Once again, IGN’s readers voted in a poll to pick what . the next Top 25 list we would tackle is, and this time around the best anime series won!
Picking just 25 titles was really difficult, but our team of anime experts eventually came up with this list. We took several things into consideration when choosing our 25: Did the anime leave . its mark on the culture in a meaningful way? Did they influence the industry and genre? And, of course, did we just like them?
Read on (or swipe through the slideshow) for IGN’s picks for the 25 Best Anime Series, or watch our video on the top 10 above, and be sure to let us know in the comments what your favorites are!
Top 25 Best Anime Series of All Time25. Sailor Moon
Like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon was the introductory anime to many fans . that got them hooked for life.This series is greater than the sum of its already fantastic parts, with gorgeous . animation, an empowering story of friendship and love with a rich mythology, and characters who felt real, with flaws, goals and heartbreak to humanize them against a larger-than-life fantastical backdrop. You didn’t keep watching each monster-of-the-week episode to see how the Sailor Scouts would take him down; you kept watching because you wanted to see the chemistry between Usagi, Rei, Ami, Makoto and Minako in everything from playing in the arcade to learning the secrets of their Moon Kingdom heritage. Sailor Moon has stood the test of time as a seminal anime that many modern classics have evolved from and been inspired by, from the way it helped cement the mahou shoujo genre to its incredibly progressive presentation of well-rounded LGBT characters. Plus, those outfits were amazing. –Terri Schwartz
Buy Sailor Moon on Blu-ray.24. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
There are no magical girls or mechas to be found in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun — just an incredibly sweet slice of life story. Chiyo Sakura, a high schooler, has a crush on her older classmate Umetaro Nozaki. She gathers her courage to confess her affections, but he misunderstands and thinks she’s a fan offering to work for him as an assistant. Chiyo is shocked to discover that Nozaki is one of her favorite manga authors, writing romance comics under a woman’s pen name! She becomes a part of his life, helping him create girls’ comics inspired by their eccentric friends at school. Hilarious and heartwarming, this series is a rare anime that can always give you a smile when you need it the most. –Kelly Knox
Buy Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun on Blu-ray.23. Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z was a gateway drug for many a young anime fan, and for good reason. The series isn’t particularly deep, as it basically revolves around superhuman martial artist Goku and his friends testing their mettle against an increasingly powerful and outlandish series of foes. But what the series lacks in terms of plot, it more than makes up for in humor, kooky characters and incredible action. How can you . not have fun with a martial arts fantasy where most of the characters are strong enough to shatter planets with their bare hands? –Jesse Schedeen
Buy Dragon Ball Z on Blu-ray.22. Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū is a relatively new anime, having premiered in winter 2016, and yet it is one that will have a long, long legacy. It tells the story of a former convict who asks a rakugo master to train him as an apprentice after being captivated by a rakugo performance. Rakugo is a traditional Japanese form of performative storytelling that has similarities to both modern stand-up comedy and the Greek and Irish traditions of retelling lengthy epic poems like those of Homer. The show is at once a love letter to this fading Japanese art form and also an exploration of the clash between traditional and modern Japan. Rakugo performances are shown in full, and the show deals heavily with themes of sexism, change, tradition, and modernization. It’s an intensely original story that really digs into the heart of Japanese traditional art and the often-difficult changes Japanese culture has gone through in modern times. –Will Harris
Rent Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū on Amazon.21. Ranma ½
Though its animation may be outdated by today’s standards, both the heart and (most of) the hilarity of Ranma ½ still hold up today. Few anime are better at slapstick comedy than Ranma ½, largely because its premise and characters are so utterly absurd and so full of comedic possibilities — whether it be Ryoga’s impossibly bad sense of direction, Shampoo’s ill-fated schemes to try and win the affection of Ranma, or Genma’s hilarious panda pantomiming. –Mitchell Saltzman
Buy Ranma ½ on Blu-ray.20. Kill la Kill
Any clip from Kill la Kill is immediately identifiable and for good reason: its unique design and animation are an energetic delight and its eccentricity, action, and heart are rarely blended as well by any other anime. Kill la Kill features the tense rivalry of Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiryuin. Ryuko is looking for the other half of a massive scissor blade whose wielder slew her father, and Satsuki’s iron fist rule over the school and surrounding town makes her the prime suspect. Much like Kill la Kill director’s other works, the first conflict against these two girls in super-powered sailor suits is merely just a starting point for their adventure. Kill la Kill’s fan service and certain uncomfortable scenes can make it a tough one to recommend, but it’s one hell of an exciting ride at its heart. —Miranda Sanchez
Rent Kill la Kill on Amazon.19. Revolutionary Girl Utena
There is simply no other anime as stylish and unforgettable as Revolutionary Girl Utena. From its Khuda Haafiz 2 distinctive character design, to its striking music, to its subversion of fairy tales and magical girls, Utena stands out in the heyday of ’90s anime. It’s also incredibly romantic and packed with graceful action, and at just 39 television episodes, a binge-worthy, must-see series for anime fans. The story follows Utena Tenjou, a tomboy who’s popular with all the girls at a prestigious academy. She dreams of becoming a prince, and when she finds herself wrapped up in the machinations of the Student Council, she has her chance to duel for the princess — and enters a world that she never expected. –Kelly Knox
Buy Revolutionary Girl Utena on Blu-ray.18. . Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Oh my god! This is a normal response from watching this weirdly amazing shounen anime that follows the different generations of the Joestar family. The influential manga series has been around since 1987 and has only been airing the anime since 2012. Stardust Crusaders follows Jotaro Kujo (Get it? JoJo?), a high school student who finds himself with an unnatural power known as a “Stand” due to his bloodline. Jotaro goes on a quest to save his mother with his new found power, while being hunted down by the oddest of . assassins. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is full of amazing action, . wild characters, and iconic moments that will live on through the anime community (and memes). – Mike Mamon
Buy Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Stardust Crusaders on Blu-ray.17. My Hero Academia
Superhero stories are a dime a dozen, but My Hero Academia offers a unique twist on the familiar genre by focusing on Izuku Midoriya, a hero who was born without powers (but is determined to save people regardless) in a world full of folks with abilities. Even after he earns the “quirk” he’s always dreamed of, MHA constantly finds ways to challenge Midoriya’s traditional hero’s journey by offering new twists on well-worn tropes, exploring what it means to be a hero with consistent humor and heart — not to mention some spectacular action sequences. Between its stunning animation, loveable roster of well-developed supporting characters, and talent for coming up with some of the most ridiculous and unique superpowers ever committed to the screen, My Hero Academia is a breath of fresh air — frequently silly, often sweet, and consistently surprising. –Laura Prudom
Buy My Hero Academia on Blu-ray.16. Devilman Crybaby