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Top 10 Anime Series to Binge Watch

VO: Dan Paradis
Script Written by Arschel Morell Just watching one episode is never enough with these shows. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Anime Series to Binge Watch For this list, we’re looking at series you sit down to watch for one episode, but then you blink and BOOM, you’re twenty episodes in. This could be because of the animation, cliffhangers, intense stories, memorable characters or the whole shebang. Special thanks to our users Godslayer79, akatsukiespada, Alex Canas, and Amber Colvin for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script Written by Arschel Morell

Top 10 Anime Series to Binge Watch


Just watching one episode is never enough with these shows. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Anime Series to Binge Watch.

For this list, we’re looking at series you sit down to watch for one episode, but then you blink and BOOM, you’re twenty episodes in. This could be because of the animation, cliffhangers, intense stories, memorable characters or the whole shebang.

#10: “Kill La Kill” (2013-14)


Ryuko Matoi is a girl on a mission: enter Honouji Academy and find the person who killed her father. Seems pretty basic on the surface. But you’ll forget about that once you really get into Kill la Kill. Ryuko’s search for the truth and her subsequent adventures is one of the most vibrant and lively Anime to come out in a long time. The action is highly entertaining and moves at a pace as rapid as the actual story. Plus, those costumes. Seriously, one glance of Ryuko or Satsuki Kiryuin in their Goku uniforms and you’ll probably be hooked. But what appears shallow on the surface is actually pretty darned engaging – No surprise coming from Studio Trigger.

#9: “Kaiji” (2007-08)


Believe it or not, there are Anime that center around gambling. Kaiji is one of the top tier titles in this genre. When Itou Kaiji is saddled with a debt left to him by a co-worker, he finds himself forced to play games on a boat. The endgame is simple, win and clear your debt or fall deeper into it and have to work it off. The world of degenerate gambling has never been this intense. From Rock, Paper, Scissors to the death to a death race across a tightrope, this series knows how to make the simplest games incredibly deadly…and yet exciting to watch from episode to episode. Well worth the time to binge.



#8: “Watamote” (2013)


Ever feel stuck, unable to get something off your chest, or drawn to Anime and dating sims to escape life? Meet your long lost counterpart Tomoko Kuroki, who just wants to be popular in school but finds herself unable to talk to other human beings. Filled with dark humor, thanks in no small part to the many facial expressions of Tomoko herself, Watamote is a slice of life Anime that viewers will find themselves drawn to in unexpected ways. Are you rooting for Tomoko to come out of her shell or excited to see what kind of pratfalls she’ll get into next? Short in length and full of laughs, Watamote is an easy one-night binge watch.



#7: “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” (2011)


At first glance, Madoka Magica may look like your average, Magical Girl Anime. But by the end of the first episode, you know you’re watching something very different. The series is actually a cleverly thought out deconstruction of the genres made famous by the likes of Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon. While boasting gorgeous visuals, Madoka’s tragic storyline is what keeps us raring for the next episode. It’s almost hard to watch all the heartache, yet harder to look way. In only 12 episodes, you’d think there wouldn’t be enough time to pack in a tight story with strong character development, heart wrenching moments and stellar action…but you’d be wrong.

#6: “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” (2006-08)


Blessed with the power of Geass, the ability to make others do what he demands, Lelouch vi Britannia wages war against his father, the King of Britannia, disguised as a terrorist named Zero. The plot of Code Geass is a bit denser than that. However, it’s also lightning fast, ensuring you will be entertained episode after episode. Whether it’s the genius of Lelouch’s tactics, the stylish and fun mecha battles, or the last minute revelations before the episodes end, this Anime has got you locked in your seat throughout. Need further proof, be sure to at least get through the end of Season One, which is considered to be one of the best cliffhangers in Anime.



#5: “Fate/Zero” (2011-12)


From the get go, Fate/Zero, the prequel to the popular Fate/Stay Night series, grabs your attention with its crisp and colorful animation, courtesy of powerhouse studio Ufotable. The binge value comes from the gorgeous action scenes and the time delegated to exploring the psyches of each mage and servant. In this dark and gritty entry of the fate series, we see just how high the stakes are in the Holy Grail War. The plot-twists, and seeing just how far each combatant is willing to go to achieve victory, will keep you jumping from one episode to the next as soon as the credits begin. If you ever wanted to get into the Fate/Stay franchise, this is your perfect starting point.

#4: “Death Note” (2006-07)


Light Yagami just wants to make the world crime free. But how far will he go to become “God of the New World” with his Death Note? The rise of Light Yagami is one of the most intriguing and mind blowing stories to date. Just when you think Light can’t get any more despicable, he does something even worse. You’ll be questioning just how much Light can get away with before he gets caught, especially after the shocking mid series cliffhanger. Add in an intellectual equal in the detective L, and you’ve got a battle of wits that serves as the perfect gateway anime.

#3: “Attack on Titan” (2013-)


In a turbulent age, humanity is fighting a losing war against towering monsters known as Titans. So…why has this series become one of the top binge watch Anime to come out in the last few years? The atmosphere of this show is as dark as it gets. Still, there’s a thrill that comes with watching the heroes of the survey corp fly around with their Vertical Maneuvering Equipment to slay Titans. And man can the fights get brutal. It’s got all the tragedy and suffering you’ll ever need from anime. Oh and then there’s that catchy theme song.

#2: “Kuroko's Basketball” (2012-15)


Kuroko’s Basketball follows phantom basketball player Tetsuya Kuroko and his friend, Taiga Kagami, as they seek to bring their high school basketball team into the realm of legends. With a story that’s equally focused between character interactions and sports action, Kuroko’s Basketball is an easy watch for fans of Anime and sports. It’s also a perfect underdog story - something everyone loves. Will the team be able to win their next match? Will they go all the way and reach the pinnacle of the previous generation of basketball players before them? Will girls be able to take their eyes off of the sexy character designs? The only way you’ll ever know is to keep watching.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:



“High School of the Dead” (2014)



“Psycho Pass” (2012-14)



“Jojo's Bizarre Adventure” (2012-)



“Sword Art Online” (2012-14)



“One Punch Man” (2015)



“Akame ga Kill” (2014)



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


While the 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist is a beloved classic, Brotherhood is the manga adaptation fans had been waiting for. One of the longest series on this list, Brotherhood is still one of the most fast paced and fulfilling rides you’ll find in Anime. The trials and tribulations of the Elric Brothers make for amazing drama. There are revelations and stunners so shocking, that you’ll be watching two or three episodes more just to see the payoff they deliver for all characters. Chances are, you’ll be so hooked that won’t believe you blew through 64 episodes in such a short amount of time.

Do you agree with our list? Which Anime could you never get enough of? For more Anime and TV inspired Top 10’s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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