NHK Top 100

NHK Shares Japan’s Top 10 Anime of All Time

Last night was, well, an interesting night for anime fans globally. If you didn’t know about it beforehand, you definitely knew about it during — Japanese television network NHK were listing their top 100 anime of all time. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation, the network took it upon themselves to share their favorite shows of all time. Social media were ablaze with the hashtag #NHKanime100, as thousands upon thousands of viewers shared their thoughts and discussions in real time.

The lists were broken down and split into three categories: ‘Top 10 Anime Amongst Males’, ‘Top 10 Anime Amongst Females’ and ‘Top 10 Anime Overall’. The poll was open to anime fans all across Japan, with some 600,000 votes being received between January 8 to March 31. There were approximately 10,000 anime available for selection spanning the 100 year animation legacy. We’ve gone ahead and shared the polls below, so let us know what you think about the results:

Top 10 Anime Overall:

  1. Tiger & Bunny (2011)
  2. Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- (2014)
  3. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
  4. Love Live! School idol project – Season One (2013)
  5. Love Live! School idol project – Season Two (2014)
  6. Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning (2012)
  7. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
  8. Card Captor Sakura (1998)
  9. Love Live! The School Idol Movie (2015)
  10. Osomatsu-san (2015)

Top 10 Anime Amongst Males

  1. Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
  2. Love Live! School idol project – Season One (2013)
  3. Love Live! School idol project – Season Two (2014)
  4. Love Live! The School Idol Movie (2015)
  5. Is the order a rabbit? (2014)
  6. The Legend of the Galactic Heroes (1988)
  7. Girls und Panzer (2012)
  8. Mobile Suit Gundam (1979)
  9. Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
  10. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)

Top 10 Anime Amongst Females:

  1. Tiger & Bunny (2011)
  2. Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising- (2014)
  3. Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning (2012)
  4. Osomatsu-san (2015)
  5. Joker Game (2016)
  6. Gintama (2006)
  7. Card Captor Sakura (1998)
  8. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
  9. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (2008)
  10. Haikyu!! (2014)

It’s extremely odd to me that the decision was made to allow multiple entries of the same series in the top 10, but it gives you in-depth look as to what Japanese anime fans are enjoying nonetheless. There’s a clear enjoyment of the Tiger & Bunny franchise, especially amongst women, who obviously outnumbered the males in voting numbers. Madoka Magica was the clear favorite amongst males, with Code Geass being the only animated series to cross over into both the male and female top 10 lists.

So what are your thoughts, do you agree with this top 10 list or did some of your favorites not quite make the cut? If you who want to check out the full top 100 anime list, you can view it on NHK’s official website, here.

Lachlan Johnston

<p>Editor in Chief at OTAQUEST. Doing everything I can to help promote the things I enjoy the most here in Japan. Currently living in Tokyo.</p>