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The 25+ Best Anime With Only One Season

Updated October 13, 2018 53.3k votes 11.5k voters 148.4k 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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    Death Note

    Mystery, Police
    Death Note (Madhouse, 2006) is a Japanese supernatural thriller anime series based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a teen genius who stumbles across a...  more
  • 2
    2,527
    510

    Erased

    Mystery, Psychological
    Erased (A-1 Pictures, 2016), also known in Japan as Boku dake ga Inai Machi, is a Japanese mystery anime series based on the manga by Kei Sanbe. 29-year-old Satoru Fujinuma is sent back in time 18...  more
  • 3
    2,666
    597

    Parasyte: The Maxim

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Parasyte: The Maxim (Madhouse, 2014) is a Japanese sci-fi horror anime series based on the manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. Partially infected by a Parasyte (monsters that consume humans), 17-year-old...  more
  • 4
    2,998
    780

    Cowboy Bebop

    Action, Adventure
    Cowboy Bebop (Sunrise, 1998) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series. Set in the year 2071, it follow the adventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew traveling in their spaceship called the Bebop....  more
  • 5
    2,159
    544

    Death Parade

    Mystery, Psychological
    Death Parade (Madhouse, 2015) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. Decim, the lone bartender of the Quindecim bar who oversees the Death Games between people who have died and must be judged,...  more
  • 6
    2,120
    562

    Samurai Champloo

    Action, Adventure
    Samurai Champloo (Manglobe, 2004), often stylized as SAMURAI CHAMPLOO, is a Japanese action anime series. Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from...  more
  • 7
    1,486
    395

    Steins;Gate

    Thriller, Sci-Fi
    Steins;Gate (White Fox, 2011) is a Japanese sci-fi anime series based on the 2009 visual novel by Nitroplus and 5pb. After discovering time travel, a university student and his friends must use their...  more
  • 8
    2,267
    656

    Ouran High School Host Club

    Comedy, Reverse Harem
    Ouran High School Host Club (Bones, 2006) is a Japanese romantic comedy anime series based on the manga series by Bisco Hatori. Haruhi Fujioka, a scholarship student at the prestigious and elite...  more
  • 9
    1,708
    478

    Trigun

    Action, Sci-Fi
    Trigun (Madhouse, 1998) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. Vash the Stampede, the most infamous outlaw on the planet Gunsmoke, travels the wasteland and...  more
  • 10
    1,596
    464

    Angel Beats!

    Action, Comedy
    Angel Beats! (P.A. Works, 2010) is a Japanese supernatural anime series. In a realm within the afterlife, a band of teens fight to keep from being taken to the next level....  more
  • 11
    1,670
    501

    Kill La Kill

    Action, Comedy
    Kill la Kill (Trigger, 2013) is a Japanese action anime series. Ryuko is a vagrant schoolgirl traveling from place to place searching for clues that will lead her to the truth behind her father's...  more
  • 12
    1,644
    529

    Elfen Lied

    Action, Horror
    Elfen Lied (Arms, 2004) is a Japanese supernatural horror anime series based on the manga series by Lynn Okamoto. Two university students come across a seemingly harmless girl named Lucy, unaware...  more
  • 13
    1,330
    417

    Gurren Lagann

    Action, Adventure
    Gurren Lagann (Gainax, 2007), also known as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, is a Japanese mecha anime series. Two friends, Simon and Kamina, become the symbols of rebellion against the powerful Spiral...  more
  • 14
    1,824
    604

    Deadman Wonderland

    Action, Horror
    Deadman Wonderland (Manglobe, 2011) is a Japanese action anime series based on the manga by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou. After being falsely convicted for the murder of his entire...  more
  • 15
    Highschool of the Dead (aka Apocalyptic Academy: Highschool of the Dead) is a Japanese manga series written by Daisuke Sato and illustrated by Shoji Sato. Set in present-day Japan, the world is...  more
  • 16
    1,101
    357
    Neon Genesis Evangelion (Gainax, 1995), commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese mecha anime series. When violent monsters descend upon Earth to destroy humanity, a reluctant young...  more
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    1,003
    324

    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 Japanese drama anime series. Five childhood companions reunite when the ghost of their dead friends...  more
  • 18
    1,221
    446

    Fruits Basket

    Romance, Comedy
    Fruits Basket (Studio Deen, 2001), sometimes abbreviated Furuba or Fruba, is a Japanese romance anime series based on the manga by Natsuki Takaya. An orphan girl named Tohru Honda meets three members...  more
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    340
    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 was...  more
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    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. It was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and written by Gen Urobuchi, with original character designs by Ume...  more
  • 22
    638
    331
    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
  • 23
    493
    278
    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
  • 24
    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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