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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 (2012-2018+) (51) (light novel/original) (VRMMORPG) $ #
2. Fairy Tail (2009-2018+) (239) (manga/original/light novel) (Mages) $ * #
3. Naruto (2002-2018+) (480) (manga/original/light novel) (Ninjas) $ #
4. One Piece (1999-2018+) (712) (manga) (Pirates) $ #
5. Dragon Ball (1986-2018+) (338) (manga/original) (Power Perfected) $ #
6. Pretty Cure (2004-2019+) (700) (original) (Magical Girls Perfected) #
7. Clannad (2007-2009) (48) (visual novel) (Romance Perfected) $ * # ^
8. Code Geass (2006-2018+) (56) (original) (Politics) $ #
9. Bake-(etc)-monogatari (2009-2017) (93) (light novel) (Witty Dialogue) #
10. Fate/Etc (2006-2018+) (145) (visual novel/light novel/manga) (Mythological Magical Battle Royale) #
11. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha (2004-2018+) (81) (original/manga) (Yuri + Fighting)
12. Seikai no Monshou/Senki/Danshou (1999-2005) (38) (light novel) (Space Elves)
13. To Aru Majutsu no Index/Kagaku no Railgun (2008-2018+) (98) (light novel/manga) (Sci-fi Setting) $
14. Little Busters! (2012-2019+) (48) (visual novel) (Character Development) $ * # ^
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! (2010-2017+) (56) (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+) (50) (light novel) (Boy meets Girl) $ * 
24. Ranma 1/2 (1989-2008) (97) (manga) (Martial Arts Mayhem) $ *
25. Major (2004-2018+) (158) (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 (2007-2017) (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. The World God Only Knows (2010-2013) (40) (manga) (Gaming Girls via Knowledge of Girl Games) $ *
35. Rurouni Kenshin (1996-2012) (56) (manga) (1800's Japan) $  
36. Shinsekai Yori (2012-2013) (25) (light novel) (Original Setting) $ * # ^
37. Katanagatari (2010) (12) (light novel) (Sword Hunting) $ * # ^
38. Girls und Panzer (2012-2018+) (15) (original) (Tanks) $ #
39. Kobato (2009) (24) (manga) (A Pure Heart's Power) $ * # ^
40. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007-2009) (28) (original) (Drilling to the Heavens) $ * # ^
41. Toradora! (2008-2011) (26) (light novel) (Happily Ever After Romance) $ * # ^
42. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru (2014-2017+) (18) (original/light novel) (Human Sacrifice) #
43. Basilisk (2005-2018+) (24) (novel) (Ninja Romeo and Juliet) $ * # ^
44. Scrapped Princess (2003) (24) (light novel) (Human Rights) $ * # ^
45. Hibike! Euphonium (2015-2018+) (26) (light novel) (Band) $ #
46. Da Capo (2003-2013) (97) (visual novel) (Magic Trees) $
47. Angel Beats (2010-2015) (15) (original) (The Afterlife) $ #
48. Sora no Woto (2010) (14) (original) (World's End) $ * # ^
49. Hanasaku Iroha (2011-2013) (27) (original) (Hotels) $ * # ^
50. Shirobako (2014-2015) (26) (original) (Making Anime) $ * # ^
51. The Idolm@ster (2007-2018+) (66) (video game) (Idols) #
52. Ef (2007-2008) (25) (visual novel) (Difficult Courtships) $ * # ^
53. Rocket Girls (2007) (12) (original) (Spaceflight) $ * # ^
54. Vividred Operation (2013) (12) (original) (Textbook Magical Girl Rendition) $ * # ^
55. Macross (1982-2018+) (167) (original) (Idols and Pilots) $ #
56. AKB0048 (2012-2013) (26) (original) (The importance of Entertainment) $ * #
57. Ro-Kyu-Bu! (2011-2013) (25) (light novel) (Basketball) $ * # ^
58. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011-2013) (12) (original) (Ghosts) $ * # ^
59. Utawarerumono (2006-2018+) (58) (visual novel) (Revolution) $ 
60. Non Non Biyori (2013-2016+) (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. High School of the Dead (2010-2011) (13) (manga) (Zombie Apocalypse) $ *
64. Hai to Gensou no Grimgar (2016) (12) (light novel) (Fantasy != Escapism) $
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 (1995-2013+) (29) (original) (Misfits vs. Angels) $ #
69. Grisaia (2014-2015+) (24) (visual novel) (Culture Shock/Shock Therapy) $ #
70. Angelic Layer (2001) (26) (manga) (Street Fighter-type gaming) $ * #
71. Cowboy Bebop (1998-2001) (27) (original) (Space Bounty Hunters) $ * # ^
72. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989) (1) (novel) (Hard working Witch) $ * # ^
73. Summer Wars (2009) (1) (original) (Family) $ * # ^
74. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011-2013) (13) (original) (Sacrifice) $ * #
75. Shingeki no Kyojin (2013-2018+) (42) (manga) (Titans) $
76. New Game (2016-2017) (25) (manga) (making games) 
77. Shukufuku no Campanella (2010) (13) (visual novel) (Either-Or Choices) $ * # ^
78. Tari Tari (2012-2014) (14) (original) (The Healing Power of Music) $ * # ^
79. Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (2009) (11) (original) (Earthquakes) $ * # ^
80. Uuchuu no Stellvia (2003) (26) (original) (Man vs. Nature) $ * #
81. Vandread (2000-2001) (26) (original) (War between the Sexes) * #
82. Eromanga Sensei (2017-2018+) (12) (light novel) (Making light novels) $
83. Suka Suka (2017) (12) (light novel) (Leprechauns) $
84. Akaneiro ni Somaru Saka (2008-2009) (13) (visual novel) (Humorous Harem) $ * #
85. School Days (2007-2008) (14) (visual novel) (The demerits of casual sex) $ * # ^
86. Mononoke Hime (1997) (1) (original) (Nature's Beauty) $ * # ^
87. Youjo Senki (2017) (12) (light novel) (WWI Fantasy) $
88. Outbreak Company (2013) (12) (light novel) (Anime Ambassadors) $ *
89. Princess Principal (2017) (12) (original) (Spies) * #
90. Prince of Tennis (2001-2015) (123) (manga) (Tennis) $
91. To Love ru (2008-2017) (54) (manga) (Maximized Ecchi) $ * #
92. Working! (2010-2016) (53) (manga) (Working) $ * #
93. Shakugan no Shana (2005-2012) (77) (light novel) (Complex Terminology) $ * #
94. Air (2005) (14) (visual novel) (Despair) $ * #
95. Hikaru no Go (2001-2004) (75) (manga) (Go) $ *
96. Kin-iro Mosaic (2013-2016) (25) (manga) (Cute Girls) $
97. Aishiteru ze Baby (2004) (26) (manga) (Child Abuse) $ * 
98. Valvrave the Liberator (2013) (24) (original) (Sudden Blood) $ * # ^
99. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (2016-2018+) (12) (original) (Zombies on Trains) $ #
100. Chihayafuru (2011-2013) (49) (manga) (Karuta) $
101. Akatsuki no Yona (2014-2016) (27) (manga) (Oriental Historical Fantasy) $
102. Gate (2015-2016) (24) (light novel) (The military as a force for good) $ 
103. Steins;Gate (2011-2016+) (27) (visual novel) (Time Travel) $ * #
104. Umineko no Naku Koro Ni (2009) (26) (visual novel) (Blue truth vs. Red truth) $ *
105. Kokoro Toshokan (2001) (13) (manga) (Soothing Sadness) * 
106. Sakura Trick (2014) (12) (manga) (Lesbianism) $ *
107. Akame ga Kill! (2014) (19) (manga) (Assassins) $
108. Claymore (2007) (23) (manga) (Teamwork) $ *
109. Rewrite (2016-2017) (24) (visual novel) (Change yourself or the world?) $ *
110. Usagi Drop (2011-2012) (11) (manga) (Adoption) $ * #
111. Natsuiro Kiseki (2012) (13) (original) (Playful Wish Granting) $ * #
112. No Game No Life (2014-2017) (12) (light novel) (Clever and Complex Art/Plot/Setting) 
113. Kyoukai no Rinne (2015-2017) (75) (manga) (Shinigami poverty comedy) $ *
114. Spirited Away (2001) (1) (original) (Finding Your Own Way in the World) $ * # ^
115. Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku (2013) (12) (manga) (Sweet Humor) $ *
116. Samurai Champloo (2004-2005) (26) (original) (Yojimbo) $ * # 
117. Guyver (1986-2006) (26) (manga) (Genetic Engineering) $
118. Broken Blade (2010-2014) (7) (manga) (Quartz Mecha Combat) $
119. History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi (2006-2014) (61) (manga) (Martial Arts) $ *
120. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (2014-2015) (12) (manga) (Funny Matchmaking) $
121. Baccano/Durarara! (2007-2016) (81) (light novel) (Synchronicity) $
122. Yuru Yuri (2011-2015) (40) (manga) (Maximized Yuri) $
123. Galaxy Angel (2001-2006) (93) (visual novel) (Cynical Humor) * #
124. Mikakunin de Shinkoukei (2014) (14) (manga) (Arranged Marriage) $
125. Soul Eater (2008-2014) (51) (manga) (Madness) $ *
126. Valkyria Chronicles (2009-2011) (28) (video game) (War) $
127. Flame of Recca (1997-1998) (42) (manga) (Magic items + Battle) $ *
128. Hyouka (2012-2013) (23) (light novel) (Modern take on Mystery genre) $
129. Wake Up, Girls! (2014-2017+) (25) (original) (Cynical Take on Idol Life) #
130. Amagami SS (2010-2012) (28) (visual novel) (Branching Plot Paths) $ * # ^
131. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (2010-2012) (29) (light novel) (Zany School Life) $ *
132. Lucky Star/Miyakawa-ke (2007-2013) (25) (manga) (Well Balanced Group of Friends) $
133. Nichijou (2011) (26) (manga) (Zaniness Ensues) $ *
134. Azumanga Daioh (2002) (26) (manga) (Melancholy Humor) $ * #
135. Binbou Shimai Monogatari (2006) (10) (manga) (Two is All You Need) $ *
136. Spice and Wolf (2008-2009) (26) (light novel) (Merchants) $
137. Seitokai no Ichizon (2009-2013) (23) (light novel) (Polygamy) $ #
138. Tales of 'x' (2001-2017) (81) (video game) (Modern take on Fantasy genre) $
139. Hataraku Maou-sama! (2013) (13) (light novel) (Unjustified Pride is Still Better than the Alternative) $
140. Kimi ni Todoke (2009-2011) (38) (manga) (Classic Romance Story) $ *
141. Zettai Bouei Leviathan (2013) (13) (video game) (MMO-Type Fantasy Setting) $ * # ^
142. Schwarzesmarken (2016) (12) (light novel) (Communism)  $ * #
143. Kemono Friends (2017+) (12) (original) (Humans and Animals) $ #  
144. Martian Successor Nadesico (1996-1998) (26) (original) (Unintelligible Space Action) $ * # 
145. Gosick (2011) (24) (light novel) (Classical Mystery) $ * # ^
146. Yu Yu Hakusho (1992-1996) (112) (manga) (Spirit Detectives) $ * # ^

147. To Heart (1999-2012) (50) (visual novel) (Biggest Harem Ever) $ 
148. Btooom! (2012) (12) (manga) (Survival Game/Battle Royale) $ *
149. Yama no Susume (2013-2018+) (39) (manga) (Hiking) $
150. Hanayamata (2014) (12) (manga) (Yosakoi) $
151. Locodol (2014-2016) (15) (manga) (Under the Radar Idols) $
152. Miyuki (1983-1984) (32) (manga) (Idyllic '80's) $ * 
153. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir (2015) (12) (light novel) (Dragons) $ 
154. Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru! (2013) (13) (light novel) (Childhood Friends) $
155. Negima/UQ Holder (2004-2017+) (20) (manga) (Classroom Harem/Immortals) 
156. Card Captor Sakura (1998-2018+) (73) (manga) (Dressup) $ #
157. Kuromukuro (2016) (26) (original) (Rip Van Winkle in Japan) $ * # 
158. Planetarian (2016) (6) (visual novel) (The end of the world) $ * # 
159. Sore ga Seiyuu (2015-2016) (14) (manga) (Voice acting) $ *
160. Touch (1985-1987) (97) (manga) (Effort leads to Success) $ * 
161. Hunter x Hunter (1999-2014) (146) (manga) (Hunters) $
162. H2 (1995-1996) (41) (manga) (Making lemonade out of life's lemons) $ *
163. Tears to Tiara (2009) (26) (video game) (Arthurial Legend Fantasy) $ * #
164. Battle Athletes (1997-1998) (31) (original) (The Olympics) $ * #
165. Fatal Fury (1992-1994) (3) (video game) (Street Fighter Come to Life) $ * # ^
166. Atelier Escha & Logy (2014) (12) (video game) (Work in a Fantasy World) $ * #
167. BanG Dream! (2017) (14) (manga) (Let's form a band!) * #
168. Joukamachi no Dandelion (2015) (12) (manga) (Big families) $
169. Ginga E Kickoff (2012-2013) (39) (original) (Soccer) $ * #
170. Happiness! (2006-2007) (13) (visual novel) (Mages in Training) $
171. Tamayura (2010-2016) (34) (original) (Photography) $ * #
172. Assassination Classroom (2013-2017) (48) (manga) (Teacher Killing) $ * # 
173. Myself;Yourself (2007) (13) (visual novel) (Suicide) $ * #
174. Death Note (2006-2008) (37) (manga) (Perfect Crime) $ * #
175. Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (2016) (12) (manga) (Child Murder Mystery) $ * #
176. Girlish Number (2016-2017+) (12) (light novel) (Voice Actors) $ * #
177. Shuumatsu no Izetta (2016) (12) (original) (WWII Fantasy) $ * #
178. Ghost in the Shell (1995-2016+) (62) (manga) (Cop show) $ * #
179. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984) (1) (manga) (Pollution) $ * #
180. Ao Haru Ride (2014) (13) (manga) (Exes Who Get Back Together) $ *
181. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) (1) (original) (Civilian Casualties of War) $ * # ^
182. Mahoromatic (2001-2009) (28) (manga) (Death Countdown) $ * #  
183. Sora no Otoshimono (2009-2014) (25) (manga) (Girls who fall from the Sky) $ * 
184. Amagi Brilliant Park (2014-2015) (14) (light novel) (Theme Parks) $
185. Shamanic Princess (1996-1998) (6) (original) (Ravishingly Beautiful) $ * #
186. Shinryaku! Ika Musume (2010-2014) (27) (manga) (Squid Invasion) $ *
187. Dimension W (2016) (13) (manga) (Odd couple) $
188. Bastard! (1992) (6) (manga) (Sardonic Fantasy) $ *
189. RG Veda (1991-1992) (2) (manga) (Gods doing Battle) $ *
190. Alien Nine (2001-2002) (4) (manga) (Crybabies) $ *
191. Zero no Tsukaima (2006-2012) (50) (light novel) (Magic School/School Romance) $ *
192. Gokukoku no Brynhildr (2014) (14) (manga) (Miracle of Everyday Living) $ *
193. 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 = 9174

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:

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 #67 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 Plus movie + 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.  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 13 shows, it's surprising how well the older years are holding up.  2002 could be listed as the even earlier origin of modern anime.  This is because Full Metal Panic, which is getting a sequel in 2018, as well as Naruto, which still hasn't ended by 2017, both began in 2002.

1.  One Piece - Arabasta arc ending
2.  FMP S1
3.  Naruto - beginning
4.  Azumanga Daioh
5.  Inuyasha S3 and 1st half of S4
6.  Galaxy Angel Z + A
7.  12 Kingdoms 1st half
8.  Mahoromatic - Something More Beautiful
9.  Prince of Tennis (continued)
10.  Hikaru no Go (continued)
11. GITS S1 1st half
12. Alien Nine ova 4
13. 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.  Naruto's beginning is the beginning of Naruto, which is a high ranking anime, so it's hard to call this year a 'loss.' 

2015 Treatment for 2003 Anime:

It's 2003, so 13 shows is a pretty respectable showing.  What comes before the beginning of anime?  Apparently quite a lot.  Even though Naruto technically started in 2002, it really gathered momentum here in 2003.  This was the best year in terms of quality that Naruto ever had.  It's far and away better than any other portion of the series.  Meanwhile, this is also the best season Inuyasha has, so we're looking at a pretty strong 1-2 punch here:

1.  Naruto - Zabuza arc ending + Chuunin Exam arc beginning
2.  Inuyasha S4 + S5
3.  Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu
4.  Scrapped Princess  
5.  Uuchuu no Stellvia
6.  Prince of Tennis - Hyoutei arc
7.  One Piece - Jaya arc + Sky Island arc beginning
8.  Da Capo
9.  12 Kingdoms 2nd half
10. Galaxy Angel S3
11. Hikaru no Go tv ending
12. GITS S1 2nd half
13. 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 13 entries, but with so many outstanding series at their apexes, I believe this year is actually better than 2004 or 2005.  If you haven't seen this section of Naruto, you just have no idea how good anime can be.

2015 Treatment for 2004 Anime:

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

1.  Naruto - Chuunin Exam arc ending + Akatsuki arc + Sannin arc + Sasuke Runs Away Arc begins
2.  Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
3.  Aishiteruze Baby
4.  Bleach - beginning
5.  Major S1 1st half
6.  Maria-sama ga Miteru S1 + S2
7.  Samurai Champloo beginning
8.  Futari wa Pretty Cure
9.  Inuyasha S6
10. One Piece - Sky Island arc ends + Foxy Pirates arc begins
11. GITS 2nd Gig beginning
12. Galaxy Angel S4
13. To Heart Remember my Memories
14. Hikaru no Go: North Star Cup ova
15. Tales of Phantasia ova
16. 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.   Naruto - Sasuke Runs Away arc ending
6.   Basilisk
7.   Air tv + ovas
8.   Shakugan no Shana S1 1st half
9.   Da Capo Second Season
10.   One Piece - Foxy Pirates arc ending + Water 7 arc beginning
11.  Futari wa Precure ending + Max Heart
12.  Seikai no Senki III
13.  Guyver tv 1st half
14.  To Heart 2
15.  Samurai Champloo ending
16.  Tales of Phantasia ovas
17.  GITS 2nd Gig ending

2005 is pretty comparable to 2006.  It has Bleach and Naruto, 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.  Fate/Stay Night
11. Kenichi 1st half
12. Happiness!
13. Guyver tv 2nd half
14. Prince of Tennis Nationals ovas 1st half
15. FMP ova
16. Tales of Phantasia ova
17.  Maria-sama ga Miteru S3  (episode 1)
18. Galaxy Angel Rune
19. GITS Solid State Society movie 

Just 19 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 19, no matter how good they were.  Surprisingly, both Bleach and Naruto were 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. Naruto - Rescue Gaara arc
20. Major S3
21. Lucky Star
22. Kenichi 2nd half
23. Shakugan no Shana II 1st half
24. Myself;Yourself
25. Evangelion Remake movie 1
26. Tales of Symphonia Sylverant-hen ovas
27. Prince of Tennis Nationals ovas 2nd half + Semifinals 1st half
28. To Heart 2 ovas
29. 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.  Naruto - Orochimaru's Hideout arc + Shikamaru's arc
13.  Bleach - Hueco Mundo arc continued
14.  Prince of Tennis National Tournament Final arc
15.  One Piece - Thriller Bark arc
16.  Soul Eater
17.  Shakugan no Shana II 2nd half
18.  Spice and Wolf S1
19.  Hayate S1 ending
20.  Negima ovas
21.  Zero no Tsukaima S3
22.  Ranma 1/2 ova
23.  Lucky Star ova
24.  Tales of the Abyss
25.  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 25 entries it has a spectacular array of super high ranked shows that have stood the test of time.

With that said, 25 shows is almost half as many shows as later years can boast of.  This is just too few to be competitive.  2015 has 41 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.   Naruto - Hebi arc beginning
22.   Tears to Tiara
23.   Kimi ni Todoke S1 beginning
24.   Sora no Otoshimono S1
25.   Seitokai no Ichizon S1
26.   Spice and Wolf ova + Spice and Wolf S2
27.   Haruhi S2
28.  Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
29.  Negima ovas
30.  Shakugan no Shana S ovas
31.  To Love-ru ovas
32.  Utawarerumono ovas
33. Higurashi Rei ovas
34.  Evangelion Remake Movie 2
35.  To Heart 2 ovas
36.  Mahoromatic ovas

This may have only 36 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 S1 (beginning)
3.  Katanagatari
4.  Highschool of the Dead
5.  Fairy Tail - moon drip arc + R-system arc + Battle of Fairy Tail arc + Oracien Seis beginning
6.  Dragon Ball Kai - Frieza saga ending + Cell saga beginning
7.  K-On! ova + K-On! S2
8.  Sora no Woto
9.  Shukufuku no Campanella + specials
10.   Bakuman S1 1st half
11.   Strike Witches S2
12.   TWGOK 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.  Naruto - Hebi arc ending + Pain arc
19.  Fresh Precure ending + Heartcatch Precure + Fresh Precure movies
20.  Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
21.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu S1 
22.  Amagami SS
23.  Motto To Love-ru
24.  One Piece - Impel Down ending + War of the Best arc beginning
25.  Touch S1-S2 (finally subtitled)
26.  Love Live! song and dance single ovas
27.  Sora no Otoshimono ova + Forte
28.  Major S6
29.  Kimi ni Todoke S1 2nd half
30.  Shinryaku S1
31.  Tales of Symphonia ovas
32.  Bakemonogatari ending
33.  Break Blade movies
34.  Negima ova
35.  Tamayura Ovas
36.  Durarara S1

2010 is an amazing year for anime.  With 36 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 #21.  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 36 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 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.  Naruto - Ninja summit arc
15.  Usagi Drop + specials
16.  Index II 2nd half
17.  Baka to Test ovas + Baka to Test S2
18.  Nichijou + ova
19.  Steins;Gate
20.  Hunter x Hunter (beginning)
21.  Shakugan no Shana III 1st half
22.  K-On! ova + K-On! movie
23.  TWGOK S2 + ova
24.  Chihayafuru S1 1st half
25.  Working! S2
26.  Ro-Kyu-Bu! s1
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 25th 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 + 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
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.  Naruto - Hidden Cloud Turtle Island arc + Great Ninja War arc beginning
18.  Strike Witches movie
19.  Hyouka
20.   Fate/Zero 2nd Season
21.   Yuru Yuri s2
22.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas + To Love-ru Darkness s1
23.  Shakugan no Shana III 2nd half
24.  Idolm@ster ova + Shiny Festa ovas
25.  Chihayafuru S1 2nd half
26.  Seitokai no Ichizon Level 2
27.  Btooom!
28.  Ginga E Kickoff (beginning)
29.  Shin Prince of Tennis tv
30.  Hayate no Gotoku! Can't Take my Eyes off You
31.  TWGOK Tenri-hen
32.  Shinryaku ova
33.  Code Geass akito ova
34.  To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers
35.  Tamayura ova
36.  Zero no Tsukaima Final
37.  Tales of Symphonia ovas
38.  Major - World Series ovas
39.  Kenichi ovas
40.  Haganai ova
41.  Higurashi kira ova 4
42.  Evangelion Remake movie 3
43.  Usagi Drop special
44.  Baka to Test special
45.  Macross Fb7

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 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 Next
10.  Fairy Tail ovas + Dai Matou Enbu arc (continued)
11.  TWGOK 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.  Kiniro Mosaic S1
19.  Da Capo III
20.  Non non Biyori s1
21.  Valvrave
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.  Naruto - Great ninja war arc (continued)
31.  Zettai Bouei Leviathan
32.  Higurashi outbreak ova
33.  Anohana movie
34.  Tamayura: More Aggressive
35.  Ginga e Kickoff (tail end)
36.  Hanasaku Iroha movie
37.  Yama no Susume S1 + Yama no Susume ova
38.  PapaKiki ova
39.  Steins;Gate movie
40.  Madoka Magica movie
41.  Code Geass Akito ova
42.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas
43.  Kenichi ovas
44.  Hyouka ova
45.  Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku
46.  Shinryaku ova
47.  Seitokai no Ichizon ova
48.  GITS arise ovas

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.   Gokukoku no Brynhildr
16.   Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
17.   No Game no Life
18.   Akatsuki no Yona 1st half
19.   Hanayamata
20.   Soul Eater Not!
21.   One Piece - Dressrosa arc (beginning)
22.   Locodol tv + ova
23.   Miyuki (finally translated)
24.   Yama no Susume 2 + ova
25.   Love Live! 2nd Season
26.   Naruto - great ninja war arc (continued)
27.   Wake Up, Girls! movie + tv series
28.   Sailor Moon Crystal arc 1
29.   Amagi Brilliant Park
30.   Atelier Escha & Logy
31.   Ao Haru Ride tv + ova
32.   Hunter x Hunter - chimera ant arc ending + election arc (conclusion)
33.  The Idolm@ster movie
34.  Girls und Panzer Anzio ova
35.  Tales of Zestiria movie
36.  Hayate no Gotoku anniversary ovas
37.  Kenichi ovas final four eps
38.  To Love-ru Darkness ovas
39.  Oreimo Gal Game Animation
40.  Shingeki no Kyojin ovas
41.  Break Blade tv episode
42.  Tamayura 8.5 more aggressive ova
43.  Non Non Biyori ova
44.  Shinryaku Ika musume ova
45.  Sora no Otoshimono Final:  Eternal my Master
46.  GITS Arise ovas
47.  Steins;Gate commercials
48.  Railgun ova

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 41 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.  Naruto - great ninja war arc (continued) + 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.  PapaKiki ova
29.  Angel Beats ova 2
30.  Yuru Yuri s3 + ovas
31.  Prince of Tennis ovas
32.  Durara shou + ten + shou 4.5 ova
33.  Tamayura Sotsugyou Shashin ova 1-2
34.  Code Geass Akito ova 3-4
35.  Shingeki no Kyojin ovas
36.  Amagi Brilliant Park ova
37.  Gekkan Shoujo specials
38.  GITS Arise + new movie
39.  Locodol xmas ova
40.  Yama no Susume ova
41.  Steins;Gate 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 41 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
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 - Itachi Shinden + Kaguya arc + Sasuke arc + Bolt movie + ova + Sasuke Shinden
18.  Tales of Zestiria the X (1st cour)
19.  Schwarzesmarken
20.  Kuromukuro
21.  Rewrite (1st cour)
22.  Planetarian
23.  Princess Pretty Cure ending and movie + DX movie + Mahoutsukai Precure
24.  Boku dake ga Inai Machi
25.  Girlish Number
26.  Shuumatsu no Izetta
27.  Dimension W
28.  Koyomimonogatari + Kizumonogatari movies 1 + 2
29.  Wake Up, Girls! movies Seishun no Kage + Beyond the Bottom (finally translated) + Miyagi PR
30.  Assassination Classroom S2
31.  One Piece (dressrosa arc concluded + Zou arc begins)
32.  Berserk (2016)
33.  Locodol ova 3
34.  Durarara x2 Ketsu + Ten Special + Ketsu special
35.  WWW.Working!!
36.  'To Love-ru Darkness 2nd' ovas
37.  Code Geass Akito ova 5 (end)
38.  Tamayura Graduation Photo ova 3  (finally translated) + ova 4
39.  Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls ova + 5th Year Anniversary short
40.  Non Non Biyori oav
41.  Saki Biyori ova (finally translated)
42.  Sore ga Seiyuu ova
43.  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.  Eleven 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 + Bolt (start + scarlet spring)
9.  New Game ova + New Game s2
10.  Kizumonogatari movie 3 + Owarimonogatari ge
11.  Kemono Friends s1
12.  Shingeki no Kyojin s2
13.  BanG Dream!  + Ova
14.  Rewrite (2nd cour) 
15.  UQ Holder + ova
16.  Fate/Kaleid Liner 3rei Specials + Snowflake Oath movie + Fate/Apocrypha
17.  SAO: Ordinal Scale
18.  Berserk 2 
19.  Mahoutsukai Precure (end) and movie + Kira Kira Precure  + Dream Stars movie
20.  Akatsuki no Yona Zeno ovas (finally translated) 
21.  One Piece - Zou arc (end) + Big Mam arc (beginning) 
22.  Kyoukai no Rinne s3
23.  Planetarian - Hoshi no Hito (finally translated) 
24.  Card Captor Sakura ova
25.  Tales of Zestiria the X (2nd cour) 
26.  Kin-iro Mosaic Pretty Days (finally translated)
27.  Brave Witches ova
28.  Fairy Tail ova 9 (finally translated) + Dragon Cry movie
29.  Nanoha Vivid Strike ovas
30.  Wake Up, Girls! Shin Sho
31.  Idolm@ster Million Live 4th Anniversary special + Side M
32.  To Love ru Darkness ova 10
33.  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 six new franchises, compared to last year's 11.  33 supported franchises is the smallest total since 2008.  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.

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.  High School of the Dead
5.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar   
6.  New Game 
7.  Eromanga Sensei
8.  Suka Suka
9.  Youjo Senki 
10.  Outbreak Company
11.  Kin-iro Mosaic
12.  Gate    
13.  Kokoro Toshokan
14.  Sakura Trick 
15.  Akame ga Kill!
16.  Claymore
17.  No Game No Life
18.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
19.  Break Blade
20.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
21.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
22.  Hyouka 
23.  Lucky Star
24.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari
25.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
26.  Btooom!
27.  Hanayamata
28.  Locodol
29.  Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 
30.  Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru!
31.  Negima/UQ Holder
32.  Joukamachi no Dandelion
33.  Ao Haru Ride
34.  Sora no Otoshimono
35.  Amagi Brilliant Park
36.  Dimension W
37.  Bastard!
38.  RG Veda
39.  Alien Nine
40.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr

These are basically the 40 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 40 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.  World of Witches
3.  Maria-sama ga Miteru
4.  The World God Only Knows
5.  Non Non Biyori
6.  Berserk
7.  Sailor Moon
8.  Aishiteru ze Baby
9.  Chihayafuru
10.  Akatsuki no Yona  
11.  Umineko no Naku Koro ni
12.  Guyver
13.  Yuru Yuri
14.  Flame of Recca
15.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
16.  Nichijou
17.  Spice and Wolf
18.  Kimi ni Todoke
19.  Miyuki
20.  H2
21.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume
22.  Zero no Tsukaima
23.  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.  23 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.  Sword Art Online
2.  Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
3.  To Aru Majutsu no Index/Kagaku no Railgun
4.  Bleach
5.  Full Metal Panic!
6.  Ranma 1/2
7.  Major
8.  Saki
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.  Kyoukai no Rinne 
18.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
19.  Baccano/Durarara
20.  Soul Eater
21.  Tales of 'X'
22.  Yama no Susume
23.  Touch
24.  Hunter x Hunter 

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

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.  Basilisk
9.  Hibike! Euphonium
10.  Hanasaku Iroha
11.  Shirobako
12.  AKB0048
13.  Shin Seiki Evangelion
14.  Grisaia
15.  Angelic Layer
16.  Cowboy Bebop
17.  Uuchuu no Stellvia
18.  Vandread
19.  Steins;Gate
20.  Samurai Champloo
21.  Valkyria Chronicles
22.  Wake Up, Girls!
23.  Amagami SS
24.  Azumanga Daioh
25.  Martian Successor Nadesico
26.  To Heart
27.  Card Captor Sakura
28.  Kurumukuro 
29.  Tears to Tiara
30.  Battle Athletes
31.  Ginga E Kickoff
32.  Tamayura
33.  Assassination Classroom 
34.  Death Note
35.  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.  Fairy Tail
2.  Naruto
3.  One Piece
4.  Dragon Ball
5.  Pretty Cure
6.  Code Geass
7.  Bake-(etc)-monogatari
8.  Fate/Etc
9.  Higurashi no naku koro ni
10.  Love Live!
11.  Bakuman
12.  Inuyasha
13.  The Idolm@ster
14.  Macross
15.  Ojamajo Doremi
16.  Working!
17.  Shakugan no Shana
18.  Galaxy Angel
19.  Yu Yu Hakusho
20.  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.  Guyver
17.  Broken Blade
18.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
19.  Soul Eater
20.  Flame of Recca
21.  Martian Successor Nadesico
22.  Yu Yu Hakusho
23.  Btooom!
24.  Hunter x Hunter
25.  Fatal Fury
26.  Shuumatsu no Izetta
27.  Bastard!
28.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr


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.  No Game no Life
11.  Touch
12.  H2
13.  Battle Athletes
14.  Ginga E Kickoff

Idols:


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

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.  Zettai Bouei Leviathan
12.  Card Captor Sakura
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.  Sora no Otoshimono
20.  Shinryaku! Ika Musume
21.  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

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. Suka Suka
11. School Days
12. Outbreak Company
13. To Love ru
14. Akatsuki no Yona
15. Rewrite 
16. Amagami SS
17. Seitokai no Ichizon
18. To Heart
19. Juuou Mujin no Fafnir 
20. Oreshura
21. Negima/UQ Holder
22. Assassination Classroom
23. Myself;Yourself

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.  Kokoro Toshokan
14.  Usagi Drop
15.  Spirited Away
16.  Samurai Champloo
17.  Baccano/Durarara
18.  Valkyria Chronicles
19.  Binbou Shimai Monogatari
20.  Spice and Wolf
21.  Schwarzesmarken 
22.  Yama no Susume
23.  Atelier Escha & Logy
24.  Tamayura
25.  Amagi Brilliant Park

Tearjerker:


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

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.  Tears to Tiara
20.  Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
21.  Dimension W
22.  RG Veda 
23.  12 Kingdoms

Crime/Mystery:


1.  Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
2.  Umineko no Naku Koro ni
3.  Hyouka
4.  Gosick
5.  Death Note
6.  Boku Dake ga Inai Machi
7.  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 193 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
Futari Ecchi
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 ni 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
Rokka no Yuusha
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
High School Fleet
ReLife 
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
Granblue Fantasy the Animation
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
Imouto Sae Ireba ii

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 193 really are.  Even 193rd 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 193 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 23 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.  H2 *
3.  Utawarerumono (game 3) *
4.  Ranma 1/2 *
5.  Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu *
6.  History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi *
7.  Da Capo III (main game) *
8.  Flame of Recca *
9.  Miyuki *
10.  Umineko no naku koro ni (Chiru) *
11.  Ao Haru Ride *

1.  PapaKiki
2.  Nanoha Vivid
3.  Haganai
4.  Outbreak Company
5.  Btooom!
6.  Tales of Vesperia
7.  Kimi ni Todoke
8.  Kokoro Toshokan
9.  Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku
10.  Sakura Trick
11.  Sore ga Seiyuu!
12.  Kyoukai no Rinne

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 anime originals, but for some inscrutable reason still lack a satisfying ending, and thus need sequels despite having no source material to draw from:

1.  World of Witches

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 *
2.  I"s *
3.  Full Moon o Sagashite *
4.  Rosario Vampire *

1.  Freezing
2.  12 Kingdoms
3.  Prism Heart/Arc/Magical/Princess/etc
4.  Tales of Eternia

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.  UQ Holder *
4.  Berserk *
5.  Rewrite *
6.  Sailor Moon (Arc 5) * 
7.  Zettai Karen Children *
8.  Bastard! *
9.  Gokukoku no Brynhildr *

1.  Amagi Brilliant Park
2.  Zero no Tsukaima
3.  No Game No Life

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

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

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

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.  Akatsuki no Yona *
2.  Index *
3.  Railgun *
4.  Saki *
5.  Haruhi Suzumiya *
6.  Chihayafuru *
7.  Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun *
8.  Break Blade *
9.  Spice/Parchment and Wolf  *
10.  Hyouka *

1.  Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
2.  Seikai no Senki
3.  Eromanga Sensei
4.  Juuou Mujin no Fafnir
5.  GATE
6.  Maria-sama ga Miteru
7.  Oreshura
8.  Bake-(etc)-monogatari light novel volumes 18+
9.  Youjo Senki
10.  Non non Biyori
11.  Guyver
12.  Lucky Star
13.  Hanayamata
14.  Mikakunin de Shinkoukei
15.  Kiniro Mosaic
16.  Locodol
17.  Hataraku Maou-sama!
18.  Prince of Tennis
19.  Suka Suka

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.