POLL RESULTS: Japan’s Favorite Anime Right Now

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A recent poll conducted by Anime!Anime! reveals what Japanese otaku considered their favorite anime movie in 2017. There was a lot to choose from – last year was a big year for anime!

But the people have spoken, and here are the results:

  1. Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale
  2. Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel
  3. No Game No Life Zero
  4. Is the Order a Rabbit? ~Dear My Sister~
  5. Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter
  6. Free! -Timeless Melody- Kizuna
  7. Kuroko’s Basketball: Last Game
  8. Girls und Panzer Das Finale Part 1
  9. Free! -Take Your Marks-
  10. Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu Arc
  11. Free! -Timeless Melody- Yakusoku
  12. The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie; The Girl Who Calls the Stars
  13. Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
  14. Sound! Euphonium~Todoketai Melody~
  15. Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?
  16. Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion I: Koudou
  17. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya Oath Under Snow
  18. 3 WAY TIE – Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters / Genocidal Organ / Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!

Oddly, one of the top grossing films of 2017 – Doraemon the Movie: Great adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi – didn’t even make it on the list. I guess younger kids didn’t vote much.

Top 3 Breakdown

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale dominated the results, grabbing 27.2% of overall votes. Males especially loved SOA – 35.4% of male respondents chose it.

For those not familiar with SOAOS, the movie took a new direction, with the SOA experience shifting from VR to AR, incorporating real locations around Tokyo in the film.


Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel grabbed #2 (13.4% of the votes) with a gripping story about the Holy Grail Wars and its incredible fight scenes.


No Game No Life Zero secured the #3 position. This colorful anime captured audiences with sharper focus on the show’s core ideas than its TV counterpart, even if the story seemed a bit rushed.

Poll details:

  • Conducted by: Anime!Anime!
  • Dates: December 27th – 29th
  • 559 respondents
  • 62% male, 38% female
  • 40% under 19 years old, 30% 20-29 years old, 30% 30+ years old

Have you seen Japan’s favorite anime of yesteryear? Let us know how these poll results stack up against your own favorites in the comments section down below.


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