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. 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. Birdy the Mighty Decode
  20. Working!!
  21. The World God Only Knows
  22. Barakamon
  23. Spice & Wolf
  24. My Hero Academia
  25. Gundam Reconguista in G
  26. Yuki Yuna is a Hero
  27. Garo
  28. New Game!
  29. Steins;Gate
  30. Sword Art Online (2)
  31. Noragami
  32. I Can’t Understand What My Husband is Saying
  33. Tonari no Seki-kun
  34. Nagi no Asukara
  35. Gingitsune: Messenger Fox of the Gods
  36. One Week Friends
  37. Your Lie in April
  38. Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta (2)
  39. This Art Club Has a Problem!
  40. Just Because!
  41. Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars
  42. Love Live! Sunshine
  43. Bungo Stray Dogs S2
  44. Flip Flappers
  45. Patlabor: The Early Days
  46. Tsukigakirei
  47. Kuroko’s Basketball
  48. Knight’s & Magic
  49. Konosuba
  50. Arpeggio of Blue Steel
  51. Princess Principal
  52. Hitsugi no Chaika
  53. Nisemonogatari
  54. Kiznaiver
  55. The World is Still Beautiful
  56. Love Live! 2
  57. Mayoiga
  58. Gakkou Gurashi
  59. Nisekoi
  60. Aquarion EVOL
  61. Flying Witch
  62. selector infected WIXOSS
  63. Sword Art Online II
  64. Attack on Titan
  65. Tari Tari
  66. Un-Go
  67. Durarara!! x2
  68. Kill la Kill
  69. Tokyo Ravens
  70. Log Horizon 2
  71. Log Horizon
  72. Nichijou
  73. Assassination Classroom
  74. Full Metal Panic
  75. Amagi Brilliant Park
  76. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
  77. Guilty Crown
  78. Servant x Service
  79. Medaka Box
  80. Kotoura-san
  81. Yozakura Quartet
  82. Humanity Has Declined
  83. Mekaku City Actors
  84. 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. Granblue Fantasy
  27. One Punch Man
  28. Sunday Without God
  29. Wake Up, Girls!
  30. Inou Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de
  31. Akame ga Kill
  32. Dream Eater Merry
  33. The Ambition of Oda Nobuna
  34. Is the Order a Rabbit?
  35. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
  36. KanColle
  37. Rolling☆Girls
  38. Haikyuu!! S2
  39. Yuri!!! on Ice
  40. Kaze no Stigma
  41. K
  42. [C] Control
  43. ERASED
  44. GATE
  45. Problem Children are Coming from Another World, Aren’t They?
  46. Hamatora
  47. Beyond the Boundary
  48. 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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