Anime has been around for more than half a century in the commercial sense; Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy launched a phenomenon that would go on to become one of the largest and most lucrative industries in the artistic and entertainment departments. Anime series come in all shapes and sizes, some of which are more famous and some of which are less. Among thousands and thousands of titles, some have entered history, while others have become cult classics, and in this article, we are going to bring you a list of 10 anime that definitely deserve the most hype.
1. Dragon Ball
Original Run: February 26, 1986 – April 19, 1989
Number of Episodes: 153
What it’s about: Dragon Ball tells the story of Son Goku, a little boy who is very good at martial arts, and who has a mysterious monkey tail. He meets a young woman named Bulma, and the two go together in search of the Dragon Balls (seven magic crystal balls that allow, if they are united, to invoke the dragon Shenron, then offering to grant the wish of the one who pronounces a specific formula in front of him). Meeting many adversaries along the way (most of them being competitors in the quest for the famous balls, often with selfish or even evil intentions). Some of whom later become allies, such as Yamcha or Ten Chin Han.
Why you should watch it: You cannot really overstate the importance and influence of the Dragon Ball franchise. Everything started with Toriyama’s masterpiece and the world of anime as we know it today is a direct result of this anime’s success. It is not strange, thus, that the anime is still so popular and that people are hyped for Goku’s new battles.
2. Demon Slayer
Original Release: April 6, 2019 – present
Number of Episodes: 34
What it’s about: Demon Slayer is set in Taishō era Japan, Tanjirō is the eldest son of a family of coal merchants whose father has passed away. To meet his needs, he left to sell charcoal in town. Despite the difficulties of life, the family manages to find little happiness in their daily life.
One day, due to rumors circulating about a man-eating demon hanging around after dark, he is unable to return home and ends up spending the night with a Good Samaritan in the city. Only, everything changes on his return when he finds his family massacred by a demon. Nezuko, one of his younger sisters, is the only survivor but she has been transformed into a demon. She initially attacks Tanjirō, but she continues to show signs of human emotions and thoughts, which is when a demon slayer named Giyū Tomioka steps in.
Why you should watch it: This is a modern shonen title, but not much modern-day anime have hyped up fans as much as Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. It was a breakthrough work in terms of animation, and although the manga is over and the story’s ending is known, people still cannot wait for new episodes, which is why we definitely needed to list it here.
3. Jujutsu Kaisen
Original Run: October 3, 2020 – March 27, 2021
Number of Episodes: 24
What it’s about: One of the most famous entries on this list. The plot of Jujutsu Kaisen takes place in a world where curses are created from the negative emotions of Humans. Thus, to protect places with a high concentration of these emotions such as schools or hospitals, these infrastructures have a relic, a receptacle of a curse, because we can only fight against curses with a more powerful curse.
These are invisible to human eyes except for a handful of people, for example, exorcists. The exorcist’s job is to eliminate the curses and thus protect the people from them, but this is not without risks, because these plagues can be more or less powerful.
Why you should watch it: What we said about the previous title on this list, we can also say about Jujutsu Kaisen. Mostly thanks to Gojo and the majestic battle animations, Jujutsu Kaisen is a title that definitely deserves all the hype because it is really that good. And yes, the hype for the second season is more than real and we cannot wait.
4. Vinland Saga
Original Run: July 7, 2019 – present
Number of Episodes: 24
What it’s about: Combining historical figures and events with many fictional elements, Vinland Saga is the story of the life of a young Icelandic man, Thorfinn Thorsson. This son of an illustrious repentant warrior will see his life turned upside down when his father is assassinated by pirates led by the cunning Askeladd. Driven by revenge, Thorfinn will follow and then integrate this gang with the displayed desire to eliminate his father’s assassin in a loyal duel. Thorfinn’s vengeful quest is the common thread of the story’s prologue.
It will lead him, in particular, to participate in the invasion of England by the Danes at the beginning of the eleventh century. This part of the story brilliantly treats various subjects such as war, politics, and religion and paints a convincing and human portrait of the daily life of the population victims of the war but also, especially of the warriors, far away from the clichés usually conveyed by the Vikings.
Why you should watch it: Contemporary audiences really love Vinland Saga and we can really understand them. The story is absolutely great, the characters as well, and the historical accuracy is something to be admired. There is no doubt that Vinland Saga is going to become a classic, so yes – all the hype s absolutely real.
5. DEATH NOTE
Original Run: October 3, 2006 – June 26, 2007
Number of Episodes: 37
What it’s about: Death Note anime follows Light Yagami he is a model student, bored with his lifestyle and tired of being surrounded by a society filled with crime and corruption. His life takes a decisive turn when one day he finds on the ground a mysterious black notebook, entitled “Death Note”, which bears the following instruction: “The human whose name will be written in this notebook will die”. Initially skeptical of his authenticity, Light changes his mind when he successfully tried the notebook out on two criminals and meets the real owner of the Death Note, a shinigami named Ryuk; he then decides to use this new power to kill all criminals, eradicate evil and become the “God of the new world”.
Why you should watch it: A lot of people will tell you that Death Note is one of the best anime series ever and they wouldn’t be wrong. All the hype surrounding Death Note is absolutely real and the story is one of the most thrilling stories ever seen in the world of anime. Plus, both L and Light are so popular that you cannot really doubt their importance.
Original Run: October 3, 2002 – March 23, 2017
Number of Episodes: 720
What it’s about: The story begins during Naruto’s adolescence, around the age of twelve. The orphan dunce and great prankster, he does all possible stupid things to get noticed. His dream: is to become the best Hokage in order to be recognized by the inhabitants of his village. Indeed, the nine-tailed fox demon sealed within him has fueled the fear and contempt of the other villagers, who, over time, no longer differentiate between Kyūbi and Naruto.
Despite this, Naruto works hard to advance to the first level of ninjas, the genin. He ultimately succeeds in getting his Konoha forehead protector after three attempts at the genin exam. Then, along with Sakura Haruno and the gifted Sasuke Uchiha, he is a member of a group of three ninja apprentices who are out to assassinate their brother Itachi Uchiha in order to exact revenge on those who have hurt them.
They soon encounter the mysterious Kakashi Hatake, their jinin (upper-class ninja), who will oversee their training. Initially feared and reviled by his classmates, Naruto will eventually ascend to prominence and win the adoration and respect of the villagers, especially as a result of the conflicts he will win with Konoha’s most formidable foes.
Why you should watch it: The first of the “Big Three” shonen titles on our list, Naruto is definitely a series you have to watch. It defined a lot of anime tropes, it was an enormously popular title and it raised a generation. Although Boruto is not near the level of Naruto‘s fame, it is still a solid sequel, but the real hype lies in the original series.
7. Attack on Titan
Original Run: April 7, 2013 – ongoing
Number of Episodes: 70 (+8 OVA episodes and several movies)
What it’s about: The plot of Attack on Titan anime revolves around the young Eren Jäger, his adoptive sister Mikasa Ackermann and his best friend Armin Arlert, who live together with the rest of humanity in cities that are protected by huge walls from the attacks of the so-called Titans, gigantic humanoid beings who devour people for no apparent reason.
The walls that promised peace have existed for 107 years. But one day the Titans break through the outermost Wall Maria and the people are pushed back further. Eren’s mother dies and he and many other people flee behind the second wall, Wall Rose. Eren swears when his mother dies that he will wipe out the Titans.
Why you should watch it: Well, Attack on Titan is undoubtedly one of the most popular anime of our time and there is absolutely no doubt that the hype is real. The ending might not satisfy all fans, but it is still one of the most thrilling and engaging stories, with amazing characters and great animation, which is why we definitely recommend it.
8. Cowboy Bebop
Original Run: April 3, 1998 – June 26, 1998
Number of Episodes: 26
What it’s about: In the year 2071, the crew of the spaceship Bebop travels the solar system in search of bounties. In the slang of the time, these bounty hunters were called “cowboys.” Most episodes revolve around a bounty; however, the focus of the story is on each character’s past and more general ancient events, which connect as the series progresses.
The first story is that of Spike Spiegel, a former member of a criminal organization, the Red Dragons, who is haunted by a love triangle he experienced with his former teammate in the Red Dragons, Vicious, and a mysterious woman named Julia.
Why you should watch it: Ah, the cult classic Cowboy Bebop. Any anime fan will tell you that this is a must-see and true fans of the series could write nomerous essays and books about the complex subjects tackled in this anime. The hype is absolutely real and there is absolutely no doubt that you have to see Cowboy Bebop.
Original run: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012
Number of episodes: 366
What it’s about: BLEACH follows Ichigo Kurosaki. He is a young man gifted with the ability to see spirits. His life undergoes a drastic change when a Shinigami named Rukia Kuchiki crosses his path in search of a Hollow. During the battle with the spirit, Rukia is seriously injured and is forced to transfer part of her powers to Ichigo, who accepts the Shinigami’s proposal in an attempt to protect her family.
However, during the transfer process, something goes wrong and Ichigo absorbs all of Rukia’s powers, becoming a full-fledged shinigami. Having lost her powers, Rukia gets stuck in the world of the living until she regains her strength. Meanwhile, Ichigo replaces Rukia in her duties as Shinigami, battling the Hollows and leading the souls to the realm of the afterlife, known as the Soul Society.
Why you should watch it: Another shonen classic, Bleach was bound to end up on our list, especially with the hype being alive at this moment, due to the final arc being adapted into an ongoing anime season. Ichigo, Rukia, and the others will definitely go down in history and if anyone tells you that Bleach is just awesome, you better believe them.
10. One Piece
Original Run: October 20, 1999 – present
Number of Episodes: 1011
What it’s about: Twenty-two years after Gol D. Roger’s execution, the interest in the One Piece treasure is waning. Many have given up on it, some even wonder if it really exists. Although pirates are still a threat to the locals, the Navy has become more effective in countering their attacks on all four seas: East Blue, North Blue, West Blue, and South Blue.
However, this change did not deter Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy, from wanting to become the successor to the legendary Roger. He will thus set off on an adventure, giving himself the first objective of creating a crew in order to reach the Grand Line sea, where the fever of the “great wave of piracy” continues to rage, and where many big names in the piracy are in pursuit of the One Piece, supposed to be on the last island of this great sea, Laugh Tale.
Why you should watch it: Although definitely not the least worth on our list, One Piece is a title we have picked for this spot because we wanted to go out with a bang. One Piece is one of the best anime series ever and Oda’s magnum opus is a masterpiece that will go down in history. Pirates, adventures, and strange new worlds – it is easy to understand why the hype is so real.