - Watching Guide (This is a work in progress, but it's almost complete up to 2/3 of Dragon Ball Z and answers questions about Kai vs Z)

23 Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball - Watching Guide Same as Above. (This is a work in progress, but it's almost complete up to 2/3 of Dragon Ball Z and answers questions about Kai vs Z)

24 Durarara!!


25 Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

26 Fate/stay night

Fate/stay night

This guide includes all different instances & spin-offs of the series:

Fate/Series - Watching Guide

27 Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist

28 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

29 Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Not exactly a Watching Guide per se, but a collection of animes with Great Art!

Animes with Incredible Art

30 Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

31 Gintama


I haven't completed Gintama yet, but a lot of people have been asking me about it so here it goes:

Gintama is largely episodic with most arcs just taking 1-3 episodes at the most, and although some jokes do rely on what has happened first, it's probably just necessary to watch it in release order. There are no episodes to skip since it's a comedy, each episode is either a hit or miss, so just skip to the next episode if you don't like what you see, the next one will be better for sure!

32 Great Pretender

Great Pretender

The series' story is divided into small arcs called 'Cases':

  • Watch Case 1Los Angeles Connection is Episodes 1-5
  • Watch Case 2Singapore Sky is Episodes 6-10
  • Watch Case 3Snow of London is Episodes 11-14
    • Up to here, everything is almost perfect. I strongly recommend you stop here for the best experience.
    • If you decide to continue with the last case all remaining questions & backstory of the main protagonist will be answered, but it's so bad that it will destroy everything you have seen so far and you cannot undo that. It's like they stop caring about the story and just wanted to finish the anime without care or consideration for the character development, nor cohesion for the story, and nor the message they were trying to convey. It will leave you feeling that the show was a waste of time.
  • Skip Case 4Wizard of Far East is Episodes 15-23
    • I have to wonder: if this last case was Filler Material? If it is, that will explain a lot, as it feels like it was giving to a different writer, and someone either set on sabotage all the work they have done so far, or an amateur writer with no experience nor care about the work.
33 Haikyuu!!


34 Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

35 Humanity Has Declined

Humanity Has Declined

The release order is recommended for a First Watch.

On a different note, if you enjoy the show and feel like re-watching in chronological order to understand the messages better, here is the recommended order based on this post by Normar

10, 7-8, 5-6, 1-2, 9, 3-4, 11-12

36 Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

The 1999 version has more detail of the earlier events and it's better at giving you an insight into the character's observation skills and way of thinking, it focuses more in the puzzles and critical thinking, it also has a darker tone than the 2011 version which focuses more on the action, fun, and it's more kid-friendly. The 2011 version quickly recaps the first arcs, missing crucial insights that make the story shine, so I recommend you start with the 1999 version and subsequent OVAs, then jump to the 2011 version at Episode 75 (or Episode 54 if you skip the OVAs or you are watching the Dub). You won't be missing any major events if you decide just to watch the 2011 version and if you are not into dark animes then you may prefer this version (not that there is more gore or violence but rather the way the story is told).

37 Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter

(Same as above)

38 InuYasha


39 Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

40 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012)

41 Kino's Journey

Kino's Journey

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

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

43 Legend of the Galactic Heroes

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

44 Lupin III

Lupin III

45 Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss

46 Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam

47 Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ

Fans often loathe this installment for adding lots of terrible comedy in an effort to lighten the mood of the show, some people may say that it picks up in the latter half, but that is still not on par with the quality of the previous series.  

But if you still want to watch, these are the Episodes that contain the main story based on this post, and trim down a little more to leave only what is relevant:

  • 2-3
  • 7
  • 9-12
  • 27-28
  • 33-38
  • 42-47

48 Mononoke


Note that the first story and probably the best of them all is actually the last 3 episodes of Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror (Bake Neko Story), which is the best part of that anime to such extent, that spawn this standalone series. So you should probably start there.

This show is also featured on this list: Animes with Incredible Art

49 My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia

50 Naruto



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GeminiRabbit Sep 26, 2023

The link won't light up for some reason but it does work if you copy/paste it.

GeminiRabbit Sep 26, 2023

Hi! I made a watching guide for Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni:


Halex Jun 18, 2023

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TheGlowingMoon Oct 21, 2022

Do you think you could find a list/make a list for the Pokemon series? Thanks! I really wanna watch all the Pokemon anime and movies. :) <3