Ongoing Anime Rankings

Yes, that’s right. I have a complete ranking of every single anime I’ve ever watched (TV series only). Yes, it’s functionally useless. Yes, lots of parts of it are out of date and probably don’t fit with my current impressions of things. Yes, I keep it up because I think it’s a fun thing to have. Please don’t yell at me. (See this post for an explanation of the criteria for each tier.)

  • If you’re a numbers person, my 1-10 rankings can be found on My Anime List account.
  • 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: The Best Anime Has to Offer

  1. Blast of Tempest
  2. Toradora!
  3. Chihayafuru
  4. Gurren Lagann
  5. Hunter x Hunter
  6. Revolutionary Girl Utena
  7. The Eccentric Family
  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!
  21. Land of the Lustrous
  22. Star Driver
  23. Mawaru Penguindram
  24. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!
  25. Ping Pong the Animation
  26. Rose of Versailles
  27. Gatchaman Crowds insight
  28. Run with the Wind
  29. Angel Beats!

Tier II: Great Anime

  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
  11. Gundam Build Fighters
  12. Saekano Flat
  13. Alice and Zoroku
  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. Hisone to Masotan
  25. Fune wo Amu
  26. Baccano!
  27. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  28. Kemurikusa
  29. RahXephon
  30. Violet Evergarden
  31. Death Parade
  32. Mob Psycho 100
  33. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  34. Fullmetal Alchemist
  35. Akatsuki no Yona
  36. Do It Yourself!!
  37. Sound! Euphonium
  38. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

Tier III: Good Shows Worth Watching

A Section: Toying with Being Great

  1. World Conquest: Zvezda Plot
  2. Diebuster
  3. Gatchaman Crowds
  4. Deca-Dence
  5. The Idolm@ster
  6. Heartcatch Precure!
  7. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime S2
  8. Yofukashi no Uta
  9. Planet With
  10. Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
  11. Macross Delta
  12. Scorching Ping Pong Girls
  13. Overman King Gainer
  14. Love Lab
  15. Bocchi the Rock!
  16. Birdy the Mighty Decode
  17. Classroom Crisis
  18. Fate/Apocrypha
  19. Gimgar of Fantasy and Ash
  20. Witchcraft Works
  21. Scrapped Princess
  22. Gosick
  23. Non Non Biyori
  24. Love Live!
  26. Working!!
  27. The World God Only Knows
  28. Barakamon
  29. Spice & Wolf
  30. Gundam Reconguista in G
  31. Yuki Yuna is a Hero
  32. Garo
  33. Gao Gai Gar
  34. New Game!
  35. Sword Art Online
  36. Sword Art Online: Alicization
  37. Steins;Gate
  38. Noragami
  39. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
  40. Tonari no Seki-kun
  41. Nagi no Asukara
  42. Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods
  43. One Week Friends
  44. Your Lie in April
  45. Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta
  46. This Art Club Has a Problem!
  47. Yama no Susume
  48. Just Because!
  49. Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
  50. Bungo Stray Dogs
  51. Lycoris Recoil
  52. Brand New Animal
  53. Patlabor: The Early Days
  54. A.I.C.O. Incarnation
  55. Tsukigakirei
  56. Kuroko’s Basketball
  57. Healer Girls
  58. Comic Girls
  59. Sugar Apple Fairy Tale
  60. Jujutsu Kaisen
  61. Saki
  62. Knight’s & Magic
  63. Konosuba
  64. Arpeggio of Blue Steel
  65. Sirius the Jaeger
  66. Princess Principal
  67. Hitsugi no Chaika
  68. Nisemonogatari
  69. Kiznaiver
  70. Ouran High School Host Club
  71. My Hero Academia
  72. In/Spectre
  73. The World is Still Beautiful
  74. Love Live! 2
  75. Mayoiga
  76. Nisekoi
  77. Aquarion EVOL
  78. Yurucamp
  79. Flying Witch
  80. selector infected WIXOSS
  81. Sword Art Online II
  82. Flip Flappers
  83. Attack on Titan
  84. Tari Tari
  85. Un-Go
  86. Durarara!! x2
  87. Kill la Kill
  88. Tokyo Ravens
  89. Log Horizon 2
  90. Log Horizon
  91. Nichijou
  92. Assassination Classroom
  93. Full Metal Panic
  94. Amagi Brilliant Park
  95. Kuromukuro
  96. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
  97. Guilty Crown
  98. Servant x Service
  99. Medaka Box
  100. Kotoura-san
  101. Yozakura Quartet
  102. Humanity Has Declined
  103. Mekaku City Actors
  104. Free! Eternal Summer
  105. Free! Dive to the Future
  106. Gakkou Gurashi
  107. Yesterday wo Utatte
  108. Love Live! Sunshine

B Section: Fun & Games

  1. Kill Me Baby
  2. Haiyore! Nyarko-San
  3. Girls und Panzer
  4. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
  5. Gamers!
  6. Hinamatsuri
  7. G Gundam
  8. Saekano
  9. Fairy Tail
  10. Kaguya-sama
  11. Spy x Family
  12. Level E
  13. Miss Monochrome
  14. Show by Rock!!
  15. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
  16. Hanayamata
  17. Captain Earth
  18. Engaged to the Unidentified
  19. Parallel World Pharmacy
  20. The Devil is a Part-Time!!
  21. Space Patrol Luluco
  22. Hitsugi no Chaika -Avenging Battle-
  23. Comet Lucifer
  24. Kiniro Mosaic
  25. Sansha Sanyou
  26. FLCL
  27. Haikyuu!!
  28. Dog Days
  30. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
  31. Granblue Fantasy
  32. Mahoutsukai Precure
  33. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  34. One Punch Man
  35. Sunday Without God
  36. Wake Up, Girls!
  37. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  38. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  39. D. Gray Man
  40. Blue Lock
  42. Dream Eater Merry
  43. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
  44. Is the Order a Rabbit?
  45. KanColle
  46. Rolling☆Girls
  47. Haikyuu!! S2
  48. Yuri!!! on Ice
  49. K
  50. Kaze no Stigma
  51. Asteroid in Love
  52. [C] Control
  53. ERASED
  54. Hamatora
  55. Beyond the Boundary
  56. Lostorage conflated WIXOSS
  57. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
  58. Akame ga Kill

Tier IV: Probably Not Worth Your Time

A Section: Net Gain=0

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

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. Engage Kiss
  9. Magical Warfare
  10. Wizard Barristers
  11. Senyu
  12. No Game No Life
  13. Infinite Stratos
  14. FLCL
  15. Fate/Zero
  16. Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East
  17. 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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