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Reader’s Choice – Favorite Anime 2008 Poll

It’s time for the Third Annual Reader’s Choice Poll!

Every year there are so many good choices, and I’m still in the process of choosing my own favorites (GEASS, Macross Frontier, and true tears are at the top of my list), but below, you can vote for your Favorite Anime of 2008 from a list of every single series that’s ended this past year.

The criteria for a series being included on this list is that it had to have been a complete TV series that ended in 2008 or will be ending very soon. The general idea here is that you can’t really judge a series until it’s over, and that means that fans of shows like Toradora! will have to wait until next year’s poll. I also wasn’t able to include any OVAs because there were just too many of them, though I’ve added Detroit Metal City and Kara no Kyoukai to the list by special request. In addition, I’ve combined series that were split into two parts into one listing (i.e. Vampire Knight and Vampire Knight Guilty). Still, if there’s anything you think I omitted that fits into the above criteria, feel free to email me, and I’ll add it to the list.

Choose your favorite, tell your friends to come vote, and the winner will get included in a post later this week!

This poll will close Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 11:59 PM EST.

Edit: There were some problems with the polling software, so voting got frozen for a few hours. Please try voting again if you weren’t able to earlier.

The poll has been closed early. Please see this post.

December 29, 2008 at 4:18 pm
  • December 30, 2008 at 11:36 amBarneyEX

    Obviously something is very very buggy with the voting system, needs to be fixed though

  • December 30, 2008 at 11:38 amjamespenguin

    not bugs, snakes

  • December 30, 2008 at 11:47 amhurrdurr

    1Real Drive
    2hakaba kitarou
    7Box of the Mouryou
    8Library Wars
    9Skip Beat
    10 Ryoko`s Case File

  • December 30, 2008 at 11:58 amKYAASHAN

    You’re all fucking stupid. Thank you and good night.

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:01 pmYousei

    I think, this year best is : SKIP BEAT!! I love so much the manga too

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:01 pmYousei

    I think, this year best is : SKIP BEAT!! I love so much the manga too

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:14 pmMofandom

    Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is so boring. i fall asleep while i still watching it and giving up this series after episode 2.Predictable story. Monotone’s voice (ecspecially Nogizaka Haruka). It’s voice remind me of enma ai of jigoku shoujo. Cannot stand that seiyuu voice.

    Code geass, macross frontier or gundam 00 should be top three anime.

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:17 pmKyjin

    Great, 4chan ate the poll. >.<

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:24 pmreggie

    Hayate no Gotoku , funniest show this season hands down

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:27 pmreggie

    ooops i totally forgot about kurenai glad i didn’t vote just yet :)

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:40 pmConfusedGirl29


    I can’t believe that Clannad’s only got 0%.

    Ok, I didn’t vote for Clannad but still it deserves more than 0%!

  • December 30, 2008 at 12:43 pmsureisobvious

    Clannad 0%, 132 Votes

  • December 30, 2008 at 1:06 pmZenzen

    #1 Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu (17%, 16,140 Votes)
    So, who did this hax?

  • December 30, 2008 at 1:09 pmHimeh

    Code Geass hands down for me
    It killed me so many times X_X

  • December 30, 2008 at 1:11 pmsacchi

    Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu is winning? What the heck is happening!?

  • December 30, 2008 at 1:14 pmsacchi

    There might be a hacker.

  • December 30, 2008 at 1:32 pmDave

    Might be? Last night the numbers were far more reasonable all around. Either there are some massive fansites linking in, or some people are obviously way too bored and have nothing better to do than write bots this holiday season…

  • December 30, 2008 at 1:43 pmMidou

    I watched a few minutes of Bus Gamer and that one long Japanese title thats winning and they were so awful I had to stop.

    They should have made something really awesome no one knows about win, like Astro Fighter Sunred or Titania, too bad they weren’t even on the poll, but garbage like Bus Gamer is.

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm;_;


  • December 30, 2008 at 2:24 pmSoet

    I don’t want this to sound like I’m saying this just because my favorite isn’t #1 :P
    but there’s something wrong with this poll :/

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:30 pmSplash

    Looks like someone hacked the Poll. Bus Gamer is #1? LOL. The series didn’t even finish airing and episodes came in dribs and drabs. No way that could possibly be the Highest voted series.

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:33 pmpuyomon

    Do we really have 110,532 people who voted? Granted this blog is popular, but something smells fishy.

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:34 pmSplash

    Sorry part of my thread got cut off.

    Strike witches, Haruka, Spice and Wolf, and Bamboo Blade were all good series and I can believe them being in the top 10 but Bus Gamer? no way!

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:35 pmAzure

    Why the heck would someone hack a matter as trivial as this?

    Anyway, I think it would be safer to simply restart the poll.

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:35 pmmiasmacloud

    Kara no Kyoukai is superior to Bus Gamer. If you’re bored and going to rig this poll, do it for something that’s less obviously a troll.

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:45 pmSpeedyK

    Geass ofcourse!

    Are there people who seriously voted Bus Gamer?

  • December 30, 2008 at 2:55 pmZenzen

    “Strike witches, Haruka, [...] good series”
    Hope you’re kidding.

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:03 pmSilentmanX

    GUNDAM 00

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:04 pmSilentmanX

    Gundam 00
    Code Geass R2

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:05 pmantokio

    of course is an hack, i think there’s more than 17000 people who watched Bus Gamer all over the world; a poll restart is needed, or you can take the results of few hours ago: Code Geass, Gundam 00 and Macross Frontier. it’s a good result for me :)

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:09 pmGod~Knows~

    What the F*** bus gamer? I think its some stupid error here with the polls.
    Strike witches?Haruka? Is the world ending?!!
    The rest are believable though somewhat…either that or millions pedophiles and japanophiles live here.
    lol macross has 0. % of the votes.

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:18 pmKallen_R2

    Code Geass! :D But I can’t believe Bus Gamer is winning o_o;

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:21 pmKeitaro1983

    Haruka Nogizaka, Bamboo Blade and Spice and Wolf are very good series, but I don’t think they could get this amount of votes and IMHO they don’t deserve to win over CLANNAD, GEASS, true tears or Hidamari Sketch. I don’t have an opinion about Macross and Gundam because I don’t like so much mecha (I liked GEASS for politics), but I respect that they’re popular.

    Omni, please, stop that. It’s evident that someone has hacked the poll.

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:23 pmFrieza

    to bad SOUL EATER isn’t listed, with 36 episodes of awsomeness it should have been included imo, but gotta go with Code Geass

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:30 pmKhrno

    So by this poll we can find out 2 things:

    1. This blog has over 100,000 readers.

    2. Omni needs an anti-cheating poll system for the next poll.

    So which one is it?

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:45 pmMasterofveggies

    You forgot Gintama so I was forced to vote R2…><

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:48 pmle nuage

    Spice & Wolf !!!!!!!!!!

    … It’s not possible… There are fake votes here. What’s “bus gamer” ?
    And how come panty withces and Nogizaka haruhi have so many votes ?

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:55 pmKai-Kun

    Definitely, I LOVE IT.

    Seriously, it took me 6 hours to decide and I withered it down from 18.

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:57 pmChimasternmay

    bus gammer WTF…

  • December 30, 2008 at 3:57 pmlavarock

    Why is bus gamer and strike witch so high up? Totally don’t understand

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:19 pmLump

    wait wtf happened to the votes? When I checked yesterday Code Geass and gundam 00 had the top 2 spots… now gundam 00 has no votes. Wtf?

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:24 pmjohnny-o

    Wow, I did not expect this. But the people have spoken, I guess.

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:27 pmaesthetics

    Bus Gamer was awesome. Best animu of the year definitely.

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:29 pm8ghosts

    where is xam’d?

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:48 pmkazio

    Something is definitely wrong.

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:50 pmMekillyou

    This is soooooooooo funny, Code Geass and Gundam 00 going down, this shows are to overrated.

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:51 pmheavendrive

    something happened….. busgamer was good, but not so much to be # 1 the same goes to the following series…. naturally I think code geass is #1 !!!

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:56 pmpakxenon

    So it’s really obvious this poll got trolled, but what is even worse is the amount of unreadable, illegible, and childish comments posted about the poll hijack and Code Geass. I’m glad this poll got trolled, though everybody should know what the top 5 is anyways (#1 by a long shot followed by superior shows like Gundam 00, Macross Frontier, and raging shows like true tears and Kannagi).

    By the way, I made a legit vote for Shugo Chara and nothing more.

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:56 pmno thank you

    even though CGR2 was overrated, it was still a great series
    >_> well, it has my vote!

  • December 30, 2008 at 4:57 pmLong

    I’m surprised Michiko to Hatchin is not even on this poll!

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:03 pmR.

    Oh wow, the guys on 4chan’s /a/ are running voting scripts like crazy.

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:19 pmMekillyou

    True enough, Code Geass was a great series, but hearing some people say the “greatest anime ever”, makes me laugh.

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:45 pmQin

    Natsume Yuujinchou/Macross Frontier/Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Second Season/Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:47 pmQin

    Natsume Yuujinchou/Macross Frotier/Gundam 00

  • December 30, 2008 at 5:57 pmBwahaha

    Seriously. The people saying Geass was a great series, just wow. The first season started off decent but with R2 it became a trolling fest.

    Also yeah, the reason for it being so popular is due to the “japanophiles” or weeaboos as I know them as. Them or Yaoi Fangirls. Geass tries to be everything at once, catering to everyones needs, but that’s part of what screws it over. But because those parts are there, people love it all the same because it’s cool.

    Geass is mediocre at best when looking at the entire series, and a good one (not great or amazing) when looking at just S1.

    And Haruka is a definite no. It’s one of the most generic anime I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t think Kaiji is the greatest, but when that started increasing in votes I was really rooting for it since it’s original, creative, and does everything really well much unlike the number one at the time.

  • December 30, 2008 at 6:05 pmYousei

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • December 30, 2008 at 6:21 pmCain

    And I didn’t get to vote :(

  • December 30, 2008 at 6:23 pmNicholas Frota

    I wrote about the best 10 animes I watched in 2008… not exactly the animes PRODUCED this year, but it’s something.


  • December 30, 2008 at 6:53 pmmaster-ling

    @ Trillian lol yea lmao same can’t decide can’t decide, last hardest choise was what to give my mom for christmas

  • December 30, 2008 at 7:41 pmiori kun

    hemm.. i’d like to choose gundam 00.
    code geass is not enough i think..

  • December 30, 2008 at 7:42 pmPaud

    code geass

  • December 30, 2008 at 9:45 pmSmystal0

    I really like Gundam 00! Next I love to watch Naruto Shippuuden.

  • December 31, 2008 at 12:01 amZaneXephonna


  • December 31, 2008 at 6:07 amboiya

    my vote would have went for Code Geass R2 with Ga Rei Zero coming in close second

  • December 31, 2008 at 9:53 ammilk boy

    CODE GEAS ~~!!

  • December 31, 2008 at 12:43 pmalice

    gundam 00 and skip beat,

    agree with iori kun..
    code geass isn’t enough..
    altough the 1st season was a bit surprised..i think it much better than gundam 00

    but, the 2nd season is..
    oh well,.. it’s just make me disappointed a lot.. (sorry 4all CG r2 fans)

  • January 1, 2009 at 7:47 pmForgereth

    Code Geass

  • January 2, 2009 at 3:15 amJcop

    Code Geass

  • January 2, 2009 at 7:30 amHellishdude

    Teh Code Geass by far. I’ve seen some nice series this season, but nothing I haven’t seen before. Code Geass was something new, sometimes made me RAAAAAAGEEEE and some others made me MOAARRRRRR, but the final result was an awesome experiance. And Because Gundam Seed 00 is still airing, the lead goes to none other than Code Geass.

  • January 3, 2009 at 2:10 amfiveohone

    I would have to say that my favorite anime of 2008 would be:

    Gurren Lagann.

    It was the definition of epic, manliness, and it shows to believe in yourself.

  • January 3, 2009 at 12:03 pmDryCleaner

    @Shuffleair page 1
    ROFLMAO Dragonite really sucks. I think it’s a terrible anime. And To be honest my Vote would go for Code Geass.

  • January 3, 2009 at 2:44 pmFidel

    Code Geass the best Anime EVER !!! =”) unbeatable..

  • January 10, 2009 at 1:46 amElena

    Nabari No Ou…Code Geese is so overrated, jeez.

  • October 13, 2009 at 5:29 amwraithe

    wow! a lot like code geass. too bad it has no manga. sigh…

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