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List Rules Japanese animated TV series only

You love anime but what tops this list of the best anime series ever made? Top anime series include shows like Death Note, Attack on Titan, and so much more. 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. For example, the top comedy animes can be be much more explicit in their humor. 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. Forget a top 10 anime list- ours has over 200 entries!

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+ - 62,529 28,641
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
+ - 59,620 21,189
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 53,334 16,472
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 51,180 20,342
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 41,769 18,912
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 43,086 19,467
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 38,124 16,089
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 28,106 16,002
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 30,301 16,282
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 28,401 11,377
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 33,635 12,691
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 25,117 10,249
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 26,780 6,892
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 25,066 9,115
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 20,583 9,647
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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16
+ - 19,097 5,405
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17
+ - 18,539 6,845
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 16,772 7,787
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 15,960 6,943
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,463 2,874
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 13,363 5,224
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 14,014 5,529
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

23
+ - 12,486 3,284
Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
The Seven Deadly Sins Among the ten short classics with a damn dose of action

24
+ - 14,043 7,227
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

25
+ - 17,400 9,873
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 12,954 6,145
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 13,533 4,885
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

28
+ - 10,406 5,430
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 9,831 5,866
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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30
+ - 11,466 3,187
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

31
+ - 16,293 8,505
Sword Art Online II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Sword Art Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

32
+ - 13,437 6,670
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 9,750 5,112
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 9,372 4,682
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 9,306 4,550
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
+ - 10,129 4,164
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,446 4,018
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,235 3,998
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,196 4,104
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,410 3,926
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 7,287 1,936
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 9,601 3,791
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

43
+ - 7,549 4,431
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,130 3,722
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,301 2,557
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

46
+ - 8,816 2,521
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
+ - 7,788 3,483
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

48
+ - 7,174 3,263
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 6,801 2,639
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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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+ - 7,032 3,561
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time