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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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Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 43,766 17,463
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 37,846 16,615
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 35,816 15,915
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 23,081 12,854
Sword Art Online is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 32,957 13,601
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 26,669 13,991
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 24,976 9,470
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 28,654 11,027
One Piece (US) is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 22,358 8,818
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 21,696 7,748
Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 22,118 5,656
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 18,517 8,343
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 14,957 6,721
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 14,272 5,949
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 11,366 2,044
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,540 6,216
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 11,279 4,349
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 11,770 5,300
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 15,263 8,465
Pokémon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 12,093 4,683
Akame Ga Kill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Akame Ga Kill

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+ - 9,714 2,546
Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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+ - 11,832 4,200
Parasyte is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Parasyte

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+ - 9,433 4,817
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,008 5,217
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,506 4,125
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,923 2,680
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,748 4,436
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 14,314 7,366
Sword Art Online II is listed (or ranked) 34 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

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+ - 8,527 3,552
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,140 3,673
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,323 3,597
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 9,898 3,470
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Black Butler J. Michael Tatum, Brina Palencia, 

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+ - 8,136 3,439
The Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 6,843 3,935
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 8,497 3,309
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,357 3,273
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 6,920 3,061
Berserk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 5,529 1,573
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,849 3,848
High School of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 6,097 2,133
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 7,077 2,034
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 6,309 3,173
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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+ - 5,844 2,276
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Magi Among the ten short classics, with fifty episodes and the best morals there is to offer in its genre, unlike Naruto Shippuden

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+ - 6,029 2,764
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time