The Best Anime Series of All Time TV Programs

The Best Anime Series of All Time

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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.

List Criteria: Japanese animated TV series only

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    1989 More
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    Death Note

    2006-10-03 More
    99
  3. 3
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    1998-04-03 More
    97
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Fullmetal Alchemist

    2003 More
    94
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    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

    2010 More
    93
  6. 6
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    Bleach

    2004-10-05 More
    88
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    Naruto

    2002 More
    86
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    Trigun

    1998 More
    83
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    1986 More
    82
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    2007 More
    82
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    Neon Genesis Evangelion

    1995 More
    80
  12. 12
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    One Piece (US)

    2004 More
    79
  13. 13
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    InuYasha

    2000 More
    78
  14. 14
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    Pokémon

    1997 More
    76
  16. 16
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    Rurouni Kenshin

    76
  17. 17
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    FLCL

    2000 More
    75
  18. 18
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    73
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    Code Geass

    2006 More
    68
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    Gundam Wing

    2000 More
    68
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    Digimon

    68
  22. 22
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    2009 More
    68
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    X-Men

    1992 More
    67
  24. 24
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    Samurai Champloo

    2004 More
    67
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    Soul Eater

    2008 More
    66
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    Hellsing

    2001 More
    66
  27. 27
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    1989 More
    65
  28. 28
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    Sailor Moon

    1992 More
    65
  29. 29
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    1998 More
    63
  30. 30
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    Tenchi Muyo

    1992 More
    61
  31. 31
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    2004 More
    60
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    2005 More
    60
  33. 33
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    2005 More
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    Grave of the Fireflies

    58
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    Paranoia Agent

    2004 More
    58
  37. 37
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    1996 More
    57
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    Berserk

    1997 More
    57
  39. 39
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    1998 More
    56
  40. 40
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    Batman: The Animated Series

    1992 More
    56
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    Mobile Suit Gundam

    1979 More
    55
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

    2000 More
    55
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    1985 More
    54
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    Samurai Shamploo

    53
  45. 45
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    Gurren Lagann

    2007 More
    53
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    Black Cat

    52
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Azumanga Daioh

    2002 More
    52
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    Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

    2002 More
    52
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    Great Teacher Onizuka

    52
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    Hunter X Hunter

    1999 More
    52
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