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The top 10 anime that people in Japan never tire of watching

By KK Miller

A new survey polled Japanese anime fans and asked them to name the anime they can watch over and over again and never get bored.

Our favorite creator of polls, My Navi Woman, started off by asking if there was an anime that people could watch over and over. With over 75% of those polled responding “yes”, the site asked those answering in the affirmative to reveal which one. So here are the top 10 along with some comments from the people polled!

#10 – Lupin the Third – 3%

Not surprisingly, our favorite thief starts off our list.

“I find something new every time I watch it.”

#9 – Gintama – 3.5%

Insanely popular recently, our crazy friends in Gintama come in next.

“Since it’s interesting and has lots of details, each time I watch it I see more interesting things that I hadn’t noticed before.”

#7 (tie) – Spirited Away – 4%

The first of many Ghibli films, and one of the most celebrated Ghibli films in the West, comes in at No. 7.

“Because I feel that Chihiro’s purity purifies me.”

#7 (tie) - YuYu Hakusho – 4%

An oldie but a goodie, Hunter x Hunter’s creator Yoshihiro Togashi’s first big hit still resonates with the fans.

“I get a different feeling each time I watch it.”

#6 Princess Mononoke – 4.6%

The spirit of the forest will never truly die, as long as you keep watching this Ghibli film again and again.

“Because I’ve watched it from when I was a kid, so I am familiar with all the different issues being discussed but still it’s somehow always interesting.”

“I just rewatched it the other day, and I’m still not tired of it.”

#4 (tie) – One Piece – 5%

Sometimes all you need to be is cool to be named to these lists. However, One Piece and the next entry, which are tied, are very, very different.

“It’s so popular. That’s all I need to say to answer the question.”

“Because it makes me feel happy and courageous and makes me laugh.”

#4 (tie) – Crayon Shin-chan – 5%

Perhaps we all wish we were a little more like Shin-chan growing up. At least then our childhood would probably have been much more exciting.

“Because the feelings change when I watch as I grow older.”

"It is the most suitable way for me to release stress.”

#3 – Detective Conan – 7%

This is Japan’s answer to Edgar Allen Poe and Sherlock Holmes. You don’t need Conan’s detective skills to understand why fans want to watch it again and again!

“There are so many episodes that I forget the plot of many of them.”

“I don’t get bored with it even when I do a marathon watching.”

“I’m very interested in the puzzles with the Black Organization.”

#2 – Laputa: Castle in the Sky – 9%

Moving and exciting, Castle in the Sky might be the pinnacle of Ghibli movies.

“There are many famous scenes and I’m always admiring them.”

“There are plenty of unique individual characters and the movie is filled with funny jokes.”

“Ghibli movies are filled with grand stories and the various scenes are really beautiful, so that’s why I can watch it over and over.”

#1 – My Neighbor Totoro – 15%

Laputa may be good but there’s something magical about Totoro. Easily re-watchable for both young and old fans. My Neighbor Totoro is certainly a favorite movie for many people in Japan and abroad.

“I started with Totoro but all Ghibli movies (I’ll re-watch), no matter how many times I watch the movies I never get bored. It’s more like they heal me.”

“It’s a movie that, when you watch it, has a different feeling depending on your age.”

“When I was small I watched it dozens of times and never lost interest in it.”

Did your favorite anime make the list? Other fantastic anime mentioned in the poll, but did not get enough votes to make the top ten. Here they are in no particular order:

Cowboy Bebop Darker Than Black Doraemon Romeo’s Blue Skies Kill la Kill Natsume’s Book of Friends Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day Urusei Yatsura Card Captor Sakura Overman King Gainer K-On! Shirokuma Café Strike the Blood Chibi Marko-chan Legend of the Galactic Heroes Humanity Has Declined The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Source: Niconico News

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No NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Akira, Ghost in a Shell, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Space Battleship Yamato, G-Force, Cutie Honey, Gundam, Darker than Black, Porco Rosso, Kiki's Delivery Service, Grave of the fireflies, etc?

The list is endless.

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Seeing One Piece on the list, and seeing Kill la Kill listed as popular: both of these things destroy what little faith I have in humanity. Where is Soul Eater? Where is Chaos Head? Where is Dance in the Vampire Bund, Madoka Magica, Black Rock Shooter, The Sacred Blacksmith, Squid Girl, Princess Resurrection, Bodacious Space Pirates, Blood: The Last Vampire, Blood+, Blood-C, Spice & Wolf, Shakugan no Shana, Aria the Scarlet Ammo, Black Bullet, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio, Shin Sekai Yori, Suisei no Gargantia, Mirai Nikki, Dragonaut the Resonance, WataMote, School Days, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai, D-Frag! and Seitokai Yakuindomo? More importantly, where are Angel Beats! and Dream Eater Merry? So many shows I've listed, so many more I can still list, and still more on top of that I have yet to watch. I am so disappointed that so many quality shows were left out while the likes of One Piece can make it in.

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Continuing the theme, where is Clannad, Clannad After Story, Summer Wars, Rahxephon, Please Teacher!, You're Under Arrest!, and perhaps the best of the short list I have, Euerka Seven.

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@KB Gardener: Yes, I've heard that Clannad comes highly recommended, though I'm still in two minds about watching it. I might do. I might not. Ghost in the Shell also comes highly recommended to me, as does Neon Genesis Evangelion. There's a lot I still need to see, many of which I'm sure are more deserving of being on this list than some entries.

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Not a fan of Anime but Totoro is such a pleasant yarn, yeah I get it.

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One Piece (love it) Attack on Titan Karas Claymore Berserk Blood+,Blood C

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I like Totoro, but I have no idea why people are so obsessed with it... I don't think it's even Ghibli's best output.

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What? No SnK, SAO, Kuroshitsuji? Surely they would make the list! And we need more romance! @a good canon ship can really make an anime! Take for example, in Sword Art Online, you can FEEL the passion between Kirito and Asuna. Their love, in that moment of watching, transcends the boundaries of space and time, a love so pure spellbinding that it makes me shiver in awe. That's the kind of stuff we need in anime. For those who aren't fans of romance, first d one that heavily incorporates your favorite genre. Get a romance that's slice of life, or a paranormal, maybe an action, a sci-fi, a comedy! They're out there, I promise you that.

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Not enough adult shows with mature sensibilities.

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