Dipan Kumar Rout

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Greatest Anime of All Time

Anime has long captivated audiences with its vibrant storytelling, intricate worlds, and unforgettable characters.  But I’ve been bored because almost 90 percent of the anime series follow a pretty similar formula: characters discover their powers, go through a bunch of upgrades, and face increasingly tough challenges. Don’t get me wrong, that’s a big part of what makes anime so exciting, but sometimes it can feel like we’re watching the same story on repeat.

In this article, I aim to highlight a selection of anime that break away from these conventional tropes, offering fresh narratives and unique perspectives. These series stand out not only for their originality but also for their ability to explore deeper themes, innovate within their genres, and provide viewers with something truly distinctive. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the world of anime, these picks promise to offer experiences that are as surprising as they are captivating.

Avatar: The Last Airbender

“Avatar: The Last Airbender” is a masterpiece of storytelling that transcends the boundaries of traditional animation. Set in a richly detailed world where the elements—water, earth, fire, and air—are controlled by benders, the series follows the journey of Aang, the last surviving Airbender and the Avatar, who must master all four elements to bring peace to a war-torn world. The series stands out for its complex characters, mature themes, and its seamless blend of Eastern philosophy and epic adventure. Its deep, emotional narrative combined with stunning animation and choreographed action sequences makes it a must-watch for any anime enthusiast.

Favourite Episode: (Season 2 Episode 19), where Aang meets the nomadic Indian guru named Guru Pathik, where he teaches Aang to unlock all his chakras.

Where to Watch: Jio Cinema. Although there’s a full movie on Netflix (apart from the one made by M. Night Shyamalan) but it’s no match to the anime series.

Death Note

“Death Note” is a psychological thriller that delves into the dark side of human nature. The story revolves around Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a mysterious notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing their name in it. As Light embarks on a mission to rid the world of criminals, he is pursued by the brilliant detective L, leading to a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. The series explores themes of justice, morality, and the corrupting influence of power. Its intricate plot, intellectual duels, and moral dilemmas keep viewers on the edge of their seats, making it an essential watch for fans of suspense and psychological drama.

Favourite Episode: (Don’t Remember, Can’t Find), where they reveal, that the only way to kill a Shinigami is to make them fall in love with a human. Essentially, any time a Shinigami cares for a human enough to intervene and prevent their death, it will result in the Shinigami’s death. Their remaining lifespan will then be transferred to that human.

Where to Watch: Netflix and Hulu (A), Although there’s a full movie and a series on Netflix but they’re no match to the original anime series.

Dr. Stone

“Dr. Stone” is a refreshing take on the post-apocalyptic genre, blending science fiction with adventure. After a mysterious event turns all of humanity into stone, brilliant teenager Senku Ishigami awakens thousands of years later in a world where civilization has collapsed. With his vast knowledge of science, Senku sets out to rebuild society from scratch. The series is both educational and entertaining, as it demonstrates real scientific principles through Senku’s inventions and problem-solving. “Dr. Stone” is not only a celebration of human ingenuity and perseverance but also a thrilling adventure that keeps viewers hooked with its unique premise and dynamic characters.

Favourite Episode: (Season 2 Episode 19), where Kinro during the fight with Magma discovers the difference between a convex and concave lens.

Where to Watch: Netflix

Rick and Morty

While technically not an anime, “Rick and Morty” has garnered a massive following for its unique blend of dark humor, sci-fi adventure, and philosophical depth. The show follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but easily influenced grandson Morty. Each episode delves into different dimensions and alternate realities, pushing the boundaries of conventional storytelling. The series is renowned for its sharp wit, satirical take on science and society, and its ability to tackle complex existential themes. “Rick and Morty” is a wild, thought-provoking ride that offers both laughs and deep introspection, making it a standout in animated entertainment.

Favourite Episode: (So so many), I don’t know where even to begin. There are simply so many favourites that it’s difficult to weed out a particular one. The one’s that are fresh in my mind are:

  • Where Rick has made a complete civilisation inside his car battery, whose only main aim is to be a constant power source.
  • Where Rick accidentally breaks the space time continuum.
  • Where Rick and Morty jump in to a vat of acid.

Where to Watch: Netflix (A)


“Pantheon” is a lesser-known gem that deserves a place among the greatest anime for its compelling narrative and thought-provoking themes. The series centers on a young girl who discovers that her deceased father’s consciousness has been uploaded into a virtual world, leading her into a hidden conflict involving powerful tech companies and digital immortality. “Pantheon” explores the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and the human desire for legacy and connection. Its sophisticated plot, richly developed characters, and philosophical questions make it a captivating watch for those interested in the intersections of technology, identity, and morality.

Favourite Episode: (Season 1 Episode 4), episode named “The Gods Will Not Be Chained”, where Heather shows David how an AI visualises itself in the physical domain.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime (A)but only in AU and NZ region. Once you watch it, you will understand why its not available in India.

I’m not saying anything about resemblance or why there’s an Antilia in the series 😉


“Invincible” takes the superhero genre and infuses it with a gritty, mature twist. The series follows Mark Grayson, a teenager who inherits incredible powers from his father, the world’s most powerful superhero. As Mark adopts the superhero persona “Invincible,” he faces not only external threats but also complex moral dilemmas and personal challenges. The show is known for its intense action sequences, deep character development, and surprising plot twists. It pushes the boundaries of traditional superhero narratives by exploring the darker aspects of heroism and the impact of power on individuals and society. “Invincible” is a thrilling, thought-provoking series that offers a fresh perspective on the superhero genre.

Favourite Episode: (Season 2 Episode 5), where you see life from the perspective of a species whose line span is just only a year.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime (A)

Whether you’re an avid anime fan or just starting your journey, these exceptional series are a testament to the art form’s enduring appeal and limitless possibilities. Dive in, explore, and let these unique stories transform your perception of anime.

Disclaimer: Some of these series are (A) rated. Please watch at your own discretion.

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