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NHK Announces Best 100 Anime

by tsubasalover
May 3, 2017 7:07 AM | 425 Comments

To commemorate one hundred years of Japanese anime history, NHK has announced a list of 100 Best Anime on Wednesday at NHK BS Premium. The list is based on the audience's votes regarding their best anime that aired until September 2016; which was held between January 8 to March 31, 2017. The 3-hour program featured seiyuu interviews, promotional videos, polls, anime clips, commentaries, and talks about the industry in-between rankings. A variety of anime were also honorably mentioned but are not ranked such as Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni and Yuri!!! On ICE.

The list for ranks 101 to 400 has also been announced on the official website prior to the announcement.

**1 Tiger & Bunny
**2 Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Rising
**3 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica
**4 Love Live! School Idol Project
**5 Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season
**6 Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Beginning
**7 Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
**8 Cardcaptor Sakura
**9 Love Live! The School Idol Movie
*10 Osomatsu-san

*11 Gintama
*12 Joker Game
*13 Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu
*14 Neon Genesis Evangelion
*15 Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2
*16 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka?
*17 Mobile Suit Gundam
*18 Digimon Adventure
*19 Psycho-Pass
*20 Sword Art Online

*21 Clannad: After Story
*22 Girls und Panzer
*23 Haikyuu!!
*24 Detective Conan
*25 Hyouka
*26 Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari
*27 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
*28 Shingeki no Kyojin
*29 Uchuu Senkan Yamato
*30 Shoujo Kakumei Utena

*31 Bungou Stray Dogs
*32 Prince of Tennis
*33 Love Live! Sunshine!!
*34 Cowboy Bebop
*35 Steins;Gate
*36 Natsume Yuujinchou
*37 Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
*38 Hoshi no Ko Poron
*39 Mirai Shounen Conan
*40 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed

*41 K-On!
*42 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu
*43 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
*44 Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro
*45 Bakemonogatari
*46 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
*47 Hibike! Euphonium
*48 Free!
*49 Girls und Punzer der Film
*50 Fate/Zero

*51 Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
*52 Shirobako
*53 Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi
*54 Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
*55 Gintama'
*56 Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
*57 Kimi no Na wa.
*58 K-On!!
*59 Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa
*60 Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

*61 Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu
*62 Free!: Eternal Summer
*63 High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days
*64 Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
*65 Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho
*66 The iDOLM@STER
*67 Haikyuu!! Second Season
*68 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka??
*69 Mob Psycho 100
*70 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

*71 Fullmetal Alchemist
*72 One Piece
*73 Macross F
*74 Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49
*75 Saraba Uchuu Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshi-tachi
*76 Cardcaptor Sakura (2nd Season)
*77 Angel Beats!
*78 Mushishi
*79 Urusei Yatsura
*80 Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

*81 K
*82 Kuroko no Basket
*83 Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai.
*84 Hunter x Hunter
*85 Pokemon
*86 Soukou Kihei Votoms
*87 Juuni Kokuki
*88 Kekkai Sensen
*89 Hetalia: The Beautiful World
*90 Fushigi no Umi no Nadia

*91 Mononoke
*92 Kill la Kill
*93 InuYasha
*94 Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer
*95 Dennou Coil
*96 JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders
*97 Akira
*98 Macross: Do You Remember Love?
*99 Gan to Gon
100 Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei

Source: Mainichi Shinbun

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Of course the ratings of anime in Japan would be different from other countries, but to all guys here who try to open our eyes by saying this I'd like to mention one thing - judging from the grand title 'one hundred years of anime', isn't this supposed to be a top list of all anime ever aired before 2016? And if yes, then most fans are angry not simply because their favorite piece is not № 1, but rather because the top listed titles do not seem to be real standouts in the whole century of anime history. Since the twitter posts are protected and the original NHK link is expired, I can not trace the original survey, so this is only a suggestion, but I do believe a probable one.

Yesterday, 6:59 AM by Eine

STROOOOONGLY disagree with the list, but i see why most of those would be high up, except... joker game srsly? why?

Sep 6, 8:09 AM by guizo666

Lol, most of the bottom 50 is better than the top 10. Nice to see Gundam and Sakura so high in the list tho.

Aug 27, 5:59 AM by Xulomander

Lol the fact that a Pokemon movie ranks above Kimi no Na Wa among others speaks volumes.

Aug 8, 7:38 AM by -Riptide-

love live at number four and five

ah, more men of culture, i see

Aug 8, 7:32 AM by neqxient

At least Madoka in the Top 3.


May 15, 10:51 PM by Ixiel

To the people who are thinking why isn't there favorite shounen anime not in the #top100 list because people there have expose to manga and light novels.
If you observe the list properly then you will see that the animes whose manga are very popular are placed quite low on the list (or are not in the list xD)

May 15, 10:27 PM by StrongManxD

Whoa ...Naruto isn't top 100?? Tell me this list isn't in order

Apr 4, 10:42 PM by UchihaAsante

Pokemon is one the #85 place behind, so that means Pokemon isn't really popular in Japan at all, right?

And the Pokemon movie Giratina and the Sky Warriers was really good man, being place on the top #53 was really good!!!

And the Digimon (one of my favorite chilldhood shows) being on #18 place was pretty good, because of Digital works and the animals creatures as digital beings!!!

(Sorry for my poor english)

Mar 26, 10:59 AM by hotsushikun

tsubasalover said:
The list for ranks 101 to 400 has also been announced on the official website prior to the announcement.

I can't find death note even in this rankings and I have to say how death note is the most popular in the world but is not even 400 in Japan (how death note became popular?!)

And when you compare these two ( & the overall rankings is similar to female rankings and this shows that most of the voters were females and it's not accurate

Mar 25, 4:36 PM by mhkr

The biggest difference between our top 100 and the Japanese top 100 is pretty simple (IMO). Their's seems much more based on enjoyment. Love Live and Tiger and Bunny wouldn't be that high on any voting list from the West because they aren't deep and meaningful shows.

Despite elitists calling every anime viewer that hasn't seen their favorite anime casuals, in the West viewers prefer things that have some meaning behind them.

That, and a large majority of western viewers like Shounen anime because they are "cool" and "hype".

Aside from Gintama, which in and of itself is a parody of all things shounen more than an actual shounen, there isn't even 1 shounen anime in the top 20 for the Japanese list. It seems to me that the Japanese aren't as caught up in shounen hype, as it's something most viewers (there) outgrow.

Not to say shounen and meaningful anime are bad or wrong to enjoy, but those are the two main reason our lists are so different.

In the US at least, if I were to post on almost any anime site that Love Live was my favorite anime (it's not) then I'd just get a bunch of elitists coming in explaining to me how wrong I am, and shounen fans telling me that their favorite shounen is better. Just take a look at any of the various anime threads on this site. Almost all of them devolve into elitists talking down to people and shounen fans with poorly constructed posts (and usually poor English) telling people their shounen is better.

This thread itself is almost entirely just those two fanbases talking about the Japanese having poor taste and not understanding the medium that they themselves created.

I'm not talking down to Western fans in general, look at my top 5 list. 4 of those anime are pretty common to see on top 5 lists on this site, so I'm no different (the exception being Beck, as I don't see that on many people's Top 5 lists).

My main point here is that people acting outraged because the Japanese list doesn't conform to the Western anime tastes is incredibly silly because we want much different things out of our anime than the Japanese audiences do.

With all that out of the way, I am surprised to see Tiger & Bunny at #1. Didn't know it was that popular like... anywhere? Haven't seen it myself. Also, thought I'd see Doraemon in the top 20 since I constantly hear people in the US talking about how popular it is in Japan. All in all this is an interesting list! I'll have to check out some anime off of it!

Feb 20, 11:38 AM by Shioxus

Hunter x Hunter should be no 1

Feb 6, 12:25 PM by shakira123

Turns out Love Live is to the Japanese anime community what Gintama is to MAL.

In all seriousness, as is the case anywhere in the world, popularity is going to be a gigantic factor. In a country where people aren't constantly discussing things like Fullmetal Alchemist and Death Note it's hardly surprising that they won't have the same positive skew as they do over here. Likewise, they don't have the same negative backlash from sections of their community to attach to SAO and Love Live. It clearly just never became a thing over there.

Feb 6, 2:18 AM by TheRealBailey_

The responses to this list are pretty hilarious. Of course the Japanese aren't going to have the same tastes as weeaboos. The top anime on MAL just plain aren't the top anime over there. Yes, believe it or not, FMA:B is not the masterpiece many of you think it is, and SAO is not the lowest piece of crap many of you think it is. And I'm not saying the opinions on these are entirely wrong, but the overwhelming love or hate of many of these shows has more to do with groupmind that actual objective analysis.

Take a look at this site. It's sort of a MAL equivalent:

Note the positions of shows like Steins;Gate, Bakemonogatari, Attack on Titan, and SAO. There are many similarities to the rankings on MAL, and some of the same shows are in the top 10/20/100 etc. But it demonstrates very well how the Japanese don't think FMA:B is the god of all shows and just how many more them love SAO than hate it like here.

Now, I'm not acting like that site is the end all site for all Japanese anime rankings, but it does prove a point. Their group taste is significantly different than MALs group taste (and IMO they have better taste).

I also think one of the huge flaws in MAL that has to be accounted for is that ratings for subbed and dubbed versions of anime aren't separated. An anime that is an 8 subbed can easily become a 7 dubbed. MAL has nothing to compensate for this problem. It's no different than how the PC version of a game might be terrible due to being a bad port of a console game (or visa-versa), even if that game on console was fantastic and highly rated. Sites like Metacritic separate the ratings based on platform. I really think MAL should do the same based on subs and dubs. You could still have an overall combined rating, but it would be interesting and possibly enlightening to see the separate sub and dub ratings.

Feb 4, 11:18 PM by Hraktuus

Quite a lot of gems on there so that's decent except the ranking is extremely strange. Honestly I wouldn't think the general consensus is like that over there but aye different strokes.

Jan 24, 8:50 PM by awal

Kittens-kun said:
Rorek said:

Agree, it's a cancer.

Have any of you even bothered to actually look at the top 100? There's some REALLY good shows. Gintama, Code Geass, Monster, Rakugo, Mushishi, FMAB, Ippo, etc. I don't see how you can think all these shows are shit or cancer.

i fucking know right. I checked again, for real the top 100 has many really great show if you overlooked the messed up system

Jan 23, 9:12 PM by Birdman08

wtf is this.... welp they have different weird taste than the rest of the world,imo

Jan 23, 8:33 PM by Birdman08

Hi brother. I'm Japanese. Let me just say one thing. This list is rubbish because of organized votes. Bye now ;)

Jan 14, 4:21 AM by Try_able

That list is shit.Where's Naruto!?

Jan 13, 11:40 AM by MujihinaAssassin

After seeing SAO on the 20th position , I stopped reading.

Jan 7, 11:18 AM by Shuforces

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