Top 20 Summer Anime That Japanese Viewers Want to Continue Watching

A month has passed since the start of the summer anime broadcast this year – and so, research website Charapedia has brought us data, surveying ten thousand fans in Japan regarding how well each of these anime have made the fans gasping for more.

Compared to the results from the previous survey about the top 20 most anticipated anime, the data reflected this time around proves to be rather surprising…

General Rankings, Top 20

Position Votes Title
1 1222 Gakkou Gurashi! (School Live!)
2 1216 Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School)
3 1133 Durarara!! x2 Ten
4 1102 Charlotte
5 932 WORKING!!!
6 912 Akagami no Shirayukihime
7 826 Non Non Biyori Repeat
8 816 The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season
9 699 Game of Laplace
10 676 Himouto! Umaru-chan
11 628 GATE
12 622 A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
13 617 Aoharu x Kikanjuu
14 550 Junjou Romantica 3
15 536 GANGSTA.
16 508 Joukamachi no Dandelion
17 409 To LOVE-RU Darkness 2nd
18 374 Ushio to Tora
19 367 Overlord
20 354 Rokka no Yuusha


Top 10 Titles among Male Audiences

Position Votes Title
1 788 Charlotte
2 766 Gakkou Gurashi! (School Live!)
3 746 Non Non Biyori Repeat
4 701 Kangoku Gakuen
5 580 The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season
6 559 GATE
7 478 Himouto! Umaru-chan
8 444 A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
9 441 Joukamachi no Dandelion
10 389 WORKING!!!


Top 10 Titles among Female Audiences

Position Votes Title
1 807 Durarara!!x2 Ten
2 714 Akagami no Shirayukihime
3 543 WORKING!!!
4 539 Aoharu x Kikanjuu
5 538 Junjou Romantica 3
6 515 Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School)
7 456 Gakkou Gurashi!
8 429 Game of Laplace
9 383 GANGSTA.
10 208 Charlotte


Comments on the Top 10 Titles

Position Title Comments
1 Gakkou Gurashi! (School Live!) “The anime has a number of points that differs from the original manga which makes it quite refreshing to watch”

“The gaps in what each character says is very shocking, on top of that, the various twists in the story makes me want to see the next episode”

“I expected a heartwarming kind of story when I started watching it, but the unexpected development betrayed me. Its interesting.”

2 Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School) “Reproducing the effects of the original manga, along with the perfect pacing makes it splendid”

“It’s a really perverted anime! Made me burst out in laughter. I can’t believe they made Kamiya Hiroshi say that kind of line! The show makes my day”

“The tempo is great and it’s interesting. The cast is also awesome!”

3 Durarara!! x2 Ten “I look forward to how each character contributes to the story”

“The large number of characters and the profound drama is this show’s charm ^ ^”

“Each episode has makes me more engrossed in the story”

4 Charlotte “It makes me hope and wonder if the story will touch my heart just like how CLANNAD and Angel Beats did”

“The art direction is wondrously beautiful. The way how each main character uses their ability to progress is also refreshing”

“The show makes me wonder how the main character with that trashy personality would change and develop”

5 WORKING!!! “The way the emotional distances ripple and the surrounding rises in excitement is really good”

“The way each character’s relation with each other gradually changes is interesting!”

“I really want to watch the pleasant couple characters’ conversations. No matter how many times I watch, I won’t get bored”

6 Akagami no Shirayukihime “After I watched the first episode, I bought the whole collection of manga. I really look forward to how the anime paints the later developments”

“I really curious about how Zen’s relationship will turn out. I hope it ends with a happy end”

“I’m a fan of the original manga. I will continue to watch how the anime draws out the world of the manga with the help of the voice actors”

7 Non Non Biyori Repeat “Once I watch this, my whole week’s worth of stress just disappears”

“Ren-chan and the surreal gags. The anime’s depiction of the countryside view also splendidly makes it a work that heals the soul”

“It’s full of heart-warming cuteness and happiness. The memories of me playing at my grandma’s place in the countryside comes back to me as I watch it”

8 The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season “Seeing the characters which only appeared in the game start to appear in the anime makes it interesting”

“I love it because it shows how the girls shine as they overcome their adversities together”

“It’s an enjoyable idol anime that has a cute story. I enjoy the songs and look forward to the appearances of the senior idols”

9 Game of Laplace “It’s starting to get to the exciting parts so I don’t want it to end! I also want Akechi to make more appearances!”

“I love the series, and the work’s artful taste makes it an excellent animation.”

“Detective Akechi and Kobayashi’s style is excellent and interesting!! I’m also a fan of the series”

10 Himouto! Umaru-chan “The characters and cute and the story is interesting. The important characters are also all new, so it’s good”

“Umaru is adorable. The content is interesting, and I feel healed when I watch the main character”

“The grade 4 kid is really interesting! I’m completely bewitched”


The most unexpectedly popular anime was Gakkou Gurashi! (School Live!) in the first place which did not appear in the list of the top 20 most anticipated anime for the summer season.

Moreover, contrary to most skeptics, Kangoku Gakuen (Prison School), the anime remained surprisingly popular among female audiences, clinching the second place in the ranking.

The anime Overlord also obtained a place in the top 20 despite not being in the previous ranking – though it appears to be less popular than what most in the Japanese anime community have predicted.


~ Kuuin
Translations by Kuuin

*Survey sample distribution: 52.0% Male, 48.0% Female, 73.6% aged 10-29, 26.4% aged 30+

*Survey duration: 30/7/15 to 5/8/15

*Pooled anime titles:

The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls 2nd Season/ Aoharu×Kikanjuu/ Akagami no Shirayukihime/ Aquarion LOGOS/ VENUS PROJECT/ Wooser no Sono Higurashi: Mugen-hen/ Ushio to Tora/ Overlord/ Okusama ga Seitokaichou!/ Kaijuu Sakaba Kanpai!/ Gakkou Gurashi!/ GATCHAMAN Crowds insight/ GANGSTA./ Kuusen Madoshi Kouhosei no Kyoukan/ Classroom☆Crisis/ CHAOS DRAGON/Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri/ GOD EATER/ Jitsu wa Watashi wa/A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist/ Charlotte/Junjou Romatica 3/ Joukamachi no Dandilion/ Suzakinishi THE ANIMATION/Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX/ Sore ga Seiyuu!/ Danchigai/ Teekyuu 5/Durarara!!x2 Ten/ Dragon Ball Super/ To LOVE-RU Darkness 2nd/ Non Non Biyori Repeat/ Bikini Warriors/ Himouto! Umaru-chan/ Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Zwei Herz!/Prison School (Kangoku Gakuen)/ Hetalia The World Twinkle/ Makura Danshi/ Miss Monochrome: The Animation 2nd Season/ Million Doll/ Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou/ Youkai Watch 2nd Season/ Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace/ Rokka no Yuusha/ WORKING!!!/ Wakako-zake/ Wakaba*Girl/


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