16 Best KyoAni Anime as Chosen by Japan

KyoAni Anime

Everyone loves Kyoto Animation. The studio is a bastion of high-quality in terms of animation, writing, and music production.

So, it’s only natural that Goo Ranking would ask the Japanese community to pick their favorite KyoAni Anime shows.

Here are the top 16 KyoAni Anime (or 13 KyoAni Anime due to a plethora of ties)!

16. Lucky Star: Original na Visual to Animation (116 votes)

Lucky Star: Original na Visual to Animation  KyoAni Anime

Portrays the lives of several school girls attending a Japanese high school with a very loose humor tone.

The main heroine is Konata Izumi, an athletic and intelligent girl who, despite these attributes, is not in a sports club, and her grades remain low.

Her laziness at school is due to her love for anime and video games, and she is not interested in much else.

Genre: Comedy, Parody, School, Slice of Life, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2007

Status: Completed

Other name: Lucky☆Star, らき☆すた

15. Beyond the Boundary the Movie -I’ll Be Here- Mirai Hen (116 votes)

Beyond the Boundary the Movie -I’ll Be Here- Mirai Hen

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly.

One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop.

Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.

Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2013

Status: Completed

Other name: KYOUKAI NO KANATA, 境界の彼方

14. Sound! Euphonium the Movie – Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band (116 votes)

Sound! Euphonium the Movie – Welcome to the Kitauji High School Concert Band

After swearing off music due to an incident at the middle school regional brass band competition, euphonist Kumiko Oumae enters high school hoping for a fresh start. As fate would have it, she ends up being surrounded by people with an interest in the high school brass band.

Kumiko finds the motivation she needs to make music once more with the help of her bandmates, some of whom are new like novice tubist Hazuki Katou; veteran contrabassist Sapphire Kawashima; and band vice president and fellow euphonist Asuka Tanaka.

Others are old friends, like Kumiko’s childhood friend and hornist-turned-trombonist Shuuichi Tsukamoto, and trumpeter and bandmate from middle school, Reina Kousaka.

However, in the band itself, chaos reigns supreme. Despite their intention to qualify for the national band competition, as they currently are, just competing in the local festival will be a challenge—unless the new band advisor Noboru Taki does something about it.

Genre: Music, School, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2016

Status: Completed

Other name:  響け!ユーフォニアム

13. Sound! Euphonium the Movie – May the Melody Reach You! (116 votes)

Sound! Euphonium the Movie – May the Melody Reach You!

The 10 members of the concert band club who failed Taki’s audition form “Team Monaka” to support the club members participating in the Kyoto Concert Band competition.

Even as they support the performers, they continue to hone their playing, and make monaka-shaped good-luck charms to hand out to their club mates before the competition.

Although they didn’t play in the competition, they still had things they had to do. But on the day of the competition, the members on their way to the concert hall receive a shocking message! This is Team Monaka’s hot summer story.

Genre: Music, School, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2015

Status: Completed

Other name:  響け!ユーフォニアム

12. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me (156 votes)

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me

Yuuta Togashi suffered from chuunibyou while he was in middle school. When he graduated, he put that dark history behind him and forgot about it… or he was supposed to.

High school was smooth sailing and full of enjoyment – until the unavoidable, sad event occurs. The event that locks Yuuta into a contract with Rikka Takanashi and disrupts his desperately ordinary life. Adapted from the back of the first novel.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2012

Status: Completed

Other name:  中二病でも恋がしたい!

11. Nichijou (164 votes)

While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2011

Status: Completed

Other name: Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, 日常

10. Clannad (172 votes)

Clannad

Tomoya Okazaki is a third year high school student resentful of his life. His mother passed away from a car accident when he was younger, causing his father to resort to alcohol and gambling.

This results in fights between the two until Tomoya’s shoulder is injured in a fight. Since then, Tomoya has had distant relationships with his father, causing him to become a delinquent over time.

While on a walk to school, he meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating due to illness. Due to this, she is often alone as most of her friends have moved on. The two begin hanging out and slowly, as time goes by, Tomoya finds his life shifting in a new direction.

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life, Supernatural, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2007

Status: Completed

Other name: CLANNAD -クラナド-

9. Violet Evergarden (177 votes)

Violet Evergarden

There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.

A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2018

Status: Completed

Other name: ヴァイオレット・エヴァーガーデン

8. Free! Iwatobi Swim Club (216 votes)

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka.

After achieving victory, each of the boys went their separate ways. Time passed, and in the middle of their uneventful high school lives Rin appears and challenges Haruka to a match, showing Haruka his overwhelming power.

Not wanting it to end like this, Haruka, gathers together Makoto and Nagisa once again and brings a new member named Rei Ryugazaki to create the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club in order to defeat Rin.

Genre: Comedy, School, Slice of Life, Sports, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2013

Status: Completed

Other name: フリー!

7. A Silent Voice (265 votes)

A Silent Voice

Ishida Shouya bullies a deaf girl, Nishimiya Shouko, to the point that she transfers to another school. As a result, he is ostracized and bullied himself with no friends to speak of and no plans for the future. This is the story of his path to redemption.

Genre: Drama, School, Shounen, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2016

Status: Completed

Other name: A Silent Voice, The Shape of Voice, 聲の形

6. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (345 votes)

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

On the first day of high school a beautiful girl named Haruhi Suzumiya introduces herself as having “no interest in ordinary humans”. She asks for any aliens, time travelers, sliders or espers to join her.

Watching her weird behaviour is Kyon who sits in front of Haruhi and is the only person who talks to her. When Kyon comments about Haruhi’s joining every club in school and then quitting he unwittingly gives Haruhi an idea to start her own after school club.

Thereafter Kyon and several others find themselves dragged, literally, into the Save our world by Overloading it with fun Suzumiya Haruhi’s Brigade (the S.O.S. Brigade for short). Genre: Comedy, mystery, psychological, science fiction, slice of life, supernatural

Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Parody, School, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life, KyoAni Anime

Released: 2006

Status: Completed

Other name: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱

5. K-On!! (436 votes)

K-On!!

This is the first year of high school for the four girls, looking for that very special club. The healthy and energetic Tainaka Ritsu (club president, drums) decides to join the school’s Light Music Club, only to find out that the club is about to be closed — due to the lack of members.

Without much ado she drags along her childhood friend, the shy, mature, and sensitive Akiyama Mio (bass). That leaves only two more members, required to keep club from closing.

Luckily the gentle, calm, warm, and cute Kotobuki Tsumugi(keyboard) stumbles into the club, only to be “convinced” by the pleading Ritsu to stay.

The last member, the easily distracted klutz Hirasawa Yui, can only play castanets, even though the club needs someone on the guitar, but she is “bribed” — with cake — to stay anyway.

Will Yui be able to learn to play the guitar — the special one she just bought and loves so much — before the four girls graduate?

Genre: Comedy, Music, School, Slice of Life

Released: 2009

Status: Completed

Other name: Keion, K-ON! Season 1, けいおん!

4. Hyouka (534 votes)

Hyouka

Oreki Hotaro is a high school boy, who always acts passively. One day, he enters “Koten Bu (Classic Literature Club)” as recommended by his elder sister.

There he meets Chitanda Eru, Fukube Satoshi, and Ibara Mayaka. Chitanda is a calm beautiful girl but she turns into an embodiment of curiosity once she says, “I’m interested in it (Watashi, Kininarimasu)”.

Fukube is a smiling boy with a fantastic memory, he never deduces anything on his own. Ibara is a short girl and is strict with others and herself.

She loves Fukube, but he always dodges her approaches. They begin to investigate a case that occurred 33 years ago. Hints of the mystery are buried in an old collection of works of the former members of Koten Club. The collection is titled “Hyouka”.

Genre: Mystery, School, Slice of Life

Released: 2012

Status: Completed

Other name: 氷菓

3. Beyond the Boundary (574 votes)

Beyond the Boundary

The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly.

One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop.

Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.

Genre: Fantasy, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Released: 2013

Status: Completed

Other name: Beyond the Boundary, 境界の彼方

2. Lucky Star (594 votes)

Lucky Star

Portrays the lives of several school girls attending a Japanese high school with a very loose humor tone.

The main heroine is Konata Izumi, an athletic and intelligent girl who, despite these attributes, is not in a sports club, and her grades remain low.

Her laziness at school is due to her love for anime and video games, and she is not interested in much else.

Genre: Comedy, Parody, School, Slice of Life

Released: 2007

Status: Completed

Other name: Lucky☆Star, らき☆すた

1. Sound! Euphonium (615 votes)

Sound! Euphonium

Hibike! Euphonium begins when Kumiko Oumae, a girl who was in the brass band club in junior high school, visits her high school’s brass band club as a first year.

Kumiko’s classmates Hazuki and Sapphire decide to join the club, but Kumiko sees her old classmate Reina there and hesitates. She remembers an incident she had with Reina at a brass band club contest in junior high school.

Genre: Music, School

Released: 2015

Status: Completed

Other name: Sound! Euphonium, 響け!ユーフォニアム

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