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

Tier II: Really Great, Almost Excellent

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

Tier III: Things That Are Good to Watch

A Section: Toying with Being Great

  1. World Conquest: Zvezda Plot
  2. Diebuster
  3. Gatchaman Crowds
  4. Gosick
  5. The Idolm@ster
  6. Gimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  7. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime S2
  8. Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  9. Macross Delta
  10. Classroom Crisis
  11. Love Lab
  12. Witchcraft Works
  13. Scrapped Princess
  14. Non Non Biyori
  15. Heartcatch Precure!
  16. Love Live!
  17. Scorching Ping Pong Girls
  18. Working!!
  19. The World God Only Knows
  20. Barakamon
  21. Spice & Wolf
  22. My Hero Academia
  23. Gundam Reconguista in G
  24. Yuki Yuna is a Hero
  25. Garo
  26. New Game!
  27. Steins;Gate
  28. Sword Art Online (2)
  29. Sword Art Online II
  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. Full Metal Panic
  44. Patlabor: The Early Days
  45. Konosuba
  46. Arpeggio of Blue Steel
  47. Hitsugi no Chaika
  48. Nisemonogatari
  49. Kiznaiver
  50. The World is Still Beautiful
  51. Love Live! 2
  52. Mayoiga
  53. Gakkou Gurashi
  54. Nisekoi
  55. Aquarion EVOL
  56. Flying Witch
  57. selector infected WIXOSS
  58. Attack on Titan
  59. Tari Tari
  60. Un-Go
  61. Durarara!! x2
  62. Kill la Kill
  63. Tokyo Ravens
  64. Log Horizon 2
  65. Log Horizon
  66. Nichijou
  67. Assassination Classroom
  68. Kuroko’s Basketball
  69. Amagi Brilliant Park
  70. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
  71. Guilty Crown
  72. Servant x Service
  73. Medaka Box
  74. Kotoura-san
  75. Yozakura Quartet
  76. Humanity Has Declined
  77. Mekaku City Actors
  78. 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. Fairy Tail
  7. Level E
  8. Miss Monochrome
  9. Show by Rock!!
  10. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  11. Hanayamata
  12. Captain Earth
  13. Engaged to the Unidentified (2)
  14. Space Patrol Luluco
  15. Hitsugi no Chaika -Avenging Battle-
  16. Comet Lucifer
  17. Kiniro Mosaic
  18. Sansha Sanyou
  19. Bungo Stray Dogs
  20. FLCL
  21. Haikyuu!!
  22. Dog Days
  23. One Punch Man
  24. Sunday Without God
  25. Wake Up, Girls!
  26. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  27. Akame ga Kill
  28. Dream Eater Merry
  29. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
  30. Is the Order a Rabbit?
  31. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  32. KanColle
  33. Rolling☆Girls
  34. Haikyuu!! S2
  35. Yuri!!! on Ice
  36. Kaze no Stigma
  37. K
  38. [C] Control
  39. ERASED
  40. GATE
  41. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
  42. Hamatora
  43. Beyond the Boundary
  44. 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

13 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 ^_^).


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