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Best anime shows of the decade you should know about

We all know about the '90s classics such as "Ghost Fighters," "Inuyasha," "Slam Dunk" and "Sailor Moon," among many others.

But while it's fun to go back to timeless faves, there are a ton of anime shows released from 2010 to 2020 that are worth checking out.

Below are some of the shows that won over anime fans' hearts in the past decade:

1. Chihayafuru

Based on the manga series by Yuki Suetsugu, the show follows Chihaya as she ventures into the world of karuta, a card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets.

As she enters high school, she makes it her goal to establish a karuta club and make it to the national championship.

2. Hunter x Hunter

"Hunter x Hunter" has long been a classic, but the 2011 remake won hearts anew.

It follows a boy named Gon who sets off to find his father and become a Hunter like him. The remake includes the Chimera Ant arc, which was never covered in the 1999 series.


Attack on Titan. Photo courtesy of Netflix

3. Attack on Titan

You can't miss this mind-blowing, heart-shattering epic by Hajime Isayama. With the manga having been concluded after 11 years, and the anime soon to end with its final part, "Attack on Titan" is nearing its end.

Set in a world where humans live behind walls that protect them from giant monsters, the story follows Eren Yeager who makes it his life mission to exterminate the deadly Titans.

4. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

The series, based on the manga by Hirohiko Araki, revolves around the adventures of the Joestar family across generations. The members of the family, who were gifted with power, are destined to take down supernatural foes.

Currently at four seasons, the anime covered the first five parts of the manga. A sixth season has been announced.

5. Psycho-Pass

A cyberpunk psychological thriller set in a near dystopian future? Count us in.

In this world, the Sybil System runs society, with criminal cases being investigated by Inspectors and Enforcers. Humans are constantly being evaluated for their behavior, and those who are labeled as latent criminals are hired to protect the Inspectors while they perform their duties.


Haikyuu. Photo courtesy of Haikyuu's Twitter

6. Haikyuu!!

Like "Attack on Titan," the "Haikyuu!!" manga by Haruichi Furudate has ended. But the anime has four seasons (and hopefully more) for you to enjoy.

"Haikyuu!!" follows Hinata Shouyou, a boy determined to become a great volleyball player despite his small stature. Joining Karasuno High School's volleyball club, he and his rival-turned-teammate Kageyama  Tobio attempt to rise to the top.

7. Noragami

"Noragami" follows a poor deity named Yato, who meets a human girl named Hiyori in a road accident. He also comes to adopt Yukine, a wandering spirit, as his weapon.

Together, they go on adventures as Yato strives to become a famous god.

8. Your Lie in April

In need of a good cry? "Your Lie in April" tells the story of piano prodigy Kousei Arima, whose will to play disappears after his mother's death. He meets free-spirited violinist Kaori Miyazono who turns his life around.

The 2014 hit series is based on the manga by Naoshi Arakawa, which ran from 2011 to 2015.

9. Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

"Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma" is based on the manga with the same name written by Yuto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. It follows Soma Yukihira as he follows his dream to become a chef, enrolling in an elite culinary school after his family's restaurant closes.

It was serialized in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump in November 2012, and ended in June 2019.

10. One-Punch Man

It must be great to be the strongest person alive... but not for Saitama.

"One-Punch Man" follows the story of this superhero who can defeat any opponent with a single punch. However, his unmatched strength has left him with a sense of boredom.


My Hero Academia. Photo courtesy of My Hero Academia's Twitter

11. My Hero Academia

Who doesn't enjoy the story of an underdog-turned-hero? "My Hero Academia" follows the story of Midoriya Izuku, who was born "quirkless" (or lacking a superpower) in a world of superpowered beings.

After gaining a quirk, he makes the difficult journey of becoming a hero.

12. Mob Psycho 100

Want some oddball humor? "Mob Psycho 100" is a fun series about middle schooler Shigeo.

He may look normal, but he's secretly a formidable psychic whose powers threaten to break free unless he represses his emotions.

13. Yuri on Ice

It's impossible to miss "Yuri on Ice," which has amassed quite the following since its release in 2016.

The anime series follows figure skater Yuuri Katsuki who goes back home to Japan defeated. However, after a series of unbelievable events, he finds five-time world champion Victor Nikiforov in his home, offering to become his coach.


Devilman Crybaby. Photo courtesy of Netflix

14. Devilman Crybaby

Set in a world where demons are reawakened and humanity is in turmoil, "Devilman Crybaby" tells the story of a boy who turns into a being that holds the power of a demon, but with a human heart.

The sensitive demon-boy is led into a brutal, degenerate war against evil by his mysterious friend, Ryo.

15. Erased

If you're looking for a mix of crime, suspense, and a helping of supernatural elements, "Erased" is for you.

It follows Satoru Fujinuma, who can travel back in time to save others' lives. When he wakes up 18 years in the past, he has a chance to save his murdered classmates.

16. Violet Evergarden

"Violet Evergarden" is undoubtedly a work of art. It follows Violet, who takes a short break from her ghost writer day job and gets a side gig as a tutor for Isabella York, a rich girl with serious issues and a lonely past.

She has a few days to teach Isabella the ways of high society, all the while trying to figure out how to make her tutee genuinely happy.


Demon Slayer. Photo courtesy of Demon Slayer's Twitter

17. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

Of course, there's no way we could miss the phenomenal "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" whose sequel movie unseated "Spirited Away" to become the highest-grossing anime film of all time.

The story revolves around Tanjiro Kamado, a young boy who makes the journey of becoming a demon slayer after his family is slaughtered and his younger sister Nezuko is turned into a demon.

18. Dr. Stone

"Dr. Stone" is based on the manga written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Boichi.

It follows highschooler Taiju, who wakes up in a world full of statues, several millennia after all of humanity was petrified. His science-loving friend Senku, who had been awake for a few months, wants to kickstart civilization with the power of science.

19. Fruits Basket

A heartwarming and emotional tale of friendship and love, "Fruits Basket" follows a homeless orphan named Tohru Honda.

She finds herself entangled in the affairs of the Soma clan, whose members have been cursed to turn into animals of the Zodiac when hugged by the opposite sex.


Jujutsu Kaisen. Photo courtesy of Jujutsu Kaisen's Twitter

20. Jujutsu Kaisen

Taking the world by storm is "Jujutsu Kaisen," the anime based on the manga by Gege Akutami.

The story follows Itadori Yuuji who was recruited to study to become a Jujutsu sorcerer after his exposure to curses.

He goes on a journey to hunt down the pieces of the curse he'd consumed so it can die with him. —JCB, GMA News