Getting into anime can be surprisingly difficult for a lot of people out there. There are literally thousands of options available covering every imaginable genre and art style. Some you may have heard of due to their massive popularity, and others are only known by niche groups due to their very specific flavor. Either way, choosing what to start with when you’re just getting into anime is hard.
To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of 25 great anime to start out with. These range from action-drama, with sci-fi, fantasy, and some more grounded stuff sprinkled in. Whether you’re looking for a short 13 episode series just to wet your feet, or a long 750 episode epic to pull you in and hold your attention, we’re sure that you’ll find something here worth watching.
We would definitely recommend giving more than one series here a try. If you’re really interesting in breaking into the genre, you may need more than one attempt to find what type really speaks to you. Heck, it’s completely possible to find something you like in each and every entry so why not sit back and enjoy the entertainment?
If you see something here that ended up helping you make your decision on where to start, feel free to share in the comments below. If you have some other suggestions for your fellow fans, share those too.
There’s nothing like a good underdog story. Naruto (split between the original and the Shippuden series) is a great one full of huge fights, tons of ninja, and powerful enemies.
This look into the life of Satan as a human (and possibly a hero) is an interesting anime. It’s full of fantasy, comedy, and plenty of action.
Sailor Moon is a pretty easy anime to follow. A group of high-school girls become super heroes to stop the powers of evil. Crystal is an updated version of the anime that is much more enjoyable than the original run. That said, you should give the original series a watch at least once just for the opening theme song.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped inside of your favorite RPG? If that thought has crossed your mind even once, then Sword Art Online may be right up your alley.
Vash the Stampede’s journey to save lives without killing, all while trying to remember his past, is both deep and oddly funny. The poor guy just can’t catch a break. The superb animation and excellent gunfights make for a nice starting point for newcomers.
Death Note is all about story and atmosphere. If you’re looking to get into anime but aren’t into all of the intense action that many series boast, this psychological thriller may be just what the doctor ordered.
Enjoy the world of reaping souls with some over-the-top combat and a heavy dose of comedy.
Attack on Titan has taken the world by storm with its nightmarish world and brutal animation. If your’e going to get into anime now, might as well start with the one that has everyone in a frenzy.
There's nothing like a good underdog story. Naruto (split between the original and the Shippuden series) is a great one full of huge fights, tons of ninja, and powerful enemies.