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Niconico Users Rank Summer 2014 Anime

Users of “Japanese YouTube” Niconico were recently polled on their favorite anime of this past summer season.

How did shows like Sword Art Online II, Space Dandy and Akame ga Kill fare? Without further ado, let’s check out the list!

1) Barakamon

2) Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun

3) Akame ga KILL!

4) Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita

5) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

6) Tokyo Ghoul

7) Aldnoah.Zero

8) The Irregular at Magic High School
9) Survival Game Club!

10) Hanayamata

11) Psycho-Pass: Extended Edition

12) Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?

13) Sword Art Online II

14) Magimoji Rurumo

15) Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!

16) La Bonne Vie

17) Space Dandy 
18) Nobunaga Concerto

19) Love Stage!!

20) Terror in Resonance

21) Black Butler: Book of Circus

22) Free! Eternal Summer

23) Blue Spring Ride

24) Persona 4 the Golden Animation

25) Momo Kyun Sword

26) Re:␣Hamatora

27) Bladedance of Elementalers

28) Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen

29) Rail Wars!

30) Captain Earth

31) Tokyo ESP

32) Bakumatsu Rock

33) M3 the dark metal

34) Shonen Hollywood – Holly Stage for 49

35) DRAMAtical Murder


37) Sengoku Basara: Judge End

Poor Sengoku Basara. Better luck next time.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this list is how many of the shows most popular in the west – SAOII, Space Dandy, and Free!, to name a few – didn’t do all that great among Niconico users. On the other hand, shows like Barakamon, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun and Jojo’s (see this week’s feature) ended up on top.

Who exactly was polled? It’s not clearly how many users participated, but what we do know is 82.7% were male and 17.3% were female (that probably explains Free!’s rank!).

We also know the majority of respondents (36.9%) were in their 20s, while 13.5% were from 10 to 19, 26.8% were in their 30s, and 22.6% were in their 40s.

How would you rate this past season, readers? My number one was Space Dandy all the way, baby.

Source: Crunchyroll

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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.