Top 10 Key Anime [Japan Poll]

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What You Need to Know:

  • Visual novel studio Key are known for their heartbreaking series - but which are the favourites in Japan? There was a poll on the subject last year, but now there's been a new one, including new shows!
  • This poll was held by Akiba Souken between 22 August and 23 November and received 1205 votes in total.
  • So, which Key anime won this time around? Were the new series this year good enough to make the top ten? Let's find out!

Top 10 - Top 6


10. Clannad / 13 votes

9. Air / 14 votes

8. Kanon (2006) / 17 votes

7. Little Busters!: Refrain / 68 votes

6. Little Busters! / 69 votes


Top 5 - Top 1


5. Clannad: After Story

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108 votes

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: October 2008 to March 2009

Synopsis

Clannad: After Story, the sequel to the critically acclaimed slice-of-life series Clannad, begins after Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa graduate from high school. Together, they experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Unable to decide on a course for his future, Tomoya learns the value of a strong work ethic and discovers the strength of Nagisa's support. Through the couple's dedication and unity of purpose, they push forward to confront their personal problems, deepen their old relationships, and create new bonds.

Time also moves on in the Illusionary World. As the plains grow cold with the approach of winter, the Illusionary Girl and the Garbage Doll are presented with a difficult situation that reveals the World's true purpose.

Based on the visual novel by Key and produced by Kyoto Animation, Clannad: After Story is an impactful drama highlighting the importance of family and the struggles of adulthood.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

4. Rewrite

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166 votes

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2016 to September 2016
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Anime Database Page

Rewrite - Anime Summer 2016

3. Charlotte

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207 votes

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: July 2015 to September 2015

Synopsis

While on the surface Yuu Otosaka appears to be just another charming and intelligent teenager, he has a secret—he has the ability to slip into people's minds and fully control their body for five seconds at a time. Yuu has been using this skill for years to gain the highest grades, which allowed him to enter a prestigious high school.

When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers. Yuu is forced to join the student council and together, they face formidable challenges that bring him closer to the shocking truth that his own, seemingly incomplete ability, might be more powerful than he could have ever imagined.

An original story from Jun Maeda, creator of Angel Beats and Clannad, Charlotte explores the supernatural lives of these teenagers and the price they must pay for being special.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

2. Angel Beats!

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246 votes

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: April 2010 to June 2010

Synopsis

Otonashi awakens only to learn he is dead. A rifle-toting girl named Yuri explains that they are in the afterlife, and Otonashi realizes the only thing he can remember about himself is his name. Yuri tells him that she leads the Shinda Sekai Sensen (Afterlife Battlefront) and wages war against a girl named Tenshi. Unable to believe Yuri's claims that Tenshi is evil, Otonashi attempts to speak with her, but the encounter doesn't go as he intended.

Otonashi decides to join the SSS and battle Tenshi, but he finds himself oddly drawn to her. While trying to regain his memories and understand Tenshi, he gradually unravels the mysteries of the afterlife.

(Source: MAL Rewrite)

1. Planetarian

Angel-Beats-wallpaper-560x397 Top 10 Key Anime [Japan Poll]

270 votes

  • Episodes: 5
  • Aired: July 2016 to August 2016
Anime Database Page

Planetarian - Anime Summer 2016

Source: Akiba-Souken


Angel-Beats-wallpaper-560x397 Top 10 Key Anime [Japan Poll]
Planetarian? Number one? Really? I mean sure it was good but it wasn't Clannad-level good...
Angel-Beats-wallpaper-560x397 Top 10 Key Anime [Japan Poll]
I really enjoyed it! It didn't hit quite as hard in the feels as some other Key series but still!