6 best anime shows of all time: our top picks E! News UK

We have to admit that most of us love animated series whether we’re kids or adults. There is no shame in watching such productions as they can be very enjoyable and educational if you take the right lessons from them. Anime (aka Japanimation) means computer or hand-drawn animation from Japan. The term “anime” belongs to the English word “animation”.

The offer of animated series is huge and you have a lot of material to choose from. For example, in 2015, the global cartoon catalog had over 9,000 entries. Choosing the best seems like an impossible task, but it is our duty to try:

A piece

This animated series presents the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, who is only a teenager but who overcomes many incredible adventures. He is also doomed to unravel dark mysteries and fight various enemies.

Luffy is a good-natured pirate who is in search of a great mystical treasure called “One Piece”. He belongs to the Great Age of Pirates, and they are all trying to find the treasure and thus to be proclaimed with the title of “King of the Pirates”.

At the end of 2017, more than 430 million copies of this animated series had been sold. This means One Piece has officially become the best-selling anime series in history. Even more staggering is the estimated production cost for each episode: around $ 88,750.

Inu Yasha

This is a feudal fairy tale presenting the story of a teenage girl named Kagome Higurashi, who is cursed by a demon so that she ends up living back 500 years.

The girl wears a magical wish-granting jewel (the Shikon jewel). At one point, the special gem accidentally shatters and Kagome is forced to seek help from the demon-dog named Inuyasha. He must collect all the shards of the gemstone and prevent the demon from getting his hands on one of them.


This show follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum, a 10-year-old boy who is trying to become a Pokémon trainer. Pokémon is the name of the Pocket Monsters, which are fantastic creatures that often fight with each other. They often have powerful attacks and the monsters can be of different types: fire, water, electricity, grass, insect, rock, ice, ghost, psychic, etc.

For Pokemon trainers like Ash, their goal is to have their pocket monsters fight those of other trainers and ultimately decide who is better. Coaches can earn many badges and other rewards. The stakes are high and no one wants to be the loser. There is a huge and diverse Pokémon world worth exploring, and you can begin your own journey just by watching the show.

Dragon ball z

Dragon Ball Z is without a doubt one of the most popular animated series. It is no wonder that the series recounts the adventures of Goku, a fighter with superpowers from another planet, as he struggles to defend Earth and his friends against various enemies. Goku is always eager to get stronger, and he’s often stupid despite standing up for innocent people.

Dragon Ball Z brings a lot of action, drama, and character development, but there’s no shortage of fun moments either. The story brings a lot of twists and turns, where the good characters sometimes have to ally with the bad ones for a common goal. At the center of the story are the Dragon Balls, which are 7 magic balls that, when collected by anyone, will grant them any wish. Goku, Piccolo, Krillin or Yamcha want the bullets to resurrect dead people who have been killed by bad guys. On the other hand, characters like Frieza, Vegeta or Nappa want to get their hands on the Dragon Balls for some evil and selfish desires. Who will win until the end? Check out Dragon Ball Z to find out!

Death threat

This anime is another very popular production, and there is no reason to wonder why. The show features a much more unique plot than anyone might have guessed.

A death god named Shinigami is able to kill anyone as long as he can see the victim’s face and write their name in the Death Note notebook. One of these notebooks is left for humans to see how they will use it. Light Yagami, who is a high school student, finds the Death Note and begins to test it by writing the name of a criminal. The criminal dies instantly and the student now realizes the devastating power he has in his hands. Light further decides to clean the world of criminals using the notebook, and people start to worship him.

Sounds scary and exciting to watch at the same time, doesn’t it? Don’t hesitate to try it!

Dragon ball

We just can’t rule the very first Dragon Ball series off this list. If Dragon Ball Z presents the adventures of Goku as an adult, this anime stages the childhood of the beloved character. Armed with an extendable staff, a flying cloud known as Nimbus, and unusual strength, little boy Son Goku never shies away from getting into trouble. Although he is clumsy and naive, he will later save the whole world from King Piccolo’s wrath. The boy is often wanted by powerful enemies who try to defeat him and steal his four star dragon ball. Compared to Z, this first Dragon Ball series focuses more on martial arts and comedy rather than brutal combat, insane power levels, and a much more serious overall vibe.

Do you have any other favorite anime shows that you would like to tell us about? Let us know in the comments!

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