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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
69,222 32,132
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
66,106 23,927
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
58,094 18,528
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
57,414 22,668
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Naruto Shippuden

5
46,606 21,294
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
47,293 21,808
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
42,171 18,133
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Fairy Tail

8
32,110 18,489
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Lepticidio added Sword Art Online

9
33,203 18,100
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Bleach

10
31,089 12,841
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
37,407 14,054
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
27,346 11,375
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
30,491 7,877
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
27,653 10,200
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Hunterxhunter

15
22,258 10,668
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
21,884 6,156
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ketan-gupta added Hunter X Hunter (2011)

17
20,523 7,674
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
18,219 8,616
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
20,570 3,529
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
17,324 7,682
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
ValedPuud added Steins;Gate

21
15,113 5,895
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
14,799 3,920
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
15,655 6,152
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
AdamJones added Akame Ga Kill

24
14,901 5,420
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
19,009 10,949
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
15,078 7,922
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
13,933 6,678
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
12,733 3,586
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
11,160 5,932
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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30
10,429 6,322
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

31
17,932 9,406
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
14,585 7,260
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
10,532 5,627
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
ValedPuud added Elfen Lied

34
10,919 4,546
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
SensitivePsych0 added Psycho-Pass

35
9,977 5,090
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
10,103 5,101
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
10,146 4,386
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
12,283 4,382
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
10,447 4,296
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
8,744 2,237
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
9,919 4,488
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Angel Beats!

42
10,470 4,129
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
8,104 4,796
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

The Best Seinen Anime & Manga Series 17 Anime Series That Will Make You Cry Like a Baby

44
8,286 2,851
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

45
10,174 2,932
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

46
8,729 4,046
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
8,425 3,812
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

48
7,991 3,685
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
7,498 2,905
Ranker Video
Magi Among the ten short classics, with fifty episodes and the best morals there is to offer in its genre, unlike Naruto Shippuden

50
7,586 3,859
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time