Japanese Fans Name The Anime That You Should See Before You Die

The usual suspects mixed with some real baffling choices

In the latest MyNavi free-for-all poll (as opposed to one of their semi-scientific ones), over seven thousand fans responded to a query asking what is THE anime you should see before you die. Predictable answers were mixed with a few real head scratchers that bombed in sales and ratings. 


The results included:


1. Clannad

2. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

3. Madoka Magica

4. Gintama 

5. K-on!

6. Angel Beats!

7. Bakemonogatari

8. Natsume Yuujinchou

9. (tie) Neon Genesis Evangelion

9. (tie) Toradora!

11. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

12. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

13. Nichijou - My Ordinary Life

14. Fate/zero

15. Steins;gate

16. A Certain Scientific Railgun

17. Detective Conan

18. Higurashi When They Cry

19. (tie) Ginga e Kickoff!! (a recent soccer anime)

19. (tie) Mobile Suit Gundam SEED

21. Hanasaku Iroha

22. Eureka 7

23. Squid Girl

24. Gurren Lagann

25. (tie) Atchi Kotchi (a recent 4 panel gag manga adaptation)

25. (tie) Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny

27. Nadia Secret of Blue Water

28. Zoids Genesis

29. (tie) Mobile Suit Gundam 00 (first season)

29. (tie) Guilty Crown

31.  (tie) Jewel Pet Twinkle

31. (tie) Kannagi

33. Ben-to

34. Blood-C

35. Bleach

36. Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere

37. Kill Me Baby

38. (tie) Kanon (the newer one)

38. (tie) Kimi ga Nozomu Eien (Rumble Hearts)

40. (tie) Darker Than Black

40. (tie) Galaxy Express 999 (the movie)

42. (tie) Baby and Me

42. (tie) Akazukin Chacha

44. From Up on Poppy Hill

45. The Familiar of Zero 

46. Umineko: When They Cry

47. Ōkami Kakushi (a Ryukishi07 game adaptation)

48. (tie) Fractale

48. (tie) Betrayal Knows My Name

50. Togainu no Chi


The poll allowed for some strange choices, but From Up on Poppy Hill is the one Ghibli movie... Jewel Pet and Zoids are the anime series you should make sure not to miss during your lifetime... I think some trolling might have occurred. 


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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