The Akiba Research Institute has released a ranking of the top 10 most popular anime separated per gender for the week of October 16th through the 22nd of 2011 – what results is bewilderment and disbelief.
First of all, the list for male otaku is dominated by a series entitled “gdgd Fairies” – a short series you’ve in all likelihood never heard of at all until just now. We’re not too sure how this achieved the top spot at all, yet in any case, the series which somehow accomplished this feat is a very vivid one entirely done in CG which centers around three super lolita-sized fairies who take residence within trees of the “Fairy Forest”.
These mystical lolis with wings have arcane abilities, yet they also have access to the so-called “Mental and Time Room”, which allows them to freely make use of their wizardy as they choose – as well as the “Afure Lake”, which offers them the power of peering into “other worlds”.
That all sounds fascinatingly child-friendly and uninteresting. Now moving onto the heavy hitters, the male chart’s number two is none other than invader squid, Ika Musume – followed by harem transcendence Haganai at number three. The female list is topped by Penguindrum, not too surprising there when taking into account the romance and skewed instability of it all – and at number two, Haganai scores a high spot yet again. It seems even females enjoy the prevalent “meat” of the series.
The gender neutral ranking is spearheaded by Railgun, a mildly unexpected winner when considering the timeframe – and at second, Haganai leads once more.
As a side-note, we’re not too sure what to make of the fourth on the list.
Gender neutral general ranking:
Aside from the aforementioned shockers, the list is questionable in regards to its lack of Steins;Gate, C3, and Fate/Zero love. We must however commend the inclusion of Nyanpire which is perhaps the single greatest aspect of these rankings considering how poor and disagreeable it is otherwise. Everyone’s of course entitled to their own individual ideals which may vary from that of the hivemind, or at least of the Akiba Research Institute.