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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988 292
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Death Note Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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729 223
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791 254
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Annie0 added Attack on Titan Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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563 163
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added One-Punch Man Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa

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840 288
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Naruto Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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684 220
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Cowboy Bebop Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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699 229
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 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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689 234
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ShrishVashishth added Tokyo Ghoul Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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596 197
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ShrishVashishth added Blue Exorcist Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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638 224
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Dragon Ball Z Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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817 326
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Sword Art Online Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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599 220
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Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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382 147
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Yu Yu Hakusho Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

The Best Anime For Pro Wrestling Fans

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425 171
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ShrishVashishth added Code Geass Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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484 205
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Son Goku added One Piece Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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394 163
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Samurai Champloo Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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344 140
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Rurouni Kenshin Kaylyn Dicksion

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352 166
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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178 57
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
GeorgiaS. added Noragami

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226 97
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added No Game No Life

The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Gurren Lagann Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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104 22
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Megan Jo McDaniel added InuYasha Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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fakenews270 added Fate/Zero

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252 132
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Hellsing Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa

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231 120
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ShrishVashishth added Steins;Gate Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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297 168
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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243 133
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Vampire Knight Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

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277 158
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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150 74
Re:Zero − Starting Life ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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

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

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189 112
Akira is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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165 98
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Mobile Suit Gundam Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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114 62
Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 36 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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153 95
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Black Lagoon Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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62 19
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Trigun Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

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152 115
Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 39 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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141 108
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Son Goku added Case Closed

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126 96
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Eureka Seven Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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38 15
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Megan Jo McDaniel added Log Horizon

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Gin Tama Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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117 103
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Ranma ½ Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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121 108
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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Megan Jo McDaniel added Trinity Blood Russell Wait, Hiroki Touchi, Mamiko Noto

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Lupin III Kan'ichi Kurita, Kôichi Yamadera, Kiyoshi Kobayashi

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43 44
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
GeorgiaS. added Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Tasuku Hatanaka, Sayaka Senbongi, Maaya Uchida

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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