The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

Over 12.7K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Voting Rules
Vote up the best anime that only has a single season.

Some of the best anime can turn sour for refusing to end quietly. Thus, some studios have opted to release only one season to curb any temptation to potentially ruin a great series. After all, even the best shows can become afflicted with weak storylines and useless filler when it has to air for numerous seasons. It's always terrible when your favorite show becomes an anime that went for way too long.

These days, fans are bombarded with shows with tons of episodes, so finding the best anime with one season is a treat. Not only is being able to effectively complete an arc (or multiple arcs) within a shortened timeframe great, but being able to present a solid ending is also amazing. Compiled here is a list of anime that tell their unique story in only a single batch of episodes. Vote up the most satisfying anime that has just one season. 

Most divisive: Last Exile
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  • Death Note
    Mystery, Police, Psychological
    4,816 votes
    A high-school student discovers a supernatural notebook that grants its user the ability to kill.
  • Erased
    Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural
    2,717 votes
    Satoru Fujinuma is sent back in time 18 years to prevent the events leading to his mother's death.
  • Parasyte: The Maxim
    Action, Sci-Fi, Horror
    2,654 votes
    A teenager and an alien parasite work together to survive their unique circumstances.
  • Cowboy Bebop
    Action, Adventure, Comedy
    2,954 votes
    Bounty hunters search for criminals.
  • Death Parade
    Mystery, Psychological, Drama
    2,137 votes
    The Quindecim Bar hosts games between the recently deceased that determine the fate of their souls.
  • Samurai Champloo
    Action, Adventure, Comedy
    2,060 votes
    Two fighters team up with a waitress in their hunt for a mysterious samurai.