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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. 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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    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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    Edward Elric, Roy Mustang, Winry Rockbell

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    Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake

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    Vegeta, Goku, Android 18

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    Sakura Haruno, Naruto Uzumaki, Kakashi Hatake

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    Natsu Dragneel, Lucy Heartfilia, Gray Fullbuster

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

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    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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    One-punch Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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    One-punch Man

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    Jin, Mugen, Fuu

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    Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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    Akame Ga Kill

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


    Parasyte

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    Ash Ketchum, Misty, Meowth

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    Shinya Kogami, Nobuchika Ginoza, Shion Karanomori

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    Sword Art Online II is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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    Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

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    Yusuke Urameshi, Kurama, Hiei

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    Goku, Bulma, Piccolo

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    The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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    Among the ten short classics with a damn dose of action

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    Masami Iwasawa, Yuzuru Otonashi, Yui

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    J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 

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    Kyoya Ootori, Mitsukuni Haninozuka, Haruhi Fujioka

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    Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami, Misato Katsuragi

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    Nami, Nico Robin, Roronoa Zoro

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    Max Thunderman

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    Kamina, Yoko Ritona, Simon

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    Korra, Azula, Asami Sato

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