As we look back to ten years of Beneath the Tangles, it only makes sense to inspect the anime we’ve been analyzing all these years. I was interested in knowing which anime we covered the most, which were in effect our site favorites.
It seems like an easy task—just run through our tags and see which ones come up most. However, I set some conditions. The posts that “counted” would be those that were substantial in nature—no news articles or March Madness ones. And for a post to count toward a specific series or movie, that anime needed to be a major focus of the article; it couldn’t just tangentially be mentioned.
With those conditions in place, series like Rurouni Kenshin, Evangelion, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood just barely missed the cut. There were series which by word count may have made it—see Angel Beats, Noragami, and Kino’s Journey—but also just missed it by pure number of posts. Violet Evergarden and Fruits Basket will both surely make the top ten, maybe even as early as this year, but they’re too new to be there yet. And finally, a couple of those I assumed would make it did not, though they perhaps symbolize our site more than any other series: Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Haibane Renmei. As you can see, I did not cheat and include Magia Record along with the other PMMM post—otherwise, it would have ended up number four on our list.