Ongoing Anime Rankings

See this post for an explanation of the criteria for each tier. Numbers in parenthesis indicate multiple watches. For a more general discussion behind my reviewing and ranking philosophy, see this page.

  • If you’re a numbers person, 1-10 rankings can be found here:
  • Bolded titles represent benchmarking shows. In other words, they’re shows that I’m absolutely certain belong at the tops of their respective tiers. They’re the gatekeepers—to move into the a tier higher, the show has to be better than the benchmark.

Tier I: Cream of the Crop

  1. Blast of Tempest (3)
  2. Toradora! (2)
  3. Chihayafuru (2)
  4. Gurren Lagann
  5. Hunter x Hunter
  6. Revolutionary Girl Utena
  7. The Eccentric Family (2)
  8. Turn A Gundam
  9. Superdimensional Fortress Macross
  10. Monogatari Series: Second Season
  11. Silver Spoon
  12. AKB0048: Next Stage
  13. Hyouka
  14. Kyousougiga
  15. Concrete Revolutio
  16. Princess Tutu
  17. orange
  18. Martian Successor Nadesico
  19. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  20. The Devil is a Part-Timer! (5)
  21. Star Driver
  22. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!
  23. Ping Pong the Animation
  24. Rose of Versailles
  25. Gatchaman Crowds insight
  26. Angel Beats! (2)

Tier II: Really Great, Almost Excellent

  1. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  2. Bakemonogatari
  3. AKB0048: First Stage
  4. Eureka 7
  5. Macross Frontier
  6. The Eccentric Family 2
  7. Blood Blockade Battlefront
  8. Shirobako
  9. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
  10. Soul Eater (2)
  11. Sound! Euphonium
  12. Gundam Build Fighters
  13. Saekano Flat
  14. Zankyou no Terror
  15. Black★Rock Shooter
  16. Glasslip
  17. Durarara!!
  18. The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
  19. Gunbuster
  20. A Certain Scientific Railgun
  21. Shakugan no Shana
  22. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
  23. Golden Time
  24. Fune wo Amu
  25. Baccano!
  26. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  27. Death Parade
  28. Mob Psycho 100
  29. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  30. Fullmetal Alchemist
  31. Akatsuki no Yona

Tier III: Things That Are Good to Watch

A Section: Toying with Being Great

  1. World Conquest: Zvezda Plot
  2. Alice and Zoroku
  3. Diebuster
  4. Gatchaman Crowds
  5. Gosick
  6. The Idolm@ster
  7. Gimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  8. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime S2
  9. Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  10. Macross Delta
  11. Classroom Crisis
  12. Love Lab
  13. Witchcraft Works
  14. Scrapped Princess
  15. Non Non Biyori
  16. Heartcatch Precure!
  17. Love Live!
  18. Scorching Ping Pong Girls
  19. Working!!
  20. The World God Only Knows
  21. Barakamon
  22. Spice & Wolf
  23. My Hero Academia
  24. Gundam Reconguista in G
  25. Yuki Yuna is a Hero
  26. Garo
  27. New Game!
  28. Steins;Gate
  29. Sword Art Online (2)
  30. Noragami
  31. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
  32. Tonari no Seki-kun
  33. Nagi no Asukara
  34. Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods
  35. One Week Friends
  36. Your Lie in April
  37. Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta (2)
  38. This Art Club Has a Problem!
  39. Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
  40. Love Live! Sunshine
  41. Bungo Stray Dogs S2
  42. Flip Flappers
  43. Patlabor: The Early Days
  44. Tsukigakirei
  45. Kuroko’s Basketball
  46. Knight’s & Magic
  47. Konosuba
  48. Arpeggio of Blue Steel
  49. Princess Principal
  50. Hitsugi no Chaika
  51. Nisemonogatari
  52. Kiznaiver
  53. The World is Still Beautiful
  54. Love Live! 2
  55. Mayoiga
  56. Gakkou Gurashi
  57. Nisekoi
  58. Aquarion EVOL
  59. Flying Witch
  60. selector infected WIXOSS
  61. Sword Art Online II
  62. Attack on Titan
  63. Tari Tari
  64. Un-Go
  65. Durarara!! x2
  66. Kill la Kill
  67. Tokyo Ravens
  68. Log Horizon 2
  69. Log Horizon
  70. Nichijou
  71. Assassination Classroom
  72. Full Metal Panic
  73. Amagi Brilliant Park
  74. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
  75. Guilty Crown
  76. Servant x Service
  77. Medaka Box
  78. Kotoura-san
  79. Yozakura Quartet
  80. Humanity Has Declined
  81. Mekaku City Actors
  82. Free! Eternal Summer

B Section: Fun & Games

  1. Kill Me Baby
  2. Haiyore! Nyarko-San (2)
  3. Yama no Susume
  4. Girls und Panzer
  5. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
  6. G Gundam
  7. Gamers!
  8. Saekano
  9. Fairy Tail
  10. Level E
  11. Miss Monochrome
  12. Show by Rock!!
  13. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  14. Hanayamata
  15. Captain Earth
  16. Engaged to the Unidentified (2)
  17. Space Patrol Luluco
  18. Hitsugi no Chaika -Avenging Battle-
  19. Comet Lucifer
  20. Kiniro Mosaic
  21. Sansha Sanyou
  22. Bungo Stray Dogs
  23. FLCL
  24. Haikyuu!!
  25. Dog Days
  26. One Punch Man
  27. Sunday Without God
  28. Wake Up, Girls!
  29. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  30. Akame ga Kill
  31. Dream Eater Merry
  32. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
  33. Is the Order a Rabbit?
  34. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  35. KanColle
  36. Rolling☆Girls
  37. Haikyuu!! S2
  38. Yuri!!! on Ice
  39. Kaze no Stigma
  40. K
  41. [C] Control
  42. ERASED
  43. GATE
  44. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
  45. Hamatora
  46. Beyond the Boundary
  47. D. Gray Man

Tier IV: Under the Weather

A Section: Net Gain=0

  1. Absolute Duo
  2. Tanaka-kun is Always Listless
  3. Nobunagun
  4. Silver Will Argevollen
  5. K: Return of Kings
  6. Buddy Complex
  7. RWBY
  8. Black Bullet
  9. A Certain Magical Index
  10. Galilei Donna
  11. Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3
  12. selector spread WIXOSS
  13. Nisekoi S2
  14. Aldnoah.Zero
  15. Polyphonica
  16. Aria the Scarlet Ammo
  17. Brighter than the Dawning Blue
  18. Seitokai Yakuindomo
  19. My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy
  20. Outbreak Company

B Section: More Negatives than Positives

  1. Hand Shakers
  2. White Album 2
  3. Junketsu no Maria
  4. Neo Angelique
  5. Strike the Blood
  6. Charlotte
  7. GATE S2
  8. Magical Warfare
  9. Wizard Barristers
  10. Senyu
  11. No Game No Life
  12. Infinite Stratos
  13. FLCL
  14. Fate/Zero
  15. Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East
  16. Pupa

15 thoughts on “Ongoing Anime Rankings

  1. I’m really liking this ranking page.
    Appreciating the addition of Ping Pong to Tier I.

    Although I’m curious if you rated Fate/Zero considering it as a stand-alone show.
    Definitely hard to place in an upper tier but with familiarity about Fate Stay Night, it’s a pretty decent show.


    • Here’s the answer I’ve linked in the past on F/Z:

      Related: 1 rankings are for shows that I feel offer the least valuable experience. So, for F/Z, I felt the hopelessness of the ending kind of counteracted everything else liked about the show. I also have a lot of the same problems with its writing that other critics have noted (sometimes ponderous dialogue, too many people doing too many things all at once, etc.). It’s also been almost two years since I first watched it, so I don’t have much of a clear memory of it anymore.


      • I apologize in advance, I mean no disrespect nor am I trying to denounce your opinion. If it comes off like that, I’m sorry. I’m simply interested in your response.

        Would you not agree sometimes it is the journey that is more important than the destination? To denounce F/Z as having no valuable experience or redeeming quality seems a tad bit harsh. Purely as a very improbable hypothetical scenario, if an anime fan who was interested in but had not yet watched F/Z had, by chance, read your blog, your placement, and your declaration that F/Z is essentially a waste of time and because of this, said anime fan does not watch F/Z for the rest of his life, would you not say, to any extent at all, that he/she may have missed out?


        • No worries! You’re raising some good points here!

          Sometimes, I suppose? That depends on the quality of the journey. I guess, ending aside, I didn’t think the journey that was Fate/Zero was all that impressive. Sure, there were some cool action scenes, but all the ideological conflicts and arguments that occurs over the course of the show (some of which are good, some of which are unreasonably ponderous) are essentially rendered invalid by the ending.

          As for people missing out by not watching it, you’re right. Not watching F/Z would involved missing out on that particular media experience. But it’s no different than any other choice between shows. Every time I choose to watch one show, I’m making a choice not to watch another show and “missing out” on the show I choose not to watch. So, it’s not as if not watching F/Z leaves a vacuum in the person’s life, but an opening for them to watch something else. Without accounting for personal tastes, F/Z’s ranking is simply a recommendation to watch something else, something I consider to be of superior value, instead.

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          • I’ve always thought of the nihilistic ending of F/Z as characteristic of it having elements of Greek tragedy. Kiritsugu and Saber act as the tragic protagonists who, throughout the show, struggle to overcome their fatal flaws and change their sad fate. However, unlike a Greek tragedy, not every character completely succumbs to their inevitable end. In the aftermath of the Grail War, Kiritsugu, despite his dream of saving the world having (literally) gone up in flames, desperately searches for any sign of life he could save among the burning rubble of Fuyuki City. In the end, for all the crimes he committed, for all the lives he sacrificed in his belief that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, he was given the life of a single, dying boy. And yet he cherishes that life and gives thanks for having been given that life even though it was in exchange for countless others, an action that was the antithesis of Kiritsugu’s original belief. This final development of Kiritsugu’s character and the ideals he embodied really made the series feel more more like hopeful nihilism rather than a pointless tragedy.

            However I do agree with you that some key ideological themes like the idea of Chivalry in war and that of an ideal kingship were rendered invalid with the ending. I also won’t deny that a great deal of my love for the show comes from my inner shounen enjoying the gargantuan-budget action sequences. At the same time though, I thought F/Z, despite its seemingly bleak ending, did have more going for it than just its high-budget action but you do bring up a good point of subjective value and some anime fans value different things differently than others in an anime. (I also apologize for my wall of text on an anime you don’t care for but I just wanted to see if i could convince you to perhaps give F/Z another shot :P)

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  2. I should have taken a picture of my face when I saw The Devil Is A Part Timer on the top-tier list – the face of ‘holy moly this is mentioned on the internet so unjustly infrequently that I’ve forgotten about the show myself’.

    Must. Rewatch.

    Good to also see GATE in the ‘fun and games’ section. It’s the most fun I’ve had in anime while not taking something seriously. Really looking forward to the second half airing next season.

    The only thing I’d place very differently is Haruhi, but maybe I need to revisit it one day. It left a poor impression in my infancy of anime-watching, but that might have been because of the ridiculously high standards I got from Toradora and Angel Beats!.

    Have to say, this kind of ranking system is much more useful and enjoyable than MAL’s numerical system. I could never pin a number on an anime I like, but I can easily bunch it with a number of shows I feel are of similar quality. Doing so also promotes much better discussion, from my experience, than what you often get with the numbers.


  3. Wait. There’s a Christian aniblogger who hasn’t yet seen Haibane Renmei? This… this is actually exciting!

    Trust me on this one. That show will change your life.


  4. Where’s Concrete Revolutio and Shouwa Genroku? Are you excluding split-cour shows from the list or something? It seems not, as you have separate rankings for both seasons of GATE. It just seems weird to exclude these two, especially since you rated both pretty damn highly. (In fact the former is your favorite show of last year, on a critical scale that is)


    • This is a good question, and the reason I’ll make up here (it’s more likely that I just forgot to rank them when I finished because I was busying yakking about them on Twitter) is that I considered both of them to be somewhat incomplete as stories at their halfway points. How strong their respective second cours are will have a big impact on my feelings on them as a whole, thus I’ll wait to rank them until they have truly shown me everything they have.

      Special shows get special treatment, you might say (GATE is certainly not such a show ^_^).


    • I wouldn’t say it was a gripe so much as I just generally didn’t find the show super effective. I liked the OP a whole lot and was fond of some of the characters, but the story just felt wayyyy too scattershot to really grab me.


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