I have a thing for Anime polls, they're supposed to reflect what most of the people are watching/looking/hating etc., but normally, they don't do that. The ones asking for all time best/worst tend to be skewed by recent Anime series, the difference between boy and girls choices is prominent, Japan tastes tend to be quite different from NA for example, and such. In short: They're fun and interesting

In recent days we had quite a few people posting recommendations and Highlights of what they thought are the best Animes for this Winter 2014 Season. We got Dex and Fruity's Top 5, Koda complemented the list with 6 more, and Richard Eisenbeis ended up with his Top 5. The last one is of particular interest since he set up a poll (still open it seems) as a way to get to know what other people were watching, and narrow down the choices.

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The interesting part comes when you take everyone's choices and check where they ended up in said poll (Results were taken on February 18th at 1:00 p.m ET, so they may change with time I guess):

Richard's Choices:
Witch Craft Works is 4th on the poll
Sakura Trick is 18th on the poll
Wizard Barristers is 9th on the poll
The Pilot's Love Song is 14th on the poll
World Conquest Zvezda Plot is 10th on the poll

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Dexomega's Choices:
The Pilot's Love Song is 14th on the poll
Nobunaga the Fool is 13th on the poll
Nobunagun is 12th on the poll
Nisekoi is 3rd on the poll
Noragami is 2nd on the poll

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Fruity's choices:
Noragami is 2nd on the poll
The Pilot's Love Song is 14th on the poll
Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha is 21st on the poll
Wake up, Girls! is 26th on the poll
Nobunaga the Fool is 13th on the poll

Koda's choices: (these are the ones that weren't covered by Dex or Fruity, so logic would dictate that they should be in the mid-tier in the poll, but you will see in a moment why I'm including this)
Hozuki no Reitetsu is 23rd on the poll
Sakura Trick is 18th on the poll
Soni-Ani is 29th on the poll
Tonari no Seki-kun is 11th on the poll
Witch Craft Works is 4th on the poll
World Conquest Zvezda Plot is 10th on the poll

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The first thing you may notice is that despite winning the poll by a landslide, no one included Space Dandy in their list (and in every TOP 5 article someone started a Why no Space Dandy? comment thread, which was a hilarious thing to watch)

Also it seems like they did this on pairs, Richard and Koda choices are almost identical except for 1 (Wizard vs Soni-Ani) and Dex and Fruity have 3 series in common. But the only constant was The Pilot's Love Song, a series that placed 14th on the poll.

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But as you can see, most of the series recommended actually are not that high ranked. Mmm who would've thought.

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Now comes the fun part, I found out this Poll today, in it a Japanese site asked people to vote for their favorite Winter 2014 Anime: the results are as follow:

1. Hoozuki No Reitetsu
2. Noragami
3. Nisekoi
4. Hamatora
5. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai Ren
6. Saki Senkoku-Hen
7. Mikakunin De Shinkoukei (Engaged to the Unidentified)
8. Nourin
9. D-Frag!
10. World Conquest Zvezda Plot

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Again, the first thing you will notice is that Japanese people (at least the ones that were polled) don't like Space Dandy. Next, first place in Japan is actually 23rd place on the Ani-TAY poll, and only one list included the series. Now what comes as a surprise is how Saki is 6th on the list but 33rd on the Ani-TAY poll, which may show how Mahjong is quite popular in Japan but not in here or Nourin that is 22 on the Ani-TAY poll and the few first impressions I have read give some very harsh critics to the series (but I agree that Mikakunin should be higher)

So yep, Polls are interesting don't you think?

Bonus: The still ongoing Fall 2013 Anime or Second/Third/etc Season Winter 2014 Anime you should be watching:

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  • Golden Time: The perfect mix of Romance Comedy and Drama and a incredibly likable cast of characters
  • Silver Spoon S2: Still lovely fish out of the water story, but now some romance included, and nice character development
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo*: Hit or Miss perverted humor, but when it hits, it is one of the must funny Anime out there.
  • Kill la Kill: Was getting a little dull, but the great slapstick comedy is still there, and the last chapters are putting the series back on track
  • Log Horizon: Still one of the most intelligent Anime airing right now, showing the implications of starting a society inside a game from the ground up