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35 Anime Series Every Fan Should Be Binge-Watching Right Now

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Recently we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share which anime they would recommend to other fans. Here are some of the best suggestions.

1. Death Note

"I think anyone who loves a good crime or police drama will really take to Death Note. You'll find yourself wondering whether you're rooting for or against the main character." – Sammyam
Madhouse/NTV

"I think anyone who loves a good crime or police drama will really take to Death Note. You'll find yourself wondering whether you're rooting for or against the main character." – Sammyam

2. Attack on Titan

"It sort of employs the same dynamics as Game of Thrones. All of the characters are intriguing and the story always keeps you on your feet." – f4f45ea60c
MBS

"It sort of employs the same dynamics as Game of Thrones. All of the characters are intriguing and the story always keeps you on your feet." – f4f45ea60c

3. Fullmetal Alchemist

"The art is beautiful, the characters are compelling, and there are very few episodes that fail to invest the viewer. It has mastered the balance between humour and getting you to think about the show's storyline." – Styxlethe
JNN

"The art is beautiful, the characters are compelling, and there are very few episodes that fail to invest the viewer. It has mastered the balance between humour and getting you to think about the show's storyline." – Styxlethe

4. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

"It's such a well-rounded story packed with action, humour, tragedy, tough political climates, romance, racial issues, facing morality and mortality, and a wonderful array of dynamic characters." – nikkif4d443b2c6
JNN

"It's such a well-rounded story packed with action, humour, tragedy, tough political climates, romance, racial issues, facing morality and mortality, and a wonderful array of dynamic characters." – nikkif4d443b2c6

5. Yuri!!! on Ice

"Beautiful, adorable, and absolutely groundbreaking in its portrayal of mental health issues and homosexual relationships in anime." – artemiskarpusi
Crunchyroll

"Beautiful, adorable, and absolutely groundbreaking in its portrayal of mental health issues and homosexual relationships in anime." – artemiskarpusi

6. Naruto

"It's a long series, but completely worth it. I've learnt more from the fictional characters on Naruto than from any other TV show or movie I've watched." – razzjazz19
TXN

"It's a long series, but completely worth it. I've learnt more from the fictional characters on Naruto than from any other TV show or movie I've watched." – razzjazz19

7. Fairy Tail

"If you're looking for something uplifting and hilarious but with awesome character development and good battle/fight scenes, then I would recommend Fairy Tail. What they stand for as a guild and how they fight for one another is very inspiring." – bethanye490f56180
TXN

"If you're looking for something uplifting and hilarious but with awesome character development and good battle/fight scenes, then I would recommend Fairy Tail. What they stand for as a guild and how they fight for one another is very inspiring." – bethanye490f56180

8. Elfen Lied

"It's quite brutal and mature at times, but the story is so beautiful. The opening song is gorgeous, and whenever I think of the ending my heart breaks." – raacchhh
AT-X

"It's quite brutal and mature at times, but the story is so beautiful. The opening song is gorgeous, and whenever I think of the ending my heart breaks." – raacchhh

9. Neon Genesis Evangelion

"Neon Genesis Evangelion has everything you want in an anime. It has complex characters, gripping action, and it poses deep, philosophical questions, which really make you think." – Ante D Bruning, Facebook
TXN

"Neon Genesis Evangelion has everything you want in an anime. It has complex characters, gripping action, and it poses deep, philosophical questions, which really make you think." – Ante D Bruning, Facebook

10. Natsume's Book of Friends

"The episodes can warm your heart, make you laugh, cry, or really just make you think about life in general." – ekkyjackson
TV Tokyo

"The episodes can warm your heart, make you laugh, cry, or really just make you think about life in general." – ekkyjackson

11. Dragon Ball Z

"Is Dragon Ball Z a little corny and too unbelievable at times? Of course, but it's an essential series if you want to understand and appreciate where most modern action 'shōnen' anime tropes originate from. It's a classic that will never leave you bored." - nikkif4d443b2c6
Fuji TV

"Is Dragon Ball Z a little corny and too unbelievable at times? Of course, but it's an essential series if you want to understand and appreciate where most modern action 'shōnen' anime tropes originate from. It's a classic that will never leave you bored." - nikkif4d443b2c6

12. Ouran High School Host Club

"Ouran High School Host Club is upfront about how ridiculous anime can be sometimes, but it still delivers a solid story and characters. I get that not everyone would like how cutesy it can get, especially compared to smash hits like Attack on Titan, but it's definitely a good starting point for anyone who's just curious about anime." – emilyadder
NTV

"Ouran High School Host Club is upfront about how ridiculous anime can be sometimes, but it still delivers a solid story and characters. I get that not everyone would like how cutesy it can get, especially compared to smash hits like Attack on Titan, but it's definitely a good starting point for anyone who's just curious about anime." – emilyadder

13. Your Lie in April

"The animation in this show is absolutely stunning. The entire story is incredibly well-done and will captivate your attention all the way until the last episode. This show knows how to pack an emotional punch, so have your tissues ready." –kelsey7012991
Fuji TV

"The animation in this show is absolutely stunning. The entire story is incredibly well-done and will captivate your attention all the way until the last episode. This show knows how to pack an emotional punch, so have your tissues ready." –kelsey7012991

14. Trigun

"Funny, heartbreaking, and just the right kind of weird. The main protagonist can switch from goofy to serious fast enough to give you the best kind of emotional whiplash." – heidiwempen
TV Tokyo

"Funny, heartbreaking, and just the right kind of weird. The main protagonist can switch from goofy to serious fast enough to give you the best kind of emotional whiplash." – heidiwempen

15. Cowboy Bebop

"Superficially, it's about a couple of space-bounty-hunters and the rag-tag crew they pick up/encounter during their hunting. But really, it's all about being different, moving forward, and confronting problems. It's got a great jazzy soundtrack, slick animation, (especially considering how much animation has evolved since then), and just a great story that leaves you BEGGING for more." – yougomollycoco
TV Tokyo

"Superficially, it's about a couple of space-bounty-hunters and the rag-tag crew they pick up/encounter during their hunting. But really, it's all about being different, moving forward, and confronting problems. It's got a great jazzy soundtrack, slick animation, (especially considering how much animation has evolved since then), and just a great story that leaves you BEGGING for more." – yougomollycoco

16. Inuyasha

"I just really fell in love with all of the characters." – heidiwempen
NNS

"I just really fell in love with all of the characters." – heidiwempen

17. Angel Beats

"It has a great, strong female lead, a beautiful soundtrack, and the characters are so well-designed and unique. This will be an anime you remember forever." – katrinakaoruh
CBC

"It has a great, strong female lead, a beautiful soundtrack, and the characters are so well-designed and unique. This will be an anime you remember forever." – katrinakaoruh

18. Psycho-Pass

"Psycho-Pass challenged my meaning of justice by exploring the fine line between those who break the law and those enforcing it." – Mark Foskett, Facebook.
Fuji TV

"Psycho-Pass challenged my meaning of justice by exploring the fine line between those who break the law and those enforcing it." – Mark Foskett, Facebook.

19. Sword Art Online

"The art-style, epic battle scenes, and interesting storyline, make this a must-watch for every fan." – valkyriecain12
Tokyo MX

"The art-style, epic battle scenes, and interesting storyline, make this a must-watch for every fan." – valkyriecain12

20. Code Geass

"Great politics, fights, and twists in a sci-fi setting." – Josh Townsend, Facebook
JNN

"Great politics, fights, and twists in a sci-fi setting." – Josh Townsend, Facebook

21. Bleach

"Without a doubt Bleach, is a must-watch. The development of the main character and his overarching struggles will give you tingles." – jennamc06
TV Tokyo

"Without a doubt Bleach, is a must-watch. The development of the main character and his overarching struggles will give you tingles." – jennamc06

22. Sailor Moon

"Sailor Moon is a classic and has had so many impacts on current anime and pop culture." – Anthony Helfrich, Facebook
TV Asahi

"Sailor Moon is a classic and has had so many impacts on current anime and pop culture." – Anthony Helfrich, Facebook

23. One Punch Man

"One Punch Man makes fun of most anime tropes, but it also tackles depression which is a common theme with its main character, Saitama. Plus, it's amazingly animated and the story is well done." – f4f45ea60c
TX

"One Punch Man makes fun of most anime tropes, but it also tackles depression which is a common theme with its main character, Saitama. Plus, it's amazingly animated and the story is well done." – f4f45ea60c

24. Maid Sama!

"Even though its main focal point is romance, I think a lot of people could still enjoy the comedy aspect of Maid Sama!. The main character is one badass, hard-working chick who you can't help but respect." – princesskitty2002
TBS

"Even though its main focal point is romance, I think a lot of people could still enjoy the comedy aspect of Maid Sama!. The main character is one badass, hard-working chick who you can't help but respect." – princesskitty2002

25. Gintama

"While sort of new to the comedy genre, Gintama is probably one of the best ones out there. It's long but reasonable, and honestly will have you doubling over laughing." – PastelLlama 
TXN

"While sort of new to the comedy genre, Gintama is probably one of the best ones out there. It's long but reasonable, and honestly will have you doubling over laughing." – PastelLlama 

26. Steins;Gate

"For something in the psychological genre, Steins;Gate is very good. It's a show about time traveling and any fans of Doctor Who should watch it." – PastelLlama
White Fox

"For something in the psychological genre, Steins;Gate is very good. It's a show about time traveling and any fans of Doctor Who should watch it." – PastelLlama

27. Haikyū!!

"Haikyū!! is the gateway anime drug to sports anime." – ameliabruno
JNN

"Haikyū!! is the gateway anime drug to sports anime." – ameliabruno

28. One Piece

"You haven't really seen anime or manga until you've seen One Piece. Adventure, friendship, brotherhood, thrill, tragedy, romance - One Piece has it all." – oliviao12
Fuji TV

"You haven't really seen anime or manga until you've seen One Piece. Adventure, friendship, brotherhood, thrill, tragedy, romance - One Piece has it all." – oliviao12

29. Hunter x Hunter

"Hunter x Hunter is a must-watch. It follows some typical archetypes of 'shōnen' anime, but still manages to incorporate elements from the hero genre and a coming-of-age story." – jonathand4b26c068c
Fuji TV

"Hunter x Hunter is a must-watch. It follows some typical archetypes of 'shōnen' anime, but still manages to incorporate elements from the hero genre and a coming-of-age story." – jonathand4b26c068c

30. Cardcaptor Sakura

"Cardcaptor Sakura is lighthearted but still manages to delve into some darker subjects. The theme of love's multitude of forms, both healthy and unhealthy, really take this seemingly childish anime to another level." – eingnn
NHK BS2

"Cardcaptor Sakura is lighthearted but still manages to delve into some darker subjects. The theme of love's multitude of forms, both healthy and unhealthy, really take this seemingly childish anime to another level." – eingnn

31. Tokyo Ghoul

"Tokyo Ghoul takes place in the modern world, and makes you look at ordinary life differently. What makes a human and what makes a monster? This show is gonna destroy your emotions." – wholockianoftheshire
Tokyo MX

"Tokyo Ghoul takes place in the modern world, and makes you look at ordinary life differently. What makes a human and what makes a monster? This show is gonna destroy your emotions." – wholockianoftheshire

32. Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

"It's similar to a sports anime in the sense that there's an underdog-type main character that grows stronger the more he challenges people. The only difference is it's about cooking, not sports. You'll have plenty of food-gasms and be hungry after watching." – logicalZebra
TBS

"It's similar to a sports anime in the sense that there's an underdog-type main character that grows stronger the more he challenges people. The only difference is it's about cooking, not sports. You'll have plenty of food-gasms and be hungry after watching." – logicalZebra

33. Death Parade

"Death Parade presents a deep investigation into human nature and mortality. It really gets you thinking, and is beautifully animated in a unique setting with original characters." – michelacole725
NTV

"Death Parade presents a deep investigation into human nature and mortality. It really gets you thinking, and is beautifully animated in a unique setting with original characters." – michelacole725

34. Princess Jellyfish

"Everyone should watch Princess Jellyfish. It's about swapping the norm, and showing that nerds are capable of so much more instead of writing themselves off." – Kori Bassi, Facebook.
Fuji TV

"Everyone should watch Princess Jellyfish. It's about swapping the norm, and showing that nerds are capable of so much more instead of writing themselves off." – Kori Bassi, Facebook.

35. Madoka Magika

"It has these adorable drawings and seems to be lighthearted, but it's really a fuckstorm of emotions with a backstory you'd never expect." – annakittystarmoon
MBS

"It has these adorable drawings and seems to be lighthearted, but it's really a fuckstorm of emotions with a backstory you'd never expect." – annakittystarmoon

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