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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Fullmetal Alchemist Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak

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240 48
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
LaurenGoodpaster added Fairy Tail Daisuke Namikawa, Kouichi Toochika, Katsuyuki Konishi

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Death Note Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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ShrishVashishth added Blue Exorcist Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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299 95
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Cowboy Bebop Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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Naruto Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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277 93
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Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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294 110
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ShrishVashishth added Tokyo Ghoul Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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281 106
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Annie0 added Attack on Titan Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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Sword Art Online Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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ShrishVashishth added Code Geass Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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Dragon Ball Z Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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Samurai Champloo Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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99 18
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added One-Punch Man

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Rurouni Kenshin Kaylyn Dicksion

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Son Goku added One Piece

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Yu Yu Hakusho Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Son Goku added Sailor Moon Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long

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150 67
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added Highschool of the Dead Ayana Taketatsu, Jouji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara

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63 10
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Hellsing Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa

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ShrishVashishth added Steins;Gate Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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103 52
Akira is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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Gurren Lagann Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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137 82
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added High School DxD Yuki Kaji, Jamie Marchi, Azumi Asakura

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Black Lagoon Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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Vampire Knight Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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catpig2102 added Maid Sama! Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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84 56
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Mobile Suit Gundam Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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fakenews270 added Fate/stay night Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Snow White with the Red Hair Saori Hayami

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Re:Zero − Starting Life ... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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Eureka Seven Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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fakenews270 added Fate/Zero

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Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added Mirai Nikki - Another: World Ayame Goriki

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Gin Tama Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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Ranma ½ Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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Guest_ee892703-2fb0-4666-a005-230ab04593fb added Baccano! Chiwa Saitō, Koyasu Taketo, Kappei Yamaguchi

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ShrishVashishth added Heaven's Lost Property Kaori Fukuhara, Ayahi Takagaki, Asuka Ōgame

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Tokyo Ravens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Slayers Masami Suzuki, Megumi Hayashibara, Yumiko Kobayashi

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Mazinger Z Minori Matsushima, Isamu Tanonaka, Junpei Takiguchi

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13 59
Mighty Atom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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Saber Marionette J (US) is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Saber Marionette J (US) Nicole Oliver, Samuel Vincent, Samantha Ferris

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Combat Mecha Xabungle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Combat Mecha Xabungle Toshio Furukawa, Daisuke Gōri, Masaharu Satō