Anime Underground The Best Anime Series of All Time  

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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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+ - 65,334 30,243
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
+ - 62,559 22,443
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 55,484 17,431
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 53,981 21,394
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 43,988 19,993
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 45,040 20,568
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 29,958 17,163
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 40,005 17,042
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 31,642 17,148
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 29,634 12,074
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 35,376 13,299
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 26,157 10,768
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 28,486 7,327
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 26,246 9,594
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 21,349 10,108
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 20,414 5,738
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17
+ - 19,464 7,216
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 17,452 8,175
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 18,352 3,175
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,604 7,290
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 14,209 5,528
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 13,586 3,583
Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
+ - 14,791 5,819
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

24
+ - 14,537 7,552
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

25
+ - 18,140 10,405
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 14,149 5,114
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

27
+ - 13,415 6,380
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
+ - 10,742 5,651
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 10,116 6,077
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,045 3,365
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 17,019 8,952
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
+ - 13,900 6,944
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 9,666 4,799
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 10,102 5,358
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 9,630 4,883
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
+ - 10,496 4,348
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,772 4,189
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,708 4,193
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,545 4,282
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,872 4,103
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 7,940 2,092
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 10,020 3,945
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

43
+ - 7,801 4,604
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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44
+ - 8,391 3,881
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,750 2,697
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

46
+ - 9,401 2,722
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
+ - 7,555 3,462
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

48
+ - 8,075 3,649
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,312 3,704
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,119 2,778
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