Best Anime Series of 2011 – Follow UpPosted: July 7, 2012
It seems like not so long ago that I originally did the 2011 list and now half the year is over! I have so far only seen Madoka from this list but really look forward to getting some time to go through Steins;Gate, Fate;Zero and Level E among others. After crunching though the data to find out the best anime of 2011, here are a few interesting trends and analyses to share.
RANKING vs. RATING
Out of all the sources, there are three board categories that I can segment them into:
Ranking – the original sources are blogs and various rankings done by other blogs. In general, I imagine that the demographics are anime watchers who care more deeply about their animes to actually have enough time to write blogs. In comparison, they probably prefer more intellectual animes
Rating – These encompass all the other rating websites. The demographic covers more casual viewers. They prefer less thinking animes.
Voting – Sites or polls that let users vote for the best or favourite series out of a list. Since this is user-based, the demographic is similar to the ‘rating’ category.
Thoughtcannon and I were discussing previously that different groups may prefer different anime. For example, more indy/artsy/complicated series like Madoka or Serial Experiment Lain will score higher with bloggers have watched more anime and may appreciate the hidden depth beneath them. On the other hand, general publics with trend towards more action-based/’straightforward’ anime like Steings;Gate or FMA: Brotherhood. To prove this I am using ‘ranking’ as proxies for those who watch animes in more quantity more thoroughly, and ‘rating’ as proxy for the general publics.
The table below show the average ranks for each title from each category.
- For example all ranking sources rank Usagi drop on average at #4.4 relative to other series; Whereas all rating sources rank it #3.3
- ‘Diff Rt-Rk’ ia simply [rating rank - ranking rank]. I use this as a proxy to determine how the two categories differ in their perception of a particular series. If this is negative, rating has better perception of the series and vice versa.
|2||Puella Magi Madoka Magica||1.0||3.8||1.0||2.8||Ranking|
|4||Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai||6.1||3.2||3.0||(2.9)||Rating|
|8||Tiger & Bunny||11.7||10.5||4.0||(1.2)||Rating|
|10||Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season||28.6||6.0||19.0||(22.6)||Rating|
|15||I Don’t Have Many Friends||27.9||23.1||10.0||(4.8)||Rating|
|25||Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko||28.2||24.8||49.0||(3.4)||Rating|
|26||Ikoku Meiro no Croisee||25.6||24.3||65.0||(1.3)||Rating|
|28||Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts||32.0||29.4||37.0||(2.5)||Rating|
|29||Hunter x Hunter 2011||36.3||18.2||95.0||(18.1)||Rating|
|30||Is This a Zombie?||30.5||26.5||81.0||(4.0)||Rating|
- Series with the most positive numbers (top 15): Hourou Musuko; Mawaru Penguindrum; Madoka. These are all more intellectual animes. Interestingly, they match the aforementioned theory discussed. Bloggers rank these series higher than the casual viewers
- Series with most negative: Kimi ni Todoke, Gosick, Blue Exorcist. I don’t know about Gosick and Blue Exorcist but I can see Kimi ni Todoke as a crowd-pleasers that would appeal to casual fans than more serious ones.
- After Kimi ni Todoke, Nichijou and Hanasaku Iroha have the next lowest score in the top 10. Interestingly, these are all slice-of-life, easy-to-follow shows that seems to be easier for normal fans to like.
- Usagi Drop, Tiger & Bunny and Steins;Gate have the smallest gap between the two rankings. I categorize these as the most accessible anime by all types of fans.
- Ranking sources-only top five: 1) Madoka, 2) Steins;Gates, 3) Usagi Drop, 4) Mawaru Penguindrum, 5) Fate-Zero
- Rating souces-only top five: 1) Steins;Gate, 2) Usagi Drop, 3) Madoka, 4) AnoHana, 5) Fate/Zero
The chart below shows a scatter plot between quality ranking and popularity ranking. Popularity ranking is based on ranking of total number of users from MAL, ANN, AniDB, Ani-Platnet and Vote sources. Anything ‘under’ [corrected based on Taka's comment] the red line I can consider as ‘overrated’, i.e. more people have seen it than its quality suggest.
- The most overrated series based on this analysis are:
- Blue Exorcist (11)
- Deadman Wonderland (10)
- Gosick (5)
- Most underrated are:
- Mawaru Penguindrum (-9)
- Fate/zero (-5)
- Tiger & Bunny (-5)
The next thing I wonder about is how each source actually compares to the final result. I have com up with this source comparison analysis. A source with perfect fit will have a fit score of 5.0. The further away from this number, the worse the fit is to the final table
- Vote and SA are furthest away from the final ranking, given their higher weight. Both of the discrepencies seem to come from their bad rankings of Kimi ni Todoke II in general. (38th and 19th respectively).
- Unsurprisingly, MAL has the best fit, given its high weight. ANN and AniDB also do pretty well
Standard deviations measure the spread of the data. The lower the number, the closer all the data is to the mean. High number means the spread is higher.
- Steins;Gate has by far the lowest SD.
- Within the top 20, Kimi ni Todoke and Hourou Musuko have the highest standard deviations
- All 9 sources rank Steins;Gates in the top 3
- Madoka has the most no. 1 rank and all three ranking sources (Blog, Something Aweful, Desu Ex) put it on top of the ladder
- 4 sources rank Kimi ni Todoke II 6th. It is pulled down by Vote and SA as mentioned above
- Outside of Steins;Gate and Madoka, Usagi is the only other series which garner a 1st vote (5, 3 and 1 respectively)
Here it is for now. I will get some time off from work and school next month so hopefully I will have more time to update this blog more often!