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Preliminary Results are In for NHK's Best 100 Anime Ranking

posted on by Eric Stimson
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NHK is conducting an online poll of the 100 best anime of all time in honor of the medium's centennial (100th anniversary). The TV program announcing the results is a long way away — May 3 — but the poll closes on March 31. NHK has released the preliminary results anyway to give fans an idea of what's doing well.

  1. TIGER & BUNNY
  2. CARDCAPTOR SAKURA
  3. MR. OSOMATSU
  4. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  5. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  6. Love Live! School idol project (season 1)
  7. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  8. Joker Game
  9. Love Live! School idol project (season 2)
  10. Gintama
  11. Love Live! The School Idol Movie
  12. Mobile Suit Gundam
  13. Case Closed
  14. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
  15. Is the order a rabbit?
  16. Psycho-Pass
  17. Haikyu!!
  18. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
  19. Revolutionary Girl Utena
  20. Attack on Titan

As the results indicate, older anime are not doing particularly well. Only five other anime from before 1990 are in the top 50: Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (#21), Future Boy Conan (#22), Space Battleship Yamato (#25), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (#33), and Castle in the Sky (#50). While the top three slots are the same for female voters, among males nos. 4 through 6 take the top three slots.

Meanwhile, voting for the best anime songs of all time continues until February 10. The results will be announced on February 18 in a TV special, Countdown Live: Anison Best 100!. BS Premium will air another related program on February 8 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.

If you're incensed by your favorite anime's conspicuous absence in the top 20, you can vote here (Japanese only). Note that only three votes can be cast per day, and the same anime can't be chosen twice.

Sources: NHK and Man Tan Web; Images from Naver Matome, The Christian Times and Osomatsu-san Sokuhō


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