Looking for some good anime to watch? Yes, the hobby of watching anime and reading manga has come a long way. From being classified as a mere pastime for kids to being represented as a rising trend in mainstream media. It is being proven that anime possesses a supreme quality of artistic expression, with gripping storylines and amazing production quality, which works fantastically in attracting viewers. Anime, just like any other style of animation, is not a genre but only a style which encompasses ¬all genres found in cinema.
Anime and manga are often classified by their target audience, ranging from series directed towards kids, young girls and boys and adults. With the rising popularity of anime outside of Japan, it is inevitable that the casual viewer might wish to delve deeper into the anime realm and explore some good anime to watch beside highly popular anime like Attack On Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, Bleach and One Piece.
Well, look no further. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old anime fan or new, there might be something for each viewer in this handy-dandy list of 15 good anime to watch that need to be on your to-watch list.
List of Good Anime Series To Watch
1) Inuyasha and Inuyasha: The Final Act
Let us start with a classic, shall we? Inuyasha is originally a widely popular and loved manga by Rumiko Takahashi which was first released on November 13, 1996 and ended on June 18, 2008. The anime is mainly divided into 2 parts- Inuyasha and Inuyasha- The Final Act, produced by the animation studio Sunrise.
The story follows the female protagonist Kagome Higurashi, a modern-day teenager in Tokyo, as she suddenly falls into the backyard well of her family shrine and is transported to the Sengoku Period or the Feudal Era of Japan and comes across Inuyasha, tied to the Sacred Tree near her family shrine, in deep slumber.
This anime will keep you glued to the screen for a long time. It has the perfect mix of action, romance, suspense, humour and emotions. The opening and ending theme songs will get you hyped up for each episode. Definitely a good anime to watch right now.
Rating: 7.9/10 (Inuyasha), 8.7/10 (Inuyasha- The Final Act)
2. Death Note
If you want to introduce someone to anime, or make someone realise that anime is not just for children, then make them watch Death Note. Death Note started out as a manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata in 2003 and an anime series was produced by anime production studio Madhouse in 2006. There is a total of 37 episodes.
Death Note is one of the most popular psychological thriller series in manga/anime and rightfully so. Quite often, we might have wished to kill someone, exposing the demonic side of our human selves but our conscience, fear of the law and order, and fear of getting our hands dirty stop us from doing so. But what if we could kill someone without being seen and without leaving behind any clues?
The anime poses several philosophical questions as the plot thickens. Do we, as humans, have the right to pass the Judgement of life and death? Is killing criminals wrong? What exactly is morality? These questions are just the beginning. Death Note is very heavy on symbolism and has immense scope for critical analysis. There are “blatant references to certain ‘occult’ traditions, mainly the Kabbalah, Gematria and the Tarot”, as per Reddit user JimJamz11. Death Note’s USP partly lies in all the subtextual hints scattered generously throughout the show.
If you haven’t watched this yet, drop everything and do it now. Indeed, a good anime to watch with amazing thrilling experience.
3. Death Parade
Oh boy. What can I say about this gem? Leave it to this anime to give you an existential crisis IN ONLY 12 EPISODES (plus one short).
Originally created as part of the Young Animator Training Project’s Anime Mirai 2013 project under the name of Death Billiards, it was released in 2015 by animation studio Madhouse as a full-length anime series. This anime also falls under the psychological genre. An amazing anime to watch.
Due to the nature of the show, it is once again very heavy on symbolism. Some are in-your-face, some are subtextual. The production quality of the anime is top-notch as well. Since it was released in 2015, this show was overshadowed by One Punch Man and never really got the hype it deserved.
Do yourself a favour and watch it ASAP. A good anime to watch under 15 episode.
Do you sometimes wonder what goes behind the creation of a manga series? Bakuman is here to give you a sneak-peek into the life of a mangaka, the hardships they face and the reason why they keep on creating relentlessly.
Bakuman is originally a manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the same duo behind Death Note. But unlike Death Note, this one falls under the genre of slice of life, sprinkled with comedy, drama, and romance. The manga was released in 2008 and continued till 2012. The anime comprises of 3 seasons and has been produced by J.C. Staff.
Bakuman follows the life of two junior high school boys- Moritaka Mashiro, a talented artist, and Akito Tagagi, an aspiring writer- as they try to achieve their dreams of becoming manga artists.
The premise is simple but the execution is brilliant. Its speciality lies in how ¬real it is. If you are beginning to get into the anime and manga world, it’s a great way to learn about what goes on in the industry. A good anime to watch with high IMDB rating.
Life is incomplete without some comedy and Nichijou is here to quench your thirst for some good ol’ comedy.
Originally a manga series by Keiichi Arawi and released in 2006, Nichijou also has an anime adaptation of 26 episodes produced by Kyoto Animation which was released in 2011. If you planning to watch good short anime then go for it.
The series is light, enjoyable and will have you in splits. It’s a great show to watch with fellow otaku buddies. However, if you’re still fairly new to the otaku community and have only watched the hyped anime series, I would suggest watching/reading some more material before watching Nichijou.
6. Kyoukai No Kanata (Beyond The Boundary)
Kyoukai No Kanata started out as a light novel by Nagomu Torii, with illustrations by Tomoyo Kamoi but soon landed itself an anime adaptation of 12 episodes (and one OVA) by Kyoto Animation in 2013 along with a two-part film project named Gekijōban Kyōkai no Kanata: I’ll Be Here (劇場版 境界の彼方 -I’ll Be Here- Beyond the Boundary the Movie: I’ll Be Here).
The series is quite exciting but does have a few plot holes. Nonetheless, it is as gripping as it gets with beautiful animation and execution and will have you marathoning the series in a day. It’s slice of life mixed with fantasy, romance, some comedy that makes it a good anime to watch. Do watch the movies afterwards!
Another good Anime in our list is Haikyuu. It is an ongoing manga series with 3 anime seasons (the third season being released in 2016) to its name produced by Production I.G. animation studio.
Yes, it is a typical shounen sports manga premise with the common themes of friendship, teamwork, perseverance, and being the underdog in a setup. However, like many good series, its USP lies not just in the content but also in the execution of the content. The characters have no crazy tricks up their sleeves. They are relatively inexperienced and there are more losses than there are victories, which provide ample scope for character development.
Haikyuu!! relies on realism and that is what makes it stand out in the shounen sports category. If you feel like sports series don’t do the sports justice, then you need to give this show a chance.
8. Rurouni Kenshin/ Samurai X
If you’re a new anime man, chances are that you may have heard of this but haven’t watched it yet. Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most popular 90s manga (by Nobuhiro Watsuki) which also received an anime adaptation by Studio Gallop, Studio Deen and SPE Visual Works. The manga was released in 1994 while the anime was released in 1996 with a total of 95 episodes.
Rurouni Kenshin is a good anime to watch with fantastic character development with amazing production quality for a 90s anime. Give it a try!
9. Nodame Cantabile, Nodame Cantabile: Paris, Nodame Cantabile: Finale
Nodame Cantabile is originally a josei (a genre aimed at young, adult women) manga by Tomoko Ninomiya, released in 2001. Due to its immense popularity, it also received a three season anime adaptation by J.C. Staff and was produced by Fuji TV.
The story beautifully explores the blossoming relationship between these two oddballs as they try to reach new heights in their musical career and find their goals. The storyline is remarkable and a short synopsis doesn’t do it any justice. It is a highly enjoyable rom-com, with stunning music and pleasing animation and brilliant execution. It also focuses on more real aspects of a romantic relationship and excludes any unnecessary frills which are often seen in the shoujo series. If you are into rom-com, this one is another good anime to watch.
10. Shigatsu Wa Kimi No Uso (Your Lie In April)
If the last suggestion was a rom-com, this one’s a rom-cry-me-a-river. All right, all right, that was a bad wordplay. But seriously, if you are someone who easily cries, gets ready for some intense waterworks.
This one started out as a manga in 2011 by Naoshi Arakawa and received a 22-episode anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures in 2014.
The anime’s production quality is extremely high thus making it a visual treat. The music is well-crafted and creates a wonderful atmosphere. There is some major symbolism going on in the series which makes it so much better and there is a lot of food for critical analysis. Yes, it is melodramatic but you will not dislike watching a single minute of it. Take my word for it. Indeed, a good anime series to watch.
11. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (AnoHana)
Literally translated to We Still Do Not Know The Name Of The Flower We Saw That Day, A-1 Pictures almost had the entire otaku community bawling with this 11 episode anime in 2011.
Once again, a note of caution- if you are someone who cries easily, keep a bucket and a generous supply of tissues ready because you will have NO IDEA WHAT HIT YOU.
A beautiful, heartbreaking ¬yet heartwarming tale of friendship, affection, broken bonds and coming to terms with reality along with a relatable story of six coming of age teenagers.
12. Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo (The Pet Girl Of Sakurasou)
Another addition to our good Anime list is Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo , literally The Pet Girl Of Sakura Dormitory. It began as a light novel by Hajime Kamoshida (author) and Keiji Mizoguchi (illustrator) in 2010 and received an anime adaptation of 24 episodes by J.C. Staff.
This Anime show appears to be your run-of-the-mill comedy and slice of life series but deep down, it deals with extremely relatable issues of success and failure. You need to give it a watch to truly realise this show’s potential. It will have you laughing and it will move you to tears, all the while thinking, “Damn, I know how that feels.”
Monster is a psychological thriller manga by Naoki Urasawa in 1994 and animated by Madhouse in 2004, receiving a total of 74 episodes.
This show will spoil you with its exceptional writing, the slow burn pacing, brilliant use of light and shadow to create a mysterious atmosphere and great animation (especially for its time) and fantastic characterisation.
This is a show any anime lover cannot afford to miss. Absolutely, a good anime to watch in thriller category.
14. Princess Jellyfish
Kuragehime or Princess Jellyfish is an ongoing josei manga released in 2008 which received an 11-episode anime by Brain’s Base in 2010.
Let this anime take you on a journey of rediscovering oneself and gaining confidence in your skin with characters as normal as they can be. This one’s an underrated beauty. If you liked Sakurasou, you’ll like this one too!. A good anime with little number of episodes.
15. No Game No Life
This is the last good anime on the list but DEFINITELY, not the least. This anime might have been slightly overshadowed by the hype of Your Lie In April since both were released in 2014, but it still proved to be an extremely popular and enjoyable anime.
This is originally an ongoing light novel series by Yuu Kamiya, first released in 2012 and later received a 12-episode anime adaptation by Madhouse in 2014.
Do not, by ANY MEANS, sleep on this gorgeously animated show with a thrilling plot and occasional fanservice. The music and soundtracks are amazing and I bet by the end of the show, you will find yourself saying, “We are mavericks!”