Essential Anime

New to Anime? Head on over to our Beginners Guide page to see some good starter suggestions.

Our original goal was…

Over time we’ll build a pool of the top 20 most recommended, loved and revered by our community. The anime listed here will be not only high quality content, but also entries that made us rethink the genre or added something entirely new to it.

You’ll notice we don’t have ratings on our reviews and that’s because it’s something we don’t really believe in. I think I speak for most people when I say quantifying a series based on it’s rank against every other series in a vaguely similar style of animation is inaccurate.


On the flip-side everybody wants easily digestible information. There’s a wealth of articles around why people want lists, so it makes sense to give people what they want. When you cast your eyes upon our list, please understand that every entry has had some love put into it, and the ranking is more of a rough guide…

Last reviewed: Feb, 2017

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  2. Steins;Gate
  3. Cowboy Bebop
  4. Code Geass
  5. Clannad
  6. Tengen Toppa Guren Lagen
  7. Mushishi
  8. One Punch Man
  9. Usagi Drop
  10. Bakemonogatari
  11. Fate/Zero
  12. Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting! – New Challenger
  13. Death Note
  14. Spice and Wolf
  15. Psycho Pass
  16. Lovely Complex
  17. Toradora
Honourable Mentions:
While Naruto, One Piece, Gintama, Dragonball Z, Hunter x Hunter and Bleach have all kept me on the edge of my seat at one point I feel that in this list they are not relevant. I say that as objectively as I can, because while they had their amazing bits, quite frankly, they also had a insane amount of fillers and build up with them.