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Reader’s Choice – Favorite Anime 2011 Poll

With the new year rapidly approaching, it’s time to look back on our favorites of 2011. This is the Sixth Annual Reader’s Choice poll, where it’s your turn to voice your opinion and have it heard!

Continuing the trend from two years ago, there are two polls for your to vote on — one for regularly broadcast TV series and another for OVA/movies. We’re asking for your top 5 picks in each poll to get a better spread of results that aren’t heavily skewed in favor of any unanimously popular shows. This year, you have 99 TV series and 57 OVA/movies to choose from, so have a careful look over the lists before deciding. Also, please respect other people’s choices in the comments and keep in mind that this is purely subjective. People like what they like.

The usual criteria applies here: For a regular broadcast TV series to be considered, it has to have finished airing in 2011. The general idea here is that you can’t really judge a series until it’s over, so shows such as Chihayafuru, Mirai Nikki, Guilty Crown, Shakugan no Shana III (Final), and Fate/Zero (upon further consideration) will appear in next year’s poll. Series with a second season already planned but a clear stopping point such as Kimi to Boku and Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon are included.

For OVA/movies, it has to have been released on Blu-ray/DVD in 2011 to qualify, ensuring that viewers outside of Japan have had a chance to watch it. This mostly pertains to theatrical offerings. The difference from TV series is that it doesn’t necessary have to be complete, which is why you see Gundam Unicorn episodes three/four, and Towa no Quon movies one through five in the list as single entries. OVAs are released infrequently, so it could be several years before they’re included in a poll if we wait for them to be finished. For this year, I’ve also omitted one-off bonus/unaired OVA episodes bundled with BD/DVD volumes, simply because it didn’t make sense to treat them on even terms as actual OVA series and movies.

As far as I’m aware, the anime series list is complete, barring a handful of shows that are animated but unlike your “typical” anime. The OVA/movie is purposely less so for the reasons above; however, if you feel there’s something the deserves consideration, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail and I’ll add it. Let the voting begin!

Note: The polls don’t have a fixed close date just yet, but it will be sometime next week when the Winter 2012 season starts.

Update: Polls closed. Thank you for taking the time to vote! Results will be posted soon in the upcoming Best of Anime 2011 post.

December 30, 2011 at 3:50 am
  • December 30, 2011 at 4:02 amHakumeiJin

    I’m actually not voting for Madoka and AnoHana so that I won’t be helping them pass Steins;Gate which is why I had to vote for Steins;Gate and 4 other series for humor.

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:21 amKurisu Vi Britannia

      I know you’re probably a big fan of Steins;Gate but if you honestly think that Madoka and AnoHana should have got your vote and you didn’t just cos you want Steins to win then…

      You sir are an idiot =)

      • December 30, 2011 at 6:27 amHakumeiJin

        If there was second best or third best I would have chosen them but I chose other series which were competing for 4th 5th in my mind and will mostly likely be unappreciated in the poll.

        With a choose 5 system what decides the best isn’t how much something is the best but rather how much something manages to get liked by everyone and unfortunate as it is most people not familiar with otaku culture are likely to leave it after the first episodes while the characters are only just getting introduced and there isn’t an actual enemy. Whereas Madoka is hyped enough that everybody knows they should watch until 3rd episode and AnoHana is just easier to like.

      • December 30, 2011 at 7:10 amKurisu Vi Britannia

        All I can say is…

        You mad scientist?! Sonuvabitch!

      • December 30, 2011 at 11:06 amSnipyro

        You do know you don’t have to vote 5? It says UP TO 5. Either way, still a terrible reason not to pick series you like…..whats the point of a poll if you’re not going to vote honestly? If S;G is that good (and I agree its great), it’ll win, naturally. You don’t have to go that far.

      • December 30, 2011 at 7:17 pmShin

        I think that most people would agree that Madoka and AnoHana were among the best probably top 10 easily, but I think a lot of people also have personal tastes. What is wrong with voting for animes you simply enjoy to watch? If you really like Madoka, AnoHana, they would probably be on the list you voted for lol.

    • December 30, 2011 at 6:43 amEspada

      don’t worry man, im one with you

      • January 2, 2012 at 6:18 pmEspada

        butthurt madokafags

      • January 2, 2012 at 6:31 pmThe Moondoggie

        Oh? I see Steinfags everywhere science fails… MADOKA FTW!!!

      • January 2, 2012 at 6:35 pmThe Moondoggie

        No just kidding… :D

        But yeah, there were comments that watching Steins;Gate will make you fail Quantum Physics.. X3

    • December 30, 2011 at 8:56 amUmadBro?

      can i vote for stein’s gate x 5?

      • December 30, 2011 at 11:17 amUmadBro?

        i see the word stein;s gate in most comments :)

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:13 aml3reezer

    Uh, TIGER & BUNNY, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Madoka Magica, STAR DRIVER, and Ao no Exorcist. I don’t think I tuned into/kept up with a couple series I think I should have, i.e. Steins;Gate, Ano Hana, BLOOD-C – or maybe it’s just those three.

    Black Lagoon and Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo. Certainly did not watch enough from that category to feel justified in voting for five.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:15 amMoshi2wei2

    There are so many that i wanna vote but i can only choose uP to five :(

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:16 amComM3

    With a New Years coming by, we reflect on all the awesome animes that have aired and all the hard work Divine put in. Toast to you boss

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:25 amKurisu Vi Britannia


      • December 31, 2011 at 6:26 ammegalith

        ALL HAIL OMNI!


  • December 30, 2011 at 4:17 amJusuchin (Military Otaku)

    Idolm@ster. Hands down.

    • December 30, 2011 at 2:26 pmMDK

      I really liked im@s, but top 5? eh?


      lmao why not! It was, at the very least, the show I was most looking forward to watch each week (and it certainly didn’t start that way).

      • December 31, 2011 at 8:45 amJusuchin (Military Otaku)

        Same deal. It was a meh series that ended up being /sadface it’s done.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:18 amRoo

    Aw man, is it just me or reading the titles from the list envoking some flashbacks of the best moments from each series?

    • December 30, 2011 at 6:05 amHrmmmm

      Episode 10 from Madoka – Show Spoiler ▼

      Episode 23 Steins;Gate – Show Spoiler ▼

      Epic times.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:20 amKurisu Vi Britannia

    Denpa Onna To Seishun Otoko, Deadman Wonderland (Manga is so good), UN-GO (Dark Horse, Madoka (OMGZ!), Mawaru Penguindrum.

    I woulda said Ao No Exorcist but that anime original content was terrible compared to the manga.

    Ano Hi Mata was also very good but not my kind of anime to really stay loyal to it.

    • December 30, 2011 at 4:24 amKurisu Vi Britannia

      Only saw Towa No Quon from the movie/ova section.

      Must admit i’m going to download .hack//quantum now tho =D

    • December 30, 2011 at 9:21 pml3reezer

      The fact that the Deadman Wonderland was so good makes me even more disappointed at the unworthy adaptation. I think there was one episode out of the many that I actually liked a lot

      • December 31, 2011 at 12:13 amKurisu Vi Britannia


  • December 30, 2011 at 4:31 amMi-Mi-Mikuru

    I just noticed that 2010 was much better, I had a really hard time to choose just 5 series. This year was easy.
    voted for:
    Natsume Yuujin-chou San
    Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa mada shiranai
    Level E

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:31 amLeticia

    AnoHana, Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate, Mawaru Penguindrum and Usagi Drop are my chosen ones. I don’t plan to vote for the OVAs because I haven’t seen more thna half of them so it wouldn’t be fair =)

    • December 30, 2011 at 3:30 pmMormegil

      We have the exact same top 5. Very nice.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:34 amcutemi2

    I’m supposed to Vote Madoka Magica and Nichijou, but they put their LIMIT of voting 5 best anime of 2011 (TV/OVA/Movie), but i only vote some eroge based anime, but i didn’t seen Suite Precure….only Heartcatch Precure, I’m supposed to vote 12 anime titles this year….

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:38 amJhacks

    Wow, seriously 99 TV series and 52 OVA/movies. Sadly I have only seen and finish maybe around 20-25 series and watch 3 OVA’s this year. And still it’s pretty hard to pick just 5 because I enjoy almost all of them. But for the OVA it’s only CARNIVAL PHANTASM!, CARNIVAL PHANTASM!, macross, CARNIVAL PHANTASM!, and break blade.

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:08 amDivine

      I just went through that list to see how many shows I finished and I ended up with 72. That surprised even me.

      • December 30, 2011 at 5:32 ambelatkuro

        Wow, Divine. Just wow.

        Going through that list, I have 48 shows I finished, excluding the shows I dropped and put on-hold. Adding the two-cour shows in Fall, that’s more than half of the shows.
        Funny because I thought I watched a lot of shows this year. Oh well.
        If Fate/Zero was on that list it would have been my choice ):
        I’d have to go with KnT2 and Usagi Drop as my top choices, with Madoka, S;G and AnoHana to round it up.

      • December 30, 2011 at 5:37 amDivine

        Yeah, there are a handful of shows that I started but put on indefinite hold:
        - Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji Hakairoku-hen
        - Kami-sama no Memo-chou
        - Maken-Ki!
        - Manyuu Hiken-chou
        - Tamayura ~hitotose~

        Everything else that I said I was going to watch in the Season Schedules, I watched to completion.

      • December 30, 2011 at 5:50 amBass.EXE

        Dropping Maken-Ki!, Manyuu Hiken-chou, Tamayura ~hitotose~ I completely understand, but is there any particular reason you dropped Kami-sama no Memo-chou?

      • December 30, 2011 at 6:13 amJhacks

        Wow Divine I’m impressed that’s a lot of shows. As expected of a God-tier Anime Guru like you. I used to be an anime aficionado like you, then I took a wife and…….. All hell broke loose. (I jest! : P )

      • December 30, 2011 at 6:34 amDivine


        None of those were dropped due to lack of interest mind you. In Kamimemo’s case, it was just a matter of falling behind and never bothering to catch up because of its slower progression . I’ve seen up to episode 5.

      • December 30, 2011 at 10:09 amRickyMack

        is divine: man, machine, or godly?!

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:49 ammtle

      Dayum 99 aye .. I counted up to 45, almost half!!
      I wonder how I managed that :S

    • December 30, 2011 at 11:06 amArcad

      Man divine watches anime like I used to til i got a full time job.

      • December 30, 2011 at 4:52 pmDivine

        Heh, I’ve had a full-time job for the past 5 years though…

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:38 amCID


    • December 30, 2011 at 8:41 amTheAllseeingeye


    • December 30, 2011 at 10:14 pmbriex

      APPRIVOISE!!! /no1

    • December 31, 2011 at 4:21 pmMoondoggie

      Too bad STARDRIVER didn’t appear in 2ch’s top ten. :/ I was expecting at least its in the third place.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:41 amDork

    Voting for Horizon.

    Still disappointed you guys dropped it, it turned out to be the most enjoyable show of this season.

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:10 amDivine

      I could’ve picked it up since I watched it, but I didn’t want to take on any more shows blogging-wise. I’ll probably blog season two though.

      • December 30, 2011 at 8:53 amZaku Fan

        Would be much appreciated by those who watched the series and never read the novels i think. The entire series was hard to make head or tail of until i read the blog explaining how the school council president was ranked politically. Some of the long explanations from politics to economics would have been easier to digest as well.

      • December 31, 2011 at 5:36 pmboingman

        Thanks, would be great if you or someone else of the team picked up season 2 of Horizon.
        btw. any chance we’ll also hear some (final impressions) about the Carnival Phantasm OVA’s?

      • December 31, 2011 at 5:41 pmDivine

        Not from me, since I never got around to watching them.

      • December 31, 2011 at 5:49 pmboingman

        That surprises me, considering you’re watching Fate/Zero. You should at least try to watch episode 8 with Saber. :)

    • December 30, 2011 at 9:47 amShin

      I watched it. finally kind of understood what happened half way through. I assumed that the people who enjoyed it liked the unconventional nature of the show. Personally I think the deciphering the info dumps was too much of an unrewarding effort. I wonder what cheknov would have thought of this story lol.

      I think the main issue is that there are too many unexplained stereotypical rpg characters. I still don’t know over half of them or who they are much less who the antagonists are. It relies on fleshing these characters out with short touching story. All the coexistence superpowers, mechas, and magic are kind of unexplained, and I think Tori’s power is kind of uninspired and cheap.

      • December 30, 2011 at 1:34 pmXellos^_-

        Well the novels are call Light but are avg 1000+ pages per vol. Thirteen ep isn’t going to introduce every character in any detail. The first season is basically just a intro to the series.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:45 amGigg44

    One question where is Kaiji Hakairoku Hen? That would be my Anime of 2011. It aired from Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 28, 2011 – http://myanimelist.net/anime.php?id=10271&referer=malupdater

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:30 amDivine

      Hmm, I don’t know why it wasn’t there originally, but it should be now under “Gyakkyou Burai Kaiji Hakairoku-hen”. Polldaddy was acting up on me when I was entering all the options.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:48 amSinsI

    That was a terrible year for anime – then the likes of Seikon no Qwaser makes it into the top 5 (with one spot EMPTY) – it really means something.
    OVA fared better, as it had some numerous good pieces like Black Lagoon, Towa no Quon or Mardock Scramble,

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:23 amDivine

      I think it means you didn’t give enough series a proper chance. Before you call it a terrible year, maybe first tell us how many shows you actually watched to completion to make such a claim…?

      • December 30, 2011 at 11:31 amSinsI

        Divine, I’ve tried about 35 TV shows. I like seinen action anime with mature themes, as well as funny and interesting stories. I hate almost everything school themed, ugly loli art and the slice of life genre. I also never watch blatantly censored shows, as well as butchered adaptations of light novels and manga that I’ve already read. All that is left was ridiculously mediocre, leaving me with zero desire to re-watch it (my main criteria for an anime to be considered “good”).

      • December 30, 2011 at 4:57 pmDivine

        Fair enough, but you’ve really limited your options by completely ruling certain types of shows right from the get-go. Also, please keep in mind that just because you don’t like those genres doesn’t mean they’re “terrible” to everyone else. A glaring example would be if you didn’t watch Madoka Magica because it’s a magical girl anime.

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:37 amryuuzaki

      i watch at least 80% of them, 20% either dropped or didnt even bother to watch, and i can say that this year is not that terrible! but quite few that excels.

    • December 30, 2011 at 6:40 amKTNO

      Yeah it’s quite the opposite; the quality was very high this year (Usagi Drop S;G, Mawapen…) and everybody could find at least one big anime wich correspond to their tastes.

      (sorry for the english)

    • December 31, 2011 at 8:49 amstaticology

      Why don’t you mention some of what you DID watch?
      As Divine said, if you didn’t watch Madoka because it was a magical girl series, you did yourself a HUGE disadvantage. Did you watch Steins;Gate? Mawaru Penguindrum? UN-GO?
      By limiting your standards THAT much, you’ve pretty much already screwed yourself over for a terrible year of anime (i.e. there wasn’t enough of what I like!!) before it begins. Open your mind more. Just because there’s a lot of bad shows to weed through in the history of anime doesn’t mean it’s all bad. Just because you’ve had a bad experience with a genre doesn’t mean it’s all bad. There are always exceptions and there are always gems- you just have to look for them and put forth the effort so you can reap the reward.
      Sorry for the attitude here- these types of posts really get me going.

  • December 30, 2011 at 4:55 amwaqasj

    Steins;Gate, AnoHana, Usagi Drop for me these three were the best of the year..

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:01 amSpinarakk

    No Redline for the OVA/Movie section?
    Wasn’t that only released on Bluray/DVD this year?

    • December 30, 2011 at 10:43 amSacchi

      It’s right there, it’s the only thing I watched this year and I voted for it. It is mindblowing :D

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:03 amKyouma Hououin

    I am mad scientist. So cool. Sonuvabitch!

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:06 amewok40k

    Stein’s Gate – for science!
    Madoka Magica – for making me look at magical girls with different perspective
    Deadman Wonderland – for sheer craziness
    Hanasaku Iroha – for fluffy heartwarming factor
    Haganai – for cast of outcasts much like me IRL and still being funny as hell

    • December 31, 2011 at 4:24 pmMoondoggie

      Saying you watch Steins;Gate for science is like saying you watch To Aru Majutsu No Index for religion studies XD.

      • January 1, 2012 at 2:09 amAlec

        You say awesome things from time to time xD

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:10 amCroos

    hmm. I would have voted for everything.:(

    But I only voted Macross F – Sayonara for movie.

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:15 amryuuzaki

    boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai
    torn between: hanasaku/IS

    as for OVA/Movies: 0

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:16 amCybersteel

    Is there no Blood Prison?

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:25 amDivine

      Naruto: Blood Prison isn’t out on DVD until next April.

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:35 amoli

    oh it seems i haven’t watched many ova’s and films this year, Higurashi is the only one on there that i have watched, damn! oh well i will watch some of them when the results come out so i know the best ones.

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:36 amskylion

    My Top Five that I would have added had this poll been Top Ten (Which is should have been)
    Usagi Drop

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:36 amMikoto

    1-Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
    5-Mawaru Penguindrum
    2-Mardock Scramble
    3-Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
    4-Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa
    5-Uchuu Show e Youkoso Or Coloful

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:44 amboingman

    El Psy Congroo.

  • December 30, 2011 at 5:58 amBluerise

    Favourite anime – voted for ones which I enjoyed at the time and currently want to pick up on DVD:
    Kamisama Dolls
    Mawaru Penguindrum
    No. 6
    Star Driver

    Favourite OVA/Movie – can’t vote as I’ve seen none of them.

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:02 amPhotexs

    Tv series
    1-Madoka Magica
    4-Mawaru Penguindrum
    2-Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
    3-Mardock Scramble
    4-Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:05 amNhelraios

    hmm lets see…

    Star Driver
    Kimi no Todoke 2
    Show Spoiler ▼

    as for OVAs/Movies :

    Break Blade
    Macross Frontier(Sayonara no Tsubasa)
    Mardock Scramble
    Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki
    Baka to Test Shoukanjuu Matsuri

    • December 31, 2011 at 4:14 pmlaaa

      Thanks man for sharing your votes for movies found some realy good movies which I didnt know about:
      Mardock Scramble
      Eiyuu Densetsu Sora no Kiseki

      as far as it goes animes are covered in season previews and some are bloged but those cool movies just manage to slip unnoticed

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:10 amActene

    Wow, pretty much the only OVA on here I’ve watched was Roberta’s Blood Trail. Still, it was awesome so one vote for that.

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:15 amAna

    There’s no Kyousougiga in OVA/Movies section D: I know that it’s hard to include everything, but this OVA was amazing for me~
    I voted for Madoka, Steins;Gate, Tiger&Bunny, UN-GO and Penguindrum <3

    • December 30, 2011 at 6:43 amDivine

      Added Kyousougiga.

      • December 30, 2011 at 6:51 amAna


  • December 30, 2011 at 6:18 amSmuglord

    For me, this was probably the best year anime-wise in a long, long time – quite a number of interesting, thought-provoking series.
    My picks:

    1)Steins;Gate (A fun first half, and a completely engrossing second half which had me on the edge of my seat most of the time. Episodes 22 and 23 were especially amazing.)

    2)Anohana (The entire cast kept developing and changing throughout the entire show, and remained realistic and likeable while doing so. They were prone to overacting at times though, which I feel is one of the series’ few flaws.)

    3)Madoka Magica (Found the first couple of episodes a bit boring to be honest, though it picked up quickly after that and kept getting better. Also my pick for the series that exceeded my initial expectations the most.)

    4)UN-GO (It saddens me how underrated this is. Though it started out pretty badly, the mysteries just became more and more interesting and difficult to figure out.)

    5)Tiger & Bunny (I’m somewhat ambivalent to the superhero genre in general, but this show still managed to be pretty fun to watch. I especially loved the sentimental parts – the developing relationship between Tiger and his daughter being the prime example.)

    • December 30, 2011 at 11:05 pmChouchou

      About the first couple of episodes of Madoka, I thought they were boring too during airing time (nearly dropped it until I saw the comment count for ep.3). When I rewatched it though, knowing more about what’s actually happening and the reasons behind some certain character actions, it suddenly became much more interesting to me.

      It was similar in Steins;Gate’s first episode which was a bit confusing on the first watch but in the end you see what was hinted at and how everything is connected.

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:25 amGeass

    where is The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya?
    I can’t find it

    • December 30, 2011 at 6:54 amKnillinux

      The Haruhi movie is from 2010 (both the theater showing and the BD/DVD).

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:29 amricz

    ano hi mita

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:30 amDdadain

    Me oh my…

    Best Series:

    1.) Steins;Gate (El Psy Congroo)
    Self explanatory.

    2.) Nichijou
    Made me laugh… til my stomach… hurt…

    3.) Deadman Wonderland
    Loved it… seriously…

    4.) Kimi ni Todoke Season 2
    So very very very satisfactory ending.

    5.) Ao no Exorcist
    Damn, this show was the bomb the first few episodes… it got all emotional… ._. I try to forget the Deus Ex Machina at the end…

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:34 amahelo

    Shouldn’t Xxx Holic Rou be included?

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:57 amDivine

      There are a few OADs I purposely chose not to include, but “xxxHOLiC Rou” wasn’t one of them. I’ve added it to the list.

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:37 amRamzi

    1. Steins;Gate
    1. Madoka
    3. Kami-sama Dolls
    5. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:42 amKTNO

    Damn… We need a top 10 for this year!

    I think S;G, Deadman Wonderland and maybe AoEx or Anohana will be in the top even though I didn’t vote for all of them.

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:45 amvic

    how bout the Toradora OVA? It came out a few days ago.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:01 amKnillinux

      Yeah, I was going to suggest that and the Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA episodes as well. I guess unaired/extra episodes aren’t meant to be included the poll though.

      It seems a bit strange that the Kampfer OVA was included though – those just felt like extra random episodes. Is it that the OVA just has to have a unique name for it to be on the list?

    • December 30, 2011 at 8:03 amDivine

      The Toradora OVA is exactly the kind of OVAs that I wanted to leave out this year. The same goes for Seitokai Yakuindomo OADs, since it also had a TV series attached. You’ll notice I left out the kiss x sis OADs too.

      You make a good point about Kampfer though. The reason I chose to include it was because it was announced as a “new project” and looked like a TV series sequel at first. (Both episodes were supposed to air on TV, but then the earthquake happened and only one of them aired.)

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:48 amEspada

    TV Series
    1. Mawaru Penguindrum
    2. Steins;Gate
    3. LEVEL E
    4. Tiger & Bunny
    5. Nichijou

    2. Gundam Unicorn (eps 3-4)
    3. Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa
    4. Carnival Phantasm
    5. Yu-Gi-Oh! ~Chou-Yuugou! Jikuu wo Koeta Kizuna~ (Abridged to be exact)

  • December 30, 2011 at 6:52 amAnonymous

    I feel dumb, but I can’t figure out how I vote or see this list of 99 anime.

    • December 30, 2011 at 7:56 amDivine

      Are you blocking scripts with your browser? The polls are displayed via JavaScript.

      • December 30, 2011 at 10:12 pmAnonymous

        Thank you! You are a techno wizard. I was able to successfully resolve my problem!

    • December 30, 2011 at 10:18 pmAnonymous

      1) Homura Magica
      2) Mawaru Ringodrum
      3) Bakuman
      4) Zombiessuka?
      5) Kaminomi 2

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:02 amTwin Congruence

    Anime Top 5:
    1: Steins; Gate
    2: Madoka Magica
    3: Ano Hana
    4: Mawaru Penguindrum
    5: Tiger & Bunny

    Top 3 for me were easy to choose, 4 and 5 are there just because their endings did not meet the lofty standards they have set for themselves through the series, though special mentions to Level E, Usagi Drop, Un-Go.

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:05 amfishell

    I only finished 3 animes this year….so sad don’t have enough time T.T

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:08 amTwin Congruence

    1: Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
    2: Redline
    3: Kyousougiga
    4: Gundam Unicorn
    5: Mardock Scramble

    1st place was easy for me, simply the best by far. Redline was just awesome for those actions and graphics. The rest kind of just filled in themselves, due to the lack of offerings I’ve watched this year.

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:15 amMiharu~

    >.< let's see…

    Madoka Magica /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\
    Steins;Gate Tuturu~
    Usagi drop
    and the fifth one was the hardest decision I've ever had… ok no, but between Haganai, Tiger & Bunny and No.6 I'd said No.6 :3

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:27 amWiddershins

    Mawaru Penguindrum
    Level E

    Honourable mentions: Usagi Drop, Deadman, Fractale, & Fabulous Driver

    As for OVAs:
    Mardock Scramble by a long shot
    REDLINE (hell yeah)
    Hoshi wo ou Kodomo

    …and none of the others were good enough to mention. I thought Break Blade ended up being very meh.

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:27 amNemo

    For me,

    1) Mawaru Penguindrum
    2) Madoka
    3) Steins Gate
    4) Ano hana
    5) Hourou Musuko

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:32 amMrTerrorist

    My Top 5 favorite animes of 2011.
    Infinite Stratos.
    Toaru Majutsu no Index II.
    The Idolmaster.
    The World God Only Knows II.

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:44 amTipQ

    My top 5,

    The Idolmaster
    TWGOK 2
    Usagi Drop

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:47 amDer Fur Shur

    Star Driver
    Usagi Drop
    and Mawaru Penguindrum

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:51 amhaitechan

    Voted for:
    - Madoka: my favorite 2011 series, I know it’s overhyped and that it isn’t the first “dark” mahou shoujo series but it’s still pretty good, even though I forgot most of the Sayaka arc.
    - Steins;Gate: a little slow at the beggining but in the end it was pretty good. Okarin was a pretty good male lead and Kurisu, even with the tsundere stereotype, was loveable.
    - Mawaru Penguin Drum: Started out as comedy and ended out as something strange. Weird and full of symbolism but I love the style, it’s pretty surreal.
    - Id@lmaster: was expecting a cutesy anime but the drama was pretty well made. I wished it a bit more dancing sequences at the end but I liked how they focused on the characters.
    - Sekaiichi Hatsukoi: much better than Junjou Romantica and the characters (except Chiaki and Yokozawa) were more likeable. Besides, sparkly bishies, flowers and bunnies.
    - Carnival Phantasm: I enjoyed a lot the Fate sequences, specially episodes 1, 5 and 8. I watched the Tsukihime anime (yes, bad decision) but I plan to play the VN (just finished the Fate one) to find out what I’m missing. The OP is really catchy!

  • December 30, 2011 at 7:56 amboznia

    1) Steins;Gate
    2) Usagi Drop
    3) Hourou Musuko
    4) Un-Go
    5) Hanasoku Iroha

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:01 amPockyG

    Ano Hana
    (No particular order)

    Relatively easy choices with MAL reminding me of the scores I gave each one.

    Random thoughts on the year:
    -Although I enjoyed Mawaru, I think it’s honestly way overrated. Underdeveloped character backgrounds considering it’s 2 cour, weakly developed themes, heavy symbolism with little meaning. It was an ok show but nothing I would like to marathon again.
    -Yuru Yuri was amazing, just not enough space this year. :(
    -Tiger & Bunny was also great but the drop in animation quality hurt it.
    -Ikoku Meiro was a surprise treat to watch.
    -Ao no Exorcist was fun to watch but the plot got out of control. Bummer since I found many positive similarities to Naruto’s first season.
    -Infinite Stratos: Char!!! Oh God the OVA was amazing. They really should just dump the mech aspect of this show and focus more on the real stars: the girls.
    -Star Driver was too busy being cool to have a really consistent plot overall but I still came away impressed, especially with the OP and ED songs which are still in my song rotation.
    -Hanasaku Iroha left me somewhat ambivalent, on one hand it was a decent slice of life anime and on the other it tried to be this drama that never delivered. I had stratospheric expectations for this show especially after the first episode but in the end I was pretty indifferent to Ohana and her crew.
    -Great to see that LEVEL E is getting votes. It was clever, hilarious and totally underrated but I don’t think it’s best anime of the year material though.
    -Whats with all the detective shows this year? I don’t particularly mind them, I just don’t think they make for good storytelling or repeated viewings.
    -I think overall this was a pretty decent season with no real clear cut winner overall. Lots of great genre specific shows which is great considering how much generic high school harem shows are out there this season anyways. However I haven’t given a single anime this year a 10 (Meduka was nearly there) on MAL which is a bit disappointing but there were a lot of 9s I gave out.

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:16 amRevy21

    1)Mawaru Penguindrum
    4)Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
    5)Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:17 amAzuma

    Even though I didn’t end up voting for Idolmaster, I was considering. I’ve enjoyed alot of the series on offer this past year. There were more than a handful I enjoyed where if you told me so last year, I would’ve probably laughed at you. That sums up a pretty decent year for me I’d say.

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:17 amKanade

    I’m pretty sure that Madoka, Steins Gate and Ano Hana will be in the top 5 or at least top 10… Anyone wanna make a bet?

    • December 30, 2011 at 9:25 amTwin Congruence

      haha think that is a given, judging from the comments so far… the remaining is like a toss up btw a few series, but my guess will be Tiger & Bunny and Mawaru Penguindrum

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:18 amGermanguy

    1) IdolM@ster

    All others not watched

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:20 am4v4nti

    Usagi Drop

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:41 amPerlaNemesis

    For me, the list is:
    1. Steins;Gate (hands down, the best anime this year)
    2. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (if it wasn’t for Steins;Gate this would have ended as the best of the year for me but nevertheless it was awesome series)
    3. Usagi Drop (Daikichi and Rin made me laugh or just smile so many times!)
    4. AnoHana (it was good anime and I enjoyed it a lot but there were times when I found Menma annoying)
    5. Ikoku Meiro no Croisee (that was heartwarming and perfect way just to relax)

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:47 amStyleFire

    My top 10 for 2011. I probably passed on several great series, but oh well…

    1. Stein’s;Gate
    2. Un-Go
    3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika
    4. Kamisama no Memo-chou
    5. Hanasaku Iroha
    6. Kamisama Dolls
    7. To Aru Majutsu no Index II
    8. IS: Infinite Stratos
    9. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
    10. Hidan no Aria

    Might as well throw in my least favorite series of 2011. Each of these series had its moments, but were overwhelmingly bad or forgettable overall…

    1. Blood-C
    2. Mashiro-iro Symphony
    3. Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
    4. Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
    5. Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai

    • December 31, 2011 at 6:58 pmStyleFire

      So many great releases in 2011. Timing couldn’t have been better, as I just got into anime this year. Glad I came across this site too. I don’t know where I’ve been for the past 22 years, but I’m definitely a fan of anime now.

      From the looks of others thoughts and recommendations, I will give Penguindrum a spin. Can’t wait to hear what Divine and the others have to say about 2011. Thumbs up to all of them for putting in the time and a job well done.

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:50 amKentaiyoshimi

    For me:
    1. Steins;Gate
    2. Usagi Drop
    3. Madoka Magica

    And a distant 4th and 5th
    4. Mawaru Penguindrum
    5. Mayo Chiki

    S;G was the perfect amalgamation of all the different genres that I like, and it was presented flawlessly. This is by far one of my all time favourites.

    Usagi Drop was just all around nice, and it’s one of few series that the main characters are likeable and doesn’t make me facepalm.

    Madoka Magica sealed the deal for me with ep3 and especially ep10. One of the biggest mind=blown moment ever.

    Mawaru Penguindrum deserves a rewatching later on to pick up on all the subtle symbolism and imagery I may have missed the first time around. Those 3 penguins made lol quite a bit.

    Mayo Chiki is 5th because I expected to get nothing from the series to start (plot/ char dev), and ended up enjoying it because of the antics one specific character (Suzutsuki Kanade). Great for just some mindless entertainment.

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:51 amShimapan

    Wow I can’t believe I forgot madoka.

    my list in no particular order

    Kore wa Zombie desu ka
    Hanasaku Iroha
    Hidan or Aria
    Mayo Chiki!

    Damnit forgot Anohana, Usagi drops, Nichijou and many more :(

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:55 amsuckoja

    THE IDOLM@STER is the one for me.
    While I also voted for Madoka, Ano Hana, IS, Mayo Chiki based on the series I actually finished watching this year. I have to say that the dark-horse IDOL show is winning me tenderly. All another show is good especially Madoka and Ano Hana for story wise. It just that there is something magical about THE IDOLM@STER. With 25 episodes, you actually got none of the crappy one. It’s all good. Maybe the reason I like it so much is because I don’t have any anticipation for this show at all. I even started to watch this when it aired for about 11-12 episode already, but I’m hook straight away.
    I watched anime show for fun and something to think about. And that exactly what THE IDOLM@STER delivered. I wouldn’t mind watching it all over again. I know what I’ll get. Entertainment.

  • December 30, 2011 at 8:57 amMrRei

    Well that was hard.. :\

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:00 amJustinnnnnn

    Why is the Unlimited Blade Works movie not here? I thought it had a BD-DVD release in 2011.

    …Such an awesome movie. Would have liked to see some more Shiro and RIn scenes, though :-)

    • December 30, 2011 at 10:36 ambelatkuro

      That was last year >_>

      • December 30, 2011 at 11:52 amJustinnnnnn

        My bad, then.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:07 amlol

    It was hard to decide on 5.

    Went for:
    - Steins;Gate, one of my favourites ever.
    - Gosick, an incredibly touching and romantic story.
    - Tiger & Bunny, pure fun with the best character cast of the year.
    - Star Driver, fabulous and probably needed the votes since people have probably forgotten by now.
    - Penguin Drum, a show where I got so attached to the characters that they became my reason for watching.

    Also loved AnoHana, but I figured that’ll get enough votes as is.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:07 amUmadBro?

    did u forget infinite stratos ova or did i miss it?

    • December 30, 2011 at 10:40 ambelatkuro

      …And then suddenly Divine places it in the list like magic :)

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:09 pmDivine

      I left it out for the same reason as the Toradora OVA, Seitokai Yakuindomo OAD, and kiss x sis OADs — it’s a one-off bonus episode for a TV series and not a standalone OVA series.

      For this year, I’d like the poll to be about OVA series that don’t have a TV series counterpart (which are/were already considered in a year-end poll) and movies.

      • December 31, 2011 at 8:44 amMech

        By this logic, many of the OVAs would be of questionable applicability.

      • January 2, 2012 at 7:11 amlaaa

        not that many

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:11 amUmadBro?

    my votes
    stein;s gate, one of the best i watched

    infinite stratos, harem + comedy :)

    kore wa zombie desu ka, almost the same reason as infinite stratos

    baka test and boku wa tomodachi ga sukunai funniest anime i watched this year.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:15 amZaku Fan

    Personally definitely Madoka for me. Stein;s gate is number 2. The story telling style of both are very different. Madoka is story based meaning the story sucks you in while Stein;s Gate is character based, which manipulates you into liking some characters to hold on to the viewer. At the very end though, both reversed their roles, with Madoka becoming character based and Stein;s Gate becoming story based.

    The one thing Stein;s Gate loses to Madoka is the less compact storyline. You have to applaud Madoka for delivering in 12 episodes vs SG’s 24.

    The remaining are really far from those 2. AnoHana is very good. As a tearjerker, its always easier to connect with the audience. Even comedies are hit and miss more than a sad story. However, it really pushed the melodrama too hard at some places, to the point of making the audience realise that it was manipulating emotions. That was one reason its pretty distant from the first 2.

    The only other one i could truly say was good enough was Level E. The first 2 and last 2 episodes are a real killer. The middle episodes were on the level of amazing to average. Don’t have a fifth since the rest of the anime i watched are either more suitable for specific tastes

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:21 amShin

    I went for
    1. Steins; Gate
    2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
    3. Ano hana (still have some mixed feelings)
    4. Mawaru Penguindrum
    5. IS – Infinite Stratos

    I really dont think IS belongs on there but it was one of the most fun series for me to watch. Not sure why it wasn’t on the OVA list otherwise I might have voted it there.

    Liked Tiger&Bunny, Natsume Yuujinchou, Haganai, Kore wa zombie desu, Level E too.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:21 amSceptile

    Went with Steins, Madoka, Penguindrum, Tiger&Bunny, and UN-GO. I definitely got a lot of enjoyment from those five, though there’s a huge gap in quality between the first three and the later two IMO.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:22 amAmutofan123

    Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate, AnoHana, Mawaru Penguindrum, and Usagi Drop.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:31 amFlame-X

    OVAs/Movies are tough choices.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:38 amClick

    Madoka, Steins’Gate, Moshidora, Penguindrum, and Hourou Musuko in no particular order. I seriously struggled with adding Usagi Drop and AnoHana, but that just goes to show how excellent this year was.

    It’s amazing to me how uncommercial Moshidora and Hourou Musuko were. They were both… pretty damn good. The same goes Tiger & Bunny (lol, uncommercial). And surprisingly, I was even thinking of adding Star Driver on. While at first it seems like a rather silly choice, on the second watch, Star Driver becomes a whole new series.

    Oh, and I hate to say it but Macross deserves to win the OVA. The love put into the animation and story is incredible.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:44 amkumakaori

    GAH! So many series. Time to start splitting them into genre. Because I had to not vote for a ton of….. . (oh you’re kidding me I skipped Usagi Drop. AUGH!. Case in point.)

    ….Great Series. T^T. … choosing 5% is stupid hard x_x. Tons of Excellent Anime this year. blurgh.

    Strangely enough OVA/Movie was an easy selection for me >>;. I just chose the 5 i’ve actually seen <<;;;.

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:49 amMirakurun

    i voted for
    - steins;gate
    - yuru yuri
    - haganai
    - [c]
    - maria holic alive
    this was a pretty good year for anime, most of them were really interesting to watch

  • December 30, 2011 at 9:58 amKinny Riddle

    I believe most would agree that 2011 is an excellent vintage year for anime, there’s just so many memorable titles to choose from that I don’t recall having such a headache choosing just 5 amongst them. Such was the quality that was on offer this year.

    For me, the top 4 this year is between Madoka Magica, AnoHana, HanaIro, and Idolm@ster (Im@s is also surprise package of the year as well), the last spot was nearly a tie between Ikoku Meiro, Usagi Drop, MoshiDora, Nichijou and Working!! I eventually went for Ikoku Meiro (I noticed no one has yet picked this overlooked title).

    I am aware of the rave reviews Steins;Gate is receiving, but as I have not yet have the time to watch that, I do not feel I would be able to judge how good it actually is. So apologies to Steins;Gate fans. I will definitely try and watch it once I have time.

    Special mentions: Steins;Gate (as explained above), A-Channel, Ben-To, Haganai, C3, and MayoChiki.

    For movie/OVA category, I could only choose Carnival Phantasm (excellent self-parody of the Nasuverse by Type-Moon themselves), as the K-ON movie was not included for consideration due to it being just out in theatres in Japan this month, which is a shame as I rather enjoyed that movie.

    • December 30, 2011 at 10:44 amRickyMack

      i’m probably gonna get downvoted, but after watching the first episode of stein’s gate, the main character’s “mad scientist” schtick just annoyed me and i haven’t been able to pick it back up since. i’m not one to be picky about spoilers so i read the summary of the game, and felt the story was great, but i just got really turned off. i tried again midway into the series when it was getting really good, but same thing. maybe i’ll change my mind in the future.

    • December 31, 2011 at 1:50 amKinny Riddle

      Man, you anon down-voters are impossible to please. I already clearly explained why I did not consider Steins;Gate for this year’s top 5, I even offered an apology and offered to consider watching it at a later date.

      But nope, for you mindless down-voters it’s: “tl;dr. Oh, look, this guy didn’t vote for Steins;Gate so must be an idiot, thumbs-down”

      This is why I will always bitch about the cons of negative voting on here, Divine. If it makes it sound like I’m butthurt in order to get your attention, so be it.

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:03 amKaosu

    ….looking at the list I realized that I started watching 67 shows this year with the full intention of finishing all of them but somehow ended up only finishing 10….

    Now I know what to do for my month and a half long winter break!

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:10 amJulio

    My votes were cast based on the rankings I give each show I watch.

    2. Steins Gate

    3. Madoka
    4. Yuru Yuri
    5. Star Driver

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:17 amKingdragun

    My Top 10 (no particular order)

    1. Steins;Gate

    2. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

    3. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    4. Hourou Musuko

    5. IS Infinite Stratos

    6. Kami-sama Dolls

    7. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?


    9. TIGER & BUNNY

    10.Usagi Drop

    Too many good series, I wish that I could vote for more…!
    Hoping that 2012 to be a good year for anime too, (and that I have time to see all the great stuff)

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:26 amThe Moondoggie

    Hmm? Most of my faves have aired early this year(Madoka, Stardriver, Infinite Stratos…).

    Why is Divine asking for only the top five again?

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:40 amSacchi

    I voted the usual ones, Madoka, Steins Gate, Usagi Drop, Bakuman. Really hoping that Star Driver and Redline get the votes they deserve.

    And I was surprised to not see Fate Zero in the list. I guess we’ll see it in next year’s voting when the second season has aired, but the first season alone would have had my vote.

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:42 amgrey

    My Top 5 (no particular order)
    Anohana – Great slice of life (for the parts that were..about life) ~but yeah, really enjoyed it, quite an emotional series. lul
    Usagi Drop – I think this anime is one that I looked the most forward to watching each week, and that’s saying a lot!
    Nichijou – Flawless. Funniest comedy anime I have ever watched tbh.
    Madoka – The last three episodes really made the entire series for me. It did get a little dry in the middle.
    Natsume – I really liked the focus on Natsume this season! As always, such a solid series.


  • December 30, 2011 at 10:52 amDelwack

    Madoka magica
    Kamisama dolls
    Tiger & Bunny
    Usagi Drop

    In that order.

    This was a really hard year to pick for though, a truly excellent year in anime. There’s been so much awesome this year, even though only one can be Anime of the Year, there were certainly enough series for a few years worth of top awards.

    • December 30, 2011 at 11:36 amkfrooster

      We almost have the exact same lists =D

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:58 amHuitzi

    1.- Steins Gate
    2.- Madoka

    3.- Moshidora
    4.- GOSICK… pudo haber sido mucho mejor, pero junto los suficientes méritos para estar ahí.
    5.- Nichijou

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:58 amAnony

    Divine, you might want to add Rurouni Kenshin : Shin Kyoto-hen to the list of OVA/Movie category.

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:24 pmDivine

      Unless I’m mistaken, that was screened in theaters in December, but the Blu-ray and DVD aren’t out until March 21, 2012.

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:09 amalex

    5 is not enough, needs 10 votes

    • December 30, 2011 at 11:51 amThe Moondoggie

      Open number is better, IMO.

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:14 amSpring

    1. Mawaru penguindrum
    2. Madoka Magika
    3. Nichijo
    4. Ano hana
    5. Star driver

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:24 amDurifto

    1. Penguindrum
    2. Madoka
    3. Star Driver
    4. C
    5. Dantalian no Shoka

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:27 amkfrooster

    1. Steins; Gate
    2. Tiger and Bunny
    3. Mahou Shojo Shoujo Madoka Magica
    4. Usagi Drop
    5. Dantalian no Shoka

    Honourable mention to Fireball Charming and Star Driver

    1. Redline
    2. Sengoku Basara: The Last Party
    3. Senjou Valkyria 3: Tagatame no Juusou

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:38 amDaety

    Steins;gate – Anohana – Usagi drop – Boku wa tomodachi – Denpa

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:40 amDaety

    aaaand Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:57 amSeishun Otoko

    Can’t seem to find Karigurashi no Arrietty in the Movie list :(

    • December 30, 2011 at 5:27 pmDivine


  • December 30, 2011 at 12:18 pmShrubbery

    1. Steins;Gate
    2. Usagi Drop
    3. Bakuman
    4. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
    5. Kore wa zombie desu ka?

    Korewazombie is not really the best of the year, but I picked it, cuz i haven’t watched anohana or madoka, which I read a lot of comments about. It was quite funny, funny enough to be picked. I see a lot of Steins;Gate votes, I hope it wins, because Steins;Gate was just EPIC


  • December 30, 2011 at 12:25 pmKukuku

    Not in order:

    -Tiger and Bunny
    -Madoka Magica
    -Nichijou (underrated in my opinion)
    -Mawaru Penguin Drum

  • December 30, 2011 at 12:25 pmL

    Madoka Magica
    Hanasaku Iroha

    I didn’t get around to Steins;Gate or Mawaru Penguindrum, but I plan to watch both of those during spring break (2012).

  • December 30, 2011 at 12:35 pmLectro Volpi

    Instead of favorite I went for what I considered the best of the year and could not include shows like Maji de Watashi (my jewel of the year) or Dragon crisis! that turned out better than expected. Sadly there is the other side of the coin with shows like Ikoku that turned into a pure vulgar otaku moesheet fest.

    I picked:

    1. Steins;Gate (no doubt)
    2. Madoka (genre breaking and doing it good)
    3. Usagi drop (darling of the year)
    4. Anohana (well… it was ok and the soundtrack was really good; consistent art too)
    5. Idolm@ster (my true jewel of the year)

  • December 30, 2011 at 12:49 pmgeri911

    My Picks Would be
    1.Steins’s Gate – absolutely brilliant
    2.Blood – C Though many gave up on this one I just never lost faith cause i know there was something so freaking mind bugling behind it all and i just knew the3 reveal of it would be the bomb and i was right, S^.^Sv
    3.Blue Exorcist – many criticized the anime and kept on comparing it to the manga, although this one has original content and very much made diff to the manga, and i have learned my lesson in reading manga first from the anime, or reading ahead with it, most of them you’ll just end up disappointing you so better to just watch it first then read, perfect examples of these for me is Gantz and Deadman wonderland. Enjoyed Gantz cause i did not read the mnga, was disappointed in DW cause i decided to read the manga. So for me the Blue Exorcist anime rocked, xD
    4.C – love this one so unique and well thought off short but nonetheless sweet. (–,
    5.and my number five is No.6 lol ;) – this anime was so intense loved every minute of it and i did not mind the bromance at all, which even suprises myself that means the anime is really good,

    as for the movies i did not watch a lot but on my list are

    Break Blade
    Macross F Sayonarra Tsubasa = haven’t watch it though but what can i say im a MF Fangirl and i definitely would watch this one and i know I would definitely love it. S^.^Sv

    • December 31, 2011 at 1:07 pmSoiyeruda

      For Blood C, it was less of a mindfuck, and more of a “we just wasted your time by making a 12 episode twist that makes 10/12 of its episodes pointless. Come watch our movie now.”

  • December 30, 2011 at 1:16 pmstaticology

    1. Steins;Gate
    2. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
    3. Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
    4. The Idolm@ster
    5. Nyanpire The Animation

    Watched: 37
    Dropped: 6
    Total: 43

    I was surprised, because I generally don’t like to drop anime unless it gets intolerable for me to sit through (what happened with Horizon, Ore-Tachi, [C], Itsuka Tenma, Blood-C, and Hidan no Aria)
    However, the good shows this year were REALLY good, and it’s clear that Madoka and Steins;Gate have basically reached the famous status where they’ll be talked about for years and years to come.
    Thank you so, so much for all of your work this year Divine. Take it a little easier next year, or at least next season!

    • December 30, 2011 at 1:24 pmstaticology

      Oh, I also wanted to mention AnoHana as a runner-up. The only reason that it didn’t make the list is because there was a lot of lost potential. Anaru, Yukiatsu, and Poppo were the only characters I truly came to care about, because everyone was stuck being Menmasexual. Tsuruko was COMPLETELY wasted by becoming a moodier rehash of Anaru. Jinta was interesting, but at points he went to the point of becoming annoying with his Menma obsession (same happened with Yukiatsu, who I loved aside from that fact). Menma was nothing special- she was a token loli with cute faces.
      Although I am critical of the series, it’s because I had very high expectations of it to be something special. The beginning was a fantastic start, but it dwindled into forced drama over and over again (aside from the three I mentioned before- Anaru’s breakdowns were very touching and raw). I enjoyed watching it, but I don’t think it’s as well-done as many people make it out to be. The message of the show was beautiful, the ending was done well, but the road there was very, very rocky.
      I’m prepared for all the thumbs-down I’m going to get.

    • December 31, 2011 at 9:01 amstaticology

      Other comments on the year:
      - I loved Penguindrum and looked forward to it every week, but at times it seems like it was trying TOO hard to be extraordinary that not everything went together. Show Spoiler ▼

      I get the feeling that Ikuhara was trying SO hard to put symbolism in everything and SO hard to make a series that would be able to be proudly placed by Utena in terms of symbolism and plot twists that certain aspects got completely forgotten along the way. That’s the only reason I didn’t put it up there (besides making that painful Ringo-stalking-Tabuki arc far too long)- otherwise it was an incredible ride and I loved every second of it.
      - Level-E was absolutely HILARIOUS when it was in its stride. The reason it’s not up there? They spent too much time on that Power Rangers spoof. It had amusing parts, sure, but those were undoubtedly some of the weakest episodes of the series when compared to the others.
      - Nyanpire gave me diabetes. It’s just too cute. I had to chime in for it. When I finished the series, I felt empty inside with no more episodes.
      - Kore wa Zombie was laughs after laughs and even with the melodrama they got into at the end, the characters were strong enough to overshadow that.
      - This was overall a strong year for comedy! There were a lot of funny shows. Same for detective shows, like someone else mentioned.

      From what I’ve seen of the early, early, early previews of what’s coming in Spring, I am insanely excited for some plot-heavy shows!

  • December 30, 2011 at 1:29 pmfullmetalmya

    Top Fav Anime:
    1- Level E
    2- Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi (1 & 2)
    3- Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
    4- Usagi Drop

    Honorable Mentions
    (anime with major LOL moments):
    Ben- To
    Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
    Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san
    Mitsudomoe Zouryouchuu!

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