Top 25 Anime of 2000-2012


The best anime of the new millennium to date have been tallied once again, yielding up a surprisingly stable list of classics and classics-to-be – although how many of them will be remembered by the end of the next decade is open to question.

The ranking:

1. Bakemonogatari

2. K-ON!

3. Ano Hi Mita Hana

4. Working!!

5. Toradora!

6. Clannad

7. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

8. Angel Beats!

9. Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou

10. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

11. Shinryaku! Ikamusume

12. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

13. To Aru Majutsu no Index

14. Nichijou

15. Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu

16. Hanasaku Iroha

17. Guilty Crown

18. Yuru Yuri

19. Infinite Stratos

20. Sora no Otoshimono

21. Ore no Imouto


23. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

24. Hidan no Aria

25. Chihayafuru

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    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 05/04/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Come on, Sankaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:51 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    agree gits is a must

    Comment by Anonymous

    i second that! GITS, TTGL, FLCL, Code Geass, the list goes on

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:42 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Wheres TTGL, kanon, honey & clover, samurai champloo???
    No higurashi? Im amazed...
    No s-cry-ed!? really???
    FMA??? what!

    No Code Geass!? Blasphemy!!!

    Oh what, I see there must be a misprint in the title
    'Top 25 Anime of 2010-2012' phew... I was almost worried there for a second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    OMFG NO FLCL EITHER?!?! its all fucking MOE BLOB

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 11/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I fail to see how not having FLCL makes the list a moeblob list. There are some that were seriously overlooked, but people only really remember the top or most recent series from their head for polls like this anyway.

    And if we're talking about just making cutoffs, let's throw Cardcaptor Sakura into the mix, wa ha ha~

    Comment by Anonymous

    Every time I see anyone mention FLCL as being even good, let alone deserving of any top lists I facepalm so hard I leave red prints.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't. You'd facepalm to destroy you retard head.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The list isn't 'Top 25 Anime of 2000-2012 - American version'.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    20:43 07/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If thats an American version. Where's Naruto?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sigh... another dumbass comment from an ignorant, shallow, racist, peice of crap.Whatever country youre from im sure the U.S. is donating food and/or money to it. I personally wish they would stop financing dumbass countries like yours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 10/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    (Not the same anonymous as above) I'm from Finland, one of the wealthiest countries in the world and USA pays nothing for my country, nor we pay for USA. So, may I have the right to criticize USA?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 18/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I live in the US and hate it. Does that mean I can complain too?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:51 07/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ditto what this guy said... Kanon, Air, Clannad were still part of 2000 - 2012 and these shows were outright awesome!

    Also no TTGL!? How can one easily forget the name of the only mecha to dwarf millions and millions of galaxies? >_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    5 Maybe
    Love Hina ^^ Just since its in this range

    Comment by Anonymous

    TTGL is shit kid, deal with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:54 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your mom is shit kid, deal with it

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    they just want to seperate you from your parents. very likely a behaviour they have because they want to rape you.

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    Comment by alternative kyon
    13:13 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Top list of mediocre recent anime once again! Guilty Crown? Yuru Yuri? Hidan no Aria!???????

    bunch of nonsense, where are the anime from early 00s? FMA? Death note? code geass? shitload others...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hey! Yuru Yuri is a good comedy!!
    Guilty Crow and Hidan no Aria... errr.... well, if Infinite Stratos is in the list... :P

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    Comment by Flex Fletcher
    21:29 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Totally Agree, but a least K-On is not on the first place and that makes me happy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    K-On! easily wins out in popularity contests it seems even in NA. I personally didn't really enjoy it so much, especially when I noticed it didn't really concentrate on music. I really liked Beck for the music, and even enjoyed more DMC than K-On! on many levels.

    Bakemonogatari was very unpopular at our anime viewings in our anime club. I enjoyed it, but very few did.

    Ore no Imouto was generally very well received. Nothing much to say, except that I enjoyed it ^^

    The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya was great, but not a masterpiece.

    Only show worthy of possibly being named in a top 50 of 2000-2012 (that's mentioned in this list) would maybe be Ano Hi Mita Hana.

    I want more Ghost in The Shell already!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Bakemonogatari was very unpopular at our anime viewings in our anime club. I enjoyed it, but very few did."

    probably because Bakemonogatari requires critical thinking skills, which many lack

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "probably because Bakemonogatari requires critical thinking skills, which many lack"
    Bakemonogatari requires a deep understanding of Japanese culture, which obviously many non-Japanese lack.
    When suppressing your troubles makes you lose weight, lost snails become lost cows, or a monkey's pawn becomes a devil's hand, lacking the basic understanding of the underlying culture is what makes that show underwhelming.

    Basically, it's like a show based on word plays. Once translated it loses a lot of its original qualities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 23/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    FMA and Death Note aren't on here probably because it wasn't an ORIGINAL anime (it was manga).

    Comment by Anonymous

    FMA is garbage. I'd take most of these shows over that crap.

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    Comment by Slush
    21:18 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're fucking stupid, that is all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:10 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Burn in a alchemical fire-you-FUCK

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:25 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    you're the typical shit head that faps to figmas, your list sucks! go watch moe and suck at life

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:37 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You don't even know what Moe is, dumbass. Stick with your generic Shonen garbage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    FMA- Babbies 1st grimdark shounen

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 05/04/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Guilty Crown = Garbage
    Yuru Yuri = Garbage
    Hidan no Aria = Really? Really? see above.
    Death Note = Let down by the 2nd part.
    Code Geas = Clamp no way
    FMA = why not naruto instead that answers your questions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:06 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    if you put FMA (specifically brotherhood) on the same level as Naruto, I really doubt you have actually seen more than a minute of either. Hint: FMA is far superior in all areas

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 07/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Naruto and FMA are way different.

    If you haven't noticed, FMA's one of the very few mainstream Shonen anime, that have a protagonist that DOES NOT go through a training arc of ANY kind. He does not gain any new powers. He is the same strength from the start to the end of the manga. Yet, the plot can be developed to that much of an extent.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's the same crap as Naruto

    Comment by Anonymous

    FMA and Death aren't good anime, they are anime adaptation of a good manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 06/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I'd be fine with that if this was a list of "original" anime, but it's not. The majority of anime is adapted from other sources (good or bad). So what's your point?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 17/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah but an anime made out of a manga doesn't bring anything new compared to an anime adaptation of a light novel or a visual novel for example, since good manga already have "animation" in a certain way

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:46 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    and yet its still better than half that list...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    What a PATHETIC list full of moe shit!!!

    Here's what they missed that SHOULD'VE been on a REAL list.

    Death Note
    Code Geass
    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
    Hellsing Ultimate

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:02 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Black Lagoon
    GITS SAC/2nd Gig
    Ergo Proxy
    Paranoia Agent
    Elfen Lied
    Samurai Champloo
    Gunslinger Girl

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:25 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    A lot of what you just listed requires the viewer to think. Great list nevertheless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    agreed, list could use a few replacements imo but great nevertheless

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    Comment by Anonymous

    Black Lagoons = errr no. Storm trooper effect + story really unrealistic done inferior to Star Wars. Star Wars >>>>>>>> Black Lagoon can't supersede a classic don't bother.

    GITS SAC/2nd GIG = definitely give you that one, but too many fillers + flashes over the place miss one episode miss a lot.

    Ergo Proxy = err no. Too specific. Remember this is a list for everyone to watch not specifics.

    Paranoia Agent = as above

    Texhonlyze = see Ergo Proxy.

    GunXSword = AHAHAHAHHAHA your soooo funny. Gundam is better. Especially Unicorn.

    Elfen Lied - whoa now I know you have shit taste this Anime is BAD really Bad see Mortal Kombat.

    Samurai Champloo = Yes totally agree this must have been forgotten.

    Gunslinger Girl = WHAT WHAT!! Huh!!! see Elfen Lied Loli don't make a show great. Besides NIKITA >>>>>>> GG make sure you supersede.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Retard or troll.
    This can't possibly be serious...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:12 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Ergoy Proxy, Paranoia Agent, Texhnolyze = "Specifics"? Don't you mean obscure? They're not obscure, BTW. Anyone that followed anime that year was more than aware of it's release, discussion on messageboards & media reviews. They can still easily be found by anyone that finds one of the dozen or so anime streaming or torrent sites. Besides, no one ever said anything about a commercial blockbuster requirement. The only requirement is that they are 2000 to 2012 releases, period.

    Black Lagoon = "Storm trooper effect" & 'inferior to star wars"? Uh, we're comparing anime & not blockbuster movies....? Anyway the storyline is inferior only if you're looking for a George Lucas fairytale. If you're looking for a blend of Tarentino, Rodriguez & a dozen John Woo films then Black Lagoon is clearly a superior choice. I'll give you the "storm trooper effect", but c'mon....who doesn't love that on occassion? It's like comfort food,lol. Besides, it's offset by the poetry in motion of Roberta the Maid, the exploration of moral ambiguity & how much Rock represents the audience member. His character development is fascinating.

    Gun X Sword was a refreshing change from the angsty, emo-tarded excess of Gundam. (Not that I don't also like Gundam on occasion) The main character has a pair of 50lb balls & that's a plus in my book.

    Elfen Lied may have been a knee-jerk choice on my part. So much colorful eye candy, though! NYUUU!!!

    Gunslinger Girl: Wasn't the Loli that impressed. It was how each member was a reflection of their trainer & how some of them ultimately brought out the humanity in those trainers. (For the most part) That & the highly polished gunfights.

    Now that I think of it, I'd like to also add:
    Howl's Moving Castle
    Place Promised in our Youth
    Samurai X

    I came close to adding Gantz, but that's just too weighed down by a shitty budget & even shittier ending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:24 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 19:34: The one with shit taste is YOU and nobody else!

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    Comment by Satonaka
    04:27 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dissapointed Chihayafuru isnt higher :(

    Also Gunslinger Girl is definitely too specific. But damn if that quality per episode didnt turn heads back then. 100,000 yen (supposedly) per episode sure didn't go to waste :)

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    Comment by madao
    15:17 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    you guys forgot Monster

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:13 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You forgot Gintama , no wonder you're MArude Dame dA Ojisan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:12 21/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    monster = overrated boring show

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    13:20 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.3)

    all this lists are a matter of opinion. there's no right or wrong list.

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    Comment by Erranty
    13:52 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Any list where the "Slice of Life" genre is involved can't be considered serious.

    We're judging stories here, not an animated diary.

    My list would include:
    Black Lagoon
    GITS SAC/2nd Gig
    Samurai Champloo
    Eureka seveN
    Darker than Black (First season only)
    Last Exile
    Gundam Unicorn
    Soul Eater
    Spice and Wolf
    Gurren Lagann (A must have for this to be legit)
    Hellsing Ultimate
    Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    Toradora! (very well written, despite its genre)
    xxxHolic (great stories but, CLAMP animation...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Achiuakuna, you're a fucking idiot. That is all.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    03:08 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Any list where the "Slice of Life" genre is involved can't be considered serious."

    This is more of a subjective opinion...not a fact,
    but whatever.

    Animes like Clannad and Honey and Clover changed my outlook on the Slice of Life genre.

    Erranty, you sound really close-minded and the same goes for the people who up-voted you.

    I'm not trolling...just a rant on how you should think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:56 08/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Clannad had a mystical aspect to it, that's not really slice of life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Please remove soul eater the ending just sucks

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    General rule in life #random:
    One does not take a survey seriously at all.

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    Comment by Fonzer
    19:58 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i would like to also mention Utawarerumono i loved that anime

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 05/04/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    you neglect to mention code geass thus even your list fails.

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    Comment by Achiuakuna
    15:58 05/04/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.9)

    "Any list where the "Slice of Life" genre is involved can't be considered serious."

    I like apples but I hate oranges. Therefore oranges shouldn't be considered fruits.

    "We're judging stories here, not an animated diary."

    Where the fuck does it say that? Don't use "we" when you are only talking about yourself. If you like stories read a fucking book.

    PS: Despite all that your list stinks. As much as the original list sucks, yours is even worse. Go kill yourself.

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    Comment by Slush
    21:19 05/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh but there is, there is a wrong list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 05/04/2012 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    This list is wrong!!! FACT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As if Higurashi and Code Geass are somehow moe-free anime...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:20 07/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least higurashi storyline is better than most of the anime in this list..

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:37 09/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Supports that list

    Comment by Anonymous

    FLCL!?!? ANYONE!?! (though i highly agree with everyone else, yall just beat meh to it)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Deathnote i don't agree with but everything else i do

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    Comment by Achiuakuna

    There are still people getting mad at Sankaku lists? They are just for fun. No reason to get all butthurt about it and post your own shit list. Take a chill pill.

    And what's wrong with moe? If you don't like it just don't watch it. Or you can just kill yourself if you can't handle the reality. Recommending the latter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:08 05/04/2012 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Dude ssssshhhut the fuck up. I swear to God you're like a hemmorrhoid that won't die.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    03:00 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You misspelled a few words.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit your stupid!

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