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The Best Anime Series of All Time

Updated April 18, 2021 7.4m votes 877.6k voters 12.2m views256 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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  • 1
    256,759
    93,166
    Attack on Titan (MBS, 2013) is a Japanese fantasy anime television series adapted from the...  more
  • 2
    104,802
    31,645
    One-Punch Man (TV Tokyo, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the webcomic by ONE...  more
  • 3
    131,489
    40,901
    My Hero Academia (MBS, 2016) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Kohei...  more
  • 4
    196,477
    72,874
    Hunter × Hunter (Fuji TV, 2011), also known as Hunter x Hunter (2011), is a Japanese action...  more
  • 5
    246,843
    92,975
    Naruto: Shippuden (TV Tokyo, 2007), also known as Naruto Shippuden, is a Japanese action anime...  more
  • 6
    200,192
    76,820
    Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (JNN, 2009) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the...  more
  • 7
    166,714
    65,198
    One Piece (Toei Animation, 1999) is a Japanese adventure anime series based on the manga...  more
  • 8
    174,273
    74,066

    Naruto

    2002
    Naruto (TV Tokyo, 2002) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Masashi...  more
  • 9
    82,290
    34,035
    Assassination Classroom (Fuji TV, 2015) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga...  more
  • 10
    135,964
    57,952
    Tokyo Ghoul (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese dark fantasy anime series based on the manga by Sui...  more
  • 11
    123,360
    51,156
    The Seven Deadly Sins (MBS, 2014) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 12
    99,195
    48,386
    Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Animax, 2006), often referred to as simply Code Geass,...  more
  • 13
    63,291
    29,465
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the...  more
  • 14
    49,609
    16,427
    Haikyu!! (Production I.G, 2014) is a Japanese sports anime television series based on the...  more
  • 15
    57,427
    26,182
    Noragami (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 16
    43,846
    19,831
    Your Lie in April (A-1 Pictures, 2014) is a Japanese music drama anime series based on the...  more
  • 17
    64,680
    31,918
    Akame ga Kill! (Tokyo MX, 2014) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 18
    62,654
    30,799
    Dragon Ball (Toei Animation, 1986) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 19
    132,596
    67,279
    Dragon Ball Z (Fuji TV, 1989) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Akira...  more
  • 20
    63,203
    31,909
    No Game No Life (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the light novel...  more
  • 21
    78,580
    39,843
    Fullmetal Alchemist (JNN, 2003) is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 22
    69,270
    35,327
    Cowboy Bebop (Sunrise, 1998) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Set in the year 2071, it...  more
  • 23
    23,104
    6,684
    Mob Psycho 100 (Tokyo MX, 2016) is a Japanese action anime series based on the webcomic by ONE...  more
  • 24
    196,472
    102,026
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more
  • 25
    54,943
    28,079
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel...  more