MAL’s Most Popular Anime

MyAnimeList’s top 100 Most Popular Anime (Jan 2014), along with my comments.

Take a look at some of the most popular anime among the western anime society, especially since 2000.

note: a “*” after the members data denotes major time skip between this and previous anime’s time of data collection.


#100 Shiki


Members: 102,993

Score: 8.18

A dark vampire show that definitely has its shining moments. Though, I can’t shake off the feelings that this show is pretentious, trying to take itself way too seriously than what it is worth.

#99 Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo


Members: 103,286

Score: 8.43

Personally, I don’t think it is as good as its score indicates, but you would probably enjoy it nonetheless if you are into slice of life shows.

#98 Btooom!


Members: 103,987

Score: 7.88

I can’t think of anything else to say except for “don’t watch the anime, just read the manga”.

#97 Gosick


Members: 104,464

Score: 8.28

Unfortunately, the most memorable thing about this one is the moeness of Victoria the loli.

#96 Love Hina


Members: 105,040

Score: 7.41

This is where “harem romance” all started, back in 2000.

#95 IS: Infinite Stratos


Members: 105,354

Score: 7.36

This is exactly what you get if you mix the harem and the mecha genre, a generic (but enjoyable) “fan-service” show. It is still miles better than Freezing.

#94 Bakuman.


Members: 106,361

Score: 8.36

A popular shounen show about becoming a mangaka.

#93 Hataraku Maou-sama


Members: 106,432

Score: 8.16

I had really high hopes for this show of being very plot-intensive. Of course, this is just another comedy with no real plot development!

#92 School Rumble

school rumble

Members: 106,953

Score: 8.18

One of the few anime on this list that I know nothing about…

#91 Pokeman


Members: 109,993

Score: 7.36

Is it bad that I never watched Pokeman as a child?

#90 Air Gear

air gear

Members: 110,491

Score: 7.80

You know what I find annoying in anime? Adapting a manga into an anime and never bothering to finish the adapting the whole manga. I am suspecting this is what happened in Air Gear seeing as there is no way a 300 chapters manga can be adapted into measly 25 episodes.

#89 Azumaga Daioh

azumanga daioh

Members: 113,220

Score: 8.15

The humor in this anime is definitely not for everyone. Not my cup of tea at least.

#88 High School DxD

high school dxd

Members: 114,103

Score: 7.83

Everyone’s favorite ecchi anime. To be honest I didn’t really like the anime adaptation very much, but I loved the light novels.

#87 Tonari no Totoro

tonari no totoro

Members: 114,809

Score: 8.54

Ghibili’s 1988 movie.

#86 Psycho-Pass


Members: 116,919

Score: 8.53

I hope the upcoming second season can clear up loose threads in the first season, because there are a lot.

#85 Mushishi


Members: 116,992

Score: 8.80

A show that I am looking forward to once I feel I am ready for it.

#84 Lovely Complex

lovely complex

Members: 117,205

Score: 8.33

Funny thing that this anime was highly recommended to me when I just got into the fandom 5 years ago. I have resisted from watching it till now. I’ll probably resist it for another 5 years.

#83 Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun

tonari no kaibtsu kun

Members: 118,264

Score: 7.94

A show thhat exudes shoujo-ness.

#82 Accel World

accel world

Members: 120,579

Score: 7.85

Dropped because of the way protagonist look (I suspect a lot of other people did this). Call me superficial. I don’t really care.

#81 Pandora Hearts

pandora hearts

Members: 122,108

Score: 8.09

Looks interesting..

#80 Kore wa Zombie desu ka?

kore wa zombie desu ka

Members: 122,604

Score: 7.80

Just as Earth is round, ecchi harem is gonna be popular.

#79 Air


Members: 122,722

Score: 7.67

One of the Key/KyoAni’s holy trinity. 

#78 Ergo Proxy

ergo proxy

Members: 123,788

Score: 8.10

A unique show in that it delves both into dystopian society as well as dimentia. Dark as hell.

#77 Rurouni Kenshin

rurouni kenshin

Members: 123,811

Score: 8.47

One of the most popular shows in the 1990’s.

#76 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai


Members: 124,406

Score: 7.76

In need of 3rd season.

#75 Katekyo Hitman Reborn!


Members: 124,952

Score: 8.50

I had no idea that Reborn! is so highly acclaimed before I checked its status on MAL. Maybe I’ll watch it one day (202 episodes).

#74 Blood+


Members: 125,611

Score: 7.87

Another series that was recommended to me a few years ago by a friend. I never quite got around watching it.

#73 Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!


Members: 125,653

Score: 8.17

Banishment! … This World!!

#72 Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai

kami nomi zo shiru sekai

Members: 126,991

Score: 8.08

God of 2D … and 3D!

#71 Hyouka


Members: 127,939

Score: 8.25

aisu kuremu (read it out loud) = ?

#70 Eureka Seven

eureka 7

Members: 128,393

Score: 8.29

Yet another unwatched but highly recommended anime … when can I get around?

#69 Great Teacher Onizuka


Members: 129,868

Score: 8.81

The greatest teacher in anime or elsewhere.

#68 Gintama


Members: 134,975

Score: 9.05

Dominating MAL’s top 10 ever since 2006.

#67 School Days

school days

Members: 135,056

Score: 6.60

Makoto Itou is the most universally hated character among all anime fans. Period.

#66 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu

baka to test

Members: 136,369

Score: 8.01

Until someone convince me that this is not your typical harem, I will put a hold on this one.

#65 Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

toki wo kakeru shoujo

Members: 136,410

Score: 8.60

Watch out! Cuz this girl can literally jump through time!

#64 Kimi ni Todoke

kimi ni todoke

Members: 136,418

Score: 8.34

Shoujo, shoujo, and more shoujo.

#63 NHK ni Youkoso!


Members: 138,152

Score: 8.47

Neet: not in employment, education, or training.

#62 Higashi no Eden

higashi no eden

Members: 140,239

Score: 8.26

What would you do with 8,200,000,000 yen?

#61 Inuyasha


Members: 140, 641

Score: 7.82

Childhood memories for many people … not for me.

#60 Fruits Basket


Members: 141,480

Score: 7.91

One of the classic shoujo anime.

#59 Trigun


Members: 146,617 *

Score: 8.35

Still remains at the heart of many early North-American anime fans.

#58 Toaru Majutsu no Index


Members: 147,948

Score: 7.83

It’s entertaining to see every fight the protagonist participate in is won by fists and word power. 

#57 Rosario + Vampire


Members: 150,812

Score: 7.34

From what I heard of the anime, the manga seems to be better, though this could be just my opinion.

#56 Black Lagoon


Members: 152,133

Score: 8.26

Female bitches … BE CRAZY!

#55 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai


Members: 152,736

Score: 7.77

I am a Kuroneko fan.

#54 Ookami to Koushinryou

spice and wolf

Members: 153,320

Score: 8.38

Not your typical fox girl ecchi anime.

#53 Byousoku 5 Centimeters

5cm - Large 01

Members: 153,557

Score: 8.30

It’s been said that this movie draws from the experiences of many young couples.

#52 Mononoke Hime


Members: 158,303

Score: 8.79

Perhaps one of the best Ghibli movies I’ve seen, though it doesn’t say much given my indifference toward it.

#51 Full Metal Panic!


Members: 158,806

Score: 7.94

One of the few KyoAni works that I have not seen.

#50 FLCL


Members: 160,179

Score: 8.08

Gainax being Gainax in a very Gainax kind of way..

#49 Chobits


Members: 170,234*

Score: 7.67

Even though I have never seen this anime, I bought the entire manga (8 volumes).

#48 Claymore


Members: 172,073

Score: 8.03

Shounen. No sequel.

#47 Vampire Knight


Members: 172,458

Score: 7.65

Some claim this is one shoujo that has done the plot part right. Having seen the manga, I would argue otherwise.

#46 Baccano!


Members: 172,726

Score: 8.64

Not for the weak-hearted people.

#45 Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)


Members: 173,147

Score: 8.74

Ghibli failing to express.

#44 Shakugan no Shana


Members: 173,625

Score: 7.89

Again, one of the four wonders (of Kugimiya Rie).

#43 Zero no Tsukaima


Members: 173,931

Score: 7.78

Four wonders #2.

#42 Deadman Wonderland


Members: 174,196

Score: 7.69

I heard that it had inconclusive ending.

#41 Hellsing


Members: 175,414

Score: 7.71

Make Twilight’s vampires look like sissies.

#40 Kaichou wa Maid-sama


Members: 177,879

Score: 8.36

One of the most popular shoujo.




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