For the longest time, Crunchyroll served as most people's main (or only) source of anime. As the likes of Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu entered the market, anime properties started to spread across multiple platforms, especially when it comes to new series. Nowadays, someone has to subscribe to various services if they want to follow a sizable portion of the seasonal releases; however, when it comes to sheer size, Crunchyroll's library is second to none.
Funimation acquiring Crunchyroll not only did not hinder the latter's potential but served to amplify its catalog to greater heights than ever before. With thousands of series available on the platform, newcomers to Japanese animation might not know where to start. To make that process easier, here are the best anime on Crunchyroll across multiple genres.
The Japanese titles of the anime include links to their Crunchyroll pages.
Best Summer 2022 Anime Airing On Crunchyroll
The Summer 2022 anime season is almost at an end. As tends to be the case, certain series attracted more attention than others, and sequels hogged most of the limelight. Crunchyroll covered quite a wide range of genres: comedies, psychological thrillers, action sci-fi shows, and harem.
With such a large selection of series on offer, picking a few standouts to prioritize can be challenging. Consequently, here are some of the greatest Summer 2022 anime airing (or that aired) on Crunchyroll.
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Most isekai anime follow ordinary people as they are whisked away to fantasy worlds that allow them to shine as heroes. Overlord is kind of like that, just replace "hero" with "villain." Long story short, Suzuki Satoru finds himself trapped in a world similar to a game he used to play, inhabiting the body of his character, the magically potent Ainz Ooal Gown. He is also not alone as Overlord's protagonist is accompanied by an array of powerful subordinates who will follow his every command.
Slowly and somewhat unknowingly, Ainz sets out to take over this world that is by no means prepared to deal with a threat as mighty as him. Overlord is intense, committed to its premise, and bizarrely hilarious. Season 4 takes place after a battle that served to introduce the larger human world to Ainz and his Great Tomb of Nazarick. With his overwhelming strength clearly established, Ainz finds himself in charge of a kingdom filled with scared subjects, and he has to decide the type of ruler he wishes to be.
The fourth season follows Ainz as he contemplates the ideal way to expand his reach beyond the borders of his newly acquired rule without relying on bloodshed, all the while trying to take into account the opinions of subordinates who see humans as completely disposable. Heading towards the dwarf kingdom, Ainz is developing his knowledge of this world, which has been interesting to witness so far. Season 4 focused quite a bit on world-building, expanding on the social and political climate that exists outside the protagonist's reach.
Classroom Of The Elite 2
|Japanese Title||Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e (TV) 2nd Season|
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The follow-up to 2017's Classroom of the Elite will continue to chronicle Kiyotaka Ayanokouji's intellectual but subtle battles against Tokyo Metropolitan Advanced Nurturing High School's top students. The opening season kept the protagonist's intentions under wraps for most of its run, but his manipulative nature revealed itself during the final arc.
Overall, season 2 was an above-average continuation of its predecessor, and it picked up momentum as the story progressed. That said, the anime felt rushed at times, particularly episode 5 which plowed through the sports festival at such a furious speed that most of the story beats fell somewhat flat. Thankfully, Classroom of the Elite regained its composure after that stumble, and built towards what proved to be an intense conclusion to the season. Season 3 has been confirmed as well.
Shadows House Season 2
|Japanese Title||Shadows House 2nd Season|
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Shadows House is a difficult show to categorize. Season 1's first few episodes paint a deceptive picture of a fantasy slice of life that follows the unusual everyday lives of Kate, a shadow, and Emilico, her living doll. However, after that point, the anime pivots its direction by introducing a horror-esque threat and then diving into the quite fantastic Debut arc. Firmly leaving behind any traces of its slice of life origins, Shadows House completed its transformation into a creepy mystery anime set within a fascinating society filled with intrigue and danger.
Season 2 persisted down this road, dedicating time to exploring the shadows' powers and the eponymous house's hierarchy. Emilico and Kate's relationship is one of the strongest of Summer 2022, and they are hardly Shadows House's only memorable characters. As the story reveals more about the house's social structure and past, Kate's goal to change things should continue to solidify.
|Japanese Title||Lycoris Recoil|
|Number of Episodes||13 – Completed|
While this section might suggest otherwise, Summer 2022 has more to offer than just sequels. Crunchyroll is broadcasting an array of new anime, be it ones based on pre-existing material (Harem in the Labyrinth of Another World and My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex) or fresh properties. Lycoris Recoil falls within the latter category, although the anime is part of a mixed-media project that has already announced a manga and light novel.
Japan has achieved peace by utilizing a secret organization that works from the shadows to take out threats before they cause damage. These operatives consist of school girls, allowing them to slip seamlessly among the public. Despite a rather generic premise, Lycoris Recoil has gotten off to an impressive start, delivering a good mix of visceral action and quieter character moments. Chisato Nishikigi and Takina Inoue's contrasting personalities bounce well off each other, and the supporting characters are also quite enjoyable.
|Japanese Title||Fuuto Tantei|
|Number of Episodes||9+|
A late addition to the Summer 2022 season, Fuuto PI is a sequel to Kamen Rider W, a live-action drama that aired in the late 2000s. The anime follows a detective agency headlined by Shotaro Hidari and Raito Sonozaki, two guys who complete each other in more ways than one. Hot on the case of a "witch" called Tokime, the detectives investigate the sightings of a woman who can fly, enjoys having public baths, and seems to have an unquenchable hunger.
Fuuto PI has been an entertaining watch so far. A neo-noir story in lots of ways, the anime has fun characters, a decent sense of mystery, and solid animation. Tonally, the show does jump back and forth between comedy and drama, but it handles both aspects well in isolation.
Bonus: One Piece
|Japanese Title||One Piece|
|Number of Episodes||1032+|
One Piecehas been on the air for so long that it cannot reasonably be described as a Winter 2022 anime; nevertheless, the show is airing alongside Platinum End, Orient, and Tokyo 24th Ward, so it is worth mentioning. Ever since starting the Wano Country arc, One Piece has been going through its greatest stretch of episodes in a long while, producing a storyline that not only expands significantly on this universe's social climate but also does justice for each of the main characters.
Slow-paced as the shonen anime can be at times, One Piece's lovable characters, fantastic world-building, and mix of action and humor ensure the series seldom produces any dull moments. With over a thousand episodes, One Piece is difficult to recommend to newcomers, even though the anime is worth the investment.
Other Recommended Summer 2022 Anime On Crunchyroll:
- The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting
- My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex
- Parallel World Pharmacy
- Love Live! Superstar!!
Exciting Fall 2022 Anime Airing On Crunchyroll
Summer 2022 is basically over, but the anime industry has no desire to take a breather. New shows will be launching almost instantly, and Fall 2022 might be the most stacked of the year. Crunchyroll will be swimming in titles, and most of the season's big releases will be streaming on the service.
The platform has quite a few returning heavyweights like My Hero Academia, Mob Psycho 100, and Arifureta. Plenty of new anime will also be debuting on Crunchyroll, such as Bocchi the Rock!, Do It Yourself!!, and Beast Tamer.
Here are just a small handful of Fall 2022 anime announced for Crunchyroll:
|Japanese Title||Blue Lock|
|Start Date||October 9, 2022|
A contender for the most hyped sports anime of the year, Blue Lock presents a fascinating twist on the soccer subgenre. Disappointed by its soccer team's lack of international success, Japan commissions Jinpachi Ego to elevate the nation to the next level, and the coach comes up with an unorthodox method. Realizing that Japan lacks a cutthroat striker, Jinpachi opens a prison and fills it with the country's best prospects in the position, including Yoichi Isagi.
Everyone taking part in the "Blue Lock" project is fighting to earn the right to lead Japan to a World Cup, but only one person can make the grade. All the other players will be deemed failures and forbidden from joining the national team.
|Japanese Title||Chainsaw Man|
|Start Date||October 12, 2022|
Most seasons typically have a few shows competing for the crown of "most anticipated" anime – Fall 2022 is not one of those seasons. Chainsaw Man is head-and-shoulders above every other release set to debut in October, and Fall is by no means lacking in big names.
Since debuting towards the end of 2018, Tatsuki Fujimoto's manga has bloomed into one of the most popular shonen stories of the last decade. Chainsaw Man is gory, well-written, and surprisingly complex. That said, the story takes a while to really pick up steam in the manga, and that could potentially result in the anime having a slow (but hopefully still good) opening season.
To Your Eternity Season 2
|Japanese Title||Fumetsu no Anata e 2nd Season|
|Start Date||October 23, 2022|
A sequel to one of 2021's most memorable anime, To Your Eternity continues Fushi's story, an immortal being. Season 1 covered three arcs, all of which introduced a wide selection of characters; however, through it all, Fushi persisted as the story's heart. Ultimately, this tale is about an immortal's journey, and the way someone's perception of time impacts their relationships.
To Your Eternity set a high standard with its opening season, and the sequel has plenty of great material left to cover from Yoshitoki Ooima's manga. Season 2 will be handled by Studio Drive rather than Brain's Base, and the former is a relatively unknown entity in the industry. That said, Kiyoko Sayama is an experienced director who has worked on Flying Witch, Skip Beat!, and Princess Tutu.
Best Action Anime On Crunchyroll
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
|Japanese Title||Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood|
|Number of Episodes||64|
At some point during the 2010s, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood usurped the likes of Dragon Ball Z and Naruto as the ultimate gateway anime, particularly for people looking for action or battle shonen shows. Ambitious and epic, FMA:B takes place in a world where alchemy is possible, which is governed by the rule of equivalent exchange. When the Elric siblings break this rule, they pay a hefty price, one that requires them to find a Philosopher's Stone to reverse.
Although a bit rushed in its opening stages, FMA:B tells a fantastic story that delivers impeccable action, heartbreaking moments, and an overabundance of humor. Picking the best action anime on Crunchyroll ultimately comes down to personal preference, but FMA:B is the ideal place to start.
Kill La Kill
|Japanese Title||Kill La Kill|
|Number of Episodes||24|
Trigger's Kill la Kill might be the most "anime" anime to ever anime, and that's definitely a compliment. From its smooth animation to its gloriously over-the-top presentation and tongue-in-cheek fanservice, Kill la Kill feels like a celebration of the medium, one that goes for broke and takes no prisoners.
Armed with a magical girl outfit and a scissor blade, Ryuuko Matoi arrives at Honnouji Academy in order to take down the student council and avenge her father. This simple premise goes to some incredible places.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
|Japanese Title||Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba|
|Number of Episodes||44|
Demon Slayerhas blown up in the last few years, growing into one of the biggest shonen anime on the planet. Set during the Taisho-era of Japan, this is a world ravaged by demons, a climate that eradicates Tanjiro's family and turns his sister into something other than human. Desperate to save Nezuko, Tanjiro sets out to join the Demon Slayer Corps, a journey that involves nothing but hardship.
Beloved for its stellar action sequences and top-notch animation, Demon Slayer has only gone from strength to strength since the anime's debut in 2019. The second season's Entertainment District Arc was a highlight of the early Winter 2022 season, and there is still a lot of Demon Slayer story left to be told.
Attack On Titan
|Japanese Title||Shingeki no Kyojin|
|Studios||Wit Studio, MAPPA|
|Number of Episodes||87|
After almost a decade, Attack on Titanis slowly approaching its end, although the final season still has a third part to go. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the last remnants of humanity live behind walls to "protect" them from massive man-eating beasts called Titans, this beloved anime is unpredictable, intense, well-animated, and complex.
Each season brings with it a substantial shift in the story's direction, often taking seemingly straightforward characters and subverting expectations. Attack on Titan set a high standard for not just shonen anime but the industry in general, and it will take something special to fill the hole left by this series when it ends.
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Best Comedy Anime On Crunchyroll
GTO - The Animation
|Japanese Title||Great Teacher Onizuka|
|Number of Episodes||43|
A classic comedy anime about a reformed gang leader who becomes a high school teacher, Great Teacher Onizuka follows its eponymous sensei as he tries to connect with students who have valid reasons to not be that willing to embrace him. GTO tackles a number of sobering subjects, including suicide and bullying, while maintaining a consistently humorous tone. However, it also takes these themes seriously.
Onizuka is an all-time great comedy protagonist. While perverted, the sensei has his heart generally in the right place; in the meantime, his face can be relied upon to deliver one hilarious reaction after another.
|Studios||Sunrise, Bandai Namco Pictures|
|Number of Episodes||367|
As a parody of shonen stories, Gintama should not be someone's introduction to anime; if nothing else, they should at least watch Rurouni Kenshin first, which is also on Crunchyroll. Once that masterpiece is out of the way, Gintama awaits, along with plenty of laughs.
In this alternate reality, Earth has fallen to aliens (Amanto), and samurai have been banned in Edo. With not much else to do, Gintoki has no choice but to accept any random job that happens to fall on his lap. More often than not, hilarity ensues.
Asobi Asobase: Workshop Of Fun
|Japanese Title||Asobi Asobase|
|Number of Episodes||12|
There are plenty of "cute girls doing cute things" style shows on Crunchyroll, and Asobi Asobase takes that concept and viciously twists it. Looking for something to do to pass the time, Olivia, Hanako, and Kasumi start a school club that has no direction other than to have "fun," which proves to be quite difficult to accomplish when these three girls are in the same room together.
Irreverent and unapologetically uncomfortable at times, Asobi Asobase has precious few lines it is unwilling to cross, and it manages to produce an endless string of huge laughs along the way. All three girls have quirks that permit them to stand out in the comedy genre, and their imperfections help make them surprisingly likable. That said, Hanako can be terrifying.
Spy X Family
|Japanese Title||Spy x Family|
|Studio||Wit Studio, CloverWorks|
|Number of Episodes||12|
As one of the most highly anticipated new anime of Spring 2022, Spy x Family needed to hit the ground running, and the pilot episode more than delivered on the hype. Twilight is a super spy who is known to be something of a chameleon, and he plays the important role of ensuring that this universe's two main powers – Westalis and Ostania – do not end up at war.
One day, Twilight gets an assignment that demands he acquire a family, including a child who can enroll in Eden Academy. Naturally, the spy picks up a young girl from an orphanage, but Anya is not exactly as she seems. The same can also be said about Yor, the woman that ends up becoming Twilight's wife and Anya's mother.
Funny and exciting, Spy x Family is a delight, even producing quite a few edge-of-your-seat moments without relying on grandiose action set pieces (except for an episode involving a castle).
Ghost Stories (English Dub)
|Japanese Title||Gakkou no Kaidan|
|Number of Episodes||20|
Now, this anime is a special case. The Japanese version is a cookie-cutter horror series with forgettable characters, predictable stories, and a couple of passable scares. While far from awful, there are far better shows that cover similar ground. On the other hand, the English dub is one of the funniest anime of all time.
Rather than a direct translation, the Ghost Stories dub riffs on the story, and it simply works. This version gives the characters an irreverent makeover, transforming them into purposefully obnoxious children who also happen to be laugh-out-loud funny. Nowadays, comedy fan dubs of anime are relatively common, but official ones will always be a rare treat.
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Best Slice Of Life Anime On Crunchyroll
|Japanese Title||Yuru Camp|
|Number of Episodes||25|
There tends to be quite a bit of overlap between comedy and slice of life, but the latter shows are more preoccupied with characterization than gags. Take Laid-Back Camp as an example; the anime has many funny moments, but these jokes are never the point of an episode. Instead, the focus is always on the experiences of the main girls as they travel to different camping locations in Japan.
Largely free of anything resembling tension, Laid-Back Camp is a soothing watch, one filled with breathtaking scenery, endearing characters, and (narrative) warmth.
Natsume's Book of Friends
|Japanese Title||Natsume Yuujinchou|
|Studios||Brain's Base, Shuka|
|Number of Episodes||78|
Ever since he was a child, Takashi Natsume has been able to see yokai, an ability he inherited from his grandmother. The teenager also received something else from his grandparent: a book containing the names of different spirits. This gives the notepad's owner authority over these yokai, making Natsume a target for all sorts of entities.
This premise seems made for a supernatural action series, but Natsume's Book of Friends takes things in another direction. Rather than vicious battles, Natsume only wants to return each name, freeing the yokai from the book's control. This journey is a generally peaceful one.
A Place Further Than The Universe
|Japanese Title||Sora yori mo Tooi Basho|
|Number of Episodes||13|
Classifying A Place Further Than The Universe as slice of life does not feel 100% accurate since the show's subject is far from ordinary. The anime follows four girls who wish to go to Antarctica, and each of them has their own reasons driving this ambitious goal. Madhouse's series is powerful, heartbreaking, funny, and grounded (despite the somewhat outlandish premise).
Even though the girls are focused on their destination, A Place Further Than The Universe is just as much about the journey, and this is very much a coming-of-age story. Boasting gorgeous animation, an unbeatable story, and lovable characters, this show has very few peers in anime.
Nichijou - My Ordinary Life
|Number of Episodes||26|
A thin line separates slice of life from full-blown comedy, and Nichijou is one of the best representatives of both genres. Orbiting around three friends, a professor, a robot, and a talking cat, this series blends the mundane with the surreal, with the latter becoming more pronounced as the season progresses. Just to provide an example of the strangeness on offer, at one point, a character witnesses a wrestling match between her school's principal and a deer. It is glorious.
Nichijou pushes "slice of life" into bizarre territory, but it is still ultimately a relaxing show without much in the way of conflict. The anime simply happens to follow "lives" that are not teetered to conventional reality.
Non Non Biyori Nonstop
|Japanese Title||Non Non Biyori Nonstop|
|Number of Episodes||12|
Unfortunately, Crunchyroll only has the final season of Non Non Biyori, which is perhaps the best iyashikei slice of life anime. Essentially, these shows are intended to provide viewers with a healing experience. Typically revolving around nature in some form or another, these stories calm the mind and soothe the heart.
Non Non Biyori Nonstop is arguably the strongest season in the series, a statement not made lightly. The anime takes place in a small rural village and follows five girls who attend the same school. The characters are all charming, and Nonstop ramps up the comedy compared to its predecessors. This primarily comes from this season's wider cast of characters who are permitted time to shine alongside the main girls.
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Best Sports Anime On Crunchyroll
Run With The Wind
|Japanese Title||Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru|
|Number of Episodes||23|
Sports anime might not seem all that attractive to the uninitiated, however, the genre is among the most accessible in anime. It does not matter whether a viewer has any knowledge or interest in the main sport since, for the most part, it is only used as a vehicle to supply character development, drama, and humor.
Running with the Wind is about healing, friendship, and finding satisfaction by establishing personal goals. Outside a few exceptions, Kansei University Track Club consists of novices, so they have a long journey ahead of them if they wish to attend the Hakone Ekiden.
|Number of Episodes||85|
Haikyu!! is about volleyball; to be exact, it is about passionate players who refuse to give up their desire to play the sport regardless of the obstacles in their way. It is about the partnership between the energetic Shoyo Hinata and the unapproachable Tobio Kageyama, two people who do not get along but also bring out the best in each other. It is about teamwork, hardship, success, and failure. Basically, Haikyu!! is about life.
More importantly, this anime is ridiculously entertaining, be it through its captivating matches, memorable characters, or on-point humor. Each season is awesome in its own right, and there is scarcely a bad episode to be found across the series.
Ace Of Diamond
|Japanese Title||Diamond no Ace|
|Number of Episodes||178|
Based on Yuji Terajima's manga, Ace of Diamond dives headfirst into baseball, a sport that features in quite a few great anime. As its name suggests, this series pushes the pitcher role to the forefront as it revolves around the rivalry between two very different players who are striving to establish themselves as Seido High School's ace. On the one hand, there is Eijun Sawamura, a hot-head with a unique pitching style and a tendency to act like a lovable idiot; on the other side, there is the quiet Furuya Satoru, a pitcher who uses power to overwhelm batters.
Ace of Diamond chronicles the development of not only these two characters but also Seido's wider team, a group that undergoes quite a few changes over the course of the series. The anime opts for a realistic depiction of the sport and the training that goes into growing as a player and person. While these people are talented, they have plenty of flaws they need to overcome to achieve their potential.
|Japanese Title||Hajime no Ippo|
|Number of Episodes||100|
Except for Tomorrow's Joe, Fighting Spirit is the most famous boxing anime of all time, and it ranks among the sports genre's greatest creations. The story follows Ippo, a timid and bullied teenager who is inspired to take up boxing after meeting the loudmouthed Takamura. Through hard work and dedication, Ippo sets out to climb to the top of the boxing scene, a process that involves plenty of intense battles for supremacy.
Fighting Spirit is one of Madhouse's best shows, which is saying a lot. Even though the original season is more than two decades old by this point, the animation still looks fantastic, particularly during matches. In-between bouts, Fighting Spirit falls back on a strong roster of characters, some of which are downright hilarious.
Weirdly, Crunchyroll does not have this show's second season, making for an incomplete and disjointed experience. Still, season one has 75 episodes, so there is a lot of content to go through before hitting that wall.
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Best Sci-Fi Anime On Crunchyroll
|Japanese Title||Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann|
|Number of Episodes||27|
Gainax's Gurren Lagann is hype in anime form. No, that makes it seem like the show is nothing but glorious action, but this 2007 anime backs its universe-spanning conflicts with multifaceted characters, a consistent thematic identity, and ambitious storytelling. Gurren Lagann is all about pushing beyond your limits in search of freedom.
Toeing the line between sci-fi and pure fantasy, Gurren Lagann's greatest strength is that the anime never ignores its human element in favor of spectacle. Ultimately, this is a coming-of-age story that just happens to take place in an incredibly unconventional reality.
|Number of Episodes||24|
Adapted from a visual novel, Steins;Gate is split into two halves: the first twelve episodes have an almost slice of life tone as they follow the quirky lives of the Future Gadget Laboratory's members, led by the enigmatic Rintaro Okabe. The anime's second half is a sci-fi thrill ride centering around the consequences of time travel and the people willing to kill for it.
Both halves are brilliant when viewed in isolation, and they are even better when taken as a whole. Steins;Gate meshes together an array of genres, and it executes all of them well. After completing the series, Crunchyroll subscribers can also check out Steins;Gate 0, an alternate reality spin-off that is pretty fabulous in its own right.
Parasyte: The Maxim
|Japanese Title||Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu|
|Number of Episodes||24|
Aliens taking over humans is a tried-and-tested staple of the sci-fi genre that has produced more than its share of classics, particularly in the live-action realm. Parasyte takes many standard tropes synonymous with this concept and twists them ever so slightly in order to craft an experience that is both familiar and, well, alien. Shinichi Izumi is just an average, unspectacular teenager, at least that was the case until his hand became the host to an alien parasite, Migi, that failed to take over the human's brain.
Izumi and Migi's relationship serves as the story's core, with both characters influencing each other the longer they remain fused. Parasyte is a slow-burn sci-fi epic that expertly handles quiet, contemplative moments and visceral scenes of discomforting gore.
|Japanese Title||Uchuu Kyodai|
|Number of Episodes||99|
Space Brothers is a different type of sci-fi anime, one grounded in reality. As its title suggests, the story follows two siblings who, as kids, wished to become astronauts. While one brother pursued this ambition, the other did not; however, the latter gets an opportunity to change that, and he decides to seize it.
Space Brothers focuses heavily on the hard work and dedication required to head out into space. Most of the narrative centers on Mutta Nanba's training, and while these stretches can last for quite a long time, they are generally intriguing and immersive. When it does venture out into the great unknown, the anime is impossible to put down.
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Best Thriller Anime On Crunchyroll
|Japanese Title||Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji|
|Number of Episodes||52|
Gambling anime are rare, but the few that do exist are almost universally excellent. As great as shows like Akagi and One Outs are, they lack one thing that makes Kaiji so wonderful: unpredictability. Unlike the protagonists of the previous two shows, Kaiji is basically a normal human being who is constantly in over his head.
After being saddled with someone's else debt, Kaiji takes part in perilous games that will either make him rich or put him deeper in the hole. Regardless of how big the cost seems to be, there is never a guarantee that Kaiji will win. Sure, he can be smart or devious, but he is not a genius capable of outwitting everyone at any time. This point is emphasized by the fact that the audience almost always knows Kaiji's plan. This anime is nail-bitingly intense throughout its entire run.
|Japanese Title||Death Note|
|Number of Episodes||37|
One of the quintessential gateway anime, Death Note's legacy is cemented as an all-time great. The story follows Light Yagami, an intelligent teenager who gains access to a god of death's book, the Death Note, that allows him to kill anyone by just writing that person's name in it. Empowered by a sense of righteousness, Light sets out to mold the world to fit his interpretation of justice, a plan that quickly attracts the attention of the police and, specifically, a master detective named L.
Death Note brings together two geniuses in a battle of wits, charisma, and drive. Packed with twists, surprises, and ethical themes, this anime is an addictive watch featuring perhaps the greatest cat-and-mouse battle in anime, except for perhaps Monster.
|Japanese Title||Boku dake ga Inai Machi|
|Number of Episodes||12|
Satoru Fujinuma suddenly picks up the ability to travel back in time, initially a couple of minutes and eventually years. Triggered by a tragedy, this power sends Satoru back to his childhood where he sets out to investigate the disappearance of a young girl.
Erased is a phenomenal show with a gripping central narrative, two endearing main characters who go through quite a bit of development over the course of the series, and consistently stellar animation. As a thriller that relies heavily on a central mystery, Erased tends to be valued by the strength of its resolution, which is admittedly quite divisive; however, taken as a whole, this series is comfortably one of the best thriller anime of all time.
|Number of Episodes||33|
Added to Crunchyroll at the end of May 2022, Psycho-Pass immerses viewers in a dark, futuristic world where Japan is built upon a justice system that judges people on their potential to commit future crimes. Once a person's Psycho-Pass is stained, they are removed from society with precious little hope of staging a comeback. The law is maintained by Inspectors and Enforcers, the latter of which are people already tagged as latent criminals.
Psycho-Pass is an intense sci-fi thriller that explores themes dealing with accountability and whether the preservation of the many outweighs an individual's rights. Mature, violent, and thought-provoking, this anime is rarely an easy sit, but it is also never dull. Crunchyroll only has the show's first two seasons, but they each tell complete stories in their own right. Season one is particularly strong and features one of the most memorable villains in anime.
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Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-
|Japanese Title||Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu|
|Number of Episodes||50|
Crunchyroll is not lacking in isekai anime, so anyone looking to jump into another world will be set for a couple of months at the very least. The concept has produced plenty of great content, however, due to similarities in setting, tone, and protagonists, many of the subgenre's shows can start to blend together after a while. Although it shares imagery with other isekai series, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- is a unique beast.
As always, a normal human, Subaru, finds himself teleported to a fantasy world with magic, waifus, and talking mascots. Standard as this setup might be, Re:ZERO wastes little time in establishing that it has no interest in telling a power fantasy story. Subaru's journey is one filled with suffering, failure, and self-discovery. The side characters are also quite interesting, with season 2 doing a stellar job of expanding on Emilia's personality.
That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime
|Japanese Title||Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken|
|Number of Episodes||48|
As fantastic as Re:ZERO is, it is not representative of isekai anime as a whole. If someone is looking to sample a more typical example of the subgenre, they should look no further than That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, which is one of the best anime on Crunchyroll. After passing away, Satoru Mikami reincarnates as a slime in a fantasy world, albeit one with the power to learn the abilities of other creatures. Rebranding himself as Rimuru Tempest, the protagonist sets out to create a Utopia for monsters of all types.
After the opening few episodes, Rimuru becomes incredibly overpowered to the point that most battles are a foregone conclusion; however, the anime's focus on diplomacy allows the story to maintain momentum even when battles lack much in the way of tension. The show's characters are also irresistibly lovable.
KonoSuba: God's Blessing On This Wonderful World!
|Japanese Title||Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!|
|Number of Episodes||22|
Isekai's rise in popularity naturally gave way to shows that parody its conventions, and KonoSuba is the most famous example of such a series. Kazuma Satou dies in a "heroic" fashion and is sent to another world by a "divine" goddess named Aqua. When he is allowed to take anything with him, Kazuma picks Aqua, a decision that quickly backfires when it becomes apparent that the goddess can be more of a hindrance than an ally.
Before long Kazuma puts together the most dysfunctional party in anime history, and they set out on an adventure to defeat the Demon King and, hopefully, not accidentally kill each other in the process.
|Japanese Title||Log Horizon|
|Studios||Satelight, Studio Deen|
|Number of Episodes||62|
While not the first or most famous show about humans stuck in an MMORPG, Log Horizon might have delivered the definitive iteration of this concept, at least in its first season. When thousands of people find themselves unable to log out of Elder Tale, they suddenly have to learn how to not only co-exist with each other but also with the NPCs who populate this realm.
Log Horizon excels at world-building, and the anime prioritizes diplomacy and social development above action (which there is still a lot of). Filled with well-written characters and intriguing concepts, this isekai anime is a must-watch, even if the sequels fail to live up to their predecessor.
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Best Mecha Anime On Crunchyroll
|All Gundam Series on Crunchyroll||Studio||Release Years||Number of Episodes|
|Mobile Suit Gundam||Sunrise||1979-82||42|
|Mobile Fighter G Gundam||Sunrise||1994-95||49|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Wing||Sunrise||1995-96||49|
|Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz||Sunrise||1998||Movie|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED||Sunrise||2002-04||48|
|Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny||Sunrise||2004-05||50|
|Mobile Suit Gundam 00||Sunrise||2007-09||50|
|Gundam Build Fighters||Sunrise||2013-14||25|
|Gundam Build Fighters Try||Sunrise||2014-15||25|
|Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn RE:0096||Sunrise||2010-14||22|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin||Sunrise||2019||13|
|Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans||Sunrise||2015-17||50|
|Gundam Build Divers||Sunrise||2018||25|
|SD Gundam World: Sangoku Soketsuden||Sunrise||2019-21||10|
|Gundam Build Divers Re:Rise||Sunrise Beyond||2019-20||26|
|SD Gundam World Heroes||Sunrise||2021||24|
Mobile Suit Gundam is the definitive Mecha franchise, one that has not only shaped the genre's development but also people's understanding of it. Crunchyroll does not have every Gundam series in existence, but it has a solid selection taken from across the franchise's storied history. Here are a couple of seasons to take note of:
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Aside from the dated visuals and slow pacing compared to modern shows, the original series still holds up pretty well from a story perspective. This is plainly a great war anime.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam: More of a traditional action series, this 1994 release mostly pushes the political elements to the side to focus on glorious over-the-top action. It is a solid pick for newcomers to the series as it stands on its own pretty well.
- Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Arguably the best entry-level modern series in the franchise, Iron-Blooded Orphans boasts fantastic animation, a mature storyline, and brilliant action.
|Number of Episodes||12|
SSSS.Gridman is a trip that tends to divide audiences: people seem to either love or hate it. Based on the live-action Gridman the Hyper Agent series from the '90s, the anime's plot could be loosely described as a giant hero battles against an array of kaiju, however, there is a lot more going on here than a Power Rangers episode. The action sequences are as spectacular as one might expect from a Trigger production; in fact, the animation is splendid throughout.
SSSS.Gridman also devotes a great deal of time to its characters, with one of the main antagonists, Akane, receiving a lot of attention and development. The exception is the protagonist, Yuta Hibiki, who is mostly presented as an avatar for Gridman.
Code Geass: Lelouch Of The Rebellion
|Japanese Title||Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch|
|Number of Episodes||50|
In 2006, anime had a thing for empowering manipulative geniuses with a desire to shape the world in their image. Code Geass envisions an alternate reality where Japan fell at the hands of the Britannian Empire; while a resistance group does exist, they are barely more than a small nuisance for the country's rulers. At least, that was the case until a new hero, Zero, rose up to protect the Japanese people from the discriminating Empire.
Zero's real identity is Lelouch, and his actions are not quite as noble as they might seem to the public. The rebel fighter also has the power to force someone to follow one order, an ability Lelouch uses to good and horrifying effect. Combining mind games and mecha battles, Code Geass is a highly entertaining show with barely a dull moment to be found.
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Best Romance Anime On Crunchyroll
|Japanese Title||Fruits Basket|
|Number of Episodes||63|
TMS Entertainment's adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga is a work of art that tells a brilliant story that covers a wide spectrum of genres and, more importantly, does justice to each one of them. At points, Fruits Basket can be a hilarious comedy, an intense drama, or a devastating romance.
The show's romantic element largely revolves around Toru, Yuki, and Kyou, and Fruits Basket has arguably the best love triangle in anime. Even if romance tends to be an acquired taste, Fruits Basket's appeal is universal. This is one of the absolute best anime on Crunchyroll.
My Dress-Up Darling
|Japanese Title||Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru|
|Number of Episodes||12|
Arguably the best new anime airing during the Winter 2022 season, My Dress-Up Darling has all the conventions of a stereotypical romance anime: an isolated guy suddenly attracts the interest of the most popular girl at school. The thing that separates this show from many others is that My Dress-Up Darling sets up a believable reason for Wakana Gojou and Marin Kitagawa to become friends, as the latter's interest in cosplay lines up with the former's passion for creating Hina Dolls.
Boasting an incredibly likable roster of characters, solid humor, and great animation, My Dress-Up Darling is a feel-good anime overflowing with positive energy.
Kaguya-sama: Love Is War
|Japanese Title||Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai|
|Number of Episodes||39|
Shuchiin Academy's Student Council is run by Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, who both like each other but are anxious to admit it. Coming from vastly different backgrounds and suspicious of each other's intentions, Miyuki and Kaguya take part in battles to see who will be tricked into announcing their feelings first.
Kaguya-sama: Love is War starts out as an over-the-top comedy, one that almost parodies romance anime. However, the series steadily begins to properly explore its core relationships, allowing its characters to change and grow along the way. The Ultra Romantic season aired in Spring 2022, and Kaguya-sama went from strength to strength. While comedy plays a major role, the show is constantly pushing forward its relationships and producing heart-pounding romantic moments. A movie is also on the way.
Your Lie In April
|Japanese Title||Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso|
|Number of Episodes||22|
Your Lie in April has become a cornerstone of the romance genre. The beloved manga led to an anime adaptation, along with a light novel extension and a live-action movie. For the most part, each iteration of the story or addition to the franchise is, at the minimum, pretty good. At their best, they are fantastic, and the anime falls within the latter category.
Music serves as this tale's beating heart. Not only does it bring together the main characters, but it fuels their passion, growth, and trauma. Following a personal tragedy, the young Kosei has struggled to play the piano, letting his talent go to waste. One day, he meets Kaori, an exceptional violinist who embraces life with every fiber of her being. Kosei is drawn to Kaori, and vice-versa.
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Best Magical Girl Anime On Crunchyroll
|Japanese Title||Cardcaptor Sakura|
|Number of Episodes||92|
Except for Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura probably introduced most people tomagical girl anime, at least for those who watched Japanese animation during the early 2000s. Developed by Madhouse, this series told the timeless tale of a young girl who suddenly finds herself with magical powers, and she goes on a quest to collect missing cards.
Cardcaptor Sakura's brilliance lies in its balance. The anime handles action, comedy, romance, and suspense well, blending them together to craft an experience that feels complete. Although generally acceptable for younger viewers, the series also has its share of dark moments that provide something a little heavier for older fans.
Revolutionary Girl Utena
|Japanese Title||Shoujo Kakumei Utena|
|Number of Episodes||39|
An anime classic that falls within the Magical Girl genre without being a prototypical example, Revolutionary Girl Utena is a surreal masterpiece overflowing with symbolism. Yearning to be a prince, Utena enrolls at Ootori Academy and becomes involved in a battle to determine who will basically own Anthy, the Rose Bride. As the two become close friends, Utena acts as Anthy's protector as she takes part in countless bizarre fights that do not pay too much attention to internal logic, at least when it comes to the academy's structure.
Revolutionary Girl Utena is an anime that yearns to be analyzed and to inspire discussion. Released in 1997, the anime has aged exceptionally well, and the series should be watched before trying out 1999's Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena movie.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
|Japanese Title||Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica|
|Number of Episodes||12|
Puella Magi Madoka Magica might be the most famous magical girl anime of the last two decades, at least with hardcore fans of the medium. The show's reputation precedes it; in fact, the anime's twist has become so well-known that it can inadvertently lessen the story's impact or shock factor. Even with the twist spoiled, Puella Magi Madoka Magicastill has fantastic writing, unforgettable characters, and some of the creepiest designs in anime to fall back on. Shaft's show is one of the best anime on Crunchyroll regardless of genre, so watch it eventually. That said, newcomers to magical girls looking for a traditional example of the genre should not start with Puella Magi Madoka Magica since the series is very much its own entity.
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Best Idol Anime On Crunchyroll
Zombie Land Saga
|Japanese Title||Zombieland Saga|
|Number of Episodes||24|
Some of the most popular anime of the last decade fall within the idol genre, but these shows are the definition of an acquired taste. Similar to mecha shows, idol anime can be a tough sell to people who are not immediately enamored with the idea, particularly franchises like The Idolmaster and IDOLiSH7.
This is where Zombie Land Saga comes in. Do not be misled by the undead protagonists, this is an idol anime through and through, and a great one at that. Kotaro Tatsumi revives a bunch of girls to form Franchouchou, an idol group set within the Saga Prefecture. While most of the girls have no experience performing in front of a crowd and come from wildly different backgrounds, they slowly come together to take the industry by storm.
First and foremost, Zombie Land Saga is a comedy, albeit one that is character-driven rather than split into sketches. All the girls are given an opportunity to shine, and while Kotaro is mostly a comedic foil, he also has some depth to him. Both seasons are strong, but the sequel is a touch superior as it features better animation during Franchouchou's performances.
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club
|Japanese Title||Love Live! Nijigasaki Gakuen School Idol Dokokai|
|Studio||Bandai Namco Filmworks|
|Number of Episodes||26|
It really cannot be understated how massive of a franchise Love Live! is. The license has produced five incarnations, starting with 2010's School Idol Project and culminating with the currently ongoing Superstar!!. Just to be clear, there is no indication that the franchise will be slowing down anytime soon. Across its lifespan, Love Live! has produced games, movies, and anime shows, the latter of which has some representation on Crunchyroll.
In terms of quality, Love Live! is quite consistent, which each era producing its sharing of lovable characters and memorable tunes. The most recent anime, Superstar!!, is shaping up to be the franchise's best season; however, in terms of completed stories, Nijigasaki High School Idol Club is a great place to start.
|Number of Episodes||45|
After highlighting two shows focusing on female idols, it is only fair to shine a spotlight on their male counterparts. Based on a mobile game, IDOLiSH7 finds Tsumugi Takanashi assigned by her agency to manage the eponymous idol group, the first male version to be promoted by the organization. The protagonist quickly comes to appreciate her seven performers and the struggles they face.
While music is obviously important, idol anime live and die by their characters. Most of the genre's representatives barely have anything resembling a story, so they need to have strong or likable personalities to carry the load. IDOLiSH7 shines in this department, as each character is fleshed out and comes across as a real person rather than a two-dimensional cutout. The show is not afraid to go down some dark paths either, and it is all the better for it.
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The Quintessential Quintuplets
|Japanese Title||5-toubun no Hanayome|
|Number of Episodes||24|
If someone is craving a traditional harem anime, The Quintessential Quintuplets is arguably among the genre's greatest representatives. The story sets up its key participants straight away as Futaro Uesugi accepts a job tutoring five sisters who are all struggling at school. Rather than instantly throwing out potential romances, The Quintessential Quintuplets devotes most of its early episodes to establishing each character as an individual with distinct dreams, quirks, and insecurities. Consequently, the story becomes about six people growing and maturing together rather than just a standard "who will win" dynamic, although the latter is still part of the experience.
The Quintessential Quintuplets is funny, heartwarming, and occasionally quite sad. While they do not get equal time with Futaro Uesugi, the sisters' relationships with each other are also central to the narrative, allowing for each of them to shine regardless of whether they are genuine love interests.
The Fruit Of Grisaia
|Japanese Title||Grisaia no Kajitsu|
|Number of Episodes||24|
Looking for a harem anime with a twist? Well, The Fruit of Grisaia is way darker than the genre's typical offerings, while still retaining a lot of elements that should appeal to fans. Yuji Kazami joins a school that only has a few girls in attendance, and they are not allowed to leave of their own accord. Stoic and direct, Yuji's background is anything but typical, and it is explored in great detail in The Labyrinth of Grisaia, a sequel short movie that is also available on Crunchyroll.
The Fruit of Grisaia deals with mature themes and explores the psyches of all the main characters, be they Yuji or the girls. The anime handles these challenging storylines well, earning its shocking moments through strong characterization and unapologetic writing. For a harem anime, romance does not play that big of a part in the story, although it is still present.
Kiss Him, Not Me!
|Japanese Title||Watashi ga Motete Dousunda|
|Number of Episodes||12|
Harems are not just for men. Kiss Him, Not Me! follows Kae Serinuma, a girl with an appreciation for Boy's Love stories. Following a makeover, she begins to attract the attention of her male classmates, although she would rather push the guys together rather than pursue them as partners.
Kiss Him, Not Me! does not take itself seriously at all, and that is its most endearing trait. The anime devotes its energy to establishing the personalities of Kae's partners, and the series largely sticks to a slice of life format. As an introduction to the manga or the reverse harem anime genre in general, this show does its job.
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Best "Other" Anime On Crunchyroll: Monogatari
|All Monogatari Arcs On Crunchyroll||Studio||Release Years||Number of Episodes|
|Nekomonogatari White (Episodes 1-5 of Monogatari Second Season)||Shaft||2013||5|
|Kabukimonogatari (Episode 7-10 of Monogatari Second Season)||Shaft||2013||4|
|Hanamonogatari (Season 2 of Monogatari Second Season)||Shaft||2014||5|
|Otorimonogatari (Episode 12-15 of Monogatari Second Season)||Shaft||2013||4|
|Onimonogatari (Episode 17-20 of Monogatari Second Season)||Shaft||2013||4|
|Koimonogatari (Episode 21-26 of Monogatari Second Season)||Shaft||2013||6|
Some anime defy classification or incorporate so many genres that they become something utterly unique. These shows are often acquired tastes, but they can also be quite spectacular.
Even though it takes elements from the psychological, slice of life, and supernatural genres, Monogatari very much fits into its own bracket of anime. The only other show that is remotely comparable is Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, and even then, any similarities are surface-level. An adaptation of Nisio Isin's light novels, Monogatari is essentially about a guy who becomes sort of a vampire and winds up helping a group of girls suffering from supernatural afflictions.
That might be the show's premise, but Monogatari is far more than just that. It is a dialogue-heavy drama packed with philosophical musings and the capacity to occasionally dish out a bloody battle. At the same time, this is an anime that is willing to craft extensive scenes revolving entirely around adolescent humor, frequently concluding on a juvenile punchline that seems to work in spite of itself. Monogatari is a visual masterpiece and a contender for Shaft's greatest work, even if this same art style can be off-putting and overwhelming.
Basically, Monogatari is worth trying simply because there is nothing else like it.