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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1,569 461
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Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong

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1,376 415
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Annie0 added Marina Inoue, Yuki Kaji, Josh Grelle

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1,069 314
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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1,349 423
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Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi

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1,139 348
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Spirited Away

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1,219 379
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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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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ShrishVashishth added Natsuki Hanae, Michelle Rojas, Sora Amamiya

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949 307
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ShrishVashishth added Nobuhiko Okamoto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Tobias Diakow

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1,027 342
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Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara

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959 331
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Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh

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463 128
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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Sean Schemmel, Christopher Sabat, Doc Harris

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Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Bryce Papenbrook

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301 64
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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334 106
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Megan Jo McDaniel added Kappei Yamaguchi, Richard Ian Cox, Satsuki Yukino

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756 328
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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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510 216
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Kaylyn Dicksion

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ShrishVashishth added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa

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541 277
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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416 203
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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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239 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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235 105
Snow White with the Red Hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
catpig2102 added Saori Hayami

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464 261
High School DxD is listed (or ranked) 34 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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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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270 158
Akira is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The 25+ Best First Anime to Watch for New Fans
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351 219
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Yui Horie, Mamoru Miyano, Laura Bailey

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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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226 141
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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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41 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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182 159
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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