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Japanese Fans Rank the Best-Looking Anime of All Time

Forget plot, forget characters – based on images alone, what is the greatest-looking anime of all time?

That was the question put recently to readers of popular Japanese anime site Charapedia, who got to work whipping up a list of the top 20 most kirei anime ever. Keep in mind this list isn’t based so much on animation as on overall look, which includes things like character designs and coloring.

With that in mind, let’s check out the list!

20. Haikyu!!

19. Puella Magi Madoka Magica

18. Tokyo Ghoul

17. Free!

16. Gintama

15. Five Centimeters per Second

14. Natsume’s Book of Friends

13. Your Lie in April

12. Monogatari series

11. Sword Art Online

10. Black Butler

9. Sound! Euphonium

8. Bungo Stray Dogs

7. The Garden of Words

6. Attack on Titan

5. Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea

4. Touken Ranbu

3. Hyoka

2. Fate series

1. Your Name

With the usual caveat that these lists tend to favor more recent series and films, the clear winner here is director Makoto Shinkai, who has three films on the list (Five Centimeters per Second, Garden of Words and Your Name). Shinkai has long been known for his exceptional visual style, and the success of Your Name has attracted new fans to his older work as well.

Kyoto Animation, also known for their high-quality visuals, made the list multiple times with Free!, Sound! Euphonium and Hyoka.

OUSAers: what’s your take?

Source: Charapedia

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.