Most of the Anime out there are pretty decent, popular shows hire better artists so that their show looks great. But sometimes the artists go over the top to deliver something so great that we just have to pause the show and appreciate its greatness. AESTHETICALLY PLEASING ANIME!!!
There are many shows which are pleasing to the eyes in which the characters and backgrounds feel mystical almost fantasy-like. So, we made a list of some of the top anime we thought fit this category, enjoy!
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It’s the Edo era in Japan and the shogunate is on the rise. The story follows swordsmen and his companion as they journey across the lands to get their hands on the legendary swords.
The style of this anime is one of a kind, the main characters are drawn with minimal details to mimic the style of the art that was found in ancient Japan.
The backgrounds steal the spotlight as they are rich in colors and drawn with great precision, the anime is great and we’re sure you’ll enjoy every second of it.
29. Lupin The Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Watch this show and you’ll find yourself falling in love with the frenemy of Lupin, Fujiko Mine. The art style of this show seems exaggerated at first, but once you get accustomed to it, you’ll be left wanting more of this great epic.
The show is not suitable for children as the show doesn’t shy away from exaggerating the sexual features of the cast. The anime is great and surely a must-watch.
28. Ergo Proxy
Love science fiction? Then this show’s made for you my fellow weeb. The anime is set in the future where androids roam amongst men, the animation of this show makes you feel uneasy with its dark and gothic colors.
The main character has gothic makeup on her face making her look even more intense. But the future world here might look like a Utopia at first, but soon you’ll realize, nothing can be more dystopian than this world. The show has a marvelous soundtrack
27. Samurai Champloo
Watanabe is a master in creating visuals that blend seamlessly with the music playing in the background.
The follow up to his classic anime, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo was even better than hits predecessor. Jazz music became the staple of the Bebop series, and hip-hop music became the staple of the Samurai Champloo.
The story is once again set in the Edo period where Samurai rule the lands. The animation is on par with movies. The hip-hop music makes the show one of a kind.
Why did the studio decide to go full ham in animating this anime we won’t know. On the surface, Hyouka might seem light just another coming of age high school drama where the male and female leads fall in love.
But Hyouka is different, it feels special, not just the animation, the music, and the story are excellent. The characters move fluidly on the screen and the school feels like a real-life school.
Space debris is increasing at an alarming rate in the year 2075 and the Earth faces an existential crisis due to it. As the debris starts gathering near one another creating a big boulder, if it falls on the earth,
it will cause a lot of damage. So a team is sent to fix this problem. It is a one-of-a-kind show in anime that seems realistic and the characters are lovable, characters which you will get attached to. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
24. Monogatari Series
It will be hard to find a weeb who hasn’t watched or heard of the Monogatari series, it would be like finding a needle in sawdust. The Monogatari series is a long-running anime, which has garnered a massive fan base around the world.
The show is animated beautifully keeping the vision of the original novels in mind. The essence of the show is captured by the main character who survived a vampire attack, the show has some hiccups along the way, but all in all, it has a decent plot.
23. Cowboy Bebop
We would be committing a crime if we hadn’t included Cowboy Bebop on this list. The show is set in the future where our main character and arguably the best character in all of anime, Sike spiegel lives.
The story follows the adventures of the bebop crew who have great chemistry amongst them leading to many funny scenes.
The action is fast-paced, the animation is unlike any other, the music is the greatest anime has seen. This show is a classic, and you can’t call yourself an Otaku if you haven’t watched bebop, seriously, just watch it!
Mushishi creates a sense of adventure among the viewers which keeps them hooked to the show.
Couple this with the gentle and soothing background score and exquisite animation and the show flows like wind.
Mushishi set an example of what an anime can be, what animation can represent, and how great the art of anime can affect the viewer.
It is a heartwarming story that every otaku should watch.
What would you do when life becomes boring and you have to follow the same routine every day, even if you hate it. This is what happens with Kana, but unlike others, she is not going to let her days get wasted doing nothing, so to try out something new they make a rocket.
Not an actual one, but a mere bottle rocket, just when they were about to launch something crashes into it.
A space investigator! Kana, baffled by this event, decides to follow the space investigator. The animation is aesthetically pleasing and the characters are really cute, it’s an anime worth watching.
Yet another anime set in feudal Japan! There’s just something so great about ancient Japan that artists keep going back to it.
This time we follow the adventures of a “medicine seller” who slays spirits known as Mononoke. The art style of this anime in particular is really weird, not bad at all, but weird in a good way. Art is something that everyone has different opinions on, some may like this show some might hate it. But it’s an anime worth your time.
19. Princess Mononoke
Saying Princess Mononoke is a masterpiece would be an understatement. The movie is more than that, the animation surpasses every other movie in its league, it has its unique style in which it depicts the world.
The fantasy world created in this movie is so soothing to watch that you get completely lost in its story and its dazzling characters.
The movie is a classic and many fans rewatch it to this day. If you haven’t watched this movie, it should be on top of your wishlist, everyone should experience the magic that this movie creates!
18. Mob Psycho
From the creator of our favorite overpowered bald superhero, comes another series following the story of another overpowered main character.
Mob is a psychic and he wants to bring peace to the world, but some dreadful circumstances make him a monster for small periods where he loses control.
Oh boy, isn’t it fun to watch the fights in this anime, they literally will give you goosebumps, the colorful visuals blend in with the main theme to create a top-tier shonen experience. The mob psycho anime is a must-watch for every weeb who loves shonen.
17. Kill La Kill
Anime girls fighting each other in lewd costumes, what more can a weeb desire. Well, Killa Kil has that, but it isn’t the main theme of the show.
Well the plot of the show isn’t the best either, but it is worth watching, it is really funny, and I swear you will be laughing for a big part of the show.
You might not like the story, but I can guarantee that you’ll stick till the last episode, because the aesthetic, the animation of the show are so exhilarating that you are left wanting more.
It only has one season and you should be able to binge-watch the entirety of it.
16. Neon Genesis Evangelion
Undoubtedly the anime that made Kaijus and large mechas popular. Neon Genesis Evangelion is more than an anime, it transcends the entertainment medium quite literally. The director is one of the best Japan has seen and the tone that he set for this show, was so creepy that even today when fans think about it they get creeped out.
Depression, anxiety, existential crisis, teenage problems, and the bonus of the world coming to an end is enough to break the will of any strong man.
And that’s what’s happening in the show, we see our main characters tackle their fears and try saving the world, but they’re mere humans in the end. The animation of this show has aged, but the aesthetics of this show are still cherished online.
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A post-apocalyptic world where the only surviving humans are living in moving cities. These cities are huge with weapons and bombs at their disposal to stop the alien monsters from causing damage.
Our main character is this ambitious girl who wants to go out of the city to kill these monsters, but due to an injury she had when she was younger she wasn’t allowed to enter. The story is decent. But what sets the show apart from other anime is the visuals of this show.
The massive dystopian cities are great to watch and there are many jaw-dropping moments sprinkled throughout the show.
Well, who doesn’t love some dystopian Sci-fi? Akira is regarded as one of the most influential anime that came out of Japan. The aesthetic and the vibe that this movie had set was unimaginable to many.
The streets of Neo-Tokyo are plagued with gangs, terrorists, and goons after WW3. Without spoiling much of the story we can tell you this, Akira was leaps and bounds ahead of all the anime that came out at its time.
The aesthetic Instagram pages mostly use scenes from this movie, it is beautifully animated and the characters are engaging as well.
13. Perfect Blue
Perfect Blue is a psychological thriller that captivated audiences when it came out. The story follows a young Pop Idol who decides to expand her horizons and become a model/actress.
But things turn dark fast when a stalker starts harassing her, making her depressed and at times paranoid.
The movie is known for its aesthetic and vibe and surely a fan favorite. If you have been on Tumblr at any time you might have seen screenshots from this movie.
Perfect Blue is a perfect movie that doesn’t shy away from tackling nasty and grim issues, it is a must-watch surely.
12. A Silent Voice
Watching this anime and not crying is like eating burgers without mayo. The story is heartwarming, and you just can’t help it, you will cry. The story follows a bully who starts feeling bad for bullying a child when he was in elementary school.
His life has been affected by this and he just wants to be closer to the person he was bullying. The animation is great, the background score is great, the op is great, what else do you want, just watch it!
11. Your Name
What will you do if you woke up as different sex in a different person’s body in a different place? Well, this is the issue that the movie Your name seems to answer. Seeing each other’s problems after switching bodies, they both start falling in love with each other.
It is a heart-warming story directed by Makoto Shinkai which is regarded as one of the best directors of our time, so you know this movie won’t disappoint. The movie has great reviews from critics and fans as well.
10. Wolf Children
We have enough heart-warming anime on this list, now let’s get into something heartbreaking. Wolf Children fits this category perfectly.
The anime is somewhat a slice of life anime in the start but soon you realize that the anime is going to get dark, like seriously dark, you’ll cry.
It follows the journey of two wolf children, they are half-human and half-wolf. Their mother understands it won’t be feasible to live in the city with them so she decides to move to a rural area. The wolf children try to find their identity in this beautifully directed anime.
9. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
The title of this anime kinda gives away the plot. It is a story about a girl who finds discovers that she can time travel. It has a decent story and the characters are pretty great and feel real, not like most anime that try to pull the time-traveling gimmick.
There are many serious twists and turns throughout the runtime of this anime that’ll keep you engaged in the story. The animation of this anime mostly had pastel colors so it looks pretty nice and warm, the sound blends with the visuals nicely giving us a perfect end product.
8. Birthday Wonderland
Want to go on an adventure to an unknown place? Birthday wonderland is the place to go. The movie has concepts and worlds beyond our imagination.
Similar to the world of Narnia where the children access a whole new world through a closet, in birthday wonderland the main character enters a mysterious world through an antique shop.
The movie is great at what it’s trying to accomplish, creating a world in which the audience will get lost. Visually this movie is pleasing, some scenes are almost trippy.
7. The Boy and The Beast
The boy and beast is a movie by the director who created ‘Wolf Children’ and ‘The girl who leapt through time’ all three of these movies seem so different that you won’t believe they came from the same director.
The Boy And The Beast is an action-packed anime with subtle emotional moments which shift the tone of the movie instantly. The beast is almost like a big grizzly bear but somehow can walk and talk like humans. He decided to take this boy under his wing and teach him to fight.
The movie has some crazy battle scenes and it is a movie worth your time.
6. 5 Centimeters Per Second
Ever been in a long-distance relationship? Then you’ll relate to the story of Takaki and Akari who are in one.
The story is a drama that focuses on the struggles that two lovers face in a long-distance relationship. They want to be together but due to circumstances beyond their control, they have to separate. Even though they have gone different routes, the memories of the past they still cherish, they just can’t forget about them. It has great animation which sets a vibe for the entire anime.
5. No Game No Life
No Game No Life is not just a show it is a surreal experience. The animation is trippy, the backgrounds are bright and colorful with crazy structures.
It is a comedy isekai which to some may seem generic as there are many isekai out there. But the story is decent and the execution is top-notch, and that’s what matters the most. The anime follows the life of two siblings who are gamers and even look at real-life as another game, but all these changes when they get transferred into a game world.
The anime has many twists and turns as you progress and the animation will keep you engaged.
4. A Lull In The Sea
A Lul In The Sea or Nagi No Asu Kara is a romantic drama set in a fantasy world where humans inhabit both land and the seas. Long ago humans lived in the sea, but some start leaving the waters in search of better places to settle.
Soon almost the entire population is on land but some still live in water. The story follows kids from the seas who are forced to attend a school on land. It is a heartwarming story, with great world-building.
3. Death Parade
After death, there’s no heaven or hell there’s only reincarnation or endless suffering in the void of space. Our main character is stunned by this revelation, but he must not lose hope as he has to compete to be reincarnated.
Those who die in the world of Death Parade don’t go to hell or heaven but they are transferred to a limbo world where they have to compete in various competitions.
If they win, they get reincarnated, if they lose they’re thrown into oblivion. The vibe that this shows gives is grim and nasty, and we love it. It is a great watch if you enjoy dark-themed shows.
2. The Garden Of Words
The Garden of Words or Konotonoha no Niwa is yet another masterpiece by the genius himself, Makoto Shinkai.
Every movie that this guy makes is so beautifully animated that it will leave you craving for more. The garden of words follows a love story, which is a recurring theme in Shinkai’s movies.
An aspiring Shoemaker one day decided to flunk class so that he could sketch in the park. There he meets a mysterious woman, they both talk and start meeting each other every day, the boy promises to make her shoes.
But all this will come to an end when the rain stops. A must-watch anime for every weeb out there!
1 . Beyond the boundary
Mirai Kuriyama is the last descendent of the clan of the spirit world warriors. She has a unique ability through which she can use her blood to defeat her enemies.
Mirai should train hard so she could defeat the young or demons who threaten the world. The anime is good, not the best plot or characters, but the animation is top-notch.
The visuals of the show are nothing but spectacular. All in all the story is decent, the animation is good and the music fits the vibe of the show perfectly.
Aesthetically pleasing Anime are always fun to look at. Whether it’s good fights with sexy animation or it’s a slice-of-life Anime with attractive visuals. Worry not, all of these series and movies will provide you an experience that you never had before!
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