Anime Underground The Best Action Anime of All Time  

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Action anime is hard to define, but if a show has car chases, epic battles and lots of explosions, then it probably fits the genre's description. For example, fantasy anime and mecha anime such as Neon Genesis Evangelion typically fall under that umbrella. Here are the best action anime series of all time, ranked by the votes of anime fans like you. We want to hear your opinion about the shows on this poll, so please give any show you've seen and upvote or downvote depending on whether or not you would recommend it to another anime fan. What exactly makes a series an action anime? Shows with emphasis on sword fighting and heroes dueling like Berserk and Fate/Zero are classified as action, but so are shows that are more gun and crime focused, like Psycho Pass and Cowboy Bebop. Perhaps you could say that if the action is the primary vehicle for the show's plot to move forward, than that series could be classified as action anime. We've included the top action anime we could think of, but we're not perfect! Add your favorite show to this list if it's missing, so that other people can vote on it too.

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1
10,704 3,659
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

2
12,795 6,030
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

3
10,389 4,677
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
TriciaLeavitt added Naruto

4
8,228 3,870
One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

5
9,817 2,881
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

6
8,693 3,440
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
TriciaLeavitt added Dragon Ball Z

7
10,317 1,820
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added One Punch Man

8
7,643 2,144
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9
9,237 2,437
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
nicholas-hui added Tokyo Ghoul

10
6,418 2,727
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german-godzz added Sword Art Online

11
7,807 2,739
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
kat-dowlin added Bleach

12
8,278 2,452
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
kayla88 added Fairy Tale

13
5,934 1,678
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

14
6,119 2,291
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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15
5,849 1,491
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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16
5,132 1,739
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Reb... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

17
4,032 1,680
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

18
4,227 1,331
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

19
3,214 1,603
Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

20
3,999 941
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

21
3,681 1,098
Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

Live-Action American Versions Of Famous Anime Characters

22
3,629 1,248
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

23
3,213 993
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

24
2,545 1,022
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25
2,301 945
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

26
2,118 854
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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27
2,623 870
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28
2,299 900
Yu Yu Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

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1,730 1,015
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2,409 905
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,784 883
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2,121 782
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

33
10,241 107
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

34
1,933 773
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

35
1,993 898
Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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1,353 646
Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

37
2,235 790
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

38
2,295 251
The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,858 689
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2,054 616
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

41
2,248 541
Owari No Seraph (Seraph of the... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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42
1,490 520
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,520 745
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,471 801
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45
1,679 401
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

46
1,327 385
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angel-smilefamily added Magi: the Kingdom of Magic

47
1,347 669
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

48
1,244 771
Reborn! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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1,043 445
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Jasmine Resvaloso added Black Bullet

50
1,536 569
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time