The results are in, geeks and otaku! The cumulative list of which anime/manga the Geeks Under Grace Facebook community considers their favorite of all time!
Before we get to the list, here’s a brief statistics breakdown as well as the mode of operation used for analyzing the results. After approximately seventy-two hours of availability, there were 58 people who answered the survey, resulting in a list of 168 anime entries to be judged. For that 168, I combined some entries together when I decided it was appropriate based on how the series are formatted, with distinct plots being separate entries but continuations counting as only one. For example, Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood have stories separate from each other, so they were counted individually. But Naruto: Shippuuden is an immediate continuation of Naruto, so they were counted together (in the circumstance that somebody voted for both Naruto AND Naruto: Shippuuden, only one vote was counted; the same is true for similarly formatted franchises). Another rule was for series which are related or reboots which were produced years apart (Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon: Crystal, for example). These were counted separately.
Of the 168 entries, 82% had less than 4 votes among all 58 participants. Originally this list was going to be a “Top 50” deal, but after seeing the results, that’s no longer a feasible objective. As such, the Top 10 will be listed at the end, with “pools” categorized by which manga/anime obtained four or more votes, in ascending order. If you completed the survey and don’t see an anime entry you named, it probably had less than 4 votes, and thus won’t be mentioned.
Lastly, the following list is one of favorites. While many people do consider their favorite anime to be the best anime, that is not universally true, and so this list shouldn’t reflect that ideal. These are simply anime which the community as a whole considers closest to the heart, and is not meant to represent any individual opinions, nor a critically-reviewed “best” lineup.
(Note: these results were collected in February of 2018, but this article is being published in June.)
With all of that said, let’s begin.
- Rurouni Kenshin
- Ancient Magus’ Bride
- Fullmetal Alchemist
I’m already surprised by a couple of the answers in the four-vote pool. Most notably, the Fall 2017 hit, The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Was this a result of recency bias, or is it a classic in the making? Speaking purely as my own person, I have not yet finished the series, but loved the OVAs and am enjoying the series so far. We’ll see if it has the staying power to be this highly regarded in a few years. It is definitely among peers which have stood the test of time, including multiple classics going as far back as the 90’s.
- Sword Art Online
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- One Piece
- Fairy Tail
- Assassination Classroom
It’s surprising to see some of these huge names and think they only got five votes, but that’s how the cards fall sometimes. Get it? Cards fall? Because Yu-Gi-Oh! is on the list?
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- Cowboy Bebop
- Fruits Basket
- Yu Yu Hakusho
- Fate/Stay Night
The Fate franchise was admittedly the trickiest to count, because there were multiple entries which just said “Fate” or “The Fate Franchise.” I wonder how many people intended Unlimited Blade Works to take the vote. In the end the numbers panned out, because each of the two most well-known installments ended up with a total of six votes each. All is well that ends well, I suppose.
“THE TOP TEN”
#10-8 — Sailor Moon, Ouran High School Host Club, and Your Lie in April (7 votes each)
#5-6 — Death Note and My Hero Academia (Nine votes each)
#3-4 — Dragon Ball Z & Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Eleven votes each)
#2 — Attack on Titan (Twelve votes)
And there it is! Those are the favorite anime series as voted by you, the community of Geeks Under Grace. I’d like to thank everyone who participated and filled out a survey. It was because of you this was possible.
God bless. See you, Space Cowboy.