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NHK to Honor Anime's 100th Anniversary with "Top 100" Ranking

posted on by Eric Stimson
Separate poll for anime songs

Despite the discovery of a three second-long animated clip from 1907, 1917 is generally acknowledged as the birth year of anime with the production of Ōten Shimokawa's now-lost Imokawa Mukuzō Genkanban no Maki ("Tale of the Doorman Mukuzō Imokawa"). To celebrate anime's upcoming centennial, NHK will present a TV program in 2017 listing the 100 best anime as determined by an online poll.

The poll will open here on January 8. In the meantime, anime fans can vote for their favorite anime songs (openings, endings or inserts) in a separate poll open until February 10. The results will be presented in two parts in an NHK program, Countdown LIVE Anisong Best 100!, on February 18. You can vote here.

On January 8, NHK will air a related program, Shichōsha Tōhyō Start! Anime 100-nin Kurai ni Kikimashita ("Viewer Poll Starts! We Asked About 100 Anime People"), which, as the name indicates, involves interviews with around a hundred prominent anime fans about their favorite anime and scenes from anime. It will be hosted by the actor Takaya Kamikawa and singer Daigo; interviewees will include comedians Bakarhythm and Yasuko Mitsūra, novelist Keisuke Hada, actors Akiko Hinagata, Fumika Shimizu, Seiichi Tanabe and Naoko Yamazaki, singers Rina Ikoma of Nogizaka46 and T.M. Revolution, beach volleyball player and sports commentator Jun'ichi Kawai, swimmer Satomi Suzuki and anatomist Takeshi Yōrō.

NHK will air another related program on January 28 called Creator-tachi no DNA ~Nippon Anime 100-nen Shi~ ("The DNA of Creators ~100 Years of Anime~"). This will focus on prominent creators of anime like Tatsuyuki Nagai (A Certain Scientific Railgun), Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Hiroshi Sasagawa (Time Bokan), Gisaburō Sugii (Night on the Galactic Railroad), Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam) and Kazuya Tsurumaki (the Evangelion movies); they will explain anime history and why anime appeals to so much of the world. Sayuri Matsumura of Nogizaka46 will host.

Fullmetal Alchemist topped a list of top 100 TV anime by TV Asahi in 2006; it also tops ANN's popularity rankings. A Silent Voice and your name. top the "best rated" lists (using weighted averages and the Bayesian estimate, respectively).

Source: Nippon Anime 100 official website; Image from planwallpaper

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