Thousands of anime series exist out there, and more new ones debut every season. With so much available, it can be hard to know which series to choose. That's why it's great to have a bucket list – must-see anime everyone should familiarize themselves with at some point in their lives.
Bucket list anime falls under any genre, from philosophically inclined mecha anime like Neon Genesis Evangelion to tragic romance like Your Lie in April. They can be short; the excellent FLCL only clocks in at six episodes if you don't count the sequels. Or, they can be so long that completing them is literally a lifetime goal; One Piece boasts over 800 episodes.
Whatever your taste, it's worth familiarizing yourself with these popular, high-quality titles, some of which are considered the best anime of all time. This will not only give you a good grounding in series that other people have rated highly, it will also help you establish your own tastes. That way, you can come up with a bucket list tailored to your own personal preferences.
If you're an anime fan, chances are high that you've already seen Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, but if you haven't, this anime about the power of alchemy is well worth your time. Whether you're into political intrigue, family drama, or just want a good laugh, FMA has it all.
My Hero Academia is one of the newer additions to the shonen genre and has since become one of the coolest. It follows Izuku Midoriya and his classmates as they learn how to use their superpowers, like Hogwarts but for Marvel/DC-types. In fact, this show often feels like watching an anime version of a Marvel comic, which makes it a must-watch show for Western fans.
Cowboy Bebop follows a small team of bounty hunters traveling through space. Despite its simple premise, Cowboy Bebop becomes something extraordinary through finely developed characters, stellar musical influences, and an engaging storyline. It's why even decades later people still hail it as one of the finest anime series of all time.
If you want a side of emotional trauma with your anime, Your Lie In April is an absolute must-watch. Kousei Arima stops playing the piano after his mother's death, but his friendship with violinist Kaori Miyazono brings him back in touch with music and his emotions. Sadly, Kaori carries a heartbreaking secret of her own.
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