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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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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Death Note is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious ...more
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Parasyte: The Maxim is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Parasyte is a science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki, and published in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. Parasyte centers on a male ...more
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Trigun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Trigun is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow. Both manga were adapted into an anime television series in 1998. Trigun revolves around a man known as "Vash ...more
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Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Erased is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Bodudake ga inai machi is an anime television adaptation directed by Tomohiko Itō and written by Taku Kishimoto. The story follows Satoru Fujinuma, a young man who somehow possesses an ability ...more
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Death Parade is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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Ouran High School Host Club is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Ouran High School Host Club is a manga series by Bisco Hatori, serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa magazine between the September 2002 and November 2010 issues. The manga has been adapted into an ...more
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Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
This series is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search which brings her into conflict with the iron-fisted student council ...more
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Elfen Lied is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Elfen Lied is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Lynn Okamoto. Elfen Lied takes place in Kamakura and Kanagawa, and focuses on the "Diclonius", a newly mutated species. ...more
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Gurren Lagann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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
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Angel Beats! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Deadman Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Highschool of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
This series 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 apocalypse. The ...more
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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Claymore is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Outlaw Star is a 1998 anime series adaptation of the manga series Outlaw Star.
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Fruits Basket is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Neon Genesis Evangelion is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Anohana: The Flower We Saw Tha... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Puella Magi Madoka Magica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Btooom! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
Btooom! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Junya Inoue. An anime adaptation covering the first 50 chapters of the manga was produced by Madhouse. Ryōta Sakamoto is an ...more
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Eden of the East is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Baccano! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season
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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Welcome to the NHK is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season