Top 50 Godly Anime of 2001-2010


Anime fans quizzed on what they consider to be the most “godly” anime of the first decade of the 21st century provide a list sure to provide something for everyone, even those of the Type A persuasion.

The ranking, based on the preferences of over 4,000 fans:

1. Angel Beats!

2. Bakemonogatari

3. Clannad

4. K-ON!

5. Code Geass

6. A Certain Magical Index

7. Toradora!

8. Haruhi

9. Gintama

10. A Certain Scientific Railgun

11. Ore no Imouto

12. Full Metal Alchemist

13. Durarara!!

14. Gundam Seed

15. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

16. GitS: Stand Alone Complex

17. Darker Than Black

18. Strike Witches

19. Aria The Animation

20. Working!!

21. Eureka Seven

22. Kamichu!

23. Lucky Star

24. Black Lagoon

25. Planetes

26. Hidamari Sketch

27. Air

28. Mushishi

29. Hayate no Gotoku!

30. Elfen Lied

31. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei

32. Scried

33. Fafner in the Azure

34. Baccano

35. Shakugan no Shana

36. Bleach

37. Gun x Sword

38. Slam Dunk

39. Honey and Clover

40. Basilisk

41. Aoi Hana

42. Cowbop Bebop (Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door)

43. Naruto

44. Jewelpet Tinkle

45. Sousei no Aquarion

46. Bamboo Blade

47. Inuyasha

48. Solty Rei

49. Zipang

50. Sky Girls

Madoka is probably denied the top spot only by dint of being considered a 2011 anime…

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 10/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No Last Exile?
    No Haibane Renmei?
    No Texhnolyze?
    It's still 80% Type B fan-bait.

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    15:53 10/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Yep and no Gurren Lagann, Welcome to the NHK, Code Geass... I just stopped giving a fuck about these lists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 10/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Any list with Angel Beats! at number one - Let alone, a list covering a fucking decade - is pretty bad.
    At absolute best, Angel Beats was a missed opportunity, a 24+ episode story sliced up, mutilated, and delivered in 12 episodes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 10/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    It's otaku. We all know they have bad taste.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:43 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Angel beats was Jun Maeda's attempt at milking a dry cow that was long out of milk....oh and he did it with several other people while hurrying...

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    Comment by Quack!
    03:14 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Angel Beats! certainly is the best of that list. I'd personally have put it 22nd, but the 21 above it aren't even on this list, so...

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    Comment by Holy One
    05:49 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Angel Beat is shit. It started out nice, but went trainwreck after episode 3 and crashed real hard by the end of the series.

    Comment by Anonymous

    stfu, Angel Beats was awesome. Sure it could be better, still it was far better than many other anime published so far.

    You wanted what at the top? Code Geass?
    If so that show just blew alway every goddly aspect of it with tis stupid plot devices near the end.

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    Comment by Crommus
    19:54 10/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Actually Code Geass is in the Top 5.

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    Comment by spoon
    23:21 10/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Top anon brings up,
    >Last Exile
    >Haibane Rebmei

    'hmm, excluding Texhnolyze I guess those two weren't too bad...'

    >Gurren Lagann
    >Code Geass


    Either way, those guys, and indeed you guys, all clearly misunderstand what godly means. Otherwise, Yu gi Oh 5D's would clearly be at the top of that list.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    01:05 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @spoon "misunderstand what godly means"

    Oh, now I get it... angel beats is about angels... and they serve god. Silly me.

    (notice how I wrote "god" with the small letter.
    Oops, I did it again. ehehe.)

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    Comment by Sailor Sexy
    04:30 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You want a cookie or something? No one cares if you write god in all lower, with an upper, or all uppercase.

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    Comment by Otherwise-Six
    06:25 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's was absolutely amazing, despite having one of the stupidest plots ever.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I feel that FLCL deserved to be on the list personally. It may have started in 2000 but ended in 2001.

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    Comment by Logan
    18:02 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    thank you. Gurren Lagann was epic, and should be on this list.... but without Welcome to the NHK this list is complete bullshit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:20 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i'd have to say angel beats would come pretty high in my list though

    Comment by Anonymous

    Welcome to the NHK while possibly deserving of being on the list, shouldn't be anywhere near the top.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Something tells me this is what made top 50 in Japan, I mean, Air was up there!! I think a top 50 in America would be different

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I disagree...Clannad should be number 1, even though Angel Beats is also from Key, so it's OK - I guess.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    11:27 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those BL-lovers have a huge influence in American top-selling charts. So, I have hunch that Hetalia or Black Butler would somehow find their way into the top 10.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:36 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL do not want

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yeah, Naruto would be probably #1.
    God bless america.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    This^ No simon or kamina. Who the hell do they think they are?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:51 10/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I think Japanese fans have very short memories. The top stuff is all fairly new, and doesn't really start getting into pre-2008 stuff until lower down the list. But yeah, no Last Exile is a travesty. That's one of my top series of all time, which is largely populated by shows from the 90's. But on the other hand Kamichu! is on the list, and I've never actually met another American who has seen that show even though it's basically a series-long Miyazaki movie. I cosplayed Yurie once (she is basically my anime clone, except I am not a middle schooler) and everyone just thought I was cosplaying as "generic anime schoolgirl." Sigh.

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    Comment by Elcachetondelpuro
    01:20 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pics or din't happen ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:40 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously I'm not as cute as Yurie (who is), but there I am, staring at my bleeding feet or something (the shoes I wore hurt like a MOFO.)

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    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    16:27 10/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You thought Texnolyze was godly?
    It was trying just to be Ergo Proxy, and failing.
    (Shockingly Ergo Proxy is absent)

    Mushishi is on the list!!!!
    It's the first anime that made me think anime could seriously be a form of art. Beautiful anime.

    And then the list fails me by not having Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, FLCL and Welcome to NHK.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Texnolyze came first.

    "And then the list fails me by not having Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, FLCL and Welcome to NHK." But this is absolutely true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:41 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    FLCL was crap.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    01:09 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I watched both Texnolyze and Ergo Proxy and they were okay. (yes, don't bash me.) Their plot, however, I found to be strikingly similar...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:40 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FLCL was 2000-2001, so I guess it's barely too early to qualify for the 2001-2010 list...

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    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    19:44 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FLCL is from 2001.
    That I know for sure.

    I confused the order of Ergo Proxy and Texnolyze by the order that I watched them...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:16 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FLCL was 1990's

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    FLCL original run was April 26, 2000 – March 16, 2001 according to Wikipedia.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:04 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ergo Proxy was utterly terrible - totally fell apart after just a few eps. Animation quality, story direction... terrible. Texnolyze was unbearably boring until just a few eps before the end - it felt like a superhuman feat to have finished it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Type-B otaku. That can only explain why you didn't like EP.

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    Comment by moqadmodar
    08:19 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    YEA... WHERE THE F IS LAST fukkn EXILE ?????

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:33 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    School Rumble
    Rozen Maiden
    Witch Hunter Robin
    Earth Girl Arjuna
    Wolf's Rain
    Nodame Cantabile
    Ouran Koukou Host Club
    Paradise Kiss

    I can see lots of moe-blobs from the last 2~3 years

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nodame, maybe... the rest of those, no way. Not a chance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 23/04/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nodame the anime was blown away by nodame the drama. Ueno Juri was magic. But like all things they milked it too long and the story got worse and worse after the original series. Ending was awful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:33 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    xxxHolic, Ouran High and School Rumble. I fucking agree!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your list is shit.
    Everything on the Top 50 list is shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    FUQN AMAZING~~~~~~


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:49 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No "Evangelion", "Death Note", or significant panty Fan service or panty shot Harem Anime? see: "Ikki Tousen", "H.O.T.D." or "Rosario Vamp" types.

    No "Hellsing" or even "School Rumble"???? who they hell did they survey??

    How the hell do you get "Aquarion" and not "Evangelion" - how does "Shakugan no Shana" get a nod and not "Shikibane Hime"? where is "Mai-Hime"??

    the first 12 make sense then it's just gets curiouser and curiouser.

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    Comment by Holy One
    05:51 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Eva was in the 90s.

    Unless you mean the unnecessary movie remakes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Macross Frontier???

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I picked Angel Beats after i saw this list trusting that would be if not godly at least a huge anime and OMG!!! ITS ONLY A COMMONPLACE AND FAIRLY GOOD ANIMATED ANIME THAT DESEVERS #50 PLACE ON LIST AT BEST!!

    This list is crap all over.

    Samurai Champloo..Death note..Gurren Lagann..FLCL..Love Hina..Ghost in the shell 2..ALL OF STUDIO GIBLIS FILMS!?!?!?
    Those are all better than 90% of this crappy list.


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:33 12/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is Panty and Stocking (with GarterBelt) qualified in the list??? :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:01 20/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    what a shit list

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    13:14 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey I admit I loved Haibane Renmei, but I don't think it was godly. sowy.

    How about we switch out Naruto for Dennou Coil?


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    Comment by Artefact

    I think most cyberpunk fans would have voted for GitS.

    I'm not sure what happened to the Abe anime though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:37 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They removed themselves from existence, of course.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:52 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    There should also be 'Ookami to Shinkuryo' there.

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    Comment by moqadmodar
    08:21 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's koushinryou
    oh wait... now i'm captain obvious?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    23:51 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    sorry...i thought it sucked ass. I couldn't watch it, even in english - for FREE. Just my opinion

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:36 11/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everyone has different tastes, but I agree with the other anon, I really like zegapain too, It had that matrix feel to it, the mechas needed an upgrade though on looks, but I don't prioritize that aspect in stories.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:07 10/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My response to all 3 of those is I've heard of any of them thats probably why

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