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.
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
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.
I can’t think of anything else to say except for “don’t watch the anime, just read the manga”.
Unfortunately, the most memorable thing about this one is the moeness of Victoria the loli.
#96 Love Hina
This is where “harem romance” all started, back in 2000.
#95 IS: Infinite Stratos
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.
A popular shounen show about becoming a mangaka.
#93 Hataraku Maou-sama
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
One of the few anime on this list that I know nothing about…
Is it bad that I never watched Pokeman as a child?
#90 Air Gear
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
The humor in this anime is definitely not for everyone. Not my cup of tea at least.
#88 High School DxD
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
Ghibili’s 1988 movie.
I hope the upcoming second season can clear up loose threads in the first season, because there are a lot.
A show that I am looking forward to once I feel I am ready for it.
#84 Lovely Complex
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
A show thhat exudes shoujo-ness.
#82 Accel World
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
#80 Kore wa Zombie desu ka?
Just as Earth is round, ecchi harem is gonna be popular.
One of the Key/KyoAni’s holy trinity.
#78 Ergo Proxy
A unique show in that it delves both into dystopian society as well as dimentia. Dark as hell.
#77 Rurouni Kenshin
One of the most popular shows in the 1990’s.
#76 Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
In need of 3rd season.
#75 Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
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).
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!
Banishment! … This World!!
#72 Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
God of 2D … and 3D!
aisu kuremu (read it out loud) = ?
#70 Eureka Seven
Yet another unwatched but highly recommended anime … when can I get around?
#69 Great Teacher Onizuka
The greatest teacher in anime or elsewhere.
Dominating MAL’s top 10 ever since 2006.
#67 School Days
Makoto Itou is the most universally hated character among all anime fans. Period.
#66 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
Until someone convince me that this is not your typical harem, I will put a hold on this one.
#65 Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Watch out! Cuz this girl can literally jump through time!
#64 Kimi ni Todoke
Shoujo, shoujo, and more shoujo.
#63 NHK ni Youkoso!
Neet: not in employment, education, or training.
#62 Higashi no Eden
What would you do with 8,200,000,000 yen?
Members: 140, 641
Childhood memories for many people … not for me.
#60 Fruits Basket
One of the classic shoujo anime.
Members: 146,617 *
Still remains at the heart of many early North-American anime fans.
#58 Toaru Majutsu no Index
It’s entertaining to see every fight the protagonist participate in is won by fists and word power.
#57 Rosario + Vampire
From what I heard of the anime, the manga seems to be better, though this could be just my opinion.
#56 Black Lagoon
Female bitches … BE CRAZY!
#55 Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
I am a Kuroneko fan.
#54 Ookami to Koushinryou
Not your typical fox girl ecchi anime.
#53 Byousoku 5 Centimeters
It’s been said that this movie draws from the experiences of many young couples.
#52 Mononoke Hime
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!
One of the few KyoAni works that I have not seen.
Gainax being Gainax in a very Gainax kind of way..
Even though I have never seen this anime, I bought the entire manga (8 volumes).
Shounen. No sequel.
#47 Vampire Knight
Some claim this is one shoujo that has done the plot part right. Having seen the manga, I would argue otherwise.
Not for the weak-hearted people.
#45 Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Ghibli failing to express.
#44 Shakugan no Shana
Again, one of the four wonders (of Kugimiya Rie).
#43 Zero no Tsukaima
Four wonders #2.
#42 Deadman Wonderland
I heard that it had inconclusive ending.
Make Twilight’s vampires look like sissies.
#40 Kaichou wa Maid-sama
One of the most popular shoujo.