I didn’t plan on making the next top 5 about comedy anime, but seeing that Gintama’s new series is making it to the top of every chart in My Anime List, I decided to make my research on the topic. For those of you who know me, and you are not a lot except my fellow shinigami, it will be no surprise to say that I am utterly shocked to see a series such as Gintama being in the top, no, at the top position of the chart in MAL. Seeing the same list in Anime News Network, though, made me wonder on why are the two lists so different even if I have arranged them both by ratings and the same key genre. Here are my thoughts on the Top 5 Best Comedy Anime…
My Anime List
5. Hajime no Ippo
4. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
3. Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
Anime News Network
5. Fighting Spirit/ Hajime no Ippo
4. Nodame Cantabile
3. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai.
2. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brothehood
1. Clannad After Story
There is little to wonder as we know that the members of the two are either fans of ANN or of MAL, but still, is this a reason good enough to have just one anime that is in both lists? Hajime no Ippo or otherwise called Fighting spirit is a 76 episode anime that aired form 2000 through 2002 and tell the story of Makunouchi Ippo’s struggle to change. From a bullied sulker, he needs to become one of the best on the boxing rink. It is a classic, a story that catches the viewer and doesn’t let go. This said, there is no wonder this anime is the chosen one to participate in both lists.
Next, allow me to walk away from being into both lists and turn to the many entries (nine) that are present in only one of them. Although most of the items are tagged comedy in both sites, there is also the existence of Clannad After Story which is not tagged as a comedy in My Anime List and this could be a very reasonable cause for its unavailability to my list. If it was tagged a comedy, it would’ve been somewhere around Gintama since their ratings are the same (9.12) as for now. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai also lacks the comedy genre in its tags, but with a total score of 8.79, it wouldn’t have been in the top 5 list of best anime (according to the rating) in MAL anyway. Strangely enough, at least for me that is, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is also not tagged as a comedy and this deprives it of its otherwise well-deserved 1st or 2nd place with a clear rating of 9.20 and a lot more fans than Gintama’ (about 50,000 more).
So, in other words, we can say that even though there might be a change in the top positions, the general difference between the two, mainly because of Anime News Netowrk’s fans since the anime from MAL are all tagged comedy in ANN too, is still there. What might cause such a thing is a question I will try to answer for myself.
First of all, there is definitely the effect of the tag – everyone can add a tag and it could be because of just one episode. This, naturally, doesn’t make the anime comedy, but still, since it is tagged, it will appear in the list. For example, I am not certain Clannad’s and Nodame Cnatabile’s place is in the list at all. Yet, such a big difference? I mean, Gintama’ is 23rd with 8.51 in Anime News Network’s list and Gintama is 74th with 8.16! And yet, they are topping the My Anime List chart.
There are still the little differences as with Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Tengen Toppa Guren Lagann (which is 6th in Anime News Network with 8.69) and Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (11th with 8.62). In MAL Nodame Cantabile is 13th with 8.69.
For me, personally, there are also the different types of the users in the two big anime portals. One is more popular and much more attended when the other is more strict and serious. And then there is also the strange attraction the Gintama franchise has to the My Anime List users. Also, the fact that it is visible even from a viewer’s point of view, that the users of ANN are very stern and serious when it comes to ratings and not as giving as the MAL ones.