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Thousands of otaku have made their selections, and now, the result is a ranking of the top 10 most anticipated anime to arrive spring 2012 – the first three of the list varying only by a marginal amount of four votes.

Much like the year prior, this appears to be one spring season much awaited for – so many high profile names are to be returning, and similarly, some fresh series with grand expectations are to debut. Taking the spot at number one is a series which fits the former – Saki’s second season somehow managed to gain the top place, beating Kyoto Animation’s Hyouka by a measly three votes, and Fate/Zero by four.

This ranking is full of borderline achievements:

1.) Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A

2.) Hyouka
3.) Fate/Zero S2
4.) Himitsu Kessha Taka no Tsume The Movie 3

5.) Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka? Of The Dead
6.) Medaka Box
7.) Accel World

8.) Eureka 7 AO
9.) Sakamichi no Apollon
10.) Haiyore! Nyaruko

Saki is certainly a series fine in itself – the idea of lolis playing mahjong is quite entertaining, and perhaps the audience is one more generally catered, compared to say, a violent series with individuals burning whole, or a moeblob romance mystery. Yet then again, the variance in the list here is merely an amount one could count on the fingers of a single hand, and then some – victory could easily be excused. In any case however, Saki’s second season is not title to miss out on – unless one has an explicit hatred of lolis or mahjong, or something better to do.

Hyouka nearly speaks for itself, the fact it is to arrive from Kyoto Animation alone makes it an anime to definitely watch as that studio is one with a flawless track record for not simply quality, but trend setting series. Their creations define new standards – and from the look of Hyouka’s PV, in conjunction to the fact of studio quality aforementioned, we’re quite positive this is yet another heavy hitter to soon take over screens, sales, and the hearts of otaku.

In respect to Fate/Zero, no description is even necessary – the team of Type-Moon and Ufotable is legendary. Both are above mastery in their craft, and as we’ve seen with Fate/Zero’s first coming, neither is holding back in any of what they deliver – thrilling action with a plot that inevitably engulfs the viewer as if it were an entrancing sight.

As for the remaining series on the list, it’s a fairly splendid mix of the more discussed series to soon make their appearance. Pre-airing ancitipations and the actual experience are sure to vary greatly for quite a few series on the list – thus it’s not even worth debating anything over, although a disappointment in this ranking is the lack of Tasogare Otome X Amnesia. Then again, with the studio behind that series being one known for their mess-ups, Silver Link, it is fairly understandable why – yet if Silver Link can pull through here, they will have quite a winner.

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