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The Best Anime To Have On In The Background  

Erik Barnes
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List Rules Vote up the anime that's perfect for while you clean your room.

Many anime titles - Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, and Death Note - have magnificent visuals and sophisticated plot lines that require your full attention. It's great when you have time for it, but it's not the best anime for doing chores. You can't focus on folding your laundry if an anime moves too fast. The dishes will never be washed if you have to pause and rewind an anime because you missed a plot point.

Luckily, some relaxing anime choices fit the mood of your spring-cleaning routine or that can add excitement to a dull chore without being plot-heavy. Like a Friends marathon during your weekly mopping, these titles provide the perfect, easy-going ambiance you need to finish the task at hand. Get your preferred streaming service ready and break out the feather duster. Here's a list of the best anime to have on in the background while doing chores, paying bills, or other tasks at home.

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Dragon Ball Z is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Dragon Ball Z is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. Dragon Ball Z is the sequel to the Dragon Ball anime and adapts the last 325 chapters of the original 519-chapter ...more
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Pokemon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Pokemon
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Soul Eater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Soul Eater is a manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. The series revolves around three teams, each consisting of a weapon meister and weapon that can transform into a humanoid.
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Naruto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Naruto is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and the ...more
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Dragon Ball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It is an adaptation of the first 194 chapters of the manga of the same name created by Akira Toriyama, which were ...more
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One Piece is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
One Piece is a 1999 anime series based on the Japanese manga series by Eiichiro Oda. Monkey D. Luffy and his friends go on adventures, while trying to find the greatest treasure ever left by the ...more
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Samurai Champloo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
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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Hamtaro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Hamtaro is a Japanese children's manga and storybook series created and illustrated by Ritsuko Kawai. The manga is serialized in Shogakukan's all girl's magazine Ciao in 1997, focusing on a ...more
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Kill la Kill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
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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Tenchi Muyo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
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Ranma ½ is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Ranma ½ a 1989 comedy martial arts anime based on a manga series of the same name. The story revolves around teenage martial artist Ranma Saotome who, as the result of an accident, is ...more
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Hunter X Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Hunter × Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series directed by Kazuhiro ...more
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Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Ghost Stories, also known as Ghosts at School, is a 20-episode anime series created in 2000 by animation studio Pierrot and Aniplex for Fuji Television, based on a book series by Tōru ...more
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K-On! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
K-On! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. The manga was serialized in Houbunsha's seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara between the May 2007 ...more
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Azumanga Daioh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Azumanga Daioh is a Japanese 4koma comedy manga series written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma, which was serialized in MediaWorks' Dengeki Daioh magazine between 1999 and 2002. Three ...more
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Lucky Star is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Lucky Star is a Japanese four-panel comic strip manga by Kagami Yoshimizu. The strip has been serialized in Kadokawa Shoten's Comptiq magazine since January 2004. Cameo strips were published in ...more
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Panty & Stocking with Garterbe... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax, as well as a series of tie-in media developed around it. The series premiered on October 1, 2010 ...more
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Crayon Shin-chan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Crayon Shin-chan, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui. It follows the adventures of the five-year-old Shinnosuke "Shin" Nohara and his parents, baby ...more
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School Rumble is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
School Rumble is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Jin Kobayashi. First serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 22, 2002 to July 23, 2008, all 345 chapters were ...more
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Crayon Shin-chan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Crayon Shin-chan is a TV program based on the mange of the same name.
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Mushishi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in Monthly Afternoon from December 2002 to August 2008. ...more
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Gungrave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Gungrave is a Japanese animated television series based on the video game of the same name, created by Yasuhiro Nightow. The series is directed by Toshiyuki Tsuru, from a screenplay by Yousuke ...more
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Sabagebu! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
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Shirokuma Cafe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Shirokuma Cafe
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Cromartie High School is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Anime To Have On In The Background
Cromartie High School by Eiji Nonaka, is a Japanese comedy manga, which was adapted into an anime and a 2005 live-action movie titled Cromartie High – The Movie directed by Yūdai Yamaguchi. It ...more