Gray’s List of 10/10 Anime Series


People always ask me, “Gray, Gray, what are the best anime that you’ve seen?”

Okay, nobody actually asks me that. But some day it’s technically possible that they might.

Today I just wanted to type out a short list of the anime that I’ve seen so far that I would consider as worthy of the rating 10/10. The key here is “so far.” There are many, many anime that I haven’t seen yet that very well could be worthy of a 10/10. If you don’t see your favorite anime on here, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I don’t think it is a 10/10. It’s very likely that I haven’t gotten around to watching it yet! It’s also possible that my taste just lead to me considering it as a 9.5 or a 9 instead. Whatever the case may be, this list is only my opinion.

Since I don’t want to be bogged down with writing too much, I will be giving a 3 to 5-sentence summary by each of the anime shows on the list. I may list some honorable mentions at the end.

Without further blathering, here is the list! This list is in no particular order.

1. Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is a beautiful story about a young girl used as a weapon of war who is trying to learn what it means to live as a normal human and to love someone. In order to figure this out, she begins work as an auto-memory doll — a person who writes letters for a customer in order to fully convey the customer’s emotions in words. Although this anime is only thirteen episodes, it is the epitome of beauty. There is plenty of happiness and sadness to go around paired with flawless music and animation.

2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an exciting journey involving two brothers, Edward and Alphonse, who are brutally mutilated as children in their attempt to resurrect their dead mother. Alphonse is trapped in a mobile suit of armor, and the brothers must use the power of Alchemy (a form of magic) and travel across the country in order to find a way to get Alphonse’s body back. This show has a lot of deep life lessons, but has even more exciting battles!

3. Code Geass

Code Geass is one of the first anime I watched, and it has been a 10/10 to me ever since. The main character, the genius high school boy Lelouch, randomly is given the ability to issue an unrefusable command to anyone who he makes eye contact with. This is ridiculously overpowered, and Lelouch proves this by immediately setting out on a mission to take down the oppressive royal government that rules over his country. There are a lot of exciting mecha battles, but the core of the series is the strategy and politics behind the battles, as Lelouch uses any horrific means necessary to sway people and resources in his favor and grow his influence.

4. Hajime no Ippo

Hajime no Ippo is the best sports anime that I have seen so far, and I have seen a LOT of sports anime (check out my other list of my top 20 sports anime). Hajime no Ippo is about a young man who embarks on a mission to take his small, bullied self to the top of the Japanese boxing world with the help of the wise coach from his boxing gym. It’s pure, nonstop motivation, action, and hype, and features some of the best sports anime battles in the genre.

5. Hunter x Hunter

In Hunter x Hunter, a boy named Gon scours the world in search for his father. In pursuit of this goal, he joins up with an assassin, the last survivor of a massacred clan, and an eccentric wannabe doctor to try to join a powerful organization known as the Hunter Association (of which his dad is also a member). This anime has some creative fights, a couple tournament arcs, fun camaraderie, interesting environments for the plot to unfold, and even some dark elements that stand out in contrast to the otherwise light show.

6. Monster

In Monster, genius doctor Kenzou Tenma is forced to choose between saving the life of a young boy and saving the life of the local Mayor. Since the boy arrived first, Tenma saves the young boy. The young boy, Johan Liebert, grows up to be a serial killer and causes Tenma to be a murder suspect. Tenma then embarks on a journey across Germany in order to confront Johan and eliminate the threat he believes he is responsible for causing. Monster is a psychological thriller and thought-provoking masterpiece.

7. Your Lie in April

Renowned child prodigy and competitive pianist Arima Kousei falls into a depression after the death of his mother. After being unable to play the piano for some time as a result, he meets a skilled violinist, Miyazono Kaori, who coaxes him into playing a concert with her. From there, he relearns the beauty of the piano through competitions and his relationship with Kaori while struggling to deal with his childhood trauma. This anime has extremely beautiful music and visuals and is powerfully emotional, so make sure you’re in the right mood for it!

Honorable Mentions (rated 9.5):

Steins;Gate, Major, Tenga Toppa Gurren Lagann, Haikyuu

Well, there’s the list! I will be adding to it as I see more series, and my opinion may change as time goes on! Check out other anime articles if you enjoyed this one!