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Top 20 Anime on YouTube Ranked, According to IMDb Scores (2023)

While anime fans are excited about many streaming services now including anime in their repertoire, there’s a downside to that. Paying for all of them is too expensive for most to afford, resulting in them missing many popular and interesting titles or resorting to illegal websites.

But YouTube is here to solve this problem, with many official channels now giving fans the opportunity to watch anime legally for free. We’ve gathered the top 20 anime on YouTube for you to choose from, all ranked according to their IMDb scores.

So, let’s take a look at the top 20 anime on YouTube that you can watch for free.

Top 20 Anime on YouTube Ranked

20) My Stepmom’s Daughter Is My Ex

My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex

Anime NameMamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta
IMDb Rating6.4
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Romance
StudioProject No. 9

There’s nothing worse than having to stay in-touch with your ex. Or maybe there is. Mizuto Irido certainly finds so when his new step-sister turns out to be his middle school ex-girlfriend, Yume.

Competitive and bitter, they make a pact to stay within the bounds of siblinghood, and whoever crosses this will be the “older sibling” and will have to grant the winner one wish. But winning might not be so easy when past feelings are just lingering under the surface.

19) Citrus


Anime NameCitrus
IMDb Rating6.5
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Drama, Girls Love, Romance

After her mother’s re-marriage, Yuzu moves to a new home and into a new high school. Fashionable and cheerful, Yuzu sticks like a sore thumb in the disciplined all-girls school. On top of that, her cell phone is confiscated by the gorgeous student council president.

But Yuzu’s misfortune doesn’t end here. The president turns out to be none other than Mei Aihara, her new step-sister. As the girls of contrasting personalities are thrust within each other’s orbit, they eventually get into a toxic relationship.

18) Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout

Life with an Ordinary Guy Who Reincarnated into a Total Fantasy Knockout

Anime NameFantasy Bishoujo Juniku Ojisan to
IMDb Rating6.6
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
StudioOLM Team Yoshioka

Hinata Tachibana is jealous of his best friend Tsukasa Jinguuji who, unlike him, has always been popular with girls. When he drunkenly wishes to be a beautiful girl in his next life, he wakes up alongside Tsukasa in a fantasy world being just that.

As the friends grapple with the bizarre situation while falling in love with each other, they must complete their mission to get out of this world. Else, they will remain like this forever. 

One or two isekai anime always find their ways to every kind of list, and this time for the top anime on Youtube, it’s this one.

17) Super Lovers 

Super Lovers

Anime NameSuper Lovers
IMDb Rating6.9
Number of Episodes20 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Boys Love, Comedy, Drama
StudioStudio Deen
Aired2016 – 2017

Super Lovers has a controversial storyline that makes many viewers uncomfortable. It’s about a teenager Haru Kaidou who suddenly finds out that he has to take care of his adoptive brother Ren. Ren is an antisocial kid preferring the company of dogs rather than humans, but eventually Haru and he become close.

Making a promise to live together in the future, Haru unfortunately gets into an accident, losing all memories of Ren in the process. What happens when Ren comes to remind Haru of his forgotten promise?

16) Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness

Deaimon: Recipe for Happiness

Anime NameDeaimon
IMDb Rating7.1
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Slice of Life
StudioEncourage Films

When Nagumo Irino returns home after ten years to look after his late father’s sweet shop, he finds his father left the shop to a ten-years old girl. The girl, Itsuka Yukihira, loves making sweets, and was abandoned by her father who she still searches for.

At his mother’s request, Nagumo befriends Itsuka and eventually their friendship grows into a beautiful father-daughter relationship. Refreshingly wholesome, check out this slice of life anime on Youtube for a soothing time.

15) Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Anime NameYamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo
IMDb Rating7.2
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural

Former delinquent Ryuu Yamada’s boring life suddenly becomes interesting when he tumbles down the stairs with the beautiful Urara Shiraishi after a misstep. Their fall causes them to accidentally kiss, resulting in exchanging their bodies.

Thanks to Toranosuke Miyamura, the only member of the Supernatural Studies Club, they get to know about the seven witches of Suzaku High: seven girls who can exchange bodies with a kiss. Joined by him and Urara, Yamada sets on a search for the seven witches.

14) The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat

The World's Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat

Anime NameSekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru
IMDb Rating7.3
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Action, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
StudioSILVER LINK., Studio Palette

After being betrayed by the very organization that raised him, the world’s finest assassin is reborn in a new world with the task of killing its hero to save the world. In this new life, he is Lugh Tuatha Dé, the son of a notorious assassin family of the Alvan Kingdom.

As Lugh learns a new style of assassin and makes new friends, he must hone his skill to perfection to defeat the mighty hero.

13) The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

Anime NameFugou Keiji: Balance:Unlimited
IMDb Rating7.3
Number of Episodes11

Haru Katou is an idealistic man who solves cases to bring people to justice. Daisuke Kambe is a man of infinite wealth who uses his money to get cases solved sooner.

When these two polar opposites are partnered together in their new job as detectives at the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters, they must resist jumping at each other’s throat at every disagreement and learn to work together.

12) More than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers.

More than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers.

Anime NameFuufu Ijou, Koibito Miman.
IMDb Rating7.4
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Comedy, Romance
Studiostudio MOTHER

Another great anime on YouTube is this little romcom.

While both Jirou Yakuin and Akari Watanabe have been hoping to partner with their respective crushes, Shiori Sakurazaka and Minami Tenjin, for the “marriage practical” in their class, they get partnered together instead.

Not losing hope, the duo must strive to be an amazing “married couple” to gain 10 points in the practical to change their partners. 

11) School Babysitters

School Babysitters

Anime NameGakuen Babysitters
IMDb Rating7.7
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Slice of Life
StudioBrain’s Base

Ryuichi Kashima’s life falls apart when he loses his parents in a plane crash, becoming the guardian of his toddler brother Koutarou. Still a teenager himself, Ryuichi finds a ray of hope when Koutarou and he are taken under the care of Youko Morinomiya, the headmistress of a prestigious academy who also lost her son in the plane crash.

Now a student of the academy, Ryuichi joins its babysitter club to look after the children of the female teachers. Surrounded by toddlers of various personalities who welcome Koutarou and him with innocent love, Ryuichi finds his grief slowly healing.

10) Sasaki and Miyano

Sasaki and Miyano

Anime NameSasaki to Miyano
IMDb Rating7.7
Number of Episodes12
Genre(s)Boys Love, Comedy, Romance
StudioStudio Deen

Yoshikazu Miyano is a first-year student with a secret love for Boys Love manga. Shuumei Sasaki is a second-year student with a love for baking.

When their paths cross, romantic feelings bloom, starting a beautiful relationship between two teenage boys stumbling down the path of love.

9) No Game No Life

No Game No Life

Anime NameNo Game No Life
IMDb Rating7.7
Number of Episodes12 + 1 movie
Genre(s)Comedy, Fantasy, Ecchi
Aired2014 – 2017

After losing their parents, step-siblings Shiro and Sora become co-dependent and lose themselves in the online gaming world as “Blank”. When they get a mysterious message, they are transported to a fantasy world where everything is decided by the outcome of games.

As they use their superior gaming skills to sway everything in their direction, they become interconnected with the politics of this world. We don’t know about best, but it certainly is the most colorful anime on YouTube that you need to check out.

8) Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Anime NameKono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
IMDb Rating7.8
Number of Episodes20 (2 seasons) + 1 movie
Genre(s)Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
StudioStudio Deen
Aired2016 – 2019

Kazuma Satou doesn’t get the typical isekai treatment: instead of being crushed by a truck, he wets himself before dying of fear, and instead of a beautiful and kind goddess, he gets a rude one who mocks him cruelly.

Taking the opportunity to get reincarnated in a fantasy world, Kazuma chooses the rude goddess, Aqua, as his companion. Unfortunately for him, Aqua turns out to be absolutely useless in anything but party tricks, and so are his other two companions in this adventure.

7) Akame ga Kill!

Akame ga Kill!

Anime NameAkame ga Kill
IMDb Rating7.8
Number of Episodes24
Genre(s)Action, Fantasy
StudioWhite Fox

After suffering a traumatizing experience on his first visit to the capital, Tatsumi loses faith in people. But then he encounters Akame, a very skilled assassin who works as the leader of Night Raid, a group of assassins working in the shadows to overthrow the corrupt Prime Minister who’s taking advantage of their child emperor.

Moved by their ideals, Tatsumi joins the Night Raid, becoming one of the assassins to make the country a better place.

6) Laid-Back Camp

Laid-Back Camp

Anime NameYuru Camp△
IMDb Rating8.1
Number of Episodes25 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Slice of Life
Aired2018 – 2021

Rin Shima has always loved camping alone at the base of Mt. Fuji, surrounded by nature. Her peaceful solitary camping is joined by a companion when a lost girl stumbles across Rin’s camp.

The girl, Nadeshiko Kagamihara, came to see Mt. Fuji but got lost. Joining Rin, the girls have a pleasant peaceful time camping and bonding.

This soothing slice of life anime has carved a place for itself as one of the best anime on Youtube for free.

5) Food Wars!

Food Wars!

Anime NameShokugeki no Souma
IMDb Rating8.1
Number of Episodes86 (5 seasons)
Genre(s)Gourmet, Ecchi
Aired2015 – 2020

Souma Yukihira has spent his life being a sous chef at his father’s restaurant, aspiring to be a great chef like him. When his father closes the restaurant, Souma enrolls in the elite Tootsuki Culinary Academy.

Surrounded by the intense competitions from aspiring chefs, Souma hones his skills to become the best in business.

4) Dr. Stone

Dr. Stone

Anime NameDr. Stone
IMDb Rating8.1
Number of Episodes35 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
StudioTMS Entertainment
Aired2019 – 2021

One unassuming day, the whole living world is petrified by a light that comes out of nowhere. Three thousand years later, teenage scientist Senku Ishigami uses his genius to thaw himself out of his petrified state, finding the world return back to its stone age before civilization thrived.

Not one to give up when science is concerned, Senku uses his superior intellect to turn the world back to its modern state with the help of his friends. Surprisingly and amazingly different from other shounen anime, this one here is one of the best anime on YouTube, hands down.

3) A Place Further Than the Universe

A Place Further Than the Universe

Anime NameSora yori mo Tooi Basho
IMDb Rating8.2
Number of Episodes13
Genre(s)Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A story of friendship, adventure and wonder, this anime sees high-schooler Shirase Kobuchizawa trying to raise funds for an expedition to Antarctica to look for her mother.

She’s joined by the adventure-seeking Mari Tamaki, bubbly and flashy Hinata Miyake and the rich heiress Yuzuki Shiraishi. Together, the girls set out to a place further than the universe.

2) To Your Eternity

To Your Eternity

Anime NameFumetsu no Anata e
IMDb Rating8.5
Number of Episodes40 (2 seasons)
Genre(s)Adventure, Drama, Supernatural
StudioBrain’s Base
Aired2021 – 2023

This heartwarming story is about a featureless Orb, cast on Earth and able to take the form of anything it bumps into. After gaining the forms of a rock and moss respectively, It bumps into a wolf and finally takes its form.

With newfound awareness, It gets back to the wolf’s master, a boy waiting for his tribe to return from a place where there’s no shortage of food and shelter. Determined to get back to his loved ones, the boy sets out to find them, taking It with him.

1) Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War

Anime NameBleach: Sennen Kessen-hen
IMDb Rating9.0
Number of Episodes13
Genre(s)Action, adventure, Fantasy

After the imprisonment of Aizen, Ichigo Kurosaki will now have to face his ultimate enemy: Yhwach, the father of all Quincy. Son of the Soul King whom he kills, Yhwach now is the strongest that exists, having control over time itself.

Progressing on his plan to establish Quincy domination, Yhwach plans to destroy both the Soul Society and the human world. As Ichigo strives to stop him, he must face the truth of his own existence.

Coming with a bang for the last season, it’s undoubtedly the best free anime on YouTube.

And that was the last entry on our list of top 20 anime on YouTube, ranked according to their IMDb scores. Rejoice for the free content and enjoy!

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