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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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,000 292
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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1,146 360
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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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,077 365
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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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925 338
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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417 120
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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ShrishVashishth added Kikuko Inoue, Jōji Nakata, Fumiko Orikasa

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246 53
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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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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Nozomu Sasaki, Justin Cook, Laura Bailey

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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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Son Goku added Mayumi Tanaka, Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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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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521 262
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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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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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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273 125
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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High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 32 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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catpig2102 added Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Mitsuhiro Ichiki

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213 98
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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393 230
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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229 125
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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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263 151
Akira is listed (or ranked) 38 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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119 47
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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235 161
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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Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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23 6
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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Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Russell Wait, Hiroki Touchi, Mamiko Noto

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Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata