Top 10 Anime of 2014

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An entire month may have passed since the new year, but dedicated fans are still determined to find the best anime of 2014 – with one of the year’s lesser regarded shows being given the top spot.

The ranking, bearing 25,192 votes at a 68% male to 32% female ratio:


1. Zankyou no Terror

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2. Noragami

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3. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works

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4. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

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5. No Game No Life

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6. Aldnoah.Zero

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7. Sword Art Online II

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8. Tokyo Ghoul

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9. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

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10. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

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    Comment by Nessiah
    07:47 05/02/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Funny. I was 100% sure that amagi Brilliant Park would appear on this list. LOL It seems I was completely wrong through...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:03 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amagi wasn't really very well known online with Facebook audiences, as far as I could tell. Those who watched it at all felt it ran out of steam, and moved onto more mainstream shows because other people were watching them. I was hard-pressed to even discuss it for fun with others to try to get some value out of the later episodes once it stopped being all that comedic.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Because it flopped by Kyoto Animation standards. Free Eternal Summer outsold it massively.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:56 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    DVD/BD sales combined Free Eternal Summer was pulling 20k sales on release. That's more than the 6-7k sales for Amagi. Dunno how someone could downvote for that, its the truth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because there IS fujoshi market, on which, no one cares enough to cater it. Or, fudanshi, the male version of fujoshi, who likes to watch yaoi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 05/02/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    No Sidonia makes me a sad panda.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:26 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I somehow doubt that many people on "anitrendz" would be forgiving of CG or non-standard artstyles in anime, let alone an anime that's not mainstream.

    Based on their comments I'm sure they would have loved Seki-kun, for instance, but I doubt many of them even knew it existed because it wasn't a pop anime and wasn't about mopey teenagers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, seki-kun was good and appealing to all kinds of audience (no age limit). It was a pretty fun anime that was probably shunned by the over piling collection of cliche. Sadnu

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sorry, Aldnoah is better, because... well, because it's more popular. Besides, Sidonia had CG. That's right up there with Ping Pong not having a mainsteam art style - total cancer to the people who can't into anime unless it's just like every other anime.

    In all seriousness, maybe one day people who like Aldnoah will actually watch a better anime and realize how shitty it is. There were far better anime in its seasons alone, which is obvious given how the people who liked it can't even articulate why.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aldnoah and Sidonia are both shitty Gundam clones. Who cares if one is CGI or not, they both suck

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The underrated Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin should be on here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:10 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nanana was just plain teasing you in the balls.
    They shouldn't had made the anime if they're not sticking on it to the end. I hate this kind of production, utterly waste of time and hope (story wise, it is interesting)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh Nanana. Not enough episodes sadly. However, other than Nanana, it felt likethe action version of Toradora.

    No Game No Life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Izuna-tan No Life

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:03 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    a good list. the positions are a bit wonky, but i like almost all of the shows here.

    Comment by Anonymous

    but it's missing log horizon

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 05/02/2015 # ! Good (+0.6)

    DEEN Horizon 2 with its shit tier animation. Did anyone see Episode 17? Its like they got a bunch of teenage girls from Deviantart to animate it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Deen and the animation aren't even close to the biggest problems, compared to the tedious scenarios, terrible character writing, and just plain lack of excitement.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @4:55

    Nobody said they had to adapt them all. Plus, an adaptation doesn't gave to be the same as the manga. Sure, there will always be weirdos who only want an animated version of the manga, but the rest of us want something BETTER. And if anime aren't going to aim higher than being a shittier ad for the manga version, then what's the point in even trying to defend them? If they suck and they were just out to make a buck, they're hardly worth defending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The animation is a disgrace, there's no excuse for it in 2015. Studio DEEN are a disgrace, I've seen shows that have sold less than Log Horizon Season 1 get sequels with better quality animation/artwork. No one can say the budget can be blamed, it may be low but a good studio can still pump out some quality stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:45 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    If only people would complain about the disgraceful writing that most anime get as much as they pick on Deen for not animating up to their standards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean like the character writing of SAO?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:10 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Curz it's crap.(And it's not ended yet.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Graphics? Who really cares about those? In a year or two they will look outdated anyway. Anime is about the blend of visuals, story and other things. If all you're watching it for is animation, then you might as well just watch a few special effects demos. Look at Angel Beats again, or Cowboy Bebop - nobody cares about how good they look anymore, only what impact they anime had on them (even if they still hold up, depending on the viewer).

    SAO could have also been done in a few episodes per arc, there was no need to drag each one out as much as they did. Log Horizon was about different things, and I know I'll remember season one compared to anything in SAO, because characters and ideas stuck with me - not just "oh, this guy's OP", or "that girl's cute" or "that action scene was kinda ok-looking".

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't watched sao, but as I recall that at least had OK graphic, but Log's drawing below avarge in quality, I think they maked a 2season anime for the cost of a one season anime.
    Also the last episodes just wtf, idc what was their point, but it was really irritating to even look at what is happening to that anime. In overall, since s1 there was very little real story in log, it could be done in max 5 episodes....

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:02 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @4:55

    Nobody said they had to adapt them all. Plus, an adaptation doesn't gave to be the same as the manga. Sure, there will always be weirdos who only want an animated version of the manga, but the rest of us want something BETTER. And if anime aren't going to aim higher than being a shittier ad for the manga version, then what's the point in even trying to defend them? If they suck and they were just out to make a buck, they're hardly worth defending.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @04:52

    You really don't understand how anime is made do you? They always adapt the manga/light novel material. You also couldn't do the Aincrad and Alfheim arcs in a few episodes, that's just stupid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @16:00

    That's not actually true. They cut material from the Aincrad and Alfheim arcs, and cut Kiritos inner monologues so they could cover everything in one full season. Nothing was dragged out in those arcs, if anything the loss of the raid on Laughing Coffin was detrimental to Gun Gale Online as they had to explain crudely via flashbacks.

    I agree however that they could have abridged Gun Gale Online.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 06/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @3:05

    Doesn't really matter if they cut stuff out, it was still pretty dragged out for too little payoff. I sure won't be remembering much about SAO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:45 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    That can't be it because SAO made this list, and it's even worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pretty decent list. With different genres

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    Comment by Chen-04
    05:46 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    At least this list seems legit. Though, I of course don't fully agree with it - who would?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    What seems legit about it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    I concur with this anon - what's legit about it?

    If anything the list shows the difference in tastes with westerners (whom I assume are the majority of the trenders on facebook) and the east. Going back a few weeks to the 2chan post for top anime, I recall seeing #1 as Barakamon yet on this list, we see no mention even. Personally, I thought Barakamon was an extremely well done show and definitely deserves some sort of merit. That being said, there's a very clear trend with the above list that really makes you question how "legitimate" this list is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not "Westerners" so much as that particular Facebook group. I know more Westerners who adore Mushishi than anything on this top ten, in fact. It's just one audience's idea of "the best anime", and they clearly didn't watch enough anime in 2014 to have a proper idea, or are pretty inexperienced anime viewers in general if they still think something like Terror or Noragami were "The best".

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So what exactly makes "Thank You, No Terror" so good that it deserves the top spot ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's pretty similar to death note, they kind of rushed the ending though, felt it could have went for another 13 eps.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:18 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    from the plot summary it doesn't sound anything like death note

    What makes it similar?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:55 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    http://myanimelist.net/anime/23283/Zankyou_no_Terror/userrecs

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:57 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    @7:55

    User recs only count if the users have watched enough anime to really know what to recommend. Most of the people on MAL don't, and the recs there tend to be pretty tenuous at best, relying on superficial elements. Death Note isn't really much like Terror, once you actually watch it; not structurally, not stylistically, not even in terms of the basic elements. It's just the closest thing those people have watched, so it gets recommended.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    The show started out pretty strong for the first few episodes and the ~2 last episodes were also great. But the whole middle, when the character "Five" was there, felt like a giant filler. The show was still not bad, but not as strong as before or after. I think as an OVA with only 6 or maybe 7 episodes, this would have been a lot better.

    Asode from that, this has one of the best OSTs from the whole year.

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    Comment by Cabulb
    06:26 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Edgy teenagers and 9/11

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:48 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually, 9/12.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice animation

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:43 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because this is a Facebook poll, and as we all know, Facebook voters have amazing taste.

    Comment by Anonymous

    No it doesn't, it sucks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:42 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Who the hell cares what Facebook's "anitrendz" has to say about anything? You might as well just make up a list at random.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    Crap, no Space Dandy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it me or is this like the 3rd or 4th "Ton 10 of 2014" now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 05/02/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    zankyou was pretty disappointing though





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