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May 1, 2020

32 Anime Shows That Will Take Your Mind Off Everything While You're Stuck At Home

From psychological thrillers that'll keep you up at night to sports animes that'll have your blood pumping indoors, there's something for everyone!

The Big Three

1. One Piece

Funimation

Time flies when you're watching 929 episodes and more than 20,000 minutes of pirate adventures, am I right? There's a reason the One Piece universe has lasted 20+ years. Will I live to see the One Piece ending? Unclear. Will I remember every heartfelt arc? Absolutely. Watch for the many hype sea adventures of Luffy and the strawhats.

Watch it on Funimation or Crunchyroll .

2. Naruto

Viz Media

The themes, twists, supporting characters, and entire ninja universe will have you screaming, crying, and rethinking your entire life. Plus, the fan memes are more than enough reason to sit through all 700+ episodes (400+ if you skip filler). Plus, the r/dankruto subreddit will provide you with enough entertainment to last you through this quarantine.

Watch the original series on Crunchyroll and then the sequel, Naruto Shippuden on Crunchyroll.

3. Bleach

Viz Media

Unique character design? Hype fights? Crazy powers? Boss female characters? It doesn't get much better than Bleach's vast universe of soul reapers. The Soul Society arc is anime at its finest, and will leave you absolutely speechless. Plus, now is the perfect time to binge the shortest series of the Big 3, as the creator just announced Bleach's final arc will finally be animated next year.

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll.

New Kids On The Block

4. Dr. Stone

Crunchyroll

This show is truly a one-of-a-kind anime that has stolen the hearts of many. I mean, look at the main character's hair for goodness sake!! And it's not your typical shonen anime; the story follows a genius high schooler as he tries to save the world with the power of ~science~. Only one season has been animated so far, but Dr. Stone surely will (10 billion percent!!) continue to have a successful run.

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

5. Demon Slayer

Aniplex of America

Many have probably heard of this new fan-favorite anime from its viral episode 19 fight. I can assure you, the hype is earned. The insanely top-notch, beautiful art style, the nerve-wracking fights, and memorable characters will have you anxiously waiting for the next arc's movie release — set to premiere this year!

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

6. My Hero Academia

Funimation

If I was to equate BTS's army to a fandom in anime, it would likely be the My Hero fans. The fandom speaks volumes, and once you're in it's hard to escape. On paper, the story is simple: a boy dreams of becoming a superhero. As the story unravels, the show brings viewers into a massive universe of lovable, unique heroes in training that you can't help but cheer for.

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

Hype Fan Favorites

7. Attack On Titan

Funimation

The hype is real with this one. Someone once asked me for a "tasteful gore and strategy" anime recommendation, and that is Attack on Titan to a T. This brilliant anime will leave you screaming, cheering, crying, and without a doubt instantly rewatching the show after a mind-blowing 3 seasons. I don't want to give ANYTHING away with this one, just know that it's home to the best boy to end all anime best boys: Levi Ackerman.

Watch on Netflix or Funimation.

8. Hunter x Hunter

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There's a reason that Hunter x Hunter sits at the top of many "Greatest Animes of All Time" lists. With a unique power system, countless lovable characters, A+++ villains, and top-notch training and tournament arcs, Gon and Killua's adventures are hard to beat. Truly one of the greatest.

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll.

9. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Aniplex of America

This one's another beloved franchise that is consistently touted as one of the best. From start to finish, the Elrich brothers will have you on the edge of your seat in their mission to regain their full bodies. It's not too short, and not too long. The journey ends magically without overstaying its welcome (not that it ever could, who am I kidding??).

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll or Funimation.

10. One Punch Man

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Even if you're not a fan of anime, it's hard to deny the entertainment value that One Punch Man brings. The story follows Saitama, a superhero who can defeat any opponent with one punch. Like many of us, Saitama has grown jaded and extremely bored. Follow the relatable protagonist in his dream to find a worthy opponent. You should also check out the creator's other popular work Mob Psycho 100 for more adventures with another relatable, OP main protagonist.

Watch on Netflix.

Sports Since You Can't Ball Right Now

11. Prince Of Tennis

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The king and inspiration of many a sports anime. The perfect mix of tennis and crazy power ups comes together to create an extensive universe of teams and extremely lovable players. If you're sick of happy, dumb main protagonists, Ryoma's sassy, yet indifferent personality will provide you a nice change of pace.

Watch on Hulu.

12. Kuroko No Basket

Crunchyroll

I kid you not when I say this basketball anime made me cry more times than any other anime. Including THE two war arcs (if you know, you know). Its sick animation style, absurd basketball powers, and unforgettable players will bring you so much joy and all the feels. Warning: once you watch Kuroko, watching NBA will never be the same.

Watch on Crunchyroll.

13. Haikyu!!

Sentai Filmworks

Another fan favorite with an extremely dedicated fandom. Haikyuu!! has a more realistic play style than Kuroko and Prince of Tennis but just as much hype and heart. The hardest part of watching this anime is picking a team to cheer for. Once you've watched the current four seasons, you'll have plenty of fan content to provide you with laughs for the rest of quarantine.

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll.

Feel Good, Pick-Me-Up Shows

14. Yakitate Japan

Nozomi Entertainment

This is a show about a boy who wants to bake some bread. If you're looking for a light-hearted, fun anime I would highly recommend following Azuma on his journey to create Japan's #1 bread. Plus, it'll provide great inspo for all the bread baking I know you're doing!

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

15. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K

Funimation

If you're looking for some consistent laughs to get you through the day, Saiki's five-minute shorts are the perfect solution. Saiki packs more fun in just five minutes than many shows do in half an hour.

Watch on Netflix or Funimation.

16. Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals

Crunchyroll

I would definitely NOT recommend this one for those who have yet to watch Naruto, because there are many spoilers. However, for those who have, the Rock Lee spin-off show will provide you with all the laughter that is missing in your life. The creators are clearly such Naruto trolls and know exactly how to make the fandom laugh. You can tell me it's not canon all you want, but this is my true Naruto series and my true ending.

Watch on Crunchyroll.

For When You Want To Laugh AND Cry

17. Gintama

Crunchyroll

This show has the perfect blend of laughs, tears, and hype. I swear there's no bias here, but it’s hard to beat Gintama when it comes to comedy, emotional stories AND hype fight scenes. Its parodies of other animes and the genre itself are unrivaled, and its cast of best boys and best girls are incomparable. Prepare yourself to laugh until you cry, cry until there are no more tears left to cry, and cheer until you lose your voice.

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

18. Assassination Classroom

Funimation

This one's a very fun, unique anime that has the perfect pacing and tone to get you out of any funk. The story follows a classroom of misfits who have been assigned the task to assassinate their teacher and save the world. The daily lives of these students are full of fun; however, when it does decide to hit the feels, Assassination Classroom hits HARD.

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

Romance To Makeup For Lack Thereof

19. Fruits Basket

Funimation

In a time of isolation and lack of affection, what better time is there to watch a romantic anime?? Standing out is the current remake of Fruits Basket. Without spoiling, the show revolves around an orphan girl who meets a family with a special curse. Now is a great time to start watching since the second season of the remake is still airing!

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

20. Yona of the Dawn

Funimation

Add a pinch of adventure, a dash of romance, and a whole heaping serving of lovable characters, and you get Yona of the Dawn. Fans have unfortunately been waiting for a second season ever since the first season ended in 2015, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy all the first season has to offer! Follow Princess Yona on her adventure as she meets new friends that help her grow and accomplish her goals.

Watch on Funimation or Crunchyroll.

21. Given

Crunchyroll

This one season, 11-episode anime packs in more emotion than most. Simply stated, the show follows a boy as he joins a band, but it's so much more. I am not ashamed to say one performance had me sobbing. I am also not ashamed to say half of Given's 6 million Spotify streams are likely from me. The movie sequel has been postponed, so now's your chance to catch up before the release.

Watch on Crunchyroll.

For A Short But Sweet Binge Sesh

22. Baccano

Aniplex of America

The 16-episode anime certainly packs a punch. If you're down for the ride, Baccano will have you clicking "next episode" without any thoughts. With new twists and turns in every episode, the show follows multiple groups in various time periods as their stories start to intertwine in a chaotic, breathtaking way. Also, check out Durarara!! for a similar fast-paced thrill ride from the same author!

23. Cowboy Bebop

Funimation

This one's an iconic anime that will forever hold its space amongst the greatest. The 26-episode masterpiece is home to some of the most iconic characters of all time. On paper, the story follows a bounty hunter crew traveling through space. However, the pacing, music, voice acting, thematic points, and well-developed characters help put Cowboy Bebop on a pedestal amongst the best.

Watch on Hulu or Funimation.

The Legends That'll Take You Back In Time

24. Dragon Ball

Funimation

It's the godfather of anime! A show of a generation! A cultural icon! If you haven't experienced the Dragon Ball universe, I suggest watching the original Dragon Ball now!

Watch on Funimation.

25. Yu Yu Hakusho

Funimation

Another legend lives on through Yu Yu Hakusho. Yusuke and his adventures as a Spirit World Detective with his motley crew has undoubtedly influenced many of the animes you know and love today. Yoshihiro Togashi's child before Hunter x Hunter packs action, comedy, romance, and the supernatural all in one brilliant show!

Watch on Hulu or Funimation.

26. Sailor Moon

Viz Media

Seriously though, doesn't get more iconic than this. Relive the magic of your childhood, and rejoin Sailor Moon and her squad in saving the galaxy.

Watch on Hulu.

An Adventure To Escape Your Bedroom

27. Inuyasha

Viz Media

This show has a very nice balance of action, adventure, drama, comedy, and romance. Escape your daily routine with Kagome as she leaves modern-day Tokyo to adventure with Inuyasha and company in their quest to save earth in the Sengoku period.

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll.

28. Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Aniplex of America

Toto, we're not in Disneyland anymore. Magi follows the story of Aladdin and Alibaba on their magical adventures of uncovering their destinies and discovering newfound powers. Fans have been waiting for a third season since 2013, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't start the two seasons now!

Watch on Netflix.

29. Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Viz Media

Why should you watch Jojo's? A) For the truly ~Bizarre Adventures~ of the Joestar family line, B) The one-of-a-kind characters, C) The memes, D) All of the above. Answer: D) All of the above...but it's especially for the memes, let's be real.

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll.

And Finally, Some Thought-Provoking Watches

30. Death Note

Viz Media

The most psychologically thrilling anime on this list, Death Note's mind games will have your blood pumping and your heart racing. Without giving too much away, this gripping tale follows a young boy that has stumbled upon a special power. The show goes where other animes dare not tread, giving you a dark, enthralling experience to dive into.

Watch on Netflix or Crunchyroll.

31. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Animax

"WHAT JUST HAPPENED OMG" and "THAT LAST EPISODE WAS A TRIP BOII I NEED TO WATCH THAT AGAIN" < — These are the text messages, word for word, that I sent to my friend after I had finished Neon Genesis Evangelion. The show follows children who have been recruited to pilot giant machines in fighting off alien beings. The ending remains the subject of much debate amongst its fans, so why don't you see for yourself where you stand?

Watch on Netflix.

32. Steins;Gate

Funimation

Science! Time travel! Alternate realities! Steins;Gate has all the things that will keep you up at night searching Quora for all the fan theories and answers to your 100 questions.

Watch on Hulu or Funimation.

Comment below what anime series have been getting you through social isolation!

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