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Amongst the plethora of anime released each year, fans have chosen the few classics that stand the test of time and which any self-respecting anime fan would be wasting their life by missing out on.

The ranking:

1. CLANNAD

2. Ano Hana

3. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

4. Gintama

5. K-ON!

6. Angel Beats!

7. Bakemonogatari

8. Natsume’s Book of Friends

9. Neon Genesis Evangelion

10. Toradora!

11. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

12. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

13. Nichijou

14. Fate/Zero

15. STEINS; GATE

16.  A Certain Scientific Railgun

17. Detective Conan

18. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

19. Ginga e Kickoff!!

20. Gundam Seed

21. Hanasaku Iroha

22. Eureka 7

23. Shinryaku! Ika Musume

24. Gurren Lagann

25. Acchi Kocchi


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    Comment by Anonymous
    05:39 15/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I've seen them all and half of them is more a waste of time...

    Comment by Taylor
    06:43 15/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    This would be the top comment no matter what anime was on the list.

    I agree with top 7 in no specific order. Didn't see gintama maybe I should. 10 12 and 21 were cool. didnt see some others.
    The sankakus dont like the popular stuff because they are cool and hardcore.

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    Comment by Taco
    06:54 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Gintama is definitely worth it. The first season is mostly comedy-type episodes, then the second season starts with the arcs that can get downright depressing or manly-tears-inducing.

    This is mixed in with a liberal helping of dick jokes and toilet humor. Just had a touching revelation about changing yourself for the better? Prepare to be followed up by penises being swollen after pissing on a space worm.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Such is the brilliance of Sorachi-sensei.

    Comment by Taylor
    07:00 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha ok Ill check it out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eureka 7 is amazing but im not to sue about the second season of it Ao. I've only gotten half way though it and plan on finishing it later but from what i've seen it's about a 5/10. Lets just say that the time travel factore screwed the second season up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:39 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fun fact: people who watch popular anime (or any TV show) just because they are popular also think the same of themselves. So, conclusion: everyone is cool and hardcore...? No, I think I will go for "Japan =/= rest of the world". Makes more sense.

    Comment by Taylor
    20:17 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats a tough point for you to argue because most people watch the popular stuff for no other reason than its good. It did become popular for a reason. Finding a person who likes clannad because its popular is harder than finding a person who likes it just because its good. But how easy is it to find a person who hates and rages against the popularity of naruto and bleach. Even the author of this website uses the term 'narutard' like all the cool hardcore people do haha.

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    Comment by Yamato
    22:54 17/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Taylor: At least "popular=good" can still be argued for the most part in regards to Akihabara's sub-culture. Do you think the same can ever be said about American pop culture any more?

    Comment by Taylor
    00:12 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The us just needs their pop culture to bounce back. 'freedom' caused everything to get overly sexualized and it lost its bite.

    Comment by Taylor
    00:09 19/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not sure where the argument over American pop culture came from but I don't disagree. But it depends on who you ask. If you ask me and people who hang out on sankaku of course you know the answer you going to get. But don't forget outside of the otaku world the majority of people don't give a sht about Akihabara, Japan, or Japanese culture. While the US is still technically the most influential place on Earth. In fact pretty much all of Japans pop culture including animation originated in the us.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:43 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    Yeah, like Ano Hana, that piece of shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:01 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    I think you don't have eny friends...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Friends are for losers!... Wait, let me try that again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 17/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I agree Ano Hana was quite a disappointment. I have NO CLUE why ppl like it that much. Goddamn anime fans lately are frikking incomprehensible

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    Comment by Yamato
    23:01 17/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I enjoyed AnoHana, but I will say this: any time I hear "noitaminA", I think "pretentious, overhyped bullshit". AnoHana was an exception (at least IMO), but nonetheless, it sickens me how people go on about these shows being the most intellectual of intellectual anime just because of what fucking block they aired on.

    Comment by Anonymous

    don't talk about your mom that way

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 17/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that good things in this list are 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 18 an 21.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 21/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree completely, watching any anime is a waste of time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    How the hell did Acchi Kocchi even get in this list? lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 17/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why the hell isn't it in the top 10?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ready for down vote.

    Tweeny Witches

    Girl Who Leaped through Space/Time

    Martian Successor Nadeisco

    Hell Girl Jigoku Shoujo

    Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon

    Kung Fu TV series.

    KoiKoi 7

    Akikan

    Kakaku no Regious

    Animation Runner Kuromi

    Steins Gate

    Master of Mosquiton

    Hand Maid May.

    Kurenai

    Kanokon

    Minami Ke

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats just some I found on my girlfriends puter...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 17/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real loose girlfriend if all that can fit up her puter

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:38 15/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I wasted my life watching Gundam Seed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Still better than K-On

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The fact that Gundam Seed is on the list negates the list entirely

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Elevens LOVED Gundam Seed, much the same way the NA audience loves reality TV shows.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:46 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I heard they hated Wing but we in america loved Wing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Destiny was fubaring it up a lot sooner then the end lol.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    15:24 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dn't know why the whine factor is high on this comment, but the analogy is sound. I think Destiny had a better idea, but FUBAR'd it up in the end.. again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:17 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ginge E kickoff was not a life watcher xd

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    Comment by Octopi
    09:14 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    still better than beverly holls 90210

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Where's INITIALLLLLL DDDDD??!

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    Comment by Chris Rasmussen
    21:49 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm with ya dude.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Still better than 00.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    S1 is godlike. S2 is the shitty one.

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    15:32 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The first (and only) episode of S2 was Great Science Fiction w/ the weight of stupid dumbassary that is S1 to finally drag it down.

    Comment by Anonymous

    S1 much better than SEED, S2 not as good as the first but better than Destiny...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Still better than madoka

    Comment by Anonymous

    I didn't want to waste my life watching anything Gundam

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008

    Spin on it fool. The very FIRST 1978 episode of Mobile Suit Gundam puts Every completed or ongoing show out now to task.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    17:57 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does not. At least not if you watched it in this century. Memories get kind of blurry with time, so don't rewatch even the first episode if you treasure that particular memory.

    Comment by Anonymous

    smart man

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Dumb shitter, really.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 15/01/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Railgun. . . . .BUT NO INDEX!?

    You have to be kidding me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    seriously, railguns a damn spin-off. . . .

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    railgun was made just for the moe and yuri factor. Index was for the ecchi but mostly story. Now you can see where japans real taste come into play. Not that we haven't know this for ages already anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:09 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have, and I don't see the problem with that statement. No one watched Railgun for anything except fanservice, and there was precious little else there except some incredibly silly DBZ-style fights and a couple of "friendship" moments that people try to pretend they watched it for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:57 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You obviously haven't seen it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Railgun gave the best characters in the series far more spotlight than the main series. Also, having a likeable protagonist goes a long way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 20/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Too bad it went nowhere with those things. Once you strip away the three or four episodes that had anything to them, it's just another ecchi fanservice anime. The only reason it was more popular was because it focused on the girls rather and reduced the guy to comic relief. Unless you think that "drugs are bad, mmmkay?" theme was enough to redeem it, I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous

    fuk man the only reason people watched index was because of Misaka. So of course railgun would be better.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    17:59 15/01/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You got it wrong. Index was first and people only watched Railgun because of Mikoto and Kuroko. Two very good reasons, mind you. But the rest of that anime was just plain shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:52 16/01/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Agreed the story bored the shit out of me. There was too much moe and not enough story so i stalled halfway though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 15/01/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    index not as good as misaki misaki.









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