Normally each year I throw up a Reader’s Choice poll on the sidebar for Anime of the Year without any fanfare or introduction. It doesn’t need any because it’s self-explanatory. However this year with split-cours anime being all the rage, I thought I’d put up a little notice first so people don’t choose the Other Not Listed Here option for non-eligible titles.
All anime series that ended in 2014 are eligible. This includes OVAs and anime that started airing before 2014, like Gundam Unicorn and Hunter X Hunter. No movies because they’re hard to pin down when people can actually see them. Anime not yet finished like Parasyte are not eligible. So far so straightforward. Now comes the tricky part.
Split-cours anime are counted as one single series. Split-cours are defined as any TV anime that had less than a 5 month waiting period between seasons. This means is only one entry for the likes of Space Dandy and Chaika. Anime with the second cour already set to air next year like Tokyo Ghoul, Stardust Crusaders or Unlimited Blade Works are not eligible.
Anyway, now you understand the criteria. Poll comes after the jump:
POLL CLOSED: Come back on December 31st to see the result.
The thinking with split-cours is to prevent there being too much splitting up. It doesn’t make sense to include 2 seasons of Chaika in the year-end poll and splitting its voting base. If something like Parasyte isn’t eligible for this year then neither should Unlimited Blade Works since they’re both basically 2-cours series where one just happens to be taking a 3 month gap.
There are a few weird things that pop up because of this. Silver Spoon was on 2013’s poll when according to the new rules it shouldn’t have been. I’m still leaving it eligible here because we had to make the break sometime. There will be anime like Gundam Build Fighters and Log Horizon that are eligible despite the second season currently airing. Again this comes down to having to set that limit at some point. Anime on this poll that are set to end in a week or 2 might right at the end announce part 2 coming in Spring, in which case we’ll just have to curse the anime gods because there’s little we can do about that.