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

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2
+ - 63,356 22,752
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 56,031 17,681
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 54,682 21,680
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 44,532 20,279
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 45,528 20,824
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 40,471 17,279
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 30,422 17,449
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 31,957 17,387
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 29,968 12,265
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 35,787 13,469
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 26,393 10,905
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 28,888 7,445
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 26,551 9,723
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 21,537 10,236
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 20,726 5,831
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17
+ - 19,700 7,324
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 17,612 8,271
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 18,796 3,267
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,768 7,375
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 14,418 5,603
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 13,850 3,653
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
+ - 14,969 5,887
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

24
+ - 14,311 5,179
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
+ - 14,663 7,645
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 18,337 10,529
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 13,534 6,452
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
+ - 10,834 5,721
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 10,172 6,139
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,208 3,418
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 17,217 9,046
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
+ - 14,014 7,026
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 9,768 4,865
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 10,190 5,427
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 10,591 4,392
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,711 4,937
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,851 4,237
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,835 4,232
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,627 4,331
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,992 4,150
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

41
+ - 8,112 2,125
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 10,133 3,987
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

43
+ - 7,867 4,653
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,580 2,770
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,876 2,734
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,458 3,929
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,158 3,690
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,651 3,523
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,371 3,745
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

50
+ - 7,033 2,235
The Devil is a Part-timer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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