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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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+ - 62,502 28,626
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
+ - 59,584 21,177
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 53,313 16,461
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 51,141 20,336
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 41,736 18,903
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 43,065 19,453
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 38,099 16,081
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 28,089 15,990
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 30,282 16,271
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 28,382 11,364
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 33,603 12,688
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 25,106 10,242
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 26,760 6,889
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 25,052 9,108
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 20,569 9,640
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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16
+ - 19,078 5,401
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17
+ - 18,526 6,841
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 16,761 7,783
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 15,952 6,937
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,438 2,871
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 13,354 5,220
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 14,005 5,524
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

23
+ - 12,475 3,280
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
+ - 14,035 7,222
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

25
+ - 17,389 9,866
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 12,948 6,143
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 13,526 4,882
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

28
+ - 10,401 5,424
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 9,827 5,863
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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30
+ - 11,455 3,185
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

31
+ - 16,286 8,499
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
+ - 13,432 6,665
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 9,746 5,109
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 9,368 4,678
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 9,301 4,548
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
+ - 10,124 4,162
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,439 4,017
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,228 3,995
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,192 4,102
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,403 3,923
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 7,280 1,935
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 9,596 3,787
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

43
+ - 7,545 4,427
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,126 3,719
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,294 2,556
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

46
+ - 8,808 2,520
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
+ - 7,784 3,481
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

48
+ - 7,168 3,261
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

49
+ - 6,799 2,637
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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

50
+ - 7,030 3,560
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time