Kyoto Animation’s top 10 most popular anime – From life stories to comedy, romance or action, KyoAni always has something to appeal to anime lovers of all ages.
Kyoto Animation is a beloved animation studio in Japan that has continuously created many beautiful anime series in terms of both visuals and content. Most KyoAni anime are more or less accompanied by messages about the nature of life, focusing more on the bonds that occur between all the main characters in any of their productions.
That’s not to say that Kyoto Animation’s anime can’t be watched for fun. It is their own unique approaches that have helped bring Kyoto Animation to dizzying heights. So without further ado, here are the top 10 most popular KyoAni anime out there according to Game4V. Note that this top 10 does not rank the good or bad of the anime, but only the year of release.
1. The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006-2009)
Teenager Kyon is a pragmatist who gets caught up in trouble with his imaginative classmate Haruhi Suzumiya, a girl who believes in all things supernatural. Encouraged by Kyon, Haruki founded the “SOS Team” club, which stands for “Saving the world by bringing joy with the group Suzumiya Haruhi”. Of course, this quirky club will study all things supernatural.
As expected, the club attracts a few weirdos, turning Kyon’s peaceful life upside down. The anime focuses on the adventures of dreamy young schoolboys and how they bond as true friends.
2. Clannad (2007-2009)
Tomoya Okazaki wanted to drop out of school because he was a thug. One day, he encounters a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa, who clings to him as soon as he gives her even the slightest attention. Not wanting any trouble, Tomoya ignores Nagisa, but since that day he notices her appearing more and more in his life.
In the end, Tomoya gives in and discovers Nagisa’s dream is to revive her school’s drama club. Tomoya decides to help her and gradually, he is drawn deeper and deeper into the lives of all the girls in the drama club.
3. K-On! (2009-2010)
This anime was the beginning of Kyoto Animation’s signature “moe” style using a new character design style that the studio still pursues to this day. Basically K-On! is an anime about cute girls doing cute things. A young and carefree Hirasawa Yui joins the school’s light music club, despite not being able to play any musical instruments.
However, the club members welcomed her with open arms and persuaded her to become a permanent member, as otherwise their club would be disbanded by the school. Yui has worked hard to become a guitar soloist and soon she has bigger things to worry about – her club’s debut at the school festival.
4. Hyouka (2012)
This is a fun mystery series that revolves around the lives of four characters with wildly different personalities. A bored and “energy-saving” Oreki is forced to take on various mysteries for her lively clubmate Chitanda, who is curious about everything in life.
Hyouka’s mysteries don’t have the element of violence or magic like many other detective stories, but they do exactly what they’re supposed to do – keep the audience enthralled until the very end. Due to the cases being completely free of scenes of death and violence, this anime has been rated PG-13, which means it is extremely safe, even for children.
5. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! (2012-2014)
Young children often dream of being protagonists in fantasy lands that exist only in their minds. As they grow older, they overgrow and no longer conform to childish tendencies, known as chunibyou (“Youth Paranoia”). Yuuta Togashi is one such male student who wants nothing to do with his embarrassing “Dark Flame Master” ability.
However, his new classmate is Rikka Takanashi, a girl with an extremely high imagination who drags Yuuta into her imaginary life. Also from here, a series of strange and interesting events happen around the two’s lives. Check out this anime if you simply want a relaxing night at home after a tiring day.
6. Beyond The Boundary (2013)
Mirai Kuriyama is an ordinary and clumsy teenage girl who lives a very ordinary life. However, she hides a secret. She is a Otherworlder with the extremely rare ability to manipulate blood, tasked with finding and killing the Demon Dreams (creatures formed from the negative emotions of humans).
Mirai has always shouldered the burden of her secret alone, until she runs into Akihito Kanbara, a semi-Dream. The two instantly bond and Mirai continues to find new ways to kill her new friend. Beyond the Boundary only lasted one season, but there are many side stories, including two anime movies that you definitely shouldn’t miss.
7. Free! (two thousand and thirteen-????)
This anime series has created a large female fan base. This anime about hot boys swimming, steaming, and looking especially great in doing so, became such a huge hit that Kyoto Animation even launched a number of sequels and movies.
Like most sports anime content, the strongest point of Free! is how it brings together five boys with different personalities and dreams and how they become best friends.
8. A Silent Voice (2016)
When he was in elementary school, Shouya Ishida and his classmates mercilessly bullied their newly transferred deaf friend, Shouko Nishimiya. The bullying was so bad that Shouko was forced to transfer to another school. When the principal got involved, his friends blamed Shouya and he was eventually ostracized by all of his classmates, including his friends.
Years later, Shouya meets his friend Shouko again and he tries his best to become her friend, to atone for his sins, and to escape his past that has constantly tormented him. This movie anime has received critical acclaim from both professionals and the general public for its truthful and understandable depiction of the impact of school bullying on both victims and bullies.
9. Violet Evergarden (2018-2020)
Set in a fantasy world, this is one of the rare Anime TV series that features cinematic anime visuals and an incredibly beautiful and powerful female lead.
We witness a world slowly recovering from war, where Violet Evergarden remains the product of violence. She was raised from childhood to be a killing machine, but fortunately, she survived after losing both of her hands in the war.
While recovering from her wounds, Violet began working as an “Automatic Note Doll”. The name refers to a kind of rising industry in the anime scene. The girls who make “Automatic Note-taking Dolls” will record everyone’s feelings and thoughts into letters. Despite Violet’s total failure at first, she gradually found her way to self-discovery and became one of the most famous “Auto Note Dolls”.
Violet Evergarden has had two movie anime in 2019 and 2020 that close the story full of romance and tears despite a lot of material from the original that has not been adapted to the screen.
10. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (2017-????)
This humorous casual anime is about the bond between a human and a dragon. On a rare night when Kobayashia was drunk, she suggested that the outcast dragon Tooru could come to her house if she needed a place to hide. The next day, Tooru appears in human form in front of a confused Kobayashia who has no memory of what happened the night before.
In return for Kobayashi’s kindness, Tooru becomes her maid and slowly learns to integrate into the human world. Things take an unexpected turn when other beings from Tooru’s world chase after her, creating more chaos in Kobayashi’s already unstable life. The anime now has two parts, although the character design is somewhat childish, but the animation of the action sequences is impeccable.
Surely there are many other names of KyoAni that are not on this list, but that does not mean that they are not good. Above are the 10 anime that Game4V thinks has created the most famous by studio Kyoto Animation. What do readers think about the Top 10 most popular anime of Kyoto Animation? Share your views below in the comments section with Game4V!
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