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Reader’s Choice – Favorite Anime 2009 Poll

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

This year, we’re changing the poll in a few key ways:

  • There are now two polls. One poll is for all regularly broadcast series and the other is for OVAs, ONAs, and movies.
  • You now get three votes for the regularly broadcast series poll and one vote for the OVA/ONA/movie poll. This lets you choose your top three for the year instead of just top one, which in past years has skewed the poll towards certain shows.
  • You can write-in your favorite show or OVA/ONA/movie if it’s not on the list. However, if you choose to write-in a title that doesn’t qualify (see below), then that’s basically wasting a vote.
  • The criteria for a series being included on the regularly broadcast series list is that it had to have been a complete TV series that ended in 2009. 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 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood will have to wait until next year’s poll. The criteria for a series being included on the OVA/ONA/movie list is just that it has to have been released in 2009 on DVD or online. This means that Summer Wars does not qualify this year. Still, if there’s anything you think that deserves to be put as an option on either list that isn’t already there, then feel free to email me, and I’ll add it.

    These polls will close on Friday, January 1st, 2010 at approximately 08:00 AM GMT.
    I’ve extended voting 24 hours. These polls will now close on Saturday, January 2nd 2010 at approximately 08:00 AM GMT.

    The poll is now closed. The results will be announced soon!
    December 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm
    236 comments »
    • January 1, 2010 at 12:07 pmGeneral Cox

      Series: Bakemonogatari
      Clannad Afterstory – though it seems like at least a year or two since it was out
      Eden of the east

      OVA: DOGS: Bullet and carnage

      tbh I didn’t see Kara no Kyoukai and would have gone for it instead, suspect that may win anyway…

    • January 1, 2010 at 12:21 pmDisajim

      Clannad After Story
      Eden of the East
      Toradora

    • January 1, 2010 at 12:26 pmmelo

      type moon continues to surprise me, this is the the fisrt time i can qualify one of his movies with a perfect 10.
      hell yeah for kara no kyoukai

    • January 1, 2010 at 12:47 pmMatroid

      Since we have fewer categories (and no voting by genre), here are my sci-fi/fantasy bias:

      Best Anime (my picks):

      - Bakemonogatari (No other anime will even come close.)

      - Rideback (Something new about robot sci-fi.)

      - Xam’d (The plot is well thought out. I like the fact that parents play a significant role in the story, unlike most traditional Japanese animes that lack family values.)

      Honorable Mention:

      - Kuuchuu Buranko (Definitely one of the best cult series of all time. An acute critique of problems in the Japanese society.)

      - Kemono no Souja Erin (Another masterpiece by Uehashi Nahoko, author of “Seirei no Moribito”. Packed with subtle messages about the conflict between “father” and “mother” in a Japanese household.)

      - Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (A rare anime that really tries to dig into the meaning of death for younger audience.)

      Sequels that I think should NOT be counted in the TV series, even though they are excellent:
      - Spice and Wolf II
      - Zan Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei (I voted for it in the OVA section.)
      - Zoku Natsume Yuujin-chou

    • January 1, 2010 at 12:51 pmMatroid

      Ahh~~~ I would have voted for “Eve of Jikan” in the OVA section if I saw it earlier. Again, perhaps this is another sci-fi bias from me. But you have to agree that this series is excellent in its own right.

    • January 1, 2010 at 12:53 pmperson

      Bakemonogatari, Clannad After Story, and Eden of the East.

      Haven’t watched enough of the OVA/ONAs to vote for any of those.

    • January 1, 2010 at 12:57 pmHikari

      OVAs was a tough choice… I ended up voting for Tsubasa though I was tempted to vote for Kara no Kyoukai or Eve no Jikan.
      Series weren’t hard to choose. Toradora, Skip Beat and DTB2 easily topped everything else.

    • January 1, 2010 at 3:54 pmKota

      Sooo hard >< had to give it to the animes that need more love. Aoi hana and one outs.

    • January 1, 2010 at 3:54 pmDragonite88

      Some tough Choices we had. To many good shows it would be easier if it was based on genre rather then the entire year lol

    • January 1, 2010 at 3:59 pmDragonite88

      Thank you Omni and the team at RC for the great work you. 2009 was gr8 coz of u guys working hard to blog n bring the best. 2010 look forward to seeing more.

    • January 1, 2010 at 7:09 pmSilivious

      Happy new yeat to ya all, and thanks for the poll. :D

    • January 1, 2010 at 8:19 pmBowser

      Gundam all the way yo

    • January 1, 2010 at 8:54 pmRednights

      Well easy voting ..

      #Xam’d … strongest story plot of the year
      Toradora … feel good anime

    • January 1, 2010 at 9:47 pmMatt

      Only getting one movie/OVA hurt. Picking between Eve no Jikan and Kodomo no Jikan Nigakki hurt a lot.

      Anime
      - Clannad ~After Story~: Ushio will cry if you don’t vote for it. Do it for Ushio.
      - Aoi Hana: Kenichi Kasai strikes slice-of-life gold once again.
      - Needless: You have to love an anime that doesn’t take itself seriously in the least.

    • January 2, 2010 at 3:54 amRamboFour

      Whats so good about Bakemonogatari? A minute of good animation and 24 minutes of senseless boredom.

      IMO is just another over rated Haruhi

    • January 2, 2010 at 6:53 amZaku_fan

      @RamboFour
      What anime do you like? Then i will say “Whats so good about your favoriate anime? A minute of good animation and 24 minutes of senseless boredom. IMO is just another over rated Himidoken”

      Think about that and you’ll get your answer

    • January 2, 2010 at 7:39 amSolaris

      Wrong Zaku_fan. The answer is that people deserve to receive what they liked. Bakemonogatari is like a candy wrapped in a colorful box, unless that brown thing inside isn’t chocolate. But people liked such “chocolate” and are going to receive more of it. So what? Good Appetite :D
      If anime quality is going to hell year after year, that’s what you anime otakus wanted. Thank you.

      PS: That reminded me about the other “genius” who voted sora no otoshimono some pages ago. God bless you, dude!

    • January 2, 2010 at 12:31 pmMatroid

      Having read comments that compare Bakemonogatari to chocolate coating, I have to come to defend the honour of this anime.

      Without a doubt, Bakemonogatari is an extremely well-made production whether you like ghost story or not. It has only a handful of characters, with events taking place in only a handful of locations. The experience is almost like watching an opera in a theatre. If you have ever tried to write a screenplay, you would appreciate the difficulty of filling 20 minutes of airtime with dialogues and monologues without the help of any fancy special effects (i.e., equivalent to magical fight scenes in the anime). In this regard, the production did an excellent job. This is what we expect from a genius like Shinbou Akiyuki, the producer of the famous Setsubou Sensei series. (Hekiyou Gakuen Seitokai Gijiroku of the same season is even more successful in pushing this type of “plotless” story to the extreme by relying on dialogues among a small cast. But this type of entertainment-oriented story will never win the Best Anime no matter how cute it is.)

      Bakemonogatari also breaks away from the traditional demon fighter genre by shifting the focus to the reason behind why the victims are haunted. In that sense, Bakemonogatari is similar to xxxHolic or the less well-known Mononoke. However, xxxHolic and Mononoke are closer to the detective genre. They always have a “wise guy” to figure out the answers, and to solve problems in a flash. Bakemonogatari is more like a journey for people around the victims to figure out how to help their loved ones. The “wise guy” figure Shino comes in to finish off the monster only at the last moment, and he often just instructs the victims to help themselves. The story creates new depth by challenging the viewer to get emotionally involved, which in turn explores a dimension of the problem that would resonate with the viewers.

      The tradition of Japanese literature has a tendency to indulge oneself in sorrow, or appreciate evil as an object of beauty. I see none of that in Bakemonogatari. I am not saying Bakemonogatari is necessary Japanese literature. But it is “literary” in the sense that the production puts in a lot of effort to create new “devices” to create new experiences for the viewers. In the end, there is even a positive message that propels people to move on with their lives. The production maintained an air of mystery without breaking the “believability” of the premises of the story. (In contrast, East of Eden is total failure, which started out with too big a conspiracy to have any satisfactory answer at the end. The plot of EoE is basically about a good guy pretending to be a bad guy in order to save Japan. At the end, people are helpless without seeking salvation from the hero. That’s why EoE got no vote from me. But I digressed.)

      We haven’t even started to analyze the novelty in each story. Bakemonogatari is sugar-coated. But under the coating, there is even more good stuff to be discovered. For that I think this series deserves to be the Best Anime of the Year by any measure.

    • January 2, 2010 at 1:43 pmEclipse

      whoa buddy, let’s not start trashing Eden in order to lift up your favourite show. It IS possible to convincingly praise a series without demeaning others.

    • January 2, 2010 at 1:45 pmZaku_fan

      @Solaris or RamboFour or whatever name is it
      You would then need to think about this. In all market research, the majority wins. If your favoriate anime, for example Requiem for Phantom is not popular and in your opinion “anime quality is going to hell”, then you should look at what “anime quality going to hell” means to the general public. Perhaps they find it not important at all or perhaps it is “going to hell” only in your opinion.

      Think about it.

    • January 2, 2010 at 2:08 pmMatroid

      Unfortunately, the act of “voting” for the Best Anime is in itself an act of trashing out other competitions. The more you explain why you vote for one candidate but not the other, the more you “lift up” your favorite while “demeaning” the ones that didn’t get your vote. Unless, of course, you don’t make any comparison at all. Then this forum will be filled with laundry lists of “I like this and that”. And that will about it, if that’s your idea of fair discussion.

    • January 2, 2010 at 3:04 pmZaku_fan

      @Matroid
      You don’t need to “trash” other anime. All anime have weaknesses and strengths. An objective view does not deny the weaknesses of a favored anime.

      For example, Himidoken has poor production values, poor pacing and emotional impacts or planned surprises failed to work. However, to me it does have a very nice opening that hints at what it could have been and a very nice OP song, Pure Snow.

      Now if i was to say “Whats so good about Himidoken, its shit”, then that statement shows
      i) Inability to be objective
      ii) Lack of desire to really discuss
      iii) An inability to perceive people to be different from me, ie. Everyone should only like what i like and should be just like me.

      Compare the previous 2 paragraphs, we could argue that the pacing of Himidoken is good or bad by bring up examples. For the second, paragraph, there is no discussion. You agree with me or you are stupid (as implied by the statement “its shit”)

    • January 2, 2010 at 3:14 pmRamboFour

      Solaris and I are not the same person, and I was just asking a question that haven’t been answered.

      What is so good about Bakemonogatari that all otaku loves?

    • January 2, 2010 at 3:27 pmMatroid

      You need to differentiate between “trashing” an anime and making a personal attack against other people who like different animes. I have no problem with people calling my favorite anime “brown thing” or “sh**”, just I have no problem calling other people’s favorite a “total failure”. As long as we have a “Best” Anime voting event going on, people will continue to make comparisons and defend their favorites. And that kind of “trashing” will never go away– and they shouldn’t be, for otherwise what would be the point of finding out which anime is the “best”?

      But when someone calls someone “stupid”, that switches the whole issue to a totally different context. And you are no longer complaining about people trashing the anime, but rather about people trashing other people, which will never lead to any productive exchange of opinions and take all the joy out of this forum. That’s all I have to say on this issue.

    • January 2, 2010 at 5:23 pmConfuzzledGirl29

      @RamboFour
      Dunno what anime you voted for, too lazy to look it up. I’ll tell you what I think it so good with Bakemonogatari, it’s probably what makes most of the people who dislike it… dislike it. It’s the dialouge, yeah all the talking. It’s so different from what you usually see, it’s a bit weird but that is what makes it so awesome, that you actually care what they have to say even if it’s not important. It’s like when you’re with your friends, you talk about nothing but it’s more fun than doing anything else. The character’s are also awesome, especially Senjougahara. Plus it doesn’t feel like they are dragging anything, none of that crap where someone confesses to another and there’s that long pause, they stare at eachother, the other one blushes, and all that shoujo typical stuff. There’s also none of that I’m gonna save the world and each time I do it I gotta talk about how much my friend’s mean to me, how I got strong, why I got strong blahblahblah preaching, you should join the good side, good and evil blahblah. What I’m trying to say is that Bakemonogatari is something new, in almost all sorts of aspects plus it has one of the most awesome animation I’ve seen in a long time and that means alot to me. One thing I hate is when a character is supposed to look good and they don’t. Well I’m not saying you’re supposed to like it now, but it might explain why so many people do (I think).

    • January 2, 2010 at 5:32 pmRansom

      Denpa teki na Kanojo for best OVA/Movie of the year!
      If you haven’t watched them… What are you waiting? ;)

      If I hadn’t watched it I would have defenitely choosen Kara no Kyokai… Summer Wars is great but it’ll have to wait for next year.

      The series I liked the most:
      Bakemonogatari.
      Clannad.
      To aru majutsu no index.
      Toradora <—- If I had noticed that this was on the list I would have picked it over Index, but anyway…

      I also enjoyed Sora no Otoshimoto and NyanKoi, but gag anime, unless is extremely good doesn’t reach my top.

    • January 2, 2010 at 6:05 pmRamboFour

      @ConfuzzledGirl29

      Thanks, thats more of an answer than what the previous posters said.

      I do agree about typical shounen thing sucks, I hate the ” how much my friend’s mean to me, how I got strong, why I got strong blahblahblah preaching, you should join the good side, good and evil blahblah” too.

      But to me Bakemonogatari, didn’t have any center, nothing to make me care about what they were talking about, with all that weird format made me lose the attention several times, I watched up to 4 episodes of it, just because Senjougahara was very well made, but that was it, I couldn’t take it anymore.

      Thanks for the answer.

      And I voted for Phantom, Canaan and Sora Wo Kakeru Shoujo, I know that all those had many flaws, and I could also have voted for many others that I liked too, but making a recap of everything I saw, those were the ones I enjoyed the most.

      I’m not gonna extend myself of explaining WHY, unless you are interested, in that case, I’ll gladly explain.

    • January 2, 2010 at 10:48 pmbrianleung8912

      cant believe i missed it :/ but i still gonna comment >:D

      Hayate no gotoku… railgun and nyan koi :D

    • January 4, 2010 at 8:00 amSoulStriKe

      Gundam
      Kampfer
      Sora no otoshimono

    • January 4, 2010 at 9:09 amSolaris

      Before you ask, i didn’t vote any anime, cause it’s impossible to oppose the mindless crowd. When dealing with something that’s is mindless, you’d score a hit if you focus in the visuals, action and such immediate understandble features. People looks for immediate enterteinment and there’s not the good place to look for something good but popular. Visual appealing comes always first intellectual satisfaction, so anime like Tokyo Magnitude where the authors tried to build up something for the people to think about where so less popular than say Bakemonogatari where there’s really a deep lack of contenets in spite of very good visuals instead.
      About Bakemonogatari, please realize how you’re not dealing with an horror or mistery serie but with an harem. Realize also that most of the chars are so flat spereotypes, included almighty senjougahara. There’s no depht in chars and story. That anime is not an anime. You just watch colorful chicks on the screen and listen to their endless chit chat because they’re fairly cute. The plot of the story arcs is minimal and static: Koyomi bumbs in a damsel in distress then he receives help from the beard guy who alredy knew everything and at last tries to save the day. So there’s no mistery in the story as Meme solves it instantly. So what? Bakemonogatari is not a story about ghost rather a story about some people thate are involved in ghost stories. The real focus in on the dialogues about anything unrelated. Inside these dialogues there’s a lot of stuff mixed, like references, some hints to other chars (there’s a couple of middle arcs where Hitagi never appeared unless in the dialogues) and an awful lot of uninteresting subjects. This serie is character driven indeed. So at the end you watched to something that’s not what you thought it was. Not a ghost action story but another of the many harem out there. Not action but people chatting all the time. You didn’t see any action, rather they let you imagine it. And don’t come naming the fight between the monkey and Koyomi. If that’s the top of the action, well go hide in the corner in shame. It’d also wouldn’t call Bakemonogatari an animation rather a pretty colorful drama cd with visuals. Yes, you were bluffed by a drama cd dressed in an animated fashion.

    • January 4, 2010 at 9:13 amSolaris

      Making the long story short: Bakemonogatari is the best example on how is easy to fool the audience with good visuals lacking everything else im terms of plot, story and char development.

    • January 4, 2010 at 2:48 pmandy

      Kimi ni Todoke,
      Toradora,
      Casshern Sins,
      Eden of the East,
      Soul Eater

    • January 4, 2010 at 3:45 pmdaety

      Clannad, Toradora, White album, gundam 00

    • January 4, 2010 at 7:26 pmRockNPopN

      To Aru Majutsu no Index
      Toradora
      Clannad After Story

    • January 5, 2010 at 11:15 amTomek

      Clannad AS
      Bakemonogatari
      Toradora

    • January 5, 2010 at 4:13 pmstrawberris

      to aru kagaku no railgun
      kuroshitsuji
      Toradora

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