The 2010s started a new era of anime with some series we won’t forget. The decade is coming to an end after the current fall 2019 anime season. This list looks at the best anime over the 10 years according to its IMDb rating. All the anime on this list had to start in the 2010s meaning that shows such as Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood wont count.
There was plenty of great anime from this decade that aren’t going to make this list such as Gintama, March Comes in Like a Lion, and more. Not every anime during the decade was a hit. Be sure to check out the worst anime according to IMDb of the 2010s as well.
10 Fighting Spirit: Rising
Known by its Japanese title, Hajime no Ippo, Fighting Spirit: Rising is the third season of the anime. Released during the fall 2013 season, the anime is a shounen-sports series revolving around boxing. The anime follows Ippo Makunouchi the featherweight champion. His signature move is the Dempsey Roll with helps him put away opponents. Ippo must defend his title against opponents throughout the series. While all this is happening, Aoki Masaru is training at Kamogawa Gym to become the lightweight champion. Fighting Spirit: Rising aired for 25 episodes.
9 Initial D: Final Stage
The final season in the Initial D series, season six is a four-episode car anime. Released during the spring 2014 season, Initial D Final Stage follows Takumi Fujiwara an elite racer. Takumi has never lost a race because of his AE86 car. In this final season of Initial D, Takumi goes against an opponent who has the same car. The race between the two is the final race of the series, and Takumi’s toughest opponent ever.
8 The Promised Neverland
Released during the winter 2019 season, The Promised Neverland is a psychological-horror anime. The anime follows three protagonists, Ray, Emma, and Norman. The three are orphans living at the Grace Field House. The world in The Promised Neverland features different orphanage which raise children to become food for demons. When the three characters find this out, they devise a plan to rescue everyone at their orphanage. The Promised Neverland has been confirmed for a second season in 2020 and the original aired for 12 episodes.
Arguably on the level of greatness as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Steins;Gate is a thriller-Sci-Fi anime. Released during the spring 2011 season, Steins;Gate follows Rintarou Okabe, a scientist in Akihabara. He works with Mayuri Shiina and Hashida Itaru.
The three invent the Phone Microwave which allows them to send messages to the past. The anime follows the butterfly effect where events that get changed in the past, also alter the future. Steins;Gate has a sequel titled Steins;Gate 0, and the original aired for 24 episodes.
6 Attack on Titan
Arguably the most popular anime of the decade, Attack on Titan is a historical-fantasy anime. Released during the spring 2013 season, Attack on Titan follows Eren Yeager, a boy living in a world full of titans. Humanity hid behind walls protecting them from the titans. However, a colossal titan shows up to shatter the wall. As humanity evacuates further into the city, Eren decides to join the Survey Corps with his friends Armin Arlert and Mikasa Ackerman. The survey course is responsible for fighting titans and keeping humanity safe. Attack on Titans final season will air in the fall season of 2020. The first season aired for 25 episodes.
5 Mushishi: Next passage
Released during the spring 2014 season, Mushishi: Next Passage is the sequel to Mushishi. The supernatural-fantasy anime follows Ginko, a Mushi Master meaning he can see Mushi. Mushi in Mushishi are creatures that are like ghosts. Ginko’s job is to help humans and Mushi coexist together, but often runs into conflict when the unseen interacts with humans. Mushishi: Next Passage aired for 10 episodes.
4 Vinland Saga
One of the most popular anime released during the summer 2019 season and one of the best on Amazon Prime, Vinland Saga is a historical-adventure anime. The anime follows Thorfinn, a skilled fighter who wants to avenge his father. Once the strongest warrior Thorfinn’s father wanted to teach Thorfinn that fighting wasn’t the answer.
That more peaceful solutions could be found. However, when Thorfinn’s father died Thorfinn forgoes everything his father taught him to get back at Askeladd. Vinland Saga is one season and aired for 24 episodes.
3 Demon Slayer
Released during the spring 2019 season, Demon Slayer is a shounen-demon anime. The show follows Tanjiro Kamado whose family was slaughtered by demons. His sister Nezuko wasn’t killed but turned into a demon. Tanjiro sets out with Nezuko to search for her cure and slay demons along the way, hoping to avenge his family. He joins the Demon Slayer Corps where he hopes to restore his sister’s humanity. Demon Slayer has been confirmed for a movie in 2020 and aired for 26 episodes.
2 Hunter x Hunter (2011)
The reboot of the 1999 version of Hunter x Hunter, the fall 2011 version is the runner up on this list. Hunter x Hunter is a shounen-adventure anime. The anime follows Gon Freecss, a boy ready to take the Hunters exam to become a full-fledged hunter.
Gon is in search of his father who was known as one of the greatest hunters, but the journey to find him is harder than he thought. Gon teams up with his friends to help his search. Hunter x Hunter is one season and aired for 148 episodes.
1 One Punch Man
The greatest anime of the 2010s according to IMDb, One Punch Man, the action-parody anime. Released during the fall 2015 season, One Punch Man follows Saitama, the greatest hero. Saitama wanted to be the strongest hero growing up and trained hard to achieve his goal, losing his hair in the process. Now that he is strong enough to beat any opponent in just a single punch, Saitama has become bored with becoming a hero. Genos, a cyborg is in awe at Saitama’s strength and sees him as a mentor. One Punch Man has two seasons and aired for 12 episodes.