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The Best Anime Series of All Time

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

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Death Note L, Light Yagami, Near

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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Edward Elric, Roy Mustang, Winry Rockbell

  3. 3
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    Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by maxryan3003
    Attack on Titan Eren Yeager, Historia Reiss, Captain Levi 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

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


    Naruto Shippūden Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake

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


    Dragon Ball Z Vegeta, Goku, Android 18

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


    Fairy Tail Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia, Gray Fullbuster

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

    added by Lepticidio
    Sword Art Online

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


    Naruto Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake

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

    often listed
    Bleach Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, Orihime Inoue

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


    Code Geass Kallen Stadtfeld, Shirley Fenette, C.C.

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


    One Piece (US) Monkey D. Luffy, Nami, Roronoa Zoro

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


    Fullmetal Alchemist

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


    Hunter × Hunter

  14. 14
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    Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cowboy Bebop Faye Valentine, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black

  15. 15
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    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Tokyo Ghoul

  16. 16
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    Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by ValedPuud
    Steins;Gate Rintarou Okabe

  17. 17
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    Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Soul Eater

  18. 18
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    Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Blue Exorcist Rin Okumura, Yukio Okumura

  19. 19
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    Hunter X Hunter (2011) is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by ketan-gupta
    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

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    Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Samurai Champloo Jin, Mugen, Fuu

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

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    Pokémon Ash Ketchum, Misty, Meowth

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

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    InuYasha

  23. 23
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    Trigun is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    often listed
    Trigun

  24. 24
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    Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Parasyte

  25. 25
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    Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by AdamJones
    Akame Ga Kill

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    No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    No Game No Life

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

    often listed
    Rurouni Kenshin

  28. 28
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    Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by ValedPuud
    Elfen Lied

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

    added by SensitivePsych0
    Psycho-Pass Shinya Kogami, Nobuchika Ginoza, Shion Karanomori

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    Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Fate/Zero

  31. 31
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    Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Dragon Ball Goku, Bulma, Piccolo

  32. 32
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    Sword Art Online II is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by kesh777
    Sword Art Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

  33. 33
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    Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    often listed
    Yu Yu Hakusho Yusuke Urameshi, Kurama, Hiei

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    One-punch Man is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado
    One-punch Man

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


    Noragami

  36. 36
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    The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    The Future Diary

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


    Angel Beats! Masami Iwasawa, Yuzuru Otonashi, Yui

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

    added by Tatsuki34
    Black Butler J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 

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  39. 39
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    Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by SensitivePsych0
    Tokyo Ghoul Max Thunderman

  40. 40
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    Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Hellsing

  41. 41
    + 4,287
    - 2,456
    Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Neon Genesis Evangelion Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami, Misato Katsuragi

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

    ranked low on reranks & added by kesh777
    The Seven Deadly Sins Among the ten short classics with a damn dose of action

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    Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    added by sophiagubbels
    Ouran High School Host Club Kyoya Ootori, Mitsukuni Haninozuka, Haruhi Fujioka

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

    often listed & added by kiaoncelucas
    High School of the Dead

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


    Gurren Lagann Kamina, Yoko Ritona, Simon

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


    Berserk

  47. 47
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    - 1,442
    One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by BrianTwistedSoulHarrison
    One Piece (JP) Nami, Nico Robin, Roronoa Zoro

  48. 48
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    Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time


    Akame ga KILL!

  49. 49
    + 4,694
    - 2,149
    Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

    often listed
    Avatar: Legend of Korra Korra, Azula, Asami Sato

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

    added by kesh777
    Magi Among the ten short classics, with fifty episodes and the best morals there is to offer in its genre, unlike Naruto Shippuden

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