Top 10 Anime of Fall according to Dengeki readers

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The Fall anime season is over so it’s time for Dengeki’s regular top 10 anime of the season. The rankings significantly differ from the expectations people had before the season started.

Top 10 Fall Anime Ranking:

1. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

2. Nyankoi!

3. Darker Than Black II

4. Sora no Otoshimono

5. Full Metal Alchemist

6. Kimi ni Todoke

7. Dragonball KAI

8. Seitokai no Ichizon

9. Umineko no Naku Koro ni

10. Tentai Senshi Sun Red

Top 10 Fall Anime Before-season Expectations

1. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun

2. Darker Than Black II

3. Inuyasha Finale

4. Fairytale

5. Seitokai no Ichizon

6. Tegamibachi

7. 11eyes

8. Nyankoi!

9. Seiken no Blacksmith

10. Kobato

I will comment just on the series I watched from the top 10 list. First, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. I definitely enjoy watching this series. The first arc, first 12 episodes, was interesting and provided a well made story with action and humor. Unfortunately, I hoped for a more thrilling ending. The way they brought it to end in episode 12 seemed pretty mediocre to me. Nevertheless, the combination of action, humor and emotions managed to make quite a good impression. Last but not least, the characters are great and each of them is unique in a way. They make some three fourths of the awesomeness of this series.

Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood has been keeping me entertained since last year’s spring. The story is great and there are no fillers unlike in other shounen anime that are full of long strings of fillers episodes. Story wise, FMA:B is definitely one of the best anime I’ve watched, but I shouldn’t make any firm statement before it ends.

Anime I enjoyed the most from my watch list was Seitokai no Ichizon. I found its humor hilarious and I just couldn’t stop laughing, so I laughed pretty much the whole time through. Of course, it was not only the humor I liked about it. Again, like in Railgun, if it weren’t for the amazing characters, this show wouldn’t be that good. They were the keystone for the construction of humor in this anime. Each character was undeniably really, really unique. There was the harem master, the BL obsessed game addict, the illegally trafficking sadist in sheep costume, the intrepid and invincible fighter, and the world-ruling kindergartener. Truly a formidable line-up. For me, Seitokai was the best anime of Fall.

Umineko no Naku Koro ni is hard for me to comment. Apart from the voices, I didn’t enjoy it, because I’d read the visual novel which was thousand times better. If I hadn’t read the visual novel, I wouldn’t have known what was going on probably, because many important things were omitted and other were rushed. The pace was too fast which resulted in the worst thing about the anime adaptation, which was that it lacked any emotions, which were present in the visual novel in spite of the fact that the visual novel was voiceless. Umineko no Naku Koro ni would need at least 40 episodes in order to include all the necessary facts and heart-shattering emotions. Then, this anime could be epic, just like the visual novel is.