The end of 2019 rings in a new decade. That means that the year end lists for best of will be chalked full of best of the decade. Yet, when we sit back and judge the best of anything for the past decade, what criteria are we using? We could just do readers choice. But that will end up leaving recent shows at the advantage (popularity bias). Ultimately there isn’t a solid set of criteria we could use to give you a truly unbiased list.
So instead, we won’t pretend it’s the best shows of the last decade, because we said so. Instead we will simply provide you our staff’s picks for the best anime of the past decade that we think you should watch. Disagree with our list? Great! Comment below and give us some additional recommendations. We have some free time going into the new year and are always looking for new things to watch.
Anime can have personal meaning to the person who is watching and recommending it. They may be recommending it because the story speaks to them, versus it having the best animation quality. Or perhaps the musical score its outstanding instead. But there are always those with very dull story lines but the animation is just outstanding. So with our list below, we will give you our reason we picked this as our best anime of the decade, and what it meant to each of our staff members.
So here are the rules. The anime had to have at least 1 season air within the timeframe of 2010-2019. They could have been subbed or dubbed, of any genre. We had a tough time narrowing down our list. However, we managed to give you our top six of the decade.
Best Anime Of The Decade
Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Hunter X Hunter, based on the manga of the same name, was first animated in 1999. However, it was redone in 2011 in a version that most fans of the source material praised. Gon is a young boy who dreams of following in his father’s footsteps to become a Hunter. But first he must pass the notoriously difficult and dangerous Hunter Qualification Exam. Throughout his journey, Gon overcomes many obstacles, while making new friends along the way!
So why did we pick Hunter x Hunter? The story. As we watch Gon and his friends Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio in their journey, we grow up with them. The sheer number of characters we meet and the fleshing out of their back stories is a massive feat. By the time we see Gon make his dream goal come true, we are left ultimately conflicted on who the real enemies are. Very few anime ever got me on the edge of my seat. Even fewer had me emotional at any given scene, but Gon and Killua managed to make that happen.
This is why we feel that Hunter x Hunter deserves a spot in the best anime of the decade.