Anime has had its fair share of questionable moments throughout the years. Though many people were initially on the fence about these series, fans grew to love these animes over time!
Many anime fans have differing opinions about the shonen hit Fairy Tail, but it continues to rise in popularity! The anime follows the story of Natsu Dragneel and the adventures of the wizards in the Fairy Tail Guild. Regardless of what people say, fans still love it, and the fandom continues to grow!
Whether the opinion is positive or negative, everyone has something to say about this popular isekai! Sword Art Online follows the story of gamers trapped in a virtual reality game where in-game death also means the person's demise as well. Fans grew to love the way Kirito embarked on putting an end to the nightmare. No wonder the series has so many spin-offs!
Some might think Date a Live is just another harem anime, but the romantic comedy mixed with mecha violence has had a number of spin-offs and parts as well, which is a testament to its popularity! The story itself follows a high school boy aiming to make “spirits” fall in love with him to stop the destruction of the world. Date a Live continues to be a fan favorite amongst the growing list of animes in the genre!
Another throwback, Maid Sama! is a romantic comedy following the popular Usui Takumi and the hardworking student council Misaki Ayuzawa. But Misaki has a secret- she works part-time at a maid café! While some love the romance between Misaki and Usui, others argue that Usui’s personality is simply too much. Regardless of the differing opinion on the romance, Maid-Sama! continues to have a strong fan following and is considered a shojo classic!
Being one of the most well-knonw isekai animes, in this comedy, fans embark on an adventure after the protagonist, Kazume Satou, dies and is reincarnated into a fantasy world! Konosuba has won fans over with its self-aware nature.
The humor in the show has reeled in many fans who especially like the interactions between Kazuma Satou and the goddess Aqua!
Another anime fans grew to love is the story of Naofumi Iwatani as he grows stronger after being summoned to a fantasy world of betrayal as a shield hero. Rising of the Shield Hero is a fan favorite but initially had people on the fence due to an early revenge plot! Despite this, Naofumi’s journey from weakling to one of the strongest heroes has hooked everyone!
Any fan of Tokyo Ghoul knows the manga versus anime controversy following the release of this anime. Despite the disappointment of the first season for some, as the series took a different route from the manga, many people still love the anime! This brutal story of a world where ghouls exist is something that was ingrained in the hearts of fans. We watch as Ken Kaneki gets thrown into this hidden world and how he must survive when he is neither a complete human nor a ghoul.
What could be considered a classic, Elfen Lied, caught everyone by surprise when it was released back in 2004. While many consider the series too “try-hard”, the series has maintained a cult following! The story was a mix of gore and tragedy as we found ourselves following a girl with special powers and two college students being sucked into a world of government conspiracy and death.
This slice-of-life was a cultural phenomenon back in the era of 2000s animes. Following protagonist Kyon and his adventures in a paranormal-focused club formed by Haruhi Suzumiya, who may not be completely human. Despite how much time has passed since the prime of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, it remains as a irreplaceable part of anime history!
This comedy was a staple of 2000s animes. Lucky Star follows a group of high school girls as they comment on the world around them! While the series was released in 2007, it’s still a fan favorite. Even now, the comedy is bound to get a laugh from most viewers!