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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1,705 517
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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

3
1,198 355
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa

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1,491 464
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,357 420
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 5 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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1,247 380
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Spirited Away

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1,493 473
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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357 52
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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1,133 365
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

10
1,040 341
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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,238 426
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403 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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1,046 364
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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542 155
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,373 535
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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1,037 388
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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723 282
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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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611 240
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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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833 355
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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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512 191
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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385 126
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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624 270
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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547 231
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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585 299
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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231 83
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

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330 145
Re:Zero − Starting Life ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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321 141
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443 219
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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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408 198
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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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302 132
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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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416 204
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Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa

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268 122
Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Saori Hayami

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263 119
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fakenews270 added Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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501 293
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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323 177
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Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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425 264
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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150 66
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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249 143
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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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266 156
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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289 175
Akira is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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371 242
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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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85 26
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 42 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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252 156
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Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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275 185
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 27
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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200 156
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Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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182 147
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Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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35 12
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Brandi Flood added Tomokazu Seki, Yui Horie, Kazuhiko Inoue

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196 174
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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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