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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1,370 415
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,067 313
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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1,216 379
Fairy Tail is listed (or ranked) 6 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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1,133 348
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Spirited Away

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183 12
My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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1,137 380
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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,023 342
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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957 331
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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965 354
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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460 128
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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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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458 166
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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333 106
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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754 328
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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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509 216
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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540 277
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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199 67
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Hiromi Tsuru, Johnny Yong Bosch, Toshihiko Seki

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415 203
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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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237 97
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fakenews270 added Ayako Kawasumi, Noriaki Sugiyama, Kana Ueda

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288 131
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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463 260
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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232 105
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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400 240
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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350 217
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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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269 158
Akira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
Akira

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234 132
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Tôru Furuya, Eric Schneider, Shûichi Ikeda

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124 53
Log Horizon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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237 144
Case Closed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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225 141
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Houko Kuwashima, Brian Drummond, Kiyoyuki Yanada

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248 167
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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39 10
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Kazuya Nakai, Rie Kugimiya, Tetsuharu Ohta

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Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Yuko Sanpei, Kenji Fujiwara, Kaori Nazuka

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181 159
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Chiwa Saitō, Junko Iwao, Yūko Gotō

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69 55
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Russell Wait, Hiroki Touchi, Mamiko Noto

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Megumi Hayashibara, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Kenichi Ogata