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
12,715 5,973
Attack on Titan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

2
10,591 3,634
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherho... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

3
10,317 4,631
Naruto is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
TriciaLeavitt added Naruto

4
8,157 3,823
One Piece (JP) is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

5
9,729 2,847
Naruto Shippūden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

6
8,628 3,413
Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
TriciaLeavitt added Dragon Ball Z

7
10,251 1,793
One Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added One Punch Man

8
7,576 2,125
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9
9,166 2,417
Tokyo Ghoul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
nicholas-hui added Tokyo Ghoul

10
6,374 2,689
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german-godzz added Sword Art Online

11
7,735 2,721
Bleach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
kat-dowlin added Bleach

12
8,209 2,432
Fairy Tale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
kayla88 added Fairy Tale

13
5,893 1,665
Akame ga KILL! is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

14
6,070 2,265
Death Note is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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15
5,797 1,481
Blue Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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16
5,096 1,729
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Reb... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

17
4,011 1,668
Psycho-Pass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

18
4,171 1,318
Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

19
3,182 1,590
Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

20
3,966 934
Noragami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

21
3,640 1,087
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
3,607 1,237
Fate/Zero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

23
3,197 984
No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

24
2,508 1,019
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25
2,281 939
Darker than Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

26
2,093 847
Rurouni Kenshin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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27
2,603 863
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2,269 896
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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1,713 1,009
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2,390 893
Black Butler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,765 874
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2,092 777
InuYasha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

33
10,209 99
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

34
1,920 765
Future Diary is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

35
1,978 894
Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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36
1,333 642
Black Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

37
2,225 783
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

38
2,255 246
The Seven Deadly Sins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,847 683
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2,030 613
Hellsing is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

41
2,237 537
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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1,466 516
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,503 743
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,460 795
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1,662 394
Code Geass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

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1,310 382
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angel-smilefamily added Magi: the Kingdom of Magic

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1,334 664
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time

48
1,241 764
Reborn! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time
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1,041 442
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Jasmine Resvaloso added Black Bullet

50
1,531 564
Guilty Crown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Action Anime of All Time