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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    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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    Mayumi Tanaka, Naoko Watanabe, Masako Nozawa

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    Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Junko Takeuchi, Wil Wheaton

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    Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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    Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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    Nana Mizuki, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Kazuhiko Inoue

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    Tomokazu Seki, Mamoru Miyano, Yukari Tamura

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    Mamiko Noto, Paul Dobson, Houko Kuwashima

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Tomokazu Seki, Shin-ichiro Miki

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    Jun Fukuyama, Nobuhiko Okamoto

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    Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Atsuko Tanaka

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    Nobuyuki Hiyama, Takako Honda, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    Tokyo Ghoul

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    No Game No Life

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    Psycho-Pass

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    Sword Arts Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

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    Magi Among the ten short classics, with fifty episodes and the best morals there is to offer in its genre, unlike Naruto Shippuden

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    High School of the Dead

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    Chiwa Saitō, Takehito Koyasu, Kappei Yamaguchi

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