Frieren dethrones FMA: Brotherhood as top-rated anime

Frieren: Beyond Journey's End

This season’s Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End has reached the top of the list on MyAnimeList, dethroning Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

While Frieren is enjoying critical success, some fans are reluctantly hopeful that this isn’t just recency bias. Every couple seasons an anime will briefly dethrone FMA: Brotherhood only for the new leading series to drift back down the list. This could be another such instance, but for now the popular fantasy anime is enjoying its time at the top.

Originally announced last year, the series follows the titular Frieren who was part of the Hero’s party to defeat the demon lord. However being an elf, Frieren outlives all of her friends.

When the hero Himmel finally dies of old age, Frieren goes on a journey to Aureole where spirits dwell to hopefully meet him once more.

Along the way she’s accompanied by Fern, a young mage who was raised by the priest Heiter, and Stark who was trained by the warrior Eisen; both Heiter and Eisen were part of the Hero’s party with Himmel and Frieren.

At the time of writing Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End was still at the top of MyAnimeList.


A basement-dwelling ogre, Brandon's a fan of indie games and slice of life anime. Has too many games and not enough time.

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