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. Land of the Lustrous
  23. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!
  24. Ping Pong the Animation
  25. Rose of Versailles
  26. Gatchaman Crowds insight
  27. 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. Hisone to Masotan
  25. Fune wo Amu
  26. Baccano!
  27. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  28. Death Parade
  29. Mob Psycho 100
  30. Puella Magi Madoka Magica
  31. Fullmetal Alchemist
  32. Akatsuki no Yona
  33. Alice and Zoroku

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

B Section: Fun & Games

  1. Kill Me Baby
  2. Haiyore! Nyarko-San (2)
  3. Girls und Panzer
  4. Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere
  5. Gamers!
  6. Hinamatsuri
  7. G Gundam
  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. Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
  27. Granblue Fantasy
  28. Mahoutsukai Precure
  29. One Punch Man
  30. Sunday Without God
  31. Wake Up, Girls!
  32. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  33. Akame ga Kill
  34. Dream Eater Merry
  35. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
  36. Is the Order a Rabbit?
  37. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  38. KanColle
  39. Rolling☆Girls
  40. Haikyuu!! S2
  41. Yuri!!! on Ice
  42. Kaze no Stigma
  43. K
  44. [C] Control
  45. ERASED
  46. Hamatora
  47. Beyond the Boundary
  48. D. Gray Man
  49. Lostorage conflated WIXOSS
  50. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?

Tier IV: Under the Weather

A Section: Net Gain=0

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