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Top 14 aesthetically pleasing anime shows you need to watch in 2023

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Anime and animation go hand in hand.

Unlike the 90s anime, which was only based on hand-drawn animation, modern era anime shows are willing to go that extra mile.

In this article, we will share the top 14 best-animated anime that soothes the eyes and heals the soul. The production quality of these is top-notch, and you can find some of the most beautifully animated scenes in anime history.

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The following anime series are tried and tested by anime experts.

With our list, you can find yourself mesmerized by these names, and you can rest assured that we are providing the best quality as fellow otakus.

That said, buckle up as we unravel the top 14 most visually pleasing anime you should watch right now.

Monogatari series

Bakemonogatari fight scene: Koyomi vs. KanbaruBakemonogatari fight scene: Koyomi vs. Kanbaru

Written by Nisio Isin, Monogatari is one of the weirdest and most aesthetically pleasing anime ever. The art style is so distinguishable that no anime can be on par with this one.

The art form is extremely geometrical, and the characters have a different vibe. Although the series is confusing, it has its charm, and that’s why it comes at the top of our list of the Top 14 aesthetically pleasing anime shows you need to watch.

Tatami galaxy

The Tatami Galaxy - Trailer [Subtitled]The Tatami Galaxy – Trailer [Subtitled]

Tatami Galaxy is the one anime that has zero haters.

With a good story and an excellent plot progression, Tatami Galaxy can easily raise the bar high without any fast-paced fight scenes.

The story is slow, and just like the name, the whole show is a moving galaxy of stars and space.

Demon slayer

When everyone thought Shonen was dead, Demon Slayer came out, and oh boy, the animation is so good that even non-anime fans can enjoy the fight scenes.

The story revolves around the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado and his half-demon sister- Nezuko. We are not here to give a spoiler, so, watch the show BAKA!

Violet ever garden

Violet Evergarden - Parasol Scene HDViolet Evergarden – Parasol Scene HD

Saying Violet’s ever garden is beautiful would not be fair; Violet’s ever garden is the only anime I fell in love with.

The story, the colors, the animation, and everything about this show can be summarised in one word – Gorgeous.

It’s a slow burn for sure but definitely worth your time. Go watch this show before every anime streaming website gets banned

Kiki’s delivery service

Kiki's Room With a View | Kiki's Delivery Service | Max FamilyKiki’s Room With a View | Kiki’s Delivery Service | Max Family

Studio Ghibli never disappoints.

With Kiki’s delivery service, the animation industry got its first boost on International animation platforms.

The animation was so soothing and pleasing that people of all ages appreciated this masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki.

If you are having a bad day or want a change of phase in your life, then Kiki’s delivery service is your one-stop destination.

Psycho pass

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Those who bought The Dominator off Wish and Aliexpress truly are men/women of the culture.

Psycho-Pass was so good, and the animation was much better aesthetically than the famous high-budget anime shows.

The story revolves around Akane Tsunemori as she joins the force that battles criminals in the cyberpunk setting of Toyko.

Ergo proxy

Ergo Proxy Trailer HD "Pulse of the awakening"Ergo Proxy Trailer HD “Pulse of the awakening”

If Batman has an anime adaption, then Ergo Proxy would be the perfect setting.

The gloomy animation and shadow effects used in the show made this underrated show a critically acclaimed anime of all time.

Fans argue that Ergo Proxy didn’t receive the hype it was supposed to receive, and only a handful of people know about this psychological animation masterpiece.

Paranoia agent

Ikari breaks free - Paranoia AgentIkari breaks free – Paranoia Agent

If you like gloomy and dark series, then Paranoia is exclusively made for you.

The aesthetics are so mixed with the show’s overall atmosphere that you will eventually become a part of it.

The colors, the shadows, and the camera movement are similar to the style of Ergo proxy, but the craziness is on some other level.

Give your brain some dopamine with this extraordinary series by Satoshi Kun.

Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue (1997) - Excuse me, who are you?Perfect Blue (1997) – Excuse me, who are you?

The dangers of the film industry are exceptionally described in this 1997 psychological anime.

Everyone will agree that the aesthetics and animation style in all of Satoshi Kun’s movies is top-notch and easily recognizable.

The perfect blue has a dreamy animation style, often stimulating depression and anxiety through each frame.

Do you remember black swan by Darren Aronofsky, most of the scenes and frames are the exact copy of Satoshi Kun’s perfect blue?

Now go watch the original masterpiece.

Death note

Often newcomers start their anime journey with a Death Note, often called the ‘book of death.’

And they are not wrong; the show was able to attract a massive audience because of its deep psychological wars, animation style, and overall aesthetic.

The lighting and shadows describe the characters’ intent, and the camera angles and perspective put you in the shoes of the protagonist and antagonist.

Your name

Your Name | Kimi No Na Wa | Best Scenes #viralYour Name | Kimi No Na Wa | Best Scenes #viral

The first movie that crossed boundaries and brought together every anime fan was your name or Kimi No Na Wa.

This masterpiece from Makoto Shinkai has a separate fanbase. Makoto Shinkai has a long list of movies so well animated that we might need another article just for that.

But your name definitely comes at the top of our list of the Top 14 aesthetically pleasing anime shows you need to watch.



Hyouka is your typical high school romance anime, but it also has its set of aesthetics.

The show has certain moments that totally top the charts regarding the animation style.

If you have ever watched this show, you must be aware of the last episode of this show. It was a blessing from the gods!

Kill la Kill

The animation in Kill La Kill differs from the other animations in common action/comedy series.

Cartoons highly inspire aesthetics, creating this beautiful cartoon-like animation that pleases the eyes.

If you want to try something new, Kill La Kill is your best bet.

But watch it alone. It has some ecchi scenes that will catch you off guard.

Serial experimental lain

Serial Experiments Lain - You're just an acting GodSerial Experiments Lain – You’re just an acting God

Serial experimental lain takes the gloomy concepts of colors and perspective, creating a distinguished atmosphere that diminishes the line between reality and fiction.

Did you find the above sentence formation weird? If yes, then Serial experimental lain is not for you.

Just kidding, the animation in Serial experimental lain is so lazy and depressing that even the happiest person will fall deep into an existential crisis.

So that was our take on the Top 14 aesthetically pleasing anime shows you need to watch right now.

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Ashish Khaitan is a content writer based out of New Delhi. He usually writes content for business owners, websites, and filmmakers. He likes anime, mangas, and Kdramas and often spends a lot of time reading books. He enjoys his own company and rarely goes outside unless there is a sale in the local clothing stores.

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