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

You love anime but what tops this 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.) Check out the best anime of 2014 for newer recommendations! 

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.

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    Rie Kugimiya, Nana Mizuki, Minami Takayama

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    the people's #1 Megumi Hayashibara, Norio Wakamoto, Kōichi Yamadera

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    Rie Kugimiya, Dameon Clarke, Toru Ohkawa

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Naoko Watanabe, Masako Nozawa

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    Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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    added by maxryan3003 Attack On Titan Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?, lit. "Advancing Giants") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated byHajime Isayama. The series began

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    Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Junko Takeuchi, Wil Wheaton

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    Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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    Luci Christian, Brina Palencia

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    Nana Mizuki, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Kazuhiko Inoue

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    added by Lepticidio Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kōichi Yamadera, Hiroaki Hirata

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru

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    Johnny Yong Bosch, Hiromi Tsuru, Aya Hisakawa

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Takehito Koyasu, Akira Ishida

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    Yoshito Yasuhara, Tomo Sakurai, Mayo Suzukaze

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    Kaori Nazuka, Kouki Uchiyama, Keiji Himeno

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mamiko Noto, Paul Dobson, Houko Kuwashima

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    Ayako Kawasumi, Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka

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    Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda

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    Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Atsuko Tanaka

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Kramer, Kari Wahlgren, Dave Mallow

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    Nobuyuki Hiyama, Takako Honda, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steven Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Neil Kaplan

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    ranked low on reranks Jun Fukuyama, Nobuhiko Okamoto

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    Crispin Freeman, Jōji Nakata, Jason Miller

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    Aya Hisakawa, Kotono Mitsuishi, Keiko Han

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sophiagubbels Kikuko Inoue, Takehito Koyasu, Mamoru Miyano

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    often listed & added by Foxtrot Tomokazu Seki, Mamiko Noto, Junko Takeuchi

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    Andrew Rannells, Junko Takeuchi, Megumi Ogata

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    ranked low on reranks Tokyo Ghoul

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka, Akiko Yajima

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    Toshiyuki Morikawa, Akira Ishida, Akiko Yajima

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    ranked low on reranks & added by kesh777 Sword Arts Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

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    often listed & added by Yamato19742014 Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    Miyuki Sawashiro, Kana Hanazawa, Eri Kitamura

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Masami Kikuchi

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    Chiwa Saitō, Takehito Koyasu, Kappei Yamaguchi

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    Rie Kugimiya, Rie Tanaka, Yui Horie

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    Kill La Kill

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