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Reader’s Choice – Favorite Anime 2010 Poll

It’s… TIME! Time to look back at 2010 that is, so I’d like to present the Fifth Annual Reader’s Choice Poll.

Similar to last year, there are two polls for you to vote on — one for regularly broadcast series and another for OVA/movies. The subtle change is the number of votes has increased from three to five for series and one to three for OVA/movies to further diversify results so they aren’t heavily skewed. With 98 series and 71 OVA/movies to choose from, we’re now asking for your top five and top three of 2010 respectively.

The criteria for a regular broadcast anime to be included is that it had to have been a TV series that finished airing in 2010. The general idea here is that you can’t really judge a series until it’s over, so shows such as STAR DRIVER and To Aru Majutsu no Index II will appear in next year’s poll. For OVA/movies, it has to have been released on DVD/BD in 2010 to qualify, ensuring that viewers outside of Japan have had a chance to watch it. This mostly pertains to theatrical offerings. I’ve loosened the requirement on being complete though, which is why you see Gundam Unicorn episodes one/two and Break Blade movies one/two included in the list as single entries.

As far as I’m aware, the anime series list is complete. The OVA/movie is purposely less so since there are a lot of really niche OVAs that aren’t really worth considering. However, if you feel there’s something the deserves consideration, please send me an e-mail and I’ll add it. Otherwise, you are welcome to vote for it in the Others option. Let the voting begin!

Note: The polls will close on Sunday, January 2nd at 8:00 AM GMT. Results will be posted in the upcoming Best of Anime 2010 post.

Polls are now closed. Thank you for taking the time to vote.

December 29, 2010 at 8:35 am
  • December 30, 2010 at 9:37 pmfishies

    it’s sad, wish i had the time to watch many other great series so i could see if my top 5 really belonged in the top 5. but to see k-on, soronowoto, railgun, working, ookami, HOTD, (series i all enjoyed) and leave out RAINBOW and Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei feels like an absolute slap to the face to some of the lesser known, truly moving series out there and not giving credit to great series when all you see these days are harems, tsunderes, and cute, shallow romance (not that they’re all bad). if only a poll could be conducted when everyone has watched all the series could fair judging take place. oh well, whatever…anyways for series
    1. Rainbow
    2. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei
    3. FMA: B
    4. Angel Beats
    5. ???
    if i had watched cross game, kimi ni todoke, nodame, and maybe durarara, my list might change a bit.
    1. Evanglion 2.22
    2. Eve no jikan
    3. Eden of East Paradise Lost
    i don’t really care much for ova’s, don’t watch them whole lot.

  • December 30, 2010 at 9:46 pmKevin

    Oh my gosh this poll killed me. I’m just going to list all my favorites.
    Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (The tech system was interesting. I can’t believe randomc didn’t blog this to the end. I’d say it’s about as good as Ika Musume.)
    K-ON! (1st season. 2nd season wasn’t that good, imo.)
    Kaichou wa Maid Sama! (Need I say more?)
    Ladies versus Butlers (not to be taken seriously, haha.)
    MM! (Not as good as the other lmao comedies, but still pretty good.)
    Mitsudomoe (I cracked up so hard…)
    Ookami-san (I love all the characters. Romance was pathetic on Ryoushi’s part, but I like how he stands up for her.)
    OreImo (I <3 Kuroneko. 'Nuff said.)
    Seitokai Yakuindomo (This + Mitsudomoe = ROFL)
    Shinrei Tantei Yakuindomo (I haven't finished it yet, but it's interesting)
    Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Almost as good as Mitsudomoe + Seitokai. I <3 Ika!)
    Working!! (Almost as good as Ika Musume)
    Yumeiro Patissiere (Okay, my cousin introduced me to this. I got hooked over the sweets competitions.)
    You don't have Bleach up there, but I dropped it anyways. Haha.

    • December 30, 2010 at 9:48 pmKevin

      Oh I forgot The World God Only Knows. You can’t forget that one. It makes me want to buy a dating sim game. >:O

  • December 31, 2010 at 1:30 amKewldude

    Seriously, you Have top provide more options for us! Especially the OVAs/Movies. Too many good ones to choose!

  • December 31, 2010 at 2:10 amMiriaria


    -votes- wish they’d continue with the new arc T_T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • December 31, 2010 at 4:29 amhustler_srpl

      reborn will air again this april

      • December 31, 2010 at 4:22 pmMiriaria

        =O!!!!!!!!!!!! thanx for the heads up xD!!!!!

  • December 31, 2010 at 2:46 amSheen Gimongala

    my favorites
    -angel beats
    -tegami bachi
    -Highschool of the dead
    -the world god only knows

  • December 31, 2010 at 3:04 ambriex

    TV series :
    1. Working!!
    2. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
    3. Angel Beats!
    4. Sora no Otoshimono Forte (The 2nd season was awesome!)
    5. So-Ra-No-Wo-To (Epic Ending)

    my 5th choice is a hard one between SRNWT, Ika Musume and OreImo. K-On!! 2nd season was a meh for me.

    OVA/Movies :
    1. Break Blade
    2. Bungaku Shoujo
    3. Black Rock Shooter

  • December 31, 2010 at 3:20 amThe Enigmatic Moondoggiebuiscuit

    LOVE RANDOMC.NET EVER! The year was very eventful both for anime and RL. I hope you more power Divine and Co.

    Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:12 amhustler_srpl

    My bet for this year is FMA: Brotherhood. The show delivers what exactly a shounen anime should have. Amazing action scenes, terrific characters, good sense of humor and an outstanding storyline. Definitely deserving for the BEST ANIME OF 2010.

    Top 5:
    1. FMA: Brotherhood

    2. Durarara!! – the unique thing about durarara!! is that it delivers different pointsof-view on what is happening around ikebukuro which makes the storyline a good one. add a crazy bunch of characters and a fantastic OP and ED, surely a contender for the best anime of 2010.

    3. Kaichou wa Maid-Sama – i was excited to watch this one since my friend recommended it to me. i like the whole romantic-comedy theme of the show and the cat and dog relationship between usui and misaki. definitely maid-sama delivers what a good shoujo anime should be.

    4. Angel Beats – i was kinda thrown off when i first watch this show. episode one seems a little confusing on my part. as i continue watching, i saw raw emotions on the characters and there are times which i almost cried. i kinda think it was a bit too short but perhaps a season two should do the trick.

    5. Yosuga no Sora – i will definitely nominate this as the controversial anime of 2010. it makes you question the morality of the show particularly the incest part between sora and haru.

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:37 ampedobear

    Well if ever RC included FMA:Brotherhood last year, it might make Shinryaku Ika Musume win this one which hands down everyone will agree on. There are lots of favorite anime this year but Ika Musume really take over the whole nation by storm, unlike K-ON!! it takes a large budget and a huge amount of time to rise on fame.

  • December 31, 2010 at 5:03 amWitheredAngel

    1.Fulmetall Alchemist Brotherhood
    4.Angel Beats!
    5.Amagami SS

    1.Darker than Black Gaiden
    2.Black Rock Shooter
    3.Summer Wars

  • December 31, 2010 at 5:47 amStorm

    1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    2. Shiki
    3. Arakawa Under the Bridge (x Bridge)
    4. Kuroshitsuji II

    wasn’t able to complete my list because I didn’t watch that much anime this year. maybe drrr but I haven’t finished it yet. Also, Shiki deserves more love.

  • December 31, 2010 at 6:43 amEltaria

    FMA:B deserves a Best Anime of All Times award. Hands down!

  • December 31, 2010 at 10:34 amKuld

    1. Durarara!!
    2. PSG
    3. Angel Beats!
    4. Shiki
    5. FMA: Brotherhood

    1. Black Rock Shooter
    2. Summer Wars
    3. The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

  • December 31, 2010 at 12:27 pmItheunknown

    1 – Full Metal Alchemist – Brotherhood
    2 – Katanagatari
    3 – Legend of Legendary Heroes
    4 – Angel Beats!
    5 – Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
    6 – K-ON!!

  • December 31, 2010 at 2:48 pmHayden

    there were a few animes that a liked a lot like angel beats and kissxsis.
    but i have to say highschool of the dead was great!

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:01 pmawperxs

    gotta say Seitokai Yakuindomo made me laugh hard.

  • December 31, 2010 at 4:56 pmsteev

    They forgot Bakemonogatari. It ended in 2010, thus it is a 2010 anime.

    1) FMA: Brotherhood
    2) Gintama
    3) Bakemonogatari
    4) Kimi ni Todoke
    5) Durarara!

  • December 31, 2010 at 5:46 pmpieprsn

    Angel Beats, number one, all the way! I’ve watched a lot of anime this year, and the competition is REALLY close, but in the end, I enjoyed Angel Beats the most out of everything this year. If it had been longer, it would have been a series that would have gone down in history.

  • December 31, 2010 at 7:36 pmSAIKA

    mine was (alphabetical)
    Kimi ni Todoke

    And for OVA
    DTB:Gaiden FTW!

    I haven’t tried most of the animes on the list, but I will this year.

  • December 31, 2010 at 9:26 pmlordip

    Angel Beats
    Cross Game
    Sora no Woto
    FMA: Brotherhood
    Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin


  • December 31, 2010 at 9:27 pmlordip

    also Summer War n xxxHolic Rou

  • December 31, 2010 at 9:29 pmMatroid

    My votes (starting from the most favorite)
    Angel Beats! — Best Drama
    Ookiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ — Best Sports
    Kimi ni Todoke — Best Romance
    Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai (The World God Only Knows) — Best Sci-fi/Fantasy
    Shinryaku! Ika Musume (Squid Girl) — Best Comedy

    Honorable Mention:
    Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru — It is as funny as Squid Girl, and has deeper messages at times. But Squid Girl doesn’t rely on “fan service”, and, hence, won my vote in the comedy category.

    Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (Tatami Galaxy) — It is one of the “cult” animes of the year. But we have only five votes…

    Durarara — It creates a very creepy (and, hence, fitting) atmosphere for this type of thriller story.

    Sora no Woto — The ending is (sadly, but expectedly) “too convenient”. I wouldn’t put this series on the top of the list. Nonetheless, it is a good production in its own right.

    Eve no Jikan
    Eva 2.2

    And, to create my own favorite category…

    Best Anime Song of the Year:
    Only My Railgun (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OP1)
    Runner-up: Hikari no Senritsu (Sora no Woto OP)

  • December 31, 2010 at 10:19 pmYamibakeru

    My choice:

    1) Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy): Surpasses everything I watched this year, plus their grandmas. Also, watching this awakened the anime hipster in me.
    2) Amagami SS: Because as far as good anime with strong male leads go this year, few others are as bro as Junichi. And watching it makes me feel good.
    3) Katanagatari: Because the monthly wait was worth it.
    4) Soredemo Machi Wa Mawatteiru:I liked it. It entertained me, which says a lot about an anime these days.
    5) So Ra No Wo To: It was the most memorable thing last Winter, and I had many fond memories with it.

    Honourable mentions:
    Du Ra Ra Ra: Second half wasn’t as strong as I liked it to be.
    K-On!!: better than last round! They actually DO THINGS now!
    Working!!: For weathering the bad times known as “Spring 2010″
    Mitsudomoe + Seitokai Yakuindomo: No better place than these for dirty jokes.

  • December 31, 2010 at 11:22 pmSereni

    FMA Brotherhood
    Angel Beats
    World God only knows

    Another year gone by~!

  • December 31, 2010 at 11:44 pmentropy

    My votes:
    Giant Killing
    Motto To LOVE-Ru
    Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~
    Sora no Otoshimono: Forte
    Break Blade
    Gundam Unicorn
    To LOVE-Ru OVA

    • January 1, 2011 at 1:07 amentropy

      Forgot to include my special mentions:
      Shiki – Didn’t vote for it because Muroi and Sunako (somehow) survive
      Soredemo Machi Wa Mawatteiru
      Angel-Beats – the number of episodes brought it down a bit
      The World God Only Knows
      Eden of the East 1&2
      Summer Wars
      Black Rock Shooter

  • January 1, 2011 at 2:58 amdrsypher

    My votes:
    Cross Game – definitely the winner for me this year
    Tantei Opera Milky Holmes – I laughed way too much watching this to not vote for it
    Shinryaku! Ika Musume – Loved Ika and, like above, I had lots of laughs
    Working!! – just really enjoyed this

    Gundam Unicorn
    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Lagann-hen
    Nanoha: The Movie 1st

  • January 1, 2011 at 3:58 amSexiness

    My votes:

  • January 1, 2011 at 4:57 amEvilROB


    Best show and sadly u.u Best show you’re probably not watching. u.u

    nuff said.

  • January 1, 2011 at 5:25 amKaiser

    1.Amagami SS: For making me look forward to the next week
    2.Durarara!!: Because ‘Dollars’ is awesome
    3.Seitokai Yakunindomo: The kind of student council I want to have in my school
    4.Ore no Imouto ga konna ni kawaii wake ga nai: Having Kana Hanazawa as Kuroneko is foulplay (Nii-san~~)
    5.Katanagatari: For making me look forward to the next month

    1.Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade: Because UBW is too awesome to describe
    2.Macross Frontier Itsuwari no Hime: Because there’s Sheryl,Ranka and some of my favorite music
    3.Shakugan no Shana S: Because Shana is just so cute

    Honorable Mentions:
    Angel Beats: The ending was a bit to sad for me
    So Ra No Wo To: Kalafina(Hikari no Senritsu) made listening to the opening so worth it
    Hanamaru Youchien: Wouldn’t it be nice if all kids were like them
    Kurenai OVA: Was really to my liking, but the competition is too strong
    Bakemonogatari: Episode 12 had to be in 2009
    Kiss x Sis: For non-blood related Twin sisters are every men’s dream
    Yosuga no Sora: Made me spend hours looking for a full english patch for the game
    Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu: Because there’s a sequel called Dai Densetsu no Yuusha no no Densetsu
    This list will go on forever so I’ll stop here

    And we need a poll for Best Anime Song of the year =D

  • January 1, 2011 at 10:59 amKovski

    My favourites in no particular order:
    Tatami Galaxy
    Cross game

    and because it was hard to choose a fifth one i decided on Angel beats. But honourable mentions go to FMA:B, Kimi ni Todoke and Sunred season 2. I guess I could give a shout out to Durarara as well for having likeable characters and interesting first half, the weak second half however qualifies it as this years disappointment.

    • January 1, 2011 at 11:05 amKovski

      I decided upon House of five leaves instead of angel beats.

  • January 1, 2011 at 11:31 amN

    1. Durarara!!!
    2. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    3. Kuragehime
    4. Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
    5. Sarai-ya Goyou

  • January 1, 2011 at 2:45 pmShelly

    Both me and my husband want to vote but it only works for one of us even on different computers.

  • January 1, 2011 at 7:03 pmSquaredonut

    Am I mistaken, I can’t seem to locate Bakuman anywhere?

    Anyhow, fun year with:

    Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
    To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
    Amagami SS

  • January 1, 2011 at 8:39 pmIchigomaru

    *The world only god knows
    *Angel beats
    *To love ru
    there were tons of good anime!
    i hope this year have a lot too >D
    tanoshimi desu >D

  • January 1, 2011 at 8:54 pmhikarinokibuo

    I love you RandomC!!! you’re the best~

    I will just wait for the results than post my faves~ fufufufu

  • January 2, 2011 at 5:16 amunknown2

    TV series
    1. Durarara (Im a sucker for Narita Ryhogo’s novels. I really love the unique characters)
    2. Shiki (Although theres a Vampire hype everywhere, Shiki is nothing like the rest Excellent anime)
    3. FMA Brotherhood (The 2nd try on this manga gave it justice, great cast and action anime)
    4. Densetsu no Yuusha Densetsu (Slow at first, but it turn out quite well with the character development. Its Magic, Romance, action, politics?)

    1. Break Blade
    2. King of thorn

    Honorable mentions:

    Macross Itsuwari no Uta hime
    Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
    Gundam 00 movie

  • January 2, 2011 at 10:50 amYukiruchan

    I missed the vote!- -”

    1st place – Angel Beats! (the production quality is just so high)
    2nd place – Durarara!! (close second)

  • January 2, 2011 at 5:40 pmShad0wF0x


    1. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
    2. To Aru Kagaku No Railgun
    3. Sora no Otoshimono Forte

    Those are the only shows I’ve seen that have come out recently.

  • January 2, 2011 at 6:08 pmkaon


  • January 2, 2011 at 7:12 pmboingman

    Damn, sucks that I forgot to vote. :( Wanted to finish some series first and then forgot about the poll ending Sunday morning.
    Just to not feel left out

    1) FMA: Brotherhood
    2) Durarara
    3) Shiki
    4) Sora no Otoshimono Forte
    5) Don’t have any


    1) Evangelion 2.22
    2) Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
    3) Break Blade 2

  • January 2, 2011 at 8:05 pmLaN

    AGGH I missed being able to vote on this by 12 ish hours:(.

  • January 2, 2011 at 10:42 pmKorin

    I havent seen the other 2010 animes but for me 2010 is a year to remember for the great animes they shown us!! More to you guys making these epic animes!!

  • January 3, 2011 at 7:59 amMutante

    Just to put here. lol

    1) Angels Beats
    2) K-ON!!
    3) MM!
    4) Mitsudomoe
    5) Otome Youkai Zakuro

    1) Fate Stay Night
    2) Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi

  • January 3, 2011 at 10:53 amCoral Daia

    1. Shiki
    2. Kimi ni Todoke
    3. Durarara
    4. Kobato
    5. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

    About the OVAs, I’ve just seen Black Rock Shooter and Kuroshitsuji: Ciel in Wonderland, so they are the only ones I’m voting.

  • January 3, 2011 at 3:00 pmMAN

    Man I really liked Legendary Heroes, but it was not on the poll

    • January 3, 2011 at 10:50 pmDivine

      It most certainly was, under its Japanese title, Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu.

  • January 4, 2011 at 1:05 amlightning

    I watched a heck load of series in 2010 compared to previous years, and for the first time I’m stumped on what to place in my top 5. Still, it’s been a good year and I have enjoyed all the series that I’ve picked up. :P

  • January 5, 2011 at 5:15 amAnna Wolf

    1.Rainbow -To summarize my “Rainbow Rant”;A perfect rare gem,one of the best anime of ALL TIME.Period.
    2.Sengoku Basara 2 -was awesome but 1st season is better
    3.FMA Brotherhood -good story,but Ed can be annoying at times
    4.Psychic Dectective Yakumo -ok and iffy,interesting,slow beginning,boring characters that need more personality,it gets better later on though
    5.Togainu no Chi -haven’t seen much,but I know the whole story from the game,it’s sad

    And almost everything else this year I wasn’t interested in.
    It wasn’t a good new anime year for me. It was mostly ecchi,comedies,and shoujo anime this year,the same old stuff,seriously. The best anime have uniqueness,a good story,and realistic characters to relate to.

  • January 7, 2011 at 1:50 amSkaiserZ 4Gate

    Damn. Not Panty & Stocking mentioned =(

    Gotta say it’s an excellent work

  • January 8, 2011 at 7:36 amElie

    TV series:

    1) FMA: Brotherhood (Good action, good plot and good characters)
    2) Durarara (unique anime)
    3) Amagami SS (typical romance but entertaining to watch)

    Other animes I picked because I didn’t know what to pick:

    4) Angel Beats (nice music and decent characters but plot/ideas was a bit weird i.e. why is the after death world a high school?)
    5) MM! ( Was quite interesting at the 1st few eps then became typical high school comedy which bore me)


    1. Gundam unicorn
    2. Darker than Black Gaiden

    • January 8, 2011 at 7:43 amElie

      Oops, forgot to pick in the poll but enjoyed the series was:

      Giant Killing (Enjoys watching soccer matches and the anime was a good bonus)

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