Top 10 Most Popular Anime of All Time

Most Popular Anime by Year

Numerous shows must be discussed when talking about the most popular anime. I’m only covering 10 in this article, but here are some additional recommendations. These are some popular series that are organized by year. These are solid recommendations if you are new to the medium.

  • 2000: FLCL
  • 2001: Fruits Basket
  • 2002: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
  • 2003: Kino’s Journey
  • 2004: Samurai Champloo
  • 2005: Eureka Seven
  • 2006: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • 2007: Gurren Lagann
  • 2008: Spice and Wolf
  • 2009: Bakemonogatari
  • 2010: Durarara!!
  • 2011: Steins;Gate
  • 2012: Psycho-Pass
  • 2013: Kill la Kill
  • 2014: Haikyu!!
  • 2015: One-Punch Man
  • 2016: Yuri!!! on Ice
  • 2017: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  • 2018: Pop Team Epic

Best Action Anime

You may have noticed that a lot of these anime fall into the action or shonen genre. These genres tend to be the most popular as they cater to a wide audience and find the most commercial success. Here are some other action anime that are worth checking out.

  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Angel Beats!
  • Baccano!
  • My Hero Academia
  • Fate/Zero
  • Trigun
  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Tiger & Bunny

Most Popular Anime Characters

A memorable character can make a great anime. A funny personality or heroic demeanor can make a character stand out and become popular with anime fans. Here are some of the best characters from anime.

  • Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto
  • L from Death Note
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece
  • Goku from Dragon Ball
  • Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Natsu from Fairy Tail
  • Lelouch vi Britannia from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  • Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
  • Killua Zoldyck from Hunter x Hunter
  • Inuyasha from Inuyasha
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