Top 20 Anime of Spring 2014


As a concluding overview of the past season’s anime, one final survey has been conducted to determine what viewers have resolved to be the most interesting show of the spring 2014 lineup – with the colourful antics of NEET gamer anime No Game No Life shining through to the top spot, succeeding in besting even the desperately popular idol powerhouse that is Love Live.

The ranking, which was conducted from July 5th to the 19th:

1. No Game No Life

2. Love Live!

3. One Week Friends

4. Gochuumon Usagi desu ka?

5/6. Haikyuu! & Knights of Sidonia

7. Ping Pong The Animation

8. Not listed/other (Dragon Ball Z Kai, Daimidaler, Kamigami no Asobi, Still the World is Beautiful, etc.)

9. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

10. Mahou Koukou no Rettousei

11. Black Bullet

12. Mekaku City Actors

13. Gokukoku no Brynhildr

14. Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to

15. Hitsuji no Chaika

16. Soul Eater Not!

17. Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara

18/19/20. Baby Steps, Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin, and Captain Earth

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    • Loftydreamer says:

      I can say I actually liked Spring. Of late I have grown to despise anime pretty heartily, but this past season was pretty good.

      For me I like #1, #9, #10 (Though it is really dragging on, honestly they could accomplish more each episode. Though I admit the Plot Armor is pretty hilariously overblown at times.), #14, #15, #19

      And I guess #8 since it is a catch all and they didn’t list Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou which I thought was really great.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is pretty much the shittiest list i have EVER seen posted here. the only good anime int eh top 10 is Sidonia.

    Ping Pong, Jojo,Sould eater Not, Mekaku City Actors, and Gochuumon should not be ANYWHERE near this list.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wait…. How is Usagi desu ka higher than Mahouka… this makes no sense… I’ve watched both and there wasn’t anything special about that rabbit anime… In fact we’re still left in the dark as to how that old man became a rabbit (they say it’s because of a wish or something? what kind of bs is that…)

    • Anonymous says:

      How the mighty have fallen… Mahouka was rated #1 preseason and has fallen flat. NGNL came out of nowhere to flatten the opposition. It wasn’t high on any list UNTIL it was well into the season. Therefore it cannot be overrated.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s because there are ppl who read the light novels that it was good or those who judge things based on the pv. You cant blame them for not seeing how it will work out as an anime. Deciding what’s overrated is an opinion. Honestly i thought code geass was overrated(here comes the hater)at the time but i still enjoy watching it.

        • Anonymous says:

          I would say Moahuko is overrated based on clear evidence that it was #1 preseason (see preseason sankaku top20 list) and has crashed postseason.

          Not having read Mahouka, I cannot say anything about the novel but looking at the art/character design, it is rather plain for something that is supposed to be “the best thing since Madoka/Evangelion/Etc/etc2”.

          Having preread NGNL, people have to realise one very important thing: it doesn’t take itself seriously. You would find it satires and pokes fun at otaku culture. It is very clear that Sora and Shiro are perverted in every way YET Sora tries to shield his sister from anything R-18… despite Shiro being the instigator. It takes absurdity up to 11. And absurd planning for absurdity up to 12.

          Like 1852 suggest, all that matter is that the viewer enjoys what they watch and whatever others think is irrelevant. With the exception of prime example Love Live. Never did understand the idol phenomenon…

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s what happens when people vote on something they haven’t fully seen.
        What are the chances of a show being great for the first five episodes and then completely shitting itself after?
        Pretty high most everyone would say.

        • Anonymous says:

          Then there are different bases for evaluation. Best elements, averages, synergizing combinations, a demand or requirements to fulfill, novelty, integrity, you name it. Some of these can be cleared or triggered early. Works for condemning factors as well.

  • I still can’t understand how come No Game No Life made such success, the whole setting and purpose of a world based on games was cool, but the main characters and their Deus ex machina antics took nearly all the excitment of seeing those ”games” happening, what is the point of seeing these matches happening if you know they will win without much effort anyway?

    Overpowered characters are not bad, but at least put some things in doubt to make such characters suffer a little and make them at least look like they could lose like Sword Art Online and .hack did it before. Put some things in perspective outside and make people believe the characters are human and not gods.

    Anyway, at least is nice to see a fellow brazilian doing well in Japan. I believe this is the first time a japanese work created by a foreign end up so high on these rankings.

    • Anonymous says:

      The effort you speak about already happened, and we are witnessing what it can empower the two to accomplish. The perspective isn’t on a random pair of players, but on the role that these two happened to select themselves into.

      The series just skips to the solo.

    • Anonymous says:

      What makes NGNL good isn’t the overall plot of them winning all the games, but the humor. It was funny watching and even caused me to laugh out loud a few times, something that few recent series have managed.

      Also, the main chars in NGNL aren’t overpowered, it’s actually the opposite – the “only” skills the main chars of NGNL have is being very good at games, primarily intelligence, knowledge and tactical sense, and to some degree hand/eye coordination.

      Meanwhile they are going against enemies that are in theory way stronger because they are “cheating”, ie. using stuff like magic, superior tech, or have superior “beast” physique/senses.

      Of course everyone knows that the main chars will win, but that just mean NGNL is similar to 99.9% of all other anime. What still makes the story interesting is HOW they will win – going up against magic, or godlike creatures, or high tech beast-men, armed only with their wit and skills.

    • Anonymous says:

      The lead character states himself…if they lose once, it’s game over. There are no redo’s. There is no try again.

      it’s win, or get off the pot…for good. If you can’t wrap your head around that, after being told it explicitly…then you will never “get” the show, and you might as well stop watching.

      The mc will win every match…because they have to. It’s not will they or will they not…but how they win, and what happens while they win.

      It’s just how it is

    • Anonymous says:

      You haven’t watch the anime quite carefully, he makes alot of mistakes that breaks the rule. IN the Jibril match Alpha and Omega, he says Columbs Force as a saying. Scientist will say theories are not actual things so he used a concept which Jibril knows he broke the rules. However as stated by Rule 6 or whatever the person must call the rule breaking like in real life.

      Imagine its a card game and the umpire is not there and you let the rule infraction go by. If you allow to pass without calling the umpire it’s your fault. Play a card tournament and you’ll understand this anime better.

      • Anonymous says:

        WTF rule 6 only states all bet is upheld no matter what. Jibril match was called materialization shiritori.”Sora noted that words which are non-imaginary but the opponent does not know of can also be used”(the fact of why he told Jibril she’s empty headed/ignorant. Jibril doesnt even know what Coulombs Force which is related to Coulombs LAW not THEORY). You can search the difference between a law and theory on ur own time. Plus Coulombs Force isnt an imaginary word.
        ALSO,three things invoke game loss: using a word that has already been used, failing to answer for 30 seconds, or being unable to continue the game.Watch the anime CAREFULLY and you’ll understand how to play better….dumbass

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s what makes most stories that could be good into mediocre ones. Trying to satisfy ones like you. I am glad Mondaiji did not do it, I hate NGNL for trying sometimes. Some people (like me) want at least sometimes to see stories about protagonists nt “hardly beating every obstacle in their way, seeming to be losing”, but “ridiculously crushing every obstacle on their way”. No, really, almost every other anime is ruined by “uh, look, our characters are in pinch! they will lose! sure they will! you do believe that, right?”. No, we don’t believe in that, and that makes it look stupid, retarded and boring over time. If you want to make it believable, make characters actually lose every once in a while, and lose hard. Like Kaiji did. Otherways, don’t do it.

      • Anonymous says:

        “OH no Goku is about to be defeated by {insert bad guy that has been on tV for three weeks} – oh no suddenly Goku pulls a win out of his ass because he believes in himself and kamehameha’s {bad guy’s name}

        we all know that Goku is going to win but we still watch. So if Sora and Shiro aren’t about to loose but we know they will win we should not watch because whats the point?

        its fun to see the underdog pull a win even. because if goku or Sora lost the show would end? Guess we should stop watching any show where the good guy looses and the show ends on episode two.

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree that its boring watching the protag win all the time.What i hate the most is how the protag are losing(mostly in action animes) in a obviously one sided match but suddenly wins. Most of the fairy tail fight are like that now and many animes too. Its not an even fight where both sides are doing heavy damage and receiving them damage.

      • Anonymous says:

        LN or anime writers don’t have the same writing skill level as more famous novelists. It’s as simple as that.
        Write simple stories so that every viewer, regardless of intelligence, can understand it.
        But there’s also another term for that: “lowest common denominator” and that’s what also kills anime stories. Flat, low dimensional characters (both good and bad) and universe bending so that it will revolve around those characters. It’s not a great recipe for any that can be thrilling, intelligent while also being entertaining.

        • Anonymous says:

          WTF does actual games tournament has to do with this anime. Anime defies all logic of real life especially when the anime is a fantasy genre. If u want real life shit go watch dramas or slice of life.