Preliminary Results are In for NHK's Best 100 Anime Ranking
posted on by Eric Stimson
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.
- TIGER & BUNNY
- CARDCAPTOR SAKURA
- MR. OSOMATSU
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
- Love Live! School idol project (season 1)
- Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Joker Game
- Love Live! School idol project (season 2)
- Love Live! The School Idol Movie
- Mobile Suit Gundam
- Case Closed
- Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2
- Is the order a rabbit?
- Legend of the Galactic Heroes
- Revolutionary Girl Utena
- 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.