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.
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    Rie Kugimiya, Nana Mizuki, Minami Takayama

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Naoko Watanabe, Masako Nozawa

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    Rie Kugimiya, Dameon Clarke, Toru Ohkawa

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Norio Wakamoto, Kōichi Yamadera

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    ranked low on reranks Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Junko Takeuchi, Wil Wheaton

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    the people's #1 Megumi Hayashibara, Takehito Koyasu, Akira Ishida

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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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    Nana Mizuki, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Kazuhiko Inoue

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    Mamiko Noto, Paul Dobson, Houko Kuwashima

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    Luci Christian, Brina Palencia

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    Yoshito Yasuhara, Tomo Sakurai, Mayo Suzukaze

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Tomokazu Seki, Shin-ichiro Miki

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    Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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    Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Atsuko Tanaka

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    ranked low on reranks & added by maxryan3003 Attack On Titan Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?, lit. "Advancing ...

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    Steve Kramer, Kari Wahlgren, Dave Mallow

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    Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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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 Ayako Kawasumi, Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka

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    Kaori Nazuka, Kouki Uchiyama, Keiji Himeno

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    Nobuyuki Hiyama, Takako Honda, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    ranked low on reranks Crispin Freeman, Jōji Nakata, Jason Miller

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    Aya Hisakawa, Kotono Mitsuishi, Keiko Han

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    added by ValedPuud Tomokazu Seki, Mamoru Miyano, Yukari Tamura

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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    Toshiyuki Morikawa, Akira Ishida, Akiko Yajima

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    added by Lepticidio Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kōichi Yamadera, Hiroaki Hirata

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Masami Kikuchi

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    Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka, Akiko Yajima

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    Andrew Rannells, Junko Takeuchi, Megumi Ogata

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    Nana Mizuki, Kikuko Inoue, Houko Kuwashima

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    added by Foxtrot Tomokazu Seki, Mamiko Noto, Junko Takeuchi

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    Akira Ishida, Akiko Yajima, Hiroyuki Yoshino

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    Hellsing Ultimate

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    added by That1Dude Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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    Ayako Kawasumi, Sherry Lynn, Tomoko Kawakami

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    ranked low on reranks Jun Fukuyama, Nobuhiko Okamoto

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    Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda

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    Chiwa Saitō, Takehito Koyasu, Kappei Yamaguchi

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    Toshio Furukawa, Kaneto Shiozawa, Hirotaka Suzuoki

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nana Mizuki, Mamiko Noto, Kotono Mitsuishi

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    Takehito Koyasu, Shin-ichiro Miki, Fumiko Orikasa

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    added by ValedPuud Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Namikawa, Mai Nakahara

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    added by Tatsuki34 Kouji Yusa, Fujimura Shunji, Romi Paku J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 

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    Rio Natsuki, Michiko Neya, Yukana Nogami

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