Japanese Anime Fans Disapproves MyAnimeList’s Top Fall/Autumn 2014 Anime

We are approaching the halfway point for the Fall/Autumn 2014 anime season and many people have already started to form their opinions on the season’s top and worst series so far. One of the ways to identify which series are worth watching is by looking at the ratings and rankings of the series on anime community websites, and the biggest one is MyAnimeList. Whilst it is not the best method of calculating the best series it is one of the most widely used scales where many people use and depend on it. But of course not everyone will agree on the rankings, especially with how the site is dominated by Western flags.

A recent post on the Japanese news blog Yaraon has compiled the top rated anime from this season and presented the list to their audience, who are Japanese anime fans. And the comments themselves were rather shocked at what Western anime fans rated the best (so far).

Here is the ratings and rankings of the top anime from Fall/Autumn 2014 so far (as of October 26th):


1. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 8.84
2. Mushishi Zoku Shou Season 2 8.78
3. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-) 8.30
4. Psycho-Pass Season 2 8.23
5. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road 8.22
6. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso 8.21
7. Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis 7.85
8. Gundam Build Fighters Try 7.85
9. Amagi Brilliant Park 7.66
10. Hitsugi no Chaika: Avenging Battle 7.61
11. Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji 7.57
12. Trinity Seven 7.56
13. Grisaia no Kajitsu 7.53
14. Madan no Ou to Vanadis 7.52
15. Gugure! Kokkuri-san 7.51
16. Selector Infected WIXOSS 7.47
17. Akatsuki no Yona 7.43
18. Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de 7.33
19. Shirobako 7.21
20. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin 7.20
21. Donten ni Warau 7.13
22. Denki-gai no Honya-san 7.06
23. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru 7.05
24. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai 7.01
25. Sora no Method 6.97
26. Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu. 6.88
27. Terra Formars 6.71
28. Gundam: G no Reconguista 6.60
29. Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete 6.60
30. Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo 6.49
31. Girl Friend (Beta) 5.80

The blog commenters are not pleased with the ratings, especially with ufotable’s Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works taking 1st place, surprised that the second season of Mushishi Zoku Shou taking 2nd, and that Yoshiyuki Tomino’s Gundam: G no Reconguista not getting well received at all.

Here is a small collection of their comments, with some translations by redditor DragonsOnOurMountain:

Parasyte is ranked third, is this a joke?

I think it’s a reasonable ranking
It’ll be interesting to see this season if Parasyte will know of the existence of its manga

Gundam Battle Figures >>>>>>>>> Gundam: G no Reconguista lol lol lol lol

Gundam: G no Reconguista is only well received by Tomino fans

Eroge should not be first place

G Reco’s content is not well received by any non-Tomino fan

It’s surprising how Build Fighters season 2 is received by foreigners

In response:

アジア圏だとガンダム人気自体高いしガンプラ文化もあるからね。 ガンプラ王選手権は台湾と香港でもエントリー受け付けてる。
It’s because there’s also a big Gunpla culture to the popular Gundam itself in Asia.
Gunpla championships are being accepted entries in Taiwan and in Hong Kong.

Mushishi is simply high quality, no?
It’s funny that it’s one below Fate

Girlfriend (Beta) is the lowest of all the eroge anime
The anime can be bad, but it’s more than that
I wonder if it’s because the large amount of voice actors has almost no demand to foreigners.

No way an eroge is first place

Gundam: G no Reconguista is rated low since it’s boring lol

Foreigners probably can’t understand Kokkuri-san

Shirobako and Ushinawareta Mirai wo Motomete are rate too low

I forgot Mushishi existed lol

Eroge [Fate/stay night] lol

Ore, Twintails had a cute heroine fapfap. I love small boobs the most.

Only some are clamoring about Ore Twintails

In response:

Ore Twintails will have 3-digit sales

Twintails is also low lol

The sales of SAO decrease and
they are eaten up by Fate

I wonder if there are also seiyuu pigs [hardcore voice actor fans] overseas

Leaving out sequels we’ve got Parasyte, Your lie in April, and Bahamut,
huh That’s reasonable

Cross Ange too low or not lol

In response:

It’s in a pinch
It’s an anime for Mizuki only so she could sing the theme song

In response:

Fate exceeds Hollywood!!!

I’m somehow not sure Gundam is not popular overseas

I feel the ranking is not so strange except the order of quality for a few

The Sora no Method ranking is roughly the same as here

Seven Deadly Sins and Log Horizon season 2 did not even enter the ranking?

Wouldn’t you understand it more if rating was replaced by popularity?

It’s a reasonable ranking

Please also buy the discs foreigners

It wouldn’t hurt for Mushishi to be more talked about in Japan

It’s surprising that Mushishi and Shigatsu are at the top
Those guys know the goodness of these anime
On the other hand, Terraformars is low. Even though it is likely to be received well to foreigners since it looks very American

文化がちがーう ってことやね
Foreigners are limited and don’t know the joys of Shirobako
It might be a culture issue

Foreigners don’t understand Shirobako since it’s likely they don’t understand all the small inside jokes

And here is Japan’s ranking for the top 20 anime of the season, which is sorted by the popularity of the series:


1. Nanatsu no Taizai 23.8%
2. Gundam: G no Reconguista 22.6%
3. Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works 20.5%
4. Magic Kaito 1412 19.3%
5. Yowamushi Pedal: Grande Road 18.7%
6. Terra Formars 18.4%
7. Sword Art Online II 17.8%
8. Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu (Parasyte -the maxim-) 17.2%
9. Sailor Moon Crystal 16.6%
10. Girlfriend (Beta) 16.3%
11. Psycho-pass Season 2 16.3%
12. Denki-gai no Honya-san 15.1%
13. Danna ga Nani wo Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken 14.8%
14. Akame ga Kill! 14.5%
15. Mushishi Zoku Shou Season 2 13.3%
16. World Trigger 13.0%
17. Grisaia no Kajitsu 12.7%
18. Gugure! Kokkuri-san 12.3%
19. Amagi Brilliant Park 12.0%
20. Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai 12.0%

And of course the Japanese rankings aren’t without negative comments as well:

Japan’s ranking is rather funny

Japan’s rankings are definitely garbage in comparison

 So what did you think about the rankings and the comments?

Source Article and Images – Yaraon
Source Translations – Reddit Anime