Updated rankings can be found here: https://reallifeanime.wordpress.com/ongoing-anime-rankings/
What anime should I watch next? This is a difficult question for anyone who has just finished an anime they really enjoyed, or for anyone who wants to try out anime for the first time. There are many anime reviews drifting around online, but it can be tough to wade through all of them. To help answer this question, I have created a list of anime, ranking them into three tiers. Consider them a list of anime recommendations, if you wish. I plan to eventually elaborate on my rankings, but for now, I hope that my qualifications and rankings will help you cut through the many anime reviews online and address the question: what anime should I watch?
Tier I Qualifications: Great characters, top-notch storytelling, compelling character relations, a potent human element and transcending themes. All of these are uplifting in nature, at least by the end of the story. Furthermore, they all possess the ability to create an emotional reaction in the viewer, while simultaneously providing room for deep though. In short, they are anime that I would recommend to anyone solely on their virtues, although some I might give caution about for certain elements (such as blood, sexuality, etc.). Among the top 4 in the tier, I have no set ranking; they are essentially interchangeable depending on my mood at the time. The fifth is solidly set as the fifth-place show on the list.
T1: Angel Beats! (2010)
T1: Sword Art Online (2012)
T1: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009-2010)
T1: Blast of Tempest (2012-2013)
2: A Certain Scientific Railgun (2009-ongoing)