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The Best Anime That Are 13 Episodes Or Less 

Anna Lindwasser
Updated January 15, 2020 40.6k votes 13.9k voters 300.5k views 20 items

List Rules Vote up the anime that makes the most out of a short space.

Life often gets busy, and there's not always time to watch super-long anime series. Even when there are hours to spare, sometimes you just want an anime that's more compressed. Luckily, there are plenty of amazing 13-episode series out there - and some shows that have even fewer episodes. The best short anime series deliver complete story arcs, complex characters, and beautiful animation in a small package. The greatest anime series don't have to be epics to feel epic.

Erased is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime That Are 13 Episodes Or Less
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In Erased, Satoru Fujinuma travels back to his childhood in the 1980s to try to prevent a classmate's murder. Through his repeated attempts, viewers encounter a dark world of secrecy and misconduct. It's an emotionally devastating story that will stay with you long after it's over.

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The Devil Is A Part-Time... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime That Are 13 Episodes Or Less
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is about Satan working at McDonald's. Why is he doing such an absurd thing? Because he was defeated in his world and transformed into a human, and the Devil's gotta eat. The anime is a hilarious look at the hellish nature of low-wage employment, and it's well worth any viewer's time.

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Violet Evergarden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime That Are 13 Episodes Or Less
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Violet Evergarden is a gorgeously animated Netflix original about a child raised to be a killing machine. After the Great War ends, Violet has a new goal - to find out what her Major meant when he told her he loved her.

To better understand the complexity of human emotion, she becomes an Auto Memory Doll, whose job it is to transcribe other people's feelings into letters.

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No Game No Life is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime That Are 13 Episodes Or Less
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Through rich colors, detailed landscapes, and otherwise breathtaking art, No Game No Life takes viewers on a journey through the world of Disboard, where every conflict is decided through creative, elaborate games. In this world, protagonists Sora and Shiro go from shut-ins with no prospects to royalty within a few days. It's a beautiful example of how the right environment can capitalize on a person's talents.

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