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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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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1,435 439
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,415 439
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,126 333
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa

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1,285 394
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 6 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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1,189 363
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Spirited Away

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269 28
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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1,080 353
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,187 405
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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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1,003 348
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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350 71
Assassination Classroom is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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493 141
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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999 367
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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692 266
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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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485 178
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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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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788 340
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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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353 114
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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598 256
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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Kaylyn Dicksion

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

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558 286
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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Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa

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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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303 137
Re:Zero − Starting Life ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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fakenews270 added Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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248 113
Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Saori Hayami

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480 274
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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Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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409 250
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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281 165
Akira is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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134 58
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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237 137
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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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249 147
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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235 146
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Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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260 174
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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59 16
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 44 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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51 17
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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Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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

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Brandi Flood added Tomokazu Seki, Yui Horie, Kazuhiko Inoue