Want to start watching anime but don’t know where to start? Here is a list of the highest rated anime on IMDb that make for a great bucket list. 

1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – 9.1

This Japanese anime series adapted from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga by Hiromu Arakawa, is the highest rated anime on IMDb. So you definitely shouldn’t be missing this one. 

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2. Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu (Legend of the Galactic Heroes) – 9.1

This anime is adapted from a series of ten novels by Yoshiki Tanaka about space conflict between two interstellar nations. If you’re a Star Wars fan then this should be next on your watch-list. 

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3. Aikatsu Stars! – 9.1

A Spinoff of the Aikatsu! series, this anime focuses on idols, their daily life, activities and competitions they take part in. 

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4. Death Note – 9

Based on the Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, this show follows the story of a high school student who finds a notebook that will kill anyone whose name is written in it. 


5. Hunter x Hunter – 8.9

The anime is based on the Japanese manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It follows the journey of a young boy who discovers that his father is a hunter (a being capable of greatness) and so decides to become one himself. 

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6. Cowboy Bebop – 8.9

Set in the year 2071, this anime series follows a bounty hunter and his friends as they go on adventures in their space ship called Bebop. This show is currently being adapted by Netflix for a live-action remake and we can’t wait.


7. Mushishi: Next Passage (Zoku Shou) – 8.9

This anime is adapted from the manga series, Mushishi written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. A part of the Mushishi franchise, Mushishi Zoku Shou is a continuation of Mushishi Ginko journey to help the visible world to coexist with the Mushi.

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8. Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (Silver Fang) – 8.9

Based on the Japanese manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Takahashi, this anime is a classic for a reason. The story follows a young pup who decides to leave his master behind and join a pack of wild dogs who are going to fight a monstrous bear. 


9. Ashita no Jô 2 – 8.9

An adaptation of the Japanese manga written by Asao Takamori and illustrated by Tetsuya Chiba, this anime from 1980 follows the journey of a young orphan. As he takes up boxing and goes on to have a successful career. 


10. Attack on Titan – 8.8

Adapted from the manga of the same name by by Hajime Isayama, this anime series is set in a world where cities are surrounded by high walls to protect humans. They fight to protect themselves against the Titans, giant humanoids who devour humans. 


How many have you watched?