For years, HBO has cultivated a respected reputation thanks to its excellent original series like Game of Thrones and The Wire. Now, HBO also offers subscribers access to a host of top-notch anime to binge-watch at their discretion.
Through its Crunchyroll collection, HBO subscribers are able to watch some of the best anime of the past 25 years. Not counting any of the films from Studio Ghibli, which are also available on the platform, here are the best anime on HBO as ranked by IMDb users.
10 Erased (2016) – 8.5
One of the best anime about time travel, Erased is about Satoru Fujinuma, a 29-year-old man who possesses a mysterious ability that allows him to travel back in time. One day, he is transported 18 years into the past to prevent his mother from dying. While in the past, he must also solve a string of sinister kidnappings.
Erased is an excellent psychological thriller with relatable characters and a tight, well-developed plot. The art and background music set a tone that brilliantly complements the show’s themes of loneliness, loss, and abuse. The plot is sure to keep audiences on the edge of their seats and rooting for Satoru as he attempts to rewrite the past.
9 Rurouni Kenshin (1996-1999) – 8.5
Even though it’s over 25 years old, Rurouni Kenshin is still easily one of the best samurai anime. The story follows Kenshin Himura, a legendary warrior who vows to never kill again. As he wanders around Japan trying to make amends, he soon finds that upholding his ideals is more difficult than he first imagined.
Rurouni Kenshin blends romance, action, and history into a compelling narrative set against a realistic backdrop of 1870s Japan. Kenshin is a fascinating protagonist who swings from funny to romantic to vengeful during a single episode. The series grapples with philosophy and morality, making it much more than just a standard hack and slash samurai story.
8 The Promised Neverland (2019-2021) – 8.5
Fans of anime full of plot twists are sure to enjoy The Promised Neverland. The plot centers on Emma, Norman, and Ray, three children who live at Grace Field House, an isolated orphanage. Life for the “siblings” seems ideal under the watchful eye of their “mama,” Isabelle, until they accidentally discover the horrific truth outside the orphanage’s walls.
The Promised Neverland is a gut-wrenching thriller that hooks in audiences from the first episode. The protagonists are cunning, relatable, and cautious, which makes their struggle all the more intense. With its shocking twists and enjoying characters, The Promised Neverland is one of the best new anime in recent memory.
7 Mob Psycho 100 (2016-2019) – 8.6
Featuring a unique animation style as well as a host of colorful characters, Mob Psycho 100 was one of the best anime released in 2016. It follows Mob, a socially awkward boy with immense psychic powers. Under the tutelage of the con artist, Reigen, Mob must battle restless spirits as well as the espers of the evil organization, Claw.
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