Japanese Anime Critics Ranking the Top Anime of All-Time

Earlier this year, NHK ran a massive fan survey to rank the top 100 anime of all-time. Since it was a fan ranking, it skewed towards modern works.

This past August, Shinchosha published a top 9 anime ranking of all-time, which was curated by 30 respected Japanese critics. The anime chosen are from a wide range of generations, with one title coming from 1943! Keep in mind that only 30 critics participated, so the vote counts are low and there are multiple ties.


T-9. The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon (Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji) – 3 votesThe Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon


T-9. The Wonderful World of Puss ‘n Boots – 3 votesThe Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots


T-9. Heidi, Girl of the Alps (Alps no Shoujo Heidi) – 3 votesHeidi, Girl of the Alps


T-9. Future Boy Conan (Mirai Shounen Conan) – 3 votesFuture Boy Conan


T-9. My Neighbor Totoro – 3 votesMy Neighbor Totoro


T-9. Patlabor 2: The Movie – 3 votesPatlabor 2: The Movie


T-9. Mind Game – 3 votesMind Game


T-9. The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) – 3 votesThe Tale of Princess Kaguya


T-8. Legend of the White Snake – 4 voteLegend of the White Snake


T-8. Space Runaway Ideon (Densetsu Kyojin Ideon) – 4 votesSpace Runaway Ideon


T-8. Revolutionary Girl Utena – 4 votesRevolutionary Girl Utena


T-8. The End of Evangelion – 4 votesThe End of Evangelion


T-8. Spirited Away – 4 votesSpirited Away


T-8. Voices of a Distant Star (Hoshi no Koe) – 4 votesVoices of a Distant Star


T-7. Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer – 5 votesUrusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer


T-7. Grave of the Fireflies – 5 votesGrave of the Fireflies


T-7. Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) – 5 votesYour Name


T-6. Laputa: Castle in the Sky – 6 votesLaputa: Castle in the Sky


T-6. Ghost in the Shell – 6 votesGhost in the Shell


T-5. Kumo to Tulip – 7 votesKumo to Tulip


T-5. Astro Boy (Mighty Atom) – 7 votesAstro Boy


T-5. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind – 7 votesNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


T-5. Puella Magi Madoka Magica – 7 votesMadoka Kaname (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)


T-5. In This Corner of the World – 7 votesIn This Corner of the World


4. Akira – 8 votesAkira


3. Space Battleship Yamato (Uchuu Senkan Yamato) – 9 votesSpace Battleship Yamato


2. Mobile Suit Gundam – 11 votesMobile Suit Gundam


1. Neon Genesis Evangelion – 14 votesNeon Genesis Evangelion


Do you agree with the Shinchosha ranking?

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