Anime Underground The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans  

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List Rules Vote up the anime series you would recommend to people who have never watched anime.

Do you remember your first anime? For this list we're ranking the best first anime to watch, with the help of your votes. What are the best anime for beginners? If someone who has never watched anime asked you for a series to watch, what would you recommend? You can answer that question by voting on the series below, and even adding your own suggestions to the list that others will be able to vote for. There are all the obvious shows here already, like Death Note, Naruto, and Fullmetal Alchemist, but we want to hear some out of the box suggestions as well.

If you're new to all this and are just looking for anime for new fans, just use this list as a reference to which shows you should start with.
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Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak

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1,698 514
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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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350 46
My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,188 351
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa

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1,481 461
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,349 416
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
LaurenGoodpaster added Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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1,487 470
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,235 379
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Spirited Away

9
1,126 365
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

10
1,035 339
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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,232 423
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396 85
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
12249375 added Jun Fukuyama, Ryôta Ôsaka, Mai Fuchigami

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1,039 363
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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538 153
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,365 532
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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1,033 387
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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721 281
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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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831 353
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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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607 239
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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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509 191
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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380 126
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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622 269
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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546 230
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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581 298
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Son Goku added Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long

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320 138
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229 82
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

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416 200
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Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa

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325 144
Re:Zero − Starting Life ... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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442 217
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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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407 196
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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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298 131
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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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261 118
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fakenews270 added Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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264 121
Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Saori Hayami

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500 289
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added Yuki Kaji, Jamie Marchi, Azumi Asakura

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322 175
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Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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425 261
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added Ayana Taketatsu, Jouji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara

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148 65
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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248 142
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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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265 155
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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288 173
Akira is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Akira

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369 240
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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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252 154
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Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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82 24
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ohpages2016 added Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Minami Takahashi, Maaya Uchida

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275 184
Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added Ayame Goriki

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68 25
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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200 155
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Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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180 147
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Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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34 12
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Brandi Flood added Tomokazu Seki, Yui Horie, Kazuhiko Inoue

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195 174
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Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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24 8
Seraph of the End is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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