Anime Underground The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans  

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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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1,251 370
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 4 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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1,546 481
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,405 439
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Spirited Away

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1,161 371
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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437 92
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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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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572 162
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,071 378
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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536 200
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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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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403 135
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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636 280
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Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Megan Jo McDaniel added Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki