Are you looking to get into anime, but are unsure of where to start? If so, then this article is perfect for you. As an avid anime fan with years of experience under my belt, I have below compiled a list of 10 Best Starter Anime for Beginner Anime Fans that will surely pique your interest. What makes an anime great for beginners? Well, the criteria are usually that they are short, and the plot pacing is straight to the point. Or, these anime, in some ways, are so unique that they will definitely keep you engaged throughout and encourage you to watch even more anime. So don’t worry, because no matter their criteria, these anime are sure to be perfect for you beginners anime fans out there.

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

Hunter x Hunter - anime for beginners
  • Episode: 148
  • Season: Fall 2011
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen, Superpower

Anime Synopsis

Hunter x Hunter is set in a world where Hunters, a particular group of elites who perform dangerous tasks, exist to keep the world at peace. Freeces Gon, a twelve-year-old, wishes to become a Hunter in order to find his lost father – also a Hunter himself. However, Gon quickly realizes that his journey is one of thorns and hardships. Along with friends and comrades, Gon must pass deadly challenges and learn the true purpose of being a Hunter.

As a moderately dragged-out anime show, Hunter x Hunter is great for those who want to learn more about the Shounen genre. In addition to a simplistic plot, the anime also features epic fights and a badass main protagonist. This, therefore, makes the show truly perfect for beginner anime fans seeking something more laidback and relaxing.

Kimetsu no Yaiba

Kimetsu no Yaiba - anime for beginners
  • Episode: 26
  • Season: Spring 2019
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: ufotable
  • Genre: Action, Demons, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural

Anime Synopsis

Tanjiro Kamado is a young boy that lives in a cabin on a remote mountain. One day, he decides to travel to a local village to sell some charcoal. As Tanjirou is returning home, he was warned by a man to take the cover of the nights due to Human Eating Demons. When Tanjirou finally arrives home the next day, his entire family has been brutally massacred by a mysterious Demon. Nezuko, his little sister, was the sole survivor and has turned into a Demon herself. Tanjirou then decides to join the Demon Slayer Corp in order to turn his sister back into a human.

Kimetsu no Yaiba is the perfect anime for the beginner anime fans seeking to learn more about the Shounen genre. Not only does the show feature epic fights and animation, but the production also incorporates amazing soundtracks that perfectly blend in with its scenes. In addition, Demon Slayer is also unique in a way that it even allows you to empathize with the so-called-bad-guys. Not many anime can do that. The uniqueness, combined with amazing production values, make Kimetsu no Yaiba a beginner-friendly anime that anyone can easily get hooked on.

Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul - good anime for beginners
  • Episode: 12
  • Season: Summer 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Studio Pierrot
  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Seinen

Anime Synopsis

In the near future, Tokyo is dominated by fearful creatures called “Ghoul”. Amidst the chaos, there is a shy and introverted boy named Ken Kaneki. Like fate, Kaneki one day encounters a beautiful lady named Rize. As time passes, the two share their passion for reading, and just like that, they gradually become close. However, unknown to Ken Kaneki, these encounters were the beginning of the string of gruesome events that will soon turn his life upside down.

Tokyo Ghoul is a great anime for beginners simply due to its straightforward and likable plot. Within the first episode, you will be able to decide whether you like the anime or not. It’s as simple as that. There’s no need for further investment on your end. In addition, Tokyo Ghoul also has a considerably short length of 12 episodes. A perfect length for the less committed beginner anime fans!

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic - good anime for beginners
  • Episode: 25
  • Season: Fall 2013
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen

Anime Synopsis

Set in a fantasy world, Dungeons are deadly places that will guarantee power and prosperity for those who successfully conquer them. One day, Aladdin, a young magician, encountered a courageous young man named Alibaba. After causing a ruckus to a passing merchant’s supply cart, a large sum of debt was forced upon them. Alibaba then suggests that the two quickly conquer a nearby Dungeon to become filthy rich. Little did they know that their silly conquest will forever change their lives.

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a fantasy adventure that will undoubtedly keep you interested throughout. The anime range from a variety of genres and will provide you with epic fights, beautiful relationships, and strong ambitions to save the world. So for the beginner anime fans out there, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is the perfect gateway to the Shounen anime genres.


Haikyuu - good sport anime
  • Episode: 25
  • Season: Spring 2014
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Production I.G
  • Genre: Comedy, Sports, Drama, School, Shounen

Anime Synopsis

Shouyou Hinata is a short yet extremely quick volleyball player. One day, while playing in a middle school volleyball, he encounters Tobio Kageyama, the ace setter nicknamed “King of the Court”. The ace setter, living up to his nickname, brutally defeats Hinata’s team. However, Hinata’s competitive spirit rose above, and he vowed to defeat Tobio once and for all. Years have passed, and the two reunited in the Karasuno High School’s volleyball court as teammates. Interestingly enough, the two must now learn to work together and become the best in Japan.

Haikyuu is hands down one of the best sports anime that a new anime fan can watch. In fact, the show is packed with amazing animations and production values that perfectly serve as a gateway to other sports anime. Seriously though, if you are a beginner to anime, be prepared to be blown away by some of the most badass moments in sports anime history.

Death Note

Death Note anime
  • Episode: 37
  • Season: Fall 2006
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Madhouse
  • Genre: Mystery, Police, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller, Shounen

Anime Synopsis

Ryuk, a bored Shinigami, one day decides to drop a book called the Death Note into the human realm. This book has a special power in which whoever’s named is written on the note would die. Yagami Raito, a seemingly genius high schooler, stumbles upon the book. After regarding the Death Note as a nasty joke, Raito tests it out only to realize that the note is, indeed, the real deal. Excited, Yagami Raito then formulates a plan to become the world’s ultimate God of Justice.

Death Note is yet another perfect anime for beginner anime fans. Reason being that the show literally hooks you right from within the first episode because of the mysterious event in the beginning. As a detective thriller show, you either like it or you don’t, and you get to decide that pretty quickly. For the beginner anime fans, this ultimately means little investment from your end, making the entire experience even more satisfying.

Boku no Hero Academia

Boku no Hero Academia
  • Episode: 13
  • Season: Spring 2016
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Bones
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, School, Shounen, Superpower

Anime Synopsis

In the near future, humans have suddenly evolved to obtain “Quirks” that provide supernatural powers. Midoriya Izuku, a quirk-less boy, wishes to become a superhero one day. In the hope that his quirk will one day appear, Midoriya drastically studied the world of heroes, with his number one fan being All Might, the most powerful hero. One day, a number of events made Midoriya stood out to All Might. It turns out that All Might’s quirk was inheritable, and Midoriya was made the successor. And his dreams finally came true.

Unlike other long and dragged out Shounen shows, Boku no Hero Academia is the perfect show for beginners. The anime features great fighting scenes, an ambitious main protagonist, and a plot that would leave you wanting more. And it’s only all within merely 13 episodes. So if you are simply starting out, then Boku no Hero Academia will be an excellent choice for a first shounen adventure.

Angel Beats

Angel Beats - emotional anime for beginners
  • Episode: 13
  • Season: Spring 2010
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: P.A. Works
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, School, Supernatural

Anime Synopsis

Otonashi awake to a mysterious world only to quickly realize that he was indeed, dead. Wandering around the confusing after-world, he stumbled upon a girl named Yuri who explained to Otonashi his odd situation. Apparently, she was the leader of an organization named Shinda Sekai Sensen, and that their ultimate enemy is a white hair girl named Tenshi. However, after learning more about Tenshi, Otonashi soon learns the ultimate truth about the after-world.

As a beginner to anime, Angel Beats will probably be the first anime that makes you emotional. After all, the show featured characters who have amazingly beautiful souls. In addition, Angel Beats is merely 13 episodes in length, meaning there is little to no time investment from your end. And when combined with an amazing production of the soundtrack, voice castings, and animations, then Angel Beats is, in fact, a must-watch for beginner anime fans.

Shingeki no Kyojin

Shingeki no Kyojin - Attack on Titan - anime for beginner
  • Episode: 25
  • Season: Spring 2013
  • Source: Manga
  • Studio: Wit Studio
  • Genre: Action, Military, Mystery, Superpower, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen

Anime Synopsis

Centuries ago, humankind has been driven out by gruesome creatures called Titans. To prevent further destruction, civilization have built tall and rigid walls and successfully lived in peace for one hundred years. However, that peacefulness soon ends when disaster struck once more. Eren, a young boy amidst the chaos, witnessed his mother being swallowed alive. Vowed to protect his loved ones, he joined the Survey Corps – a group of elite soldiers who fight against the gruesome Titans – and dedicates his life to become the best soldier.

Shingeki no Kyojin is yet another great anime for beginners that will instantly hooks you in right within the first episode. Not only is the plot straightforward, the anime also cover a multitude of genres from drama all the way to superpower and shounen. As a result, Shingeki no Kyojin is perfect when you are starting out as it will expose you to many different aspects of anime itself.

Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop - classic anime
  • Episode: 26
  • Season: Spring 1998
  • Source: Original
  • Studio: Sunrise
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space

Anime Synopsis

Set in 2071, mankind has successfully conquered other solar systems and left the inhabitable Earth behind. To keep galactic peace, The Inter Solar System Police was established and is supported by groups of bounty hunters named Cowboys. Spiegel Spike, a laid-back and carefree young man, is accompanied by Jet Black, an energetic and competent bounty hunter. Along with their other comrades, the group of Cowboys faced hardships and difficulties that allow their bonds to further tighten.

Cowboy Bebop is a classic that is loved by many, including non-anime fans, and is the perfect gateway to the anime genre itself. The show boasts a unique combination of Space Travel and Western Cowboys, which appeals perfectly to Western fans alike. So for those who are looking to get into anime, then Cowboy Bebop will be your best bet for a smooth transition to the niche genre itself.


So there are your top 10 anime that are great for beginner anime fans. As you can see, there is truly a large variety of anime you can choose from to begin your new and exciting journey. Hopefully, this anime will encourage you to watch more anime in the long run, and you will finally be able to understand the mindset of an Otaku. That’s it from me, happy watching anime!!

And for those more experienced anime fans, what do you think of this list? Do you agree that these are great anime to recommend to your beginner friends? Would there any more anime you would want on this list? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

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