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List of the best shinigami anime, voted on by Ranker's anime community. This may not be the most popular genre of Japanese animation, but all of these shows are worth checking out if you're looking for something new to watch. This poll includes video clips of each show, so if you haven't seen one, you can watch it right here on this page. The anime below are about Shinigami, which is Japanese for God of Death. These shows explore what happens when the powers of a death God fall into mortal hands, and the disasters such a power can cause. The shows that are listed may have different sub-genres, but they're all about shinigami in one way or another.

Death Note and Soul Eater are only the beginning of the anime on this list. What is the greatest shinigami anime of all time? Scroll down and find out for yourself!
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Death Note


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The fictional universe that contains the anime, manga and television films that deal with the world of Death Note. ...more

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Bleach


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Bleach is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper —a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His new-found powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife, and set him on journeys to various ghostly realms of existence.And she also appoints him to be a acting Soul Reaper. Bleach has been serialized in the Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 2001, and has been collected into 67 tankōbon volumes. The series has ...more

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Black Butler


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Black Butler is a manga written and illustrated by Yana Toboso. Since its debut on September 16, 2006, it has been serialized in Square Enix's shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy. The series follows Ciel Phantomhive, the thirteen-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family and the business-savvy owner of the Funtom company, a toy manufacturer. Ciel has formed a contract with Sebastian Michaelis, a demon who has taken on the disguise of Ciel's butler after he witnessed his parent's being killed and soon after getting kidnapped and tortured. In return, when Sebastian has helped Ciel finish all his tasks, such as working as an underdog for the queen and defeating London's worst criminals, ...more

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#39 on The Best Anime Series of All Time

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Soul Eater


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Soul Eater is a manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. Set at the "Death Weapon Meister Academy", the series revolves around three teams, each consisting of a weapon meister and weapon that can transform into a humanoid. Trying to make the latter a "death scythe" and thus fit for use by the academy's headmaster Shinigami, the personification of death, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, in that order; otherwise, they will have to start all over again. The manga is published by Square Enix and was first released as three separate one-shots serialized in two Gangan Powered special editions and one Gangan Wing in 2003. The manga started regular ...more

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