Top 50 Anime of the 21st Century, According to NicoNico


Otaku denizens of NicoNico Douga have devised the definitive ranking of what are, to their notoriously warped minds at least, the best anime of the 21st century to date.

The ranking, based on a composite of “title/production/story power,” “character power” and “anime music power”:

1. Bakemonogatari

2. Clannad

3. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

4. AIR

5. Angel Beats!

6. Haruhi

7. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

8. Ano Hi Mita Hana

9. Toradora!

10. K-ON!

11. To Aru Majutsu no Index

12. FMA

13. Lucky Star

14. Code Geass

15. Steins;Gate

16. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

17. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

18. Macross F

19. Natsume’s Book of Friends

20. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

21. Ore no Imouto

22. Gintama

23. Hayate no Gotoku

24. Minamike

25. Full Metal Panic

26. Eureka Seven

27. Shakugan no Shana

28. Spirited Away

29. Grave of the Fireflies

30. Sora no Otoshimono

31. Working!!

32. Gurren Lagann

33. Ghost in the Shell

34. Fate stay/night

35. Infinite Stratos

36. Rozen Maiden

37. Amagami SS

38. One Piece

39. Seitokai no Ichizon

40. Aria

41. Garei Zero

42. Gundam Seed

43. Durarara!!

44. Naruto

45. Zero no Tsukaima

46. Milky Holmes

47. Hanasaku Iroha

48. Tiger & Bunny

49. Shinryaku! Ika Musume

50. Sousei no Aquarion

For those wondering, the number 1 in “title power” is Clannad, in “character power” it is Railgun (Index is second), and in music it is Bakemonogatari. The most notable upset proves to be Toradora, third in title power but only ninth overall.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 09/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    If there ends up being a list of the worst anime i bet its gonna end up looking real similar to this one

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:16 10/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    TBH, I'm just glad the list also included movies of note (Toki o Kakeru Shoujo, Spirited Away). Often these "lists" are just late-nite anime from the last 1-2 years. What a joke.

    I guess expanding the list to 50 and an 11-year period helps.

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    Comment by blubee
    18:27 13/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But does anyone else notice that the list generally goes from more recent to older anime as you go down? This isn't much better than any other top whatever anime list.

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    Comment by Moo
    17:56 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well naturally anime from 1-2 yrs would be much fresher in our memories than something 10 years ago forgotten in time....

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    Comment by Tagg
    20:20 09/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Indeed it will... Unfortunatly.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Isn't me or does something wrong with the rating? I mean Ghost in the shell is included when I watch the OAV 2 I felt asleep when I wake up its already over the credit rolling but the first is awesome.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    19:46 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thinking that back I think I found a cure for my Insomnia. Thanks Anon 07:17 10/08/2011.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    19:41 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's nothing when I watch Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence I wake up... my player stops playing the disc and I'm late for work...Argh! I agree the first is good(probably because of more oppai exposure) but the second is quite...BORING! Wish they just choose Appleseed than Ghost in a nutshell.

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    Comment by caiooa
    07:26 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    ah, so you have watched gits innocence and felled the same way too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:38 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    for every fan of something there is a hater it seems. i.e. : Justin Beiber

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 11/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    1. Bakemonogatari's good alright but wtf.
    With titles such as fmp, fma, TTGL, gits or code geass, Bakemonogatari is waaaaaaaaaaay out of it's league..

    It's not just wrong, it's HERESY. whoever made this list deserves to burn in sacred fire!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    bullshit list is bullshit =/ enough said...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:28 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure Macross F will be missing from that list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you trolling or are you implying that these lists are contradictory?

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    Comment by Fred
    20:21 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    More like: Top worst lists are the top worst anime that everyone has seen.

    There are some really bad shows out there, but they don't get as much air time. Everyone's seen the top ten tho, and they can pick two or three they didn't like. Which explains how shows like K-on get on the top of EVERY list.

    A real top worst list would probably be more accurate if you made a top 100 best and took the last ten as being the least popular.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:46 14/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want a system that just asks what they've watched, and then to rank just those shows. Then we'll see just how few people know wtf they're talking about.

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    Comment by Yasuo
    20:27 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I want a system which goes like "have you seen this? was it good?"
    so if someone hasn't watched an anime they can't dislike it and where the results are based on percentage of positive/negative results for the second question rather than most selected anime.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    19:01 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I agree with you they only listed popular anime. And why the heck they didn't include Nurarihyon no Mago? It isn't that bad storyline anime series. Instead they include Natsume Yuujinchou also story about human and yokai.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:35 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, anime of Nurarihyon is worst compared to the manga...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 09/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Natsume Yuujinchou is also way better than Nurarihyon no Mago

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LDC prefer DBZ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    natsume kick ass nura and his friends had a chance but ended bleach like

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:06 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well I've never tried to read the manga so I don't know the difference.

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    Comment by LDC
    01:11 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.3)

    What the fuck Bakemonogatari and Clannad are doing up there?

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    18:52 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Bleach never make it? I think its the end of its 10 year life expectancy by the author.

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    Comment by karloz
    00:46 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well kubo has it well deserved for fucking it up

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    Comment by Gitami
    06:52 12/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Sorry, didn't mean to negative you.

    For a story about death and spirits, it's gone beyond its life expectancy.

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    Comment by Jazz
    05:26 11/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Well, this is just according to some weeaboos... ;D

    I do think Bleach is a million times better than Naruto, but I can think of a lot better things to be on this list than Naruto, Clannad, etc...

    Comment by Anonymous

    yeah and they put shit like one piece on there...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    otaku have short attention span, remember?
    this has zero relation to being pedo or not.

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    Comment by Yasuo
    20:14 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    you don't have to *love* one piece, but if you say you hate it in Japan, everyone around you will stare. Your friends would try to get you seen by a psychologist.
    There's nothing to dislike about it. I think it's too slow paced by it's one or the less than ten anime that anyone could watch if it was on.

    Comment by Anonymous

    heck Madoka in a higher ranking than GITS? forgive me but it's ridiculous, they are nothing but pedotards.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Madoka deserves to be higher!

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    Comment by TheBeast
    21:40 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i have to respectfully disagree with this list.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:14 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah I mean its probably measure by the sales of video disc in the market. They don't include the people watching steaming videos(or downloading pirated videos).

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    Comment by caiooa
    07:27 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    U mad? By disc sales eva 1.11 and gundam 00 would be in the top.

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    08:15 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it`s sales Madoka would probably be higher.

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    Comment by FerunaLutelu
    19:08 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    So you're saying this CLANNAD would score 2nd worst anime in 21th century? guess you're a child who never understood animes..

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 09/08/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    If Clannad scores 2nd in a worst anime in the 21st century list. Then I have lost all faith in humanity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you understood it as a "resurrection" ending then you are sadly mistaken, watch again. It's a little more profound than that.

    On a side note, why is Infinite Stratos on this list at all?

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    Comment by Dia
    23:26 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I only remember the bad ending, not the r-ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clannad most certainly is overrated. It's popularity and success hinge on one big dramatic event, and the rest of the anime is pretty much mediocre Key drama. But Key drama is popular, and popularity and drama always trump everything else.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:10 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably because of lack of violence you may choose School Days over Clannad

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    Comment by Yasuo
    20:27 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love clannad. I don't think it's above 5th though. Maybe just me.

    Comment by Anonymous

    clannad's overrated. it's not bad but yea i just think it's overrated.

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    Comment by Konmai573
    03:02 10/08/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Thats because Nagisa had a full bar of power and just the auto skill resurrection from Gill triggered.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 09/08/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Clannad is gay and silly. The character design makes eyes bleed with the triangle-chins and outrageous highlights. /spoiler And resurrection-endings are cheap, lame and gutless //spoiler. Admittedly I dislike melodrama, but if you really need watch something like that, go watch ef.

    Fuuko was moe though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 09/08/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    anime not animes lolz

    Comment by Anonymous

    clannad should be first hands down!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Zero no Tsukaima is not number 1 on this list. It is beset by a heaping helping of SUCK.

    NicoNico Douga, I think it was best said from Homer to Flanders when he said 'YOU SUCK-DIDLY-UCK, FLANDERS!'

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