Discovering the world of anime might be the best thing to ever happen to anyone. This form of entertainment covers a large range of topics, feels and styles. It is almost certain that anyone who is willing to try it will find content that is to their taste. So, how does one begin this journey? Which are the best anime series for beginners? Well, there are several correct ways one can come into the world of anime but we will put our top 15 picks for the best anime series for beginners. Several anime can make this list, but we will put those we believe are best.
#15 – Dragon Ball Z
Inspired by Wu Cheng’en’s ‘Journey to the West’, Dragon Ball Z is a fun-filled martial arts anime that covers the story of Son Goku on his adventures as a martial artist and as he battles with foes linked to his home planet Vegeta.
It is a generally light-hearted anime with lots of action but still suitable for a younger audience. Dragon Ball Z is quite possibly the most popular anime series for beginners. It is one of the best starter anime to kick-start your journey into the world of anime.
Next, on our list of best anime for newcomers is this masterpiece, from the same creator as One Punch Man which we will see further down this list. This anime is a very fun piece of work which makes it easy to watch.
The protagonist, “Mob” is such an interesting character who holds your attention from start to finish. In this anime, Mob is a psychic prodigy under the tutelage of a fraud psychic. He must balance his school life and the world of spirits.
The lightheartedness of the action doesn’t take away from the well-executed action scenes filled with psychic abilities that most have never seen before. Definitely a must-watch for a beginner.
One of the best components of anime that makes it as enjoyable as it is, is its ability to pull off the biggest exaggerations and make them seem explainable. No other anime incorporates this better than Baki.
Baki Hanma trains and fights to achieve one single goal in this anime, which is to defeat his father(Who happens to be the strongest creature on earth). Its amazing fight scenes can hold the attention of any viewer.
#12 – Jujutsu Kaisen
In a world of demons and curses, Jujutsu Kaisen follows the adventures of Yuju Itadori and his comrades who are all exorcists, in their battle to protect the human world from demons and fiends.
Being mostly horror, this anime may not be suitable for younger audiences but it has well-rounded story-telling and action. It is relatively shorter than other anime and is still running.
If you are interested in getting ahead of the story you can read the manga online. It really is one of the best anime for beginners. There are even real-life locations of the series in Japan
#11 – Bleach
A fun-filled story that also has action and deep emotion? Your answer to that is ‘Bleach’. An amazing story that will have you glued to your screen and anticipating the next season’s release. Bleach is one of the best anime for beginners.
It has a non-complicated plot line that is easy to follow and filled with surprises. Ichigo Kurosaki, a high-school student with the ability to see ghosts gets thrown into a mystic world of hollows and shinigami. He must now balance his normal life and his battles to protect the human world.
#10 – One Punch Man
Like the Marvel and DC universes, One Punch Man is set in a universe of heroes and villains. The main character’s interaction may seem boring on sight (because he usually beats them with one punch) but the story covers a wide range of characters and produces some of the best action sequences you will ever see in anime.
Saitama became too strong after training for 3 years and he now has to navigate what being a true hero is beyond just winning fights. It is a very good pick to kick-start anime watching.
Amidst the hype and action, most anime hardly ever touches truly deep and sentimental emotions. This is definitely not the case with Demon Slayer. Tanjiro Kamado fights in this anime to revert his sister to human after she is turned into a demon.
He joins up with an elite group of demon hunters who use Katanas and powerful breathing techniques to protect the human world. This anime will have most viewers shed real tears. The writers actually draw one in so much you sympathize even with villains at some points.
‘Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’ is a mixture of sci-fi, adventure, magic, politics and thriller. It has an extremely interesting plot that never fails to deliver, whether it is in action scenes, hidden plots or drama.
It tells the story of Lelouch as he tries to overthrow the power structure in his country with the magical powers of the geas and his ingenious mind.
One Piece is one of the best-known anime worldwide. In fact, it is part of the anime “Big Three”, alongside Naruto and Dragonball Z. The story is about a young boy who grew up on a little island with the dream of becoming the king of pirates.
He makes his pirate crew and embarks on a marvellous adventure. It has stood the test of time as it is more than 1000 episodes old and still going. It is quite long but still holds its place as one of the best anime for beginners. If you want to start right away, here is a guide on how to watch One Piece
Being one of the most popular anime of all time, Naruto follows the story of young Naruto Uzumaki in the world of Shinobi on his journey to become Hokage (village chief and protector).
On his way to the top, he must battle his possession by the demon who killed both his parents, his nemesis/best friend and all those who mean to do harm to his village. Fun and action-packed, this story is suitable even for younger audiences.
Set in a medieval time, in a world of demons and monsters, Berserk delivers blood-pumping action and drama. Guts(the protagonist), is a young mercenary with incredible skill, in this story, he joins a group of young mercenaries in a mission to achieve their leader’s dream.
The story is full of plot twists and betrayals, it is awesome to watch. It debuted in 1997 but was redrawn and released with new seasons in 2016, the anime is made for mature audiences but still holds its place on our list of best anime for beginners.
#3 – Vinland Saga
Inspired by the true events of the life of Thorfinn Karlsefni, this story brings an incredible plot, rich in characters and action. It is the story of a young boy on a mission for vengeance after he watches his father get killed.
To get his desired vengeance, he must get stronger till he can overpower his father’s killer. With the next season expected to arrive in January 2023, the show is still running and is quite short, a good way to step into the anime world.
#2 – FullMetal Alchemist
Full Metal Alchemist is well renowned for its deeply philosophical theme and action scenes. It follows the story of 2 brothers who are thrust into the world of alchemy after an accident that leads to them losing their bodies. With a well-moderated pace and a wealth of characters, it is recognized as one of the best anime of all time.
Chainsaw Man anime has not yet been released, it is set to be released on October 12, 2022. It makes #1 on our list since we believe the best way to enter the anime world is with a new anime that will feel like your own in more ways than one.
The manga delivered a well-rounded story that will surely please a lot of fans. The story is about an impoverished young boy who gets killed due to the debts accumulated by his father, he gets reborn as a devil-human hybrid and joins a group of devil hunters.
It surely will be one of the best for beginners to watch.