I would like to know if there were animes which reigned supreme on MAL before and after FMAB made its entry on the list. Has any anime ever dethroned FMAB (even if temporarily) or has it always been the defending champion, to this date.

Thanks in Advance.

  • IIRC, Inuyasha beat FMA:B out for like a week or so but was returned to a lower position shortly thereafter. I'm not 100% certain on which show it was, but I do remember at least at one point FMA:B was beat.
    – Cyberson
    Oct 24, 2018 at 20:19

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On this reddit thread, you can see state of top anime list since 2007 until 2016. According to it, FMA: Brotherhood was outscored by Gintama at least for some period of time.

This history thread is not up to date, but at least it answers your question - yes, there was another top anime since FMA:B was released.


As of writing this answer, Gintama: The Final has surpassed FMAB to be the #1 rank on MAL.

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Also, Fruits Basket: The Final was ranked #1 on MAL for a short period of time. It was also a matter of heated discussion on MAL for reasons I won't get into.

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Note: Personally, I don't care which anime is #1. All anime are good in their own reasons and I like the three anime mentioned.

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