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The Best 2010s Anime That Defined The Decade 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated January 2, 2020 20.2k votes 4.2k voters 68.7k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the greatest anime of the 2010s.

Anime fans have been blessed with a plethora of spectacular anime in the past decade. Sure, there are a lot of shows that leave something to be desired, but nearly every season has at least two or three standout shows that will stay relevant long after their debut. 

What are the best 2010s anime? Everyone has a different answer to this question. If you're a superhero fan, your favorite anime of the decade might be My Hero Academia or One-Punch Man. If you prefer dark, gritty shows that ask hard questions, you might find yourself gravitating toward Psycho-Pass or Tokyo Ghoul. If you love finely developed characters and intricate plots, you might name Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. 

There are plenty of other amazing shows that could not be listed here: Angel Beats, March Comes In Like A Lion, Mawaru Penguindrum, Chihayafuru K-On!, Violet Evergarden. If you don't see your favorite, it's not because it's not a great anime - it's just that these 20 truly stand out from the pack.

Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Anime That Defined The Decade
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This show took the anime world by storm in 2013. It begins with the story of humanity trying to protect itself from giant man-eating monsters, but ends up somewhere far more complex and intriguing. It's not perfect, but it's one of the most important and influential anime series to come out this decade.

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Anime That Defined The Decade
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Despite being born without superpowers, Izuku Midoriya desperately wants to be a superhero like his idol, All Might. When he winds up inheriting one of the most incredible abilities of all time, he may just get the chance to make his dreams come true. 

My Hero Academia is a brilliant combination of all the best things about both Western superhero comics and shonen anime.

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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Anime That Defined The Decade
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One-Punch Man proves that a character can still be interesting even if they're totally overpowered. Saitama might be able to defeat anyone with a single punch, but viewers still look forward to watching him fight because of how hilarious (and well-animated) those battles tend to be.

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Hunter X Hunter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Anime That Defined The Decade
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The 2011 version of Hunter X Hunter is actually a reboot of an earlier version, but it's widely considered the stronger of the two. It follows 12-year-old Gon Freecss as he tries to become a Hunter so he can track down his estranged father.

It's not talked about as often as shonen giants like Naruto and One Piece, but its characters and plot are as equally compelling without being bloated by filler.

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