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The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

Updated October 13, 2018 52.8k votes 11.0k voters 137.7k views27 items

List RulesVote 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. 

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  • 1
    4,719
    1,030

    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the...  more
  • 2
    2,340
    483

    Erased

    Mystery, Psychological
    Erased (A-1 Pictures, 2016), also known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi, is a Japanese...  more
  • 3
    2,557
    585

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the...  more
  • 4
    2,977
    774

    Cowboy Bebop

    Action, Adventure
    Cowboy Bebop (Sunrise, 1998) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Set in the year 2071, it...  more
  • 5
    2,112
    537

    Death Parade

    Mystery, Psychological
    Death Parade (Madhouse, 2015) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. Decim, the lone...  more
  • 6
    2,136
    555

    Samurai Champloo

    Action, Adventure
    Samurai Champloo (Manglobe, 2004), often stylized as SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, is a Japanese action...  more
  • 7
    2,307
    648

    Ouran High School Host Club

    Comedy, Reverse Harem
    Ouran High School Host Club (Bones, 2006) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on...  more
  • 8
    1,737
    475

    Trigun

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Trigun (Madhouse, 1998) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Yasuhiro...  more
  • 9
    1,432
    395

    Steins;Gate

    Thriller, Sci-Fi
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel...  more
  • 10
    1,581
    458

    Angel Beats!

    Action, Comedy
    Angel Beats! (P.A. Works, 2010) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. In a realm within the...  more
  • 11
    1,684
    502

    Kill La Kill

    Action, Comedy
    Kill la Kill (Trigger, 2013) is a Japanese action anime series. Ryuko is a vagrant schoolgirl...  more
  • 12
    1,793
    580
    Highschool of the Dead (Madhouse, 2010) is a Japanese supernatural anime series based on the...  more
  • 13
    1,656
    531

    Elfen Lied

    Action, Horror
    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga...  more
  • 14
    1,336
    421

    Gurren Lagann

    Action, Adventure
    Gurren Lagann (Gainax, 2007), also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha...  more
  • 15
    1,851
    610

    Deadman Wonderland

    Action, Horror
    Deadman Wonderland (Manglobe, 2011) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by...  more
  • 16
    1,078
    354
    Neon Genesis Evangelion (Gainax, 1995), commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a...  more
  • 17
    980
    317

    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

    Slice of Life, Supernatural
    Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (A-1 Pictures, 2011), also known simply as Anohana, is a...  more
  • 18
    1,230
    442

    Fruits Basket

    Romance, Comedy
    Fruits Basket (Studio Deen, 2001), sometimes abbreviated Furuba or Fruba, is a Japanese...  more
  • 19
    876
    340
    Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series...  more
  • 20
    Outlaw Star is a 1998 anime series adaptation of the manga series Outlaw Star....  more
  • 21
    Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex....  more
  • 22
    646
    337
    Btooom! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Junya Inoue. An anime adaptation...  more
  • 23
    493
    274
    Baccano! is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi...  more
  • 24
    Eden of the East is a Japanese anime television series, which premiered on Fuji TV's noitaminA...  more
  • 25