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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+ - 66,138 30,686
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
+ - 63,419 22,776
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 56,063 17,702
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 54,745 21,703
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 44,580 20,302
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 45,565 20,842
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 40,511 17,300
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 30,463 17,472
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 31,983 17,409
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 29,993 12,278
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 35,817 13,487
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 26,410 10,915
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 28,923 7,457
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 26,574 9,737
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 21,555 10,249
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 20,746 5,840
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17
+ - 19,715 7,338
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 17,626 8,282
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 18,830 3,276
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,778 7,383
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 14,434 5,610
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 13,876 3,662
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
+ - 14,982 5,895
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

24
+ - 14,323 5,186
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
+ - 14,676 7,653
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 18,347 10,540
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 13,543 6,457
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
+ - 10,841 5,725
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 10,173 6,144
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,218 3,423
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 17,232 9,056
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
+ - 14,025 7,030
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 9,777 4,871
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 10,198 5,430
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 9,718 4,940
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
+ - 10,596 4,395
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,856 4,242
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,845 4,235
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,631 4,334
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,998 4,154
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 8,121 2,129
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 10,143 3,989
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

43
+ - 7,871 4,653
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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44
+ - 7,884 2,735
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,595 2,773
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

46
+ - 8,467 3,929
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

47
+ - 8,162 3,690
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

48
+ - 7,660 3,524
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,373 3,746
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,214 2,808
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