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From currently airing shows to shonen classics, here are the best anime series on Crunchyroll.

For the longest time, Crunchyroll served as most people's main (or only) source of anime. As the likes of Netflix, HBO Max, and Hulu entered the market, anime properties started to spread across multiple platforms, especially when it comes to new series. Nowadays, someone has to subscribe to various services if they want to follow a sizable portion of the seasonal releases; however, when it comes to sheer size, Crunchyroll's library is second to none.

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Crunchyroll has years upon years of shows at its disposal. Even with Funimation purchasing Crunchyroll, the latter's relevance has not diminished at all. With thousands of series available on the platform, newcomers to Japanese animation might not know where to start. To make that process easier, here are the best anime on Crunchyroll across multiple genres.

The Japanese titles of the anime include links to their Crunchyroll pages.

On March 1, 2022, Funimation and Crunchyroll announced that the former's library will be joining the latter. This process will take some time, but this means that the shows mentioned in the following articles that were once solely on Funimation should/could eventually appear on Crunchyroll:

Best Anime Shows On Funimation

Best Shonen Anime Series On Funimation

Best Comedy Anime Series On Funimation

Best Winter 2022 Anime On Crunchyroll

The Winter 2022 anime season is nearly at an end, with only a small handful of shows having an episode left to go. Although not one of the all-time greatest seasons, Winter 2022 produced its share of awesomeness. Here are a few standout shows:

Attack On Titan

Japanese Title Shingeki no Kyojin
Studios Wit Studio, MAPPA
Genre Shonen
Number of Episodes 86+

After almost a decade, Attack on Titan is finally approaching its end. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the last remnants of humanity live behind walls to "protect" them from massive man-eating beasts called Titans, this beloved anime is unpredictable, intense, well-animated, and complex.

Each season brings with it a substantial shift in the story's direction, often taking seemingly straightforward characters and subverting expectations. Attack on Titan set a high standard for not just shonen anime but the industry in general, and it will take something special to fill the hole left by this series when it ends.

My Dress-Up Darling

Japanese Title Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru
Studio CloverWorks
Genre Slice of Life, Romance
Number of Episodes 12

Arguably the best new anime airing during the Winter 2022 season, My Dress-Up Darling has all the conventions of a stereotypical romance anime: isolated guy suddenly attracts the interest of the most popular girl at school. The thing that separates this show from many others is that My Dress-Up Darling sets up a believable reason for Wakana Gojou and Marin Kitagawa to become friends, as the latter's interest in cosplay lines up with the former's passion for creating Hina Dolls.

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Boasting an incredibly likable roster of characters, solid humor, and great animation, My Dress-Up Darling is a feel-good anime overflowing with positive energy.

Rust-Eater Bisco

Japanese Title Sabikui Bisco
Studio OZ
Genre Action
Number of Episodes 12

Set in an alternate reality, Japan has been reduced to a post-apocalyptic state due to a deadly virus called Rust that is believed to be distributed by mushrooms. As a Mushroom Keeper who spreads fungi, Bisco Akaboshi brings chaos wherever he goes, although his goals are far nobler than the public beliefs.

Rust-Eater Bisco follows the eponymous Keeper's journey to find a specific mushroom that can fully heal the Rust, and he is accompanied by a good-natured doctor. One of Winter 2022's nicest surprises, Rust-Eater Bisco is a highly enjoyable action anime with straightforward but likable characters, a fascinating setting, and good animation. Admittedly, the anime's last two episodes were a bit polarizing.

Akebi's Sailor Uniform

Japanese Title Akebi-chan no Sailor-fuku
Studio CloverWorks
Genre Slice of Life
Number of Episodes 12

Akebi's Sailor Uniform needed a while to fully cement itself as one of Winter 2022's better anime, but at this point, its brilliance is almost undeniable. Ultimately, this show's appeal will depend on whether someone loves themselves a slice of life anime, as CloverWorks' series largely sticks to the genre's formula; however, Akebi's Sailor Uniform complements a fluffy tone with clever characterization and even moments of poignance.

While there are certainly "bigger" shows airing during this season, Akebi's Sailor Uniform might prove to be one of the most long-lasting. It is certainly one of the best anime airing on Crunchyroll.

Bonus: One Piece

Japanese Title One Piece
Studio Toei Animation
Genre Battle Shonen
Number of Episodes 1013+

One Piece has been on the air for so long that it cannot reasonably be described as a Winter 2022 anime; nevertheless, the show is airing alongside Platinum End, Orient, and Tokyo 24th Ward, so it is worth mentioning. Currently on the Wano Country arc, One Piece is arguably going through its greatest stretch of episodes in a long while, delivering a storyline that not only expands significantly on this universe's social climate but also does justice for each of the main characters.

Slow-paced as the shonen anime can be at times, One Piece's lovable characters, fantastic world-building, and mix of action and humor ensure the series seldom produces any dull moments. With over a thousand episodes, One Piece is difficult to recommend to newcomers, even though the anime is worth the investment.

Best Action Anime On Crunchyroll

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Japanese Title Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Studio Bones
Number of Episodes 64

At some point during the 2010s, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood usurped the likes of Dragon Ball Z and Naruto as the ultimate gateway anime, particularly for people looking for action or battle shonen shows. Ambitious and epic, FMA:B takes place in a world where alchemy is possible, which is governed by the rule of equivalent exchange. When the Elric siblings break this rule, they pay a hefty price, one that requires them to find a Philosopher's Stone to reverse.

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Although a bit rushed in its opening stages, FMA:B tells a fantastic story that delivers impeccable action, heartbreaking moments, and an overabundance of humor. Picking the best action anime on Crunchyroll ultimately comes down to personal preference, but FMA:B is the ideal place to start.

Kill La Kill

Japanese Title Kill La Kill
Studio Trigger
Number of Episodes 24

Trigger's Kill la Kill might be the most "anime" anime to ever anime, and that's definitely a compliment. From its smooth animation to its gloriously over-the-top presentation and tongue-in-cheek fanservice, Kill la Kill feels like a celebration of the medium, one that goes for broke and takes no prisoners.

Armed with a magical girl outfit and a scissor blade, Ryuuko Matoi arrives at Honnouji Academy in order to take down the student council and avenge her father. This simple premise goes to some incredible places.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba

Japanese Title Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba
Studio ufotable
Number of Episodes 44

Demon Slayer has blown up in the last few years, growing into one of the biggest shonen anime on the planet. Set during the Taisho-era of Japan, this is a world ravaged with demons, a climate that eradicates Tanjiro's family and turns his sister into something other than human. Desperate to save Nezuko, Tanjiro sets out to join the Demon Slayer Corps, a journey that involves nothing but hardship.

Beloved for its stellar action sequences and top-notch animation, Demon Slayer has only gone from strength to strength since the anime's debut in 2019. The second season's Entertainment District Arc was a highlight of the early Winter 2022 season, and there is still a lot of story left to be told.

Best Comedy Anime On Crunchyroll

GTO - The Animation

Japanese Title Great Teacher Onizuka
Studio Studio Pierrot
Number of Episodes 43

A classic comedy anime about a reformed gang leader who becomes a high school teacher, Great Teacher Onizuka follows its eponymous sensei as he tries to connect with students who have valid reasons to not be that willing to embrace him. GTO tackles a number of sobering subjects, including suicide and bullying, while maintaining a consistently humorous tone. However, it also takes these themes seriously.

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Onizuka is an all-time great comedy protagonist. While perverted, the sensei has his heart generally in the right place; in the meantime, his face can be relied upon to deliver one hilarious reaction after another.

Gintama

Japanese Title Gintama
Studios Sunrise, Bandai Namco Pictures
Number of Episodes 367

As a parody of shonen stories, Gintama should not be someone's introduction to anime; if nothing else, they should at least watch Rurouni Kenshin first, which is also on Crunchyroll. Once that masterpiece is out of the way, Gintama awaits, along with plenty of laughs.

In this alternate reality, Earth has fallen to aliens (Amanto), and samurai have been banned in Edo. With not much else to do, Gintoki has no choice but to accept any random job that happens to fall on his lap. More often than not, hilarity ensues.

Asobi Asobase: Workshop Of Fun

Japanese Title Asobi Asobase
Studio Lerche
Number of Episodes 12

There are plenty of "cute girls doing cute things" style shows on Crunchyroll, and Asobi Asobase takes that concept and viciously twists it. Looking for something to do to pass the time, Olivia, Hanako, and Kasumi start a school club that has no direction other than to have "fun," which proves to be quite difficult to accomplish when these three girls are in the same room together.

Irreverent and unapologetically uncomfortable at times, Asobi Asobase has precious few lines it is unwilling to cross, and it manages to produce an endless string of huge laughs along the way. All three girls have their quirks that permit them to stand out as unique beings in the comedy genre, and their flaws help make them surprisingly likable. That said, Hanako can be terrifying.

Best Slice Of Life Anime On Crunchyroll

Laid-Back Camp

Japanese Title Yuru Camp
Studio C-Station
Number of Episodes 25

There tends to be quite a bit of overlap between comedy and slice of life, but the latter shows are more preoccupied with characterization than gags. Take Laid-Back Camp as an example; the anime has many funny moments, but these jokes are never the point of an episode. Instead, the focus is always on the experiences of the main girls as they travel to different camping locations in Japan.

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Largely free of anything resembling tension, Laid-Back Camp is a soothing watch, one filled with breathtaking scenery, endearing characters, and (narrative) warmth.

Natsume's Book of Friends

Japanese Title Natsume Yuujinchou
Studios Brain's Base, Shuka
Number of Episodes 78

Ever since he was a child, Takashi Natsume has been able to see yokai, an ability he inherited from his grandmother. The teenager also received something else from his grandparent: a book containing the names of different spirits. This gives the notepad's owner authority over these yokai, making Natsume a target for all sorts of entities.

This premise seems made for a supernatural action series, but Natsume's Book of Friends takes things in another direction. Rather than vicious battles, Natsume only wants to return each name, freeing the yokai from the book's control. This journey is a generally peaceful one.

Best Sports Anime On Crunchyroll

Run With The Wind

Japanese Title Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru
Studio Production I.G
Number of Episodes 23

Sports anime might not seem all that attractive to the uninitiated, however, the genre is among the most accessible in anime. It does not matter whether a viewer has any knowledge or interest in the main sport since, for the most part, it is only used as a vehicle to supply character development, drama, and humor.

Running with the Wind is about healing, friendship, and finding satisfaction by establishing personal goals. Outside a few exceptions, Kansei University Track Club consists of novices, so they have a long journey ahead of them if they wish to attend the Hakone Ekiden.

Haikyu!!

Japanese Title Haikyu!!
Studio Production I.G
Number of Episodes 85

Haikyu!! is about volleyball; to be exact, it is about passionate players who refuse to give up their desire to play the sport regardless of the obstacles in their way. It is about the partnership between the energetic Shoyo Hinata and the unapproachable Tobio Kageyama, two people who do not get along but also bring out the best in each other. It is about teamwork, hardship, success, and failure. Basically, Haikyu!! is about life.

More importantly, this anime is ridiculously entertaining, be it through its captivating matches, memorable characters, or on-point humor.

Best Sci-Fi Anime On Crunchyroll

Gurren Lagann

Japanese Title Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Studio Gainax
Number of Episodes 27

Gainax's Gurren Lagann is hype in anime form. No, that makes it seem like the show is nothing but glorious action, but this 2007 anime backs its universe-spanning conflicts with multifaceted characters, a consistent thematic identity, and ambitious storytelling. Gurren Lagann is all about pushing beyond your limits in search of freedom.

Toeing the line between sci-fi and pure fantasy, Gurren Lagann's greatest strength is that the anime never ignores its human element in favor of spectacle. Ultimately, this is a coming-of-age story that just happens to take place in an incredibly unconventional reality.

Steins;Gate

Japanese Title Steins;Gate
Studio White Fox
Number of Episodes 24

Adapted from a visual novel, Steins;Gate is split into two halves: the first twelve episodes have an almost slice of life tone as they follow the quirky lives of the Future Gadget Laboratory's members, led by the enigmatic Rintaro Okabe. The anime's second half is a sci-fi thrill ride centering around the consequences of time travel and the people willing to kill for it.

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Both halves are brilliant in their own right, and they are even better when taken as a whole. Steins;Gate meshes together an array of genres, and it executes all of them well.

Best Isekai Anime On Crunchyroll

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Japanese Title Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Studio White Fox
Number of Episodes 50

Crunchyroll is not lacking in isekai anime, so anyone looking to jump into the genre will be set for a couple of months at the very least. The concept has produced plenty of great content, however, due to similarities in setting, tone, and protagonists, many of the genre's shows can start to blend together after a while. Although it shares imagery with other isekai series, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- is a unique beast.

As always, a normal human, Subaru, finds himself teleported to a fantasy world with magic, waifus, and talking mascots. Standard as this setup might be, Re:ZERO wastes little time in establishing that it has no interest in telling a power fantasy story. Subaru's journey is one filled with suffering, failure, and self-discovery. The side characters are also quite interesting, with season 2 doing a stellar job of expanding on Emilia's personality.

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime

Japanese Title Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken
Studio 8bit
Number of Episodes 48

As fantastic as Re:ZERO is, it is not representative of isekai anime as a whole. For newcomers looking to sample a more typical example of the genre, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is one of the best anime on Crunchyroll. After passing away, Satoru Mikami reincarnates as a slime in a fantasy world, albeit one with the power to learn the abilities of other creatures. Rebranding himself as Rimuru Tempest, the protagonist sets out to create a Utopia for monsters of all types.

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After the opening few episodes, Rimuru becomes incredibly overpowered to the point that most battles are a foregone conclusion; however, the anime's focus on diplomacy allows the story to maintain momentum even when battles lack much in the way of tension. The show's characters are also irresistibly charming.

Best Mecha Anime On Crunchyroll

Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam is the definitive Mecha franchise, one that has not only shaped the genre's development but also people's understanding of it. Crunchyroll does not have every Gundam series in existence, but it has a solid selection taken from across the franchise's storied history. Here are a couple of seasons to take note of:

  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Aside from the dated visuals and slow pacing compared to modern shows, the original series still holds up pretty well from a story perspective. This is plainly a great war anime.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: More of a traditional action series, this 1994 release mostly pushes the political elements to the side to focus on glorious over-the-top action. It is a solid pick for newcomers to the series as it stands on its own pretty well.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Arguably the best entry-level modern series in the franchise, Iron-Blooded Orphans boasts fantastic animation, a mature storyline, and brilliant action.

Best Romance Anime On Crunchyroll

Fruits Basket

Japanese Title Fruits Basket
Studio TMS Entertainment
Number of Episodes 63

TMS Entertainment's adaptation of Natsuki Takaya's Fruits Basket manga is a work of art that tells a brilliant story that covers a wide-spectrum of genre and, more importantly, does justice to each one of them. At points, Fruits Basket can be a hilarious comedy, an intense drama, or a devastating romance.

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The show's romantic element largely revolves around Toru, Yuki, and Kyou, and Fruits Basket has arguably the best love triangle in anime. Even if romance tends to be an acquired taste, Fruits Basket's appeal is universal. This is one of the absolute best anime on Crunchyroll.

Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War?

Japanese Title Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai: Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen
Studio A-1 Pictures
Number of Episodes 24

Shuchiin Academy's Student Council is run by Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, who both like each other but are anxious to admit it. Coming from vastly different backgrounds and suspicious of each other's intentions, Miyuki and Kaguya take part in battles to see who will be tricked into announcing their feelings first.

Kaguya-Sama starts out as an over-the-top comedy, one that almost parodies romance anime. However, the series steadily begins to properly explore its core relationships, allowing its characters to change and grow along the way. Season 3 has been already announced and will be debuting during the Sprin 2022 season.

Best Magical Girl Anime On Crunchyroll

Cardcaptor Sakura

Japanese Title Cardcaptor Sakura
Studio Madhouse
Number of Episodes 92

Except for Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura probably introduced most people to magical girl anime, at least for those who watched Japanese animation during the early 2000s. Developed by Madhouse, this series told the timeless tale of a young girl who suddenly finds herself with magical powers, and she goes on a quest to collect missing cards.

Cardcaptor Sakura's brilliance lies in its balance. The anime handles action, comedy, romance, and suspense well, blending them together to craft an experience that feels complete. Although generally acceptable for younger viewers, the series also has its share of dark moments.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Japanese Title Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Studio Shaft
Number of Episodes 12

Puella Magi Madoka Magica might be the most famous magical girl anime of the last two decades, at least with hardcore fans of the medium. The show's reputation precedes it; in fact, the anime's twist has become so well-known that it can inadvertently lessen the story's impact or shock factor. Even with the twist spoiled, Puella Magi Madoka Magica still has fantastic writing, unforgettable characters, and some of the creepiest designs in anime to fall back on.

Newcomers to magical girl shows looking for a traditional example of the genre should not start with Puella Magi Madoka Magica since the series is very much its own entity. That said, Shaft's show is one of the best anime on Crunchyroll regardless of genre, so watch it eventually.

Best "Other" Anime On Crunchyroll: Monogatari

Some anime defy classification or incorporate so many genres that they become something utterly unique. These shows are often acquired tastes, but they can also be quite spectacular.

Even though it takes elements from the psychological, slice of life, and supernatural genres, Monogatari very much fits into its own bracket of anime. The only other show that is remotely comparable is Rascal Does Not Dream Of Bunny Girl Senpai, and even then, any similarities are surface-level. An adaptation of Nisio Isin's light novels, Monogatari is essentially about a guy who becomes sort of a vampire and winds up helping a group of girls suffering from supernatural afflictions.

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That might be the show's premise, but Monogatari is far more than just that. It is a dialogue-heavy drama packed with philosophical musings and the capacity to occasionally dish out a bloody battle. At the same time, this is an anime that is willing to craft extensive scenes revolving entirely around adolescent humor, frequently concluding on a juvenile punchline that seems to work in spite of itself. Monogatari is a visual masterpiece and a contender for Shaft's greatest work, even if this same art style can be off-putting and overwhelming.

Basically, Monogatari is worth trying simply because there is nothing else like it.

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