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10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch

Anime caters to different people’s tastes. But did you know that classic anime gained multiple rewatches compared to new ones being shown nowadays?

Why do you think is that? Is it because classics are worthwhile because they’re enjoyable long-running series? Or is it because of their magnificent storylines?

Think about it! If you have more time in your hands, would you rewatch Naruto or One Piece? Hunter x Hunter or Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood?

Now relax and sit comfortably! And let me enlighten your mind by bringing you 10 popular anime that you should rewatch while you still have a lot of time in your hands!

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10. Gintama

Gintama is undeniably the King of Parodyanime when its 1st season aired in Spring 2006! Each episode is brilliantly sprinkled with comedy gold that will make your stomach hurt from constant laughter!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
Gintama | Source: Official Website

Binge-rewatching several episodes made me chuckle non-stop for 5 whole minutes! I had to turn down the television’s volume so as not to distract the neighbors from my loud and hysterical giggles!

If you seek the best and funniest Gintama episodes to rewatch, I promise you’ll soon find yourself in Cloud 9!

But if you want the whole thing, here’s a Gintama Watch Order Guide that’ll help you navigate throughout the TV series, movies, OVAs, and specials!

9. Sword Art Online

Who could have thought that Sword Art Online (SAO) would become a popular anime?!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
Sword Art Online | Source: Crunchyroll

For a series that’s based on a light novel, it’s remarkable to rewatch a sci-fi genre mixed with RPG (role-playing game) themes that inspire much fantasy or “Isekai” shows today!

Rewatching this anime is awesome because it graces viewers with sci-fi and fantasy animation sprinkled with Kazuto and Asuna’s romance!

And when it premiered in 2012, many gamers also jumped to the bandwagon of binge-watching SAO because it’s a relatable show!

SAO was appealing to rewatch back in its days because it’s an exciting and unique series that premiered in Summer 2012 — a season when every other show merely recycles the typical rom-com formula!

8. Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball is a quality series to rewatch because fans slowly see it transformed into a legendary and godly anime over the years!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
Dragon Ball Z | Source: IMDb

Let’s face it: 80% to 90% of anime fans who grew up in the 80s or 90s practically watched at least one Dragon Ball episode; have at least seen its commercials or have at least seen Dragon Ball characters plastered in kids’ merchandise! That’s how popular Dragon Ball characters were back then!

But Dragon Ball Z was the epitome of the series plot-wise and storytelling-wise when it was initially coming out in the early 90s because of the strong bonds and camaraderie among the characters!

I love Dragon Ball Z more than its predecessor or sequel that I even watched Dragon Ball Kai (a filler-free version of the series) just to reminisce the good old days when watching Dragon Ball Z as a kid!

7. One Punch Man

One Punch Man (OPM) became the precursor for the return of superhero anime when it premiered in Fall 2015! The anime balances superpower, comedy, and urban fantasy in just the right mix!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
One Punch Man | Source: Viz Media

Back then, fans were saturated with the recurring action, supernatural, and fantasy genre. But OPM becomes a treat to rewatch back in those days because the series entices viewers into action-packed and comedic scenes that made anime so likable in the first place!

One Punch Man Official Trailer

Studio MADHOUSE made the right choice when it broadcasted OPM for only 12 episodes per season (Season 1 & 2); and 6 episodes each for the OVA and the Specials.

After rewatching OPM, we were able to identify the top 10 strongest OPM characters are in the series.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and rewatch One Punch Man and tell us whether you agree with the top 10 strongest OPM characters we’ve identified!

6. InuYasha

InuYasha is one of those anime that metaphorically takes viewers back in historical Japan!

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InuYasha | Source: Fandom

Seeing Japan’s rice fields, hills, mountains, caves, and waterfalls incorporated with InuYasha’s impeccable storytelling only makes me love the series more!

Like many fans, I grew up in the early 2000s when anime was just gaining its momentum and finding its market niche among elementary and high school students.

So, when InuYasha finished airing in 2004 (the original series), then in 2010 (the sequel — InuYasha: The Final Act), I just knew I had to rewatch this feudal fairy tale that is filled with romantic plot twists!

Let’s also not forget its sequel — Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon — an anime that tells the adventures of Lord Sesshōmaru and InuYasha’s kids!

5. Naruto

Naruto is undeniably a must-watch and a must-rewatch anime because of its glorious storytelling and captivating plotlines!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
Naruto | Source: Fandom

Even if it’s an anime that was aired in the early 2000s, its merchandise still attracts many new fans so they can get into the series themselves!

Naruto: The Complete Series Exclusive Special Edition - Official Trailer

Studio Pierrot made Naruto a classic anime franchise when they rebranded its sequel to Naruto: Shippuuden!

When Naruto grew up, dedicated manga readers and anime-onlies continued to follow him to see where he’ll go (and whether he’ll be able to achieve his goals and save his friends)!

If you want to rewatch some of the 220 Naruto episodes and some of the 500 Naruto: Shippuuden episodes, use this guide to navigate away from fillers.

4. Bleach

Bleach is undeniably a must-re-watch series because its action-packed episodes are filled to the brim with the supernatural, grim reapers, and superpowers!

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Bleach | Source: IMDb

Furthermore, with the Thousand-Year Blood War arc lingering around the corner, what better way to rewatch Bleach than for this reason alone?

But did you know: when Bleach premiered in Fall 2004, fans weren’t immediately hooked on it because Naruto and One Piece already got many fans occupied?!

But some newbies to anime gave Bleach a try and were mind-blown by Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki’s teamwork in the first few episodes!

When it finally made it into people’s hearts, it’s no wonder why and how Bleach made it to the “Big Three” of Shōnen Jump titles back in the day along with Naruto and One Piece!

Therefore, for all you Bleach fans out there wanting to rewatch the series, here’s a watch order guide that’ll satisfy your thirst for the movies, OVAs, specials, and more!

3. Hunter x Hunter

Yoshihiro Togashi made a gold mine out of Hunter x Hunter when it was adapted into an anime in 1999, then the reboot in 2011! With friendly but intriguing characters like Gon and Killua, it’s no wonder it emotionally made its way in many anime fans’ minds!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
Hunter x Hunter | Source: Viz Media

Hunter x Hunter is a must-rewatch series because it captured some themes you wouldn’t typically see in anime. This is especially true in the Chimera Ant arc when Chimera King Meruem was in the spotlight!

But as of August 20, 2021, it’s been announced that Hunter x Hunter has been officially on hiatus for 1,000 days! Despite this sad news, this year’s the 10th anniversary of the series where Togashi gave us a special illustration to commemorate the event!

While many of us are still waiting for a single chapter of Hunter x Hunter to drop, why not relive the best moments in the series by watching it filler-free using this watch order guide?

2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Fullmetal Alchemist is an unforgettable series because its themes revolve around the military in a Shōnen-centric narrative!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
Fullmetal Alchemist | Source: IMDb

Shōnen and military is a unique formula that fans rarely see on television during the early 2000s! That’s why when the original and rebooted Fullmetal Alchemist demonstrated these themes during the early 2000s and 2010s, it made the series a lucrative and beloved classic!

For many die-hard Fullmetal Alchemist fans, they prefer watching the reboot because it’s the completely adapted version of the manga! And with alluring casts like Edward, Alphonse, Winry, and Roy, one couldn’t help but be related to their internal struggles!

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a must-watch-anime and a must-rewatch anime for many! So, if you haven’t watched it yet, why not give it a try even using this filler-free guide?

1. One Piece

One Piece solidified itself to be the “King of Anime, Manga, and Re-watches” because of its worldbuilding, intriguing storylines, fun characters, and complex plot twists!

10 Popular Anime You Should Rewatch
One Piece | Source: Crunchyroll

And while many people hesitate to start it because of its length, there are those who keep rewatching their favorite episodes even after they’re caught up! That goes to show how dedicated they are to analyzing the structure, power systems, and locations in the series!

"ONE PIECE STAMPEDE" | Official Trailer

Truth be told, it’s not impossible to catch up to this magnificent series even though it already has over 900+ episodes (which will likely take weeks or months as long as you continuously watch it)!

So, what are you waiting for? Get motivated and re-watch some of your favorite arcs in One Piece! You can even use this One Piece watch order so you can quickly jump to your favorite episodes or arcs!

About Anime

Anime is a word derived from animation. When people say “anime”, they usually refer to hand-drawn and computer animation originally coming from Japan.

Vibrant characters, colorful graphics, and fantastic storytelling are the epitome of Japanese successful animation over the years.

With the medium’s cultural and global phenomenon over the last three decades, it’s understandable why a Japanese animation is a satisfying form of entertainment that many fans around the globe continue to seek.

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Marianne Quintinio

Marianne Quintinio

Marianne has been a huge fan of the fictional genre since she was a child. She has loved Disney movies, Harry Potter books, but loves anime and manga the most! Over 20 anime and manga series have positively influenced her life. When she's not busy writing manga reviews in Goodreads, you can catch her chatting with people on Discord, Reddit, and Twitter.

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