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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476 79
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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1,304 385
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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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,609 504
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,311 403
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Spirited Away

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1,453 459
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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1,192 384
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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473 105
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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1,310 452
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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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1,097 365
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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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609 170
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,098 393
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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1,468 565
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1,097 413
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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779 297
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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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426 144
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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562 216
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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878 381
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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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634 257
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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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649 286
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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569 243
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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335 143
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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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614 315
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