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

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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    Rie Kugimiya, Nana Mizuki, Minami Takayama

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    the people's #1 Megumi Hayashibara, Norio Wakamoto, Kōichi Yamadera

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    Rie Kugimiya, Dameon Clarke, Toru Ohkawa

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Naoko Watanabe, Masako Nozawa

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    Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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    added by maxryan3003 Attack On Titan 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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    Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Junko Takeuchi, Wil Wheaton

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    Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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    Luci Christian, Brina Palencia

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    Nana Mizuki, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Kazuhiko Inoue

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    Mayumi Tanaka, Masako Nozawa, Hiromi Tsuru

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Takehito Koyasu, Akira Ishida

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    Johnny Yong Bosch, Hiromi Tsuru, Aya Hisakawa

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Lepticidio Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Kōichi Yamadera, Hiroaki Hirata

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    Yoshito Yasuhara, Tomo Sakurai, Mayo Suzukaze

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    Kaori Nazuka, Kouki Uchiyama, Keiji Himeno

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    Mamiko Noto, Paul Dobson, Houko Kuwashima

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Tomokazu Seki, Shin-ichiro Miki

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    Ayako Kawasumi, Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka

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    Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, Atsuko Tanaka

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    ranked low on reranks & added by ValedPuud Tomokazu Seki, Mamoru Miyano, Yukari Tamura

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    ranked low on reranks Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda

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

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    Nobuyuki Hiyama, Takako Honda, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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

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    Jun Fukuyama, Nobuhiko Okamoto

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    Crispin Freeman, Jōji Nakata, Jason Miller

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    Aya Hisakawa, Kotono Mitsuishi, Keiko Han

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    Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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    often listed & added by Foxtrot Tomokazu Seki, Mamiko Noto, Junko Takeuchi

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    ranked low on reranks & added by sophiagubbels Kikuko Inoue, Takehito Koyasu, Mamoru Miyano

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    Andrew Rannells, Junko Takeuchi, Megumi Ogata

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    ranked low on reranks Tokyo Ghoul

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    Toshiyuki Morikawa, Akira Ishida, Akiko Yajima

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Takehito Koyasu, Akio Ōtsuka, Akiko Yajima

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    added by Yamato19742014 Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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    ranked low on reranks & added by SensitivePsych0 Psycho-Pass

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    Parasyte

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Masami Kikuchi

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    ranked low on reranks Miyuki Sawashiro, Kana Hanazawa, Eri Kitamura

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chiwa Saitō, Takehito Koyasu, Kappei Yamaguchi

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    Rie Kugimiya, Rie Tanaka, Yui Horie

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    No Game No Life

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    Kill La Kill

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    ranked low on reranks & added by kesh777 Sword Arts Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

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