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

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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Attack on Titan Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?, lit. "Advancing Giants") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated byHajime Isayama. The series began serialization in Kodansha'sBessatsu ...

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

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Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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

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Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Hunter X Hunter (2011) HUNTER X HUNTER (2011) is the remake of the Hunter x hunter anime series ,which aired in 1999.It is based on the manga ,HUNTERxHUNTER by Togashi Yoshihiro.A Hunter is one who travels the world doing all sorts of dangerous tasks.

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

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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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

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InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

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Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

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Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Sword Art Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

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Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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

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High School of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Berserk is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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The Thundermans is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time