Top 20 Best Anime Series to Binge Watch in 2021

The art of depicting stories through animation is no new concept. The Japanese form of cartoon production has developed some of the most captivating characters ever.

It is basically a type of traditional animation which is often produced by a 2D animation studio. The complexity of characters and the lengthy storyline makes them best suitable for adults rather than children. 

The prominent features that you get to see in anime series are the characters’ physical features where the abundant and unnaturally colored hair is the common trait. Also, other parts of the body may not be in the typical human proportions but that’s okay as long as the character in the anime is strong.

Eventually, you find yourself getting engaged with the characters’ emotions and thereby completely enjoy the storyline.

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Top 20 Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

So if you’re a hardcore fan of anime and are in search of finding one that you can embrace the most, then this article is for you. We’ve listed down the Top 20 Best Anime Series to Binge Watch that are dedicated to different streaming sites/platforms.

20. The Tatami Galaxy

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

The Tatami Galaxy follows the story of a lonely third-year college student who bumps into a man with an eggplant-shaped head and the strange part is, he calls himself a god of matrimony. When he meets this man, he reflects upon his past two years at college where he along with his friend Ozu tries to break up couples on campus. In order to make the most of his college, he then asks out the unsociable but kind-hearted underclassman Akashi.

IMDb: 8.5/10 

19. Highschool of The Dead

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

In Highschool of The Dead, the humans are affected by the deadly pandemic that turns them into zombies. The main story follows a group of high school students, the high school’s nurse, and a young girl. They together fight their way to safety through the deadly streets of Japan and that too during a worldwide catastrophic event. Later in the series, and various other members with the mission to survive.

IMDb: 7.2/10

18. Baccano!

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Baccano! Focuses on a group of alchemists who are granted an elixir of immortality. They’ll have to kill each other until the moment there’s only one left to live. One of them, Slizard Quates, starts to kill off his fellow immortals. The group then decides to separate and they never cross paths until the moment, Quates creates a new elixir of immortality in Manhattan.

IMDb: 8.3/10

17. Darker Than Black

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Darker Than Black follows the story of Hei, a Contractor who works for the Syndicate in Tokyo. His sister Pai disappeared five years before the start of the series during a war fought over Heaven’s Gate. He undergoes various tasks to find out what exactly happened to his sister. Here, contractors are usually identified by their star’s Messier Catalogue Number, they gain their abilities at the cost of their humanity. 

IMDb: 7.8/10

16. Psycho-Pass

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Psycho-Pass focuses on a story that involves the enforcement of justice laid down by Japan. It enforces the Sibyl System, whose main aim lies in determining the threat level of each citizen which is done by examining citizens’ mental state for signs of criminal intent. In between all this, a young woman enters with an honest desire to uphold justice and that’s when the story begins.

IMDb: 8.2/10

15. Samurai Champloo

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

In Samurai Champloo, the main male protagonist, Mugen along with Jin accompanies Fuu to help her search for “the samurai who smells of sunflowers.” However, the three of them do not have enough money for a place to stay so while in search of one, they come across a group of samurai who kill people. Mugen later obtains information for an innkeeper and offers to kill the ogre.

IMDb: 8.5/10

14. Elfen Lied

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Elfen Lied is all about Diclonii, a race of mutants who are highly motivated to kill human beings and also destroy them so that they can create a new world for their own species. Diclonii are basically mutated humans born to humans infected by a Diclonius. They have two horn-like protrusions coming out of their heads, invisible arms called vectors, which lets them manipulate objects around them. 

IMDb: 8/10

13. Megalo Box

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Junk Dog is an underground fighter of Megalo Box that utilizes mechanical limbs known as Gear to enhance the speed and power of its users. However, due to his illegal nature of participation, his boss forces him to throw matches. As a result of which, he enters Megalonia which is a world-spanning tournament that decides the strongest Megalo Boxer ever. 

IMDb: 7.8/10

12. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure involves the story of Jonathan, a mild-mannered Englishman who ends  up in a rivalry with his adopted brother Dio Brando. Jonathan vows to stop Dio Brando who becomes a powerful vampire due to a cursed mask. He then learns a fighting move called the “Ripple,” which helps him to kill vampires by punching the sun into them. This show is truly a delight. 

IMDb: 8.4/10

11. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is basically the second anime adaptation developed by Bones based on the Fullmetal Alchemist. The story here revolves around two brothers who lose their mother to an incurable disease and in an attempt to revive their mother, they search for a Philosopher’s Stone and but the process fails and the older brother, Edward Elric loses his left leg while the younger brother, Alphonse Elric loses his entire body. 

IMDb: 9/10

10. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!!

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!! Is based on the story of a first-year high school student Asakusa Midori who is unable to take the first step to actually make anime. Luckily, her talent is noticed by fellow first-year who is also a natural-born producer type, Kanamori. They both together with an aspiring animator and charismatic amateur model Mizusaki put their wits together to realize their incredible world together by forming Eizouken.

IMDb: 8.2/10

9. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Neon Genesis Evangelion revolves around a global cataclysm that destroyed Antarctica and led to the deaths of half the human population of Earth. The story starts with a rejected child where he is thrust into a situation of great import. There, he will have to pilot one of the EVAs, massive robots built for the purpose of destroying Angels, which are nothing but giant monsters that aim at destroying the world. 

IMDb: 8.5/10

8. Fairy Tail

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Fairy Tail is about a budding Celestial Wizard, Lucy Heartfilia who wishes to join the guild of Fairy Tail to become independent. On her way, she’s on the verge of getting sold on the black market but is being saved by Natsu Dragneel, a Dragon Slayer, and his sidekick, Happy. Later, Lucy meets Gray, an ice wizard with a vibrant personality, and Erza, a wizard with Requip magic, who also has the ability to switch armor and weapons at any moment.

IMDb: 8/10

7. Your Lie in April

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Your Lie in April involves a story of two 14-year-old musicians, Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono. Kousei is a super-talented pianist who quits playing piano after his mother dies. Kaori on the other hand is a girl who plays the violin, convinces Kousei to play the piano so that he can accompany her at a violin contest. Gradually, Kousei starts enjoying playing the piano again.

IMDb: 8.6/10

6. Yuri!!! on Ice

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Yuri!!! On Ice is based on Yuri Katsuki who faces a crushing defeat during the Grand Prix finals and decides to head home to sort out his life’s problem. Yuri then dances to Russian figure skater Victor Nikiforov’s most famous routine ‘Stay Close to Me’ which later goes viral. Seeing his video, the Russian world champion decides to move to Japan and eventually end up becoming Yuri’s coach. 

IMDb: 8.3/10

5. Attack on Titan

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Attack on Titan revolves around a story where humans live inside huge walls and if they try to escape the wall, the titans out there will eat them. One day, a colossal titan which is the size of the wall punctures the wall which allows smaller titans to enter the cities. The story then follows Eren Yeager who loses his Mom when the wall that the titan kicked fell on his house and crushed his mom’s leg. His mom eventually gets eaten up by Titan and that is when Eren vows to take over his world. 

IMDb: 8.8/10

4. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba involves a fascinating storyline where only two members of a family survive – Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko after they are attacked by a group of demons. The thing here is that Nezuko is slowly getting converted into a demon. To save his sister, Tanjiro decides to become a demon slayer which will let him save his sister and also avenge the death of his family.

IMDb: 8.7/10

3. Death Note

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Death Note focuses on a bored shinigami named Ryuk who decides to enter the world where humans reside. Here, he drops a book called Death Note which in his world is used to kill people. Whoever’s name is there in the book will die within 40 seconds but the twist is that time, place, and method of death can be manipulated. Later, the book is found by an intelligent high school student whom Ryuk is visible. He then explains to the student to use the Death Note and the story revolves around the story of the student creating a new perfect world.

IMDb: 9/10

2. Assassination Classroom

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Assassination Classroom outlines a story of kids in a classroom tasked to kill their genetically modified teacher before their school year gets over or else the teacher will destroy the Earth. Class 3-E, the Japanese military, and world leaders are the only ones who know about the existence of a yellow tentacled being, Koro-Sensei at the start of the show. Eventually, you’ll develop an emotional attachment to each character of the show.

IMDb: 8/10

1. Naruto

Best Anime Series to Binge Watch

Naruto’s great storyline and popular characters make it the best anime series of all time. It is based on a story of a young ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who navigates into a world built around mystical control of innate, elemental abilities. The world here is divided into five global powers, ruled by monarchs and protected by a warrior class of ninjas. There are a total of 720 episodes to watch within this series and is worth an investment. 

IMDb: 8.3/10 

FAQs

What is the #1 rated anime?

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is considered to be the number one rated anime.

What anime should I start with?

Take a glance at the anime series mentioned above in this article and decide on what story fascinates you a lot.

Is most anime in Chinese or Japanese?

Anime is Japanese, it is basically a shortening of the word animation, and usually refers to any kind of animation.

Conclusion

So this was our list of Top 20 Best Anime Series to Binge-Watch. Now that you know the storyline of some of the most popular anime series, you can easily decide on one.

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Is it Naruto that you’re going to watch or any series that you found more enthusiastic? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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