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Ranking noitaminA

These are all of the noitaminA shows that I've completed, sorted in order of my preference (which does not necessarily line up with their rating).
1 Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Being a pianist myself, I felt a special connection to the show. Plus it's pretty good at hitting you in the feels, to say nothing of the consistently high production values.

2 Bunny Drop

Bunny Drop

The father of the current trend of father-daughter shows, this is a healing show at its most healing-y. The relationship is genuinely sweet, and everyone is lovable. Just don't read the manga.

3 Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

Coming just a couple of years before Fukushima happened, this series managed to tell an intimate story of a couple of kids in the midst of horror. Plus, it was genuinely surprising at times, and also good at hitting the feels.

4 Ping Pong The Animation

Ping Pong The Animation

With a remarkable asthetic and a standout character study, this series would have been good even if it hadn't been about a sport as fascinating as competitive ping pong.

5 Terror in Resonance

Terror in Resonance

There aren't too many series that deal with terrorism in the post 9/11 world and Japan's relationship with the US with even as much nuance as this series gives it, and Shinichiro Watanabe is on point here.

6 Silver Spoon 2nd Season

Silver Spoon 2nd Season

I'm rating this second season just marginally above the first, but it's really more of the same. Which is absolutely a good thing.

7 Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

A school for farmers doesn't sound that exciting, but this series manages to buck all expectations and deliver on all fronts, though particularly the characters.

8 Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile

Another series dealing with a pianist, though it's really more about orchestras and music as a whole, with a romance that's fun to root for as an added bonus. Plus the dub is solid.



This would be higher if the ending had been as strong as the start, but man the first part about dealing with a girl from a bad home is good.

10 Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

This is another feels show, though it's a bit more up front about it; you know what it's trying to do from the get go, and there isn't much point to the story aside from trying to set up for the ending. It works.

11 Shiki


This series reminded me of Another in some big ways, and that's a good thing because I liked that show. The sense of dread at the start is palpable, but by the end you know what the real horror is.

12 Nodame Cantabile: Paris

Nodame Cantabile: Paris

I didn't enjoy it as much as the first season, though I'm not sure how much of that is because of the lack of dub. It's basically more of the same, but in Paris, which makes it feel like no progress is being made in the romance. Also, the ending song is great, and in French.

13 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Another show that I was kind of surprised to see on noitaminA, but it's basically an Attack on Titan clone (but a good one). Then ending arc is a step down from the start.

14 Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku

A show that's more about the experience of being a couple than the process of becoming a couple, which is the usual. It's not kidding about the otaku part; lots of references went flying past my head, and that's only the ones I could recognize as references. Still, it's sweet.

15 Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend Flat

I did end up liking it more than the first season... eventually. The first 2/3 were kind of a pain, but when they (mostly) drop the harem antics in the last part and really focus on the struggles of creators, it finally clicked.

16 The Great Passage

The Great Passage

It doesn't get much more character-drama than this. The story kind of ran out of momentem in the second half, but it was well animated throughout and basically everyone was super likable. Calm and comfy, but some basic knowledge of Japanese is recommended.

17 Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend

This isn't really a good show, and it's definitely outside of noitaminaA's normal wheel house (of abnormal shows), but I enjoy trashy shows from time to time, this this is some fun trash.

18 Robotics;Notes


In the same universe as Steins;Gate, but much slower and a very different animal in general. It doesn't make sense at times, and is kind of boring at others, but I still had fun.

19 House of Five Leaves

House of Five Leaves

It's stylish, for sure, and has an intriguing story, but I'm going to be honest, I fell asleep several times when watching it. Even still, I was fascinated by it and wanted to see how this band of theieves ended up.

20 Punch Line

Punch Line

It's by the creator of the Zero Escape games, so I may be biased, but I really liked it... after the first several episodes. I nearly dropped it after 2, because it was just not doing it for me. And the panties thing, while unique, is not my cup of tea.

21 Eden of the East

Eden of the East

Another series that deals with terrorism post 9/11, to an extent, though it feels a lot more fantastical. The ending is actually pretty good, despite not really resolving anything, but the follow up movies are flops.

22 Psycho-Pass


A fascinating look at what could happen to society if we give our entire lives over to a computer system, it's really quite thought provoking. It's also a bit too dark for my tastes.

23 The Perfect Insider

The Perfect Insider

There aren't too many pure mystery shows, so I want to like it. It's just way too long, and there's way too much talking. They could have done the whole thing in half the time, probably.

24 Psycho-Pass 2

Psycho-Pass 2

The second season is significantly worse than the first, and also significantly darker. The real crime is how it fails to adhere to the internal logic established in the first season, and also undermines large parts of it. I'd say skip it, and watch the movie instead.

25 Honey and Clover II

Honey and Clover II

I guess it's better than the first, because things finally come to an end, but I still didn't enjoy it at all. Love hurts, it seems.

26 Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover

I really didn't need to watch a show about a bunch of university students spinning their wheels in life; I've lived through it.

27 Galilei Donna

Galilei Donna

This is show that's mad as a hatter, but it does have some bright spots, like the opening song. That was fun. It gets even crazier by the end. Odd that it aired at the same time as Samurai Flamenco.

28 Nanana's Buried Treasure

Nanana's Buried Treasure

Another series that probably shouldn't have been on noitaminA, this is a fairly routine light novel adaption. I guess it is a bit off the wall, but I don't mean that in a good way. It never sold me on any of the premise or characters.

29 Samurai Flamenco

Samurai Flamenco

I know some people really like this, but its constant game of trying to out-crazy itself just left me tired and confused. So many genre switches, so little logic, and almost no fun.

30 Battery


Oh gosh, this show. So slow, so boring, so pointless, so frustrating. I hated every minute of it by the end. Who cares about middle schiool baseball?

31 Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace

I'm not familliar with the works of Edogawa Ranpo, but I doubt that would have helped me make sense of this. I was so confused about why things were happening the whole time, I'm pretty sure I couldn't explain it now.


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SentientCrab Sep 4, 2015

Irabu. Irabu. Irabu. Irabu. Irabu.

Watch it.