Greetings, AniTAY! The past year has come and gone, bringing a close to the decade along with it, and like the past three years before it we are looking at and counting down the favorite anime shows and movies of the past year, as voted on by AniTAY community. As you might’ve notice, this time Gugsy isn’t writing the Top Anime of the Year posts due to real world stuff (don’t worry, he’s fine... I think), and I volunteered to step in and take up duties of gathering and calculating votes.

As in the past, AniTAY contributors were asked for ranked top 10 lists of shows and movies that they liked the most, although ballots that had as few as five entries were also allowed and counted. This time, a total of 26 ballots were submitted (from 26 authors) and 72 shows and movies found their way onto the list, and before you wonder why Beastars isn’t on here, it wasn’t allowed due to not getting an official western release (but rest assured, it will be more than fair to be counted on the 2020 Top Anime list). In the interest of structure and time, today we will go through the first half of the list, shows 72 through 31, with the next two article presenting shows 30 through 11, and then finally ending with the top 10 shows, which will also have a special year-end edition of the AniTAY podcast included. If you’re interested in seeing the results for previous years, I’ve linked to them right below, and with all that said:

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No Guns Life

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Tied for 67th: Bananya – 1 Point

Cop Craft – 1 Point

How Heavy are the Dumbbells You Lift? – 1 Point

My Hero Academia 4 – 1 Point

No Guns Life – 1 Point

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl – 1 Point

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun

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Tied for 60th: A Certain Scientific Accelerator – 2 Points

Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun – 2 Points

Null and Peta – 2 Points

One Punch Man 2 – 2 Points

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – 2 Points

Phantasy Star Online 2: Episode Oracle – 2 Points

Senryu Girl – 2 Points

Isekai Quartet

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Tied for 55th: Ace of Diamond Act II – 3 Points

BanG Dream! – 3 Points

Isekai Quartet – 3 Points

Teasing Master Takagi-san (season 2) – 3 Points

The Quintessential Quintuplets – 3 Points

Rilakkuma and Kaoru

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Tied for 53rd: Fairy Tail (season 9) – 4 Points

Rilakkuma and Kaoru – 4 Points

Symphogear XV 

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Tied for 50th: Food Wars! The Fourth Plate – 5 Points

Outburst Dreamer Boys – 5 Points

Symphogear XV – 5 Points

Given 

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Tied for 47th: Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly – 6 Points

Given – 6 Points

Kengan Asura – 6 Points

Attack on Titan 

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Tied for 45th: Attack on Titan (season 3) – 7 Points

Cardfight!! Vanguard (Shinemon Arc) – 7 Points

Aggretsuko

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Tied for 43rd: Aggretsuko (season 2) – 8 Points

Hi Score Girl (three episode OVAs) – 8 Points

Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!

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Tied for 40th: Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! – 9 Points

Stars Align – 9 Points

Sword Art Online: Alicization – 9 Points

Kemurikusa 

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Tied for 37th: Ao-chan Can’t Study! – 10 Points

Kemurikusa – 10 Points

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – 10 Points

Dr. Stone 

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Tied for 34th: Dr. Stone – 11 Points

Kakegurui xx – 11 Points

Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life – 11 Points

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

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Tied for 31st: Domestic Girlfriend – 12 Points

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Seiran – 12 Points

Shield Hero – 12 Points


I know, I know, some of these shows performed... not as we expected, but hey, movies did pretty well this year, don’t you think (and yes, Promare’s gonna do pretty well for itself, just you wait and see)? Helluva lotta ties, but when you get 26 people listing ten shows each, this isn’t too unexpected. Anyway, stay tuned for the next batch of shows next week, with the top 10 shows to be revealed next Friday!

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For parts 2 and 3:

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