Top 25 Best Anime Opening Songs of All Time

Everyone has their own favorite anime opening, but is the one you cherish featured on this best of list? Let’s take a look at 25 of the best and most famous anime openings in anime history!

We’re all guilty of skipping through the opening songs of animes every now and again. Some of us may be serial offenders. But even those who have no patience to sit through roughly a minute and a half of jpop/jrock tunes have to admit that some anime legacies are defined by their choice of opening song. Here are our list of 25 of the best anime opening songs of all time.

All ranking information was taken on the date of publication


Cowboy Bebop”Tank!” by Seatbelts

MAL Rated 8.83, Ranked #22 | Aired Spring 1998 | Produced by Sunrise


Cowboy Bebop OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The famous jazz/bebop tune which is iconic and always associated with this anime. It has been used in international commercials as well.

Cowboy Bebop Opening Tank! Seatbelts OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Samurai Champloo”Battlecry” by Nujabes feat. SHINGO2

MAL Rated 8.50, Ranked #101 | Aired Spring 2004 | Produced by Manglobe


Samurai Champloo
This rap opening has become more famous than the anime itself and it has brought worldwide recognition to the late artist Nujabes.

Samurai Champloo opening Battlecry Nujabes


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex“Inner Universe” by Origa

MAL Rated 8.46, Ranked #119 | Aired Fall 2002 | Produced by Production I.G


(Episodes 1-26)

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OP Best Anime Opening Songs
The late vocalist Origa lent her amazing voice for this outstanding song that has brought her recognition worldwide.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Inner Universe Origa OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)“Kuusou Mesorogiwi” by Yousei Teikoku

MAL Rated 8.18, Ranked #322 | Aired Fall 2011 | Produced by Asread


(Episodes 2-14)

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In this case, the opening song reflects the dynamics of the anime perfectly – it is fast, crazy and catchy. The transition from a choral beginning to a powerful, fast melody is just as surprising as the many mysteries in the anime itself!

Mirai Nikki Kuusou Mesorogiwi Yousei Teikoku OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Angel Beats!“My Soul, Your Beats!” by Lia

MAL Rated 8.47, Ranked #114 | Aired Spring 2010 | Produced by Aniplex


(Episodes 1-3, 5-12)

Angel Beats! OP Best Anime Opening Songs
Enjoy this catchy pop tune of amazing refrain to help you remember all the hilarious and sad moments of this beautiful anime.

Angel Beats! OP “My Soul, Your Beats!” by Lia Best Anime Opening Songs


Tokyo Ghoul“unravel” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

MAL Rated 8.11, Ranked #402 | Aired Summer 2014 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


(Episodes 2-11)

Tokyo Ghoul OP Best Anime Opening Songs

This song hits you hard. Its slow beginning picks up beat throughout the opening, similar to the sound of a heart, beating faster and faster!

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If you enjoyed the beautiful blue skies in this opening, please be sure to check out the Way Too Many Anime Openings Use This Motif article as well!


Elfen Lied“Lilium” by Kumiko Noma

MAL Rated 7.93, Ranked #611 | Aired Summer 2004 | Produced by Arms


Elfen Lied OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The opera singer Kumiko Noma will give you an eargasm with her breathtaking voice! This opening is a perfect portrayal of the sci-fi/action feeling of the series.

Elfen Lied Lilium Kumiko Noma


Neon Genesis Evangelion“Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis (A Cruel Angel’s Thesis)” by Yoko Takahashi

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #199 | Aired Fall 1995 | Produced by Gainax


Neon Genesis Evangelion OP Best Anime Opening Songs

You can hear the upbeat ’90s sound in this opening pop theme. It is one of the most popular songs in anime history and still lives on in the hearts of fans worldwide!

Neon Genesis Evangelion Zankoku na Tenshi no Thesis OP Best Anime Opening Songs


Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)”Guren no Yumiya (Crimson Bow and Arrow)” by Linked Horizon

MAL Rated 8.65, Ranked #52 | Aired Sring 2013 | Produced by Production I.G & Wit Studio


(Episodes 1-13)

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Probably one of the most recognizable anime series out there, it begins with a choral opening (which is omitted in the TV version) and then swiftly switches to a bombastic and fast tempo.

Shingeki no Kyojin OP Best Anime Opening Songs Guren no Yumiya


Dragon Ball Z“Cha-La Head-Cha-La” by Hironobu Kageyama

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #198 | Aired Spring 1989 | Produced by Toei Animation


(Episodes 1-199)

Dragon Ball Z OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The song is the epitome of the sound of the ’80s and you won’t be able to kick the line “Cha-La Head-Cha-La” out of your head once you hear it.

Dragon Bal Z OP Best Anime Opening Songs Cha-La Head Cha-La


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry)“Higurashi no Naku Koro ni” by Eiko Shimamiya

MAL Rated 8.24, Ranked #258 | Aired Spring 2006 | Produced by Studio Deen


Higurashi no Naku Koro ni OP Best Anime Opening Songs
This opening song gives off mysterious and eerie vibes, the same that you get while watching the anime. It will give you goosebumps in more way than one!

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni OP Best Anime Opening Songs Eiko Shimamiya


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood“again” by YUI

MAL Rated 9.25, Ranked #1 | Aired Spring 2009 | Produced by Bones


(Episodes 1-14)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OP Best Anime Opening Songs

YUI is a talented singer who writes her own music and this tune is one of her best! It flows well with FMA‘s action style.

Fullmetal Alchemist OP Best Anime Opening Songs again YUI


Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)“COLORS” by FLOW

MAL Rated 8.86, Ranked #19 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Sunrise


(Episodes 1-12)

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This catchy tune, performed by FLOW, perfectly portrays all the complex emotions of this popular mecha anime.

Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch OP Best Anime Opening Songs COLORS FLOW


Death Note“the WORLD” by Nightmare

MAL Rated 8.75, Ranked #32 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Madhouse


(Episodes 1-19)

Death Note OP Best Anime Opening Songs

The Japanese band Nightmare performs this super popular rock tune that is just as exciting as the anime itself.

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Nichijou (My Ordinary Life)“Hyadain no Kakakata☆Kataomoi – C” by Hyadain (Kenichi Maeyamada)

MAL Rated 8.53, Ranked #91 | Aired Spring 2011 | Produced by Kyoto Animation


(Episodes 1-6, 8-13)

Nichijou OP Best Anime Opening Songs

If you’re a fan of cheerful and upbeat melodies, you are sure to fall in love with this fun opening!

Nichijou OP Best Anime Opening Songs Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi


One Piece“Share the World” by Tohoshinki

MAL Rated 8.62, Ranked #58 | Aired Fall 1999 | Produced by Toei Animation


(Episodes 395-425)

One Piece
The super famous Korean boy band Tohoshinki performed this upbeat opening for the mega popular One Piece.

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Death Parade“Flyers” by BRADIO

MAL Rated 8.40, Ranked #153 | Aired Winter 2015 | Produced by Madhouse


Death Parade
Probably one of the catchiest openings ever, it is a tune that you can’t help but dance to. Its contrast to the anime’s dark theme is also very memorable.

Death Parade Flyers BRADIO


Noragami“Goya no Machiawase” by Hello Sleepwalkers

MAL Rated 8.17, Ranked #332 | Aired Winter 2014 | Produced by Bones


Noragami
Check out this rock opening song that fits nicely with the recently released anime Noragami. It is full of action and fantasy elements.

Noragami Goya no Machiawase Hello Sleepwalkers


InuYasha“I Am” by Hitomi

MAL Rated 7.87, Ranked #712 | Aired Fall 2000 | Produced by Kyoto Animation & Sunrise


(Episodes 35-64)
InuYasha
The soundtracks for InuYasha have always been packed with beautiful songs from influential artists. But this outstanding opening is one of the most well known and is praised amongst fans as one of the most iconic.

Inuyasha I Am Hitomi


Digimon Adventure“Butter-Fly” by Kouji Wada

MAL Rated 7.87, Ranked #710 | Aired Spring 1999 | Produced by Toei Animation


Digimon Adventure
If you haven’t heard of “Butter-Fly” then you’re either too young or you have lived under a rock your whole life. Just like the insert song Brave Heart, this opening theme is one of the most famous anime openings ever.

Digimon Adventure Butter-fly Kouji Wada


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon S (Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon S)“Moonlight Densetsu” by Moon Lips

MAL Rated 7.88, Ranked #693 | Aired Spring 1994 | Produced by Toei Animation


Sailor Moon S
Moonlight Densetsu (Moonlight Legend) is the opening song for the first four seasons of this anime and it is also the theme song which is most commonly associated with the Sailor Moon franchise.

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Moonlight Densetsu Moon Lips


Naruto: Shippuuden“Aoi no Sora (Blue Bird)” by Ikimonogakari

MAL Rated 7.96, Ranked #577 | Aired Winter 2007 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


(Episodes 54-77)

Naruto: Shippuuden
Ikimonogakari is one of the most well known bands in Japan and this is their most successful song, loved by fans of the series as well as tons of non-anime fans worldwide.

Naruto: Shippuuden Aoi no Sora (Bluebird) Ikimono Gakari


Bleach“Asterisk” by Orange Range

MAL Rated 7.97, Ranked #553 | Aired Fall 2004 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


(Episodes 1-25)

Bleach
This amazing intro is provided by the famous boy band Orange Range. It is a catchy pop tune with powerful rock elements.

Bleach Asterisk Orange Range


Serial Experiments Lain“Duvet” by Bôa

MAL Rated 7.98, Ranked #549 | Aired Summer 1998 | Produced by TV Tokyo


Serial Experiments Lain
Unbelievably catchy and charming, this song is sung in English and performed by a British indie band. It fits the psychedelic atmosphere of the anime.

Serial Experiments Lain Duvet Boa


Deadman Wonderland“One Reason” by DWB feat.fade

MAL Rated 7.56, Ranked #1329 | Aired Spring 2011 | Produced by Manglobe


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Sung in English, the lyrics are as dark as the anime and the rock tune fits it perfectly.

Deadman Wonderland OP anime opening


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20 Fun Facts About Bleach

Bleach is one of the longest-running anime to date, and as such, it is filled with fun trivia surrounding its creation, story, and production. So please take some time to learn 20 interesting facts about this amazing series!


The Origin of the Title


Bleach logo

The name Bleach was chosen as a contrast to the black that the Shinigami in the series wear, as well as a reference to the Yin and Yang, white on black motif. It can be seen as a metaphor for breaking away from societal rules and constructs, which the main protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki, seems to do quite regularly.


Snipe: Bleach’s First Incarnation


Bleach, Rukia Kuchiki 2

When Kubo first created Bleach, he made Rukia the main character and armed her with a scythe, while giving all of the other characters guns. This original work was titled “Snipe,” but after Kubo changed the weapons to swords, the title had to go as well. But you can still see Rukia with her scythe in the movie, Bleach: Fade to Black


Ichigo’s Name


Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki 1

While most think that Ichigo’s name comes from the Japanese word for strawberry, the kanji for his name (一護) actually roughly translates to “one who protects.” Sounds like our Ichigo!


The First Character


Bleach, Rukia Kuchiki 1

The first character that Tite Kubo created in the series was not the main protagonist Ichigo, but the shinigami Rukia Kuchiki. She was originally created when Kubo felt like drawing a shinigami wearing a kimono.


Kenpachi’s Hair Style


Bleach, Kenpachi Zaraki 1

Captain Kenpachi Zaraki is easily one of the strongest and most violent of the Shinigami captains, and one of his most fearsome traits is his hair: he styles it in spikes every night after his bath, and he hangs bells on every one individually. However, the top hair spike is particularly tricky for him to reach, and it can take several hours for him to attach the bell.


Ichigo’s Fashion Sense


Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki 2

When Kubo was in elementary school, he was fascinated by fashion design, so all of the designs in Bleach are ones Kubo himself thought up. After Bleach came out, the shop Urahara Soten in Tokyo began to produce and sell shirts worn by Ichigo in the anime.


Theme Songs


Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki 3

When Kubo draws for Bleach, he has hundreds of different CDs that he plays. Every character even has their own theme song! Ichigo’s is “News from the Front” by Bad Religion.


The First Arrancar


Bleach, Ulquiorra Cifer 1

The first Arrancar that Kubo created was Ulquiorra Cipher (whose theme song is “Moonshield” by In Flames). It makes sense that he’s now a fan favorite!


Orihime’s Powers


Bleach, Orihime Inoue 1

Orihime Inoue‘s powers manifest themselves in her blue, flower-shaped hairpins. Despite their cute appearance, these pins are the forms of six powerful fairies, the Shun Shun Rikka (盾舜六花, Six Flowers of the Hibiscus Shield) who are all named after different flowers: Ayame or Iris, Baigon or Ume, Hinagiku or Daisy, Lily, Shun’ou or Althea, and Tsubaki or Camelia.


Initial Rejection


Bleach, Opening

When Kubo first proposed Bleach as a series for the Shonen Jump magazine, it was rejected. But Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragon Ball, wrote a letter to Kubo to encourage him to continue the story. Thanks, Toriyama!


The Original Ichigo


Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki 4

Kubo originally designed Ichigo to have a more classic “nerdy” appearance, wearing glasses and without the orange hair. But after creating Ichigo’s dark storyline, Kubo decided that it would be better to make the ginger delinquent we know and love today.


Renji’s Accessories


Bleach, Renji Abarai 1

Renji Abarai is probably one of the most fashionable Shinigami in Bleach. From his hair to his tattoos, he’s out to make a statement. He also often sports expensive sunglasses from the Seireitei’s popular shop Gin Tonbo, though they are often broken in battle. He dreams of one day wearing fashionable goggles of his own design.


Poor Kon


Bleach, Kon 1

Kubo was inspired to create the character Kon after witnessing a young boy throw away a cheap stuffed toy his father had bought him instead of a more expensive version. Since Kon is an enhanced soul marked for elimination, this idea fits rather nicely with the cute stuffed lion in the series.


Chad’s Tattoo


Bleach, Chad 1

Though Yasutora “Chad” Sado is supposed to be of Mexican descent, the tattoo on his left shoulder reads “Amore e Morte,” which means “Love and Death” in Italian.


More Music


Bleach, Opening 2

Bleach has over 15 opening theme songs, and all of its theme songs and soundtracks were arranged by the famous Shirou Sagisu, who also composed the music for Neon Genesis Evangelion


Languages in Bleach


Bleach, Arrancar 1

Kubo uses different languages for the different races in Bleach because of the way they sound to him. For instance, he uses Spanish for the Arrancar because it sounds passionate, and German for the Quincies for its more methodical tone.


Some Sensitive Race Issues


Bleach, Yoruichi Shihouin 1

Kubo had originally named the character Yoruichi Shihouin Kuroneko, which literally translates to “Black Cat.” However, because of the threat of sparking racial debate, Kubo decided to change her name to Yoruichi.


Passion for Architecture


Bleach, Ulquiorra Cifer 2

Kubo has been known to admire architecture and other structural designs; so many of the Espada’s names stem from those of famous architects. For instance, Ulqiorra’s name comes from the name of the famous furniture designer Patricia Urquiola.


Uryuu’s Pet Peeve


Bleach, Uryuu Ishida 1

In addition to being the last Quincy, Uryuu Ishida is also a master craftsman, known for his sewing prowess. Despite his talent for making clothes, for some reason he hates buttons.


Filler


Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki and Ulquiorra Cipher 1

Because the anime version of Bleach cut out so many earlier arcs of the manga in order to reach the Soul Society arc, many key character relations were simply glossed over or lost completely. Even worse, because the anime accelerated so far ahead of the manga, it required more filler episodes, which is what ultimately caused Bleach to consist of 45% filler episodes.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these 20 fun facts about Bleach! It’s always fun to know random trivia about these characters and their creation, so you can fully appreciate the anime and manga.

Top 20 Best Cool Anime of All Time

What makes an anime ‘cool’? Though the answer is different for everyone, most would agree that a ‘cool’ anime is one that won’t leave the viewer’s thoughts, even long after the series or film has ended. With that in mind, and in no particular order, here are the 20 best cool anime.


What makes a cool anime?


Cool Anime
Even anime fans have anime shows they determine to be “cool” and and “uncool”! But what makes a cool anime? We think that anime need to be memorable enough to watch even after the season has passed. Cool anime should be at the forefront of their genre, either exemplifying everything that genre does well, or push new boundaries. Cool anime should also have a dark side, or explore deeper themes. They should be fun to watch, but not afraid to make viewers think or feel.


Here are 20 of the best cool anime that you should check out!


Shinseiki Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

MAL Rated 8.32, Ranked #199 | Aired Fall 1995 | Produced by Gainax


Neon Genesis Evangelion Cool anime Shinji Asuka Rei
Over twenty years since its initial release, Shinseiki Evangelion remains one of the most highly influential anime of all time. In addition to a gripping plot and excellent fight scenes between the Evangelion and the mysterious ‘Angels,’ Evangelion was one of the first anime series to incorporate complex religious and psychological themes into its plot. Featuring cool robots, cool characters, cool fights, and cool stories, this classic gets all the cool points.


Planetes

MAL Rated 8.40, Ranked #157 | Aired Fall 2003 | Produced by Bandai Visual


Planetes Cool anime Hachimaki
For the main characters of Planetes, collecting space trash is far from glorious. Their coworkers look down on them. The pay stinks, too. Yet for the crew of the ‘Toy Box,’ the work is a stepping stone to greater dreams and aspirations. After only a few episodes of this beautiful anime, science and space exploration otaku will put Planetes on their personal 20 best cool anime list.


Death Note

MAL Rated 8.75, Ranked #32 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by VAP


Death Note Cool anime Light Yagami
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is exactly what happens when brilliant high school student Light Yagami is given the ability to take life at will by using the Death Note, a notebook imbibed with the power of a shinigami, a god of death. A brilliant use of both dark humor and dramatic irony, Death Note keeps viewers enthralled in the battle between Light and those who wish to stop him. This anime is so cool it’s chilling.


Ghost in the Shell

MAL Rated 8.34, Ranked #185 | Aired Fall 1995 | Produced by Production I.G


Ghost in the Shell Cool anime Motoko Kusanagi
It’s difficult for a full-body cyborg to believe in a soul. Rather, those in Ghost in the Shell whose only original parts are a just bit of brain tissue listen to their ‘ghost,’ a whisper that hints that they are more than circuitry and polymer. If the viewer has ever wondered what it actually means to be alive, Ghost in the Shell will definitely influence one’s thinking. Action shows that make you think are always cool.


FLCL

MAL Rated 8.05, Ranked #458 | Aired Spring 2000 | Produced by Gainax


FLCL Cool anime Naota Nandaba Haruko Haruhara
You might not even be able to understand this anime. It’s fun. It’s wild. It’s Fooly Cooly. Evil robots are appearing from the strangest places. The only thing that can defeat them is a Vespa riding, guitar wielding young woman. In short, the sure weirdness of FLCL’s six episodes is nothing less than a surreal, but awesome, dream. It’s name literally has “cool” in it. That’s how cool it is.


Mousou Dairinin (Paranoia Agent)

MAL Rated 7.77, Ranked #890 | Aired Winter 2004 | Produced by Madhouse


Paranoia Agent Cool anime
An attacker is on the loose-a young boy with yellow skates and a dented baseball bat. Yet all is not what it seems in Mousou Dairinin, a psychological and supernatural thriller that effortlessly ties together the stories of characters of multiple backgrounds. With the setting modern Tokyo, the twists and turns are all the more joyfully unsettling.


Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

MAL Rated 8.11, Ranked #401 | Aired Spring 2006 | Produced by Lantis


the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Cool anime Haruhi Suzumiya Kyon
The title character of cult favorite Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu is not the first high school girl to obtain god-like powers. But there’s a twist: she doesn’t realize she has them. With the continued existence of reality on the line, Haruhi’s friends have to go to extreme, and always hilarious lengths to keep her happy. This cool anime is not nearly as dark as some of the others on this list, but it’s no simple light-hearted romp.


Otaku no Video

MAL Rated 7.26, Ranked #2336 | Aired Summer 1991 | Produced by Gainax


Otaku No Video Cool anime Ken Kubo Tanaka
A love letter to anime if there ever was one, Otaku No Video puts the viewer in the shoes of two old friends who hope to convert the world to otakudom. Spliced with live action segments exploring the various subcultures in the otaku world, the film will remind any viewer why he or she started to love anime. Newcomers to anime will enjoy the cool cinematography and animation direction.


One Piece

MAL Rated 8.62, Ranked #58 | Aired Fall 1999 | Produced by Toei Animation


One Piece Cool anime
All aboard! It’s a pirate’s life at sea for Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who will stop at nothing until he acquires the ‘One Piece’ and becomes the King of the Pirates. Even after 700+ episodes, One Piece’s humor and copious but memorable characters earn it its rightful spot as one of the 20 best cool anime.


Paprika

MAL Rated 8.16, Ranked #332 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Madhouse


Paprika Cool anime Torataro Shima
This film about the power of dreams may cause the viewer to have a few weird ones. Filled with fantastic visuals and a compelling plot, Paprika invites the viewer on a wild ride through the Japanese subconscious. The screenwriter for Inception clearly thought Paprika was cool, as much of the hit Hollywood film was inspired by concepts presented in Satoshi Kon’s Paprika.


Fullmetal Alchemist

MAL Rated 8.36, Ranked #174 | Aired Fall 2003 | Produced by Aniplex


Fullmetal Alchemist Cool anime Alphone Elric Edward Elric
Science, even fake science, is cool! In a familiar looking world where where alchemy is a highly-regarded science, the Elric brothers have played with forces they do not fully understand, and paid the price. Gripping to lovers of fantasy and/or stories about the power of family, Fullmetal Alchemist will make the viewer wonder how far he or she would be willing to go to make up for past mistakes.


Cowboy Bebop

MAL Rated 8.83, Ranked #22 | Aired Spring 1998 | Produced by Bandai Visual


Cowboy Bebop Cool anime Faye Valentine, Spike Spiegel, Edward Wong
No list of the 20 coolest anime would be complete without Cowboy Bebop. Its place on this list is guaranteed due to the series’ groundbreaking (and just plain awesome) soundtrack and intricate world building. Yet the spacecraft and off-world colonies are only a backdrop to a moving and surprisingly traditional story about lost love, redemption, and revenge.


Mind Game

MAL Rated 7.91, Ranked #649 | Aired Summer 2004 | Produced by Studio 4 C


Mind Game Cool anime Nishi
Simply put, Mind Game is all over the place. Though its central plot is a love story between childhood friends, the journey involves everything from being eaten by a whale, coming back from the dead, and a psychedelic dance routine. At the very least, the film is a feast for the senses that the viewer will not soon forget.


Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)

MAL Rated 8.18, Ranked #322 | Aired Fall 2011 | Produced by Lantis


Mirai Nikki Yuno Gasai
Everyone always seems to be on their cell phones, but for the characters in Mirai Nikki, it’s a matter of life and death. There’s an opening for the position of God of Time and Space, and getting the job means a fight to the death with the other candidates. Part slasher, part mystery, Mirai Nikki does an excellent job of keeping the viewer guessing each character’s motivations, fate, and sanity. Horror and gore fans will find this anime super cool.


Black Lagoon

MAL Rated 8.21, Ranked #283 | Aired Spring 2006 | Produced by Madhouse


Black Lagoon Cool anime Revy
A pirate’s life isn’t easy for the characters of Black Lagoon. Trying to etch out a living as mercenaries in Southeast Asia, the crew of the title ship butt heads with just about every criminal organization known to man. Though sometimes portraying gleefully impossible action sequences, the characters’ detailed and realistic backgrounds give emotional weight to what would otherwise be a classic shoot-em-up series. This anime is cool because it is one of the few to be set outside of Japan (or an alternate world), and is inspired by the very real Southeast Asian pirates.


Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

MAL Rated 8.64, Ranked #55 | Aired Spring 2013 | Produced by Mainichi Broadcasting


Attach on Titan Cool anime Eren Yeager
Shingeki no Kyojin is brutal in the best possible way. Though the main characters are fighting ‘titans’, giant humanoids bent of the destruction (or in this case the gobbling up) of humanity, the feel of the show is more like a realistic, gritty war movie. The battle against the titans is messy, and not everyone survives the ordeal. Though ‘dread’ can best describe some of its most chilling scenes, they make the characters’ ordeal all the most real and poignant. Not everyone thinks it’s cool, but the author of the original story is really not afraid to harm his characters. Sadist.


Sidonia no Kishi (Knights of Sidonia)

MAL Rated 7.93, Ranked #624 | Aired Spring 2014 | Produced by Starchild Records


Knights of Sidonia Cool anime Nagate Tanikaze
It is a battle for survival for the Sidonia, the last human colony in existence since beings known as the Gauna destroyed Earth 1,000 year prior. In addition to the excellent production quality, Sidonia no Kishi’s place on the 20 best cool anime list derives from its wide-ranging appeal. Knights of Sidonia also makes a mark as one of the few fully CGI anime that actually manages to make it look pretty cool. Admirers of action, romance, high drama, and, yes, fan service will all find reasons to keep watching.


Bleach

MAL Rated 7.97, Ranked #554 | Aired Fall 2004 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


Bleach Cool anime
For the characters of Bleach, a complicated and violent supernatural world is just behind reality’s thin veil. Though the action is more than enough to keep viewers enthralled, one of Bleach’s unique strengths is how it incorporates various Japanese religious beliefs into its story lines. Fair warning: most people consider the first few arcs to be vastly superior to the later ones.


Golgo 13

MAL Rated 7.61, Ranked #1211 | Aired Spring 2008 | Produced by TV Tokyo


Golgo 13 Cool anime
Once you see him, it’s too late. But you probably won’t see him before he kills you. A professional assassin whose past is unknown, the title character of Golgo 13 doesn’t care who he kills, as long as the price is right. A serialized manga since 1969, the cool 2008 series hooks another generation to Golgo 13’s mastery of weapons, espionage, and seduction.


Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

MAL Rated 8.81, Ranked #25 | Aired Spring 2007 | Produced by Gainax


Gurren Lagann Cool anime Simon, Nia Teppelin
The characters of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann need a bigger giant robot. How big? 100 feet? A mile? Try light years. With stakes and battles ratcheting up in intensity every episode, this series is one of the most addictive to come out of Gainax in the studio’s thirty years of producing anime. Out of the 20 best cool anime, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is unique in that the artists and writers’ passion bleeds from nearly every scene. When it comes to cool, the more the better.

Top 20 Best Bishounen Anime of All Time

Tired of fantasizing about your crush? Is he not sufficient anymore to take you to cloud nine? Well, keep your chin up because you’ll be bombarded with a lot of handsome guys! Pile up your list of anime to watch with this collection of 20 of the best bishounen anime of all time!


What are bishounen anime?


aBishounen (also known as bishie) is a combination of the terms bi (beauty) and shounen (boy), literally translating to beautiful boy. These “beautiful boys” are famous for their feminine aspects and grace, and have found their place in Japanese pop culture as boy bands, glamorous rock stars, and model-like actors. Who could blame the female population for wooing over these heavenly beings?

Now imagine a collaboration between anime and these One Direction wannabees. You have all the aspects of your favorite anime, with the addition of a handful of ridiculously handsome boys. And where there are boys, there is romance. Bishounen anime are some of the sweetest love stories in this medium, filled with eye candy that come in all shapes and sizes, able to satisfy just about any girl’s taste buds.

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Come meet your dream boys in these popular bishounen anime!


Vampire Knight

MAL Rated 7.49, Ranked #1563 | Aired Spring 2008 | Produced by Studio Deen


Vampire Knight bishounen anime

What if the hot guy you’ve been crushing on in your school turns out to be a vampire? Would you learn more about him or would you scram? If you dig mysterious guys, Vampire knight is the right anime for you.


Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)

MAL Rated 8.86, Ranked #18 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Sunrise


Code Geass hot anime guys

Set in the future, Code Geass offers you mind-blowing fights from young and attractive soldiers. Look into Lelouch’s eyes and succumb to his power.


Hetalia Axis Powers

MAL Rated 7.83, Ranked #767 | Aired Winter 2009 | Produced by Studio Deen


Hetalia Axis Powers bishounen anime

Though every episode is short, this anime is really entertaining! The story is all about exaggerated country stereotypes put into motion by the charming main characters. Reward yourself with these adorable guys while learning something about their nations.


07-Ghost

MAL Rated 7.45, Ranked #1671 | Aired Spring 2009 | Produced by Studio Deen


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07-Ghost is packed with beautiful men. Is it wrong to fantasize yaoi in a dark-themed anime? We don’t think so!


Free!

MAL Rated 7.71, Ranked #910 | Aired Summer 2013 | Produced by Kyoto Animation


Free! bishounen anime

You’ve probably seen memes or pictures of this anime several times now, but the hype is true. This is the perfect bishounen anime for you. The story revolves around a group of swimmers/friends and everything in between. Filled with wet muscular bodies and beautiful faces, what more can you ask for?


Fruits Basket!

MAL Rated 7.83, Ranked #765 | Aired Summer 2001 | Produced by Studio Deen


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Are you a hugger? Hope not, because these set of bishounen hates hugs so much they turn into animals from the Chinese Zodiac! (Just kidding-it’s a curse.) If you haven’t watch this anime classic, Fruits Basket is really worth the time!


Inu X Boku SS

MAL Rated 7.74, Ranked #938 | Aired Winter 2012 | Produced by David Production


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Pet dogs are so mainstream. But how about getting a dog, butler, friend and lover in a single person? Would you reconsider having one? This anime features good-looking agents working for their rich and powerful yokai masters.


Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

MAL Rated 8.12, Ranked #387 | Aired Fall 2008 | Produced by A-1 Pictures


Black Butler bishounen anime

If you like aristocrats and butlers in suave tuxedos, you should watch this anime! It has an amazing story line and a great musical score too. This anime will hook you to watching every episode of all seasons!


Tsubasa Chronicle

MAL Rated 7.70, Ranked #1015 | Aired Spring 2005 | Produced by Bee Train


Tsubasa Chronicles bishounen anime

Are you a fan of Card Captor Sakura? This anime uses their characters in a more mature story. Remember your first anime crush, Syaoran? He is all grown up now, and he also brought a few of his handsome friends.


Kuroko no Basuke

MAL Rated 8.55, Ranked #80 | Aired Spring 2012 | Produced by Production I.G


Kuroko no Basuke bishounen anime

Overpowered basketball skills. Young muscular athletes. Gorgeous faces. Need I say more?


Fate Stay Night : Unlimited Blade Works

MAL Rated 8.51, Ranked #96 | Aired Fall 2014 | Produced by ufotable


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With improved art compared to the original Fate Stay Night, this anime is also a must watch! The theme is dark and the plot is really thick. There are a lot of background stories, awesome fight scenes, and various attractive bishounen to choose from! Gilgamesh really stands out-he makes you want to be his servant!


Bleach

MAL Rated 7.97, Ranked #554 | Aired Fall 2004 | Produced by Studio Pierrot


Bleach

Do you really want a lot of bishounen? Well, Bleach will provide. You can choose from arrancars, shinigami or humans, because almost every character in Bleach is just gorgeous! The girls too. This anime is so popular that when you google search the word “bleach”, you won’t see a single detergent!


Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000%

MAL Rated 7.45, Ranked #1702 | Aired Summer 2011 | Produced by A-1 Pictures


Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% bishounen anime

Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love 1000% features an academy that trains students to become future idols. The heroine was accepted in it and gained many Prince Charmings as fans. Who wouldn’t want that?


The Wallflower

MAL Rated 7.92, Ranked #643 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Nippon Animation


The Wallflower bishounen anime

The Wallflower is a hilarious anime. The heroine is gloomy and creepy in several ways but she’s just so adorable! She gets a nosebleed every time she sees beautiful things. All was well until three attractive boys suddenly started living with her. If you want to know what happened next, watch the anime!


Ouran Koukou Host Club (Ouran High School Host Club)

MAL Rated 8.44, Ranked #129 | Aired Spring 2006 | Produced by Bones


Ouran Koukou Host Club bishounen anime

What’s a bishounen anime list without Ouran Koukou Host Club? It’s about a common girl who went for an elite academy with the help of a scholarship. Incidentally, she ends up joining an eccentric all-male host club by breaking a vase.


Katekyo Hitman Reborn!

MAL Rated 8.41, Ranked #148 | Aired Fall 2006 | Produced by Artland


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Watch Tsuna as he goes from a lousy loser to an overpowered fighter! Aside from the bishounen in this anime, there are also adorable chibi mascots which you’ll surely wish to bring home.


K

MAL Rated 7.74, Ranked #940 | Aired Fall 2012 | Produced by Gohands


K bishounen anime
K’s story is dark and tragic but all you need are sexy bishounen to lighten things off, right? Plus, the art is outstanding, so it’s a perfect feast for the eyes.


Amnesia

MAL Rated 6.46, Ranked #5082 | Aired Winter 2013 | Produced by Brains Base


Amnesia cutest bishounen anime

What’s more beautiful than having a new boyfriend every four episode? Amnesia is perfect for teenage girls with a desire to be surrounded by handsome boys for no reason.


Bakumatsu Rock

MAL Rated 6.24, Ranked #5711 | Aired Summer 2014 | Produced by Studio Deen


Bakumatsu Rock hot anime guys

Rock and roll! Bakumatsu Rock is a musical anime where the characters are rebellious and edgy! They also lose their tops every once in a while so better watch out for that.


Diabolik Lovers

MAL Rated 5.91, Ranked #6274 | Aired Fall 2013 | Produced by Production I.G, Zexcs


Diabolik Lovers bishounen anime

Here’s another set of vampires! Diabolik Lovers is a reverse harem. It has six different yet gorgeous vampire siblings fawning over one human girl. Makes you jealous, right?

15 Funny Bleach Memes to Pass the Time

Waiting for the next installment of the anime or the next chapter of the manga can prove to be quite boring. Memes are a great way to pass the time and get one’s Bleach fix. Read on for 15 funny Bleach memes that will have you grinning at your computer screen in no time!

When it comes to memes, Bleach is one anime that has a lot circling around. One reason for this is the popularity of the anime itself. Other than that, the show contains a lot of subtle hints at humor that can be exploited for meme purposes. With memorable characters, scenes, lines and associations, you’ll find that there are plenty of memes out there based on this series. Of course, with such a high popularity also comes the down side of having a lot of memes that are sub-par or are barely entertaining at all. We’ve taken the liberty of finding the latest and the most entertaining memes so you won’t have to waste time searching for them yourself.

While nearly every aspect of Bleach can become a meme, there are certain characters and concepts about the show that prove to be more popular for meme creation. Let’s go through them one by one.


Ulquiorra’s “Happy” Face


Bleach Ulquiorra

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Ulquiorra is one of the most popular antagonists to ever grace the Bleach stage and an iconic figure in the main storyline. However, this is not why thousands of people search for ‘Bleach Ulquiorra Memes’ on the internet every month. No, it is this fixed expression. The emotionless glare of his eyes sucks you in and doesn’t let go until you give in and laugh.


The Sexual Tension is Real


Bleach Shuuhei Hisagi, Kira & Hitsugaya Toushirou

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Some scenes from the Gotei 13 are filled with a lot of funny “awkward” moments. Even some of the most serious captains and vice captains can’t escape their feelings.


Like Daddy, Like Son


Bleach Ulquiorra Cifer 3 Gandalf

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He wasn’t trying to be rude. It just runs in the family.


Byakuya, No Emotions Necessary


Bleach Byakuya Kuchiki

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Captains also make for some pretty funny meme material, as they all have qualities that are humorous when reflected in a different light. Who knew Byakuya and Ulquiorra had something in common.


Gotta Catch ‘Em All!


Bleach Toushirou Hitsugaya

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You can really do a lot with editing software these days. This meme allows you to imagine Hitsugaya as a Pokemon breeder.


Orihime, Master of Crying


Bleach Orihime Inoue

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Out of all of Ichigo’s friends, it’s the innocent Orihime that gets a lot of memes. It may be due to her naturally comedic nature, especially during those “not-so-serious” moments in the anime. Aside from that, Orihime does tend to be a little dramatic.


Orihime the Leek Spinner


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With the beginning of Bleach also came the peak of meme popularity. During this time, Orihime became the basis for what would become one of the most popular anime-based video memes ever. It’s unusual how this video titled ‘Leek Spin’ got more than seven million views. The song itself is titled ‘Ieva’s Polka’ which somehow fits this animation loop of Orihime spinning a leek… over and over again.


Somebody Had to Ask


Bleach Feat Naruto

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Funny enough, the most used topic for Bleach memes is the title itself. Anime titles do get a bit weird at times, but Bleach has got to be one of the weirdest, being named after a household cleaning product.


Somebody Had to Answer


Bleach Titles

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No answer is the wrong answer.


Bleach In Real Life


Bleach bleach

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Come on, you know you’ve thought about doing it at least once. Bleach might even sell a bit more if they added the anime logo on the label.

Fact: There are actual bleach products with the Bleach anime endorsements and logos.


Bleach II: Detergent


Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki detergent

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As you may have noticed, this meme is an edit of the original cover.


Fashion at its Finest


Bleach cosplay

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Even cosplay has become an outlet. I think I just found my Halloween costume for next year!


Nothing More Beautiful than a Father and Son Bonding


Bleach Isshin Kurosaki & Ichigo Kurosaki

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We come to what is probably the most common theme in anime memes. With the ability to edit as we please, we might as well do some crossovers and references to other popular franchises. Bleach can be referenced to a large number of shows and sources.


Boys Being Boys


Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki Kon Ted

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This has got to be one of the best meme collaborations ever. Fans worldwide are already looking forward to the sequel.


Bleach: Battle of the Memes


Bleach meme

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Like any other anime, we can also interchange the faces to represent the classic meme expressions.


Hopefully you’ve had a bit of a laugh and were entertained by these Bleach memes. While the next installment of the anime may still take a while, there are many ways to entertain ourselves while waiting… like more memes?!

Come check out the Attack on Titan Memes and Naruto Memes articles for more fun!

Top 15 Anime Filler Episodes Worth Watching

Anime filler episodes can make you laugh, cry, fall in love, feel angry, or impact you in some other way. Although they are not connected to the main storyline, these bonus episodes will engulf you in an ocean of different emotions. Come check out this list of 15 of the best anime filler episodes!


Do you usually watch anime filler?


There are anime filler scenes that are funny, heartwarming and informative, and then there are those that have absolutely nothing to offer at all. Some can make you wish you never bothered watching them and some can make you long for more. Here are some of the most outstanding anime fillers in existence!
Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are happy and Erza from Fairy Tail!


Naruto

Episode 101 – “Gotta See! Gotta Know! Kakashi-Sensei’s True Face!”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is Kakashi-Sensei's famous Naruto anime filler!

This has got to be one of the best anime filler episodes of all time. Everyone who has watched the series is sure to have asked this question at least once: What exactly is Kakashi hiding behind that mask? In this funny anime filler, his curious pupils find “creative” ways to get their answer. Whether they were successful or not, you’re going to have to watch it for yourself to find out!


Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)

Episode 6 – “Shocking Pink”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Mirai, Akihito, Mitsuki, Hiroomi from Kyoukai no Kanata!

These idol wannabes are really desperate to get their revenge on the youmu that drenched them with potent stench. The only way to get near them is to distract them with a song and some killer dance moves, of course.


Fairy Tail

Episode 19 – “Changeling”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is the cute protagonist Natsu from Fairy Tail!

This is one of the best anime filler episodes worth watching mainly because, well, it’s hilarious. The title of the episode, “Changeling”, is actually a spell that switched the bodies of Grey and Lucy, Happy and Erza, and Natsu and Loke. Happy isn’t just happy, he’s also extremely lucky!


Full Metal Alchemist

Episode 4 – “A Forger’s Love”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Alphonse and Edward from Full Metal Alchemist!

The brothers meet the forger who has lingering affection towards the only woman he ever loved. Everyone thought she died, but she returned 20 years later, no longer young and beautiful. The forger could not accept the truth even on the verge of death. This is one of the anime filler episodes that will make you sad and mad, all at once.


Hunter X Hunter

Episode 13 – “Letter from Gon”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Gon's letter in a famous Hunter x Hunter anime filler!

Gon’s aunt received a letter recounting Gon’s great adventures as well as his wonderful friends. He told his aunt that he is prepared to face the obstacles because he wants to become a hunter just like his father.


Cardcaptor Sakura

Episode 40 – “Sakura and the Sakura from the Dream”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Sakura, Shaoran, Meiling, Tomoyo from Cardcaptor Sakura!

In this episode, a Clow card trapped Sakura in a dream. Luckily Shaoran spotted it and immediately pinned it with his magical sword. Sakura practically turned into a Sleeping Beauty (minus the enchanted kiss). Most anime filler scenes of Cardcaptor Sakura are about the Clow cards that were not included in the original manga.


Inuyasha

Episode 6 – “The Suspicious Faith Healer and the Black Kirara”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Kirara from Inuyasha!

This episode proved once again that good always triumphs over evil. The suspicious faith healer successfully deceived most of the villagers, but the black kirara stopped him. Of course Inuyasha and the gang gave a helping hand.


Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS (Sailor Moon SuperS)

Episode 137- “Forest of Illusion! Invitation of a Beautiful Fairy”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is Fisheye from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS!

Chibiusa became friends with Kitakata, an artist with a sheer fascination for fairies. Fish Eye developed an obsession to Kitakata, and he decided to turn himself into a gorgeous fairy to seduce the artist.


Beelzebub

Episode 11 – “There Was Something Money Couldn’t Buy”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Oga and Beel from Beelzebub!

In this anime filler episode, Himekawa tried his best to carry out his revenge against Oga, although he ended up just spending all his money for nothing. When hunger finally struck him, Kanzaki gave him a yogurt drink. It made him realize that no amount of money could buy the kindness that was extended to him.


Dragon Ball Z

Episode 288 – “You’re Late, Goku! Everyone Party!!”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Goku from Dragon Ball Z!

Well, this episode is all about having a fun day with friends and family. Goku might always be late, but he’s definitely the star of the show!


Tennis no Ouji-sama (Prince of Tennis)

Episode 40 – “A Duel in the Rain”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here's Ryoma Echizen from Tennis no Ouji-sama or Prince of Tennis!

The cute expression of wet and injured Ryoma melted hearts of fans worldwide. This is just one of the many anime filler episodes of the popular Prince of Tennis series.


Detective Conan (Meitantei Conan)

Episode 795 – “The Secret of the Missing Young Lady”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Jun and Yuri from Detective Conan!

What happened to the young lady? Someone saw her being carried away to the backseat of the car while unconscious? Here comes Conan to the rescue!


Bleach

Episode 339 – “Protect Ichigo! The Bonds of Friends!”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Ichigo and Yushima from Bleach!

In this anime filler episode, Ichigo is neither a Shinigami, nor a full Hollow. His enemy, Yushima, is about to slay him when his friends come to his rescue.


Claymore

Episode 25 – “For Whose Sake”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here is Clare from Claymore!

A battle between Clare and Priscilla takes place in the core of the active volcano. Clare, in her partially awakened form, is still no match for Priscilla and she is aware of it. Clare is willing to risk it all, and for whose sake?


Tsubasa Chronicle

Episode 30 – “Sorrowful Miracle”


Anime Filler Episodes can be great! Here are Syaoran and Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicle!

Life is too precious to waste and everyone should be grateful to be alive. A life lost is impossible to regain.


And there you have it – 15 of the greatest anime filler episodes available! We hope you enjoyed them!

15 Best Anime Games of All Time: Writer’s Picks

There have been some fantastic anime games over the years! Great anime games not only correctly portray the characters and the setting of their source anime, but are also exciting to play! Here are 15 of the best anime games in existence that anime fans and gamers alike should check out!


Bayonetta

Based on Bayonetta: Bloody Fate | Released on October 29, 2009 | Available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U


Bayonetta is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

A fantastic anime game that gives you the powers of the Umbra Witch Bayonetta as she defeats angels, upgrades her powers, and goes through very well-developed scenery and scary environments. The actual play is very smooth, well-paced, and makes it easy to control the movements of the character. Nothing has been censored in the nudity and death area either, so although it may be a little strong for some players, for others, it will be a fantastic play of the original animated film. This is one of those classic anime games that you should play at least once in your lifetime.


DmC: Devil May Cry

Based on Devil May Cry | Released on January 15, 2013 | Available for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One


DmC: Devil May Cry is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Devil May Cry!

Fans of the famous Devil May Cry series were not disappointed when the anime game adaptation came out in the full glory of the original story! The game has been further developed with new settings and fantastic battle play. Additionally, the fact that Dante was born from a demon and an angel has been further used in the game by giving him the ability to call powers from both sides. The M-rated label on the game gives additional relief to fans who were worried that the game might turn out to be a ‘softer’ version of the original anime (something that happens a lot with anime games), which luckily hasn’t been the case.


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3

Followed by Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth | Released on July 13, 2006 | Available for PS2, PSP


Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth!

The Persona 3 anime game was later developed into the Persona 3 the Movie 1: Spring of Birth movie. Why? Because it is one of the most awesome anime games ever! As you take control of the lead character, 17 year-old Makoto “Minato Arisato” Yuuki, you fight your way against the Shadow enemy to save those who suffer from their attacks. Battle through the difficulty of everyday school life, managing the dorm, and oh yes, fighting the evil Shadows!


Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3

Based on Dragon Ball Z | Released on November 16, 2004 | Available for PS2


Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Dragon Ball Z

A jam-packed, high action anime game that combines the characters from Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT, and DBZ movies into a new fighting tournament. Choose your favourite character, fight your way through points, levels and power-ups, and remind yourself once again why Dragon Ball Z is so well-known! Once you are happy with your character, you can share them online with others and broaden your fighting range even more.


Naruto: Rise of a Ninja

Based on Naruto | Released on October 30, 2007 | Available for Xbox 360


Naruto: Rise of a Ninja is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Naruto

A great time to follow up on a great series! Take Naruto through all the adventures and trials that he has had to face in the anime, and enjoy the wonderful story along the way. The game includes all the famous characters that have left a mark on the original anime, has awesome fighting music, and very powerful replicas of the original jutsus. Out of all the Naruto anime games, this has got to be one of the most popular!


Bleach: Dark Souls

Based on Bleach | Released on February 15, 2007 | Available for Nintendo DS


Bleach: Dark Souls is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Bleach

One heck of a fighter game based on the original series! Play free-for-all, one-on-one, or tag matches and go “Ban-KAI!” as you fight with both the good guys and villains. Upgrade your favourite character to the max, switch between other characters and enjoy the fight scenes and battle music!


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex | Released on March 4, 2004 | Available for PSP, PS2


Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

Section 9 must take out all terrorists as you choose between Motoko “Major” Kusanagi, Batou, Togusa or Saito. Complete missions, get new weapons, and play with up to 4 players in one of the most exciting anime games ever!


Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn

Based on Mobile Suit Gundam 00 | Released on August 28, 2007 | Available for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360


Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Mobile Suit Gundam 00

Pilot the Mobile Suits through many of the original scenarios and defeat enemies as you upgrade your weapons and Mobile Suits throughout the game. As an additional bonus, you can also operate new Mobile Suits that you can unlock throughout the game. A fantastic take on the original series and one that is full of action and adventure.


Tales of Phantasia

Followed by Tales of Phantasia The Animation | Released on December 15, 1995 | Available for Super Famicom, PSP, Game Boy Advance, iOS


Tales of Phantasia is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Tales of Phantasia The Animation

Uncover the past of your world and try to mend all the wrongs as you play the character of Cless Alvein as well as additional characters from the story. Switch between characters, create chain attacks and share your progress with others in this lovely RPG anime game.


One Piece: Grand Battle!

Based on One Piece | Released on March 17, 2005 | Available for PS2, Game Cube


One Piece: Grand Battle! is one of the greatest anime games and is based on One Piece

This anime game is a great portrayal of the world-famous anime One Piece that still tops all the charts in Japan! 16 characters and 6 game play modes are more than enough to experience the thrill of being a pirate! One piece anime games all tend to have good sales, but this title has some of the best reviews.


Afro Samurai

Based on Afro Samurai | Released on January 27, 2009 | Available for PS3, Xbox 360


Afro Samurai is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Afro Samurai

Live the life of Afro Samurai as you slash your way through enemies as you avenge your father and become the best! A hip hop style to a traditional Japanese warrior with new backgrounds and great music.


Pokemon White Version 2

Followed by Pokemon XY | Released on June 23, 2012 | Available for Nintendo DS


Pokemon White Version 2 is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Pokemon

The Pokemon anime games are a plenty, but this one has received special praise for its new adventure and cool expanded repackaging. There may be many Pokemon anime games to choose from, but this one would give you quite the thrill if you are new to the franchise.


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Soul

Based on Yu☆Gi☆Oh! | Released on July 5, 2001 | Available for Nintendo Game Boy Advance


Yu-Gi-Oh! The Eternal Duelist Sou is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Yu☆Gi☆Oh!

Hailed as the best representation of the official card game, this anime game will take you through the world of Yu☆Gi☆Oh! and all the duels that the anime was so famous for! Collect cards, level up, and defeat enemies through skill and tactic!


Battle Stadium D.O.N.

Based on Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Naruto | Released on July 20, 2006 | Available for Nintendo GameCube, PS2


Battle Stadium D.O.N. is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, One Piece

If one awesome anime game isn’t enough for you, then what about combining the Japan’s Top 3 into one massive fighting anime game! Choose your favourite character from the three series and guide them through the game as you kick butt, power up and change your character’s form by gaining more energy!


Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Based on Digimon Adventure | Released on March 12, 2015 | Available for PS4, Play Station Vita


Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is one of the greatest anime games and is based on Digimon Adventure

Hold tight to your Digimon Adventure companions as you fight against the hackers who are causing havoc in the world. A wonderful adventure game based on the original series with additional scenarios, levels and a great story-line!

5 Types of Anime that Every Anime Lover should Know by Heart

Long time anime fans know the different types of anime by heart, sure, but how about newer fans? Anime types are very difficult to research on your own. This article is especially dedicated to those newbies who want to know more about them to delve deeper into the complex medium.

Shounen, shoujo, seinen, josei, and kodomomuke (kids) – these are the five basic types of anime. Think of them as labels, each with a specific demographic or target audience. You may be familiar with your favorite anime type, but what about the rest?


Shounen Anime


Ehren, Colosus, types of anime, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Shounen literally means “few years” when translated in English, and typically refers to young boys in their adolescent years. Shounen anime target adolescent male viewers and the usual story lines tackle the interests of most males around that age.

A lot of shounen anime have at least one young male as a hero. However, there are also contemporary shounen anime with female protagonists who are often beautiful. There’s adventure, high-action, fighting, and sometimes super powers. There could be an element of drama or comedy, or both.

Some of the most popular shounen anime include:

Bleach
One Piece
Fairy Tail
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Gintama
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Naruto


Seinen Anime


Saitama, Genos, types of anime, One Punch Man

Seinen means “young man or men” in English, and it is not indicative of sexual content. Seinen anime target adult male viewers and have the same story lines as shounen anime, although the plot is usually more violent and/or psychological in nature. There are also some comical stories that businessmen in their ’40s would appreciate.

Seinen is one of the types of anime that cater to a more mature audience. Some seinen anime might include scenes that are inappropriate for younger viewers.

Some of the most popular seinen anime include:

One Punch Man
Steins;Gate
Elfen Lied
Tokyo Ghoul
Black Bullet
Mushishi
Boku dake ga Inai Machi


Shoujo Anime


Zen, Shirayuki, types of anime, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red HAair)

Shoujo is translated as “young girl” and is the counterpart of shounen. Shoujo anime target adolescent female viewers and the main story usually focuses on interpersonal relationships and romance. Shoujo anime tend to be dramatic, but there are also some that include shounen anime elements like action, adventure, and comedy.

The main protagonist of a shoujo anime is usually female, although there are some shoujo stories where the main character is a male.

Some of the most popular shoujo anime include:

Akagami no Shirayuki-hime (Snow White with the Red Hair)
Ouran Koukou Host Club
Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster)
Kimi ni Todoke


Josei Anime


Chihaya, Arata, Taichi, types of anime, Chihayafuru

Josei means “woman” when translated in English. In anime or manga, it is the counterpart of seinen. Josei anime target adult female viewers and the main story usually tackles romance with a more realistic feel to it than shoujo anime. Josei commonly features adult women and may contain scenes that are erotic in nature. Some Josei anime cover dark subjects like infidelity and abuse.

Among the types of anime, the stories of Josei anime are mostly based on normal everyday life, so don’t be surprised if they include heavy dramatic scenes.

Some of the most popular josei anime include:

Usagi Drop
Chihayafuru
Nodame Cantabile
Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey and Clover)
Paradise Kiss


Kodomomuke Anime


The Gang of Youkai Watch, types of anime, Youkai Watch

Kodomomuke literally means “directed at children”. Among the different types of anime, kodomomuke is the only one that is suitable for very young viewers. The plots of kodomomuke anime are simple, yet imaginative, and usually have some sort of moral message. The main characters are not always children, and they are often cute and lovable.

Kodomomuke anime also teach children how to behave properly, be considerate of others, and stay on the right path in life.

Some of the most popular kodomomuke anime include:

Digimon Adventure
Youkai Watch
Pokemon
Doraemon (2005)
Chi’s Sweet Home: Atarashii Ouchi
Tottoko Hamtarou (Hamtaro)
Yume-iro Pâtissière


And there you have it – the five basic types of anime! We hope this knowledge helps you in your further exploration of the world of anime!

Japanese Slang About Boobs: From Flat to Humongous

Welcome to your first Japanese class at MAL High School! Today, we’re learning all about Japanese netspeak. Specifically, boob-related slang! Don’t pretend you’re not curious. How many of these do you already know?

We’ve probably all picked up a couple phrases of Japanese through watching anime. It’s certainly how I started learning! If you’re in search of more Japanese phrases you’ll never use in real life, you’re in the right place, because today I’m here to edumacate you about the various vulgarities related to everyone’s favorite things: boobs!

Here are some of the very breast Japanese netspeak slang!


ぼいん (boin)


anime big boobs

Those who know a little about the Japanese language have probably noticed Japan’s profound love of onomatopoeia. Unsurprisingly, they even have one for large breasts. Even though we all know they don’t make sounds in real life, whenever you see an anime girl run, you can’t help but hear “boing, boing” in your head! That is, you would if you’re mentally 13 like I am. Japanese anime fans apparently are the same, as boin, the Japanese net slang for big boobs, comes from boing!

anime running boobs
Side note: Kimono and yukata do not work that way. They’re wrapped too close to the body for any bouncing to happen. Sorry to disappoint.

I don’t think you need any more images to illustrate the point-this phrase is largely straightforward.

Other slang for “big boobs”:

  • 爆乳 (bakunyuu): One step above kyonyuu, bakunyuu are so big they’re explosive! I mean, baku directly translates to “explosion”.

  • 超乳 (chounyuu): Super boobs

  • バインバイン (bain bain): Also a sound effect for bouncing boobs

  • 巨乳 (kyonyuu): Giant boobs (the word for giant, incidentally, is the same word in Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)

Tsunade big boobs


隠れ巨乳 (kakure kyonyuu)


Charlotte Dunois Infinite Stratos

The full phrase kakure kyonyuu means “hidden big-boobs”, which refers to anime characters who have large chests, but don’t really draw attention to them. Whether this be a choice made by the animators (where all the characters are modestly dressed), or a character-specific trait (a modestly dressed character in an otherwise fanservice-filled anime), plenty of fans find the modesty of a girl with secret assets charming.

Here’s a Japanese list of kakure kyonyuu. Examples include Mio Akiyama, Hanayo Koizumi, and Mayu Matsumoto.

Saori oreimo
Kuroneko glaring at Saori‘s hidden features.


ロリ巨乳 (loli kyonyuu)


Danmachi Hestia
We know where you’re looking, Bell.

You can probably guess where this one is going: young or young-looking girls with large breasts! Specifically, this database of loli kyonyuu anime characters has a few different requirements of what characters qualify as loli kyonyuu.

In order to qualify, a character has to satisfy at least one of these points:

  • The character is young enough to be in school
  • The character has a baby-face
  • Their voice is young-sounding
  • The character is short
  • The anime’s art style is child-like

As you can see, it’s a fairly loose list of rules, and you don’t necessarily have to be underage or jailbait to be loli kyonyuu.

Another popular example of loli kyonyuu might be Poplar Taneshima. Don’t be deceived by her cute, tiny appearance; as she says, she’s an adult!

Poplar


パイスラ, or π/ (paisura)


Himouto! Umaru-chan
Himouto! Umaru-chan

When well-endowed girls carry messenger bags or wear seatbelts, the strap sits in between their, erm, plot, really highlighting them. While this happens in real life, it’s quite popular in anime, even in fantasy series such as Chaos Dragon. Heck, there’s even a subreddit all about the boobstrap. (Goes without saying, but it’s NSFW.)

The name paisura literally translates to boob-slash (‘pai’ is the second half of oppai, Japanese for “boobs”, and ‘sura’ is the abbreviation of surasshu, the Japanese pronunciation of “slash”), which is why you might see paisura written with the Greek letter for pi, and a forward slash.

Koufuku Graffiti
Koufuku Graffiti

Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki


つるぺた (tsurupeta)


The opposite of kyonyuu, tsurupeta refers to both flat chests and girls with flat chests. Touhou fans might be familiar with this “flat-chest song”:

pettan song

Other slang for flat chests:

  • 無乳 (muchichi or munyuu): no boobs

  • ペチャパイ (pechapai): flat, also a song sung by Brief and Trunks

  • まな板 (manaban): cutting board

  • 盆地胸 (bonchi mune): basin-chest (yeah, I don’t understand this one either)

  • 大平原の小さな胸 (taihigen no chiisana mune): the small chest of the great plains (your chest is so flat it looks like the Great Plains)

  • ちっぱい (chippai): a portmanteau of chiisai (small) and oppai (chest)

louise flat chest zero no tsukaima
“Nothing.”

Fans of the DFC (delicious flat chest) have no need to worry; there is no end of flat-chested characters in anime! Tsundere characters like Louise often possess this trait.


谷間ホール (tanima hole)


Literally translating to “valley hole”, this term refers to any inexplicable openings or cuts in a character’s clothing that reveals the character’s cleavage…valley. This is also known in English as “cleavage window”.

Love live boob sweater
(Source)

The most famous example is not in any specific anime, but these keyhole sweaters that took the internet by storm.


下乳 (shitachichi)


This is another slang that has a direct English equivalent: underboob!

Harribel Bleach underboob
Not only does Harribel display underboob, but she also has a tanima hole under her underboob!

Yoko Littner underboob

Yoko Littner‘s glorious underboob from various angles, even.

A Look at MAL’s Most/Least Dropped Anime Series

Most of us drop shows that we don’t like or grow tired of, but have you ever wondered which shows have the highest number of droppers, and which ones have the highest drop rates? We pulled the data from MAL, so we can see which shows MAL users gave a chance and didn’t like!

We can all easily see what the most and least popular/good anime are, but what about the anime that start off with a good premise only to bomb viciously or fizzle out into disappointment? I’ve received some data from MAL’s database from 3/28/2016 in order to look at these unfortunate anime.

anime hacker data

Firstly, the parameters probably deserve some explanation. For the rest of this article, you’ll see these statistics:

Series Title: Goes without saying.

# Watched: The total number of MAL users who have added this anime to their list. Admittedly it’s not 100% accurate, as “Plan to Watch” is also included in this number.

Dropped: The number of MAL users who have added this anime to their “Dropped” list. Granted, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the anime itself is disliked or bad. Some people simply drop anime because it gets too long, or because they decided it wasn’t their genre after episode 1. Then there’s also the reverse situation: some viewers will watch an anime to the bitter end no matter how much they dislike it!

Average Episode: Here’s where things get tricky. This number is the average number of episodes that have been watched in a series. If you leave the episode number blank, it is assigned a value of 0. Because many users probably don’t even put the number of episodes in (I know I don’t), I have asked for all 0’s to be discounted so that it only averages the number of episodes viewed from 1 onwards. This is not meant to be any concrete proof of anything, nor can I claim it to be reliable data, but it’s interesting to take a look at.

% Dropped: The percentage of the Total that Dropped is.

The Top 50 most dropped anime by percentage and by volume have been provided at the bottom, but first I’d like to take a look at a notable series.


And The Most Dropped Show on MAL is….


At 87,508 droppers (16% of total MAL users who viewed it), Bleach stands proudly (then again maybe not) as the most dropped anime on MAL!

Ichigo Rukia Angry Bleach characters

Bleach started off with a super cool concept, but the supposedly super-rare bankai was handed out to almost all the named characters in Bleach a la Oprah. Power balance be damned. Not to mention the fandom’s opinion that the story’s quality deteriorated after the Soul Society arc. Whereas Bleach used to be as talked about as Naruto and One Piece, its popularity has really deteriorated as of late. Betcha didn’t know the manga is still running.


Top 50 shows with the most number of droppers


View the full list here

SAO Asuna laughingThere’s not much to say about the shows with the highest number of droppers. They’re mostly highly popular, long-form anime in the first place, which makes it no surprise that a bunch of people give these famous shows a try and decide they are not for them. What’s more interesting is when you look at the percentages. Sword Art Online and Guilty Crown are often brought up as disappointing anime, and a lot of MAL users did indeed drop them, but their dropped percentages sit at a mere 4%. The only thing we should take from this is that a lot of people watch (and therefore drop) famous titles.


Top 50 shows with the highest percentage of droppers


View the full list here

Now this is where things get interesting. Firstly, because we’re trying to look at more famous titles here, I’ve filtered out any anime with less than 10,000 members, giving us a good selection of more-or-less popular anime. If we were to have no filter, we’d get a very different list (ex: the two people who both watched and dropped this kids music video).

Hamtaro sad cryingNote that many on this list are long-form anime, especially older ones or ones targetted towards younger audiences. I mean, Tottokko Hamtarou is adorable, but no one has the time to sit through almost 300 episodes of hamster antics as an adult. What’s most amusing are the anime that are dropped after only a few episodes. A whopping 24% of 20,493 people (no small potatoes) dropped Meganebu!, a silly 12 episode series about five guys with budding glasses fetishes, stopping at around the second episode. Makes you wonder how bad it really was for so many to stop watching. I mean, I don’t know what they expected; the premise seems pretty clear cut: five pretty boys wearing glasses doing whatever pretty boys do. Come to think of it, several pretty-boy shows place pretty high on this list. Thank god for pretty-boy sports anime like Free!! Plot and fanservice. Lance N’ Masques has a deplorable score of 5.83 on MAL, and the reviews are not much better. It just goes to show you not all light novel adaptations are good. (Personally I’d argue that they’re rarely good, to be honest, as I’ve hated the few LN I’ve read.) There’s also Bakumatsu Rock, which was based on a video game released only in Japan. It’s no wonder people didn’t really like it overseas, what with it being an adaptation of an unknown franchise. Actually, they didn’t like it much in Japan either, with the Ani-Kore community giving it a 3.3/5. Shows affiliated with Western franchises such as the Japanese adaptation of a Western classic, Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z, and the Stan Lee endorsed Heroman were also unpopular despite their interesting origins.


MAL’s Least Dropped (Season 1) Anime by Percentage


View the full list here

This list took a little more time to compile, as I had to narrow it down with several different requirements.

  • The anime cannot be a single episode special: I don’t see the point in counting these when we are looking for most dropped series, not single episode specials (which are dropped less often anyways due to their short length).

  • The anime cannot be a movie: Ditto to the above. While some people (263 of you, at that!) do drop movies such as Spirited Away, once again, we are looking for multi-episode shows. I know more people who will finish movies no matter how bad they are than people who hesitate to drop anime they dislike. Very scientific of me to cite anecdotal evidence, I know.

  • The anime cannot be a sequel season of an existing anime: while this does take out some excellent season 2 anime, we can safely assume that the majority of people who dropped a series would have already dropped it season 1, meaning seasons 2 and onwards have deflated drop rates as the ones who watch those are clearly all fans of the series overall.

  • The anime has to have aired already: My data returned 0% drop rates for shows such as Hibike! Euphonium 2 because no one’s had a chance to drop it. And they better not, because Hibike is everything I liked about KyoAni, and hopefully they’ll redeem themselves after this season’s harem anime featuring limbo-boobs. ahem but I digress…

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi

Anways, ERASED, Winter 2016’s time-travel mystery-thriller, is our winner. To be honest, I would not have guessed this show; despite the buzz this anime has generated, the MAL reviews page shows a very different story: some people really disliked the show! If you ask me, it was a fun binge watch, but then again I enjoy cheesy police dramas, so don’t trust my judgement. What’s even more surprising is that people dropped it fairly early on at an average of 4 episodes in, when the initial episodes were what I thought were most interesting.

Although Plastic Neesan sports a more modest userbase, and a much shorter runtime, the fact that so few people dropped this plot-less show is a testament to its strengths. Perhaps it’s worth giving a try!

You’ll note that I included both Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and Fate/Zero in this list, even though they both come after Fate/stay night, but my bias for Urobochi and the Fate franchise aside, both work well enough as a stand-alone shows. And it’s a testament to this franchise that multiple spin-off movies, specials, and TV series ended up in the lowest dropped anime on MAL.

Overall, most shows on this list are single-season, 12 or 24 episode series. Standing in defiance of this is Hunter x Hunter (2011), which a staggeringly low percentage of MAL readers dropped, even though it’s 148 episodes long. “But Rilakkulina, this show’s a remake!” you’ll exclaim. Yes, but it’s not a sequel, meaning it’s still approachable for new viewers, meaning that it’s not just the previous HxH fanbase watching it, I’m guessing. Also, it’s pretty amazing that this series is the only truly long anime that has such a low drop rate.


While the most dropped anime did not come as much of a surprise to me, a few choices on the least dropped list were quite surprising. While some are the beloved golden children of MAL, others are shows I would have thought not so universally popular. I hope you guys found this information as interesting as I did!

It’s been brought to my attention that there are a couple mistakes (Yugioh 1999 being a movie), and other anime that arguably should not be counted, but to be honest it takes more time to fix than it’s worth. You’ll have to content yourself with having the list be “top 48 plus 2 debatable ones” or something.