The Best Anime Series of All Time TV Programs
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

List Criteria: Japanese animated TV series only

List of the best anime series ever made. The blanket term "anime" in the US can refer to any animation originating in Japan, and specifically differentiates a few aspects of Japanese animation from more Western styles. (This includes the Japanese propensity to feature adult themes and stories in animation, as opposed to Western "cartoons" aimed primarily at children, as well as the exaggerated, fantasy-oriented and colorful style of Japanese animated visuals.) "Anime" can refer either to animated films or TV series, furthering the confusion. (Anime is often incorrectly used to refer to Japanese comic books as well. These are actually known as "manga," though many anime series are based on or inspired by popular manga.)

Anime TV series first found popularity outside of Japan in the 1980s and have continued to find larger and larger audiences in the West. A number of anime shows originating in Japan - such as "Cowboy Bebop" or "Dragon Ball Z" - have found enthusiastic audiences for dubbed versions in English speaking countries. ("Pokemon," a series inspired by Nintendo's blockbuster series of video games, has been an ongoing hit franchise in both Japan and the US.) The anime style has grown so popular in the US, it has stared to significantly influence the style and aesthetics of American animation. Shows such as "Avatar: The Last Airbender," "Afro Samurai" and "Samurai Jack" have borrowed heavily from anime in terms of pacing, subject matter and design.

This list collects the best Japanese anime TV series of all time. American series that have been influenced by anime, such as "Avatar: The Last Airbender," are not included.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    most listed
    Death Note

    2006-10-03 More
    98
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    1998-04-03 More
    97
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    1989 More
    96
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    2010 More
    96
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    2003 More
    89
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    2004-10-05 More
    88
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    2002 More
    83
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    1986 More
    81
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    1998 More
    80
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    the people's #1
    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    1995 More
    80
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    2000 More
    77
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    ranked low on reranks
    Naruto Shippūden

    2007 More
    77
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    1997 More
    77
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    2002 More
    76
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    2006 More
    73
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    Rurouni Kenshin

    73
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    2000 More
    72
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    2009 More
    66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Digimon

    65
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    Soul Eater

    2008 More
    63
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    2000 More
    61
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    Hellsing

    2001 More
    61
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    Attack On Titan

    61
    added by: maxryan3003
    Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?, lit. "Advancing ...
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    2004 More
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    1992 More
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    1992 More
    59
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    1989 More
    57
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    2007 More
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    Tenchi Muyo

    1992 More
    55
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    1997 More
    53
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    1998 More
    53
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    2007 More
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    2005 More
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    2000 More
    51
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    2004 More
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    Batman: The Animated Series

    1992 More
    50
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    2011 More
    50
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    1979 More
    50
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    Paranoia Agent

    2004 More
    49
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    2011 More
    49
    added by: That1Dude
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    2002 More
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    2012 More
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    added by: Lepticidio
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    2005 More
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    2011 More
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    added by: ValedPuud
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    2002-01-08 More
    47
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    1985 More
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    Hellsing Ultimate

    February 10, 2006 More
    46
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    2008 More
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    added by: Tatsuki34
    J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 
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