DIEMEN, The Netherlands — Researchers conducting online polls have come to the surprising conclusion that all of the best anime to ever exist have been created in the timespan between 2013 and 2015, mostly within the most recent seasons.
Researchers from Nielsen Media told Anime Maru, “We’ve been doing online polls for the past year or so, and we’ve discovered that virtually all of the anime considered to be the best of all time have been created within the past two years. These anime include such shows as Your Lie in April, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and Parasyte. No matter how many times we do the polls, it always seems that the last two years have been the most fruitful period in anime history.”
This trend extends not only to the anime themselves, but also to nearly all aspects related to anime, including characters, opening themes, romantic pairings and fight scenes.
“According to our surveys, the best anime opening themes of all time are Akame ga Kill, Tokyo Ghoul and No Game No Life. We were surprised, but if the fans say so then they must be right, just as they correctly picked Emiya Shirou, Kirito Kirigaya, and every single Love Live girl as the greatest anime characters ever.”
“We are fortunate to be living in the Golden Age of Anime,” the report concludes.
Furthermore, researchers are projecting that future anime will outdo even the anime created within the past two years. “Our polls found that currently unaired anime such as One Punch Man, Steins;Gate 0, Prison School, and Dragon Ball Super ranked even higher than the already aired anime we included in our polls. We are truly blessed to be living in a world where so many great anime are airing that are so much better than those horrible anime made five years ago like Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Angel Beats.”
Anime Maru interviews with anime fans have confirmed the findings. “I used to think that Attack on Titan was the best anime ever, but looking back on it I now realize I remember almost nothing about it, unlike anime I saw last season like Assassination Classroom, so it must not have been that good. Honestly, as someone who’s only started watching anime within the last two years, I can definitely say that the anime I watched this year are way better than any anime created before I became a fan. My philosophy on anime is that I personally haven’t seen it, it really can’t be as good as any anime I happen to have seen.”
Not all fans are happy with the findings, however. “Kids these days don’t remember the good old days of anime,” Jared Cole tells Anime Maru. “For me, Cowboy Bebop and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya definitely rank in the top 5. And has everyone forgotten about Macross? Ranka is the best girl.”
At press time, MyAnimeList.net verifies that Cole has never gone past episode 7 of Cowboy Bebop.