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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? 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.
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    L, Light Yagami, Near

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    Edward Elric, Roy Mustang, Winry Rockbell

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    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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    Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake

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    Vegeta, Goku, Android 18

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    Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia, Gray Fullbuster

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    Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake

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    Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, Orihime Inoue

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    Kallen Stadtfeld, Shirley Fenette, C.C.

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    Monkey D. Luffy, Nami, Roronoa Zoro

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    Faye Valentine, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black

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    Rintarou Okabe

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    Rin Okumura, Yukio Okumura

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    Jin, Mugen, Fuu

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    Hunter X Hunter (2011) is listed (or ranked) 20 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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    Ash Ketchum, Misty, Meowth

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


    Parasyte

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

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    Akame Ga Kill

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    Goku, Bulma, Piccolo

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    Shinya Kogami, Nobuchika Ginoza, Shion Karanomori

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    Yusuke Urameshi, Kurama, Hiei

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    Sword Arts Online II is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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

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    Masami Iwasawa, Yuzuru Otonashi, Yui

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    One-punch Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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    One-punch Man

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    Max Thunderman

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    Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami, Misato Katsuragi

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    J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 

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    Kyoya Ootori, Mitsukuni Haninozuka, Haruhi Fujioka

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    Kamina, Yoko Ritona, Simon

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    Nami, Nico Robin, Roronoa Zoro

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    Korra, Azula, Asami Sato

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    Akeno Himejima, Issei Hyodo, Koneko Tōjo

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