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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. Plus, with so much new anime debuting each year, the list of best anime will only grow. 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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9,014 4,584
Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Kill La Kill Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the ...more

52
12,856 7,554
Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Avatar: Legend of Korra Book One: Air is the first season of the U.S. animated TV series The Legend of Korra created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Consisting of twelve episodes, it was initially ...more

53
9,752 6,279
Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh! u-Gi-Oh!, known in Japan as Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, is a 2000 Japanese anime series animated by Studio Gallop, based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga series written by Kazuki Takahashi. After solving an ...more

54
7,671 3,851
Toradora! is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Toradora! Toradora! is a 2008 anime television series directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai.

55
8,457 2,640
Your Lie in April is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

56
8,067 3,905
Kuroko's Basketball is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Kuroko's Basketball Kuroko's Basketball, known in Japan as Kuroko no Basuke, is a Japanese sports manga series written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki. The English rendering The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays ...more

57
7,980 3,700
Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008 ...more

58
7,348 3,433
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

59
6,958 3,236
Another is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
RezaurRahman added Another 26 years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with her classmates. ...more

60
6,852 2,917
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up ... is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

61
6,657 2,895
Owari no serafu is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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62
8,973 3,089
One Piece is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
One Piece One Piece is a 1999 anime series based on the Japanese manga series by Eiichiro Oda. Monkey D. Luffy and his friends go on adventures, while trying to find the greatest treasure ever left by the ...more

The Best Ecchi Anime of All Time

63
6,313 3,671
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Darker than Black Darker than Black, known in Japan as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created, directed and written by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered ...more

64
5,531 2,664
Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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65
6,553 2,545
Fairy Tail Zero is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Fairy Tail Zero Fairy Tail Zero (TV Tokyo, 2016) is a Japanese anime series directed by Shinji Ishihara. Based on the Fairy Tail spinoff, the adaptation serves a prequel to the main series, depicting the ...more

66
5,600 3,553
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex In the future when technological enhancements and robotics are a way of life, Major Motoko Kusanagi and Section 9 take care of the jobs that are too difficult for the police. Section 9 employs ...more

67
5,524 2,250
Haikyuu!! is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Haikyuu! The Shadow of Kuroko No Basket, but the feel of freedom in it is unparalleled

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6,196 3,113
Durarara!! is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
MaggieHyjek added Durarara!! Durarara!!, often shortened to DRRR!!, is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita, with illustrations by Suzuhito Yasuda, that has also been adapted into a Japanese anime series. ...more

69
5,074 2,444
Maid Sama! is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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70
7,964 2,745
Dragon Ball Super is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

71
5,497 3,660
Claymore is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Claymore Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue. When the magazine ...more

72
5,312 3,482
Clannad After Story is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

The Best Fan Service Anime of All Time

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4,756 2,255
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added Charlotte Charlotte is a 2015 Japanese anime television series directed by Yoshiyuki Asai. In an alternate reality, a small percentage of children manifest superhuman abilities upon reaching puberty. High ...more

74
6,311 4,241
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Sailor Moon Sailor Moon is a media franchise created by Naoko Takeuchi. The series began as a manga published in 1991 and the anime adaptation began airing in March 1992. Since then, the series have been ...more

75
4,981 1,461
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Reb... is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

76
5,009 2,758
The Irregular at Magic High Sc... is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

77
6,046 3,611
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Samurai Jack Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Jack, a time-displaced samurai warrior prince, in his singular quest ...more

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4,635 2,964
Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Yamato19742014 added Black Lagoon Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan's Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and ten collected volumes have been released ...more

79
4,907 2,752
D.Gray-man is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
D Gray Man D.Gray-man is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Katsura Hoshino. The series tells the story of a boy named Allen Walker, a member of an organization of Exorcists who make use of ...more

80
4,530 2,724
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

81
5,022 3,147
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Guilty Crown Guilty Crown is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Production I.G which aired on Fuji TV's noitamina program block from October 2011. The story revolves around Shu Ouma, a high ...more

82
5,186 3,168
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Fruits Basket Fruits Basket, sometimes abbreviated Furuba, or Fruba, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to ...more

Longest Running Animated Series

83
5,522 3,458
Rosario + Vampire is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Rosario + Vampire Rosario + Vampire is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akihisa Ikeda. The story revolves around Tsukune Aono, a boy who inadvertently enrolls in a boarding school for monsters. ...more

84
4,244 2,805
Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
ValedPuud added Spice and Wolf

85
4,794 4,195
Digimon: Digital Monsters is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Digimon: Digital Monsters Digimon, short for "Digital Monsters", is a Japanese media franchise encompassing virtual pet toys, anime, manga, video games, films and a trading card game. The franchise focuses on ...more

86
3,935 2,005
K is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added K K is a 2012 anime series animated by the studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki, who also serves as character designer for the series. It began airing on MBS on October 5, 2012. The anime ...more

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3,250 1,876
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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4,240 2,498
Gin Tama is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
MoriMori added Gin Tama Gin Tama, also known as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set in Edo which ...more

89
4,734 2,839
Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation based on chapters 1–59 of the manga of the same name written by Kazuki Takahashi. The series aired on TV Asahi between ...more

90
2,848 1,741
Blood Lad is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Blood Lad Blood Lad is a manga series created by Yuuki Kodama and serialized in Young Ace. The manga series has been licensed for distribution in English by Yen Press. Blood Lad follows Staz Charlie ...more

91
2,731 1,348
Overlord is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

92
3,478 2,721
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
That1Dude added Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by ...more

The Saddest Anime Series of All Time

93
3,743 2,658
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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3,282 2,230
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
misingray added Case Closed Case Closed, known originally as Meitantei Conan, is a Japanese detective manga series written and illustrated by Gosho Aoyama. The series is serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday ...more

95
3,739 2,235
Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
marvisonmon12 added Free Free!, also known as Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club in English, is a Japanese anime television series directed by Hiroko Utsumi and produced by Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. The anime is based on ...more

96
2,783 1,605
Yona of the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
BowAndArrow added Akatsuki No Yona Best casual anime ever with best storyline Yona of the Dawn (Akatsuki no Yona) is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi and 2014 anime series. The story follows the redemption of Yona, the sole princess to the kingdom of Kouka, ...more

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14,491 2,492
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
One-punch Man The anime version of One-Punch Man started on Oct. 5, 2015. It tells the story of Saitama, an extremely overpowered superhero, who has grown bored by the absence of challenge in his fight ...more

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3,120 2,391
Beelzebub is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Beelzebub Watch the latest episodes of Beelzebub on Crunchyroll now. Oga Tatsumi is a first year student in Ishiyama High, a notorious school for delinquents. One day while taking a nap by the river he ...more

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2,616 1,209
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2,432 1,556
Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Masho ... is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Trinity Seven the sex jokes are spot-on