NHK ranks the best 100 Anime of all time

NHK, Japan’s largest public broadcasting company, decided to hold a poll to determine the top 100 Anime series and films. To determine these results NHK decided to open the poll to the public which basically resulted in seeing which series had the strongest fanbase!

Love Live! was a big fan favorite, claiming 3 spots in the top 10, and one in the top 40.  But they weren’t strong enough to topple Tiger & Bunny which took the number 1 spot, “Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Rising” came in 2nd place.

Did any of your favorites make the cut? Find out under the jump.

  1. Tiger & Bunny (2011)
  2. Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Rising (2014)
  3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica (2011)
  4. Love Live! School Idol Project (2013)
  5. Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season (2014)
  6. Tiger & Bunny Movie: The Beginning (2012)
  7. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (2006)
  8. Cardcaptor Sakura (1998)
  9. Love Live! The School Idol Movie (2015)
  10. Osomatsu-san (2015)
  11. Gintama (2006)
  12. Joker Game (2016)
  13. Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988)
  14. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
  15. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch R2 (2008)
  16. Is the Order a Rabbit? (2014)
  17. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
  18. Digimon Adventure (1999)
  19. Psycho-Pass (2012)
  20. Sword Art Online (2012)
  21. Clannad: After Story (2008)
  22. Girls und Panzer (2012)
  23. Haikyuu!! (2014)
  24. Detective Conan (1996)
  25. Hyouka (2012)
  26. Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari (2013)
  27. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (2009)
  28. Attack on Titan (2013)
  29. Space Battleship Yamato (1974)
  30. Revolutionary Girl Utena (1997)
  31. Bungou Stray Dogs (2016)
  32. Prince of Tennis  (2001)
  33. Love Live! Sunshine!! (2016)
  34. Cowboy Bebop (1998)
  35. Steins;Gate (2011)
  36. Natsume Yuujinchou (2008)
  37. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014)
  38. Hoshi no Ko Poron (1974)
  39. Future Boy Conan (1978)
  40. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed (2002)
  41. K-On! (2008)
  42. Haruhi Suzumiya (2006)
  43. Gurren Lagann(2007)
  44. Lupin III: Cagliostro no Shiro (1979)
  45. Bakemonogatari (2009)
  46. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002)
  47. Sound! Euphonium (2015)
  48. Free! (2013)
  49. Girls und Punzer der Film (2015)
  50. Fate/Zero (2011)
  51. Your Lie in April (2014)
  52. Shirobako (2014)
  53. Pokemon Diamond & Pearl: Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi (2008)
  54. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
  55. Gintama’ (2011)
  56. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% (2011)
  57. Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) (2016)
  58. K-On!! (2010)
  59. Castle in the Sky (1986)
  60. Sailor Moon (1992)
  61. Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (2016)
  62. Free!: Eternal Summer (2014)
  63. High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days (2015)
  64. Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (2006)
  65. Yuu☆Yuu☆Hakusho (1992)
  66. The iDOLM@STER (2011)
  67. Haikyuu!! Second Season (2015)
  68. Is the Order a Rabbit?? (2015)
  69. Mob Psycho 100 (2016)
  70. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (2015)
  71. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
  72. One Piece (1999)
  73. Macross F (2008)
  74. Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 (2014)
  75. Saraba Uchuu Senkan Yamato: Ai no Senshi-tachi (1978)
  76. Cardcaptor Sakura (2nd Season) (1999)
  77. Angel Beats! (2010)
  78. Mushishi (2005)
  79. Urusei Yatsura (1981)
  80. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (2016)
  81. K (2011)
  82. Kuroko’s Basketball (2012)
  83. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)
  84. Hunter x Hunter (1999)
  85. Pokemon (1997)
  86. Armored Trooper Votoms (1983)
  87. The Twelve Kingdoms (2002)
  88. Kekkai Sensen (2015)
  89. Hetalia: The Beautiful World (2013)
  90. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990)
  91. Mononoke (2007)
  92. Kill la Kill (2013)
  93. InuYasha (2000)
  94. Urusei Yatsura Movie 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)
  95. Denno Coil (2007)
  96. JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders (2014)
  97. Akira (1988)
  98. Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)
  99. Gan to Gon (1974)
  100. The Tatami Galaxy (2009)

(via NHK)

  • Comments

    • BAD KID

      digimon in the top 20

      poor pokemon

      • HyperMoot .

        one message every two weeks. Wonder what keeps you so busy. Still problem reading and understanding your pineapple notice? You tried to put your pointed hat on your pineapple again, it’s high time you realized your KKK thing can only fit your conehead? or is it that you stuffed your pineapple up your Trumper and the surgeon had a hard time getting it out? Lmaoo? don’t forget the ink, lmaoink suits you so well, bastardo!

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          • HyperMoot .

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              • HyperMoot .

                yahari, the limited language skills of the random racialist swine. You were way more talkative when you felt compelled to spit out your venom about Ugandans and mango trees, right. Oh wait, wrong, when it comes to underage girls you sound just as cute, Rat Prick

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                  • HyperMoot .

                    the oooooorgasm of the idioooot, blasted stupid KKKunt.

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    • Buzz

      Seriously how the 100 list be complete without Rurouni Kenshin??

      • sarah

        A lot of anime that are way better than most of this list are not on here. That’s just BS about Rurouni Kenshin .. I haven’t met a person that doesn’t like it. Even if they feel meh about it it’s still damn good.

        • Buzz

          It’s still remain one of the most classic anime in history that’s why I’m surprised There are many medicore animes on the list.

      • kreepy

        could it be the fillers.. like Naruto.

        • Buzz

          Probably but ehh I dislike Naruto in general

        • MahiruNoYume

          If only the anime ended right after the Kyoto/Shishio arc )’: Cute as the filler was, it was also pretty boring…hopefully Ufotable picks up Rurouni Kenshin to make a new adaption of it lol and does the Enishi arc lol

    • yacchaitai

      this is so wrong i’m almost angry that i had to see this with my own eyes

      • sarah

        Right ?
        I feel so mad, but at the same time I just wanna know why ? Why is love live so high did it make people high ? Why ? Most of the good anime is way down the list. Tatami Galaxy at 100……….

        Maybe it’s cause I like darker anime. I think Psycho-Pass should be way higher. There are so many other anime that are not on here that should be on here. I don’t understand why this makes me so angry it’s just a list, but it’s infuriating. You know ?

        • yacchaitai

          it’s just a list of anime w the most hardcore fans

          • hasawa

            Where’s Yuri!!! on Ice then??lol

            • yacchaitai

              nobody sent them the memo that there was a poll

              • C

                tbh i think what this just shows is that yoi is more popular internationally than in jp itself lmao

                • yacchaitai

                  It’s not in the top 400 at all, pretty sure it just wasn’t included. The CDs and DVDs sold a ton so there’s definitely a fanbase in jp lol

                  • Kayame

                    I think that was before Avex stop the sale of their products internationally.

                    • yacchaitai

                      overseas sales haven’t been counted for years

                • Kayame

                  That’s definitely true…..from what I can tell, western fans are the ones who pour so much hype and attention on yoi. The Japanese fans have spoken.

        • poton

          Psycho pass is masterpiece.

    • sarah

      I’m sorry, but this is BS in my opinion. . Tiger and Bunny was a good anime, but it’s doesn’t deserve to be number one. Love live?? Really?

      Though I find it interesting how they rank best. It would be interesting to see Western List Best anime and compare the two. Actually, they should do that I gotta know how much the lists will differ ..

      Still saying bullshit on this one, but again that’s my personal opinion. Other’s will agree with the list I disagree so we can agree that we disagree. Even though I find it BS it’s still interesting to see what is on this list I just wanna know why ?

      • Fully agree.

        Admittedly I’m biased towards Code Geass, but at the same time I think Tiger and Bunny is a great anime, just not in the same league as Code Geass IMHO. But if I were asked if Tiger and Bunny should be number one, I would immediately say no.The same thought applies for Love Live. I’m a big fan myself (except for the second batch of girls), but I still call BS on that on top over Code Geass, Psycho Pass, and other great titles.

    • neko

      Anohana 1983?

      • oops, that’s supposed to be Armored Trooper Votoms!

    • Amy

      This is some mess. Pure mess.

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      • An_dromeda

        omg … my reaction exactly!!!! Thats like the epic drama of all time!!!

    • OhNana

      What? No death note? Dragonball?? Yu yu hakushou??? BS I TELL YOU! Anyway, at least Code Geass was so high up.

      • Nhibii

        yu yu hakusho is there though. number 65

    • eplizo

      Sailor Moon @ 60? Pokemon, 85? What kind of blasphemous list!?

    • Step Rivera

      I’m so happy to see that some of my childhood is on the list, such as Sailor Moon, CardCaptor Sakura, Pokémon, Code Geass, Clannad, Angel Beats!, InuYasha, Castle in the Sky, Mobile Suit Gundam and SEED, Your Lie in April, Digimon, Prince of Tennis, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Love Live! It’s sad that some of my childhood is not on the list, such as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragon Ball, One Piece, Megaman, Naruto, Bleach, Black Butler, Yu Yu Yakusho, Saint Seiya, Zoids, Beyblade, Ranma, and many more anime’s that are missing!! I’m kinda disappointed now…

      • lwavesurfer

        Is it One Piece is on the list?

        • Step Rivera

          Oh right! Thank You! I had to look through the list again, but it’s still kinda sad to see it in the 70’s ranking…

          • Liokt

            Yu Yu Hakusho is also on the list, at 65th.

      • Light11520

        If I had to take a gander at the 2015 big three it would be attack on titan, one punch man and one other one

    • lwavesurfer

      Yes. Most of my faves are on the list. I’m a bit surprised to know Utena entered top 30.
      And I’m not mad with Love Live ranking so high. It’s a guilty pleasure show :3

    • poton

      So many shitty animes up there. Damn.

    • Kokoro Ai

      LMAO this is a joke of list. I like Tigger and bunny but 1°?? WTF

    • Guest

      It’s just fanbase voting. Anime with dedicated online community will campaign and vote it to the top. The nature of the result is expected. This doesn’t limit to just Anime or Japan, any poll of similar nature conducted overseas will result in the same thing.

    • morethansecret 「-」

      No Rurouni Kenshin? This poll/rank/list is invalid

    • me

      hmm…seems like i’m the only one who love Saiunkoku monogatari :P

    • Kyle

      surprised no ghibli made the top 50

      • Xin Kagamine

        Hm… does 44) Lupin III count?

    • zephyr

      Same goes for their Top 100 Anison list tbh I mean… Moonlight Densetsu didn’t even make it in the top 10 and Akino’s Sousei no Aquarion was nowhere to be found on the list. How is that possible?!

      • aisasami

        I never got what was so appealing about V6’s “Change the World”. It’s like nails to a chalkboard. Even the English dub does a better job singing the song.

        How can “Shake the Dice” beat out the original Tenchi Muyo theme song? At least Rinbu Revolution and Give a reason is on this list. But no CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA?

        Arama should do their own anison poll…

        • phoe-enix

          It’s not about how good it sounds, or who sings it better (this poll is by the japanese people you know -_- ). The same reason with Catch you catch me and Butter-fly, it’s a classic, you’ll know what anime the song is from just by hearing the intro. It’s like Inuyasha’s main theme to us (old folks) just like catch you catch me is for cardcaptor sakura and butter-fly for digimon adventure.

          I agree with zephyr about sousei no aquarion, maybe the latest aquarion anime ‘traumatizes’ more people than we expected :/

          • aisasami

            I agree, it’s nostalgic and maybe people think of Inuyasha when they listen to it. But, maybe it’s me, but “Fukui Mori” is more relatable to the imagine “Inuyasha” than “Change the World”. That song got pushed into the English-speaking world more (and “My will”) than “Change the World”. I swear back in 2001/2, when it came out on Cartoon Network, a lot of anime fans I bumped into at cons and nearby my house were more familiar to “Fukui Mori”. But that was in America, this poll is in Japanese.

    • May Villanueva

      Im suprised that some of the ones i THOUGHT would get in the cut are NOT in there…. like NARUTO.. ONE PIECE.. BLEACH… and even DRAGONBALL Z… like right?!

      most in the list about 70 or 80% i sont even know… well not like im a very hardcore anime watcher… but wtf! Even dbz not in there?!

    • Dino

      lol what a mess.. no ghibli movie in top 50? and love live..really??

    • Jo

      I don’t care, Monster was my favourite of all time and didn’t even make the list. It was a masterpiece.

    • light

      Lmao at this list

    • Dalooshe

      I hope they’re trolling anime fans because first of all, ranking animes with different genres is a crime. Second of all, why mention duplicates?? Extremely pointless and stupid, I think a nerve just burst somewhere in my body.
      Then obviously it is invalid when major animes like Captain Tsubasa, Slam Dunk, Kodomo no Omocha, Ie Naki Ko Remi, Romeo no Aoi Sora or EVEN FRIKKEN HEIDIIII are not included. I think this time I have an aneurysm so help me God stay sane by the end of the day!!!!!!.

    • Asha

      Lol. Legend Of The Galactic Heroes at 13! That was unexpected. It somehow makes the idea of the animes with strong fanbases mass voting on this shit.

    • sam

      fist anime i searched in the list is yu yu hakusho did forgot about it

    • aisasami

      It tells you how NHK promoted this poll. If it was promoted right then we would seen better results.

    • howtohold

      i think this is more of a popularity vote in Japan :)
      But nevertheless, I’m happy for Osomatsu-san, Attack on Titan, Natsume Yuujinchou and Kuroko no Basuke! :D

    • Shiki

      >Tatami Galaxy is 100 instead of 1
      Also no Serial Experiments Lain? No Perfect Blue? No Chibi Maruko-chan?
      One fucking job, goddamn.
      The fact that the list is majorly topped with Idol and Moe trash makes me sick.
      At lease they mentioned Future Boy Conan, which is my favorite Hayao Miyazaki anime of all time.

    • circe154

      I wonder what this list would look like if otaku weren’t allowed to vote?

      • Himi Tsu

        Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball and Fairy Tail everywhere?

    • Hatsumi Itoh

      Man, I feel so freaking old for wishing Maison Ikkoku had made this list…

    • Amago Montojo Joven

      no Dragon Ball Z??? WTF! all of these anime list is better than Dragon Ball Z LOL

    • Nnyl

      Where are Naruto and Fairy tail????

    • MJBeatles

      Nice, Code Geass, Neon Genesis, Digimon (the first season) are all there. But Sword Arts Online has to go….

    • Dan Lester M. Bustamante

      BS top 100!!! :3

    • Fii

      I definitely have mixed feelings about this list, but yay for Katekyo Hitman Reborn!! Wish it continued..

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    • devinwrright

      lmaoo this is pretty bad, not gonna lie. i feel like this list was a bit biased in a way but whatever.

    • Sakura Kou

      the list is ridiculous , where is slam dunk , where is naruto , where is Gundam Wing ????

    • yurisakura

      My ultimate favorite anime Cardcaptor Sakura made the Top 10 so I’m good <3

    • Cephrien

      FLCL ???

    • John Sekerka

      Wow….. No Great Teacher Onizuka, No Hack//Sign…. this is a bs list.

    • Σωτήρης Μουρζίδης

      Attack on Titan, Fate/zero and ESPECIALLY Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are all WAY better than Sword Art Online. Are f**king kidding me?

    • RiriRaRin

      can’t believe K and Kurobasu lost to Shounen Hollywood tho. That’s shit’s so boring i couldn’t even get past the 1st ep

    • WorldGN18

      Well I agree that this list is a hot mess, but don’t hate on Love!Live, those girls are awesome and they got insanely popular in Japan

    • Nika Jer

      Naruto and Rurouni Kenshin please.