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Japanese Viewers List Top Summer 2014 Anime

Kotaku just posted the results of a poll of Japanese viewers and what they’ve been enjoying this summer. Of the total 36 shows (not counting shows left over from spring!) airing this season, a group of 578 anime fans picked their top 10 for music site Recochoku. Before scrolling down, can you guess what came in at number one?

We’ll give you a minute.

Okay, ready?

It was none other than Free! Eternal Summer, the sequel to last year’s hit about hot high school guys swimmin’ around. Not a huge surprise here, as Free!’s got a pretty dedicated fanbase (also, “summer” is right there in the title).

Coming in at number two was Sword Art Online II (“two” is in the title; again, the parallels are mindblowing!), and number three was Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, which I must admit I haven’t caught up on yet.

But, dear readers – what is your favorite anime of the summer?!

The complete list:

1. Free! Eternal Summer

2. Sword Art Online II

3. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

4. Kuroshitsuji: Book of Circus

5. Blue Spring Ride

6. Tokyo Ghoul

7. Terror in Resonance

8. Aldnoah.Zero

9. Akame ga KILL!

10. Barakamon

Source: Kotaku

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.