Anime to watch before you die

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In this article, I will quote great anime, sometimes even unknown ones, that held me from beginning to end, with a great story and plot. They're not the best or my favorites, but they're essential to watch if you're looking for something different and fun.

There are countless anime that I am in doubt about which to cite in this article, I will quote the best ones that I like, so this is MY list, and I put more unknown and ignored anime, that few had the chance or the courage to watch, in a I'll put anime that everyone knows, because everyone already knows.


One of the Smartest Works I've ever seen, a fiction that involves time travel, lots of comedy, terrible suspense, and captivating characters. The story takes place in 2010 in Akihabara tells the story of a group of friends who turned their microwave into a device that can send text messages to the past. The character Okabe Rintarou goes through several difficulties, when he has to face an organization called SERN, and at the same time save the future of humanity and its friends.

Anime to watch before you die

I won't go into the details of the story, for the sake of spoilers, but watch until Episode 13, even if it's boring. Anime will seem confusing at first, but I guarantee that when you finish the 25 episodes, it will enter your favorite anime list.

Code Geass

Another very famous work, with a lot of action and suspense, and a terribly addictive development. I finished the 50 episodes of the anime in 2 days, and it automatically entered my favorites list.

Despite criticism regarding the features of the animation and for having a bit of a mecha, those who haven't watched it don't know the great work they will miss.

The Anime tells the story of a super smart young man named Lelouch, who is unhappy with the situation in the world, where Japan is dominated by an empire called Britannia. He ends up getting into an accident, and gains the power to order anything to whomever he wants. This power has its rules, so it starts a strategic war against the kingdom of Britannia. Thus begins one of the most spectacular plots on the planet.

Anime to watch before you die

Detective Conan

The success of this anime is very low in the West. however in Japan it is a huge success among the entire population, getting ahead of one piece in the weekly ranking.

Despite sounding old, cliché and childish. This is one of the coolest detective works I've ever come across, and I've watched all 700+ episodes and 20 movies that exist together with my family.

Anime is a type of CSI, where the main character is Edogawa Conan a child who was actually a teenager (Kudo Shinichi) who was forced to take a drug that made him a child so he created another identity and is gradually fighting against the responsible black organization and solving countless cases across Japan using his Uncle Mouri-san.

Anime to watch before you die

Pray no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai

Based on a series of books, and composed of 2 seasons, this anime brings a somewhat strange theme.

It tells the story of Kyousuke Kousaka a normal young man, who does not have a good relationship with his younger sister. Until one day he found out that your sister is an Otaku addicted to Eroge (Erotic Games), so the relationship between the 2 grows, and he gets involved in several friendships, and a lot happens...

Despite the theme "Eroge" the anime does not have ecchi. It's more of a comedy, quite exciting.

Anime to watch before you die

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

One of the best works I've ever seen. Ignore the Chart, or the cliché story, because this one breaks every cliché there is. Despite the art, and unrealistic fights, this story holds and becomes exciting, making any grown man cry.

The Anime consists of 25 episodes and tells the story of Simon, a young boy who lived underground. His friend Kamina, with a desire to get out of the underground, helps him get to know the outside world, and they end up getting involved in an adventure with giant robots. A common and simple story. SQN! Really, it is highly recommended to watch this anime before you die, it doesn't matter if you don't like the graphics or story.

Anime to watch before you die

Uchuu Kyoudai

Another anime quite famous in Japan and ignored in the West. I think Brazilians just want to know about action and violence, and they don't like a good drama.

This Anime tells a very different story, it talks about Mutta, an adult man who lost his job, and decides to audition to become an astronaut. It sounds like a simple story, but watching it you will laugh and be moved by the plot and story.

Anime to watch before you die


A great story of comedy, romance and life lesson, which also steals a lot of tears. Based on a Visual Nine, the anime focuses on the main girl Nagisa.

Composed of 2 seasons, the story begins when Tomoya happens to meet Nagisa Furukawa. A soft-spoken girl a year older than him, who is repeating her school year because she got very sick the year before. Her goal is to join the drama club which she cannot join due to her illness. They discover that the drama club has closed down after the remaining members graduated. As Tomoya has a lot of free time, he decides to help Nagisa take back the drama club. During this time, Tomoya befriends several other girls and gets to know them more deeply, helping them with their individual problems. So the story develops and many things happen.


Toaru Kagaku No Railgun

An anime that looks simple but is quite exciting. Composed of 2 seasons. It is a spin-off of Toaru majutsu no Index.

Railgun's story revolves around a school town, where 80% of its inhabitants are students. The city also has cutting-edge technology, more advanced than the rest of the world. Students study psychic powers! The anime will focus on student Misaka Mikoto, who has powers of level 5, the highest in the entire school.

Anime to watch before you die


Recently released, based on an old manga, it tells the story of an ordinary young man named Izumi Shinichi, who one day comes across a Parasite invading his body, trying to take his brain, luckily he manages to dominate only his hand, so the 2 have to coexist, and fight the other man-eating parasites that disguise themselves among them.

Anime manages to hold you from beginning to end, and brings a very different theme. Her genre is seinen (Anime for adults.)

Anime to watch before you die


A Shoujo anime, quite mature. It tells a realistic life story, and a great friendship between 2 girls with the same name. Both getting involved in romance and trouble. leaving below the synopsis:

Komatsu Nana moves to Tokyo, following after her boyfriend Shouji to earn a life she's always dreamed of. On a train bound for Tokyo, she meets Nana Osaki, the lead singer for the punk rock band "Blast", also moving to Tokyo to pursue her dreams of becoming a pro.

Anime to watch before you die

Honorable Mentions

There are many other anime that could be on the list. Unfortunately I will only write these, but I will leave a list without description of other anime that you should watch before you die. So you can research each of them if you're interested. Maybe in the future we'll do another article on this topic.

  • Zero no Tsukaima
  • Toradora
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Bakuman
  • Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
  • Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
  • Seto no Hanayome
  • Kokoro Connect
  • I”s Pure
  • Golden Time

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