10 Best Drama Anime of All Time | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Who doesn’t love a good drama anime? These programs occasionally leave audiences tense, shocked, and interested in their cast’s current or future developments. Likewise, most drama anime contain moments that’ll strike audiences’ core, considering most are set in realities not too different from ours. 

Having said that, this article will touch upon the 10 best drama anime that have been released (as of this writing). From emotionally charged cinematic experiences to anime that required a supplemental season to leave an impression, fans may adore most shows present here. 

Nevertheless, feel free to leave your comments about our choices below. We’ll be including links to those we have covered to great lengths in the past too. 


A Silent Voice

Fortunately, not everyone’s experienced bullying of some kind. It’s an act that’ll leave the performer and the victim feeling down about themselves. A Silent Voice is an incredible anime film that tackles this idea wonderfully throughout its runtime.

Our tale follows Shouya, a bully who picks on Shouko because of her hearing disability. This entices Shouko to transfer schools. Shouya experiences immense guilt and gets scorned by his peers because of his atrocious actions. Later in life, Shouya receives the opportunity to make amends for his actions when Shouko re-enters his life.

This anime remarkably builds upon the drama between Shouko and Shouya well by placing them in intense and intimate scenarios. The music wonderfully elevates several scenes’ atmosphere, allowing audiences to immerse themselves in Shouko, Shouya, and others’ situations.

In addition to having beautiful visuals that capture the emotions one would want from a dramatic tale, this anime is worth watching. 


Sound! Euphonium

If bullying is too much for you, then this music-centric drama series should interest you. This anime follows a high-schooler named Kumiko. She doesn’t want to join Kitauji High School’s concert band because of past experiences she had during middle school. However, several events occur that force Kumiko to join this concert band’s roster. 

To make matters worse, Kumiko encounters Kousaka, a former bandmate she had a complicated relationship with in the past. Therefore, we’ll follow Kumiko’s efforts to reignite her passion for music again, among other things.

Sound! Euphonium is a great music anime that provides a solid reflection of high school band life. From intense competitions to gripping rehearsals and audition try-outs, some fans will resonate with the activities Kumiko and her friends participate in.

Additionally, the series features incredible drama, some of which will hit audiences as hard as reckless drunk drivers. While the drama can be over-the-top (at points), this music anime is a must-watch for anyone who loves dramas in general. 

You can check out our coverage on the Sound! Euphonium series here!


Grave of the Fireflies


Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is a wonderful anime from the 2010s many wouldn’t mind seeing receive a post-time-skip sequel. This story tackles concepts like friendship, tragedy, and seeking closure wonderfully with its storytelling and characters. In addition to having touches of intrigue and colorful visuals, you’ll find yourself wanting more from this tale.

Our story follows Jinta and his former friends who have grown apart. This is due to one of their buddies dying long ago. Suddenly, Menma, the tragic friend in question, appears in Jinta’s life like a ghostly entity. This encourages Jinta to rally his former friends together to help Menma ascend to the afterlife. What begins as a simple quest spirals into a tale of reconciliation and self-recovery.

If you’re someone who has ever experienced loss in any form or love stories that tackle companionship in wonderful ways, check out Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.


Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket (2019)


Nana

The tale of two Nanas is one of the best ways to describe this old anime gem. It follows two girls named Nana who travel to Japan for different reasons. One Nana is visiting Japan because she wants to find a love interest while the other is there to pursue fame in the music industry. Eventually, both girls cross paths and we watch how they’ll impact each other’s lives. 

This anime tackles ideas like music, friendship, and competition in remarkable ways. Romance is a key part of each girl’s journey, despite one wanting to claim fame more than love. This stretches out into the side characters’ ploys too, making the story feel tense and exciting throughout its run. 

On top of having a pleasing, gothic style that allows it to stand apart from other drama anime of past and present, Nana is worth watching.


Welcome To The NHK

As many teachers and adults will tell you, life changes after you leave high school. While some can hold onto the friendships they built up over time, others will embark on lonesome journeys. Unfortunately for Satou, he obtained the bad ending. He’s an old, socially withdrawn male who experiences severe loneliness and depression during Welcome To The NHK’s story.

Fortunately, this tale throws him a bone, by introducing strange people into his life that’ll give him the support he needs to tackle and view life differently. This is an excellent anime that knows how to delve deep into its protagonist’s psyche. By the end of it all, viewers will develop a complex understanding of Satou’s character. They’ll resonate with his anxieties and longing for human interaction.

Therefore, if you’re looking for an anime that offers great drama and a wonderful character study of its lead protagonist, check this out.


March Comes In Like A Lion

March Comes In Like A Lion follows Rei, who is a professional shogi player. Rei may be an amazing player but has inner demons that are thwarting his emotional progress. Fortunately, several folks enter Rei’s life, giving him helpful aid and encouragement to fight through those inner quarrels that harm his psyche. 

Folks who’ve received physical or vocal support from others will cherish the time Rei spends with the people who pop into his life. It’s these touching and relatable moments that’ll make viewers reflect on the times when they sought comfort, be it from another human or adorable critter. This anime also shows that while people may be more talented than you, we all face problems prohibiting us from achieving greater feats.

Watch March Comes In Like A Lion if you’re looking for a wonderfully animated and deep work that may influence you for the better.


Violet Evergarden

Violet Evergarden is one of Kyoto Animation’s best anime yet. This anime’s set in a futuristic universe, much different from ours and the other anime on this list. This world features robots and humans, who live and work amongst each other. 

The story follows Violet, a former war veteran who bares robotic limbs because of a past war she was a part of. Violet traverses her world in search of a man who told Violet he loved her. Violet hopes to understand what this gentleman means by his words when they reunite.

This anime is jam-packed with gorgeous visuals, strands of emotionally rich dialogue, and an empowering soundtrack that’ll move you. The characters receive great depth and fans will love seeing what Violet experiences during her travels.

Give this a watch if you want something that’ll make you teary-eyed.

You can read our thoughts on Violet Evergarden in our full-season review here!


Clannad After Story

Clannad After Story is an anime sequel done right. Much like 2024’s The Dangers In My Heart Season 2, Clannad After Story builds upon Season 1’s narrative in remarkable ways. From exploring the cast’s adult lives to presenting them with realistic obstacles, fans will admire how Kyoto Animation Studios tackles Tomoya and his friends’ new activities. 

For those unaware, Clannad After Story (or Clannad Season 2) focuses on Tomoya’s and his friend’s lives after high school. From taking care of children to resolving old family drama, Tomoya and his friends have their work cut out for them here. You’ll admire seeing them struggle and praise them when they conquer their hurdles. 

Teen and adult audiences will resonate with the obstacles set in our characters’ way and may develop strategies that’ll prevent them from experiencing similar trials in their lives. Therefore, if you’re after a life-changing drama anime, Clannad After Story is worth your time!


So, there we have it, our picks for the 10 best drama anime of all time!

What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!


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