Anime Underground The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season  

Tamara Jude
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List 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. 

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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Death Note The fictional universe that contains the anime, manga and television films that deal with the world of Death Note.

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1,051 285
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Cowboy Bebop Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more

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774 196
Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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804 213
Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Samurai Champloo Samurai Champloo is a Japanese anime series developed by Manglobe. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, character designer Kazuto Nakazawa and mechanical designer ...more

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723 194
Trigun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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670 178
Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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847 252
Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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790 245
Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Deadman Wonderland Deadman Wonderland is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2008 ...more

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662 207
Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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709 232
Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Highschool Of The Dead Highschool of the Dead is a Japanese manga series written by Daisuke Satō and illustrated by Shōji Satō. The story follows a group of high school students caught in the middle of a zombie ...more

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524 157
Bokudake ga inai machi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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565 178
Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Angel Beats! Angel Beats! is a 13-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Seiji Kishi. The story was originally conceived by Jun Maeda, who also wrote the ...more

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597 203
Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Kill La Kill Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father's killer, which brings her into violent conflict with the ...more

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543 183
Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Gurren Lagann Gurren Lagann, known in Japan as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime television series animated by Gainax and co-produced by Aniplex and Konami. It ran for 27 episodes on ...more

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

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459 145
Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Steins;Gate Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime series created by the animation studio White Fox, based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name. It is set in 2010, and follows Rintaro Okabe, who ...more

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492 184
Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Fruits Basket Fruits Basket, sometimes abbreviated Furuba, or Fruba, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to ...more

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386 131
Claymore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Claymore Claymore is a dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Norihiro Yagi. The series initially premiered in the now defunct Monthly Shōnen Jump in the May 2001 issue. When the magazine ...more

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366 123
Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Outlaw Star Outlaw Star is a 1998 anime series adaptation of the manga series Outlaw Star.

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376 132
Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Neon Genesis Evangelion Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Tatsunoko Productions and Gainax and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was ...more

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261 121
Btooom! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Btooom! Btooom! er en japansk manga-serie.

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246 120
Anohana: The Flower We Saw Tha... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is an 11-episode 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai. The anime aired in Fuji TV's noitamina block ...more

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234 115
Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Eden of the East Eden of the East is a Japanese anime television series, which premiered on Fuji TV's noitaminA timeslot on April 9, 2009. Created, directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama, it features character ...more

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267 141
Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a Japanese anime television series produced by Shaft and Aniplex. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by ...more

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181 114
Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Baccano! Baccano! is a Japanese light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Katsumi Enami. The series, often told from multiple points of view, is mostly set within a fictional United ...more

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149 114
Dimension W is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Dimension W Dimension W is a 2016 anime series based on the manga series written by Yūji Iwahara. In 2072, the world is powered by energy from Dimension W, a fourth dimensional axis. A bounty hunter named ...more

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143 111
Welcome to the NHK is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

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110 107
Last Exile is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Last Exile Last Exile is a Japanese animated television series created by Gonzo. It featured a production team led by director Koichi Chigira, character designer Range Murata, and production designer ...more