The Best Anime Series You Can Stream On HBO Max (April 2022)

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Anime fans have tons of great titles to choose from with HBO Max's catalogue. These are the best anime you can stream on the platform.

p>HBO Max launched as a streaming service in May 2020, and it has grown steadily since then. Although Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and Disney Plus have much to offer as competing platforms, HBO Max contains many kinds of television series and movies, such as anime.

With each passing year, anime grows more popular around the world; consequently, non-anime streaming services such as HBO Max and Netflix have taken it upon themselves to expand their library of Japanese animation. Along with a solid selection of movies, the streaming service has plenty of great Japanese shows, but which are the best anime series on HBO Max?

Inuyasha

Japanese Title InuYasha
Studio Sunrise
Genre Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 54

A shonen classic, Inuyasha was a staple of the 2000s, producing 193 episodes over the course of the decade. The anime revolves around the dynamic between Kagome Higurashi and the titular demon, a mismatched pair who go on a journey to recover the fragments of the shattered Shiko Jewel.

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Inuyasha has great action, iconic characters, decent comedy, and even some effective romance. It is basically a complete shonen experience, but HBO Max unfortunately only has the first 54 episodes. While disappointing, that is still enough content to recommend this classic to pretty much anyone, especially people into isekai anime.

Dr. Stone

Japanese Title Dr. Stone
Studio TMS Entertainment
Genre Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 35

Both seasons of Dr. Stone are available on HBO Max, making this one of the best modern shonen anime on the streaming service. An unprecedented phenomenon turns most of humanity into stone, including Senku Ishigami, a teenage genius who can science his way out of anything. It takes Senku a few thousand years but he manages to escape his stone prison, and he sets out to rebuild humanity from the ground up.

Dr. Stone flows like a typical battle shonen anime, albeit one that prioritizes intelligence over brute strength. Senku and his ragtag group of helpers make for a lovable bunch, and the anime knows how to write a memorable villain.

Food Wars! The Fourth Plate & The Fifth Plate

Japanese Title Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara & Gou no Sara
Studio J.C.Staff
Genre Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 25

Food Wars! is a fun cooking-themed anime, but this recommendation comes with a huge asterisk: HBO Max only has the final two seasons of J.C.Staff's show. These are generally regarded as the weakest entries of the anime, and they are naturally not a great starting point for newcomers to Food Wars!

All of that being said, these seasons still have their strong points, be it the lovable main characters, the solid animation, and the flashes of humor. If someone happened to watch the first three seasons but stopped due to the sequels' mixed receptions, The Fourth & Fifth Plates are still worth trying as they deliver serviceable "battle shonen" style arcs.

KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!

Japanese Title Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!
Studio Studio Deen
Genre Comedy Isekai
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 22

Some isekai anime take themselves very seriously, while others are straightforward power fantasies with little in the way of tension. KonoSuba falls into a rare third category that belongs to neither, and it is gloriously stupid and refreshingly irreverent. Kazuma dies in comedic fashion and is sent to another world by an obnoxious goddess named Aqua. As he is allowed to take one thing with him, Kazuma picks the deity, a decision that winds up haunting both of them. Once they arrive in their new home, they quickly attract two more "adventurers" who are anything but ordinary.

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Arguably the best comedy anime on HBO Max, KonoSuba hilariously parodies isekai tropes as it assembles perhaps the most dysfunctional team in anime history. Both seasons of the anime are on HBO Max, and they are equally hilarious. KonoSuba's irreverent style of humor is not for everyone, but if someone laughs a few times during the first two episodes, they are almost guaranteed to enjoy the rest of the anime.

Bungo Stray Dogs

Japanese Title Bungou Stray Dogs
Studio Bones
Genre Action Seinen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 37

Anime about superpowered people coming together in an organization to protect a city are a dime a dozen, and Bungo Stray Dogs doesn't initially seem to be all that different from the average series. Season 1 is a fun but unspectacular sit, but the show improves greatly after that point.

Bungo Stray Dogs' brilliance lies in its exploration of its characters' backstories, particularly the likes of Osamu Dazai and Ryūnosuke Akutagawa. In some ways, this is a gangster anime, just with characters who can turn into tigers or create illusions.

Erased

Japanese Title Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Studio A-1 Pictures
Genre Mystery
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 12

Based on Kei Sanbe's manga and adapted by A-1 Pictures, Erased has an instantly engaging premise. After suffering a personal tragedy, Satoru Fujinuma is sent nearly two decades back in time to when he is a child, providing him with the opportunity to change his destiny.

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Erased uses its time-travel gimmick to tell a deeply human story that touches upon themes of abuse. It is not an easy sit, and the ending tends to be polarizing, but Erased is fantastic for roughly 95% of its run.

Rurouni Kenshin

Japanese Title Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan
Studio Gallop, Studio Deen
Genre Historical, Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 94

A classic anime about a wandering samurai who wishes to put his days of bloodshed behind him, Rurouni Kenshin is still a riveting watch more than 20 years after its debut. Kenshin is not only one of the best swordsmen in anime, but he is also an all-around excellent protagonist. The supporting characters are also universally strong, including a brilliant villain in Shishio Makoto who features in the anime's longest arc.

The show does lose some steam towards the end as it descends into filler territory, but the content adapted from the manga is consistently stellar.

Jujutsu Kaisen

Japanese Title Jujutsu Kaisen
Studio MAPPA
Genre Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 24

Jujutsu Kaisen was released in Fall 2020 and got produced by MAPPA. This anime follows Yuuji Itadori, a high schooler who is a part of the Occult Club. They find a cursed item that triggers a supernatural event. From here on out, he comes into contact with demons who spawn from negative emotions.

Eventually, Itadori eats the finger of Sukuna Ryoumen, the King of Curses, and he joins the Tokyo Metropolitan Jujustsu Technical High School in hopes of becoming a Jujustu sorcerer. Packed with stellar action and featuring a likable cast of characters, Jujutsu Kaisen is a relatively straightforward shonen anime that does the basics extremely well.

Tokyo Revengers

Japanese Title Tokyo Revengers
Studio LIDENFILMS
Genre Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 24

Another recent shonen anime that has taken the world by storm, Tokyo Revengers enjoyed a successful first season and will be receiving a sequel in due time. Revolving around time travel, the story follows Takemichi Hanagaki as he jumps back and forth between the past and present as he seeks to change the future of his classmates. Gang warfare plays a significant role in this series.

Tokyo Revengers has a unique premise, strong characters, and a gripping sense of mystery. The anime's season one covers roughly 73 chapters of the 200+ manga, so future releases have plenty of content left to cover.

Your Lie In April

Japanese Title Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Studio A-1 Pictures
Genre Drama
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 22

Your Lie In April was released in Fall 2014 and got produced by A-1 Pictures. This anime tells a heartbreaking love story between Kousei Arima and Kaori Miyazono. Kousei is a pianist who loses his sound after his mother dies, but Kaori, a violist, puts him on a path to loving music again.

This journey is accompanied by his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari, taking place in and around their high school. Your Lie In April is melodrama done right, and it is the best anime on HBO Max for anyone who feels like a good cry.

To Your Eternity

Japanese Title Fumetsu no Anata e
Genre Supernatural Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 20

Debuting in the Spring 2021 anime season, To Your Eternity is a touching journey about growth, friendship, and self-discovery. It follows a strange Orb that can take the form of anything it touches, be it inanimate objects such as a rock or living beings like a wolf or human.

As the Orb morphs, it expands its understanding of the world and unlocks a capacity to feel different emotions or explore unique perspectives. To Your Eternity is about this (immortal) being life.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Japanese Title Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Studio White Fox
Genre Isekai
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 39

One of the best isekai anime of all time, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- doesn't take long to separate itself from other entries in the genre. Subaru randomly finds himself teleported to another world, where he almost immediately meets a girl with whom he falls in love. He also dies soon after, although he does eventually get better.

Re:Zero is a character study rather than an action or adventure series, as it breaks down Subaru's initially offputting personality and forces him to grow in a punishing setting. Psychological trauma is also a constant theme throughout the series. Rather than the first season that originally aired, HBO Max has Re:Zero's Director's Cut that condenses the content into 14 episodes, which also includes scenes from the OVAs. However, Season 2 is available in its standard form.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Japanese Title Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
Studio Shaft
Genre Magical Girl
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 12

In some ways, Puella Magi Madoka Magica's enduring popularity has slightly diminished its impact. The show's twist has become so well-known that anyone remotely familiar with anime will go into the series knowing what to expect. That said, Puella Magi Madoka Magica holds up on repetitive viewings due to its sheer willingness to destroy its characters, pushing them beyond their limits a hundred times over.

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a difficult watch in the best possible way. This magical girl anime is a work of art; while not the genre's first foray into grim or subversive territory, Puella Magi Madoka Magica arguably does it better than any other series.

Tower Of God

Japanese Title Kami no Tou
Studio Telecom Animation Film
Genre Action Fantasy
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 13

Tower of God is a fantastic manhwa webtoon written by S.I.U. When Telecom Animation Film announced an anime adaptation, expectations were high that the series could be one of the best releases of 2020. Ultimate, Tower of God garnered something of a mixed reception, largely due to its confusing plot and more toned-down tone compared to the source material. Even if it is not quite as great as the manhwa, Tower of God is still an enjoyable and watchable show.

In this universe, there is a Tower that summons special people to climb it, offering them whatever they desire if they succeed. Bam, a boy who knows nothing of the world besides what he learned from a girl named Rachel, is not one of the Tower's chosen candidates. However, when Rachel begins the Tower's climb, Bam decides to follow her, the selection process be damned.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Japanese Title Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na!
Studio Science SARU
Genre Comedy
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 12

With a resume that includes Devilman Crybaby, The Tatami Galaxy, and Ping Pong The Animation, Masaaki Yuasa is one of the biggest names in anime today, and Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is among the creator's greatest projects. Based on a manga by Sumito Owara, this is an anime about anime, specifically the process of its creation. Three girls form a club dedicated to Japanese animation, and they soon find themselves taking on realistic challenges such as a lack of funds, an undefined target audience, and pushback from a student council member who essentially plays the role of an executive producer.

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is not a traditional love letter to anime as it does not glorify the industry as a whole, opting instead to highlight just how much work goes into every creation. It is realistic without transitioning into pessimism, and the show also manages to be gorgeous in the process.

Mob Psycho 100

Japanese Title Mob Psycho 100
Studio Bones
Genre Action Comedy
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 12

Mob Psycho 100 was released in Spring 2016 and got produced by Bones. Shigeo Kageyama is an eighth-grader who goes by "Mob," and he has psychic powers that he struggles to control, making him potentially dangerous.

Mob uses them to impress his crush, Tsubomi Takane, but eventually seeks training under Arataka Eigen, who is actually a con artist. Now he is stuck exorcising evil spirits and trying not to unleash a cataclysm of demonic energy on himself and those around him. Mob Psycho 100's animation is absolutely fantastic, and the story hits surprisingly hard. Unfortunately, HBO Max only has season 1 of Mob Psycho 100, so those who enjoy the show will need to search elsewhere to experience the sequel. Nevertheless, the anime's first season is brilliant.

Kill La Kill

Japanese Title Kill la Kill
Studio Trigger
Genre Action Comedy
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 24

Kill La Kill is all about Ryuuko Matoi and her quest to find who killed her father. Armed with half of the Scissor Blade, she sets out to challenge the Honnouji Academy's student council, a conflict that proves to be anything but simple.

This high school is ruled by student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin and the Elite Four, who wear "Goku Uniforms." However, Ryuuko gets her own kind of clothing through Senketsu, a sentient "Kamui." She takes them on with the Scissor Blade and Senketsu. Kill La Kill is gloriously over-the-top, and represents Trigger's "hype" style of anime better than practically any other of the studio's projects. The animation is fantastic, the action is epic, and the story goes to some surprising places. Also, the soundtrack is flawless.

Hunter x Hunter

Japanese Title Hunter x Hunter
Studio Madhouse
Genre Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 148

Hunter x Hunter takes place in a world where Hunters defeat criminals and look for lost treasures. That might not sound all that unique of a premise, but this 2011 show does wanders with it.

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Gon Freecss sets out to become a Hunter in order to search for his father, who is a legendary figure in that business. Before long, Gon befriends Leorio, Kurapika, and Killua, but while their journey intersects at points, their futures are wildly different. Hunter x Hunter starts out as a rather stereotypical battle shonen anime, but the story does gradually shift away from the norm as it breaks away from the genre's convetions.

Death Note

Japanese Title Death Note
Studio Madhouse
Genre Suspense
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 37

Death Note is considered one of the best introductory anime of all time, particularly the first 25 episodes that revolve around perhaps the most iconic intellectual battle in the medium's history.

The Death Note is a book that kills whoever's name is written in it. The act itself is carried out by gods of death referred to as shinigami. One of them is Ryuk, who gets his Death Note into the hands of Light Yagami. The latter uses this Death Note to take down criminals, although his initial "noble" intentions are quickly tested by the seductive power offered by the book. Light's murders spark an investigation led by the enigmatic L.

The Promised Neverland

Japanese Title Yakusoku no Neverland
Studio CloverWorks
Genre Mystery Horror
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 12

The Promised Neverland envisions a messed-up world and centers around a group of orphans living at the Grace Field House. These children are not allowed to leave the orphanage, so says Isabella, their "Mama." Once in a while, a child is adopted and never seen again.

Eventually, the three oldest orphans get suspicious about what is actually happening and discover where the adopted kids are actually going and what exists in the real world beyond the Grace Field House. Season 2 of The Promised Neverland is not on HBO Max, which honestly might be for the best.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Japanese Title Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Studio Bones
Genre Action Shonen
Number of Episodes on HBO Max 64

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood was released in Spring 2009 and produced by Bones. This anime is about the Elric brothers, Edward and Alphonse. They are alchemists who tried resurrecting their mother via human transmutation, a forbidden act. In the process, Edward loses his left leg and right arm and Alphonse loses his entire body. Edward was able to affix Alphonse's soul to a suit of armor, and they go on a journey to get Alphonse's body back (as well as Edward's limbs).

To do this, they need the Philosopher's Stone. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the ultimate shonen anime; one that contains brilliant action, unforgettable characters, harrowing moments, and wacky humor. The latter might not always fit, but it is still pretty hilarious in a vacuum.

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