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(2021) Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 

Anime first emerged in the 1960s as a leisure form of Japanese art and literature. With its mass production after World war II, we’ve seen developments in both quality and variety. That brings us to present times where the world has thousands of fans called otakus and a widespread net of a fanbase sailing in the same massive boat.

The main reason why the community has gained such widespread support is probably due to the industry’s wide variety of genres, consistently good storylines, beautiful animation, and overall viewer satisfaction. Especially given the addictive thrill each series exudes, we’ve all had little addictive phases. And so here we’ve made for you a list of the Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked.

Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked-

  • 20. ID: Invaded –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked
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MAL Rating: 7.88

Plot- ID: Invaded has a plot that revolves around Narihisago, who is the former renowned detective now in prison for murdering a serial killer who brutally killed his daughter. With his daughter dead and his wife driven to suicide, he ends up becoming a murderer.
This lets him perform special tasks for the police force. With the development of society in this world, scientists can now invade the minds of serial killers through something called an ID well. This ID well is a serial killer’s subconscious which gives a person clues about its victims, crimes, and motives. As Narihisago enters the ID wells of killers and tries to solve problems, he works from the other side of the law to reveal a more sinister truth.

Total number of episodes: 13 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix


  • 19. Naruto –
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MAL Rating: 7.93

Plot- Test action-adventure shounen anime’s plot revolves around Naruto Uzumaki, a young orphan. Growing up, he is ridiculed and faces the animosity of all villagers due to the Nine-Tails incident that happened at his birth.

And so he decides to become the Hokage of the village and prove people wrong. With his positive outlook on life and the power of friendship, wonderful mentors, hard work, and many friends, this animated series takes us on an adventure to witness growth from all angles.

Total number of episodes: 220 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix


  • 18. Re:LIFE –
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MAL Rating: 8.02

Plot- Due to several bad life decisions, 27-year-old Arata Kaizaki becomes a NEET and ends up living an unfulfilled life. As he ponders how he wastes away his life, he is suddenly approached by a mysterious man called Ryo. Ryo offers him a chance and a better life through an experiment pill.

He explains that this experiment aims to ensure that the subject lives a fulfilling life and actively contributes to society by working on themselves and helping others. As Arata agrees to take the pill, he turns into a young high schooler and now has an opportunity of a ReLife.

Total number of episodes: 13 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix


  • 17. Kaichou wa maid sama –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked
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MAL Rating: 8.04

Plot- Misaki Ayuzawa is a hardworking high schooler who, despite her unfortunate situation, works against all odds and becomes the very first female student council president of the previous all-boys Seika High. Since her family struggles financially, she is burdened with not only the responsibilities of being student Council president but also has to work a part-time job as a maid in a maid Cafe.
Obviously, she has to keep this under wraps, but when Usui Takumi finds out, her life is turned over, and things get pretty interesting. With friendship and feelings that blossom, the two of them overcome multiple obstacles together and provide a wholesome viewing experience.

Total number of episodes: 26 episodes

Where to watch: Netflix


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  • 16. Kamisama Hajimemashita –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating: 8.05

Plot- Nanami Momozono has the worst luck. After being abandoned by a gambling father, Nanami is evicted from her apartment and now finds herself with no place to go. But when the young girl helps a strange man call Mikage, she accepts his kindness and visits a rundown shrine.

However, as soon as she gets there she is met with a barrage of insults by a fox spirit and then welcomed as the new Land God of the shrine. With a comical turn of events, Tomoe ends up becoming Nanami’s familiar and now chooses to walk down the path of godhood with her.

Total number of episodes: 13 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation


  • 15. Assassination Classroom –
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MAL Rating: 8.11

Plot- After the moon is destroyed by a mysterious tentacled being, the world is thrown into chaos. But when this very same creature shows up at high school and demands to teach its worst class, the government is forced to comply. And so we meet class 3-E of Kunigigaoka Junior High School, where the students are assigned the task of assassinating their teacher.

As the main characters Nagisa and Karma and the entire class work together, we learn the importance of friendship and what the essence of teaching really should be.

Total number of episodes: 22 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix


  • 14. Terror in Resonance –
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MAL Rating: 8.12

Plot- With Tokyo left in shock after a terrorist attack, 6 months later a strange video appears on the internet. Two boys claiming to be the Sphinx threaten to cause mayhem around the city. This anime is based on a revenge story of two boys Nine and Twelve, who have had a horrible hand of cards dealt by fate and the government. And so they take us down a road to watch the city of lies, deception, and manipulated stories burn to the ground while they reveal their tragic truths.

Total number of episodes: 11 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix


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  • 13. Konosuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating: 8.14

Plot- After the perfectly laughable death of Kazuma Satou, he is now granted a second chance at life in a video game-like environment. As he’s reincarnated in this fantasy game world, he picks the possibly worst companion to accompany him on his journey. Tasked with defeating the demon king and blessed with horrible luck, he sets off an adventure with multiple misfortunes and comical decisions laced with danger.

Total number of episodes: 10 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll


  • 12. Ouran High School Host Club –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating: 8.19

Plot- This anime follows the life of Haruhi Fujioka, a young working-class scholarship student who enrolls in the elite Ouran Academy. Looking for a quiet place she accidentally stumbles into the school’s Host Club room and knocks over a renaissance vase.

The boys of the club however aren’t too happy about this and so assign her to be the club’s errand boy to repay the money she owes. But with a chucklesome turn of events, maybe things won’t be so bad.

Total number of episodes: 26 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation


  • 11. Great Pretender –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating: 8.33

Plot- Makoto Edamura is a Japanese con man who claims to be Japan’s greatest Swindler. But as he gets swindled by a foreigner and then outed to the police about his deeds, he is forced to leave the country. This is where he finds the foreigner Laurent Thierry and follows him to Los Angeles.

Aiming to prove his title he then agrees to work with Laurent who has ties to an international criminal organization to swindle people and make a profit. And so as threads of deception and fraud unravel this beautiful anime, the colorful associates of Laurent Thierry take us on an adventure to keep us entertained.

Total number of episodes: 23 episodes

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix


  • 10. Psycho-Pass –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating- 8.37

Plot- The plot of this thriller anime takes place in a future dystopia. In a world where the threat posed by people is measured by a device that shows a person’s psycho-pass, that is whether or not the person would be beneficial to society, we have a Crime Investigation Department.

This is where we meet Akane Tsunemori, a rookie inspector who works for the Ministry of Welfare’s Public Safety Bureau and hopes to catch criminals and protect the public along with her unique criminal associates.

Total number of episodes- 22 episodes

Where to watch- Crunchyroll, Funimation


  • 9. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K –
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MAL Rating- 8.43

Plot- The slice of life comedy anime follows the daily life of Saiki Kusuo. Kusuo was born with superpowers which include psychokinesis and teleportation. Even though he can change anything he wishes, he still manages to want to keep his powers a secret. And so as he is placed in daily life situations with comical twists garnished with funny reactions the series lets us view the disastrous like of Saiki K.

Total number of episodes- 120 episodes

Where to watch- Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix


  • 8. Banana Fish –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating- 8.49

Plot- The plot of this emotional action anime revolves around a Gang Leader in New York named Ash Lynx who investigates the existence of Banana fish. Banana fish is something that he hears heard from the mouth of his traumatized brother Griffin and something the godfather of the Mafia Dino Golzine is after. As he meets the assistant of a photographer, Eiji Okumura, and gets him involved in his business, things go downhill and so they end up working together to unravel the mystery of Banana fish.

Total number of episodes- 24 episodes

Where to watch- Amazon Prime, Netflix


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  • 7. Attack on Titan –
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MAL Rating- 8.50

Plot- After the appearance of the large humanoid Titans, humanity is forced to hide behind walls. Scared and cautious of the life beyond the walls the citizen live simple lives filled with fear. But one day as the walls are compromised by Titans, lives are lost and destruction takes place. These unfortunate circumstances cause Eren Yeager and his friends to join the fight for freedom by joining the military.

Total number of episodes- 25 episodes

Where to watch- Crunchyroll, Funimation


  • 6. One Punch Man –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked 
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MAL Rating- 8.54

Plot- Exactly as the title reads, One Punch Man is about the main character Saitama who possesses overwhelming power. His ability to defeat any opponent with a single punch however makes his life boring. And so the powerful Hero sets out looking for foes to defeat while making friends along the way.

Total number of episodes- 12 episodes

Where to watch- Crunchyroll, Hulu, Netflix


  • 5. One Piece –
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MAL Rating- 8.55

Plot- This tale as old as time focuses on the journey of monkey D Luffy, a young boy who dreams of being a pirate. Nevertheless, his dreams are not limited to just being a pirate but extend to being the King of Pirates and finding the treasure called One Piece. As he sets out with no crew and an iron will he faces obstacles, meets people, forms alliances and so travels to achieve his goals.

Total number of episodes-  973 episodes ONGOING

Where to watch- Funimation, Crunchyroll


  • 4. Code Geass –
Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked
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MAL Rating- 8.71

Plot- Young high schooler Lelouche is unexpectedly involved in a terrorist attack and Due to certain circumstances gains a superpower known as Geass. also known as the Power of King, his geass grants him control over individuals upon making eye contact.

With his dark past hanging over his head and the need to punish those who killed his mother, Lelouch sets out to destroy the empire that caused pain. And so he faces multiple foes and creates new alliances to create a better place for his sister.

Total number of episodes- 25 episodes

Where to watch- Funimation, Netflix


  • 3. Your lie in April –
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MAL Rating- 8.71

Plot- Kosei Arima was a prodigy pianist adored by many but had a fall from Grace after being traumatized by his mother’s death. The trauma rendered him unable to hear the sound of the piano and so he slowly began to give up on his dream.

Years letter Kaori Miyazono a free-spirited musician who specializes in the violin changes his world by force. As she encourages him to play the piano again she too faces obstacles of her own which makes the both of them see the world from a whole new perspective.

Total number of episodes- 22 episodes

Where to watch- Funimation, Crunchyroll, Netflix


  • 2. Steins Gate –
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MAL Rating- 9.10

Plot- The plot of this sci-fi anime follows Rintaro Okabe a self-proclaimed mad scientist. One day he realizes that he can send emails back in time and therefore change the future. With the immense confusion that surrounds this topic, he and his friends explore the concept of time travel and end up revealing some of the country’s biggest secrets. But as some of his friends pass away, he goes back in time to fix things again and again until he manages to produce a favorable future.

Total number of episodes: 24 episodes

Where to watch- Funimation, Crunchyroll


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  • 1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood –
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MAL Rating- 9.17

Plot- When two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric, students of Alchemy, attempt to resurrect the dead mother, they realize exactly why Alchemy forbids it. With the price of an arm, a leg, and an entire body, they use the concept of equivalent exchange and so set out in search of the Philosopher’s Stone. Their journey to gain their bodies back is crowded with obstacles not only in the military they work for but also monsters that changed the way they see and perceive others.

Total number of episodes- 64

Where to watch- Funimation, Crunchyroll, Netflix

Well, this concludes our list of the Top 20 Most Addictive Anime Series Ranked. We hope we’ve either added to your watch list or instilled in you a sense of nostalgia that’ll convince you to re-watch a series. Here, we have attached the official link of Crunchyroll, Netflix and Funimation. We’ll be back again with yet another article to keep you occupied and informed, so until then, stay safe, stay tuned, and stay hyped.


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