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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1,557 458
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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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1,361 414
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,061 312
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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1,335 422
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,128 347
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Spirited Away

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1,208 378
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 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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175 11
My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,129 380
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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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939 306
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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,019 341
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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951 330
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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961 353
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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1,262 491
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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454 128
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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292 64
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 16 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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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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453 166
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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560 224
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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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751 327
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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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570 248
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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508 215
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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287 112
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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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536 275
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 26 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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197 66
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

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413 202
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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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Jôji Nakata^! Yoshiko Sakakibara^! Fumiko Orikasa

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235 97
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fakenews270 added Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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285 131
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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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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461 259
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 33 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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230 105
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 Saori Hayami

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Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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399 239
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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234 132
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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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347 217
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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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268 158
Akira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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124 52
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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237 144
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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224 141
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Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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245 167
Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ShrishVashishth added Ayame Goriki

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Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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35 10
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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31 9
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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68 55
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Russell Wait, Hiroki Touchi, Mamiko Noto

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151 145
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Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata