Hello everyone and welcome to the results for the best anime series of 2015 as voted for by you. Below you will see the top 10 series in ascending order from 1, followed by the 10 closest runner ups. Each series will have a small blurb of commentary for it done by select members of staff.
Once again thank you very much for voting and hopefully your favourite series managed to crack the top 10.
1st - One Punch Man
"Not too surprised that this series was voted number one considering the manga's popularity with fans and being among the year's most anticipated titles. I almost winded up not watching this series since I thought it was another shounen battle anime until I researched and discovered it was actually a seinen title thus leading me to check it out. The show was a fun parody of the superhero genre thanks to Saitama's overpowered abilities usually giving him an existential crisis and seeing many of the ridiculous types of heroes and villains on display throughout the anime's 12-episode run. I am going to make a bold prediction and say this will eventually air on Toonami sometime in 2016 since One-Punch Man's premise makes it very accessible to Western anime fans who love dabbling into the superhero genre."
"And with little to no surprise considering the absolute Takeover that happened in the series of the month polls for January 2016 was One-Punch Man. I wasn't one of the manga readers until finishing up this show with many anticipated people behind this. I'm seriously glad that I did because the story within this parody turned out to be for the better and the cast of characters given were all interesting despite the lack of development. This turned out to be my top choice since this ended up making me smile brightly just like when I finished Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE. I definitely would watch this again if given enough time and that's highly likely."
2nd - Overlord
"Titles featuring characters trapped in a video game seems to be a recurring premise for recent anime titles considering Log Horizon and Sword Art Online have milked it. While I appreciate Overlord attempting to do something different for the premise with our lead being a sort of villain attempting to take over the MMORPG he becomes trapped in, his character was kind of bland when I sampled the series in Summer 2015 since he lacked much personality and it got too dependent at points on milking in-game jargon that online gamers are likely to know about like guilds and NPCs. This is another series where I just don't see what the appeal of it really is since its premise is milking off the popularity of online gaming to hook in interested fans."
"Another show that started out very slow, but ended up being more than I thought was Overlord, another " trapped in a videogame" show, this time focusing on who was pretty much a final boss ending up with the videogame that was supposed to be shut down turning real instead. The end result was a very fun action show that was a surprise hit on the community."
3rd - Death Parade
"My number one anime for 2015 and one that I am glad folks on this site also enjoyed. Death Parade offered a unique and original premise about bartenders judging the souls of the recently deceased through various games that explore the circumstances that led to each of their visitors dying, with two of said bartenders in the form of Decim and his black-haired lady assistant later coming to question the reasoning behind the judgements due to them devaluing the lives of those that died. If you have yet to see the series, I strongly recommend you give it a look."
"One of my top ranking anime of 2015 more so about the staff of a mysterious place where two souls of the deceased are evaluated by playing bar games that are as effective as they appear. As the story went on for Decim and his assistant, I felt that this was one of the best stories conceived in 2015 after seeing how this beauty ended and checking out the prequel OVA "Death Billiards"."
4th - Fairy Tail
"My thoughts of this are not much different from One Piece and Seven Deadly Sins. While I realize the series has a great deal of popularity with fans right now, most shounen battle anime do not really grab my interest."
"I share the same thoughts on this as One Piece as well except that the placement for this show is rather impressive. While this show didn't grab my attention fully, some episodes that I did check out were quite fun on the bright side."
5th - Seven Deadly Sins
"I am guessing this is one of the more recent shounen action anime titles to hook in fans of the genre considering how much talk there is of it on other sites I frequent and some characters from the series being used in the Battle forum. I attempted to watch the series when it first aired in Fall 2014 where in spite of its medieval-like setting, the series still had the feel of a typical shounen title with its juvenile comedy, characters attempting to act cool or tough, hyping up the reputation of its seven main characters and relishing in all the action that takes place. Much like One Piece and many other shounen action titles, I do not see myself giving this series a second shot since I have been exposed too much to the genre's tropes."
"This was one of the more fun shounen action series that came out on the past year, and much like the manga version, I was pulled into this one, despite the slow start. I'm one of the people who were manga current at the time, so watching many events being animated from it was awesome. I hope the second season becomes just as awesome when it shows up later this year."
6th - GATE
"I attempted to watch GATE during the Summer 2015 season, but got turned off from seeing both the show's glorifying of otaku as the male lead is one for fantasy novels and the fantasy monsters coming to life making it feel too much like another “trapped in a video game” series with the various monsters and magic milked. Still though, it got a fair amount of discussion on the Vice forums and yet again, I find myself not sure what makes the series appealing to fans."
"The last of 2015's shows that I honestly slept on. Just like Dream, I wasn't intrigued by the premise of the story either, but the reception here for it must have been much better than I thought. This acquired a second season that started for the Winter 2016 season, so it might end up either being for better or for worse..."
7th - Parasyte The Maxin
"Another anime leftover from 2014 that continued to hook in fans for 2015 with its second half as Shinichi and Mugi deal with the increasing threat of more alien parasites making their presence felt on humanity. While I raved for the series as one of my favorites of the year in 2014, the second half did turn out weaker for me since new shallow enemy threats were introduced that made the complex moral questions about the nature of living and survival dabbled into from the show's first half take a back seat and Murano not being too convincing as Shinichi's love interest due to lack of focus on her character. Still as one of the year's more popular titles among fans, Sentai Filmworks now has the series airing on Toonami and will be getting a video release sometime in 2016 for those interested in checking it out."
"An series that was in a shocking position, despite the second half not being so strong. The show overall was very entertaining as the perspectives of Shinichi and Migi changed throughout the war between the two battling species and the OST is one of the ones to listen to of that year."
8th - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
"Starting off in the Spring 2014 season, I never jumped into Stardust Crusaders since I had yet to see the first Jojo anime though I realize this is the most popular instalment of the franchise since it introduces the Stands, psychic manifestations of a wielder's power that fight on their behalf, and popular baddie Dio Brando makes his return. The hot-blooded characters and over-the-top action grabbed my interest when I seen Jojo's first series in spite of Dio not appearing much in it since much of the series focused on the Battle Tendency arc involving the Pillar Men. While the first Jojo anime has since been licensed and released in America by Warner Brothers, nothing has yet to be announced for Stardust Crusaders which currently affects my ability to see the series since I sadly have a tight data cap to deal with from my Internet provider."
"I hardly felt bad for missing out on many shows last year until I discovered that this show was running right when I just finished half of Jojo's first season. It got a beautiful amount of feedback as I went on my normal community visits at the time of airing, so I do plan to watch it all."
9th - Assassination Classroom
"Not too surprised with the high ranking for this one considering this was one of 2015's most anticipated titles among fans and one I missed the bandwagon for. The second season of the series is airing for the Winter 2016 season and the premise involving misfit students trying to kill off their alien teacher to save the planet seems like a fun premise on paper for a comedy anime. May snag Assassination Classroom up on video whenever Funimation releases it."
"Another series that I missed the boat on while trying not to get screwed over at school was Assassination Classroom, where a group of students have a set time to kill their alien teacher by the latter himself. It does show a good approach here considering it obtaining another season this Winter."
10th - Food Wars!
"From what I hear, this series features cooking tournaments in place of the typical shounen battle tournament anime that are popular with the demographic. I am actually surprised something like this would have appeal with fans as a series focused on cooking would seem like an acquired taste among anime fans with titles like Antique Bakery and Ristorante Paradiso, both of whom are actually made for different demographics."
"I didn't check any of this out until later as it piqued my interest since cooking anime doesn't normally get that much buzz. I found a lot of parts quite funny after about four episodes, but it seems to be a gem due to the position that this show is in (That or a lot of you guys were mesmerized by ecchi. I get like that too, no worries!)"
11th - One Piece
"One Piece ranking this high is no surprise for me considering it has been among the more consistently popular shounen battle anime for well over a decade now with anime fans and the longest airing of the Holy Shounen Trinity. I highly doubt I will ever get into the show thanks to its ridiculously long length, but I can see where Shounen anime fans would like watching it."
"No surprise at all on at least one of the big three making it on this list, with this one being the most interesting, despite the astonishing amount of episodes."
12th - Noragami: Aragoto
"I never got around to seeing Noragami's second season in Fall 2015 due to not seeing its first season. Getting a chance to see the first season video release from Funimation, it was a decent offering with its mix of supernatural lore and exploring how those among the spiritual world are affected by gods and their past lives as focused on with the relationship between Yato, Hiyori and Yukine that gets its occasional bumps from some nonsensical moments of comedy and a final arc exploring Yato's past that felt rushed in its developments. I may be tempted to give this second season a look sometime in the near future."
"The third of the shows that I didn't realize existed until much later that year. I hardly have interest in it right now since the premise and reception didn't do much for my attention."
13th - Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Dream
"As I commented in my review of Fate/UBW's second half, this was somewhat of a let down for me as a fan of Type-Moon's work since the season suffered from dragging out two of its major conflicts in spite of Ufotable's excellent animation work and doing very well with adapting its source material for the most part. Still, the Fate franchise has attracted a good deal of fans since Ufotable's excellent adaptation of Fate/Zero and I am still eagerly looking forward to their adaptation of the Heaven's Feel route whenever it comes out. "
"I didn't know way too much about the franchise besides the Fate/Kalied Liner Prisma Illya parts (One of them whom was totally ditched for Wooser's third season this year), but the show sounded very intriguing enough for me to look at it. Despite a rather fair start, Unlimited Blade Works' story was handled on a beautiful note that made the animation of the episode a rather big bonus. In the end, I'm glad that this was on the top 10 of my personal list since finishing it."
14th - Blood Blockade Battlefront
"While I did enjoy the series for its gritty characters and action, I did not find it to be among the year's better offerings since it was more style than substance and had an inconclusive ending with its supernatural-themed characters and setting. Still, the series got quite a bit of attention from fans for the Spring 2015 season and they returned to see the season finale of the series in October when it was delayed due to production issues. I guess this was one of those instances where while I enjoyed the series, fans liked it more than I did."
"The second of the trio that was left behind. I was considering to watch the show, but a spoiler and feedback about it not being much kept it away for me."
15th - Dragon Ball Super
"While I am not the biggest Dragon Ball fan, I am actually surprised with how low Dragon Ball Super ranked as I thought it would have ranked more higher on this list since we have a decent number of Dragon Ball fans on the site. Could it be the franchise may be losing some of its popularity with fans?"
"I was also shocked at DBSuper's placement since we do have many great fans of the show for this community. I think the re-tellings of both movies within the first cour might've been one of the reasons of this show's placement. I do plan to get back onto this, somehow."
16th - My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
"Another of my top picks for 2015, this second anime season to the romantic dramedy light novel series continued its focus on the trio of misfit teens dealing with the social dynamics of high school life with some gradual developments with those among our three lead characters. I expected the series to not get much buzz from folks for the Spring 2015 season, but I guess some liked the series enough where they voted for it as their personal favorites of the year."
"To be honest, I had no idea that the whole show existed until the latter half of the year and it was like that for this and two other show. I thought it wouldn't be that much, but considering the placement for this list, I may not be too mistaken."
17th - Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon
"I heard of this series getting a fair amount of buzz in the Spring 2015 season, but was not interested enough in it to give it a look since the premise and the show's title gave me the impression this was gonna be a typical rom-com or another series focused on an MMORPG world like Sword Art Online and Log Horizon. But between the series getting enough attention to be one of Vice's Featured Anime Discussions for the season and learning that the series is more focused on the chemistry involving a male lead developing as an adventurer through a more experienced female lead, this is one of a number of 2015 titles I kind of regret not getting the chance to see and I plan to give it a look once Sentai Filmworks releases it stateside on video."
"One on the many shows that I slept on despite it gaining a lot of buzz for that spring. I can see that it's more focused on the main character and the female lead than the other gals of his harem(?), but it still didn't grab me at all as the blue string could only get it so far, according to many other communities that I knew alongside here."
18th - Durarara!!x2
"I did see both of the seasons to Durarara's latest adaptation in 2015, and found it to be a step down in quality from the 2010 airing since the first season suffered from doing a mixed job of trying to incorporate all the show's relevant characters into its ongoing events while adding in some additional characters to the already large enough cast for 12-episode blocks. Still, the events going on with the Blue Squares and the Russian mafia offered some engaging twists for Durarara's plot that hooked me enough to stay engaged to the show in spite of its somewhat messy attempt to provide focus on all members of its oversized cast."
"I checked it out after seeing the first season years ago, and I ended up falling off of it after 4 or 5 episodes due to time constraints. After some considerable feedback from others, it looks like I'm not missing too much considering the major coverage to the already oversized cast and the overall quality."
19th - Gangsta
"I had Gangsta among my Top 5 titles I picked for the poll due to the nice amount of depth it offered with its criminal world and engaging action scenes. I could see where many folks hated it since there was quite a bit of backlash to the inconclusive ending it had since the show ended while in the middle of a major point in the anime's storyline. But I did not take much issue with the ending as I only found it a minor issue in what was otherwise a mostly engaging series for me. A crying shame that this served as the swan song for Gangsta's animation studio, Manglobe, who declared bankruptcy around the time Gangsta's TV run concluded as they made a fair number of titles I enjoyed like House of Five Leaves, Samurai Champloo and Michiko and Hatchin."
"I dove into this from the interesting premise and the world setting and character development within the show made it very watchable. It was a fun series up until around the ending, and after it, it wound up feeling like a cop out for the manga version instead of just adapting it faithfully. Despite making it to the top 20, Gangsta wound up being one of my lowest points of 2015."
20th - Prison School
"As this series involved ecchi and prison, I figured this was going to be a mindless perverted romp with the prison gimmick and did not bother to watch it at all when it aired in Summer 2015. But considering we have our fair share of ecchi fans on Anime Vice, the series got some buzz among folks during that season and I guess that resulted in it just making the cut for the Top 20."
"I staved off of the series after hearing some rather demeaning things about it outside of anime vice. On the flip side, it has gotten positive feedback which made me slightly interested, but not enough at that time despite ecchi being one of my secondary genres."
And that's the top 20 anime as voted for by you the community. Hopefully you enjoyed the little banners I made for the top 10 and reading the small commentaries on each series by Old Man Dream and Master Menos .
Below you will see the raw votes and total score for each of the above series.
And finally once again thank you very much for voting.
Note that I was originally counting down in my entry, but ah, well. Many thanks for all of my fellow staffers helping (especially to Taka and Yusuke for all that number crunching) and all of the members who voted!
Current Situation: It's too late. They drank all the chocolate milk.
Post by graet Artiste on Jan 16, 2016 21:13:25 GMT
Again. Very pleased with #1 & 2. I voted for them in that order. I guess Overpowered anti-heroes are the favorites of 2015.
A bit surprised that Gangsta barely made the list. It wasn't until past the halfway mark that I figured out that I preferred Overlord to it. It was a strong contender and quite popular in our little community despite it's rather weak ending.
Also I had forgotten that Parasyte went into 2015. I'd have voted it 3rd place if I'd remembered. Oh well. It ranked high anyway though. Very nice commentary.
Master Menos, I noticed, but I started off with Taichos responses in the manga thread before I saw you guys had them in descending order instead. I decided to save myself the extra work of likely messing the formatting up and just do them like this.
Hopefully it's not too bad, I could go back in and change it later but it would take some time to do and I'm not in the mood to start on it tonight.
How do you like the banners by the way? I didn't have much choice for a few of them since my choices for decent renders were limited to say the least.
Didn't see this thread popped up. Good job everyone! Thanks to Yusuke for making the banners and Dream and Menos for their commentary.
Oh yeah, I forgot to point out some notable things. When I was asking folks to vote, I feel some of them mix up anime and manga results. You don't really see a lot of shonen anime adaptations such as One Piece and Fairy Tail up so high in this list compared to recent years. Maybe, it's because of our new demographic with most users who came for the site personalities are gone. We have a slightly bigger audience in the battle forums.
When you have a show that airs in 2014 (late) and then ended in early in 2015. It's hard for the show to stay on people's mind. For shows that air relatively recent, it's still fresh.
One-Punch Man had the home field advantage there.
Being a prominent anime viewer, I have seen everything in the top 20 except for Dragon Ball Super and Snafu. I thought Death Parade would squeeze in second. With OPM and Overlord, they were popular among our folks in the battle forums. It was a tight competition between 2nd and 3rd.
I originally thought these would be in top 10 (not in any order)
Fate/stay Night UBW
Blood Battle Blockade
Yuri Kuma Arashi
Some of these were niche since slice of life, yuri/yaoi, sports, and others have a small group of folks in our community.
Any outstanding/interesting notes for statistics. I should have wrote it down. I was really tired during the night and early mornings when I was working with Yusuke on crunching numbers.
I think this year only where we had a landslide victory for one entry. I don't remember a series getting more than 20 raw votes for our anime results. I have to check the gdocs. I don't have data for one year. I think it was 2012.
As for rankings of 10 and 5: they certainly impacted the manga results since we had less votes. For anime, I believe it made a difference in the lower 15's. Most of shows below 15 and more had more votes concentrated in the lower 5's in terms of ranked votes.
Yusuke : All the banners look awesome here. It's a nice touch to the top 10. I understand on using renders that can be found easily, but at times, I also had to make them, with some being not so easy on some image editing programs.
Oh, and some of the images are broken. I should be able to fix that at least.
Glad that my top three made it on the top three in the exact order I voted in the anime lol. Surprise by how low Blood Blockade is, and the fact that Naruto Gaiden got a spot in the manga eww.Also Jo jo adventure eww.
I expected Blood Battle Blockade to be in the top 10. I guess it wasn't memorable enough. You can thank Tom Pinchuk and a lots of folks in the battle forums for the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure craze. I think I voted for it. I don't remember my votes.
Can't believe a garbage show like Fairy Tail got 10 votes. How do people enjoy this shit? Don't they get tired of the infinite nakama power ups and speeches? It's overused to the point that it's beyond shameless. Never seen any show abusing a trope this much
Joseph Gomes , you and countless Youtube folks make the same comments. As I mentioned before in this thread and Youtube video, it could be an error when I asked new users to vote. I believe some of them mixed the anime with the manga votes. Yeah, we had some strange entries that are from way before 2015.
We have a fairly large battle community. Don't worry about too much.
There will always be next year.
I forgot to reply to you, IFailNoNutNovember Yeah, your votes could made a difference. It was a pretty close call as I look at the numbers. Well, first place for One-Punch Man is way too high to compete.
That's just Joseph being himself. He does that a lot with shows he hates. It's his opinion. As for the Youtube comments, it was a headache dealing with them since it's venomous than helpful or open ended comments. I prefer our community over Youtube any day.
IFailNoNutNovember, Sorry I didn't see this earlier, to tag me you have to type admin in place of yusuke, alt click my user name, click the staff button and delete the other names bar admin or click on the little blue man above the posting window and type my name in there. You'll get used to it after a while.
As for Prison School, I enjoyed what little I saw of it, had some nice tits and asses so I can't really complain, and it was quite funny at times and I'm not one for sitcom type comedy most of the time. But again full disclosure I never actually finished watching it since I have a tendency to give up on an anime after a few episodes, not because I dislike it but simply because I just randomly lose interest all of a sudden. I'll likely go back and finish it at some point since I hate leaving things unfinished, but I did leave FMA Brotherhood unfinished for 3 years so it could take a while.
I do roughly know what happens though since I sort of read ahead into the story a bit.
Taka: How strange, when I log in, the colors via Fire Fox disappear. If I log out, I can see the color for hyperlink words. Anyways, been noticing God of High School has been the talk for WWE folks.
Jul 28, 2020 1:35:11 GMT
Taka: A studio that brought the world Elfen Lied is saying farewell. I still need to see that anime.
Aug 6, 2020 5:38:49 GMT
Taka: Holy moly, Inuyasha's sequel is coming to October 2020. I didn't expect it to air this year.
Aug 7, 2020 3:46:08 GMT
Master Menos: Pressing F for Studio Arms. Some of their titles were fun.
Aug 7, 2020 5:46:37 GMT
Old Man Dream: They weren't my cup of tea as a studio, but they had a few titles I enjoyed like Genshiken 2, Maoyu, and I"s Pure.
Aug 7, 2020 12:45:56 GMT
Old Man Dream: Updating on the current series I'm watching from my latest poll: First season of Emma's complete. Not sure of an exact timeline when I'll complete the second one, but aiming to at least be done by next weekend if things don't get too hectic.
Aug 9, 2020 20:00:50 GMT
Taka: Upon looking at their list, I watched a lot of their shows. Just relaxing today. Not working like yesterday especially with the strange heat wave.
Aug 9, 2020 23:12:04 GMT