Fuji TV late night anime slot, Noitamina started in Apr. 2005 with its 15th anniversary coming up in 2020.
In the animation movie festival “Tokyo Animation Award Festival 2020” (TAAF), a special program was held to commemorate Noitamina’s 15th anniversary. A special talk show and a project involving fan votings were also held. (The voting has been finished)
Noitamina has released and broadcast over 60 titles covering various genres such as romance, comedy, SF, horror, mystery, action, fantasy.
So, which work is favored by the readers of Anime!Anime!? To find out, we conducted a survey titled “What is your favorite Noitamina production?” to celebrate Noitamina’s 15th anniversary. A total of 365 responses were received between the period from Feb. 14 to Feb. 21.
The male to female ratio leaned toward female as the votes consisted only of 30% male while female was 70%. The age distribution is 30% for under 19, 30% for those in their 20’s, and 20% for those in their 30’s.
■The titles with 2 seasons took the top
1st place is “PSYCHO-PASS” with support rating of approximately 22%.
This work depicts a near future world where people are eliminated and quarantined based on the numbers known as Crime Coefficient even if they haven’t committed a crime yet. It was aired from Oct. 2012 until Mar. 2013.
Some of the comments received from the readers are “It left a strong impression on me as it was Noitamina’s first near future SF detective genre work.”, “It’s because this is a rare diehard dystopia SF detective work. Even the bad guys are attractive.”, and “I am addicted with this world setting as it makes me seriously think that ‘This is something that could happen’. I can’t forgot the shock I received in the last episode.”. The prequel of the movie that will release this year had taken the top
2nd place is “BANANA FISH” with support rating of approximately 7%.
This is a popular manga by Yoshida Akimi. It was aired from Jul. 2018 until Dec. 2018 and it depicts the life of the boss of a street children gang, Ash in New York.
“I thought it would be difficult to create a video adaptation but it had become quite an impressive work with the unique techniques of anime.”, “I had sealed my memory of this after receiving the shocking end of the manga but my fan psycology was reawakened as the anime’s quality was so high.”, and “It’s a manga that I liked when I was a high school student. It was quite impressive how the sense of that age could be translated skillfully into the modern era.” which depicts how highly evaluated the work is by the fans of the original comics.
3rd place is a tie between “Your Lie in April” and “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”. The support rating was approximately 6%.
“Your Lie in April” is a manga by Arakawa Naoshi. The story is about the protagonist Arima Kousei, who can’t play the piano anymore. It was aired from Oct. 2014 until Mar. 2015.
There were a lot of comments that mention it can’t be watched without tears such as “I think this is one of Noitamina’s outstanding emotional works. I can’t stop crying especially during the scene in the last episode.”, “The art and music were created exactly as the manga’s image and it was the best. The concert event was fantastic and I was able to hear a lot of my favorite pieces of classical music.”.
“Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress” is a title from Spring 2016. It is an original anime which depicts the battle with the immortal monster known as Kabaneri.
“The novelty setting which combines Wa (Japanese culture) with zombies was quite interesting. It was the best since the music from Sawano Masayuki is a perfect match with the work.”, and “The gap of Mumei-chan between her usual cool yet fierce self and her girlish side when Ikuta-kun is involved is irresistible” which explained its fame is from the setting and the characters.
On the other hand, for male only votes, the 1st place is “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”, 2nd is “Your Lie in April”, and 3rd is “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”. For female only votes, the 1st place is “PSYCHO-PASS”, 2nd place is “BANANA FISH”, and 3rd is “Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku”.
Regarding “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”: “Its been a long time since I cried from an anime”, and “I can sympathize with the fickle story about Menma and her friends.”
Regarding “Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku”: “I can understand the romance and life of the Wotaku in the anime”, and “It was worth watching as it carried knowledge that sinks deeply in any Wotaku mind!” are some of the comments received.
■Let’s introduce the other comments!!
Regarding “Mononoke”: “With the lively coloring, it doesn’t feel old despite the various rare expression in the anime. The story is interesting but the selling point is the mysteriousness of the medicine peddler.”
Regarding “The Tatami Galaxy “: “It’s a story that unfolds in the beautiful streets of Kyoto that was created with strong imagination. The last episode left a deep impression as it is filled with catharsis.”.
Regarding “Subete ga F ni Naru (The Perfect Insider)”: “Including the voice actor of the main cast, Kase Yasuyuki, it featured a lot of other voice actors that are mostly seen in western movie dubbings.”
Regarding “Given” which was aired in 2019: “This is Noitamina first BL, but the contents make my heart throb and the quality of the band and song is quite amazing. I can’t wait for the movie!”
Though many of the Noitamina productions only have 1 season, the top 3: “PSYCHO-PASS”, “BANANA FISH”, and “Your Lie in April” were titles that have 2 seasons and aired for half a year. It seems that the long broadcast period had left a stronger impression in the audience’s mind.
■ Top 20 Ranking
[What is your favorite Noitamina’s works?]
1st place “PSYCHO-PASS”
2nd place “BANANA FISH”
3rd place “Your Lie in April”
3rd place “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”
5th place “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”
6th place “Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku”
7th place “Mononoke”
8th place “Given”
9th place “Uchi Tama!? ~Uchi no Tama Shirimasen ka?~”
10th place “The Promised Neverland”
11th place “Guilty Crown”
12th place “Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend flat (2nd Season)”
13th place “Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend”
14th place “The Tatami Galaxy ”
14th place “Erased”
14th place “Sarazanmai”
17th place “Eden of the East”
17th place “PingPong THE ANIMATION”
19th place “UN-GO”
19th place “Katanagatari (Noitamina ver.)
19th place “PSYCHO-PASS 3”
(Survey Period: Feb. 14 ~ Feb. 21, 2020)