Anime Power Rankings Presents: The Top 10 Shows of 2014

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About the Anime Power Rankings

Anime Power Rankings has been through lots of changes in 2014. Its original creator, Kevo, retired from the column after a great 2-and-a-half year run this time a year ago and the column was suspended during last Winter season. Lerxst bravely took on the mammoth task for 3 months, but it exhausted him in time as well and the rankings went dark again, seemingly for good. As a longtime voter myself, I loved APR’s unique concept and grouping of multitudinous writers so I revived the column myself. I’m proud that during my tenure over the past 3 months, with some behind-the-scenes innovations and persistence, Anime Power Rankings has regained its traction and settled into a comfortable groove that I think can go on well into the foreseeable future, even as the votership grows and topics evolve while I develop my own concept of what I want APR to be and where I think it can go.

Of course, you didn’t come here for a history lesson or my self-congratulatory back-patting. You want to see a list of the best anime shows of 2014, as voted by some of the Internet’s most vocal anime pundits, podcasters, wordsmiths, and media entertainment reactors extraordinaire. 87 voters from across the aniblogosphere participated in this year’s vote (a new APR record) and choose some 105 different TV series.

The top 10 includes a breathtaking range of modes and genres: an 11 episode series and a 148 episode series, a shoujo romcom subverting shoujo romcom tropes and a kids’ toy battling show paying homage to a 35-year-old plastic model franchise, a sedate serial about humans living with the natural world and a spastic serial about a dandy in space. Even if they are individually exceptions, grouped together the variety of genres and styles among 2014’s most outstanding titles inspires hope for the industry’s creative health.

Without further ado, I present the top 10 anime series of 2014.

(Oh, and all betting is closed, if you haven’t figured that out yet.)

10. No Game No Life

2014-10 No Game No Life

Anime is replete with raunchy otaku-service harem comedies, but in 2014 one stood above the rest as prime exemplar. No Game No Life lifts a premise as cliché-riddled as nerds transported to a game-centric world and delivered a very polished and snappy light novel adaptation. Being aesthetically saturated with rainbow-colored gradients, indulgent in heaps of fanservice comedy, and playing some clever tactical and psychological games, the show knew how to keep your attention and mix up the stakes before the situation got too stagnant. What you can’t deny is that No Game No Life owned its foibles with striking confidence and competence and never let itself settle for lesser shortcuts. Even as one of the most typically “Anime with a capital ‘A’” titles in the top 10, No Game No Life manages to stand out from its ilk.

Related posts written by our voters:
No Game No Life and the Social Contract by Emperor J
What’s In A Name – No Game No Life by Cytrus
Exploring the Concept of Controlled Chaos from No Game No Life by omo

9. Gundam Build Fighters

2014-09 Gundam Build Fighters

What do you get when a 35-year-old media franchise as prestigious as Gundam directly acknowledges its plastic toy commercial ventures? A great TV show, apparently. What’s obvious is that Build Fighters’ creators are fans of the mech franchise themselves. Doing away with the dark war themes characterizing all other Gundam iterations, here is only the familiar echoes of ‘Friendship, Effort, and Victory!’ (and plenty of cute shipping material). Build Fighters remembers what it was like as children that wished to play with their plastic robot models, imagining battling their friends in spectacular duels and sharing their creative custom builds with others from around the world. The show promised child-like enthusiasm with the nostalgia of a mature fan, and delivered a product that was even better than expected. Boasting outstanding battle animation and loaded with Easter eggs and cameos from characters and mechas from all Gundam series past, the only questions remaining are: why did it take so long to make, and why aren’t you watching it yet?

Gundam Build Fighters was funny, had great characters, and had some of the best mecha fights yet animated. It also deserves recognition as a new way forward for the Gundam franchise, a franchise that had mostly stagnated for a long time. I don’t know what changes took place in that company, but they finally managed to make the Gundam franchise exciting and fun again.

ExecutiveOtaku ( THAT Anime Blog )

Related posts written by our voters:
12 Days of Anime: Eight Friends for the Final Fight by Shinmaru
Wargaming in Gundam Build Fighters by R042
12 Days VII: From plastic I came and to plastic I return by Tim

8. Silver Spoon

2014-08 Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon is the most down-to-earth show on APR’s top 10. In one way this means there are no spirits, space travel, or superhuman abilities in sight, but ‘down-to-earth’ also means it doesn’t flinch from the dirty, grimy, smelly reality of living. It is this second point where Silver Spoon really shines. Equal parts Bildungsroman and a revealing peek into modern farm life, Silver Spoon blends easygoing humor into a narrative, at heart, about the very poignant desires of burgeoning adulthood colliding with the harsh realities of an unforgiving agricultural industry. It’s a familiar story dressed in unusual clothes, but that doesn’t make its truths any less real or hit any less hard.

The truth is that Silver Spoon has always been a simple show, and I’m a simple person. There’s a sort of fundamental essence that Silver Spoon brings to the screen, a quality that grounds the series in both the mundanity and glory of life—an understanding of what it means to be alive on this earth and realize our role within it. Whether it is in dealing with other human beings or with other creatures that populate this planet, Silver Spoon pleads us to find a peace within ourselves so that might someday it helps us find peace with the world around us.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Related posts written by our voters:
Gin no Saji and the many worries of Hachiken by Illogicalzen
Silver Spoon 2nd Season by swabl

7. Barakamon

2014-07 Barakamon

If you were to boil down Barakamon to its essence in a single precise, scientifically rigorous equation, it would look like:
Excitable Caligrapher + Rural Japanese Summertime + Kids Say the Darnedest Things = Barakamon
(Alternatively, I prefer: Obama + Gotta Catch ‘em All = Barakamon)
It just a show about kids and kid-like adults goofing off while fishing, playing ball, going to festivals, and other leisurely Summertime activities, with some Japanese calligraphy thrown in. Yet a few reliable character humor quirks and being very genuine about the feelings of kids and adults alike goes a long way to worming into the hearts of APR voters (real child actors voicing the child characters helps too). Critics agree: Barakamon is far too easy to like.

Related posts written by our voters:
[Ten] Family Bonds are little, Human Connections are Everything – (Barakamon, 2014) by Sir Noogen
Barakamon taught me pacing is important even in a show about calligraphy by Evirus
Barakamon: Lessons Learned From a Kid by Hoshiko

6. Hunter x Hunter (2011)

2014-06 Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter earned the most #1 place votes of all titles this year. However, this being one title I’m not familiar with, take it away, voter comments!

What Togashi has done with the Chimera Ant arc in Hunter x Hunter is beyond words. It may be the most challenging, complex, emotionally compelling and awe-inspiring arc of shounen manga writing ever seen accomplished on an enormous scale. Moreover, enhanced by the efforts of studio Madhouse who went above and beyond what is necessary, pouring every bit of their heart and soul into this adaption, Hunter x Hunter harmonizes into a symphony of creative genius of the likes you rarely see in anime. Suffice to say, Hunter x Hunter to me is not only the best anime of the year, but in the world of shounen manga adaptions it may well be the greatest that has even been made.

Reckoner ( The Nihon Review )

Chimera Ant casts a long shadow over everything else released, and for good reason. Nothing else this year struck me like that weird, winding exploration of human nature, propelled by its rich and varied cast and realized by a Madhouse determined to elevate the material. It’s not a contest for me – Chimera Ant is a modern epic.

Bobduh ( Wrong Every Time )

Related posts written by our voters:
On the Fifth Day of Anime: Feeling Like a Kid Again (Hunter x Hunter) by appropriant

5. Space Dandy

2014-05 Space Dandy

Space Dandy arrived with some hoopla, since it was nominally headed by the famed director of Cowboy Bebop and was simulcast dubbed in English on cable TV. It went weird, wacky, and often unexpected ways down a winding road where guest artists and directors took turns driving the bus. Was every experiment a success? Probably not. But certainly Space Dandy gave all of us something unique to like, even if they were all different somethings. At its very best, the Space Dandy project made some of the greatest episodes of the year, and its eclectic variety of creative efforts will be remembered for many more years to come.

This was probably the guilty pleasure of the year. At times, I scratched my head about its direction, but I probably haven’t had this much fun following a bunch of knuckleheads since the “Bonkuras” from Azumanga Daioh. Space Dandy also felt like a textbook case of how using multiple voices for direction works well under an established director like Watanabe.

Geoff Tebbetts ( The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime )

Related posts written by our voters:
Cracking the Dandy Code by bitmap
Sayo Yamamoto: Space Dandy Episode 2 by ABCBTom
Space Dandy’s Greatest Hits, Baby by Ganymede Elegy

4. Mushishi Zoku Shou

2014-04 Mushishi

In the anime industry, eight years is a very long time to wait for a sequel. Creatives move on to other projects and audiences find other favorites. The first Mushishi is old enough to earn distinction as a ”modern classic”, but a follow-up series so far removed from the original could only become a disappointment, right? But what do you know, a miracle of miracles happened and the new series saw nary a dip in quality. It’s still quietly meditative, still gorgeously drawn, and still grasps at the intimate yet unknowable forces between humans, nature, and human nature. All sequel projects have hope because Mushishi Zoku Shou exists.

Mushi-shi is simply one of a kind, the sort of quiet, contemplative, and haunting anime that simply has no peer or imitator, and is worthy of nearly every accolade.

gendomike ( Anime Diet )

While Miyazaki said the anime industry is dying, I’m just here finishing up Hunter x Hunter and Mushishi: Zoku Shou. I’m seriously not sure just who is dying faster here.

ImperialX ( Blickwinkel )

Related posts written by our voters:
Not All Who Wander Are Lost; Mushishi and Verbal Medicine by illegenes

3. Kill la Kill

2014-03 Kill la Kill

Quoting myself here:

Kill la Kill is nothing if not loud. It takes a simple school battle story with super-powered clothes and cranks the dial up to 13. Title signs smash into the foreground, the cast screams every line, and scenes have a tendency to literally explode. Yet for one of the most discussed anime series of the past year, my modest interpretation of KLK is that it’s just noise. There’s no deep thematic insight or subversive feminist substance under the parade of bloody fisticuffs and outrageous fanservice. But what furious noise it is. It’s the kind that boldly proclaims, “Watch this! I bet you’ve never seen anything THIS CRAZY!” Its swagger sways between insane genius and empty bluster, which suits a story about being 1000% bombast. It may be simplistic and crude, but KLK is worth seeing for just how far adventure can ride on sheer exaggeration and spectacle alone.

The Trigger/ex-Gainax blockbuster starting in 2013 made good on its promise to earn a high place on APR’s 2014 list.

You could tell the staff were having the time of their lives working on it (even if they barely finished the last episode in time) and it’s the first show in years I’d feel comfortable calling a proper successor to Gainax’s legacy. Also: great characters, aggressive stylization that frequently bent the fourth wall and a storyline both irreverent and shockingly genre-literate (as expected from the director and writer of Gurren Lagann).

wendeego ( Isn’t It Electrifying? )

Kill la Kill was not only the first anime in a long time to really hook me right away from the very start, but it introduced me to one of my favorite anime characters of all-time: Mako Mankanshoku. One of the most entertaining cartoons to come out of Japan this year.

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Related posts written by our voters:
Visual Timing: Three Great Things About Kill la Kill by sdshamshel
Kill la Kill & Space Dandy – Embracing the Unquantifiable (OR: THE UNIBROW) by Digibro

2. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

2014-02 Nozaki-kun

Nozaki-kun can only exist in the anime/manga space. Its raison d’etre is to riff on well-known shoujo romcom tropes, which it’s wildly successful at. Lovingly skewing genre expectations shows brilliant comedy chops, capably winding hilarious scenes and personalities out of mundane scenarios, like rainy walks afterschool, a girl who sings well, and the namesake high school mangaka of popular shoujo manga. Nozaki-kun earned places on more APR ballots than any other show from 2014, showing what makes a funny can be universally praised despite its specific content. A show featuring the human reincarnation of Paras has done well for itself to make the second-place spot in Anime Power Rankings’ Top shows of 2014.

This was a great year for comedies, but Nozaki-kun stands solidly above the rest. One of the pitfalls that most comedies fall into while having a huge cast is making them all one-trick or one-gag ponies, but thankfully Nozaki-kun doesn’t do that. It does overuse some jokes, but because it gives other characters new quirks or traits, it never runs out of steam or feels stale. Easily the best part is the irony, sometimes lampshaded by the characters, regarding Nozaki-kun’s shoujo manga and the people who surround him, and the double irony that Nozaki-kun has created a popular girls’ manga out of cynicism and ignorance.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

Related posts written by our voters:
The Anime Now! Podcast 01: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun by Bradley Meek

1. Ping Pong the Animation

2014-01 Ping Pong

Quoting myself again:

Lots of people can write stories. Lots of directors can capably adapt stories into anime. But few productions combine a highly detailed and surreal art style and poignant collection of character dramas with the unrestrained vision and talent to bring these vivid drawings to life. Ping Pong the Animation is the perfect union of story and direction, using the realm of competitive sports to portray the successes and losses, joys and sorrows, passions and fears of a core group of players in intense and dynamic storytelling action. At its best, Ping Pong the Animation is a phenomenal work of art that is rare in anime but enlightening of the medium’s true strengths, which make it my clear top choice of 2014.

It’s a happy coincidence Ping Pong was also Anime Power Ranking’s best show of 2014! I swear! You guys and gals are okay by me.

Related posts written by our voters:
Ping Pong and the Courage to Fall by Bobduh
Twelve Days of Anime #5: Kong Learns the True Meaning of Christmas by PumpkinMochi

 

In summary:

Rank Title Episodes Season(s) #1 Votes % of Ballots
1 Ping Pong The Animation 11 Spring 12 56.3%
2 Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun 12 Summer 4 58.6%
3 Kill la Kill 24 Fall ’13 – Winter 7 54%
4 Mushishi Zoku Shou 20 Spring – Fall 8 39.1%
5 Space Dandy 26 Winter – Summer 4 41.4%
6 Hunter x Hunter (2011) 148 Fall ’11 – Summer 14 26.4%
7 Barakamon 12 Summer 1 35.6%
8 Silver Spoon 22 Summer ’13 – Winter 1 29.9%
9 Gundam Build Fighters 25 Fall ’13 – Winter 5 26.4%
10 No Game No Life 12 Spring 6 23%

On the cusp: Log Horizon (2/24.1%), Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (0/28.7%), Samurai Flamenco (2/20.7%), Amagi Billiant Park (3/24.1%), Nagi no Asukara (1/16.1%)
A full list of the rankings can be found here.
There are additional stats if you scroll down to the end of the comments.

Number of voters: 87
Number of full ballots (ranked 10): 67

A few series that will be remembered for years to come, a few series that will become obscure-ish classics amongst die-hard anime fans, and a few that will end up being hidden, under-appreciated gems sometime in the future. A pretty solid year if you ask me!

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

2014 has been pretty great for Japanese Animation – in all of my years as an Anime fan, this has got to be the year where I have watched many more series than usual – and that is actually good for Japan’s creative industry.

Jay Agonoy ( Deremoe )

Thank you to all the various people who have taken their time to try to organize APR this year. It’s a valuable service to the anime watching community; before Ping Pong started topping the APR charts week after week, for example, I had written it off as some random ugly sports anime no one needed to watch, but it ended up being one of the best anime of the year. I know it’s hard to get it together week after week, but I wanted to let you know your efforts are appreciated.

SunTzuAnime ( Sun Tzu Anime Blog )

I want to take time to thank every voter that participated in Anime Power Rankings for this top 10 and really any of the weekly rankings in 2014. There was a fair bit of uncertainty and turmoil about the column this year, but whether you were a returning or new contributor, you all answered the call when I came to you. As much as I’d like to take all the credit, without your reliable input and belief in the potential of Anime Power Rankings, this endeavor would literally be nothing. In a future post I will certainly recognize all of you, but for now you’ll have to be content with my sincerest thanks.

It is difficult to miss that three of the year’s biggest and baddest series (Shirobako, Parasyte and Fate UBW) will have their second cour in 2015, already setting the stage for next year’s top lists.

Cytrus ( Yaranakya )

That’s it. 2014 is a wrap. Winter season 2015 is already underway, and APR joins all the excitement and scrambling to proclaim the next civilization defining masterpiece and goat in kind.

Also, if you’re an anime blogger with an opinion on current shows, don’t be a stranger. APR is always looking to add more voices to the mix.

See you next chart time!

27 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings Presents: The Top 10 Shows of 2014”

  1. I wonder how many voters actively disliked Ping Pong.

    (I wonder how many actively disliked Nozaki-kun.)

  2. +1 for the actively disliking Ping Pong crowd. I may give it another shot in the future but it just kind of pushed me away while watching the first episode and I dropped it and moved on.

    Glad to see that the collective taste is mostly good. I’m surprised that Gundam Build Fighters, Nozaki-kun, and Mushishi aren’t all placed higher though.

  3. My initial knee-jerk reaction was, “Well, it’s amazing how much my taste diverged from the collective APR voting taste this year!”, and explained it by how dominated by comedy the list appears to be, while I’m notoriously not a fan of “Anime non-comedy”. But then, that reaction makes no sense. I’ve watched 8 shows from the above list, and a couple of episodes of another (Space Dandy), and of these 8, 6 are on my own top ten list.

    6/8 matching is 75%, that’s not bad at all. It’s just that the remaining two are “Don’t really belong” part as far as I’m concerned, and their presence threw in needless mental interference. I guess that’s often how those lists go, the shows you think are missing and those you haven’t watched don’t matter nearly as much as those that appear which you think shouldn’t.

    Also, we’re collectively a bunch of casuals 😛 :)

  4. Pretty impressed by the variety in the top 10 here. Also, I like how you linked to relevant blog posts. This post must have taken some time to complete. Well done, Kadian!

  5. Truly, the range of styles, genres, and types of shows represented here is fascinating. 87 voters if a whole lot of people, a lot of things could have gone wrong, but we’ve put together a pretty darn good list. Also, as Frog-kun said, I really am a fan of the linking to blogger posts on the shows.

    I guess I’ll finally start watching Space Dandy tonight…

  6. @omo I’m one of the people not in love with Ping Pong, because I really hate the story, the latter half in particular, with all the shortcuts and cutting corners it did. But I can certainly still appreciate the direction, animation and unique approach to character development the series offered.

    Which is why I love APR’s end-of-year lists. For each and every series here, I can easily say what it was that the anisphere appreciated about it, even if I didn’t personally like the particular title. This is a list I can recommend to people whose tastes I don’t know and never feel bad about it.

  7. Hunter x Hunter has 14 #1 votes, which is the most on the list. Yet, somehow it didn’t get the top spot on APR. To me this means a lot of APR voters never watched Hunter x Hunter, but the people who did think quite highly of it. You’re a pleb if you haven’t seen it :p.

    I take great offense to No Game No Life being on this list. It’s the epitome of bad light novel writing and everything that is wrong with otaku culture.

  8. Sabagebu came in at 22?! And TWINTAILS didn’t even make the top 25?!!

    Well at least Build Fighters made it. I forgive you all.

  9. I honestly did not expect my top 2 picks for 2014 to match up with the top 2 finishers in APR. Kill la Kill finished in just about the right spot, and No Game No Life even made the top 10. That’s surprisingly good taste considering my experience with APR. Color me surprised.

    Also you have to admit that was some pretty good handicapping I did; Ping Pong was a great value at 11/4!

  10. Yayyyy! Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun I am happy that it ranked so high on this list because damn it was so much fun!

  11. 10. NGNL

    Oh fuck you guys.

  12. Did you guys really like No Game No Life that much? Seriously? I mean I knew a bunch of you guys liked it, but I didn’t think it would get into the top ten.

    Kinda surprised Amagi and Nagi no Asukara got on the cusp and I thought Bahamut would have gotten on the top ten, but other than that, the rankings are what I expected ’em to be.

  13. Can’t please ’em all I guess. :p
    But the top 3 definitely deserved to be there. Getting places in a straight up majority of ballots in a group of this size is no easy feat.

    Luckily I had seen everything that made the top 10 except one, and there were plenty of comments to cover HxH. I might have had to resort to asking someone else to fill in if I hadn’t seen say, NGNL, which seemed to have a silent but sizable fan base.

  14. @draggle
    I had the same reaction about Sabagebu, but considering its main strengths were playing to gap humor and western references, that’s an audience largely ignored by the weekly late-night anime grind–an audience that the APR crowd don’t represent well.

    OTOH 22th place is nothing to sneeze at actually.

  15. I demand the list of people who put NGNL in their submissions. Show yourselves so we may duel to the death!

  16. I’m proud that my top 3 (coming soon…) coincides with that of the APR community (though not the order, but what the heck). Thanks APR -if it wasn’t for you I might never have watched Ping Pong and that would have been a damn shame.

  17. No Game No Life was my #5 show of the year, which is more of a testament to how weak the year is. It’s around a 7/10 at best.

  18. >mfw GBF made it

    I’m happily surprised my AoTY made it.

    Along with Dandy, Nozaki and Ping Pong all rating highly (I gave 10/10 for GBF and 9/10 for the other three)

    Aniblogsphere is (somewhat) saved!

  19. I am officially confirmed for shit taste – only one show I voted for made top ten, and five of my voted-for shows were lower than 40.

  20. No Game No Life was my #5 show of the year, which is more of a testament to how weak the year is. It’s around a 7/10 at best.

    Kevo, baby, I love you, but this is just an indefensible argument. Did you not watch much this year?

  21. Phi Brain S3 being kept out of the top 50 is a travesty.

    50% hit-rate on my top 10. Also my only 10. I sucked at watching anime this year.

    I did throw a single point its way (see above for why), but I’m surprised at how highly ZanTero ranked. Nobody liked it! I’m surprised at how low Gundam Boyfriends ranked too, since I assumed it would have a similar voting profile to HxH.

    Ping Pong was always going to be #1 though, right? A deserved champion.

  22. As a final follow up to this big rundown, I threw together some ex post facto statistics about the makeup of individual ballots.

    Though this wasn’t really a contest to predict APR’s top 10, of 87 ballots, no one picked all 10. In fact, only 7 voters chose as many as 7 out of the 10 that would eventually make the list, myself among them.

    Percentage-wise, one voter picked a perfect 4-for-4. Another hit 6-for-7, and another hit 5-for-7.

    4 voters selected 0 of the eventual top picks, 3 of them going the full 0-for-10. 6 more voters only saw one of their picks in the top 10.

    The mean of shows in the top 10 per ballot: 3.94
    The median and the mode: 4

    Miscellaneous notes about individual series:
    -Aikatsu S2 and Cardfight Vanguard Link Joker (tied for 67th) had only 1 vote, but they were both 2nd place votes (worth 5 points).
    -Amagi Brilliant Park (14th) had the most 10th place votes with 6, double any other title.
    -Phi Brain S3 (62nd) is the lowest ranking show with a 1st place vote.
    -Zvezda (20th) is the highest ranking title without a 1st or 2nd place vote.

    Seeing how the average individual ballot went, and the fact only 3 shows barely made over 50% of all ballots, I conclude APR voters really are a quite varied bunch in terms of tastes and preferences.

  23. Thanks for the stats.

    4 out of 10 actually sounds like a reasonable number. And if anything that alone almost outright refutes Kevo’s statement right there…or put in another way, it might not be that APR voters are diverse, but there are actually a lot of very different types of decent anime this year. The 58% (rounded) number on Nozaki-kun goes the final mile. If 40%+ of APR voters didn’t even vote that show as their top 10, then it’s saying something about that show.

    My theory to a good year of anime isn’t that there are a bunch of great shows, but rather a wide variety of great shows. It’s invariable that nobody likes everything everybody likes, although you can get pretty close (and even closer if the game changes from rating to predicting).

    Of course, this doesn’t rule out the other interpretation that because no set of shows dominated the season, there were no good shows. I think the charts will change drastically if we were allowed to vote for stuff like Shirobako…and Shirobako. Which might be an indicator (hypothetically speaking if what I thought is true is actually true) that there was a show that can stretch the ceiling, so to speak. But even then I don’t think a show like that will differentiate.

    Which is to say, diversity is definitely an important element in APR voting but you can’t really study diversity if a small, and same-y crop of shows dominate the charts.

  24. Thanks for tagging my blog:) This ranking list is very interesting since I am also compiling this year’s best anime from all the ratings, rankings and pollings. The two animes on your list that do not appear on the ones I am compiling are Space Dandy (not well rated on ANN or MAL but bloggers inlcuding yours truly really rank it highly) and Gundam Build Fighters

    PS. JoJo: Stardust Crusader is not in the list because you do not include series with two parts right?

  25. @aquabluesweater
    Yes, with the advent of split cour anime seasons most folks agree it makes more sense to group things like Mushishi, Fate/Stay Night, JoJo’s, etc. together as a single series rather than treat them like distinct stories or sequels.

    I would expect Space Dandy not to be highly popular because it’s too experimental for the average fan’s taste. Build Fighters is essentially a kids’ show in prime time TV, which is one of the least popular target demographics in western fandom.

    These differences are one of the reasons why I like doing APR. We really are a different group than typical fans, so APR gets to highlight things general fandom might have dismissed based on first impressions.

  26. […] Spoon (#13) vs. Barakamon (#7): The similarities here are plenty: both anime are beloved by the blogosphere, both star a city boy coming to grips with country life, both include heavy doses of comedy in each […]

  27. […] No Game No Life lifts a premise as cliché-riddled as nerds transported to a game-centric world and delivered a very polished and snappy light novel adaptation. Being aesthetically saturated with rainbow-colored gradients, indulgent in heaps of fanservice comedy, and playing some clever tactical and psychological games, the show knew how to keep your attention and mix up the stakes before the situation got too stagnant. [Nihon Review] […]

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