Fall 2016 First Thoughts

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Many of us on NHRV have been disappointed with this year so far; there have been far too many lackluster production efforts with little creativity to go around. On a first glance, several sequels proliferate the Fall 2016 anime offerings, but we here at NHRV have been impressed by some new offerings this season that help to turn the tide. Perhaps not every anime is representative of the bleak reality of the industry displayed in Girlish Number after all!
Introduction by Reckoner

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Summer 2016 First Thoughts

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Summer heat getting to you? Need to cool off indoors with your favorite anime? Then come check out what we have to say about this anime season’s offerings! Tough to say if there are any real diamonds in the rough, but there are plenty of anime worth watching that you should not miss out on.
Introduction by Reckoner

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Anime Power Rankings: The Okada Strikes Back (Spring Weeks 7)

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 Kiznaiver 7 8 41.7% up+1
2 Flying Witch 7 3 44.4% up+2
3 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 8 2 30.6% up+2
4 Concrete Revolutio 20 2 33.3% up-3
5 Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress 6 3 27.8% up+5

On the cusp: Space Patrol Luluco (2-30.6%), Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (3-27.8%), The Lost Village (3-25%), My Hero Academia (0-27.8%)

Number of voters: 36

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 27

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Anime Power Rankings: And the Eastern Block States All Vote for… (Spring Weeks 6)

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 Concrete Revolutio 19 8 35.9% 0
2 Kiznaiver 6 0 46.2% 0
3 Space Patrol Luluco 7 5 43.6% up+2
4 Flying Witch 6 5 30.8% up-1
5 (tie) My Hero Academia 7 3 28.2% up+2
5 (tie) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 7 1 33.3% up-1
5 (tie) Tanaka-kun is Always Listless 6 1 28.2% 0

On the cusp: The Lost Village (3-28.2%), Macross Delta (2-28.2%)

Number of voters: 39

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 31

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Anime Power Rankings: From the Anime Revolutio, Who Will Become King? (Spring Weeks 4 & 5)

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.

Week 4 Results

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Concrete Revolutio 17 7 35.4% up+3
2 My Hero Academia 5 2 39.6% up-1
3 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 5 5 31.3% up-1
4 Flying Witch 4 2 35.4% up-1
5 (tie) Kiznaiver 4 3 33.3% up-1
5 (tie) Space Patrol Luluco 5 5 31.3% up+3

On the cusp: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (3-29.2%), Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (4-22.9%), The Lost Village (3-25%), Macross Delta (3-18.8%), Bakuon!! (0-20.8%)

Number of voters: 48

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 39

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