Spring 2016 First Thoughts

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Spring is always a breath of fresh air. At least, that’s what we always hope for with anime since Summers tend to be lackluster compared to all the other seasons of the year. How do the most recent shows match up? Our impressions run the gamut from low to high this time around, and I don’t think we’ve figured out just which shows are our favorites just yet.
Introduction by Kylaran

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Anime Power Rankings: The Animes are Back in Town (Spring Week 3)

Anime Power Rankings is a weekly column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and opinion givers vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation leaders across the season and help readers find worthwhile shows to watch.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 My Hero Academia 4* 7 43.5% up+1
2 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 4 3 41.3% up-1
3 Flying Witch 3 4 34.8% up+3
4 Concrete Revolutio 16 2 34.8% 0
5 Kiznaiver 3 4 32.6% up-2

*I listed episode 4 in the ballots and I believe everyone treats the Sunday morning episode as part of the APR week they vote on.

On the cusp: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (4-23.9%), Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (4-26.1%), Space Patrol Luluco (1-28.3%), Joker Game (2-21.7%)

Number of voters: 46

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 38

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Anime Power Rankings: Diamonds are not Liable to Break Easily (Spring Week 2)

Anime Power Rankings is a weekly column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and opinion givers vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation leaders across the season and help readers find worthwhile shows to watch.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 3 8 59.1% 0
2 My Hero Academia 2 4 38.6% 0
3 Kiznaiver 2 3 34.1% up+3
4 Concrete Revolutio 15 4 31.8% up-1
5 Space Patrol Luluco 3 3 34.1% 0

On the cusp: Flying Witch (3-34.1%), Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (2-29.5%), Three Leaves, Three Colors (3-15.9%), Macross Delta (2-15.9%)

Number of voters: 44

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 35

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Anime Power Rankings: An All-Star Reunion (Spring Week 1)

This premiere week was stacked and picking just five shows was brutal. I can’t wait to see what the voting spread looks like for this one!

Dee ( the josei next door )

Ballot time! And boy, was it hard. I’m really curious to see what the ballots look like this season, with how so many people look up on Joker Game, and others are down on it. So many people say Hero Academia is slow, while others say it is fun. Mayoiga silly and ridiculous and fun, or stupid and bad. So many interesting shows and so many opinions. Genuinely curious.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Well wait no more! Anime Power Rankings glides into Spring season in time to sate those who just have to know: will the zombie-fueled or the Mari Okada-fueled trainwreck be more entertaining?

Anime Power Rankings is a weekly column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and opinion givers vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation leaders across the season and help readers find worthwhile shows to watch.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 1 & 2 10 37.8%
2 My Hero Academia 1 & 2 2 37.8%
3 Concrete Revolutio 14 5 26.7%
4 Space Patrol Luluco 1 & 2 1 33.3%
5 Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 1 4 26.7%

On the cusp: Kiznaiver (2-35.6%), Flying Witch (1-26.7%), Girl Meets Bear (3-24.4%), Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto (1-33.3%), Macross Delta (4-17.8%), Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (1-22.2%)

Number of voters: 45

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 39

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Anime Power Rankings: A Few Last Words on Winter 2016 (Winter Week 12)

Anime Power Rankings is a weekly column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and opinion givers vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation leaders across the season and help readers find worthwhile shows to watch.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 13 BREAK 11 53.6% 0
2 Mr. Osomatsu 25 FINAL 5 42.9% up+1
3 Snow White with the Red Hair 24 FINAL 2 46.4% up+1
4 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 12 FINAL 3 42.9% up+1
5 Mahotsukai Precure! 8 2 17.9% up+5

On the cusp: Dagashi Kashi (0-28.6%), Myriad Colors Phantom World (2-14.3%)

Number of voters: 28

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 12

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