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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 popular 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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10,557 5,250
Hellsing Ultimate is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and ...more

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22,376 3,396
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
One-Punch Man (TV Tokyo, 2015) is a Japanese anime series based on the webcomic by ONE. The story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.

53
12,108 6,331
Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

54
12,750 8,329
Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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10,143 5,243
Toradora! is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Toradora! is a Japanese light novel series by Yuyuko Takemiya, with illustrations by Yasu. A 25-episode anime adaptation produced by J.C.Staff aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between October 2008 and ...more

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16,163 10,237
Avatar: Legend of Korra is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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10,537 5,341
Kuroko's Basketball is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

58
14,334 4,790
One Piece is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

59
9,201 4,075
Owari no serafu is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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9,184 4,557
Another is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
RezaurRahman added 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

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9,706 4,208
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up ... is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, also known as DanMachi for short, and with English subtitle Familia Myth, is a Japanese light novel series written by Fujino Ōmori and ...more

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9,496 4,711
Fate/stay night is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel developed by Type-Moon. A 24-episode anime series created by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January and June 2006. Fate/stay night chronicles a ...more

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10,199 5,046
Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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8,177 3,269
Haikyuu!! is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
The Shadow of Kuroko No Basket, but the feel of freedom in it is unparalleled

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7,626 3,704
Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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9,215 3,761
Fairy Tail Zero is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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7,653 4,731
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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12,184 4,366
Dragon Ball Super is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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7,930 4,184
Durarara!! is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
MaggieHyjek added 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

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6,784 4,583
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alon... is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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6,918 3,239
Charlotte is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Owen_Paul_Sloane added 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

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7,544 2,368
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Reb... is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
lelouch added Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, often referred to as simply Code Geass, is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with ...more

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6,964 3,510
Maid Sama! is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added Maid Sama! is a shōjo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara. Once an all-boys school, Seika High, infamous for its rowdy students, has recently become a co-ed school. However, with the female population ...more

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6,686 4,703
Claymore is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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8,142 5,638
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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6,478 4,586
Clannad After Story is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

77
6,785 3,880
The Irregular at Magic High Sc... is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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7,790 4,735
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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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5,733 3,852
Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Yamato19742014 added 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

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5,169 2,185
Overlord is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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6,059 3,655
D.Gray-man is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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5,878 3,675
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Log Horizon is a Japanese novel series written by Mamare Touno and illustrated by Kazuhiro Hara, published by Enterbrain in Japan since 2011. By its eleventh expansion pack, the massively ...more

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5,821 3,388
Gin Tama is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
MoriMori added 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

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6,304 4,156
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

85
6,465 4,141
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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6,888 4,527
Rosario + Vampire is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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5,409 2,905
K is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Star Takeda added 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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5,249 3,710
Spice and Wolf is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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4,657 2,732
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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5,744 5,395
Digimon: Digital Monsters is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

91
3,626 2,591
Nisekoi - False Love is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
Best romance anime Nisekoi, released in English as Nisekoi: False Love, is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. Nisekoi follows high school students Raku Ichijo, the son ...more

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6,466 4,060
Yu-Gi-Oh! is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

93
4,439 3,657
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
That1Dude added 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

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3,994 2,603
Blood Lad is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
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

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4,536 3,205
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
misingray added 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

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4,405 2,027
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Haikyu!! is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national ...more

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4,641 3,579
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time

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5,102 3,285
Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
marvisonmon12 added 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

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3,894 2,401
Yona of the Dawn is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
BowAndArrow added 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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3,501 2,273
Trinity Seven: 7-nin no Masho ... is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Anime Series of All Time
the sex jokes are spot-on Trinity Seven is a fantasy romantic comedy manga series by Kenji Saitō with art by Akinari Nao. An anime television series adaptation by Seven Arcs Pictures aired between October 2014 and ...more