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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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1
69,422 32,240
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
66,274 24,007
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Attack on Titan

3
58,239 18,598
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
57,617 22,730
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Naruto Shippuden

5
46,750 21,363
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
47,413 21,866
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
42,301 18,193
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Fairy Tail

8
32,234 18,565
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Lepticidio added Sword Art Online

9
33,289 18,156
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Bleach

10
31,160 12,880
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
37,528 14,096
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
27,414 11,413
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
30,599 7,915
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
27,734 10,236
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Hunterxhunter

15
22,309 10,695
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

Longest Running Animated Series Famous People You Didn't Know Were Married to Each Other

16
21,963 6,176
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ketan-gupta added Hunter X Hunter (2011)

17
20,566 7,699
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
18,263 8,638
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
20,697 3,545
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
17,369 7,704
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
ValedPuud added Steins;Gate

21
15,160 5,917
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
14,869 3,936
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
15,695 6,169
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
AdamJones added Akame Ga Kill

24
14,949 5,435
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
19,050 10,982
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
15,101 7,943
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
13,964 6,693
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
12,765 3,599
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
11,174 5,946
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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30
10,452 6,334
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

31
17,981 9,435
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
14,630 7,271
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
10,556 5,639
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
ValedPuud added Elfen Lied

34
10,936 4,556
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Psycho-Pass

35
9,996 5,103
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
10,130 5,120
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
kiaoncelucas added High School of the Dead

37
10,167 4,398
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
12,306 4,393
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Tatsuki34 added Black Butler J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 

39
10,489 4,305
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
8,789 2,245
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
9,935 4,497
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Angel Beats!

42
10,490 4,140
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Ouran High School Host Club

43
8,125 4,803
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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44
8,320 2,860
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

45
10,225 2,941
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

46
8,749 4,053
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
8,446 3,819
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

48
8,023 3,694
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
penmetsa-rahul added High School DxD

49
7,611 3,864
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

50
7,523 2,912
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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