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21 Bucket List Anime You Must See Before You Die

Updated June 4, 2021 278.1k votes 57.8k voters 1.1m views21 items

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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. 

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    Most anime fans have already seen or at least heard of Attack on Titan. Given that it's one of the most popular anime series in recent years, it'd be a pity to miss out on this cultural phenomenon. Set in a post-apocalyptic civilization, humanity must hide behind walled cities to protect themselves from giant flesh-eating titans. This is an incredible series with amazing world-building, clever plot twists, and impressive action.

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    A teenage boy named Light Yagami finds a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written inside, and decides to use that power to eliminate crime from the world. This dark story forces viewers to confront hard questions about morality, while still providing a thrilling battle of wits that lasts up until the series's finale.

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    Hunter X Hunter starts off with Gon Freecss' journey to become a Hunter, a person who isn't bound by normal societal rules and may take on life-threatening tasks. He quickly realizes there's more to being a Hunter, and more to the world around him, than he ever imagined. This anime stands as one of the smartest shows in its genre, so don't be deterred by its length.

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    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.

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