So, being fan of anime, it is hard to pick out only the top 5. The 5 anime series listed below are the first 5 that popped into my head when asked this question. So, let’s get into it.
5. Fairy Tail
Fairy Tail is being touted as one of the best anime series out there. There is a debate going around among the fans of Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball and Naruto as to which one is the best. So, just like those two series Fairy Tail is pretty exciting and offers incredible visuals, a seemingly unending storyline and fun adventures. Seven spin-off manga series based on Fairy Tail have been released.
Fairy Tail Zero by Mashima
Fairy Tail: Ice Trail by Yūsuke Shirato
Fairy Tail Blue Mistral by Rui Watanabe
Fairy Girls by Boku
Fairy Tail Side Stories, by Kyōta Shibano
Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest storyboarded by Mashima and illustrated by Atsuo Ueda.
Fairy Tail: Happy Adventure by Kenshirō Sakamoto
*On June 27, 2018, Hiro announced another spin-off manga. It is tentatively titled, Fairy Tail City Hero, written and illustrated by Ushio Andō.
Even people that have no interest in anime have heard of Pokemon. If there is any anime series that has a unique and exciting touch then that is Pokemon for sure. Pokemon has been entertaining fans for years. Pokemon makes you fall in love with the adventures and devotion of Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu. In the anime, Ash and his friends travel across the world to challenge different players and to get the recognition as the Pokemon master.
3. Darling in the FRANXX
Who thought you could find romance in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future? Well, this anime series shows how possible that is. I was sucked in by the mech fights, but the relationships between the child pilots caught my interest. It’s unique and it has a really adorable touch. Fans of the series are really on board with the chemistry of the couple in it. The anime is pretty new and the fan base is growing.
*The series was nominated for Anime of the Year for Anime Trending Awards 2019, and was awarded Best Sci-Fi or Mecha, and Best Action or Adventure from Anime Trending’s Winter 2018 Anime Awards. Zero Two placed first in Favorite Female Character.
2. Dragon Ball
Next in the list is Dragon Ball franchise which has given us different series like Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball. Goku is a character who protects the Earth from the evils who want to destroy it and he along with his friends are on a mission to protect Earth. The series begins with a young monkey-tailed boy named Goku befriending a teenage girl named Bulma. Together they go on a quest to find the seven Dragon Balls. The anime series has a huge fan base and it is still running strong and the fans now love the new adventures shown in the latest series.
1. Naruto & Naruto Shippuden
Naruto is one of the best anime’s out there. It is a journey about an adolescent ninja who wants to become the Hokage of his village. Naruto was an orphan who was disliked and mistreated by almost everyone, but despite this, he was determined to prove everyone who doubted him wrong by sheer willpower and hard work. He is a bit of a troublemaker cursed with the burden of being a human host for a nine tailed fox demon spirit. The storyline is broken into 2 parts one as Naruto as a preteen and the second is his late teenage years.
This is the introduction to the world of Naruto and the backstory of the characters. You see characters depending on their intellect to get out of nefarious situations
Part 2 – Shippuden
In part 2, the battles no longer seem focused on being strategic. Battles become basically a matter of strength. Some of the original message of part 1 is lost when it is revealed that Naruto has always been meant to be a super special ninja because of his lineage. The art style and storytelling definitely got a major boost and characters were more fully fleshed out.
My only criticism is that there were no real strong female leads.
*Naruto is the 3rd best selling manga series in history. It has appeared on USA Today and The New York Times bestseller list on multiple occasions.