The Best Anime Series of All Time TV Programs
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The Best Anime Series of All Time

List Criteria: Japanese animated TV series only

List of the best anime series ever made. 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. (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.)

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.
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    Rie Kugimiya, Nana Mizuki, Minami Takayama

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Naoko Watanabe, Masako Nozawa

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    Rie Kugimiya, Dameon Clarke, Toru Ohkawa

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Norio Wakamoto, Kōichi Yamadera

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    Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Junko Takeuchi, Wil Wheaton

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    the people's #1 Megumi Hayashibara, Takehito Koyasu, Akira Ishida

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru

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    Nana Mizuki, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Kazuhiko Inoue

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    Johnny Yong Bosch, Hiromi Tsuru, Aya Hisakawa

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    Mamiko Noto, Paul Dobson, Houko Kuwashima

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    Luci Christian, Brina Palencia

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    Yoshito Yasuhara, Tomo Sakurai, Mayo Suzukaze

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    Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Tomokazu Seki, Shin-ichiro Miki

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    Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Atsuko Tanaka

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Kramer, Kari Wahlgren, Dave Mallow

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    ranked low on reranks & added by maxryan3003 Attack On Titan Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin?, lit. "Advancing ...

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    Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steven Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Neil Kaplan

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    ranked low on reranks Ayako Kawasumi, Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka

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    Kaori Nazuka, Kouki Uchiyama, Keiji Himeno

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    Crispin Freeman, Jōji Nakata, Jason Miller

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    Nobuyuki Hiyama, Takako Honda, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    added by ValedPuud Tomokazu Seki, Mamoru Miyano, Yukari Tamura

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    Aya Hisakawa, Kotono Mitsuishi, Keiko Han

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    added by Lepticidio Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kōichi Yamadera, Hiroaki Hirata

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    added by Foxtrot Tomokazu Seki, Mamiko Noto, Junko Takeuchi

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    Hellsing Ultimate

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Masami Kikuchi

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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    Toshiyuki Morikawa, Akira Ishida, Akiko Yajima

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    Andrew Rannells, Junko Takeuchi, Megumi Ogata

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    Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka, Akiko Yajima

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    Akira Ishida, Akiko Yajima, Hiroyuki Yoshino

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    Nana Mizuki, Kikuko Inoue, Houko Kuwashima

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    ranked low on reranks Jun Fukuyama, Nobuhiko Okamoto

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    Ayako Kawasumi, Sherry Lynn, Tomoko Kawakami

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    Chiwa Saitō, Takehito Koyasu, Kappei Yamaguchi

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    added by That1Dude Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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    Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Nana Mizuki, Mamiko Noto, Kotono Mitsuishi

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    Toshio Furukawa, Kaneto Shiozawa, Hirotaka Suzuoki

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    Takehito Koyasu, Shin-ichiro Miki, Fumiko Orikasa

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    added by ValedPuud Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Namikawa, Mai Nakahara

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    added by Yamato19742014 Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    Ayako Kawasumi, Shigeru Chiba, Ryūsuke Ōbayashi

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