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The Best Anime Series of All Time

Updated February 26, 2021 7.1m votes 831.8k voters 11.7m views245 items

List RulesJapanese animated TV series only

Looking for good anime to watch? Here are the best anime shows of all time, ranked by fans everywhere. Top anime series include popular shows like Death Note, Attack on Titan, and many 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, cool action scenes, 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 TV series first found popularity outside of Japan in the 1980s and have continued to find larger audiences in the West. A number of famous anime shows originating in Japan - such as Cowboy Bebop or Dragon Ball Z - have found enthusiastic audiences for dubbed versions in English speaking countries. 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.

Ranking the greatest anime ever is certainly a difficult task, but it's time to settle this once and for all: which of the most popular anime shows crack the top 100., the top 10, or even the top 10 anime of all time?

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  • My Hero Academia2
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  • Naruto: Shippuden3
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  • Hunter x Hunter (2011)4
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  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood5
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  • One-Punch Man6
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  • One Piece7
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  • Tokyo Ghoul8
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  • Naruto9
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  • Assassination Classroom10
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  • The Seven Deadly Sins11
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  • Parasyte: The Maxim12
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  • Haikyuu!! 13
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  • Your Lie in April14
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  • Code Geass15
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  • Noragami16
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  • Akame ga Kill!17
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  • Dragon Ball18
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  • No Game No Life19
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  • Fullmetal Alchemist20
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  • Dragon Ball Z21
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  • Cowboy Bebop22
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  • Mob Psycho 10023
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  • Steins;Gate24
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  • Fairy Tail25
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