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The Last Airbender: Ranking the best-animated shows of all time

Avatar: The Last Airbender has delivered a compelling tale that has captivated audiences from almost every demographic

The Last Airbender: Ranking the best-animated shows of all time

List hai toh hit hai 

Last Updated: 10.48 PM, Feb 20, 2024


Not many animated shows can find the perfect balance between a story that caters to both children and adults alike. However, Avatar: The Last Airbender has delivered a compelling tale that has captivated audiences from almost every demographic. The narrative is set in an alternate universe, and the fantasy drama offers a blend of action, adventure, and humour. Netflix is set to release a live-action adaptation of the iconic animated series on 22nd February, and it follows a young boy named Aang who is prophesied to end the war between the four elemental nations. So for today’s List Hai Toh Hit Hai podcast, we are ranking the top 10 animated shows that are available to stream online.

10. Justice League the Animated Series - Netflix

Justice League the Animated Series is a sequel to Batman the Animated Series – part of the iconic Timmverse created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Justice League the Animated Series is renowned for its mature storytelling that introduces complex narratives, tackling socio-political dilemmas against the backdrop of cosmic as well as earthly challenges. With dynamic character interactions, it explores the essence of heroism and sacrifice. The series seamlessly blends action, humour, and drama, delving into the superheroes' humanity. The series remains one of the best superhero stories ever told in film or television.


9. Rick and Morty - Netflix

While American animated shows are often not credited with the same level of scale, meticulous attention to detail, storytelling depth, and profound philosophical explorations as Japanese anime, Dan Harmon's Rick and Morty not only meets but exceeds these expectations. This satirical black-comedy sci-fi adventure, following a mad scientist and his grandson as they traverse time, space, and dimensions, is recognized as a significant achievement in American animation. Rick and Morty have become cultural icons, solidifying the show's status as a major success in the animated landscape.

8. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Crunchyroll

Japanese anime reigns supreme in the world of animated shows and movies, with FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood standing at the upper echelons of the genre. Adapted from Hiromu Arakawa's manga, this masterpiece examines profound philosophical themes with unparalleled action sequences and drama. It explores fundamental themes resonating with contemporary socio-political ideologies worldwide. The story follows the journey of two brothers on their quest to find the fabled Philosopher's Stone, in the hopes of restoring their bodies after their failed experiment at alchemy.

7. Neon Genesis Evangelion - Netflix

Even after nearly 25 years since its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion remains a widely   discussed Japanese anime. Pioneering in animation and sound design, its enduring relevance among more recent anime is a testament to the skill and dedication of the writers and the entire team involved. Rich in philosophical and biblical subtext, the mecha anime tells the story of a young boy who is tasked with defending the planet against giant monsters by becoming the pilot of a giant mechanical robot called the Eva.

6. Death Note - Netflix

Death Note stands out as one of the most widely embraced Japanese anime productions around the globe. Adapted from Tsugumi Ohba's manga, it unfolds as a psychological fantasy drama thriller that centres around Light Yagami, a highly intelligent high school student who acquires the Death Note — a diary that grants him the ability to kill anyone at any time by any plausible means. The series delves into the peril of such power, even in the hands of those with virtuous motives. Renowned for its screenplay, the show exemplifies a masterclass in crafting intense scenes through dialogue alone.

5. BoJack Horseman - Netflix

The story unfolds in a world where humans and animals share a modern society on equal footing. BoJack Horseman, the protagonist, is a has-been sitcom and a talking horse residing in a grand mansion in ‘Hollywoo’, California – a fictionalised version of Hollywood. Voiced by Will Arnett, the show is a satirical black comedy that seamlessly blends humour with poignant moments. The series addresses mature themes such as drug abuse, mental health, love, and various contemporary socio-political issues, whilst offering a mix of laughter and profound reflection.

4. Blue Eye Samurai - Netflix

The breakout success of the year 2023 is the American animated series Blue Eye Samurai which is number four on this list. A Netflix original series, it unfolds in Japan's Edo period during the 17th century, narrating the journey of a biracial Samurai seeking revenge. The show intricately explores themes such as race, nationalism, xenophobia, misogyny, and other socio-political issues. It garnered acclaim for its riveting fight scenes, captivating art style, and animation. Helmed by Amber Noizumi and Michael Green, this series is destined to be remembered as one of the greatest animated shows in history.

3. Cowboy Bebop - Netflix

Cowboy Bebop, is a sci-fi neo-noir anime drawing inspiration from classic western films, and the story is set in a futuristic 2070 society. It revolves around a team of bounty hunters navigating adventures on their spaceship named Bebop. Exploring themes of existentialism, self-discovery, comradery, and isolation, the series was adapted into a live-action version and was released on Netflix on November 19, 2021. While anime is revered as among the best of all time, the live-action adaptation failed to live up to expectations.

2. Batman the Animated Series - Netflix

Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series is arguably the greatest superhero animated show of all time. It delves into the complex world of Gotham City’s Dark Knight, offering gripping narratives and character exploration. With stunning art deco aesthetics, the series captures the essence of Batman’s noir origins. Kevin Conroy’s turn as Batman is widely regarded as the most definitive version of the character, while Mark Hamill perfectly complements Conroy’s Batman by delivering an equally compelling version of the Joker. The show also introduced fan-favourite DC character Harley Quinn, a character inspired by the voice actor herself, Arleen Sorkin.

1. Arcane - Netflix

Arcane, adapted from the video game franchise League of Legends, takes the number one spot on this. The series garnered universal acclaim for its unique animation style and compelling story set in a steampunk society. Created by Christian Linke and Alex Yee, Arcane tells the story of two estranged sisters who are caught in the war between the affluent and wealthy city of Piltover and the downtrodden and destitute slums of the underworld of Zaun. With its mesmerising visuals, excellent performances by its voice cast, and thought-provoking narrative, the series has redefined the animation genre.

Well thats all for this episode of List hai toh hit hai, until the next time its your host Nikhil signing out.

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Written by Ryan Gomez

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