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The "mainstream" anime

Among the unsurprisingly large anime world, there are some select series which are so popular that they're often branded as the very image of what anime is. Nonetheless, they have an immense population of followers.

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Death Note

Death Note

Perhaps the most brilliant manga and anime there ever was! Death Note is simply amazing and wonderful by all aspects, and its definitely no wonder that this anime series is considered mainstream by most.

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Dragon Ball Z

Dragon Ball Z

Cartoon Network and other such channels telecasted DBZ far too wide from its inception, and its even been adapted into a Hollywood movie now! DBZ might as well be the first in the mainstream anime list.

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Pokemon

Pokemon

Initially called Pocket Monsters, the Japanese folk shortened it to PokeMon, and the name is now retained for good. A simple question should determine this series to be mainstream: Can you point at least one person who's not HEARD of Pokemon?

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Yu-Gi-Oh!

Yu-Gi-Oh!

What was merely a trading card game based anime, went on to become a huge hit in the yester-years and even now, there are folks aplenty whose thoughts would flit to Yu-Gi-Oh! when there's any talk of anime.

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Naruto

Naruto

A story of a reckless ninja boy who faces many adventures with his companions, with being his carefree spirit all the way proved to be a major hit. Instant-transformation-into-mainstream-anime-jutsu, complete!

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One Piece

One Piece

A pirate and his comrades at sea face adventures: the kind of adventures that span hundreds of chapters and episodes, yet no one wants the action to stop. Is this mainstream or what?!

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Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail

Though it got recognition slightly later perhaps, Fairy Tail picked up winds and turned the tides nonetheless! With characters that have great spirit and look so gorgeous, Fairy Tail is the solemn oath for many!

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Bleach

Bleach

It all started when a boy died to save another, and transformed into a Soul Reaper (Shinigami, a Death God). His adventures in leading an other wordly life led to a series of other adventures that spans hundreds of chapters, episodes and a large fan base in its own way. Yup, totally mainstream.

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Doraemon

Doraemon

Who DOESN'T know Doraemon? With that said, its indeed one of the big boys of the anime scene though it doesn't seem so!

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Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

You haven't heard or seen this? Well, it just means this is another mainstream anime that is a classic that you've to yet watch. Sailor moon is insanely famous and even got a new season started out with modern animation just very recently!