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Top 10 Spring 2014 Anime


Yet another spring season anime survey has attempted to chart the rise and fall of the season’s many shows – the list again bearing witness to the immense popularity of Koukou Rettousei, One Week Friends and Haikyuu!

The ranking – with survey taker AnimeAnime! handily providing both general and gender specific results for a more thorough interpretation – the general results:

1. The Irregular At Magic High School

2. One Week Friends

3. Haikyuu!

4. No Game, No Life

5. Black Bullet

6. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

7. Brynhildr in the Darkness

8. Nisekoi

9. Nanana’s Buried Treasure

10. Knights of Sidonia

The female survey:

1. Haikyuu!

2. The Irregular at Magic High School

3. One Week Friends

4. Mekaku City Actors

5. Kamigami no Asobi

6. Mushishi Zoku-shou

7. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

8. Yowamushi Pedal

9. No Game, No Life

10. Still, The World is Beautiful

The male survey:

1. The Irregular At Magic High School

2. No Game, No Life

3. One Week Friends

4. Black Bullet

5. Brynhildr in the Darkness

6. Nisekoi

7. Knights of Sidonia

8. Nanana’s Buried Treasure

9. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

10. Love Live!

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  • Anonymous says:

    Those of you who are disliking Mahouka being the top because its slow and boring at the moment, you are missing the whole point, the first ARC is just for explanations and without it the rest will become too complicated to understand and also its building the suspension
    but I believe that most of those who find Mahouka boring are too used to Hollywood movies where action comes first and plot comes second or even third.

    Get Rekt when the first series is finished 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    1. Like/Thumbs Up/Plus this comment if you love super awesome, badass, Invicible, “Gary Stu” characters like Mahouka’s main character.

    2. Like/Thumbs Up/Plus this comment if you love the So called “Generic, pussy wimp” characters. Such characters, you’d find as the main character of Harem and ecchi shows like To love ru, Maken Ki, etc.

    3. Thumbs down if you absolutely positively HATE both of those kinds of characters above. plz.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do understand that Wixoss is not there on the list judging from most viewers doesn’t like the theme of “card games”. But I do want to suggest that you guys should at least check it out. It’s not about card games, it’s about despair and sufferings.

  • Our japanese friend knows what they’re talking about.












    TVアニメ「一週間フレンズ。」、本編連動で「香織の日記」を公開! 記憶と同様に各話1週間限定

      • Anonymous says:

        Personally, I’d recommend Ping Pong The Animation.

        After you learn to accept the greatness that is Matsumoto Taiyou’s artwork and Yuasa following the artstyle wholeheartedly, you’ll realize that it’s really a great show with plenty of memorable characters.

        The animation style is very exaggerated, and it does well with the sports genre.

        But the artstyle may not to be everyone’s liking, so no one’s to blame if you don’t like it personally.

  • I’m sorry but I disagree. I think the Mahouka/The irregular is actually very interesting. Though its sad how the male survey doesn’t have Mekaku City Actors in the ranks at all.

    Love Live is crap. And for those of you bashing Mahouka, try reading the light novel. The story has some depth to it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Unless the MC is a total doormat for a tsundere loli(again) they won’t like it. Mahouka enters the MC like Medaka Box – a god in its own story. I’ll throw a bone and say that’s what happens if you don’t have a heart to even feel hate. You’d have more time thinking of other things than thinking about your phallus.

  • Anonymous says:

    What exactly is One Week Friends about? It’s been the top of every list. Is it somehow crazy like School Days? Or is it just another Slice of Life with drama like Golden Days. I couldn’t get into Golden Days.

  • Anonymous says:

    All of this comments makes me laugh, continue, I want more lols. Why is none of you complaining about love live in the male section this is just nuts, I enjoy it for one in a while but top ten, seriously.

  • Anonymous says:

    This poll would be better, and more varied if the sample size was larger. I just checked the website the article is quoting and the votes are in the hundreds. Slap a poll on a popular Japanese website and I bet the choices will surprise some.

  • Anonymous says:

    “The Irregular at Magic High School”, eh? Well maybe I’ll catch up and watch that…

    Wait, that’s the show all the fansubbers are labeling “Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei”, so I’m already downloading it (for viewing en masse later)?

    Okay, this is starting to drive me crazy. Can the English fan base pick ONE goddamn name for an anime and stick to it, so we all know what the hell we’re talking about? Damn it, you can’t even search for anything very well, because a show can be called “Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei”, or “The Irregular at Magic High School”, or the real tight-ass pricks will insist on calling it “Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei” and yes I cut and pasted that because I sure as hell can’t remember how to fucking type those special characters.

    Even when the goddamn show itself uses a specific English translation of the show, like Hyouka has the damn English text world “Hyouka” on the damn OP every damn episode, some folks insist that Nooooooo, it’s really “Hyoka”.

    Pick one and stick with it, and if the show itself has already fucking picked one for you, USE IT! Even if it’s “wrong”!

    Fuck… why bother… can’t get a bunch of people to do a single goddamn thing right…

    • Anonymous says:

      how ’bout you start a subbing group yourself? you’re starting to sound like one hell of an annoying, ranting wal-mart customer. problem with the names? what, you don’t know how to rename files?

    • Anonymous says:

      The only problem is that Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei does not mean The Irregular at Magic High School. Rettousei does not mean Irregular. I’m not a native english speaker so I don’t know if there is an exact tranlation, but basically rettousei is the opposite of yuutousei (honor student). The title thus makes clear Miyuki is the “yuutousei” and Tatsuya the “rettousei”. Call it underachiever, call it bad student, call it problem child with bad grades, call it X… But it is not irregular, so in fact, they are doing things right…
      Also, there are at least three official or standard ways to romanize japanese (hepburn, nippon-siki and kunrei-shiki), so blame the japs a bit, not the subbers…

  • Anonymous says:

    Black Bullet #4 on the male list, nowhere to be seen on the female one.
    Mekaku City Actors #4 on the female list, nowhere to be seen on the male one.

    Can’t say I expected anything else from the former, but the latter surprises me a little. How come Mekaku is popular among the girls, and girls only?

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m just glad Issukan Friends has such a strong showing in a season where something as blandly engineered to win over teenagers as Mahouka exists. The real surprise is that there are teenage girls who actually care about Mushishi. I didn’t think teens had the patience or refinement to watch something like that.

      • That’s cool but as of now there’s no hype surrounding it. And it being a sequel I don’t see how it could become the big hype this year. (Except they pull something like endless eight, which helped Haruhi to get talked about. Not in a good way, though.)

        • Anonymous says:

          well, SAO was pretty popular. You mean hype as in.. people hyping over it in comment section? like, visible comment hypes? Cuz I think all SAO2 hype is just within ppl’s heads, not expressed much. I mean, ppl were really looking forward to Mahouka & Date a live II. Also, Mekaku city actors had some hype, for the Kagerou fans or wutevz.

          Mostly in these comment sections tho, I just see hate.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mushishi and Jojo were rather hyped by their fans. It’s just that those fans aren’t as uninterested in popularity contests and hype, so it wasn’t something you’d see plastered all over these kinds of sites.

      • Mushishi and Jojo will no doubt be great anime once I watch them on Blueray. But “being great anime” isn’t what characterizes an hype.

        Hyped Anime are ones.. WILL hear of, if you like it or not
        ..and you WILL hear of them over and over again.
        ..and again and again and again.
        ..everybody is talking about them everywhere

        Also, there will come a point in time when you decide to check them out just to figure out what all the fuss is about. And chances are a good 30% that you will come to loathe it.

        Hyped anime I can remember:

        2013: Shingeki no Kyojin
        2012: Sword Art Online
        2011: Mahou Shoujo Madoka
        2010: Bakemonogatari
        2009: FMA Brotherhood
        2008: Code Geass R2
        2007: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
        2006: Suzumiya Haruhi nu Yuuutsu
        2005: Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
        2004: Elfen Lied
        2003: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi

        • Anonymous says:

          Jojo is still going strong after all these years. Mushishi would never have come back for a season two if it wasn’t popular enough. Note: I said “popular ENOUGH”. There’s no way anime for an adult audience will ever be more popular than anime for kids. Kids have free time to spare for this penis-measuring stuff, adults don’t. In the meantime, almost no anime for teens are anything but a footnote a half-decade later.

        • Anonymous says:

          Jojo’s manga came out in the mid-eighties, is STILL running even now, and has had a LOT of influences on manga since.

          Bobob-bo Bo-bobo was a cheap gag manga knock-off that ran for four years from 2001-2005.

          Whose argument is invalid? Do you even lift, bro?

  • Anonymous says:

    Mahouka has been painfully boring at times. Having a uninteresting Gary Stu lead coupled with an Yandere Brocon possessive Sister makes it even more annoying. Instead of actually showing most of the action, they have long winded scenes that describing the action in strategic detail.

    At least with NHNL when they explain things they make it dramatic and interesting. Mahouka I kept thinking “Beuller? Beuller?” the whole time.

      • Anonymous says:

        The premise is the MC is inept at magic, which his sister excels at, and yet gets by with being smarter than the average chucklehead, and immune to the slurs of segregation. Except he is also:

        1) A genius
        2) A ninja
        3) A special lieutenant in the military
        4) The preeminent genius designer of magic tools
        5) Actually a super-magus capable of using “irrational magic”, which is completely different from regular magic because it’s not on the public school test.
        6) Able to think faster than a supercomputer
        7) Able to reflexively cast magic as fast as he thinks
        8) Able to disintegrate guns instantly within line-of-sight
        9) Capable of solving one of the “impossibilities” magic that no one else ever thought of in such a way that it’s easily duplicated after 30 minutes of study
        10) Able to disintegrate people through walls from two miles away without being able to see them, which is apparently beyond reasonable limits for even the best mages
        11) A healing factor better than Wolverine’s that instantly regenerates lost limbs and triggers automatically anytime he takes lethal damage

        And this list grows well beyond this. Here is every plot thread in the series, ever: Stuff happens but Tatsuya is too awesome. And that is the series. Yes, there are other characters, but their sole purpose in existence is to support Tatsuya and make him look more awesome, which he does by continually pointing out the problems in their lives and getting them to fall in with him for it.

        I gave this series a definate chance. I read volumes of it, but it became extremely clear as it dragged on that the series is what it is, and that’s an unabashed fantasy of extreme male wish fulfillment. If that’s all you want then have at it.

        • Anonymous says:

          This is actually why it is great!
          Im tired of shit MC who are way too emotional
          The plot deepens with each arc and everything is explained (how and why)

          animes need more badass Main characters like, Gutts, Alucard, Hei, Yousuke Otoha, Yagami Kazuma, Layfon Alseif and Sakamaki Izayoi.

        • Anonymous says:

          “Here is every plot thread in the series, ever: Stuff happens but Tatsuya is too awesome. And that is the series. Yes, there are other characters, but their sole purpose in existence is to support Tatsuya and make him look more awesome”
          Actually lmao’ed

        • Anonymous says:

          I’m not very much annoyed by the MC, he is no different to any other MC that ends being a undefeatable warlord whith a shitload of abilities and contacts and access to resources.

          The only difference is, he has everything unlocked since the beginning, what makes it a bit more “boring” (the same is boring if you start a game with all the equipment) but not different than others.

          What really annoys me is the “is not fair he is belittled because he isn’t good at magic since he has lot of other qualities”. Well, is a fucking magic shool, of course they gonna rate him due to his magic, doesnt matter how strong your kung fu is, if you want your kung fu recognized go to a damn kung fu school, not a magic school.

        • Anonymous says:

          Numbers 1, 4, 6 and 9 can be considered the same. Numbers 5, 8 and 10 are also the same. Number 3 is a consequence of 1 + 5 + 11. So, you’re eleven reasons are in fact 3. And that’s taking into account most characters can do 7 perfectly… Talk about biased…

        • Anonymous says:

          I’ll take this MC any day than your generic useless MC. He has quality that make the girls fall to him, which is perfectly acceptable. He deserve the harem. And his super ultra geniousity (I made up this word) is also perfectly acceptable. Think of him as Tony Stark.

        • Anonymous says:


          I think that you’re right in terms of better pacing would help. There was a lot of build-up to the recent attack only to show that the bad guys weren’t really bad enough to be called bad. I found that to be a let down.

          There are a few things that I like about the show, including how much political tension there is, and how the different characters all have their unique viewpoints and timelines — some live exclusively in the here and now, others are playing the long game. And this means that characters have been thinking about stuff but were mostly at a stand-still before the brother and sister came along. Their presence and capabilities can all of a sudden break the logjam and everyone is scheming and plotting and thinking — and in ways that seem consistent with their characters. What’s also kind of fun is how, other than the general lack of respect for Tatsuya upsets Miyuki, the pair generally considers all of the obstacles before them as opportunities and exploit them accordingly.

          I’ll guess that we’ll start to see more capable antagonists who are also playing a long game. For me, I’d prefer less of the technical minutae of CADs, gun design and spell casting. The constant exposition is a drag on the show.

        • Anonymous says:

          To Anon who thought the show isn’t very good. Well that is correct. It is really boring compared to its light novel counterpart.

          If only they had paced it a little bit faster (cut 1-2 episodes), it wouldn’t be so boring.

        • Anonymous says:

          I dunno… while I don’t think the show is very good*, I do find it a little weird how many of the ostensibly male fans of the show seem to go through life dreaming of the next powerful male lead to worship. It feels like every single posting on this show ends up with comments like that (and there seems to be a show every season like this). Maybe it’s the same couple of guys doing this but… who knows. Anyway, it’s a little weird.

          * For that matter, I don’t think this is a very good season. I don’t expect any shows to be much remembered after their season ends. If this show is considered the best of season, then it doesn’t say much for the rest of the shows, which alas, don’t have much to be said for them. Having said all that, the show’s watchable enough along with Brünhilde, Mangaka-san and Riddle.

        • Anonymous says:

          You’re incorrect. He is magical wizard-ninja, more like human hades as he dictates life and death (incl. others) within certain time limit and not to forget he is a walking nuke.

          Hmmm… where did I hear this before? Oh Yeah basically he is from dragon ball. A Saiyajin with the dragon’s power himself and the brain of bulma.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m surprised by the difference between the Male and Female ranking of No Game No Life. It’s quite an entertaining show, though I’m guessing the tits, and the loli make it ever so more popular among the guys? It deserves an equal place in both gender tables. 2nd and 9th is very telling.

    • Anonymous says:

      the story could do without all the fan service, it really doesn’t need it to grab an audience, and in a way, it seem to be doing more harm than good when i ask my friends about the show. but it’s by far one of the best shows i have seen the past few months (well, since kyojin anyway). i really like how the author so obviously cheat with the writing, yet pulls it off in a dramatic and exciting way which makes my mind blown even if i know the trick behind the curtains.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t get why you don’t like the MC for Mahouka. When AoT aired, everyone joked about Eren being a bitch when his reaction to his surroundings was the most natural for a traumatized child that only has hatred to live for. Going back to now, when Tatsuya, a child born trained, and operated on just for the family dignity emerges, no one likes him either.

    It’s weird that people wouldn’t like him since he seems like Mr. Perfect all the while liking an MC who is sub par compared to Narukami Yu’s maxed out parameters.

  • Lol I love it how so many people hate the MC of Mahouka because he’s a gary stue, even though it is explained why this is the case in the novels. If it were a female character most people here would be like “OMG she’s cool!” “My waifu!” even if there was no explanation, how predictable.

    • Anonymous says:

      so in the novels the author explains why he’s writing himself into a story as the perfect individual going through a world where he is supreme with zero flaws?

      doesn’t mean we have to like it. it’s a bad trope, always has been, always will be.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes, he explains why the MC has serious flaws, like having 99% of his emotions and overwritten to make him able to use magic. Or having some of his rights revoked by the government and his own family. Or being forced to work as bodyguard almost all his life, with almost no personal freedom (just the tiny bit her sister sacrifices herself to get him).
        Doesn’t mean anybody has to like it. But forgetting the half of the plot that is convenient for you is also a bad trope 😉