20 Best Anime You NEED to Watch On Crunchyroll
20 Best Anime You NEED to Watch On Crunchyroll

20 Best Anime You NEED to Watch On Crunchyroll

VOICE OVER: Ashley Bowman WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Alexander
Time to get your binge on! Join Ashley as we count down our picks for the anime on Crunchyroll that demand to be watched, including the likes of "Spy x Family", "My Hero Academia", "Attack on Titan", "One Piece", and more!

Script written by Jonathan Alexander

Top 20 Best Anime You Need to Watch on Crunchyroll

Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 20 Best Anime You Need to Watch on Crunchyroll.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the shows for newcomers, casuals, or just anyone wanting to make the most of their Crunchyroll subscription.

If we missed any of your favorite anime on the service, be sure to drop the recommendation in the comments!

#20: “To Your Eternity” (2021-)

Much like its mystifying main character, it’s deceptively easy to overlook this quiet show. But, given the chance, it can grow into something truly special. It follows the mesmerizing tale of a being named Fushi who’s evolving physically and emotionally on their path to self-enlightenment. That’s really all we can say without giving too much away, and this is a show best experienced with no prior knowledge of its dense themes. What we can divulge is that it teeters on the beautifully thin line between heartfelt and heartbreaking as it explores what it means to be human. And, just as novel, how easy it is to lose that humanity.

#19: “My Dress-Up Darling” (2022)

All you need to know about this delightful slice-of-life is that Gojo likes sewing, Kitagawa is a cosplayer, and love is in the air. The result is a refreshing rom-com with more heart than it knows what to do with. It seamlessly tackles gender-norms with good-spirited storylines that respect its characters' passions without ever making fun of them for it. The saccharine humor and earnest cast make it nearly impossible to make it through an episode without getting all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Even if romance isn’t usually your go-to genre, this show is charming enough to make you a believer.

#18: “Tokyo Revengers” (2021-)

Takemichi is moments away from becoming a skidmark on the railway when he suddenly flashes twelve years into the past. From there, he alters fate itself until the present he returns to looks completely different. Basically, it’s gang wars with time travel. And yeah, it’s as cool as it sounds. The intricate narrative and fisticuff fight scenes are complemented by themes of regret, youth, and personal growth. The show really finds its footing not through time-travel shenanigans, but its portrayal of normal people overcoming struggles they never thought possible. By the time the credits roll, it’ll have you fist-bumping the air right alongside Takemichi.

#17: “Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai” (2020)

With all the ingredients to make a bonafide smash hit, it’s maddening that this fantasy adaptation is still criminally underrated. Based upon the uber-popular gaming franchise, “Dai” is slated to animate the entirety of the original manga. And, it’s doing so with plenty of flare. Impressively, the excellent production values haven’t wavered once through its near-weekly release schedule. Even for those unfamiliar with the franchise, this show is consistently entertaining in a way few long-runners manage to be. Its streamlined lore and flashy combat make it a remarkable entry point for new fans, meaning there’s really no excuse to not check it out.

#16: “Spy x Family” (2022)

An assassin, a mind-reader, and a spy walked into a pretend house, and somehow, an internet-breaking hit walked out. Though, we doubt you need to hear it from us. You’d have to be deep undercover to have not gotten the debrief on the hilarious exploits of this ratag trio. The hype is well-deserved, since the show expertly captures the zany thrills of espionage stories without forfeiting the gooey-center of its found-family. It’s got everything you’d want from an anime - action, humor, heart, and Anya. Really, that last one is worth the price of admission alone. Now, if only these three would be a bit more forthcoming with their actual identities…

#15: “My Hero Academia” (2016-)

Even wannabe superheroes need to go to school. It’s a good thing hands-on experience is the best way to learn, since the prestigious U.A. has a habit of getting besieged by villains. Deku’s inspiring determination to be a hero puts him under the tutelage of a pro hero and personal idol All Might. Though, he quickly realizes that with great power comes great responsibility to save his classmates from bloodthirsty enemies. The show’s expert balance of school-life hijinks, dramatic conflicts, and “quirky” characters has kept it fresh for over a hundred episodes, with no sign of it slowing down any time soon. In fact, it's only continued to “smash” those expectations.

#14: “Mob Psycho 100” (2016-)

At the end of the day, Shigeo Kageyama is a pretty normal middle school boy. Albeit, one with a very odd extracurricular activity. Oh, and he could probably blow up the planet if he wanted. The stunning animation sells the sheer scale of Mob’s power, but because of that, there’s no real question if he’ll win a fight. Instead, the tension comes from how the victory will affect his personal journey towards self-confidence. It’s especially hard since he works for a fake psychic masquerading as an expert, but even without proper training, Mob seems to be doing just fine on his own.

#13: “That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime” (2018-21)

A random salaryman was having a rough day even before he got stabbed. Good news: he was reincarnated in a fantasy world. Bad news: it was as a slime. While far from his ideal outcome, at least the new body helps the freshly-named Rimuru become flexible in more ways than one. The show’s off-kilter tone works because it acknowledges that its concept is pretty weird. But, while Rimuru’s penchant for ticking off thugs is always a delight, the show isn’t without its fair share of drama and pathos. You’ll be surprised that this show doesn’t just make you care about a sentient blob, but also a cast of even weirder characters.

#12: “Dr. Stone” (2019-)

Set thousands of years after most of humany is inexplicably turned to rock, young genius Senku spontaneously wakes up and vows to cure the world. But, not with power-up screams or magical blasts. Instead, the show sets itself apart with a focus on scientific mythos. Senku’s experimental mind would sooner craft weapons than cast spells, which livens up the familiar plot beats into something surprisingly educational. Plus, since the show’s been praised for its scientific accuracy, it could even double as homework. The innovative approach has helped it carve out a niche in the crowded market, and so far, the stones haven’t cracked under the pressure.

#11: “Ranking of Kings” (2021-22)

In the face of constant ridicule, prejudice, and even the occasional fight, Bojji is determined to prove they’re worthy to rule the kingdom. Though, heads up, you may want to grab a box of tissues if you plan on following his earnest exploits. The medieval setup is just a frame to explore how a young, deaf boy can warm even the coldest of hearts, including a former assassin, Kage. The exhilarating action sequences are second to the inspiring tale of Bojji proving everyone, including himself, wrong. After all, he may be small in stature, but he’s got a heart bigger than anyone in the whole kingdom.

#10: “Odd Taxi” (2021)

When you hail a ride from this series, you get driven through a remarkably deep character study that passes through a twisted tunnel of mysteries. Odokawa is a walrus who drives a taxi - just roll with it - but his closed-off demeanor makes him the prime suspect in a missing girl case. Now on the run from police, Yakuza, and social interaction, Odokawa leaves the meter running through an unforgettable ride. Along the way, his eclectic clientele may even manage to find the warm heart beneath his blubber. As the plot deepens, you won’t care where Odokawa’s taxi is taking you, as long as you’re there for the ride.

#9: “Jujutsu Kaisen” (2020-)

On principle, eating a finger of an all-powerful cursed spirit is usually frowned upon. In Yuji’s defense, it earned him a spot as a Jujutsu Sorcerer - at least, until his school board decides he and the evil Sukuna are better off dead. The show’s horror aesthetic sets it apart from its contemporaries with an unflinching brutality, but there’s a lot to love underneath the cursed energy, too. The slick production values highlight cool characters doing cool attacks against even cooler-looking monsters. Did we mention it's funny, too? “Jujutsu Kaisen” seemingly takes the best parts of battle shonen and turns them into a show that’s well-worth “Special Grade” status and beyond.

#8: “Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation” (2021-)

Don’t let appearances fool you, this kid has all the knowledge of a grown adult. And, even some magical prowess thrown in just for good measure. After sacrificing himself to save a group of teens from a speeding vehicle, Rudeus wakes up as a child in a fantasy world. Since all his memories are left intact, he sets out on a journey to find the meaning in this life that he lacked in the previous one. Despite the swords and sorcery, there’s a surprisingly tender touch to Rudeus’ quest, especially since it involves potentially finding true love. Of course, there’s plenty of action, drama, and intrigue, but the show’s never content resting on those laurels for long.

#7: “Hajime no Ippo” (2000-14)

Nothing will take a swing at your watchlist quite like this influential sports anime. Aging like a fine wine, Ippo has put his dukes up against countless enemies across three seasons and over a hundred episodes. Each round in the ring comes with a right hook of excellent hand to hand choreography, a quick jab of character development, and finishes off with an uppercut of excitement. It’s one of the pinnacles of the subgenre, and proved that you don’t have to be a diehard sports fan to enjoy watching beefcakes let loose in the ring. As long as Ippo doesn’t tire of strapping on the gloves, neither will we.

#6: “Kaguya-sama: Love Is War” (2019-)

They say love is a battlefield, but these defiant student council reps take that idea to the extreme. In this hilarious deconstruction of rom-com tropes, Kaguya and Miyuki are too stubborn to admit their obvious feelings for each other. Instead, they develop elaborate schemes and cheeky gags to force the other’s declaration. It’s a fresh spin on slice-of-life cliches that imbues the hijinks with an irresistible wit and originality. The charming situational-comedy and low-stakes storyline make it one of the easiest shows to unwind with after a long day. Who needs a happily-ever-after when the will-they-won’t-they is already this adorable?

#5: “Attack on Titan” (2013-)

Unless you’ve been living under the Colossal Titan, there’s a good chance these behemoths have already stomped through your screen in a rapid binge. If not, where have you been the last decade? Few shows have ever breached mainstream popularity as much as “Attack on Titan,” and that’s in no small part thanks to its breathtaking action scenes, sprawling world, and insane plot twists. Once you start, the dramatic cliffhangers will keep you scrambling to hit “play next” faster than humanity fell to the Titans. With the final season on the near horizon, there’s never been a better time to enroll in the Survey Corps.

#4: “Hunter x Hunter” (2011-14)

Armed with nothing more than a fishing pole, some friends, and plenty of spirit, Gon sets off to follow in his fathers footsteps as a hunter. Naturally, it’s a bit easier said than done. But Gon isn’t one to give up easily - Or, really, at all. Rest assured, he’ll need that unshakeable optimism. The show begins light-hearted enough, but it slowly darkens into some of the most impactful and memorable story arcs in all of anime. Alongside a fully-realized world and characters bursting with life, it’s clear that you don’t need to hunt for your next watch - this is it.

#3: “Cowboy Bebop” (1998)

Part spaghetti western, part space opera, and part action fest, there may never be a show quite like this. The seamless blend of tones, styles, and influences create a product that’s never content being ordinary. Each episode is an emotional wallop of storytelling, and that’s not even considering the sublime gun-fu or deeply moving characters. But, perhaps “Cowboy Bebop’s” most impressive feat is that its legacy as one of the all-time greats has continued over twenty years later. With that kind of glowing status, the only “real folk blues” here are for those who haven’t experienced this iconic show in all its glory.

#2: “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (2009-10)

To call this series legendary is putting it lightly. The tragic tale of two brothers enduring the consequences of a botched resurrection has become synonymous with excellent anime for a good reason. The pure spectacle of its flashy setpieces are set against a morally complex story that’s still accessible to a wide audience. Its deep messages are presented through bombastic fights, heartfelt characters, and a riveting overarching narrative. Like Edward Elric, “Brotherhood” is so much more than the sum of its parts, and it uses transfiguration to grow into something undeniably special. Even if you’ve already seen it, this is your official sign to do a rewatch.

#1: “One Piece” (1999-)

Admittedly, there’s a lot of ocean to cover when you set sail with Luffy. But, once you start riding the waves, it’ll pass in a sea breeze. Its enduring legacy in the ever-shifting anime landscape is a testament to how well the expansive world works for telling stories with the Straw Hats. Despite having more episodes than every other show on this list combined, it’s still somehow producing epic moments to this day. Against all odds, it only gets better, too, meaning there’s always something to look forward to. Though, if you want to catch up any time soon, you may want to get started.