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

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2
+ - 63,048 22,634
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

3
+ - 55,832 17,584
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

4
+ - 54,415 21,565
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

5
+ - 44,315 20,172
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

6
+ - 45,344 20,724
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

7
+ - 30,252 17,338
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

8
+ - 40,294 17,181
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

9
+ - 31,838 17,298
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

10
+ - 29,836 12,198
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

11
+ - 35,640 13,399
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

12
+ - 26,297 10,852
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

13
+ - 28,741 7,398
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

14
+ - 26,423 9,672
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

15
+ - 21,464 10,183
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 20,600 5,795
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17
+ - 19,603 7,288
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

18
+ - 17,549 8,233
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

19
+ - 18,629 3,228
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

20
+ - 16,703 7,344
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

21
+ - 14,345 5,572
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

22
+ - 14,902 5,863
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

23
+ - 13,742 3,630
Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
The Seven Deadly Sins Among the ten short classics with a damn dose of action

24
+ - 14,257 5,156
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

25
+ - 14,608 7,614
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

26
+ - 13,482 6,426
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

27
+ - 18,260 10,481
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

28
+ - 10,799 5,699
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

29
+ - 10,156 6,113
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,143 3,397
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 17,155 9,013
Sword Art Online II is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Sword Art Online II Better than SAO I, Considered as one of the ten short classics

32
+ - 13,970 7,000
Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

33
+ - 10,155 5,403
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

34
+ - 9,679 4,919
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

35
+ - 10,553 4,374
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,734 4,844
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

37
+ - 9,821 4,221
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

38
+ - 11,789 4,219
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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39
+ - 9,598 4,315
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

40
+ - 9,953 4,133
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,044 2,112
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

42
+ - 10,091 3,969
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,839 4,637
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,433 3,915
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,832 2,722
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,515 2,749
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,131 3,675
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,620 3,498
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,348 3,731
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,175 2,795
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