By DocHaus 47 Comments
Weeks after all the 2014 [X] Of The Year lists have faded from memory, the community has turned their attention to the next shiny thing. Of course, this is the perfect time to finally tally up the somewhat-delayed reveal of the 2014 anime poll among the Giant Bomb Anime Duders who voted. As always, if you're curious about what's good, you'll find us in the Anime/Manga Megathread.
This year, 52 people cast their vote, plus at least 2 troll votes to tell me how much anime is for jerks, so it's a sign this thing is becoming more popular. Maybe one of these days I'll actually implement a better voting system than "read the Google Drive spreadsheet and hope I didn't miss someone's vote while tallying the results" or allowing everyone to vote for an anime that aired this year without regard to if it's an ongoing series.
Then again, I just might be cynical about how the results shook out this year. Stupid me not-rigging the vote so my should would win.
But you didn't come here to watch me grumble, you came here to see the results of the poll. So without further ado...
The Top 10 Anime of 2014, as Voted by You!
Note: Results were tallied by weighted vote where First = 5, Second = 4, Third = 3, Fourth = 2, Fifth = 1. Unweighted vote served as a tiebreaker where needed.
#10: Hunter x Hunter (2011 edition) - 17 points (4 votes)
I know very little about this series other than that it was a great shounen story written by the same mind behind Yu Yu Hakusho with a verrrrrry slow update schedule. So here's a quote from one of our voters.
@shinmaru007 - Its best story arc had many of its best moments this year, and the show also concluded with an interesting arc that unfolded like a game of politics. Great show.
#9: Ping Pong the Animation - 24 points (8 votes)
One of those "artsy" shows that you will either immediately love or leave scratching your head after the first episode. A semi-realistic show about a couple of high schoolers who play ping-pong and the Chinese exchange student looking to regain his own honor, with interesting animation from Masaaki Yuasa.
@hamst3r - Masaaki Yuasa is a god.
@kvel2d - Ping Pong is a breath of fresh air, as it has zero, ZERO stereotypes or anime tropes and at the same times strays away from the common formula both in story and animation.
#8: Aldnoah.Zero - 30 points (9 votes)
A original series that feels like Gundam both in terms of attitude and the giant robots. This one started off with an assassination and ended with more than one bang at least until the pilot episode of season 2 rendered the entire climax moot, as the Earth forces constantly had to find ways to defeat the enemy with lesser firepower at their disposal.
@epidehl - [...]a group of people in the equivalent of GMs from Gundam fighting a bunch of Mazingers was amazing. Also a robot that has six (?) rocket punches and also turns into a giant fist is a win in my book.
#7: Barakamon - 31 points (11 votes)
In the grim drama and gritty darkness of the anime year, Barakamon provided a bright ray of happy sunshine. An introverted young calligrapher in self-exile to a remote island of Japan slowly comes out of his shell and refines his own craft while learning how to deal with little kids and grumpy adults alike. Naru alone makes this show worth watching.
@viciousbearmauling: Pure light-hearted joy. No other show this year was as charming and genuine feeling.
@billymaysrip - Everything else sucked and Barakamon didn't.
#6: Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works - 32 points (11 votes)
Just barely edging out Barakamon in the weighted vote category, the remade classic Visual Novel-turned-actual story about Japanese magicians calling upon the spirits of legendary heroes to fight for the Holy Grail. Also, King Arthur was a girl all along.
@slyspider - Fate/Stay has the best animation quality of any anime ever. I'll hold on that statement.
Thank you for staying with this blog so far. Take a break and stretch your legs.
A day before this post was written up, Russian singer and composer Origa passed away from lung cancer at the age of 44. Though born in Russia, she did a ton of work in Japan and collaborated with the famous Yoko Kanno on some music, including the soundtrack to the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex soundtrack.
Now back to the poll results.
#5: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun ("Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun") - 40 points (14 votes)
The story of a lovestruck Paras girl who ends up becoming the assistant to a shoujo manga-ka (maker of comics geared towards young girls) who happens to be a stoic guy. Both an homage to the writer's earlier work that got terrible reviews and a parody of the manga industry in general, this show was surprisingly entertaining.
Oh Kashima, some day you'll find your prince.
@viciousbearmauling - Hilarious! A very simple plot carried by it's comedic timing and charm.
@gaspower - Very funny dialogue combined with great use of visual comedy and really likeable characters made this my favorite anime this year.
#4: Parasyte: The Maxim - 42 points (12 votes)
He was an ordinary high school boy. It was an alien parasite that took refuge inside said boy's right arm. Their lives will never be the same. A sci-fi story with tons of body horror and lots of people who don't survive as a boy ends up hunting down various parasite-controlled people. If you can stomach the occasional high-octane bloody action and drama, you will love this show.
No one who voted on this show bothered to defend their choice, so let's move on and hope they don't regret it as the show continues into next year.
#3: Space Dandy - 52 points, 17 votes
How big was the hype for this show? So big that Cartoon Network threw money at the producers to make a second season and air the show on Toonami just before it even premiered in Japan. So big that there was even a commercial on ESPN at one point. So big that the show's titular character even had a shot at becoming the God of all Creation at one point.
If you came into Space Dandy expecting the Second Coming of Cowboy Bebop, you would leave disappointed. Instead, what we got was a show that Watanabe Shinichiro (the Director of Cowboy Bebop) oversaw while a whole slew of talented Japanese animators and writers took turns using Space Dandy to experiment with their own styles. With everything from a phantom ramen stand to an alien library book that erases memories to a literal musical high school, even the "worst" episodes of the show were amazing.
So of course you fuckers didn't vote this show #1. I hope you're happy with your choice.
@shinmaru007 - First half is solid, but the second half consistently hits it out of the park with interesting conceptual episodes involving taking a weird concept to its logical conclusion.
@recspec - Dumb insignificant plot points all come back in the end and tie everything up perfectly.
@jesna - Space Dandy is the only anime this year that features a fully-grown man returning to high-school to sing about how much he loves asses.
#2: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - 69 points (18 votes)
Well, you Jojo bros (almost) finally got your wish, as what some consider the "best" story arc of the franchise aired this year and managed to claw it's way high up the list. A franchise that has spanned decades and contains references to all kinds of music from Ronnie James DIIIIIIOOOOOOO! to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The soundtrack is good and the fights are classic shounen style with the characters monologing for minutes in-between attacks, but they ham it up so well.
Plus, the first season got me to listen to ELP's Tarkus concept album, so props to the creator for that.
@viciousbearmauling - Unbelievably faithful recreation of one the most iconic manga out there. Everything thing here is crazy and fun.
@tobbrobb - Old Joseph is amazing.
@epidehl - The first season was what got me back into anime after years of watching nothing, and the second got me to buy the first manga I bought in a long time because holy shit I couldn't wait a year to finish arc 3.
And now, the anime you've all been waiting for and @zombiepie's favorite though he will deny it to (your) death, the back-to-back champion of the Giant Bomb Anime Poll For Duders!
#1: Sonic Adventure 2 The Anime, a.k.a. Kill la Kill - 106 points (29 votes)
Unlike last year where it just squeaked out a victory over Attack on Titan, the second season apparently cemented a place of honor in what the GBAD consider to be a "good" show. Either that or enough trolls got together to push this show over the edge.
The biggest show from Studio Trigger, here to "save anime," might have run low on budget and story as it ran through the second season and some of the fights were reduced to a looping .gif of two swords swiping through the air...but to Kill La Kill's credit, the show rode its crazy-ass premise of alien clothes conquering humanity all the way to the end.
For those of you who missed the show or wanted to wait for a translated version, you're in luck: the show has been confirmed to be coming to Toonami this February. It is unknown how much censoring will be needed for Cartoon Network's lawyers to deem it acceptable for the FCC, but at least this gives me a faint hope that they'll find a way to air Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt at some point in the future (no they won't).
@jthomeslice - Jojo's and Kill la Kill are exactly what anime action shows should be. Insane and over the top with endearing characters that pull the most ridiculous bullshit out of their asses and it working. Incredible rides all the way through.
@billymaysrip - I like boobs, Trigger, and dumb stuff. Kill la Kill has all of those, wrapped up in one. The soundtrack is killer, the art is dope, and the plot's ability to hype is unparalleled.
@hoshinosenshi - Over the top and insane, but still somehow able to make a legit plot from the tangles of whatever drugs were taken at the time.
@splodge - Anime is dying [...] fuck clothes.
@zombiepie - All of you that are voting for Kill la Kill...this is how communism wins. A vote for Kill la Kill is a vote for Stalin.
@ajayraz - I got over Kill la Kill. I did not get over Satsuki Kiryuin, though.
You guys are jerks.
Thank you all for reading this all the way to the end. Looking forward to 2015, where at least it'll be impossible for Kill la Kill to win again even by my lax polling standards. As always, feel free to tell me how right I am, defend your choices, bitch about the ones that didn't win, or whatever you want in the comments below.
Quotes were either taken from the poll or my forum thread about the poll itself. They are authentic as of January 18, 2015
Final Vote Counts, in Alphabetical Order
|Ace of the Diamond||2||8|
|Akame ga Kill!||3||8|
|Amagi Brilliant Park||1||5|
|Blue Spring Ride||1||4|
|Chuu-2 Koi! S2||1||1|
|Encouragement of Climb 2||1||5|
|Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 2wei!||1||2|
|Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works||11||32|
|Free! Eternal Summer||1||3|
|Gundam Build Fighters||2||5|
|Gundam Reconguista in G||1||4|
|Hajime No Ippo: Rising||2||5|
|Happiness Charge Precure||1||1|
|Hi-sCool! Seha Girls||2||5|
|Hunter x Hunter||4||17|
|I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying||1||1|
|Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders||18||69|
|Kill La KIll||29||106|
|Knights of Sidonia||4||16|
|Legend of Korra||1||2|
|Love Live! School Idol Project 2nd Season||2||7|
|Mikakunin de Shinkoukei||1||1|
|Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun||14||40|
|No Game No Life||7||16|
|Parasyte: The Maxim||12||42|
|Persona 4 The Golden Animation||3||10|
|Ping Pong The Animation||8||24|
|Psycho-Pass New Edit||2||7|
|Sailor Moon Crystal||1||4|
|Selector Infected WIXOSS||1||1|
|Shingeki no Bahamut||2||7|
|Silver Spoon 2||2||8|
|Sword Art Online II||4||10|
|Terror in Resonance||1||4|
|Tonari No Seki-Kun||2||8|
|Tribe Cool Crew||1||1|
|Witch Craft Works||2||5|
|Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil||1||1|
|Your Lie In April||2||4|
|Yu-Gi-Oh Arc V||1||5|
|Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru||1||4|
Also, as a fun little experiment, I added an optional question to the ballot of "Your waifu (or huzbando) is...?" Here were the answers of those that chose to respond.
Aikuro Misusugi. Yes I'm a guy, and yes, I'm straight. I stand by my choice
Coffee Maker (From episode 13 of Space Dandy)
Diane (The Seven Deadly Sins)
Elsie from Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
Marie (Persona 4 Golden)
Old Man Joseph
Rin Tōsaka from Fate/stay
Saber or Jotaro
Sinon (Asada Shino)
The 4 best girls from Kill la Kill and Joseph Jostar
waifus are stupid.