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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Top Anime Rankings: (Extended Version)



How to read these rankings:  Ranking - Franchise Name - Release Timeline - + indicates it is still in production, no + means there are no announced sequels to the franchise - Non-filler/watchable number of episodes/movies/specials to the franchise so far, ie, length -- story's source-- unique standout feature -- $ indicates it has a sufficiently high definition subtitled release, no $ indicates it does not have a release of this quality -- * indicates if the original source material is finished, no * means it's unfinished -- # indicates if the anime has adequately adapted its source, no # means it's not adequately adapted -- ^ means the show is flawless, no ^ means the show does have critical glaring errors that are hard to stomach/ignore (being incomplete is a flaw so this symbol can only possibly appear for shows that are already * and #).

1. Sword Art Online (2012-2019+) (63) (light novel/original) (VRMMORPG) #
2. Fairy Tail (2009-2019+) (239) (manga/original/light novel) (Mages) $ #
3. Naruto (2002-2019+) (99) (manga/original/light novel) (Ninjas) $ * # ^
4. One Piece (1999-2019+) (748) (manga) (Pirates) $ #
5. Dragon Ball (1986-2018+) (350) (manga/original) (Power Perfected) $ #
6. Pretty Cure (2004-2019+) (657) (original) (Magical Girls Perfected) #
7. Clannad (2007-2009) (48) (visual novel) (Romance Perfected) $ * # ^
8. Code Geass (2006-2019+) (56) (original) (Politics) #
9. Bake-(etc)-monogatari (2009-2018+) (93) (light novel) (Witty Dialogue) $ #
10. Fate/Etc (2006-2019+) (125) (visual novel/light novel/manga) (Mythological Battle Royale) $ #
11. Little Busters! (2012-2019+) (48) (visual novel) (Character Development) $ * # ^
12. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (2004-2018+) (82) (original/manga) (Yuri + Fighting) $
13. Seikai no Monshou/Senki/Danshou (1999-2005) (38) (light novel) (Space Elves)
14. To Aru Majutsu no Index/Kagaku no Railgun (2008-2019+) (98) (light novel/manga) (Sci-fi Setting) $
15. Bleach (2004-2012) (199) (manga) (Shinigami) $ * 
16. Cross Game (2009-2010) (50) (manga) (Handling Death) $ * # ^
17. Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni (2006-2013) (60) (visual novel) (Murder Mystery) $ * # ^
18. Kanon (2002-2007) (24) (visual novel) (Maximized Tragedy) $ * # ^
19. Love Live! (2010-2019+) (59) (original) (Song and Dance) # 
20. Bakuman (2010-2013) (75) (manga) (Making Manga) $ * # ^
21. K-On! (2009-2011) (42) (manga) (Friendship) $
22. Inuyasha (2000-2010) (153) (manga) (Feudal Japan) $ * # ^
23. Full Metal Panic! (2002-2018) (62) (light novel) (Boy meets Girl) * 
24. Ranma 1/2 (1989-2008) (97) (manga) (Martial Arts Mayhem) $ *
25. Major (2004-2018+) (182) (manga) (Baseball) $
26. Saki (2009-2015) (55) (manga) (Yuri + Mahjong) $
27. Ore no Immouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (2010-2014) (32) (light novel) (Incest) $ * #
28. World of Witches (2007-2021+) (41) (original) (Alternative WWII) $
29. Maria-sama ga Miteru (2004-2009) (44) (light novel) (Elegant Yuri) $ *
30. Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai! (2012-2015) (15) (light novel) (Artificial Family) $ *
31. Hayate no Gotoku (2007-2014) (85) (manga) (Butler Comedy) $ *
32. Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai (2011-2013) (25) (light novel) (Unlikely Friendship) $ *
33. Haruhi Suzumiya (2006-2015) (22) (light novel) (Crazy God) $ *
34. Rurouni Kenshin (1996-2012) (56) (manga) (1800's Japan) $  
35. Shinsekai Yori (2012-2013) (25) (light novel) (Original Setting) $ * # ^
36. Katanagatari (2010) (12) (light novel) (Sword Hunting) $ * # ^
37. Girls und Panzer (2012-2019+) (16) (original) (Tanks) $ #
38. Kobato (2009) (24) (manga) (A Pure Heart's Power) $ * # ^
39. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007-2009) (28) (original) (Drilling to the Heavens) $ * # ^
40. Toradora! (2008-2011) (26) (light novel) (Happily Ever After Romance) $ * # ^
41. Basilisk (2005-2018) (23) (light novel) (Ninja Romeo and Juliet) $ * # ^
42. Scrapped Princess (2003) (24) (light novel) (Human Rights) $ * # ^
43. Hibike! Euphonium (2015-2018+) (26) (light novel) (Band) $ #
44. Da Capo (2003-2013) (97) (visual novel) (Magic Trees) $
45. Angel Beats (2010-2015) (15) (original) (The Afterlife) $ #
46. Sora no Woto (2010) (14) (original) (World's End) $ * # ^
47. Hanasaku Iroha (2011-2013) (27) (original) (Hotels) $ * # ^
48. Shirobako (2014-2015+) (26) (original) (Making Anime) $ #
49. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (2014-2018) (21) (original/light novel) (Human Sacrifice) * #
50. The Idolm@ster (2007-2018+) (69) (video game) (Idols) #
51. Ef (2007-2008) (25) (visual novel) (Difficult Courtships) $ * # ^
52. Rocket Girls (2007) (12) (light novel) (Spaceflight) $ * # ^
53. Vividred Operation (2013) (12) (original) (Textbook Magical Girl Rendition) $ * # ^
54. Macross (1982-2018+) (167) (original) (Idols and Pilots) $ #
55. AKB0048 (2012-2013) (26) (original) (The importance of Entertainment) $ * #
56. Ro-Kyu-Bu! (2011-2013) (25) (light novel) (Basketball) $ * # ^
57. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011-2013) (12) (original) (Ghosts) $ * # ^
58. Utawarerumono (2006-2018) (59) (visual novel) (Revolution) $ 
59. The World God Only Knows (2010-2013) (40) (manga) (Gaming Girls via Knowledge of Girl Games) $ *
60. Non Non Biyori (2013-2018) (26) (manga) (Country Living) 
61. Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai! (2011) (12) (visual novel) (Uphill Battles) $ *
62. Berserk (1997-2017) (49) (manga) (Medieval Historical Fantasy) 
63. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (2016) (12) (light novel) (Fantasy != Escapism) $
64. High School of the Dead (2010-2011) (13) (manga) (Zombie Apocalypse) $ *
65. Sailor Moon (1992-2016+) (39) (manga) (Bishoujo Senshi) $ *
66. Record of Lodoss War (1990-2015) (13) (original) (Classical Fantasy) $ * # ^
67. Ojamajo Doremi (1999-2004) (216) (original) (Child Raising) * #
68. Shin Seiki Evangelion (1995-2020+) (26) (original) (Misfits vs. Angels) $ #
69. Grisaia (2014-2015+) (24) (visual novel) (Culture Shock/Shock Therapy) $ #
70. Eromanga Sensei (2017-2018+) (12) (light novel) (Making light novels) $
71. Suka Suka (2017) (12) (light novel) (Leprechauns) $
72. Angelic Layer (2001) (26) (manga) (Street Fighter-type gaming) $ * #
73. Cowboy Bebop (1998-2001) (27) (original) (Space Bounty Hunters) $ * # ^
74. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) (1) (novel) (Hard working Witch) $ * # ^
75. Summer Wars (2009) (1) (original) (Family) $ * # ^
76. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011-2013+) (13) (original) (Sacrifice) $ * #
77. Shingeki no Kyojin (2013-2018+) (53) (manga) (Titans) 
78. New Game (2016-2017) (25) (manga) (Making Games) 
79. Shukufuku no Campanella (2010) (13) (visual novel) (Either-Or Choices) $ * # ^
80. Tari Tari (2012-2014) (14) (original) (The Healing Power of Music) $ * # ^
81. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (2009) (11) (original) (Earthquakes) $ * # ^
82. Uuchuu no Stellvia (2003) (26) (original) (Man vs. Nature) $ * #
83. Vandread (2000-2001) (26) (original) (War between the Sexes) * #
84. Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka (2008-2009) (13) (visual novel) (Humorous Harem) $ * #
85. Outbreak Company (2013) (12) (light novel) (Anime Ambassadors) $ *
86. School Days (2007-2008) (14) (visual novel) (The demerits of casual sex) $ * # ^
87. Mononoke Hime (1997) (1) (original) (Nature's Beauty) $ * # ^
88. Youjo Senki (2017-2018+) (12) (light novel) (WWI Fantasy) $
89. Princess Principal (2017-2019+) (12) (original) (Spies) $ #
90. Prince of Tennis (2001-2018+) (123) (manga) (Tennis) $
91. To Love ru (2008-2017) (54) (manga) (Maximized Ecchi) $ * #
92. Working! (2010-2016) (53) (manga) (Working) $ * #
93. Hikaru no Go (2001-2004) (75) (manga) (Go) $ *
94. Aishiteru ze Baby (2004) (26) (manga) (Child Abuse) $ * 
95. Valvrave the Liberator (2013) (24) (original) (Sudden Blood) $ * # ^
96. Yama no Susume (2013-2018+) (52) (manga) (Hiking)
97. Chihayafuru (2011-2019+) (49) (manga) (Karuta) $
98. Air (2005) (14) (visual novel) (Despair) $ * #
99. Gate (2015-2016) (24) (light novel) (The military as a force for good) $ 
100. Steins;Gate (2011-2018+) (26) (visual novel) (Time Travel) $ * #
101. Umineko no Naku Koro Ni (2009) (26) (visual novel) (Blue truth vs. Red truth) $ *
102. Ryuuou no Oshigoto! (2018) (12) (light novel) (Shogi) $
103. Akame ga Kill! (2014) (19) (manga) (Assassins) $
104. Claymore (2007) (23) (manga) (Teamwork) $ *
105. No Game No Life (2014-2017) (13) (light novel) (Clever and Complex Art/Plot/Setting) $
106. Death March (2018) (12) (light novel) (Video-game like Fantasy World)
107. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (2016-2018+) (12) (original) (Zombies on Trains) $ #
108. Tales of 'x' (2001-2018+) (81) (video game) (Modern take on Fantasy genre) $
109. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir (2015) (12) (light novel) (Dragons) $ 
110. Hunter x Hunter (1999-2014) (146) (manga) (Hunters) $
111. Schwarzesmarken (2016) (12) (light novel) (Communism)  $ * #
112. Shakugan no Shana (2005-2012) (77) (light novel) (Complex Terminology) $ * #
113. Akatsuki no Yona (2014-2016) (27) (manga) (Oriental Historical Fantasy) $
114. History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi (2006-2014) (61) (manga) (Martial Arts) $ *
115. Guyver (1986-2006) (26) (manga) (Genetic Engineering) $
116. Broken Blade (2010-2014) (7) (manga) (Quartz Mecha Combat) $
117. Flame of Recca (1997-1998) (42) (manga) (Magic items + Battle) $ *
118. Yu Yu Hakusho (1992-2018+) (112) (manga) (Spirit Detectives) $ * # ^
119. Kin-iro Mosaic (2013-2016) (25) (manga) (Cute Girls) $
120. Kokoro Toshokan (2001) (13) (manga) (Soothing Sadness) * #
121. Sakura Trick (2014) (12) (manga) (Lesbianism) $ *
122. Usagi Drop (2011-2012) (11) (manga) (Adoption) $ * #
123. Binbou Shimai Monogatari (2006) (10) (manga) (Two is All You Need) $ * 
124. Natsuiro Kiseki (2012) (13) (original) (Playful Wish Granting) $ * #
125. Kyoukai no Rinne (2015-2017) (75) (manga) (Shinigami poverty comedy) $ *
126. Spirited Away (2001) (1) (original) (Finding Your Own Way in the World) $ * # ^
127. Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku (2013) (12) (manga) (Sweet Humor) $ *
128. Samurai Champloo (2004-2005) (26) (original) (Yojimbo) $ * # 
129. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (2014-2015) (12) (manga) (Funny Matchmaking) $
130. Baccano/Durarara! (2007-2016) (81) (light novel) (Synchronicity) $
131. Yuru Yuri (2011-2018+) (40) (manga) (Maximized Yuri) $
132. Galaxy Angel (2001-2006) (93) (visual novel) (Cynical Humor) * #
133. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (2014) (14) (manga) (Arranged Marriage) $
134. Soul Eater (2008-2014) (51) (manga) (Madness) $ *
135. Valkyria Chronicles (2009-2011) (28) (video game) (War) $
136. Hanayamata (2014) (12) (manga) (Yosakoi) $
137. Spice and Wolf (2008-2009) (26) (light novel) (Merchants) $
138. Hyouka (2012-2013) (23) (light novel) (Modern take on Mystery genre) $
139. Amagami SS (2010-2012) (28) (visual novel) (Branching Plot Paths) $ * # ^
140. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (2010-2012) (29) (light novel) (Zany School Life) $ *
141. Rokka no Yuusha (2015) (12) (light novel) (Mystery + Action) $
142. Card Captor Sakura (1998-2018) (59) (manga) (Dressup) 
143. Locodol (2014-2016) (15) (manga) (Under the Radar Idols) $
144. Lucky Star/Miyakawa-ke (2007-2013) (25) (manga) (Well Balanced Group of Friends) $
145. Nichijou (2011) (26) (manga) (Zaniness Ensues) $ *
146. Azumanga Daioh (2002) (26) (manga) (Melancholy Humor) $ * #
147. Seitokai no Ichizon (2009-2013) (23) (light novel) (Polygamy) $ #
148. Hataraku Maou-sama! (2013) (13) (light novel) (Unjustified Pride is Still Better than the Alternative) $
149. Kimi ni Todoke (2009-2011) (38) (manga) (Classic Romance Story) $ *
150. Zettai Bouei Leviathan (2013) (13) (video game) (MMO-Type Fantasy Setting) $ * # ^
151. Martian Successor Nadesico (1996-1998) (26) (original) (Unintelligible Space Action) $ * # 
152. Gosick (2011) (24) (light novel) (Classical Mystery) $ * # ^
153. To Heart (1999-2012) (50) (visual novel) (Biggest Harem Ever) $ 
154. Btooom! (2012) (12) (manga) (Survival Game/Battle Royale) $ *
155. Miyuki (1983-1984) (32) (manga) (Idyllic '80's) $ * 
156. Wake Up, Girls! (2014-2018) (28) (original) (Cynical Take on Idol Life) * #
157. Kuromukuro (2016) (26) (original) (Rip Van Winkle in Japan) $ * # 
158. Sore ga Seiyuu (2015-2016) (14) (manga) (Voice acting) $ *
159. Touch/MIX (1985-2019+) (97) (manga) (Effort leads to Success) $ 
160. H2 (1995-1996) (41) (manga) (Making lemonade out of life's lemons) $ *
161. Imouto Sae Ireba Ii (2017) (12) (light novel) (Vulgar Humor) $
162. Tears to Tiara (2009) (26) (video game) (Arthurial Legend Fantasy) $ * #
163. Battle Athletes (1997-1998) (31) (original) (The Olympics) $ * #
164. Fatal Fury (1992-1994) (3) (video game) (Street Fighter Come to Life) $ * # ^
165. Atelier Escha & Logy (2014) (12) (video game) (Work in a Fantasy World) $ * #
166. BanG Dream! (2017-2019+) (14) (manga) (Let's form a band!) $ #
167. Ginga E Kickoff (2012-2013) (39) (original) (Soccer) $ * #
168. Happiness! (2006-2007) (13) (visual novel) (Mages in Training) $
169. Tamayura (2010-2016) (34) (original) (Photography) $ * #
170. Assassination Classroom (2013-2017) (48) (manga) (Teacher Killing) $ * # 
171. Myself;Yourself (2007) (13) (visual novel) (Suicide) $ * #
172. Death Note (2006-2008) (37) (manga) (Perfect Crime) $ * #
173. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (2016) (12) (manga) (Child Murder Mystery) $ * #
174. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru! (2013) (13) (light novel) (Childhood Friends) $
175. Girlish Number (2016-2017+) (12) (light novel) (Voice Actors) $ * #
176. Shuumatsu no Izetta (2016) (12) (original) (WWII Fantasy) $ * #
177. Ghost in the Shell (1995-2016+) (54) (manga) (Cop show) $ * #
178. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) (1) (manga) (Pollution) $ * #
179. Ao Haru Ride (2014) (13) (manga) (Exes Who Get Back Together) $ *
180. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) (1) (original) (Civilian Casualties of War) $ * # ^
181. Mahoromatic (2001-2009) (28) (manga) (Death Countdown) $ * #  
182. High School Fleet (2016-2017+) (14) (original) (Ships) $ #
183. Kemono Friends (2017-2019+) (12) (original) (Humans and Animals) $ #
184. Joukamachi no Dandelion (2015) (12) (manga) (Big families) $
185. Granblue Fantasy the Animation (2017+) (14) (video game) (Really just Final Fantasy) $ #
186. Amagi Brilliant Park (2014-2015) (14) (light novel) (Theme Parks) $
187. Shamanic Princess (1996-1998) (6) (original) (Ravishingly Beautiful) $ * #
188. Sora no Otoshimono (2009-2014) (25) (manga) (Girls who fall from the Sky) $ * 
189. Planetarian (2016) (6) (visual novel) (Welcome to the Planetarium) $ * # 
190. Shinryaku! Ika Musume (2010-2014) (27) (manga) (Squid Invasion) $ *
191. Dimension W (2016) (13) (manga) (Odd couple) $
192. Bastard! (1992) (6) (manga) (Sardonic Fantasy) $ *
193. RG Veda (1991-1992) (2) (manga) (Gods doing Battle) $ *
194. Alien Nine (2001-2002) (4) (manga) (Crybabies) $ *
195. Futari Ecchi (2002-2014) (3) (manga) (Sex)
196. Negima/UQ Holder (2004-2018) (23) (manga) (Classroom Harem/Immortals)
197. Rewrite (2016-2017) (24) (visual novel) (Change yourself or the world?) $ *
198. Zero no Tsukaima (2006-2012) (50) (light novel) (Magic School/School Romance) $ *
199. Gokukoku no Brynhildr (2014) (14) (manga) (Miracle of Everyday Living) $ *
200. 12 Kingdoms (2002-2003) (42) (light novel) (Deeply Fleshed out Fantasy World) $


Total Length in episodes/movies of all good anime combined, the current goal for how many shows an individual must watch at least once before they die = 8941

This sums up the basic situation for my anime rankings, but there's a lot of additional ways to play with the data that are worth discussing from here.  Let us continue these anime rankings with lots more angles to look at separately:
 
First off, the chronology aspect in detail (a series' first appearance will be highlighted in bold text):

2015 Treatment for 1982-1987 Anime:

There aren't enough entries to cover the remaining years one by one, so let's lump the rest of great anime together for one last hurrah!  No good anime came before 1982's Super Dimensional Fortress Macross, the original Macross tv season, which is the start of great anime.

1.  SDF Macross (1982-1983)
2.  Nausicaa (1984)

Guyver ova's came out during this time, but they were supplanted by the superior tv series which aired in 2006.  Touch and Miyuki came out in Japan at this time, but they were translated much later, so to us they are far more recent series than they are to Japan.  Dragon Ball came out at this time, but it's such a low quality product with so much embedded filler that it's not even worth listing.  Instead, all the credit for these episodes goes to the 2016 Dragon Ball Recut edition, which takes out all the filler and delivers for the first time a proper rendition of the pre-Z Dragon Ball manga.

To be frank, until the year 1998 or so, virtually no anime was properly translated in English via official releases, and the fan community, if it did exist, was so small and nascent that even if it were translating series at this time, no one could have gotten their hands on a copy anyway.  So really, the entire chronology of anime should begin in 1998 or so, not 1982, but it's virtually impossible to track down when all these old series were properly translated, so the best solution is to just track them by their Japanese releases, until the modern era where these things become easier to track and report correctly.

This also, incidentally, serves as a full chronology of all great anime releases, when strung together.  If you want to know when something came out, you need look no further than here.

2015 Treatment for 1988 Anime:

It may only be a single entry, but its a worthwhile entry.

1.  Grave of the Fireflies

2015 Treatment for 1989 Anime:

Kiki's Delivery Service is #72 in my rankings, despite just being a lone movie.  That's just how good it is.  However, it's meaningless in the face of the first season of Ranma 1/2, which had the best content and a much higher budget than normal.  This year may only have two entries, but it has a huge contribution to the quality of anime overall just the same.

1.  Ranma 1/2 tv (start)
2.  Kiki's Delivery Service 

2015 Treatment for 1990 Anime:

Record of Lodoss War has such divine music.  However, we're getting back in time far enough to the good stuff in the Ranma 1/2 tv series.  The all important breaking point episode aired this year.

1.  Ranma 1/2 (continued)
2.  Record of Lodoss War ovas (start) 

2015 Treatment for 1991 Anime:

Most of Ranma 1/2 at this point is filler, so much so that even a single ova is better than it.  But Lodoss War ovas are a great banner to uphold anime's honor, even in a down year like this one.

1.  Lodoss War ovas (end)
2.  RG Veda ova 1
3.  Ranma 1/2 tv (continued) 

2015 Treatment for 1992 Anime:

1992 has a great banner leader in Bastard!  One of the most overlooked and unadapted works in the anime world, the Bastard manga only has this one year to live for.  Its quality is out of this world considering its age and brevity.

1.  Bastard! ovas
2.  Ranma 1/2 tv (end)
3.  Yu Yu Hakusho (start)
4.  RG Veda ova 2
5.  Fatal Fury ova 1 

2015 Treatment for 1993 Anime:

A pretty sparse group for 1993.  Ranma 1/2 only had two ova's this year so Yu Yu Hakusho's yearlong running tv series has to be able to win this one.

1.  Yu Yu Hakusho (continued)
2.  Ranma 1/2 ova's
3.  Fatal Fury ova 2. 

2015 Treatment for 1994 Anime:

Let's keep traveling back in time until we've covered every last great anime ever made, shall we?  1994 didn't have such a bad showing itself, with 4 shows still alive at the time.

1.  Ranma 1/2 ova's
2.  Fatal Fury the Motion Picture
3.  Macross Plus ovas (start) + Macross 7 tv (start)
4.  Yu Yu Hakusho (end)

Ranma 1/2 is the best series that was made in the past and hasn't received a remake in the future.  As a result, it's probably going to be in the top spot regularly moving backwards.  There really isn't much more to talk about beyond Ranma 1/2 once you get this far back in time. 

2015 Treatment for 1995 Anime:

Here is where we draw the curtain.  Twenty years ago, anime had hardly been born.  Is there anything to find at all?  Sailor Moon doesn't count because Crystal has replaced it with a better version.  Dragon Ball Kai has done the same for Dragon Ball.  Is there anything?  Anything people recall about 1995?

1.  Evangelion tv beginning
2.  H2 beginning
3.  Macross 7 tv (end)  + movie + ovas
4.  Ranma 1/2 ovas
5.  GITS movie 1

Oh yeah!  That Evangelion show.  I hear it's good.  Maybe I should check it out. . .  ;)

2015 Treatment for 1996 Anime:

1996 feels pretty barren, but at least we still have a fantastic standard bearer.  Rurouni Kenshin's first season was just as good as the second Kyoto arc.  I love every second of both.

1.  Rurouni Kenshin beginning
2.  Evangelion tv ending
3.  Nadesico beginning
4.  Shamanic Princess ovas
5.  H2 ending
6.  Ranma 1/2 ova.

Look!  It's a wild Ranma! 

2015 Treatment for 1997 Anime:

1997, like 1998, still has some important animes that are still reverberating to this day.  The popularity of Evangelion and Rurouni Kenshin still hasn't faded in the least.  And studio Ghibli's Mononoke Hime is quite simply a masterpiece.

1.  Rurouni Kenshin - kyoto arc
2.  Berserk beginning
3.  Mononoke Hime
4.  The End of Evangelion movie
5.   Flame of Recca beginning
6.  Battle Athletes ovas + tv beginning
7.  Shamanic Princess ovas
8.  Nadesico ending

Berserk?  Berserk just happens to be getting a new sequel season in 2016.  If you forget about Berserk Guts will split open your skull.  Violence and watercolors never went so well together. 

2015 Treatment for 1998 Anime:

We're not out of luck yet!  1998 has one show people have never stopped talking about.  As such, it's still a pretty huge moment in anime history.

1.  Cowboy Bebop
2.  Berserk ending
3.  Flame of Recca ending
4.  Cardcaptor Sakura beginning
5.  Nadesico Prince of Darkness
6.  Battle Athletes ovas + tv ending
7.  Shamanic Princess ending

Remember Nadesico?  Wonderful show.  We're finally so far back in time that we're colliding with it.  It's like meeting a Brontosaurus.  You know you've made a wrong turn somewhere. . . 

2015 Treatment for 1999 Anime:

20th Century anime, here we come?  Is there anybody home?

1.  Seikai no Monshou
2.  One Piece beginning
3.  To Heart
4.  Cardcaptor Sakura movie 1 + tv series continued
5.  Rurouni Kenshin ovas

Only five shows, but the standard bearer makes up for it.  Seikai no Monshou (Crest of the Stars), is one of the best works of art of all time.  It's a mere 13 episodes, but in that time you are introduced to an incredible new universe, the most beautiful girl you've ever seen, and one of the subtlest and most touching love stories you'll ever see.  You'll cry your eyes out.  And witness some of the best action sequences you ever imagined.  This show has it all.  If I could trade a whole year of all the mediocre nonsense we get today for just one more show like Crest of the Stars, I'd do so gladly.

We've finally reached the root of One Piece, the beginning of the journey.  I wonder where it will end?  Will any of us even live to see that day?  Humorously, To Heart is just as old as One Piece, and seemingly just as immortal, with the latest oav of To Heart coming out just a few years back in 2012.  With One Piece not even available anymore, I quail at the thought of the size of this list in 1998. . . 

2015 Treatment for 2000 Anime:

Pickings are getting a little slim now that we've fallen straight out of the 21st century, huh?  How time slips and slides. . .

1.  One Piece - Romance Dawn
2.  Seikai no Senki + Danshou
3.  Vandread (season 1)
4.  Inuyasha beginning
5.  Cardcaptor Sakura movie 2 + tv series concluded

I'm pretty certain this marks the worst year out of any categorized so far.  But even so, One Piece Romance Dawn is one of the greatest works of art ever made.  This has Arlong Park, and that one Nami moment.  If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about, if you haven't, you need to go see it.

One Piece isn't the only good thing about this year though.  Seikai no Senki's season of total war is sweeping, gripping, emotionally compelling and feels so real you're sweating in tension right alongside the characters.  In any normal competition, Seikai no Senki would've been #1.  It's just a shame it had to be paired with One Piece this time around.

Vandread used to be one of my favorite animes.  That was before almost all the anime that's ever been made has been made.  But even with 15 years of additional competition it's still in the top 100.  Not bad, old man.  Show the young 'uns how it's done.

Inuyasha only just began in this year.  We're still getting to learn about Kagome and Inuyasha themselves. 

2015 Treatment for 2001 Anime:

Did you think it was over?  It's never over.  There are too many great series that haven't been mentioned yet.  Far from dwindling away, great anime has climbed all the way back up to 14 entries for this year.  The most important aspect of the year of course being the emotional Drum arc in One Piece.

1.   One Piece - Arabasta arc beginning + Drum arc
2.   Inuyasha S1 2nd half + S2
3.   Seikai no Senki II   
4.   Angelic Layer
5.   Prince of Tennis beginning
6.   Kokoro Toshokan
7.   Vandread Second Stage
8.   Hikaru no Go beginning
9.   Spirited Away
10.  Galaxy Angel S1
11.  Cowboy Bebop movie
12.  Mahoromatic
13.  Alien Nine ovas 1-3
14.  Tales of Eternia

Inuyasha is still right in the middle of its introductory arc.  This year is when Miroku joins the party, for instance.  This is a great part of Inuyasha and deservedly takes the #2 slot.  But man is it nice to have Seikai no Senki back in the lineup.  Every episode of Crest of the Stars is worth ten of any other series.  Kokoro Toshokan is a jewel of a series and has been forgotten by virtually everyone but me.  That's okay.  I'll never forget.

Long running series, some that are still running, first appeared this year, like Hikaru no Go, Galaxy Angel, Tales of 'x,' and Prince of Tennis.  You could even call this the origin of modern anime.  ;).  It's also the end of the entirely overhyped but still good Cowboy Bebop series.  If you have to go, a flashy movie is a good way to do so. 

2015 Treatment for 2002 Anime:

At 12 shows, it's surprising how well the older years are holding up.

1.  One Piece - Arabasta arc ending
2.  Full Metal Panic! S1
3.  Azumanga Daioh
4.  Inuyasha S3 and 1st half of S4
5.  Galaxy Angel Z + A
6.  12 Kingdoms 1st half
7.  Mahoromatic - Something More Beautiful
8.  Prince of Tennis (continued)
9.  Hikaru no Go (continued)
10. GITS S1 1st half
11. Alien Nine ova 4
12. Macross Zero ova

This is definitely the weakest year on record.  Even so, the Arabasta arc was about as good as Water 7, and Full Metal Panic's first season was nigh perfect.

2015 Treatment for 2003 Anime:

It's 2003, so 12 shows is a pretty respectable showing.  This is the best season Inuyasha has, so we're looking at a pretty strong 1-2 punch here:

1.  Inuyasha S4 + S5
2.  Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
3.  Scrapped Princess  
4.  Uuchuu no Stellvia
5.  Prince of Tennis - Hyoutei arc
6.  One Piece - Jaya arc + Sky Island arc beginning
7.  Da Capo
8.  12 Kingdoms 2nd half
9. Galaxy Angel S3
10. Hikaru no Go tv ending
11. GITS S1 2nd half
12. Macross Zero ovas

Scrapped Princess and Uuchuu no Stellvia are both sci-fi space stories.  They're also both unforgettable tear jerkers.  No list of great anime can ignore 2003 so long as these two shows are laying around.  Prince of Tennis's Hyoutei arc is also the best portion of this franchise.  Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu isn't the best season of FMP, but it sure is the funniest.

Da Capo begins this year to rave reviews and sales.  However, its true glory won't be until Da Capo II.

This may look like a weak list with just 12 entries, but with so many outstanding series at their apexes, I believe this year is actually better than 2004 or 2005.

2015 Treatment for 2004 Anime:

I've often thought that 2004 is the beginning of modern anime.  How does my theory play out?

1.  Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
2.  Aishiteruze Baby
3.  Bleach - beginning
4.  Major S1 1st half
5.  Maria-sama ga Miteru S1 + S2
6.  Samurai Champloo beginning
7.  Futari wa Pretty Cure
8.  Inuyasha S6
9. One Piece - Sky Island arc ends + Foxy Pirates arc begins
10. GITS 2nd Gig beginning
11. Galaxy Angel S4
12. To Heart Remember my Memories
13. Hikaru no Go: North Star Cup ova
14. Tales of Phantasia ova
15. Macross Zero ovas

2004 is such a watershed year, even though it has the customary tiny number of shows that we've gotten used to, because it was the start of such enormous franchises.  Bleach, Pretty Cure, Major, Maria-sama ga Miteru, and Nanoha will go on from here to dominate the rest of time.  Pretty Cure, Major and Nanoha are still going strong!

We've gone so far back in time we actually bumped into ancient relics like Galaxy Angel and Inuyasha.  Now things are heating up!  Just what loch ness monsters will we find in 2003?

2004 was worse than 2005, which was already the worst year so far.  But again, when you look at all the wonderful things that started germinating here, a lot is moving under the waves that will pay off later in time.  2004 may have made a greater contribution to the future quality of anime than it made to the present, but that should still count in the universal scale of things. 

2015 Treatment for 2005 Anime:

Aisia!  Ui Miyazaki!  Kyoto Animation's god like reign begins!  Bleach is actually good!  2005 might not have many entrees, but there are a ton of stories behind these wonderful shows all the same:

1.   Nanoha A's
2.   Bleach - Introduction arc ending + Soul Society Infiltration arc
3.   Major S1 ending + S2
4.   Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
5.   Basilisk
6.   Air tv + ovas
7.   Shakugan no Shana S1 1st half
8.   Da Capo Second Season
9.   One Piece - Foxy Pirates arc ending + Water 7 arc beginning
10.  Futari wa Precure ending + Max Heart
11.  Seikai no Senki III
12.  Guyver tv 1st half
13.  To Heart 2
14.  Samurai Champloo ending
15.  Tales of Phantasia ovas
16.  GITS 2nd Gig ending

2005 is pretty comparable to 2006.  It has Bleach, but it lacks awesome shows like Code Geass, Higurashi and Haruhi.  I'd say 2005 is the weakest year we've seen so far, but only by a little.  The one thing that really strikes me about this list is Seikai no Senki ending.  God do I miss this series.  And there's two books plus lots of short stories they could still adapt if they ever wanted to.  It's such a terrible waste.

These shows were made over 10 years ago.  There's only about 1/3 as much good anime back then as there is today, but the lineup of their classics is just so overwhelmingly strong.  The Bleach soul society arc is one of the biggest things in anime history.  Air is the beginning of the key-Kyoto collaboration that goes on to conquer the world.  Water 7 begins.  If you know the history of anime, you know 2005 was a big deal. 

2015 Treatment for 2006 Anime:

2006 is a transition year.  It's the ending of many legendary series like Galaxy Angel, while being the beginning of soon to be world-famous series, like Haruhi Suzumiya, Higurashi, Zero no Tsukaima, Kanon, Utawarerumono, Fate/Stay Night and Code Geass.  Without 2006, where would we be?  Almost everything good in the future is a sequel to one of these shows.  But this is the small seed that leads to a much larger flowering in the future.  Taking the year just for what it was, this wasn't a very eventful or impressive year in anime:

1.  Code Geass S1 1st half
2.  Haruhi Suzumiya S1
3.  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
4.  One Piece - Water 7 arc (continued)
5.  Kanon 1st half
6.  Utawarerumono + specials
7.  Futari wa Precure Max Heart ending + Splash Star + movies.
8.  Shakugan no Shana S1 2nd half
9.  Zero no Tsukaima S1
10.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari
11.  Fate/Stay Night
12. Kenichi 1st half
13. Happiness!
14. Guyver tv 2nd half
15. Prince of Tennis Nationals ovas 1st half
16. Death Note 1st half
17. Full Metal Panic! ova
18. Tales of Phantasia ova
19.  Maria-sama ga Miteru S3  (episode 1)
20. Galaxy Angel Rune
21. GITS Solid State Society movie 

Just 21 shows, but Haruhi, Code Geass, Kanon and Higurashi are among them.  I wouldn't mind having another year in anime just like this one.  Still, I have to believe 40-50 shows, like from 2012-2016, just has to be better than 21, no matter how good they were.  Surprisingly, Bleach was in filler for this entire year.  That's a painful blow to any year's overall quality.

2015 Treatment for 2007 Anime:

2007 follows the trend of anime in the past being smaller but sweeter:

1.   Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann + ovas
2.   Clannad 1st half
3.   Kanon 2nd half
4.   Higurashi kai
5.   Code Geass S1 2nd half
6.   One Piece - Water 7 arc ending
7.   ef: A Tale of Memories
8.   Rocket Girls
9. Nanoha StrikerS
10. Bleach Arrancar invasion arc + Hueco Mundo arc begins
11. Precure Splash Star ending + Yes Precure 5 + Splash Star movies
12. Hayate S1 beginning
13. Maria-sama ga Miteru S3 
14. Claymore 
15. School Days
16. Baccano!
17. Da Capo II S1
18. Zero no Tsukaima S2
19. Major S3
20. Lucky Star
21. Kenichi 2nd half
22. Shakugan no Shana II 1st half
23. Myself;Yourself
24. Death Note 2nd half
25. Tales of Symphonia Sylverant-hen ovas
26. Prince of Tennis Nationals ovas 2nd half + Semifinals 1st half
27. To Heart 2 ovas
28. Happiness! ova

What can you say?  Tengen Toppa, Clannad, Kanon, Code Geass, Higurashi, Ef, One Piece's Water 7 arc, Rocket Girls, Nanoha Strikers, Baccano, Hayate. . .

Just saying the names of these legendary series should be evidence enough of what a great year this was.  2007 > 2008.  2015 isn't as good as 2007.  There's just too many heavy guns assembled in one place.  This could well be the best year in anime.

2015 Treatment for 2008 Anime:

I'm starting to see a trend in anime as we go backwards.  Fewer series, but more quality per series.  I guess when you know you only have one shot per year at something, you choose only the sure fire successes each and every time:

1.  Clannad 2nd half  + Clannad After Story 1st half
2.  Da Capo II Second Season
3.  Code Geass R2
4.  Major S4
5.  Toradora!
6.  Strike Witches S1
7.  Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
8.  ef: A Tale of Melodies
9.  Yes Precure 5 ending + Yes Precure 5 Go Go + Yes Precure 5 movies
10.  Index S1 1st half
11.  Macross Frontier
12.  Bleach - Hueco Mundo arc continued
13.  Prince of Tennis National Tournament Final arc
14.  One Piece - Thriller Bark arc
15.  Soul Eater
16.  Shakugan no Shana II 2nd half
17.  Spice and Wolf S1
18.  Hayate S1 ending
19.  Negima ovas
20.  Zero no Tsukaima S3
21.  Ranma 1/2 ova
22.  Lucky Star ova
23.  Tales of the Abyss
24.  School days ovas

A year with Toradora, Code Geass, Clannad, the very beginning of the epic Index/Railgun franchise, and the very best season of Da Capo is not a bad year.  Even with just 24 entries it has a spectacular array of super high ranked shows that have stood the test of time.

With that said, 24 shows is almost half as many shows as later years can boast of.  This is just too few to be competitive.  2015 has 38 shows to boast of.  We've finally found someone 2015 can beat.  It took 7 years, but 2008 was probably a worse year in anime than 2015.  I bet it was worse than 2007 too. . .

2015 Treatment for 2009 Anime:

As we journey backwards through the annals of anime past, great series continue popping up for the first time, which we later learn are going to change the world.  2009 was the end of some series of that magnitude, like Clannad, and the beginning of others, like Bakemonogatari, Fairy Tail, Cross Game, K-On!, Railgun, Dragon Ball Kai, and Saki.  There should be a law against too much talent appearing in a single year.  How can a single brain even comprehend what's happened in a space of time that short?

1.  Cross Game beginning
2.  Clannad After Story 2nd half + ova
3.  Hayate ova + Hayate S2
4.  Dragon Ball Kai - Saiyan Saga + Frieza saga beginning
5.  Fairy Tail beginning
6.  Railgun S1 1st half + Index S1 2nd half
7.  K-On! S1
8.  Saki S1
9.  Fresh Precure + Yes Precure 5 Go! Go! ending + Yes Precure 5 Go! Go! movies
10.   Kobato
11.   Maria-sama ga Miteru S4
12.   Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
13.   Bleach - Hueco Mundo arc continued
14.   Bakemonogatari beginning
15.   One Piece - Saboady Archipelago Arc + Amazon Lily arc + Impel Down arc beginning
16.   Major S5
17.   Umineko no naku koro ni
18.   Summer Wars
19.   Inuyasha Kanketsu-hen beginning
20.   Valkyria Chronicles
21.   Tears to Tiara
22.   Kimi ni Todoke S1 beginning
23.   Sora no Otoshimono S1
24.   Seitokai no Ichizon S1
25.   Spice and Wolf ova + Spice and Wolf S2
26.   Haruhi S2
27.  Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
28.  Negima ovas
29.  Shakugan no Shana S ovas
30.  To Love-ru ovas
31.  Utawarerumono ovas
32. Higurashi Rei ovas
33.  To Heart 2 ovas
34.  Mahoromatic ovas

This may have only 34 entries, but it doesn't matter.  We are talking about some of the most revered, respected and popular series of all time, all of them debuting in 2009.  Clannad After Story, K-On!, Bakemonogatari, Dragon Ball Kai, Fairy Tail, Cross Game, Railgun, Saki. . . ?  It just goes on and on.  Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is still talked about today.  Kobato was the best Clamp work of all time. Sora no Otoshimono is a cult classic.  Maria-sama ga Miteru was already a great series, but S4 was the best season of all.  Inuyasha returns!  Hayate S2 is actually faithful to the manga!  Any one of these shows could have been the highlight of the year, but instead they're all together?  What on Earth just happened here?

2009 would be the best year in anime, except that it has around 12 less franchises than 2013.  With so much less content, it's difficult to render a judgment one way or another.  At the very least the year was infinitely better than 2015.  Like all years of anime.  Maybe 2008 will be weaker?  Only one way to find out. . . 

2015 Treatment for 2010 Anime:

Is there any year that 2015 can beat?  So far everyone has looked better.  I have a melancholy supposition that 2010 will be the same:


1.  Angel Beats
2.  Oreimo (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii wake ga nai) S1 (beginning)
3.  Katanagatari
4.  Fairy Tail - moon drip arc + R-system arc + Battle of Fairy Tail arc + Oracien Seis beginning
5.  Dragon Ball Kai - Frieza saga ending + Cell saga beginning
6.  K-On! ova + K-On! S2
7.  Sora no Woto
8.  Highschool of the Dead
9.  Shukufuku no Campanella + specials
10.   Bakuman S1 1st half
11.   Strike Witches S2
12.   The World God Only Knows S1
13.   Cross Game ending
14.   Inuyasha Final Act 2nd half
15.  Working! S1
16.  Index II 1st half + Railgun ovas + Railgun S1 2nd half
17.  Bleach - war with Aizen arc
18.  Fresh Precure ending + Heartcatch Precure + Fresh Precure movies
19.  Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
20.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu S1 
21.  Amagami SS
22.  Motto To Love-ru
23.  One Piece - Impel Down ending + War of the Best arc beginning
24.  Touch S1-S2 (finally subtitled)
25.  Love Live! song and dance single ovas
26.  Sora no Otoshimono ova + Forte
27.  Major S6
28.  Kimi ni Todoke S1 2nd half
29.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume S1
30.  Tales of Symphonia ovas
31.  Bakemonogatari ending
32.  Break Blade movies
33.  Negima ova
34.  Tamayura Ovas
35.  Durarara S1

2010 is an amazing year for anime.  With 35 entries, you might think the selection here is weakening.  But these are almost entirely tv series, not ovas or specials, which means the overall mass of content is actually higher than average.  The first relatively weak entry on this list is #19.  Not because the Haruhi movie was bad, it was fantastic, it's just a little short to compare a single movie to entire tv series. Everything before then is an exciting long-running series with tons of episodes or the beginning or ending of one of the best anime franchises of all time.

With a lineup like this, you only need 35 entries to beat 2015.  It's probably even better than 2011's entries.  2012-2014 > 2010 though.  SAO is just that important.

2015 Treatment for 2011 Anime:

How did the anime scene look way back in 2011?  It almost feels like a foreign country by now.  But there was still plenty to be happy about:

1.  Fairy Tail ovas + Oracien Seis arc ending + Edolas arc + Tenroujima arc beginning
2.  Suite Precure + Heartcatch Precure ending + Heartcatch movies
3.  One Piece - War of the Best arc to Sabo flashback arc to Saobody Return arc to Fishman island arc
4.  The Idolm@ster
5.  Bakuman S1 2nd half + Bakuman S2 1st half
6.  Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
7.  Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) S1
8.  Hanasaku Iroha
9.  Anohana
10.  Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
11.  Bleach - Ichigo vs. Aizen arc
12.  Fate/Zero 1st half
13.  Dragon Ball Kai - Cell saga ending
14.  Usagi Drop + specials
15.  Index II 2nd half
16.  Baka to Test ovas + Baka to Test S2
17.  Nichijou + ova
18.  Steins;Gate
19.  Hunter x Hunter (beginning)
20.  Shakugan no Shana III 1st half
21.  K-On! ova + K-On! movie
22.  The World God Only Knows S2 + ova
23.  Chihayafuru S1 1st half
24.  Working! S2
25.  Ro-Kyu-Bu! s1
26.  Gosick
27.  Yuru Yuri s1
28.  Oreimo S1 ending
29.  Touch s3-s4 (finally subtitled)
30.  Kimi ni Todoke 2nd season + ova
31.  Shinryaku!? Ika Musume s2
32.  Tamayura Hitotose
33.  Break Blade movies
34.  Tales of Symphonia ovas
35.  Higurashi kira ovas
36.  Valkyria Chronicles III ovas
37.  Amagami SS ovas
38.  Hayate no Gotoku movie
39.  Toradora ova
40.  T.P. Sakura ova
41.  Highschool of the Dead ova

2011 isn't as good as 2012, 2013 or 2014 without question.  Even so, it can make a case against 2015.  2015 relies on sequels, whereas 2011 had lots of new great shows like Madoka Magica, Hanasaku Iroha, Anohana, Majikoi, Haganai, and Idolm@ster.  Working S2 was worse than Working S3, but not by much.  Even so, look where season 2 is here in 2011, at 24th place.  Working S3 is at 8th place in 2015.  When you look at the sheer strength of all these highly ranked series in their first season, 2011 > 2015. 

2015 Treatment for 2012 Anime:

2013 and 2014 are virtually tied for the #1 anime year of all time.  But what about 2012?  Wasn't it also called the best year in anime ever when it first came out?  How does it compare to the subsequent years we've just gone into?

1.   SAO
2.   PapaKiki (Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai!) + ova
3.   Shinsekai Yori 1st half
4.   Little Busters! 1st half
5.   Smile Precure + Suite Precure ending + Suite Precure movies
6.   Fairy Tail - tenroujima arc 2nd half + Dai Matou Enbu arc beginning + Fairy Tail movie 1
7.   Saki: Achiga-hen
8.   Nisemonogatari
9.   Bleach - Substitute Shinigami arc
10.  Girls und Panzer + specials
11.  One Piece - Fishman Island arc
12.  Tari Tari
13.  Bakuman S2 2nd half  + Bakuman S3 first half
14.  AKB0048 First Stage
15.  Hunter x Hunter - Hunter Exam arc all the way to the Greed Island arc
16.  Natsuiro Kiseki + ova
17.  Strike Witches movie
18.  Hyouka
19.   Fate/Zero 2nd Season
20.   Yuru Yuri s2
21.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas + To Love-ru Darkness s1
22.  Shakugan no Shana III 2nd half
23.  Idolm@ster ova + Shiny Festa ovas
24.  Chihayafuru S1 2nd half
25.  Seitokai no Ichizon Level 2
26.  Btooom!
27.  Ginga E Kickoff (beginning)
28.  Shin Prince of Tennis tv
29.  Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take my Eyes off You
30.  The World God Only Knows Tenri-hen
31.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume ova
32.  Code Geass akito ova
33.  To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers
34.  Tamayura ova
35.  Zero no Tsukaima Final
36.  Tales of Symphonia ovas
37.  Major - World Series ovas
38.  Kenichi ovas
39.  Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) ova
40.  Higurashi kira ova 4

2012 has more great anime than 2015, but less than 2013 or 2014.  Its flagship #1 is the first season of SAO, which is unparalleled in quality.  No 24 contiguous eps from any other series can compare to the 24 eps of SAO's original run.  Other high scorers include luminaries like PapaKiki, Precure,  Fairy Tail, Little Busters, and Shinsekai Yori.  We know how good those shows are, they're just as good in 2012 as they are in 2013 or 2014.  So here we have a Mexican standoff -- 2013 is better than 2012 in every way except that it didn't have SAO.  2014 has SAO just like 2012, but 2012's SAO is better than 2014's SAO.  However, 2014 had more great rankings series than 2012 overall in the year, but, but, but. . .

I think I'm still going to stick with 2014, just because of how many good new series appeared in 2014.  Still, it's clear that there's a strong argument for 2012 as the best year in anime, just like there was a strong argument for 2013.  The only thing all these comparisons have proven so far is that 2015 is weaker than any recent year in anime memory.  Which isn't a bad thing, we've been having an inordinately good run recently, and it doesn't make sense that this kind of performance could be maintained steadily.  Even so, what do you want to bet 2015 was worse than 2011 too? 

2015 Treatment for 2013's Anime:

Before 2014 was the best year in anime, 2013 was the best year in anime.  What if we made a similar list for this year?  How would it compare to 2014 or 2015?  Let the yearly competitions begin:

1.  Dokidoki! Precure + Smile Precure Ending + Smile Precure movies
2.  Little Busters! 2nd half + Little Busters ova + Refrain
3.  Monogatari Series: Second Season
4.  Oreimo (Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii wake ga nai) S2
5.  Toaru Kagaku no Railgun Sisters + Index movie
6.  Fate/Kaleid Liner S1 + specials
7.  Shinsekai Yori 2nd half
8.  Ojamajo Doremi (finally translated)
9.  Haganai (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai) Next
10.  Fairy Tail ovas + Dai Matou Enbu arc (continued)
11.  The World God Only Knows Megami-hen
12.  Love Live! S1
13.  Vividred Operation
14.  Bakuman S3 2nd half
15.  Ro-Kyu-Bu! ova + Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS
16.  Shingeki no Kyojin S1
17.  Outbreak Company
18.  Da Capo III
19.  Non non Biyori s1
20.  Valvrave
21.  Kiniro Mosaic S1
22.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
23.  Hunter x Hunter Greed Island + Chimera Ant arc (beginning)
24.  One Piece - Punk Hazard arc
25.  AKB0048 Next stage
26.  Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties
27.  Chihayafuru 2 + ova
28.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
29.  Oreshura
30.  Zettai Bouei Leviathan
31.  Higurashi outbreak ova
32.  Anohana movie
33.  Tamayura: More Aggressive
34.  Ginga e Kickoff (tail end)
35.  Hanasaku Iroha movie
36.  Yama no Susume S1 + Yama no Susume ova
37.  PapaKiki (Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai) ova
38.  Steins;Gate movie
39.  Madoka Magica movie
40.  Code Geass Akito ova
41.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas
42.  Kenichi ovas
43.  Hyouka ova
44.  Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku
45.  Shinryaku ova
46.  Seitokai no Ichizon ova

2013's best new series was Ojamajo Doremi.  Not because it came out in 2013, but because the translation came out in 2013, which is all that matters in the English speaking world.  As a result, the entirety of the long-running Ojamajo series counts as 'all' having come out in 2013, giving it quite the boost in these yearly competitions.

That's pretty frightening, because it means 7 shows were better than the entirety of Ojamajo in 2013.  But when you look at what those shows were, it isn't that surprising.  Fate/Kaleid Liner, Oreimo, Shinsekai Yori, Dokidoki Precure, Monogatari 2nd Series, Railgun Sisters, Little Busters. . . These are all gods of the anime world.  Fairy Tail, which is at the top of 2015's list and 2nd place in the 2014 list, only manages 10th place in this hyper-competitive arena.

2013's list dominates 2014's in all ways save one -- 2014 had Sword Art Online and 2013 didn't.  SAO was the #1 entry of 2014, so that counts for a lot.  I love SAO so much, and especially the Mother's Rosario arc, that I think I still have to give the edge to 2014.  I can see why I thought 2013 was the best year in anime ever at the time though.  What a trophy rack to sport. 

2015 Treatment for 2014's Anime:

If I used the same ratings system for 2014 as I used to review 2015's year in anime, what would the list look like?  It seems like such a fun system, to compare yearly output directly instead of short series versus long ones, which always ends up favoring the longer series.  How much could we learn if we retroactively applied this yearly sum-up to previous years as well?  I said that 2014 was the best year in anime, but this will allow us to really quantify that statement as well.  Just how good was it?  And why?  The list below should be explanation enough.

1.  SAO extra edition + 2nd season
2.  Fairy Tail - Dai Matou Enbu conclusion plus various side stories
3.  Doki Doki Precure ending + Happiness Charge Precure + Doki Doki movies
4.  Fate/Kaleid Liner ova + 2wei + Specials + UBW 1st cour
5.  Hanamonogatari + Tsukimonogatari
6.  Dragon Ball Kai Buu + Battle of Gods movie
7.  Shirobako 1st half
8.  Grisaia no Kajitsu + specials
9.  Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
10.   Akame ga Kill!
11.   Sakura Trick  
12.   Little Busters! EX
13.   Saki - Zenkoku-hen
14.   Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun + specials
15.   Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
16.   No Game no Life
17.   Akatsuki no Yona 1st half
18.   Hanayamata
19.   Soul Eater Not!
20.   One Piece - Dressrosa arc (beginning)
21.   Locodol tv + ova
22.   Miyuki (finally translated)
23.   Yama no Susume 2 + ova
24.   Love Live! 2nd Season
25.   Wake Up, Girls! movie + tv series
26.   Sailor Moon Crystal arc 1
27.   Amagi Brilliant Park
28.   Atelier Escha & Logy
29.   Ao Haru Ride tv + ova
30.   Gokukoku no Brynhildr
31.   Futari Ecchi ovas
32.   Hunter x Hunter - chimera ant arc ending + election arc (conclusion)
33.  The Idolm@ster movie
34.  Girls und Panzer Anzio ova
35.  Hayate no Gotoku anniversary ovas
36.  Kenichi ovas final four eps
37.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas
38.  Shingeki no Kyojin ovas
39.  Break Blade tv episode
40.  Tamayura 8.5 more aggressive ova
41.  Non Non Biyori ova
42.  Shinryaku! Ika musume ova
43.  Sora no Otoshimono Final:  Eternal my Master

More stuff total came out in 2014 than 2015.  There were also a ton of additional new series compared to 2015's mostly sequel output.

The return of Dragon Ball, Fairy Tail and SAO to 2014 were really the highlights of the year.  2015 doesn't have anything remotely as epic. 

2015 year in Anime Reviewed:

 

Of the 39 great anime franchises with new translated content in 2015, what was the order of their importance in terms of overall contribution to the joy of anime over the course of this past year?  What series made this year special?  Who were the real banner carriers of anime for the year?  Who actually made anime great this revolution around the sun?  #1 is Fairy Tail, with the amazing, beautiful, emotional roller coaster ride that was the tartaros arc.  From there on, let's see. . .

1.    Fairy Tail - tartaros arc
2.    Pretty Cure - Princess Precure + Happiness Charge Precure movies/end of tv series
3.    Fate/Stay night: UBW 2nd season + Fate/Kaleid Liner ovas, specials, herz
4.    Shirobako 2nd half + two ova's.
5.    Owarimonogatari
6.    Grisaia no Meikyuu + Rakuen
7.    Hibike! Euphonium + ova
8.    Working! s3
9.    Non Non Biyori Repeat 
10.  Dragon Ball movie Fukkatsu no F + Dragon Ball Super ep 1 + Dragon Ball Kai ending
11.  To Love-ru Darkness 2nd + ovas
12.  Utawaremono s2 1st cour
13.  Sailor Moon Crystal 2nd arc
14.  Joukamachi no Dandelion
15.  One Piece - dressrosa arc (continued)
16.  Nanoha Vivid
17.  Kyoukai no Rinne S1
18.  The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls
19.  Gate s1
20.  Sore ga Seiyuu
21.  Strike Witches operation victory arrow
22.  The Last: Naruto the Movie
23.  Assassination Classroom S1
24.  Akatsuki no Yona 2nd half + ovas
25.  Hello! Kiniro Mosaic
26.  Love Live! The School Idol Movie
27.  Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
28.  Rokka no Yuusha
29.  PapaKiki (Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai!) ova
30.  Angel Beats ova 2
31.  Yuru Yuri s3 + ovas
32.  Prince of Tennis ovas
33.  Durara shou + ten + shou 4.5 ova
34.  Tamayura Sotsugyou Shashin ova 1-2
35.  Code Geass Akito ova 3-4
36.  Shingeki no Kyojin ovas
37.  Amagi Brilliant Park ova
38.  Locodol xmas ova
39.  Yama no Susume ova

The Saki ovas, the Girls und Panzer movie, the Princess Precure movie, Tamayura's 3rd movie and the Wake Up, Girls! movies were never translated, so they're impossible to rank.  Their value will be carried over to the 2016 competition if they ever do get translated.  The same is true for the 2014 Tari Tari special that's never been translated yet.  If by some miracle it gets translated in 2016, I'll mention its addition to the anime world then.

These are the 39 gifts anime has given us over the course of the year, in the order of their importance and quality.  When looking at these rankings, assume a Lotka curve, where the top ranked is much higher than 2nd place, which is much higher than 3rd, and so on.  I think the falloff in massive discrepancy between the franchises listed in quality is probably around #10, where it switches over to a gentler bell-curve like drop from rank to rank.

As you can see, the major contributors are old, well known epic franchises like Fairy Tail, Precure, Fate, and Dragon Ball.  It helps to have 50 episodes per year to work with to work your magic.  Hibike! Euphonium was the only new franchise that made a major impact in 2015, ranking #7 of the year in quality.  Special attention should also be paid to Owarimonogatari, Grisaia and Shirobako, who performed stupendously considering how short the length of their contributions were during this year.

I dearly hope Shirobako gets a sequel.  It's been fantastic so far, but it really doesn't feel like an ending when these girls' careers have only just begun.  Can't they have many more adventures of note in the future as well?  Well, it all depends on the creator, whether they still have more creative ideas for these characters, or whether they're tapped out and have nothing left to say about them.  If they're tapped out, I certainly don't want more Shirobako, but if they have any good ideas left, please please show them to the world.  Even the Shirobako ova's about non-existent pilot episodes of non-existent anime franchises have been better than almost everything else airing out there.

2016 Year in Anime Reviewed:


How did 2016's great franchises stack up against each other, and what were they?

1.  Dragon Ball Super (universe 6 vs. 7 tournament arc + Goku Black arc) + Dragon Ball Recut
2.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
3.  Love Live! Sunshine
4.  Hibike Euphonium S2
5.  Fairy Tail Zero + Fairy Tail Avatar arc beginning + ovas
6.  Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 3rei + special + Grand Order First Order
7.  Vivid Strike
8.  Brave Witches
9.  Girls und Panzer movie + ova
10.  New Game S1
11.  Koutetsujou no Kabaneri

12.  Kyoukai no Rinne S2 
13.  Gate (2nd half)
14.  Sailor Moon Crystal III Death Busters-hen
15.  Macross Delta
16.  Utawarerumono S2 (2nd half)
17.  Naruto - Bolt movie + ova + Sasuke Shinden
18.  Tales of Zestiria the X (1st cour)
19.  Schwarzesmarken
20.  Kuromukuro

21.  Princess Pretty Cure ending and movie + DX movie + Mahoutsukai Precure
22.  Boku dake ga Inai Machi
23.  Girlish Number
24.  Shuumatsu no Izetta

25.  High School Fleet
26.  Dimension W
27.  Koyomimonogatari + Kizumonogatari movies 1 + 2
28.  Wake Up, Girls! movies Seishun no Kage + Beyond the Bottom (finally translated) + Miyagi PR
29.  Assassination Classroom S2
30.  One Piece (dressrosa arc concluded + Zou arc begins)

31.  Rewrite (1st cour)
32.  Planetarian

33.  Berserk (2016)

34.  Locodol ova 3
35.  Durarara x2 Ketsu + Ten Special + Ketsu special
36.  WWW.Working!!
37.  'To Love-ru Darkness 2nd' ovas
38.  Code Geass Akito ova 5 (end)
39.  Tamayura Graduation Photo ova 3  (finally translated) + ova 4
40.  Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls ova + 5th Year Anniversary short
41.  Non Non Biyori oav
42.  Saki Biyori ova (finally translated)
43.  Sore ga Seiyuu ova
44.  Tari Tari ova (finally translated)


Three stubbornly untranslated oav's and two stubbornly untranslated movies were translated.  Dragon Ball Super is no longer filler while Dragon Ball recut salvages the original Dragon Ball series from its filler hell.  Twelve new great series have joined my pantheon, Hai to Gensou no Grimgar being the headliner.  Love Live! Sunshine was a worthy successor to the original, as was the similarly spun-off Brave Witches and Vivid Strike.  2016 was a better year than 2015 -- but then what else is new on that front?

We're still awaiting translations of anime that came out in 2016 in Japan, which if translated will count towards the total of great anime released in 2017 (or beyond).  This includes Fairy Tail ova 9, Assassination Classroom's onas, Akatsuki no Yona's ovas, Dimension W's ova, Fate/Kaleid Liner's specials, the Planetarian movie and the Kin-Iro Mosaic ova.

2017 Year in Anime Reviewed:

How did 2017's great franchises stack up against each other and what were they?

1.  Eromanga Sensei
2.  Suka Suka 
3.  Youjo Senki 
4.  Princess Principal
5.  Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha s2 
6.  Dragon Ball Super - Greater Universe Tournament arc
7.  Love Live! Sunshine! s2
8.  Naruto - Sasuke Shinden + Shikamaru Hiden + Konoha Hiden + Scarlet Spring
9.  New Game ova + New Game s2
10.  Kizumonogatari movie 3 + Owarimonogatari ge
11.  Kemono Friends s1
12.  Shingeki no Kyojin s2 + Ova
13.  Imouto Sae Ireba ii
14.  BanG Dream!  + Ova
15.  Fate/Kaleid Liner 3rei Specials + Snowflake Oath movie
16.  SAO: Ordinal Scale
17.  Berserk 2 
18.  Mahoutsukai Precure (end) and movie  + Dream Stars movie
19.  Akatsuki no Yona Zeno ovas (finally translated) 
20.  Yama no Susume ova
21.  Granblue Fantasy the Animation s1
22.  One Piece - Zou arc (end) + Big Mam arc (beginning) 
23.  Kyoukai no Rinne s3
24.  Planetarian - Hoshi no Hito (finally translated) 
25.  Card Captor Sakura ova
26.  Tales of Zestiria the X (2nd cour) 
27.  Kin-iro Mosaic Pretty Days (finally translated)
28.  Brave Witches ova
29.  Rewrite (2nd cour) 
30.  UQ Holder + ova
31.  Fairy Tail ova 9 (finally translated) + Dragon Cry movie
32.  High School Fleet ovas
33.  Nanoha Vivid Strike ovas
34.  Wake Up, Girls! Shin Sho
35.  Idolm@ster Million Live 4th Anniversary special + Side M
36.  To Love ru Darkness ova 10
37.  Dimension W ova (finally translated)

This is the worst year in anime since 1998.  Only the top ten entries are even worth mentioning, and even they have flaws.  There were only 8 new franchises, compared to last year's 12.  37 supported franchises is the smallest total since 2011.  Some of the best stuff that came out in 2017 was never translated, like the Fate/Heaven's Feel movie, the Nanoha Reflection movie, and the No Game No Life Zero movie, so whatever quality this year actually had will count towards 2018 instead.  The sooner we can forget all about this year the better.

2018 Year in Anime Reviewed:


How did 2018's great franchises stack up against each other and what were they?

1.  Naruto Kai
2.  SAO Alternative GGO + SAO Alicization (beginning)
3.  Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
4.  Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
5.  Major 2nd
6.  Nanoha Reflection (finally translated)
7.  No Game No Life Zero (finally translated)
8.  Death March
9.  Yama no Susume S3
10.  Shingeki no Kyojin S3 + Lost Girls ova 2
11.  Girls und Panzer das Finale ova 1 (finally translated)
12.  Dragon Ball Super (Greater Universe tournament end)
13.  FGO Moonlight + 3rei specials  + Snowflake Oath Special + Heaven's Feel movie 1 (finally translated)
14.  Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card hen
15.  One Piece (Big Mam arc continued)
16.  UQ Holder ova's 2-3
17.  Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru S2 final episode.
18.  Wake up, Girls! Shin Shou final episode.
19.  Utawarerumono kuon ova

That deals with the chronology aspect of great anime.  Next up, let's rank things categorically.  This delves more into the *length* aspect of great anime.


Apples to Apples Anime Rankings:

The overall rankings are a comprehensive resource to draw upon, but wouldn't it be fun to sometimes compare apples to apples?  What if I did a rankings of exclusively short series compared to each other?  How about rankings of exclusively completed series versus each other?  If I carve these rankings up into smaller pictures, a new picture of quality comes to light not reflected by the overall head to head competition.

Incomplete short stories have the most working against them.  If we filtered out everyone who comes from a more advantaged background, however, who shows up as a diamond in the rough?

(Incomplete, for the purposes of this post at least, is defined to be missing such a large segment of the the show that it gives you no sense of resolution whatsoever and leaves you wanting to kill someone because your show has been so severely butchered.)

Top Incomplete Series with fewer than or equal to 25 episodes of non-filler content (and no announced sequels that would bring the episode count above 25 or to a satisfying conclusion):

1.  Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai
2.  Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai
3.  Haruhi Suzumiya
4.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
5.  High School of the Dead
6.  Eromanga Sensei
7.  Suka Suka
8.  New Game
9.  Outbreak Company
10.  Youjo Senki
11.  Gate
12.  Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
13.  Akame ga Kill!
14.  Claymore
15.  No Game No Life
16.  Death March
17.  Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
18.  Break Blade
19.  Kin-iro Mosaic
20.  Sakura Trick
21.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari
22.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
23.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
24.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
25.  Hanayamata
26.  Hyouka
27.  Rokka no Yuusha
28.  Locodol
29.  Lucky Star
30.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
31.  Btooom!
32.  Imouto Sae Ireba ii
33.  Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru!
34.  Ao Haru Ride
35.  Joukamachi no Dandelion
36.  Granblue Fantasy the Animation
37.  Amagi Brilliant Park
38.  Sora no Otoshimono
39.  Dimension W
40.  Bastard!
41.  RG Veda
42.  Alien Nine
43.  Futari Ecchi
44.  Negima/UQ Holder
45.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr

These are basically the 45 shows that are great despite getting terribly shafted by the anime gods.  There's no telling what their potential could be if they had been given either more length and/or a satisfying ending.  They could be top 10 shows.  For all we know they could be the best anime ever.  Since they never got a chance to be heard, their worth is totally obfuscated and plunged deep down into the rankings through no fault of their own.  These are the 45 unsung heroes of my rankings, who managed to be some of the best anime around with both arms and both legs tied behind their backs.

Top Incomplete Series with greater than 25 episodes but fewer than or equal to 50 episodes of non-filler content (and no announced sequels that would bring the episode count above 50 or to a satisfying conclusion):

1.  Seikai no Monshou/Senki/Danshou
2.  Maria-sama ga Miteru
3.  The World God Only Knows
4.  Non Non Biyori
5.  Berserk
6.  Sailor Moon
7.  Aishiteru ze Baby
8.  Umineko no Naku Koro ni
9.  Akatsuki no Yona
10.  Guyver
11.  Flame of Recca
12.  Yuru Yuri
13.  Spice and Wolf
14.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
15.  Nichijou
16.  Kimi ni Todoke
17.  Miyuki
18.  H2
19.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume
20.  Zero no Tsukaima
21.  Twelve Kingdoms

These shows were given a little more support, but still not nearly enough length to get the story told.  They're just as betrayed as their shorter cousins, and likewise, any of these shows may well be a top 10 or #1 contender if they'd just been given a chance.  21 more missed opportunities.

Top Incomplete Series with length beyond 50 episodes but still clearly not enough because it still abruptly breaks off midway (and no announced sequels that would bring the series to a satisfying conclusion):

1.  Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
2.  To Aru Majutsu no Index/Kagaku no Railgun
3.  Bleach
4.  Full Metal Panic!
5.  Ranma 1/2
6.  Major
7.  Saki
8.  World of Witches
9.  Hayate no Gotoku
10.  Rurouni Kenshin
11.  Da Capo
12.  Utawarerumono
13.  Shingeki no Kyojin
14.  Prince of Tennis
15.  To Love-ru 
16.  Hikaru no Go
17.  Yama no Susume
18.  Chihayafuru
19.  Tales of 'X'
20.  Hunter x Hunter
21.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
22.  Kyoukai no Rinne
23.  Baccano/Durarara
24.  Soul Eater
25.  Card Captor Sakura
26.  Touch

These shows were given a lot of support, but the rug was snatched out from under them at just the wrong moment, toppling them down from any chance to compete for the title of the best.  Like usual, a lot of these shows could be in the top 10, or even try for the position of #1, if the support had been as thorough as that given to One Piece or Naruto has been.

That covers all the incomplete but still great ranking series.  Now let's fairly compare shows that reached their conclusions but did so with varying lengths.  Short series should only have to compare to other short series, medium to medium, and so on.

Complete Series with length fewer than or equal to 25 episodes of non-filler content aired or announced:

1.  Kanon
2.  Shinsekai Yori
3.  Katanagatari
4.  Girls und Panzer
5.  Kobato
6.  Angel Beats
7.  Sora no Woto
8.  Basilisk
9.  Scrapped Princess
10.  Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
11.  Ef
12.  Rocket Girls
13.  Vividred Operation 
14.  Ro-Kyu-Bu!
15.  Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai 
16.  Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
17.  Record of Lodoss War
18.  Kiki's Delivery Service
19.  Summer Wars
20.  Puella Magi Madoka Magica
21.  Shukufuku no Campanella
22.  Tari Tari
23.  Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
24.  Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
25.  School Days 
26.  Mononoke Hime
27.  Princess Principal
28.  Valvrave the Liberator
29.  Air
30.  Koutetsujou no Kabaneri
31.  Schwarzesmarken
32.  Kokoro Toshokan
33.  Usagi Drop
34.  Natsuiro Kiseki
35.  Spirited Away
36.  Seitokai no Ichizon
37.  Zettai Bouei Leviathan
38.  Gosick
39.  Sore ga Seiyuu
40.  Fatal Fury
41.  Atelier Escha & Logy
42.  Happiness!
43.  Myself;Yourself
44.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
45.  Girlish Number
46.  Shuumatsu no Izetta  
47.  Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
48.  Grave of the Fireflies
49.  High School Fleet
50.  Kemono Friends
51.  Shamanic Princess
52.  Planetarian
53.  Rewrite

These shows are impressive because they managed to enter my rankings with a short story that introduced everyone, created a wall of complications, and broke it down all within just 25 eps or fewer.  To think that you can do so much with so little really proves the genius of the creators behind these shows.  The movies especially are impressive, because they only had essentially six episodes to work with to fit everything in.  That they can be that short and still reach my rankings says a lot.  If anyone is looking for a satisfying list to start watching anime on, these short stories with proper conclusions are probably your best bet.

Complete Series with length greater than 25 but fewer than or equal to 50 episodes of non-filler content aired or announced:

1.  Clannad
2.  Little Busters!
3.  Cross Game
4.  K-On!
5.  Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
6.  Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
7.  Toradora!
8.  Hibike! Euphonium
9.  Hanasaku Iroha
10.  Shirobako
11.  AKB0048
12.  Shin Seiki Evangelion
13.  Grisaia
14.  Angelic Layer
15.  Cowboy Bebop
16.  Uuchuu no Stellvia
17.  Vandread
18.  Steins;Gate
19.  Samurai Champloo
20.  Valkyria Chronicles
21.  Amagami SS
22.  Azumanga Daioh
23.  Martian Successor Nadesico
24.  To Heart
25.  Wake Up, Girls!
26.  Kurumukuro 
27.  Tears to Tiara
28.  Battle Athletes
29.  BanG Dream!
30.  Ginga E Kickoff
31.  Tamayura
32.  Assassination Classroom 
33.  Death Note
34.  Mahoromatic

I love this category.  This category has zero flaws.  It's sufficiently long to tell almost any tale imaginable, while still reaching a proper ending and not just wandering off into eternal no plot progress hell.  It gives you the story, the whole story, and nothing but the story.  These shows are like laser beams of greatness.  It's no wonder so many of them are such famous classics that the whole world showers them with praise, even people who generally hate anime still end up liking shows that fall into this category.  This is like Goldilocks' favorite porridge.

Complete Series of length beyond 50 episodes of non-filler content aired or announced:

1.  Sword Art Online
2.  Fairy Tail
3.  Naruto
4.  One Piece
5.  Dragon Ball
6.  Pretty Cure
7.  Code Geass
8.  Bake-(etc)-monogatari
9.  Fate/Etc
10.  Higurashi no naku koro ni
11.  Love Live!
12.  Bakuman
13.  Inuyasha
14.  The Idolm@ster
15.  Macross
16.  Ojamajo Doremi
17.  Working!
18.  Shakugan no Shana
19.  Yu Yu Hakusho
20.  Galaxy Angel
21.  Ghost in the Shell

This is the measuring rod.  These shows were given everything they could possibly ask for.  All the length they could dream of to do whatever they wished with, while still reaching the end of their story and resolving all the loose threads.  If you can't win with this much support, then there's no one left to blame but yourself.  If you aren't #1 after this, then you just plain don't deserve to be #1.  These are the most envied shows in anime, the gods of the anime world that everyone says to themselves "if only they'd treated me like they had treated them, if only those elite pampered stuck-up shows of privilege had to live down in the hood like me, I'd teach them a thing or two!"  There's no woulda, coulda or shoulda about these guys.  They just are.  And it's no wonder they almost completely hog the top ten rankings between each other.  You could call these guys the 1%.

* * *

My top anime rankings is a realistic depiction of how things just plain are.  If a show is longer it's better.  If a show is complete it's better.  And I take those factors into account, despite it being unfair to the shows that were gypped by the anime gods.  There's no equal starting lines on this race course.

This list is different, however.  With these rankings, it's fair to say that 'in an ideal world' all of these shows are about equal to each other.  For instance, PapaKiki, SAO, Fairy Tail, Kanon, Clannad and Crest of the Stars are all about equally well written.  They're on the same tier of artistic ability, though they don't end up ranked the same due to forces outside of their control.


But what if we ranked them more head to head, by genre?:

Shonen Action:


1.  Fairy Tail
2.  Naruto
3.  One Piece 
4.  Dragon Ball
5.  Bleach
6.  Inuyasha
7.  Rurouni Kenshin
8.  Katanagatari
9.  Tengen Toppa Gurrenn Lagann
10.  Berserk
11.  Shingeki no Kyojin
12.  Youjo Senki  
13.  Valvrave the Liberator
14.  Akame ga Kill!
15.  Claymore
16.  Hunter x Hunter
17.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
18.  Guyver
19.  Broken Blade
20.  Flame of Recca
21.  Yu Yu Hakusho
22.  Soul Eater
23.  Btooom!
24.  Fatal Fury
25.  Shuumatsu no Izetta
26.  Bastard!

Sports:

1.  Major
2.  Saki
3.  Girls und Panzer
4.  Hibike! Euphonium
5.  Ro-Kyu-Bu!
6.  Angelic Layer
7.  Prince of Tennis
8.  Hikaru no Go
9.  Chihayafuru
10.  Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
11.  No Game no Life
12.  Touch
13.  H2
14.  Battle Athletes
15.  Ginga E Kickoff

Idols:


1.  Love Live!
2.  K-On!
3.  The Idolm@ster
4.  Macross
5.  AKB0048
6.  Natsuiro Kiseki
7.  Hanayamata
8.  Locodol
9.  Wake up, Girls!
10.  Sore ga Seiyuu
11.  BanG Dream!
12.  Girlish Number
13.  Joukamachi no Dandelion

Mahou Shoujo:


1.  Pretty Cure
2.  Fate/etc
3.  Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
4.  World of Witches
5.  Kobato
6.  Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
7.  Vividred Operation
8.  Sailor Moon
9.  Ojamajo Doremi
10.  Puella Magi Madoka Magica
11.  Card Captor Sakura
12.  Zettai Bouei Leviathan
13.  Happiness!
14.  Mahoromatic
15.  Shamanic Princess
16.  Alien Nine

Comedy:


1.  Ranma 1/2
2.  Hayate no Gotoku
3.  Eromanga Sensei
4.  Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka
5.  Working!
6.  Kiniro Mosaic
7.  Kyoukai no Rinne 
8.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
9.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
10.  Yuru Yuri
11.  Galaxy Angel 
12.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
13.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
14.  Lucky Star/Miyakawa-ke
15.  Nichijou
16.  Azumanga Daioh
17.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
18.  Kuromukuro 
19.  Imouto Sae Ireba ii
20.  Sora no Otoshimono
21.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume
22.  Zero no Tsukaima

Romance:


1.  Clannad
2.  Full Metal Panic! 
3.  Oreimo
4.  Toradora!
5.  Sakura Trick
6.  Kimi ni Todoke
7.  Miyuki
8.  Ao Haru Ride
9.  Futari Ecchi

Harem:


1.   Little Busters!
2.   Maria-sama ga Miteru
3.   PapaKiki
4.   Haganai
5.   Haruhi Suzumiya
6.  The World God Only Knows
7.   Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
8.   Grisaia
9.   Shukufuku no Campanella
10. School Days
11. Outbreak Company
12. To Love ru
13. Death March
14. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 
15. Akatsuki no Yona
16. Amagami SS
17. Seitokai no Ichizon
18. To Heart
19. Assassination Classroom
20. Myself;Yourself
21. Oreshura
22. Negima/UQ Holder
23. Rewrite
24. Gokukoku no Brynhildr

Slice of Life:


1.  Bakuman
2.  Hanasaku Iroha
3.  Shirobako
4.  Sora no Woto
5.  Rocket Girls
6.  Non Non Biyori
7.  Cowboy Bebop
8.  Kiki's Delivery Service
9.  Summer Wars
10.  New Game
11.  Princess Principal
12.  Aishiteruze Baby
13.  Yama no Susume
14.  Schwarzesmarken
15.  Kokoro Toshokan
16.  Usagi Drop
17.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari
18.  Spirited Away
19.  Samurai Champloo
20.  Baccano/Durarara
21.  Valkyria Chronicles
22.  Spice and Wolf
23.  Atelier Escha & Logy
24.  Tamayura
25.  High School Fleet
26.  Amagi Brilliant Park

Tearjerker:

1.  Cross Game
2.  Kanon
3.  Basilisk
4.  Da Capo
5.  Angel Beats
6.  Ef
7.  Anohana
8. Suka Suka
9.  Tari Tari 
10.  Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
11.  Air 
12.  Grave of the Fireflies
13.  Planetarian

Sci-fi/Fantasy:


1.  Sword Art Online
2.  Code Geass
3.  Bake-(etc)-monogatari
4.  Seikai no Monshou/Senki/Danshou
5.  To Aru Majutsu no Index/Kagaku no Railgun
6.  Shinsekai Yori
7.  Scrapped Princess
8.  Utawarerumono
9.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar   
10.  Record of Lodoss War
11.  Shin Seiki Evangelion
12.  Uuchuu no Stellvia
13.  Vandread
14.  Mononoke Hime
15.  Shakugan no Shana
16.  Gate
17.  Steins;Gate
18.  Tales of 'x'
19.  Martian Successor Nadesico
20.  Tears to Tiara
21.  Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
22.  Granblue Fantasy the Animation
23.  Dimension W
24.  RG Veda 
25.  12 Kingdoms

Crime/Mystery:


1.  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
2.  Umineko no Naku Koro ni
3.  Hyouka
4.  Rokka no Yuusha
5.  Gosick
6.  Death Note
7.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
8.  Ghost in the Shell


Zombie Apocalypse:


1.  High School of the Dead
2.  Koutetsujou no Kabaneri 
3.  Kemono Friends 

My twelve categories are based on what the shows were trying to do, rather than any objective standard of measurement.  For instance, if they were trying to portray a new and different world than our own, then that's 'sci-fi/fantasy,' but if they were really just solving crimes in a place that just so happened to be a different world, that still classifies as a crime show, ala Ghost in the Shell.  If their purpose in life was to make you cry, then it's a tearjerker class story, whereas shows that make you cry incidentally while attempting to do something else are not in that category.  Slice of Life, to me, is trying to portray normal everyday life, people going about their jobs and lives, as an interesting and engaging activity worth talking about.  The ability to pull off an everyday life story while making it interesting, whether it be about soldiers or theme park operators, is what puts all of these shows under the same category.

The Harem category does not necessarily imply the protagonist is sleeping around with everyone -- though that is true in School Day's case!  Again, it's directed more towards the author's intent.  In this case, the author is trying to show off a grab bag of a huge number of characters to the viewer at once, in the hopes that at least some of them will stick if they just keep throwing more likable characters at you while ceaselessly drumming up their appeal.  It's a story whose philosophy = quantity > quality.

Mahou Shoujo involves any time a girl transforms from everyday life to heroine and goes off to save others, either tangibly or emotionally.  This covers shows as varied as Kobato to Mahoromatic.  Idols are girls who attempt to appeal to fans, whether that's in elections like Joukamachi and AKB0048 or for the sake of a daily paycheck like Sore ga Seiyuu or Locodol or as a portion of school life like with K-On!.  So long as there's singing and dancing at some point in the show it's a likely fit for the idol category.  The other categories should be self-explanatory.

That should handle all the various possible rankings breakdowns.  Now let's look at those shows that didn't quite receive a ranking, but still deserve an honorable mention:

 

 

The Runners-Up:

The way I rank anime can be boiled down to this code:

Great: I've watched and rewatched (at least the 'main, standout' section of the franchise, within two years of having watched it the first time so long as the there's a high quality subtitled bd/dvd/HD release for the second time available.  If it's unavailable, I can wait however long it takes until the release is available if progress towards an eventual HD release is occurring, because there's no point not watching a show in its final and perfect form for the conclusive time.  If no progress is being made, I'll rewatch the show within three years of having watched it the first time.  In addition, I don't have to rewatch Ghost in the Shell Movie 2 so long as I've rewatched the tv series.  Nor must I rewatch the Foxy Pirates section of One Piece so long as I've watched all the other arcs.  Watching the weaker portion of a franchise just once in full is plenty, there's no need to torture myself over sections of the story better left forgotten.), and is at least in the top 1/3 of mediocre and above series I've seen, and has left a strongly favorable impression as a 'must see anime' on me even after having rewatched it the second time.

Good:  I've watched in full.

Mediocre:  I've watched at least three episodes of the show but not all of them.

Bad:  I watched less than three episodes of the show.

Terrible:  I didn't even bother to watch a single episode.

Unranked shows I've watched twice, or in other words, the ones that got really close to reaching my rankings, might be a good window into how I make my selections.  In other words, these are the shows the top 200 went up against directly and beat:

Howl's Moving Castle
Iria: Zeiram the Animation
Ninja Scroll
Read or Die
REC
Tenjou Tenge
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
X
Sora no Manimani
Kanokan
Moshidora
Akira
Noucome

These are basically my 13 'runners-up' to my coveted ranked positions.  You could also call them 'motto Espada,' like in Bleach, in that virtually all of them used to appear in my rankings but were eventually kicked out by the intensified competition and my growth in taste as an anime connoisseur.

You really don't want to end up on this list.  It's a very depressing list of shattered hopes and dreams, like the silver medalist in the Olympics.  Or even worse, the guy who got fourth, that nobody cares about at all.

Just for completion's sake, I'll also jot down the 'good' series that I at least watched all the way through once, but didn't think was worthy of the title 'great' even after watching them all the way through.  These shows aren't really on par with the above list of 'motto espada.'  Perhaps they could just be called generic arrancar.  Like the ones Ishida and Sado were beating up on their journey through Hueco Mundo.  They're really strong compared to normal hollow, but in the end, that just doesn't mean much in the face of true power. . .

Ai Yori Aoishi
Asura Cryin'
Ayashi no Ceres
The Cat Returns
Devil Hunter Yohko
Dominion Tank Police
Dragon Half
Excel Saga
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
Furikuri
Golden Boy
Guin Saga
Gunbuster
Hell Girl
Mirai Nikki
I"s
Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
Kaze no Stigma
Kimikiss Pure Rouge
Laputa
Love Hina
Magic Knight Rayearth
Megami Kouhousei
Metropolis
My Neighbor Totoro
Nazca
Noein
Noir
Serial Experiments Lain
Shangri-la
Soul Link
The Law of Ueki
They Were Eleven
Trigun
Kannagi
Tytania
Vampire Hunter D
Vampire Knight
Vision of Escaflowne
Whisper of the Heart
Yoku Wokaru Gendai Mahou
Chrome Shelled Regios
Battle Angel Alita
Dual
Sora Kakuwo Shoujo
Blade of the Immortal
Tokyo Mewmew
Disgaea
Midori no Hibi
Girls Bravo
Rosario + Vampire
Sasamaki Koto
Ichigo 100%
Kiddy Grade/Kiddy Girl-And
Chu-bra
Omamori Himori
Ookami Kakushi
Hanamura Youchuein
Ladies vs. Butlers
Dance of the Vampire Bund
Needless
Koihime Musou
B Gata H Kei
Mayoi Neko Overrun
Busso Renkin
Ookami-san to Shichinen Notachi
Shiki
Asobi ni Iku Yo
Haibane Renmei
Higashi no Eden
True Tears
Seiken no Blacksmith
Nyan Koi
Yosuga no Sora
Fortune Arterial
Mai Hime/Mai Otome
Starship Operators
Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai
Dragon Crisis
Kore ha Zombie Desuka?
Fractale
Seto no Hanayome
Sengoku Otome
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
Hidan no Aria
Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
Ga Rei Zero
Kimi to Boku
Astarotte's Toy
Saint Tail
Karigurashi no Arietty
Kanamemo
Guilty Crown
Shuffle
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea
Mashiroiro Symphony
Koe de Oshigoto
Thermae Romae
Yoake Mae yori Ruri-iro na
From Up on Poppy Hill
Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru
Robotics;Notes
Mangirl
Tales from Earthsea
Photon
Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san
Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate
Garden of Words
Narawareta Gakuen
Watamote
Kodomo no Jikan
Tayutama
Tsuki wa Higashi ni Hi wa Nishi ni: Operation Sanctuary
Tsuyokiss
Tsukuyomi Moon Phase
Okusama wa Joshikousei
W Wish
Final Approach
Maria Holic
Gakuen Alice
Sola
Prism Ark
Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
The Wind Rises
Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete
Slow Step
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara 
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 
Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru 
Elfen Lied 
Suisei no Gargantia 
Karin 
Nodame Cantibile 
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
Accel World
Triangle Hearts
Chobits
They Are My Noble Masters
Sengoku Musou
Koufuku Graffiti
Mouretsu Pirates 
Danmachi
Kaiji 
Charlotte
Ranpo Kitan
Wakaba Girl
Classroom Crisis
Kuusen Madoshi Kouhousei no Kyoukan
Gakkou Gurashi 
Pretear 
When Marnie Was There 
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm
Musaigen no Phantom World 
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 
Glass to Hana to Kowasu Sekai 
Anthem of the Heart 
Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!
Kimi no na wa
Seiren
Minami Kamakura Koukou Joshi Jitensha-bu
Urara Meirochou 
Koe no Katachi
Sakura Quest
Hinako Note
Re:Creators
Clockwork Planet
Rokudenashi Majutsu Koushi to Kinki Kyouten
Action Heroine Cheer Fruits
Tenshi no 3p!
Gamers!
Knight's & Magic
Made in Abyss
Anime-gataris
In this Corner of the World
Slow Start
Sora yori mo Tooi Basho
Yuru Camp
Uma Musume Pretty Derby
Gurazeni
Fate/Last Encore
Steins;Gate 0
Shin Evangelion
Ghost in the Shell: Arise
Bolt
Basilisk ~ Oka ninpo cho ~
Emiya-san chi no kyou no gohan
Kira Kira Pretty Cure a la mode
Hugtto! Pretty Cure
Fate/Apocrypha
Dragon Ball GT
Hyakuren Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria
Angolmois
Harukana Receive

This is a very thorough list of all the possible competitors for the title of 'great.'  The 'great' series that did reach my rankings beat every single one of these shows, even though they were all worth watching until the end.  Mowing through this many foes is like when Ichigo and Ishida were having a hollow killing competition just for fun.  It makes you really appreciate just how strong the top 200 really are.  Even 200th is still high up on the totem pole, compared to all these others who didn't make the rankings.

These are all the missing pieces to my anime rankings puzzles.  All the data is now out on the table.  The great series, the nearly great series, the good series, everything that has any potential at all is laid out on the table.  If you like a show that isn't in my rankings or in this list, all I can say is you have rotten taste in anime.  If you've watched all 200 of my top anime rankings and still crave more, all I can say is consult this list of runners-up and let the good times roll! 

How best could anime be improved from here?  The phantom rankings, if you will:

 

Anime Wishlist:

There are 28 anime in my great anime rankings that have a solid start, who are sorely lacking a proper ending, and whose source material has already ended, giving the shows a perfect opportunity for a solid ending, whenever they see fit to continue their already halfway finished series.  The fact that studios haven't acted upon these golden opportunities is an inexcusable tragedy.  The series that qualify for this infamy are listed in the order of their severity.

Wanting an anime adaption can be about two different things, though.  In one case, it's just because the music, voice acting, animation and color would be preferable to the previous source.  But as a burning secondary issue, it's because anime is more likely to be translated than any other source material.  For shows with untranslated source material, the wish to have an anime doubles as a wish to finally have the product translated and be able to enjoy it in any way whatsoever.  As a result, the two categories must be broken down into two groups, the series I'd like to see animated most despite already being translated in other ways due to the added value nature of anime, and the series I'd like to see animated mostly just because I want a translation of the subject material to finally be forthcoming and there doesn't seem to be any other way than this wish being granted for such an event to happen.  The first group will be the anime for animation's sake, as the * next to the product means the source material is already fully available translated in non-anime form, and the second group will be for the translation's sake, as the lack of a * shows there's still no english version whatsoever of the product available anyone could enjoy:

1.  Bleach *
2.  Da Capo III (main game) *
3.  Utawarerumono (game 3) *
4.  Ranma 1/2 *
5.  H2 *
6.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu *
7.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi *
8.  Flame of Recca *
9.  Miyuki *
10.  Umineko no naku koro ni (Chiru) *
11.  Kimi ni Todoke *
12.  Ao Haru Ride *
13.  High School of the Dead *
14.  K-On! *
15.  Gate *
16.  Tales of Vesperia *
17.  Hikaru no Go *
18.  Touch *

1.  PapaKiki
2.  Nanoha Vivid
3.  Haganai
4.  Outbreak Company
5.  Btooom!
6.  Hanayamata
7.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
8.  Sore ga Seiyuu!
9.  Kyoukai no Rinne
10.  Sakura Trick

There are other groups of inexcusable tragedies, though.  One group is the shows that wandered off into filler (or super-abridged versions of the content) instead of reaching their proper endings, where you need to not only provide the ending for the show, but also cut out the filler/abridged-content that already infests the show like a malignant disease in order to correct the horribly skewed timeline.

1.  Akame ga Kill! (starting from ep 19 till ending) *
2.  Claymore (starting from the war in the north) *
3.  Rurouni Kenshin (starting from the end of the Kyoto arc) *
4.  Sora no Otoshimono (starting from the end of Forte) *
5.  Soul Eater (starting from the death of that coffee loving guy) *

1.  Major (starting from the end of the tv series)

Some series are so screwed up by filler that, even though they've been animated before, require a complete and total remake which this time follows the source faithfully in order to be salvaged.  As a bonus, this remake should also extend to the duration of the newest released material, as opposed to wherever they ended previously in their fillericious snarls, which sometimes means all the way to the proper ending of the source material:

1.  Negima/UQ Holder *
2.  Freezing *
3.  Rewrite *
4.  I"s *
5.  Full Moon o Sagashite *
6.  Rosario Vampire *

1.  12 Kingdoms
2.  Tales of Eternia
3.  Zero no Tsukaima

Some series don't need a complete and total remake, they just need some things added in and/or some things subtracted out to reach their full potential by better matching their source:

1.  Hayate no Gotoku *
2.  The World God Only Knows *
3.  Full Metal Panic! *
4.  Bastard! *
5.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr *
6.  Prince of Tennis *

1.  Amagi Brilliant Park
2.  No Game No Life
3.  Zettai Karen Children
4.  Joukamachi no Dandelion

Some series haven't even been animated yet despite the amazing quality of the source:

1.  Akame ga Kill! Zero *
2.  Shinohayu: Dawn of Age *
3.  Tales of Xillia *
4.  Tales of Graces *
5.  Toki *
6.  Freezing Zero/Pair Love Stories/First Chronicle *
7.  Osananajimi wa Daitouryou *
8.  Eden's Zero *
9.  Hinowa ga Yuku *
10.  Tomoyo After Story *
11.  Harmonia *
12.  SAO: Progressive *
13.  Nanoha Force *
14.  Strobe Edge *
15.  Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare *

1.  Da Capo I, II and III Untold Routes/Spinoffs
2.  Kono Oozora ni, Tsubasa wo Hirogete
3.  Majikoi S/A
4.  Tales of Destiny
5.  Lazy Dungeon Master
6.  Angel Beats (Knocking on Heaven's Door prequel)
7.  Junai Sensation
8.  Sakura Zensen

In addition, there's a lot of series that technically aren't over yet, but do have so much material that whole additional story arcs could be animated, in which case the series would be much better than it currently is.  When a source has tons of material left to cover and the anime studio refuses to move, that's cause for concern, even if technically they could be waiting for the ending.  (Odds are they aren't, they're just refusing to animate the show.)

1.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar *
2.  Akatsuki no Yona *
3.  Railgun *
4.  Saki *
5.  Haruhi Suzumiya *
6.  Death March *
7.  Spice/Parchment and Wolf  *
8.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun *
9.  Break Blade *
10.  Hyouka *
11.  New Game *

1.  Seikai no Senki
2.  Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
3.  Maria-sama ga Miteru
4.  Rokka no Yuusha
5.  Ryuuou no Oshigoto!
6.  Oreshura
7.  Imouto Sae Ireba ii
8.  Guyver
9.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
10.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
11.  Locodol
12.  SAOAGGO
13.  Suka Suka/EX/Mou Ichido

These are the 100 Inexcusable Tragedies of Anime.  The anime industry has let us down not once, not twice, but 100 times.  Anime fans are in the most abusive relationship in history. . .

It's pretty meta to start ranking anime series by how much better they would be if they received new content, so this is the final word on the issue.  That sums up every possible way to look at the data.  Keeping this data accurate and updated is going to be quite the handful, hmm. . .

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many hours of anime do you have logged?

Diamed said...

No idea. Suffice to say a lot.

Anonymous said...

Do you have a myanimelist profile?

Diamed said...

Nope. Should I have one?

Anonymous said...

You'd get your reviews across to a wider audience

Subramanian Prasanna-Kumar said...

How come Naoki Urasawa's Monster isn't on your list?

Diamed said...

I'm not a fan of the horror genre, so I've never even tried that series before.

Anonymous said...

Forget me being unable to see your list(previous post).I found your anime rankings on the perma-post section LOL... that being said my Favorites are 1. Db/Dbz 2. Yu Yu Hakusho 3. Rurouni Kenshin 4. Claymore 5. Psyren 6. Hellsing Ultimate 7. Death Note 8. Buso Renkin 9. Cowboy Bebop 10. Trigun I dont like to list things i havent finished yet. I despise Naruto with its abundant amount of plotholes. One Piece is sluggish to me so far( up to vol. 16). Bleach is a total letdown post SS arc. Too many illogical things transpired beyond that point. I like mature, coherent, better detailed mangas(I hate fanservice too). I am a bit on the older side too(21) so i think that plays a role. Oh and almost forgot but Inuyasha is in my top 20 as of now. Newer series that i found a liken too(but havent finished) are Terra Formars and Muhyo and Rouji. Cant wait to see your response to this Diamed ...-Shaq

Anonymous said...

To Aru Majutsu no Index, bad dialogues and senseless commitment of an underdog-half way through makes you sleep. I liked Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. - It was nice. I liked Hunter x Hunter - Didn't finish it. I also liked Avatar - not the ending though. I loved Naruto Shippuden, but the fillers lost me. I wished some of fighting presentation from Naruto would have been used in the new DBZ movie. So is it good to Black Lagoon, Code Geass, Hajime no Ippo (1-76)...etc. or what else do you all recommend.