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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1,856 552
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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

3
491 85
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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1,319 387
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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1,626 506
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,605 504
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,321 405
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Spirited Away

8
1,466 464
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 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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1,205 386
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

10
483 107
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 10 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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1,108 366
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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,318 454
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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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614 174
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,106 397
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

15
1,479 569
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1,103 415
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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789 300
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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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433 144
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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573 217
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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639 257
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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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884 384
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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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653 286
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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574 245
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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341 144
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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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619 318
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Son Goku added Terri Hawkes, Jill Frappier, Mary Long