Anime fans have been lamenting the wastefulness of anime which the mainstream might accept being broadcast at 3AM instead of at “golden time” in the early evening – and with their number one choice, they may have a point…

The ranking:

1. Tiger & Bunny

2. Chihayafuru

3. Working!!

4. Nichijou

5. K-ON!

6. Ika Musume

7. Natsume’s Book of Friends

8. Ano Hi

9. Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth

10. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

11. Tamayura -hitotose-

12. Clannad

13. Usagi Drop

14. Hanasaku Iroha

15. Hidamari Sketch

16. Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei

17. Spice & Wolf

18. Honey and Clover

19. Kaichou wa Maid-sama

20. A Certain Magical Index

21. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

22. Toradora!

23. The IdolMaster

24. Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing

25. Aria The Animation

Although it seems Tiger & Bunny could plausibly have done better in an evening slot, whether even early airing could have saved Nichijou looks doubtful…

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    Avatar of PbjZ
    Comment by PbjZ
    07:31 23/12/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Madoka being late night was about right or at least 10 or 11 PM. Everything else was better off evening.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:52 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Yea. That was a red flag that it's NOT an anime for the young girls who usually like Mahou Shoujo anime. I'm glad they didn't put air it any earlier.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    16:40 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    In an ideal world, most of those shows should be airing in afternoons and evenings. I can only name 3 or 4 truly disturbing shows that children really shouldn't watch out of many I've seen. And no, Madoka isn't really one of them. I guess it comes close though.

    I HATE variety shows...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Madoka past episode 3 was not as bad as it seems. Madoka is a show that shows the benefits and consequences of being a Magical Shoujo that is all.

    I think girls would be sick to death of the same magical shoujo defeating the same baddie the upteenth time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the f***k is TWGOK ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 24/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel you. :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:54 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea, I agree. I'm surprised that Nichijou was aired late night cause well, when I watched it, I laughed too loudly that a few people came knocking on my door telling me to zip it up. I wonder how they can watch Nichijou while not laughing too loudly...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 23/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    T&B at 3am ? Pepsi should retreat their contracts with Blue Rose cause there is no gain in airing Softdrink commercials at this hour.

    Madoka should imho aired at 4 or 5am with "Morning Rescue" ^^

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    Comment by shoranhimura
    10:04 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sir, are a hero!

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    Comment by Mikorio
    07:17 23/12/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Completely agree about T&B.

    And seriously? Chihayafuru's a shoujo anime, I'm surprised it's actually late-night.

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    Comment by windsorv8
    12:53 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There should be porns at 3.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:54 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ika Musume is perfect for earlier hours, when it's still bright enough to go to the beach afterward.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:29 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Aria.... 3AM...

    What a waste, show was way to awesome not to get prime time slot

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:15 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i totally agree with you. aria's so beautiful its a waste that not everyone gets to appreciate it.

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    07:30 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh wow Nichijou aired at 3AM? I guess Nichijou fans have a reason to be butthurt that the blu-rays never sold well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nichijou actually aired at about 12:30 AM

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    Comment by alex251
    16:33 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Macross Frontier is too good to be on these stupid lists

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    what usagi drop is late night anime?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    index waste?
    they couldnt have shown those accelerator killer moments
    if it wouldnt run late night

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 24/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    T&B and Usagi Drop could totally have been prime time slots

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not another madoka top list

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:07 24/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tiger & Bunny,Working!!,Nichijou,K-ON!,Tamayura -hitotose-,Clannad,Usagi Drop,Hanasaku Iroha,Hidamari Sketch,Honey and Clover,Kaichou wa Maid-sama,Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha,Toradora!,The IdolMaster and Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing? Seriously? Yeah, their right, it such a waste...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can see why Madoka's late night material but why everything else? I remember long ago when they started airing Exo-Squad very late at night. They ended up cancelling it because no one was watching. Maybe it had something to do with it being shown at 4am, you know, when everyone is sleeping.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anything that needed censorship in any form shouldn't be on a day or evening slot.

    Moe anime shouldn't be on a day or evening slot.

    Anything that doesn't have some sort of idolaizable heroic character shouldn't be in a day or evening slot.

    Seriously. Paragons of humanity are what we should be showing children, not tripe. What happened to Batman and Roger Smith? True gentlemen that saw the wrongdoing in society and too measures to stop it, legal or not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 24/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha, yeah I agree.

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    Comment by oniichan
    07:37 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my opinion the only reason to broadcast late at night is for any series based on lots of ero, yuri, yaoi, or nudity more extreme then your standard umi/onsen episodes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, there are also popular animes that are orientated for an adult audience (I'm not referring to ero, or gore, just that it's the type that kids dun watch because of the plot) that have to be aired late since most adults work during daytime.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Clannad was broadcast late at night??


    What the hell were they thinking??

    It's the BEST anime series ever!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    clannad's overrated. too many clan-tards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too many kids will /wrists from the trauma if they watched it. Had to put it past bedtime.

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    Comment by shinryou
    09:57 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's a different reason.
    the prime time slot has to be filled shows that are sure-fire appealing to the largest group of viewers available around those times.

    that group are middle and high students who come home around 6 to 7pm, any adult who has a job will not be home :D

    putting a seinen audience show in the prime slot would only make the most fitting age group unable to watch it.

    also, most late night shows are having short runs (12-13 episodes), while many prime time shows have the material to run for at least 2 full seasons (52 epsiodes).

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:26 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, that's not what decides what animes go on primetime.
    It's who pays the most.

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    Comment by shinryou
    15:59 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you actually know what anime shows air at prime time (or as the Japanese call it: Golden Time, starting 19:00, ending 22:00) on the major channels here in Japan? It's pretty much all aimed at younger viewers. Many channels don't even have anime featuring in those slots in first place.

    Keroro Gunsou, Mainichi Kaasan, Uchi no Sanshimai, Pokemon B&W, Yuugiou Zexal, Mari&Gali ... just to name a few.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like this list... ^_^

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    15:51 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually only recent started watching Tigher and Bunny. From a non bias point of view...while it is not the greatest show, I do think that the show would be appreciated and well-received by younger audiences, or even kids.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i didnt know they aired anime 3 am in the morning/night in Japan. Who are they showing those shows to

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    Comment by shinryou
    09:48 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    young adult males primarily, people who come home late (9pm and later) on work days and therefore never able to watch a prime time broadcast. between 0 and 3am isn't really sleeping time for that age group.

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    Comment by Actar
    08:33 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't say that I disagree with the list. Though from the looks of it, anything deemed for a more 'mature' audience, be it tastes, themes or content gets instantly relegated to the late-night time slot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    cant understand the last exile raiting either :/

    I am ok with Madoka being aired late night though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    considering how everything is censored to high heaven nowadays, it really makes no difference whether an anime gets broadcast late at night or on prime time

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:06 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I was in Japan in AugustTiger & Bunny was airing in the afternoon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:40 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Recap episode

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:41 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I mean re-air

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    09:14 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed with most of this list. I think quality anime like some of the ones on this list should have the chance to be seen and expand the potential demographic, leave the borderline hentai for late night and get more people interested in Japan's most unique entertainment product. The dramas and variety shows that are often on late night there are pretty much the same as the ones I see on Spanish tv, and just as terrible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:19 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    generally any anime which was heavily censored did not deserved late night

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:14 24/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree for the most part, although it could be noted that not all of these air at 3 AM.

    Hanasaku Iroha aired at 10 PM, which in my opinion was fair enough considering the low amount of fanservice it had.

    I'm quite surprised ARIA (animation) aired at 1:30 AM though. It's not something that would air at prime time, but it could have gotten a Sunday late afternoon/early evening slot. Or at least HanaIro's time slot.

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    Comment by Lunatique
    07:44 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believed it was Sven Vollfied!

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    Comment by Actar
    08:32 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Kotetsu does kinda resemble Sven.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:07 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nononono. Sven resembles Kotetsu!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ika Musume and Hidamari Sketch felt pretty casual to me, no power level required...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:21 23/12/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hidamari Sketch requires a very strong nutbladder. Not for noobs.

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