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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Death Note Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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

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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Naruto Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Cowboy Bebop Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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

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

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Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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Dragon Ball Z Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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Sword Art Online Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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Noragami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
GeorgiaS. added Noragami

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

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Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
12249375 added Assassination Classroom Jun Fukuyama, Ryôta Ôsaka, Mai Fuchigami

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Yu Yu Hakusho Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added No Game No Life

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

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Samurai Champloo Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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Rurouni Kenshin Kaylyn Dicksion

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ohpages2016 added My Hero Academia

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fakenews270 added Fate/Zero

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

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Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 26 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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ShrishVashishth added Steins;Gate Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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Gurren Lagann Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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Hellsing Jôji Nakata^! Yoshiko Sakakibara^! Fumiko Orikasa

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

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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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High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 32 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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catpig2102 added Maid Sama! Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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

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Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Mobile Suit Gundam Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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Vampire Knight Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Megan Jo McDaniel added Log Horizon

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Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Son Goku added Case Closed

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Black Lagoon Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Eureka Seven Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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

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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ohpages2016 added Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Minami Takahashi, Maaya Uchida

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

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Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
ohpages2016 added Akame ga KILL!

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Ranma ½ Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata