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The Best of Anime 2007

With the end of 2007 almost upon us, here’s a look back at some of the best series this year had to offer. Also included at the end are the final results to the Reader’s Choice Poll.

Disclaimer: These are purely my personal opinion based on the shows that I saw in the past year. You could argue that I’m ignoring some of the less popular but equally good shows like Seirei no Moribito or BACCANO!, but I unfortunately don’t have the time to watch everything and can only talk about what I’ve seen. For a show to even qualify for consideration, it had to have met the requirements outlined in the Reader’s Choice Poll. That means that series like CLANNAD, Shakugan no Shana II, and Gundam 00 are not up for awards this year – they’ll be saved for 2008. There is also a big spoiler in here for those of you who haven’t seen School Days and still plan to do so, but hopefully that’s not too many people.

In terms of just action alone, there’s not a doubt in my mind that Gurren Lagann was the best this year. There were parts in the first half of the series just felt like one continuous exciting battle, and as the series went on, the scope just kept getting bigger and bigger, up to the point where they were fighting for the entire universe. I think that qualifies this series as being quite epic. I was also constantly impressed by how well choreographed the action sequences were, and this series had the animation quality to back it up.
Honorable Mentions: Darker than BLACK

Unlike last year, when Ouran was a clear favorite, this year had a ton of good comedy-oriented shows. This decision was made even harder by the fact that Jaalin is the resident comedy expert here, and since he’s gone missing, I had to do a lot of catching up. I ended up not finding SZS nearly as funny as some of my friends had made it out to be, and I’d say the same for Minami-ke (plus I was already familiar with parts of Minami-ke’s story from having read the manga). That brought me back to Lucky Star, which was the one comedy series I had actually watched as it was airing. Jaalin’s written extensively in the past about what makes Lucky Star so good, and I don’t have much to add to it other than the fact that I loved the Anisawa Meito scenes and all of Shiraishi Minoru’s EDs.

Honorable Mentions: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Minami-ke

I almost gave this to Romeo X Juliet, but after thinking about it, I couldn’t justify saying that it was the best because despite a good beginning and end, RXJ was pretty average overall. Kanon (and most likely Clannad for next year’s list), on the other hand, was a beautiful series that consistently tugged at my emotional strings, whether it was the sadness in the Makoto arc or the happy ending. And though I don’t treat this as a comedy series, Yuuichi’s sarcastic manner was a great source of humor and a reason why I liked his character so much as the main protagonist.
Honorable Mentions: Romeo X Juliet, ef – a tale of memories

School Days definitely wasn’t the best series of the year, but it did deliver what I felt was the biggest shock with the way it ended. I think a lot of us who were watching the show suspected that there was potential for a bad ending based on what we knew about the game, but for them to actually animate one – and in such a graphic way – was quite shocking to say the least. Even after the now infamous delay, I wasn’t fully prepared for Kotonoha to cut off Makoto’s head or to cut open Sekai.

Honorable Mentions: Gurren Lagann Episode 08, CODE GEASS Episode 22

Surprise Hit is an admittedly very subjective category based on my own expectations before a series starts and how that series turns out. As I’ve mentioned before, I originally approached Gurren Lagann with some skepticism due largely to the Sunday morning time-slot it was given. And boy was I blown away, as were apparently many others. Gurren Lagann ended up raising the bar for its genre, and for a lot of folks, it became the best series this year.

Honorable Mentions: School Days

It’s kind of unfair for me to give this to a feature film since weekly series tend to have to have to stretch their budgets to cover more ground, but Byousoku 5 Centimeter was so beautiful that I had to choose it. This was as close to technical perfection as you can come, from the way sunlight fell through windows to the use of all the gorgeous and detailed backgrounds to the way the sakura petals and snowflakes floated towards the ground. Simply a masterpiece.
Honorable Mentions: Darker than BLACK, Kanon, Gurren Lagann

I was very tempted to choose Manabi Straight for this because I think it’s a show with a good soundtrack that deserves more recognition. However, for me, a truly great soundtrack can make a good scene into a great one, and Iwasaki Taku‘s score here did just that. One of the examples of this is “Libera me” from hell. I initially didn’t like its unorthodox combination of opera and rap, but it’s now my favorite song of the soundtrack, and it was the driving force behind what made the dream sequence of episode 26 so incredible. “raw! raw! fight the power!”
Honorable Mentions: Manabi Straight

I honestly haven’t been listening to many anime-related songs in recent months because I’ve felt that openings and endings this year haven’t been quite as good or memorable as in years past, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any. I chose Inori ~You Raise Me Up because it’s a beautiful ballad, and Lena Park has such a powerful voice. It’s technically a cover of a popular song, but it’s a big part of what made me like the first episode of Romeo X Juliet so much.
Here’s a YouTube link if you haven’t heard the song yet.

Honorable Mentions: SunSet Swish – Mosaic Kakera, Rie fu – Tsukiakari

And finally…

Although Gurren Lagann wins out in the pure action category, I felt CODE GEASS was more deserving to be called the Best in 2007 because it was a much more complete package with its storytelling and character development. Now, I’m not going to bash Gurren Lagann because I still think it’s a ton of fun to watch and a fantastic show – I just felt GEASS was better overall. And that’s not to say that GEASS is without flaws (some would argue that it relies too much on coincidences), but the show has so much to offer with all of its political intrigue, plot twists, and its large cast of characters. At the same time, it doesn’t get overly complicated or convoluted as I felt some others shows did, and like most Sunrise series, CODE GEASS an original story – that counts for a lot in my book in a time when it feels like practically everything is adapted from a game or manga. It’s been a long time since a show got me so excited from week to week and stayed that way for the entire series.
Honorable Mentions: Gurren Lagann

The Top 5:
CODE GEASS – 986 votes (22%)
Gurren Lagann – 768 votes (17%)
Lucky Star – 332 votes (7%)
DEATH NOTE – 274 votes (6%)
Kanon – 232 votes (5%)
Total Number of Votes – 4470
Here are the full results.
I had suspected that CODE GEASS and Gurren Lagann would be the top two vote getters, but I didn’t know which would come out on top. As it turns out, GEASS grabbed the lead early on during voting and never let go of it. DEATH NOTE also performed a lot better than I thought it would, but I’m admittedly a little bias against the show because I read the manga first, and the anime largely followed the manga. In any case, this was a very successful poll, with almost twice as many people voting as last year, and I’m considering allowing people to vote for multiple series for next year’s.

And so, as 2007 comes to a close, I can say for sure that it’s been another exciting year for anime. Truthfully though, I’m already looking forward to 2008 (the Winter Preview will be coming in the next few days). If Macross F’s first episode is any indicator, and with the CODE GEASS and Haruhi sequels coming, it should be another great year.

December 28, 2007 at 5:01 am
204 comments »
  • December 28, 2007 at 9:50 pmModelX

    Great summary and symposium Omni. I guess it pretty sums up what i had in mind too. The year 2008 will be pretty exciting considering there’s a Geass sequel on the way.

  • December 28, 2007 at 9:57 pmElegant Destruction

    I can’t believe ouran high school host club didn’t make it up there, it should have done it was excellent!

    And what happen to blood+?

  • December 28, 2007 at 10:03 pmmiden

    Code Geass was really good in my opinion :x! Though i did like Guren Lagann more.

  • December 28, 2007 at 10:03 pmMaimeDaifuku

    Whew. at least i wasnt the only one who voted for Heroic Age. Too bad that Gigantic Formula didnt get any votes :/ (I wish they would finish subbing them too)

  • December 28, 2007 at 10:19 pmarigatou

    My own version of best of anime 2007

    Best Action Gurren Lagann
    Honorable Mention Darker Than Black, Code Geass

    Best Comedy Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
    Honorable Mention Seto No Hanayome , Minami-ke, Lucky Star

    Best Romance Ef- A Tale of Memories
    Honorable Mention Nodame Cantabile

    Biggest Shock School Days
    Honorable Mention Episode 22 of Code Geass, Episode 08 of Gurren Lagann, Episode 11 of Myself;Yourself

    Suprise Hit Gurren Lagann
    Honorable Mention Ef- A Tale of Memories

    Best Animation Byousoku 5 cm
    Honorable Mention Kanon, Ef- A Tale of Memories

    Best Soundtrack Gurren Lagann
    Honorable Mention Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, Myself;Yourself, Ef- A Tale of Memories

    Best Song Euphoric Field by Tenmon feat. Elisa
    Honorable Mention Ashita He No Hikari by Hinoi Asuka, Allegro Cantabile Sound by SUEMITSU
    A Happy Life by Megumi Hayashibara, Tears Infection by KAORI, Tsuki Akari by Rie Fu
    Taishou.a by aNina

    Best of Anime 2007 Gurren Lagann
    Honorable Mention Code Geass, Byousoku 5 CM, EF- A Tale of Memories

    Well that ends my 2007…. with the memorable anime of the year goes to School Days. So sad that I can’t forget that end sigh it even overlaps Gurren Lagann that any otaku won’t forget as the years went by.

  • December 28, 2007 at 11:47 pmmonji

    biggest surprise should be lucky star. i for one was extremely surprised that such an unfunny comedy show would be that popular.

  • December 29, 2007 at 12:03 amFlareKnight

    I would have at least put Seto No Hanayome as an honourable mention for the comedy category. That show really did a good job of keeping smiles going right to the end. Ah good times :).

    Maybe next time can add a few categories. Like for the best plot since if yoru going to cover animation thats a worthy area to examine for the year. Not a bad job overall with the choices though.

  • December 29, 2007 at 12:19 ampixy

    alright! 3 of my fave’s (Kanon, School Dyas and especially Code Geass) made it

    GEASS PWNS ALL!!!

  • December 29, 2007 at 12:22 amMogley

    It was a great year. Looking at the top 20, I could not disagree with any of them.

    I voted for Dennou Coil. That show has not gotten nearly enough attention. It has something for everyone, and the OP/ED are simply beautiful.

  • December 29, 2007 at 12:51 amjonz_35

    Awww…Lucky Star came in third…it’s okay. Best comedy of 2007 HELL YEAH!!!

    Although I also liked Code Geass and I can’t take waiting for the second.

  • December 29, 2007 at 1:19 amGene

    lmao lucky star

  • December 29, 2007 at 2:12 amGod~knows

    well this sucks i like code geass but best anime? That Suzu-something is a total jerk with his constant whining anout why he is the good guy when he killed his dad.Meh its probably the fangirls fault.CLAMP designs are hard to resist for them.

  • December 29, 2007 at 2:22 amChoo

    very nice. i tink code geass and gurren lagann are the best. The BGM inside are good too.

  • December 29, 2007 at 3:27 amTensai Otaku

    I REALLY LIKED THIS LIST SANSEIIIIIIII!!!!!

  • December 29, 2007 at 4:06 amTensai Otaku

    Seto no Hanayome IS FUNNIER THAN LUCKY STAR IN All EPISODES(FOLLOWED BY MINAMI-KE)…BUT FOR ME MY ETERNAL FAVORITE COMEDY IS ” GINTAMA ” FAR..FAR ALWAY FROM THE OTHERS!!!EVEN Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei AND Moyashimon ARE FUNNIER THAN LUCKY STAR!!

    DEATH NOTE WAS MY BIGGEST SHOCK!!AND MY SMARTEST ANIME PLOT TOO FOLLOWED BY HEROIC AGE!!!

    MACROSS FRONTIER WAS MY BEST ANIMATION THIS YEAR (FOLLOWED BY DEATH NOTE) AND I REALLY THINK FOR THE REST OF THE COMING YEARS TOO ^_^ !!!UNFORTUNATLY OMNI YOU CAN SAY ANYTHING YOU WANT TO…BUT I´VE ALREADY SEEN THIS PEARL IN MOTION ” THIS YEAR ” AS AN OVA SO IT COUNTS FOR ME T_T!!

    GURREN LAGANN WAS MY BEST ACTION FOLOWED VERY CLOSELY BY HEROIC AGE!!!

    HEROIC AGE WAS MY THE MOST INTERESTING CHARACTERS CHOICE!!

    Ghost Hunt: WAS MY SURPRISE HIT THIS YEAR( NICE ANIME REALLY REALLY NICE AND INTERESTING ANIME PLOT )

    Negima!? WAS THE BEST REMAKER EVER FOLLOWED BY KANON!!!

    Potemayo WAS THE BEST WARM SHOW OF THE YEAR…VERY NICE FOR KIDS( I RECOMMEND )

    Touka Gettan WAS THE BEST ADULT CONTENT OF THE YEAR( FAN SERVICE WITH A COMPLEX STORY )

    Shounen Onmyouji: THE BEST FEUDAL (HISTORICAL)ANIME OF THE YEAR!

    Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi-henge: THE MOST CRAZY ANIME EVER DONE THIS YEAR!!

    Devil May Cry THE STYLISH ANIME OF THE YEAR(^_^)

    GENSHIKEN2 AND Doujin Work THE BEST OTAKU ANIMES OF THE YEAR!!

  • December 29, 2007 at 4:15 amTensai Otaku

    BUT….
    MY BEST ANIME THIS YEAR GOES TO….
    GOES TO….

    ” CODE GEASS ”
    BECAUSE…
    JUST LIKE GURREN LAGANN IS MAKES YOUR HEART GOES FAST..
    JUST LIKE DEATH NOTE IT MAKES YOU STAY TUNNED AS A STONNE IN THE CHAIR IN SUSPENSE..
    JUST LIKE SETO NO HANAYOME IT MAKES YOU LAUGH….
    JUST LIKE TSUBASA AND XXXHOLIC IT HAS CLAMP´S CHARACTER DESIGN….
    BUT EVEN IF IT IS JUST BEATEN A HELL OUT IN ANIMATION FROM MACROSS FRONTIER, IT HAS IT´S GOOD POINTS IN ANIMATION(EVEN KNOWING THAT DEATH NOTE IS ALOT BETTER IN ANIMATION TOO)….SO I REALLY THINK IN OVERALL I WAS CONTROLLED BY THE GEASS POWER IN MY DECISION…
    CODE GEASS!!

  • December 29, 2007 at 4:15 amahbonk

    Wow that is quite a list! To which mostly I agree :3
    I have compiled my own Top 5s in my blog (click my username)
    Will be posting the best 5 anime in 2007 soon, but it’ll be a little different than the reader’s choice ;)

  • December 29, 2007 at 4:18 amedo

    Im quite disappointed that Seto no Hanayome was not the best comedy anime for 2007 and I felt more disappointed that seto no hanayome was not even included in the honorable mention mention, I find seto no hanayome funnier than Lucky Star

  • December 29, 2007 at 4:24 amYuna

    For me DEATH NOTE is the best anime 2007 !!!
    i don’t understand why do you like ”Gurren Lagann”and ”code geass ”>_>

  • December 29, 2007 at 5:23 amDmo

    knew Geass was going to win, without a doubt.

  • December 29, 2007 at 8:04 am:o

    Best anime of 07 was easily Dennou Coil and actually one of the best in the past decade or so. But shrugs, obvs nobody saw it.

  • December 29, 2007 at 8:22 amAmakusa Zero

    I guess not much Higurashi fan visit this blog…

  • December 29, 2007 at 8:30 amCart

    school days is suitable for the biggest shock but i’m surprised you did not mention baccano ^^

  • December 29, 2007 at 10:28 amLevy

    Go Lucky Star!

  • December 29, 2007 at 12:18 pmRoger

    @Omni Please excuse me if this is not the right place to ask this question. I would like to ask will you cover Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino http://www.gunslingergirl.com/ when it starts in January.

  • December 29, 2007 at 3:27 pmSin Ansem

    Negima!? and Blue Drop are both extremely underrated, but that list is probably safe.

    Seto no Hanayome completely owns anything on the comedy list though.

  • December 29, 2007 at 4:34 pmMEE

    YES! :D CODE GEASS! :D FTW

  • December 29, 2007 at 5:11 pmaccess

    You really should have watched MoNoNoKe.

  • December 29, 2007 at 5:21 pmLeviahan DarklyCute

    Hi Omni, are you a girl? I heard a rumror

  • December 29, 2007 at 5:34 pmhashihime

    Lucky Star is really lucky. It seems to show up on a lot of very different lists. I share little of your taste, but agree about Lucky Star. (To me, Code Geass was a meaningless wreck; I couldn’t watch more than a half-dozen episodes of Gurren-Laggan, well-made as it was; Byousoku was clearly the best show of the year, a cut above everything else, etc., etc.) Chacun a son gout.

  • December 29, 2007 at 6:15 pmTensai Otaku

    Yuna

    You are right!! I´d tottaly agree with you if you put death note in the ” BEST ORIGINAL ANIMATION FROM 2007 ” OR ” BEST ANIMATION STORY AND DESIGN FROM 2007 “….
    but….I really need to tell you that…inside my otaku heart i still think that DEATH NOTE was really the best anime from 2007 because of it´s originality( it´s not a simple tantei thriller story)…that story , that ending and that animation was amazing!!!
    it´s just that code geass was a little more funny to watch than death note that´s all!!

  • December 29, 2007 at 6:28 pmjerknowitzki

    Code Geass was one of those anime series that just had me in awe. The story and plot twists were amazing.

  • December 29, 2007 at 6:54 pmDiabolikul

    well…i dont even remember what i gave my vot :) anyway i just finished watching gurren lagann…its indeed a good anime but…i liked only the episodes that had kamina in them and the one with the deaths of the majority of the main characters…the rest didnt interess me….i just keeped watching hoping that kamina would come back or something….anyway still a great series….2008 will be a blast…cant wait!

  • December 29, 2007 at 8:03 pmSomethingLeft

    top 3 of my anime made it there…i feel so proud =P. Cant wait for 2008, and i hope Jaalin comes back soon…it feels so incomeplete without him =(.

  • December 29, 2007 at 8:23 pmnodame

    I’m glad you mentioned 5 Centi, because I adored it. =]

    Between Lucky Star and Minami-Ke… I don’t know.. I think Haruka just tips the scales for me there =P

  • December 29, 2007 at 8:26 pmmango

    even though i’m a big fan of the anime, i’m actually surprised that myself; yourself is actually pretty high up on the results

  • December 29, 2007 at 9:18 pmKazeKage

    @Hudson: Your taste of anime sucks because you only watch animes done by Kyoto Animation. Lucky Stars isn’t a great show at all and shouldn’t won the comedy section.

    Code Geass as best of 2007? It all bullshit because Code Geass is like Gundam meeting Death Note. Gurren Lagann should have won the best of 2007.

    *Goes back to his corner to cry more about Kamina’s death*

  • December 29, 2007 at 9:30 pmdisaro

    well geuss it was only normal that geass and lagann would top the list

    but yeah best well i have to say baccano! it was awesome , 5cm was nice and deathnote is overrated

  • December 29, 2007 at 10:52 pmDmo

    @KazeKage

    “It all bullshit because Code Geass is like Gundam meeting Death Note. Gurren Lagann should have won the best of 2007.”

    I was fine with you saying Lucky Star not being a great show since it WAS a love it or hate it series…but saying Geass is Gundam meeting Death Note crosses a line. Well…it’s not like I can do anything about it…so I’ll just say “go f*** yourself”.

  • December 29, 2007 at 11:09 pmEureka

    Geass winning something???!
    LOL
    In all the big pages Death Note or Gurren-Lagann won…
    This poll was obviously biased

  • December 29, 2007 at 11:28 pmDmo

    Oh wait nevermind I should be the one to go f*** yourself lol.

    Now I wish Hudson does the same thing.

  • December 29, 2007 at 11:29 pmKazeKage

    @Dmo

    It just my opinion only.

  • December 30, 2007 at 12:00 amMachi

    Well pershame that a couple of great animes really fell under the radar Denno coil for one, though at least it was known, and of course Toward The Terra, now that really fell under the radar.

  • December 30, 2007 at 12:26 amMachi

    My BAD even worse than under appreciating Toward the Terra is the lack of love for Saiunkoku Monogatari!

  • December 30, 2007 at 1:46 amMooMoo

    100% with all the awards

    Myself;yourself definately does not deserve any of the awards seeing as how it was all predictable.

    Best song

  • December 30, 2007 at 2:11 amTerry-Kun

    I know its your opinion, so this is my opinion.
    It was a bit funny, but I didn’t really think it was that funny
    to be top #1 on the comedy. Lucky Star?

  • December 30, 2007 at 2:26 amDisgradius

    You know, for some odd reason I find inukami really funny… haven’t seen the movie of it yet but the series was awesome (though it ended in 2006 :[)

    Upon rereading the list… I’m actually quite surprised gurren lagann received best soundtrack… it was good, but best? Well, to each his own I guess.

  • December 30, 2007 at 7:05 amdeathgod

    Yeah CODE GEASS was really the best this year! iam really looking forward for the nest season!

  • December 30, 2007 at 7:05 amheavenheii

    err….why isnt shakugan no shana on the list? =.=

  • December 30, 2007 at 1:46 pmMatroid

    My choices of Best Drama candidates (number does not indicate ranking):
    1. Bokurano – A spin on reality TV show that gives new insight into what it means to “save the world”.
    2. Cantibell Nodame – Superb storytelling skill. Success doesn’t come easy for Chiaki, which makes you want to cheer for him more.
    3. Gurren Lagann – Challenges one’s imagination into how to break through one’s own limit. GAINAX rocks again.
    4. Seirei no Moribito – Next best thing to Miyazaki-typed fantasy anime.
    5. School Days – H-game turned realistic is no joking matter. One can read very deep into a lot of social problems through the conflicts in the story.

    My choices of Best Comedy (number does not indicate ranking):
    1. Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – A gem in the social satire genre, even though the author is a little bit “right-winged” (and anti-Chinese).
    2. Lovely Complex – A heart-warming and funny story.
    3. Kenkouzenrakeisuieibu Umishou – Some of the jokes are actually a little sick. But the overall story is very positive. And Amuro rocks.

    My choices of Worst Anime (number does not indicate ranking):
    1. Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny – Even a work of fiction needs a believable plot, which the anime totally lacks. However, I think this one deserves the Best Female Character Design.
    2. Darker than Black – Characters act cool but do nothing to advance the story.
    3. Hero’s Age – A superman-saves-the-world type of one-dimensional story. Princess and Age always right. Too heavy-handed in terms of making other people look stupid. The battles scenes are, however, spectacular.

  • December 30, 2007 at 2:37 pmMatroid

    Almost forgot: Best Actions
    1 and only. Claymore – The graphics is more beautiful than Shanna. Its style of sword fight is new and more intense than Bleach. Major characters are more subtly developed than Naruto.

  • December 30, 2007 at 7:07 pmKatua

    Oohh… No Dennou Coil ? TT

  • December 31, 2007 at 7:56 am4-4-2-3

    Dennou Coil is the best anime (minus popularity votes) for 2007. Gladly, I’ve seen it personally. Me Saatchi will delete your vote boxes!

  • December 31, 2007 at 8:19 ameMzii

    haha i looooove lucky star >

  • December 31, 2007 at 11:53 ameiram

    I agree w/ everything except for lucky star being the best comedy. Yes, there were tones of parodies that made us laugh, but I think Potemayo deserves a place somewhere (it never got mentioned,huhuh). I have to say that I enjoyed Minami-ke more than Lucky Star.

  • December 31, 2007 at 8:21 pmAkiha

    DAMN strait! My Lulu Pawns ALL!

  • December 31, 2007 at 10:16 pmjakuraz

    code geass no. 1?? i alrdy watch both code geass and gurren lagann…and i think gurren lagann should deserve ‘the best anime 2007′…hmm…

  • January 1, 2008 at 1:08 amrapslayer

    Darker than black is too underrated. It had flaws but the way it was presented was just so beautiful.

  • January 1, 2008 at 3:43 amKaioshin Sama

    @Kazekage: Yeah the number of people appearing to only watch Kyoto Animation shows out of all the anime airing each year was freaking me out for a good year or so. Thing is, I still actually know a lot of people who do. Shame really as as much as they do alright with the whole Key adaptation and Moe series thing, it’s such a small small slice of the bigger pie. It’s like saying I’m only going to read books by one author and I refuse to even attempt to enjoy anything by anyone else or acknowledge their efforts.

    Looking at the bigger picture, sometimes when I look at some fans talk in forums and on blogs, it’s like to them no other studio or genre exists but their own favourite (I actually made a huge crack about this in a joke poll I put up on my blog once where there was only one option). The degree of obliviousness to some things in the history of anime I see in some people, the inner workings of the machine, and legacies of some it’s classics and founding series that seem so matter of fact to me, yet still with the metaphorically flapping off of the mouth :(, is sometimes really startling, and it seems to be a direct result of this narrow viewpoint that some fans have. Here’s what it all boils down to in the end though:

    There isn’t just one genre and one studio out there, otherwise we wouldn’t even have all these categories like in Omni’s list. A lot of people are missing out man.

    Moreso on topic, in my view, people who only watch one genre or one studios work don’t really have much right to preach to others about quality and such. Me, I watch a lot of mecha, but I always try to watch at least one show from each of the major genres a year (Comedy, Mecha, Slice of Life, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy etc etc).

  • January 2, 2008 at 8:36 amKageno

    for best song, i would have chosen “Uninstall” from Chiaki Ishikawa but lena’s park is good.

  • January 2, 2008 at 1:19 pm>.>

    WHY DIDN’T DEATH NOTE WIN????

    for me and many more, Death note is the best, i don’t understand why code geass have won O___o

  • January 2, 2008 at 5:00 pmsilverwolf1492

    This is really great ^^ i though death note will get much vote than this but it seems that CODE GEASS worth it :) I’m gonna watch it for sure !

    Happy new year everyone :)

  • January 3, 2008 at 10:04 ampolar bear

  • January 4, 2008 at 4:21 amLance

    its got to be Gurren Laggann! Code Geass is a good show, but its a bit too ambitious for the plot and it didnt really deliver to what you would expect. also the soundtracks, the opening and ending themes are just trash.. sorry. i love anime music, but this one i gave up. gurren laggann i way better and the story is trully of epic propertions. when the ending came, its was all perfetc, when Code Geass ended, it was like, “aww men, 26 episodes, and i saw that coming.. and i feel so hanging up on the story” too bad

  • January 4, 2008 at 6:57 amAvradeep

    Ah well the list is inconclusive..I see no mention of Nodame Cantabile-easily the best romantic comedy to come out in 2007..
    then you have series like:-
    Seirei no Moribito
    Denno Coil
    Toward the Terra
    Baccano
    Le Chevalier D’Eon-a surprise package..

    all of these were pretty good

  • January 4, 2008 at 7:00 amAvradeep

    And I forgot Higurashi no nako koro ni Kai..the best in the horror/mystery genre

  • January 4, 2008 at 7:18 amYarrharharhar

    No Darker Than Black in top 5? Fail. That and Code Geass were the best of 07 IMO.

    And GL is the most overrated show I’ve seen in years. Though it still belongs in top 5.

  • January 4, 2008 at 9:08 amAndresa

    RLY! Code Geass was the best anime last year and will be this year too!

  • January 4, 2008 at 9:52 amMatroid

    I thought Death Note and Hell Girl II (Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori) were 2006. If they are counted as 2007, then they should be among the top 10 also. As for Death Note, I think the anime is not as good as the manga and probably shouldn’t be top 5. But Hell Girl II is really good and deserves to be one of the top 5 Best Drama. (Perhaps it can replace Nodame in my earlier list.)

    As for Dennou Coil, I think it is definitely the Best SciFi, but I don’t know if it one of the Best Drama. (Comparing to Ghost in the Shell, everything in the Cyberadventure genre seems pale.) Baccano has quite a few witty moments. But it is too confusing at times. (On that note, I don’t blame the production because the whole plot is intentionally set up so that everyone could have been the main character. It is an admirable attempt– it just doesn’t suit my taste.)

    Finally, about the Best Song, I like Chiaki Ishikawa’s “Vermillion” (Bokurano ED2) even better than “Uninstall” (Bokurano OP). Azurite (Heroic Age ED1), “Knee and Kiss My Foot” (Kaibutsu Oujo ED), and “You are not There” (School Days ED4) are also top 5 candidates.

  • January 4, 2008 at 1:19 pmOMG

    Man, i’ve just realized that three of my favourite anime of all time came out in 2007
    Code Geass, Gurren Lagann, and Death Note.
    this year of anime was insane, i can only hope 2008 matches with it
    CODE GEASS SECOND SEASON FTW!!!!!!

  • January 7, 2008 at 11:35 amgeneraldane

    This is of course the obvious result as none of the other animes are as awesome as code geass.

  • January 9, 2008 at 11:33 pmRobo

    Ugggg, even though I agree with most of above, man I loved Jigoku Shoujo Futakomori. T_T…and no mention of it up there at all >

  • January 18, 2008 at 2:05 amUnu

    Best anime for 2007 should be death note if you didn’t read the manga and im sure most people would agree. I love code geass but that fact that it was rewritten they did make some mistakes. Death note animation was beautiful for a series.

  • January 28, 2008 at 6:34 am1

    no baccano huh? hahaha anime fans.

  • January 30, 2008 at 10:25 ammangastuff

    Oh I didn’t know the poll n couldn’t vote for it but Code Geass won anyway ^_^ I love Code Geass, Darker than Black, and Baccano. Death Note is very nice, but for those who read the manga twice like me then..hm.. I gave up on Gurren. It is just not my type

  • January 30, 2008 at 10:34 ammangastuff

    “just not my type” I mean the storyline and character, I myself like mecha anime

  • January 30, 2008 at 10:41 ammangastuff

    “not my type” I means the storyline and characters. I myself like mecha anime

  • February 5, 2008 at 6:48 amdadmda

    I thought that One Piece would make it to one of the top, but it seems to me you guys don’t watch it. Just go watch it and you’ll surely change your mind. It’s the longest anime as well as the most hilarious anime in the world!

  • February 19, 2008 at 9:38 amDookie

    I know this is old, but I would just like to shout out to all you naysayers out there who think you are somehow above Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann because you watch shit like Dennou Coil and Baccano!. Anime, like any media, is entertainment foremost and art second. Gurren Lagann is pure entertainment. It is not meant to be deep or enlightening. If you cannot acknowledge Gurren Lagann for the entertainment masterpiece that it is and connect with that inner child you have burried under all that pretentious, snobbish bullshit you front because you think you are some kind of hardcore anime badass who is too sophisticated for shows like Gurren Lagann, maybe you should not be watching fucking cartoons. Yeah, I said it. That is all anime is. Try to escape it all you want, anime is just cartoons for big kids. Get over it. You are not special. That is all.

  • March 3, 2008 at 10:12 amZsombor

    WHAT?! Code Gayass beats Death Note? DN is far more better, and it has a far more deep message in it’s story.

  • March 9, 2008 at 12:49 amPharaohofDuels

    Totally agree with the choice of song of the year. it’s about what made me watch romeo and juliet. thought i didn’t like kanon’s beginning as much as i liked romeo and juliet’s i still believe that all these are great choices. i also agree with where death note is, being third instead of first. if the ending was different in death note it could’ve been first, but the disappointment’s and the conclusion it came to just makes you feel empty. like the animator had to just end it someone and just make him lose so they just say, oops yeah near wins. i believe that they could’ve done alot for the anime, or at least finished it after L died so it’d leave more suspense and let the audience decide what was right, killing criminals or catching Kira.

  • March 9, 2008 at 12:51 amPharaohofDuels

    Totally agree with the choice of song of the year. it’s about what made me watch romeo and juliet. thought i didn’t like kanon’s beginning as much as i liked romeo and juliet’s i still believe that all these are great choices. i also agree with where death note is, being third instead of first. if the ending was different in death note it could’ve been first, but the disappointment’s and the conclusion it came to just makes you feel empty.
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  • March 9, 2008 at 12:54 amPharaohofDuels

    and by third for death note i mean fourth! lol

  • March 10, 2008 at 12:54 am55

    Code Geass FTW!!!

  • March 19, 2008 at 10:48 amclaymoreguy

    I loved the Code Geass, and i can see how it would win first, but how did Claymore not get any mention at all. If you guys think ep 8 of Gurren Lagan was shocking then you haven’t seen episode 8 of claymore. Im surprised Gurren lagan got as high as it did, it had some slow episodes. I would pick Claymore first then Code geass.

  • March 19, 2008 at 10:49 amclaymoreguy

    I also am of the opinion that deathnote should have rated higher over gurren lagan.

  • April 1, 2008 at 5:10 pmMaria

    Weird, I thought for sure Naruto would get on the list. Or Inuyasha or something….

  • April 3, 2008 at 6:40 pmish

    Code Geass and Gurren Lagann are the best!!!!!!!

  • April 9, 2008 at 8:55 pmShinzou

    Where is death note in all off this its the most amazing plot and its just the right lenght,it ends when your still so in love with it.

    Light vs L………the battle of the minds!

  • April 13, 2008 at 6:19 amMr.Ty

    …. u serious?? darker than black??…i have seen alot of anime shows and darker than black was the absolute…worst… it is way too repetitive… i literally guess whats gonna happen on any episode after the second… bad guys come (first episode)… bad guys die (second)… and it keeps going like that… adding like new dumb stories… that whole series is just like a naruto filler…. code geass on the other hand.. jus finished it 2day and it was amazing really… and yeah death note??? was cool… till L died then it was the most boring experience ever or worst ima watch garren lagunn (however u spell it) next so im jus gonna go get 2 downloading now

  • May 19, 2008 at 11:59 pmAkio

    Kanon is pretty good, so is Clannad, I hope to see it in the 2008 list.

  • June 2, 2008 at 3:01 amasim

    Kanon is the best anime of 2007! but u should give the best animes of the years the hounor that they desire as there are many animes which have touch me and others And that are

    1-Ruroni Kenshin
    2-sister princess
    3-flame of recca
    4-ScRyed
    5-kenichi {histories strongest

  • June 19, 2008 at 5:17 pmpimpolla

    okey fi you read this is the best of 2007 , there are alot of thers animes that ares cool, but they are of others years …

  • July 23, 2008 at 11:50 pmSplicer

    Ya its sad that people out there are such tards that they need to be reminded that this clearly states “Best of 2007″. Meh personally I like the yahoo japan top anime list and I think its more accurate. Because no offense because I found your list basically Gurren lagann repeated with the honorable mention and one code geass. (Which don’t get me wrong the latter of which I find amazing, while the aforementioned not so much) I think the yahoo japan list is a better indicator of a popularity of an anime. And shame on you no mention of Gundam 00 for best animation. HD gundams ftw.

  • September 6, 2008 at 12:12 amTony

    I”m surprised i actually watched all of these even before i found this site…

  • October 5, 2008 at 11:28 pmLelouchCode geassRoxx

    Yay code geass wins again!!

  • December 6, 2008 at 8:17 amShant

    Should’ve had a “SPOILERS” warning for School Days. Haven’t seen it yet and I was looking for a dark anime to watch…but now I know how it ends :(

  • December 17, 2008 at 9:55 amcode_zer0

    code geass
    is the besT
    they deserve it

  • December 18, 2008 at 1:56 pmMisa

    I’m yet to decide which one is better, but I just watched Geass and that was an excellent, well made animu.. I guess I need to watch Lagann then and come back and tell you which one is better ;)

    but it’d be hard for me to find an anime that’ll top geass.. I’ve already put it in my best 5 anime evar o.O

  • April 9, 2009 at 3:08 amTTGL

    GURREN LAGGAN RULES FOR ALL YA BITCHIES!!

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