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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961 284
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Death Note Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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709 219
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762 250
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Annie0 added Attack on Titan Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

5
542 158
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 5 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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667 215
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Cowboy Bebop Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

7
814 281
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Naruto Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

8
674 222
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 8 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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676 232
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ShrishVashishth added Tokyo Ghoul Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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581 194
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ShrishVashishth added Blue Exorcist Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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623 219
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Dragon Ball Z Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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795 322
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Sword Art Online Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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582 218
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Bleach Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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373 145
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Yu Yu Hakusho Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

The Best Anime For Pro Wrestling Fans

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414 169
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ShrishVashishth added Code Geass Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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468 203
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Son Goku added One Piece Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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384 161
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Samurai Champloo Ayako Kawasumi, Koyasu Taketo, Akio Ōtsuka

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338 139
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Rurouni Kenshin Kaylyn Dicksion

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345 163
Sailor Moon is listed (or ranked) 19 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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174 54
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
GeorgiaS. added Noragami

21
222 94
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added No Game No Life

The Best Animated Films Ever

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Gurren Lagann Nikolas Freeman, Jacob Hope Chapman, Doug Walker

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94 19
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Megan Jo McDaniel added InuYasha Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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246 131
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Hellsing Jôji Nakata, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Fumiko Orikasa

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226 118
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ShrishVashishth added Steins;Gate Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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287 164
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 26 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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129 49
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fakenews270 added Fate/Zero

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272 157
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 28 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

The Best Adventure Anime of All Time

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237 132
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Vampire Knight Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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194 105
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Shirô Saitô, Peggy O'Neal, Dino Andrade

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145 73
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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129 61
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catpig2102 added Maid Sama! Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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112 50
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fakenews270 added Fate/stay night Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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184 111
Akira is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans

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162 96
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Mobile Suit Gundam Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

The TV Hangout Spots You'd Most Like to Frequent

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110 60
Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 36 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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150 94
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Black Lagoon Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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56 19
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Trigun Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

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150 113
Mirai Nikki - Another: World is listed (or ranked) 39 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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138 106
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Son Goku added Case Closed

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124 95
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Eureka Seven Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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32 15
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Megan Jo McDaniel added Log Horizon

25+ Anime With Great Rewatch Value

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

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116 102
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Ranma ½ Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata

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113 100
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Gin Tama Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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24 19
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Trinity Blood Russell Wait, Hiroki Touchi, Mamiko Noto

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93 93
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Lupin III Kan'ichi Kurita, Kôichi Yamadera, Kiyoshi Kobayashi

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40 44
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
GeorgiaS. added Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Tasuku Hatanaka, Sayaka Senbongi, Maaya Uchida

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40 46
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Guest_ee892703-2fb0-4666-a005-230ab04593fb added Baccano! Chiwa Saitō, Koyasu Taketo, Kappei Yamaguchi

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71 92
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ShrishVashishth added Heaven's Lost Property Kaori Fukuhara, Ayahi Takagaki, Asuka Ōgame