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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+ - 65,938 30,554
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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2
+ - 63,197 22,689
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 55,928 17,624
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 54,545 21,614
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 44,411 20,222
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 45,432 20,767
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 40,374 17,225
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 30,337 17,396
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 31,892 17,339
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 29,902 12,227
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 35,708 13,431
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 26,347 10,874
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 28,804 7,421
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 26,481 9,697
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 21,497 10,205
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 20,661 5,807
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17
+ - 19,651 7,306
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 17,582 8,253
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 18,706 3,246
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,732 7,355
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 14,374 5,588
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 13,800 3,639
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

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+ - 14,924 5,874
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

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+ - 14,287 5,164
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
+ - 14,640 7,628
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 18,297 10,507
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 13,508 6,437
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
+ - 10,817 5,708
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 10,166 6,126
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,177 3,406
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 17,181 9,032
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

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+ - 13,985 7,010
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 9,749 4,852
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 10,175 5,413
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 9,697 4,926
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

36
+ - 10,570 4,382
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,833 4,229
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,818 4,224
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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+ - 9,613 4,323
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,974 4,143
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 8,081 2,118
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 10,117 3,980
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,855 4,646
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,549 2,760
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,850 2,730
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,444 3,925
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,144 3,686
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,635 3,511
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,358 3,739
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,191 2,803
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