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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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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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,058 309
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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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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Spirited Away

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1,201 376
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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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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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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949 328
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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452 128
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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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 Jun Fukuyama, Ryôta Ôsaka, Mai Fuchigami

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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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450 165
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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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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Kaylyn Dicksion

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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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

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532 273
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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Jôji Nakata^! Yoshiko Sakakibara^! Fumiko Orikasa

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fakenews270 added 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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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 33 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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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 Saori Hayami

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Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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398 237
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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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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Akira is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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245 166
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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Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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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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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 46 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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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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Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata