Top 20 Anime of the 21st Century

hasegawa_kobato by buriki

The steady succession of hit anime the 2000-2013 period has yielded has again been subject to rankification – demonstrating once more that the tastes of fans still maintain some balance between A & B even over a 13 year period…

The ranking:

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion (Movie)

2. Shingeki no Kyojin

3. K-ON!

4. Gintama

5. A Certain Magical Index

6. Haruhi

7. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha

8. Shinsekai Yori

9. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

10. Strike Witches

11. Tatami Galaxy

12. Tiger & Bunny

13. Gurren Lagann

14. Haganai

15. Hyouka

16. Ore no Imouto

17. Natsume’s Book of Friends

18. Macross F

19. Space Battleship Yamato 2199

20. Fate/Zero

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    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    No Death Note?No Code Geass?No Gundam SEED?No Gundam 00?No FMA?No Bakemonogatari/Nisemonogatari?

    And again,SERIOUSLY?K-ON?Strike Witches?Ore no Imouto?Haruhi?Hyouka?

    This list is wrong in so many levels.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 24/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Steins;Gate is not even there, this list is a TOTAL FAIL

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    Comment by God
    20:53 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    You are right up to a point. K-ON and Haruhi can be considered for their popularity as this list doesn't even explain the criteria for the ranking.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    00:40 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Criteria should be:
    (Copies sold)x(price per copy) = Ranking Number

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 18/08/2013 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i agree whit you exept for Hyouka

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:34 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't forget Gundam Unicorn, idk if its an OVA, it is the best of the 21st century

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    code geass should def be on there... tengen toppa... as well as many others...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:48 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "tengan toppa" IS on there... it's listed under "Gurren Lagann" (which it is more commonly known by) at #13.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gundam seed sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:40 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well said... completely agree

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:50 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    wow really?, with 6 episodes shingeki no kyojin is already the second best anime of the century? -_- and what is a fanservice lolicon anime like nanoha doing on that list?. Man these lists are a joke!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    All the lists posted by SanCom suffers heavily from short term memory disorder. It's always like that, unfortunately.

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    Comment by Erranty
    13:42 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Yeah, after noticing that Ghost in the Shell:SAC was at 37th place, I realized the list was rubbish and decided to move on.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    17:10 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, that depends. GITS had its affect back in the 20th century, however technically so did Evangelion, so it's a little strange. I definitely see some decent presence in this list. Haruhi being high is correct, it redefined so much with its creation it deserves its place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Nanoha was deserved it basically recreated the Magical Girl Genre.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:05 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Nanoha just fused the magical girl genre with the mech genre, but we must give that the result was awesome.

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    Comment by Uzza
    06:54 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In contrast to other anime with transformation scenes, It's not in every episode.
    In the first season it's shown in ep 1,3,4,6 and 7. In all the other episodes Nanoha either starts the relevant scene transformed, or transforms instantly.

    In A's there's only two full transformation sequences, in episode 1 and 4. There's two minor transformation sequences in ep 3 and 12, but that's it.

    Strikers follow the same pattern, with only three or four episodes containing transformations out of 26, giving each character one transformation for the entire season and a few two transformations.

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    Comment by Yamato
    03:30 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 21:43

    Well, the creator has admitted to being a major fan of Super Robot Wars. Plus, when you consider that magic makes up pretty much all of their technical innovations, it's easy to see Nanoha as something like SRW only with humans in place of machines. The flying and the flashy attacks capable of causing widespread destruction only help with that portrayal.

    "And it's definitely NOT "fanservice lolicon"!"

    I'd like to think so, but honestly, those transformation sequences can be a tad disturbing. Nonetheless, while I think some lolicon appeal is there, it's far from being the central focus point (hell, I recall in the first series, the characters go to a hot spring.... the episode in question ends up mostly devoted to the plot, and this is to say nothing of the whole "OMG! THE CHARACTERS CAN AGE!").

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nanoha has mech[a]? I remember them using talking weapons, which have different modes... and in StrikerS some characters use gunblades or roller-blades... but all of them are magical weapons created through science.
    But yeah... it's a great franchise and not really for kids, in contrast to most mahou shoujo nowadays (Jewel Pet, Precure). And it's definitely NOT "fanservice lolicon"!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nanoha Ftw

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:12 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least better than Precure did.

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    Comment by Dennis S.
    22:23 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I like Nanoha myself as they actually used magic to blow stuff up. Not magically brainwash people into being happy or crush them with giant hearts or all that nonsense. Had my does of Sailormoon and whatnot, but Nanoha became a preference. :/

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    Comment by Yamato
    03:40 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amusing how you bring up Precure sticking with a "traditional style". I haven't watched too many of the series, but Smile Precure gave me the impression that that particular series was extremely self-aware and probably something of a self-parody. It's especially amusing because it was produced after Madoka Magica made such a huge splash, almost as if Precure was also going for a deconstruction yet doing so in a far more light-hearted tone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:18 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Precure is still good,but chose to stick to a more traditional style of Magical Girls.Nanoha was originally a spin off,but back then there was never any Magical Girl anime like it.It opened the path to more and more Magical Girl animes.Also creating a Visual Novel/Eroge relationship with Magical Girl Animes.

    Triangle Heart->Nanoha
    Type-Moon->Prisma Illya

    Visual Novel Roots->Mahou Shoujo->Doujin=Profit

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Even in the newest chapter of shingeki's manga, it still good as always and the studio make the series seriously. So I hope it will be the best anime of this year

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:38 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, really? of all the series you choose to label/mislabel "fanservice lolicon" anime, you pick on Nanoha? surely you meant to say Strike Witches but mistyped pretty bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with you there!

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    Comment by Octopi
    12:58 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    shingeki no kyojin is way good, hope it doesn't disappoint, but so far is one of the best animes we have seen not only in recent years but in the last 10 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:13 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It definitely does compare with alot of the good ones. It's the first one this century to draw me in after I had decided I didn't like it

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with liking a show but this isn't a particularly good one. It isn't the best of the season, let alone second best of the century. Get real.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Forget it Madoka did

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:33 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Madoka was written by a genius/madman,but I wouldn't go so far as to claim it did anything completely original.

    Characters have died in Mahou Shoujo animes before.(only difference was how it was presented-Urobutcher lives up to his name)

    Madoka had a very cool rival battle style of Magical Girl.Much different from the Team style of Precure,it was closer to Nanoha in the sense of her having a rival,only there were more of them.

    Animation was great and unique.Nothing too uncommon now and days though.

    Basically Madoka had the surprise factor which made a lot of people like it.Shingeki has it too and if Akame ga Kiru was ever animated it would probably be the best in that season.

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    Comment by Dennis S.
    22:19 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'll tell him you liked it. He was one of the people behind Madoka.

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    Comment by Pertamax
    10:50 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    we have 87 years to go in order to end the 21st, this list came up way too early. And we all probably will be dead

    a decent list nonetheless

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    22:39 23/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Decent? GITS SAC at #37 and no Higurashi no naku koro ni? Sorry, I disagree.

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    Comment by caiooa
    23:59 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    lawl, sac is a terrible adaptation, higurashi is even worse (but still better than umineko adaptation i guess...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Hah! When the final tally of "best Anime" for the 21st century comes out, every single entry will have been made between 2097 and 2099, as none of the fans voting will even know about the awesome stuff that was made waaaaaay back in 2094 (which was awesome, believe you me), as it's "So old", and instead they'll vote for K-ON!!!!!!!!!!111eleven11!, which was out in 2097, and they still won't stop talking about it.

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    11:17 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    pish posh, head in a jar future, here we come!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:55 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, but you have to stay hidden with your jar in a robots stomach compartment

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    Comment by Octopi
    13:00 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't think it came early, since i doubt we have much time left, 87 years? i think that is way optimistic, i think in around 25 will se th end of what we know as civilization.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)


    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Im surprised Shinsekai Yori is so high. I really liked it but I thought no one watched it

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:08 23/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Most surprising and pleasing part of the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The memories of otaku are terrible as per usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:07 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The only good thing about this is Shinsekai Yori, which I thought no one else watched but is actually quite brilliant.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    20:14 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    We need a Top 100 List of anime from the 1970s, just to see if they can even come up with enough titles to fill the list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:42 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of these are hilariously and unsurprisingly too recent, even for the past 13 years! Where's Noir (2001) or Wolf's Rain (2004)? Shingeki no Kyojin but no Gantz (even though I don't persoanlly like either, I admit)?

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    Comment by Y0k41
    06:04 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    At the very least, I'm glad to see Tatami Galaxy in there. That show seems to be overlooked by many.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:57 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No code geass in he list, why

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