10 Best Anime We Can’t Stop Watching Again (And Why)

Longtime anime fans and complete newbies alike have never had so many options when it comes to this expressive animated storytelling medium. There’s a staggering amount of anime to keep up with, and it’s an overwhelming prospect to watch each new series. Eclectic animation studios and a slew of unique genres help give anime a level of freedom that often feels limitless.


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There’s enough groundbreaking anime content that keeps popping up that it’s not a good idea to ignore new and upcoming series. That said, there are also plenty of go-to classics that are hard not to watch consistently in a loop because they are such satisfying, comforting anime experiences.

10/10 Gintama effortlessly engages in comedy and serialization after hundreds of episodes

Gintama

Gintama starts off in a surprisingly humble way, as it quickly becomes one of the funniest and most consistent anime series of all time. Gintama has an action-oriented base that puts the planet at risk from an alien threat, but this dramatic deployment is mostly meant for a tumultuous and unpredictable sense of humor.

There are over 350 episodes in Gintama, and it feels like the anime could go on for twice as long without showing any signs of compromise. There are satisfying callbacks, self-conscious subversions, and episodes that use all sorts of atypical tools to tell their story.

9/10 Space Dandy defies convention with his fearless and creative stories

Space Dandy

Space Dandy spans an overwhelming amount in just 26 episodes, all of which creatively subvert genre, structure and animation. Dandy and the rest of his bounty hunters misfit find themselves in wonderfully diverse situations as they search for targets across the galaxy.

Dandy and his team feel a bit like caricatures at first, but these broad strokes serve the series’ chameleon-like nature where daring genre and storytelling experiments take place. Space Dandy turns into a zombie story, a drag race, a dance competition and everything in between. The public will notice something new in Space Dandy every time they look at it.

8/10 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure applies an unconventional generational approach to his stories

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Hirohiko Araki’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has worked hard for nearly four decades to keep his audience engaged, a feat he’s only been able to achieve by not being afraid to mix things up. The general theme where members of the Joestar bloodline battle evil remains the same, but each episode radically changes the characters, settings, and even genres in some cases.

The anime’s ambitious approach ensures that the material feels fresh rather than endlessly repetitive. This strategy also makes it much easier to rewatch as it can feel like multiple shows within one.

7/10 Cowboy Bebop is a masterclass in a unique world-building and mixing genre

Cowboy Bebop

Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop is absolutely worth the endless praise it receives. Spike Spiegel and the rest of his team travel through space, but there is such an original world building with a range of sensibilities that makes Cowboy Bebop appeal to fans of all genres, not just the sci-fi crowd.

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Though largely episodic in nature, a serialized tale of Spike’s haunted past slowly converges and reaches an explosive climax in the series finale. With only 26 episodes, there is not a single misfire in Cowboy Bebop and repeated rewatches just make it easier to appreciate its brilliance.

6/10 Attack on Titan’s Endless Twists and Foreshadowing Play better on rewatches

Attack on Titan

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has become one of the biggest talking points of the manga and anime industry over the past decade. A cruel story between man and monster continually expands in illuminating ways that reflect the horrors of war and the complexities of humanity.

admitted, Attack on Titan tells a very intense story full of loss, betrayal and tragedy, which doesn’t necessarily make it the most enjoyable material to watch again. However, the numb nature of the series’ events softens with repeated viewings, and it becomes easier to view the plot objectively without being clouded by emotion.

5/10 Yu Yu Hakusho is Streamlined Battle Shonen Storytelling

Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho is a 90s action series that doesn’t get the same attention as Dragon Ball, A piece, or Naruto, but it’s just as impressive when it comes to immersive anime storytelling. Yusuk Urameshi experiences a premature tragedy that causes him to shed his youthful criminal roots and ascend to become one of the spirit realm’s greatest defenders.

Yu Yu Hakusho falls into a comfortable rhythm of heightened tournament battles between creative demons. With only 112 episodes, it’s not a daunting struggle to get through. Even better, it’s a series of the famous Hunter x Hunter manga artist Yoshihiro Togashi.

4/10 Kill La Kill is a colorful delight for the senses that benefits from repeated viewing

Killed La Killed

There are plenty of anime that are empty cases of style over substance, but this isn’t always a negative when there is creative artistry and innovation on display. Studio TRIGGER has made a name for itself as an ambitious animation studio that prides itself on elevated visuals, characters and explosions of color.

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Killed La Killed is one of TRIGGER’s most important business cards, and the over-the-top semaphore series blends high school drama, alien invasions, magical girl transformations, and Shakespearean tragedy into something very special. Killed La Killed is a testament to the extreme heights that can only be reached in anime.

3/10 Dragon Ball is a nostalgic classic that’s the perfect comfort food to rewatch

Dragon Ball

There are more than 500 episodes and nearly twenty feature films between the different parts in Akira Toriyama’s beloved Dragon Ball series and yet the fandom’s hunger for this universe is hungrier than ever. There is so much material to discover Dragon Ball that it will take viewers time before they can properly start watching again.

But for many fans Dragon Ball is also the ultimate guilty pleasure and comfort food experience. It’s very easy to just have Dragon Ball in the background and still not missing anything crucial. It is an effective palette cleaner between new series.

2/10 The rich themes and complex ideas of Neon Genesis Evangelion take time to sink in

The 26 episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion and the conclusion End of Evangelion wrap-up film continues to be a totemic triumph in anime. Evangelion pretends to be a flashy mecha series in which giant robots prevent the planet’s apocalypse by fighting monstrous angels.

Evangelion brilliantly uses this accessible framework to engage in an existential and surreal tale of depression, identity and purpose. Evangelion contains a unique collection of elements that feel incredible and will stick with audiences long after “Fly Me to the Moon” has stopped playing.

1/10 Demon Slayer has exciting visuals to match its intense combat

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Only two seasons have passed, but the anime’s first feature film broke record records in Japan and helped cement its status as the next big hit. Tanjiro’s journey to hone his demon-killing skills is fueled by the emotional commitment of his tormented sister, Nezuko.

demon slayer has only become more confident in its storytelling, but the work Ufotable does with the animation and battle choreography takes the series to a whole other level. Tanjiro’s triumphs are truly glorious sights to behold, and the anime is still so short that regular rewatches aren’t hard to achieve.

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