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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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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
+ - 62,969 22,604
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 55,785 17,563
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 54,357 21,538
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 44,271 20,144
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 45,302 20,701
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 30,205 17,317
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 40,251 17,166
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 31,811 17,279
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 29,806 12,182
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 35,603 13,386
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 26,278 10,837
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 28,703 7,389
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 26,400 9,661
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 21,452 10,169
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 20,579 5,789
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17
+ - 19,581 7,279
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 17,530 8,223
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 18,591 3,221
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,687 7,336
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 14,324 5,565
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 14,890 5,858
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

23
+ - 13,721 3,625
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
+ - 14,239 5,151
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
+ - 14,595 7,608
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 13,473 6,419
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 18,241 10,472
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
+ - 10,789 5,694
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 10,153 6,105
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,127 3,390
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 17,131 9,009
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
+ - 13,963 6,991
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 10,148 5,395
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 9,675 4,913
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 10,544 4,371
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
+ - 9,722 4,840
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,816 4,217
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,779 4,217
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,588 4,311
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,942 4,129
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 8,031 2,109
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 10,081 3,966
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

43
+ - 7,832 4,631
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,430 3,908
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,823 2,719
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,500 2,749
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
+ - 8,124 3,669
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,611 3,494
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,340 3,727
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,167 2,791
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