Anime Power Rankings: Back to Back! Yeah, yeah! (Winter 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.

This makes two consecutive weeks APR has been published! This hasn’t happened in months! Being the Millennial I am, I definitely deserve a trophy for this.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Erased 4 15 67.6% 0
2 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 4 7 55.9% 0
3 KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 3 0 29.4% up+2
4 (tie) Dimension W 3 2 26.5% 0
4 (tie) Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 3 1 26.5% up+3

On the cusp: Mr. Osomatsu (2-23.5%), Sekkou Boys (0-17.6%), Myriad Colors Phantom World (2-17.6%), Snow White with the Red Hair (0-20.6%), Dagashi Kashi (0-23.7%)

Number of voters: 34

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 24

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Winter 2016 First Thoughts

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For the amount of grumbling that happened before this season began, it’s actually shaping up pretty well. Several series have caught our interest and bode well for a rather decent winter season and a good start to 2016
Introduction by Kaikyaku

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Anime Power Rankings: Anime Power Reboot (Winter Week 1-2)

Anime Power Rankings is a “weekly” column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and dilettantes vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week or so. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation makers throughout the season and also help readers find worthwhile shows.

This column ended 2015 with a whimper, but let’s see (cross your fingers and wish upon cosmic happenstance) if I can summon fresh energy and commitment in a new year to push out regular weekly rankings again. (I’ll get the Top Shows of 2015 feature out sometime, I swear)

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Erased 1-3 14 78.9%
2 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 1-3 12 63.2%
3 Snow White with the Red Hair 13 & 14 0 31.6%
4 Dimension W 1 & 2 1 31.6%
5 KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 1 & 2 1 21.1%

On the cusp: Dagashi Kashi (0-23.7%), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (0-28.9%), Ojisan and Marshmallow (2-13.2%), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (0-13.2%)

Number of voters: 38

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 30

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Anime Soapbox 10: That One Fantasy-RPG Anime

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The first official Anime Soapbox podcast of 2016 has finally arrived. We kick off the new year with our first impression of the Winter 2016 season. We dish out tons of love for Boku dake ga Inai Machi (aka. ERASED) and tons of skepticism for Musaigen no Phantom World. In addition, we struggle trying to distinguish Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! from Hai to Gensou no Grimgar and every other fantasy-RPG anime that aired in the past two years. Surprisingly, there are a handful of those. Of course, conversations stray off course.

Index
00:30 – Introduction
03:10 – ERASED
14:00 – KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!
20:00 – Hai to Gensou no Grimgar
32:00 – Dagashi Kashi
47:15 – Musaigen no Phantom World
60:00 – Top 3 (so far…)

Guests:
9Ball (Touku FM)
Kelloggs (Pedantic Perspective)
EmperorJ (Lower Mid-Table)

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Anime Soapbox 09: 2015 Christmas Debacle

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Anime Soapbox is ALIVE! However, this is not the first podcast of the new year. Technical issues have stalled the podcast, but we should be back starting next week. As a consolation prize, here is the last episode recorded in 2015. It was supposed to go up for Christmas, but bad things happen. Anyways, I worked around the clock to fix this episode so enjoy! This episode contains old anime news, more thoughts on our Secret Santa selection, and reflecting on Kyoto Animation’s history.

Index
00:30 – Introduction
01:30 – Anime News
40:00 – Kyoto Animation Rants

Guests:
Kelloggs (Pedantic Perspective)
EmperorJ (Lower Mid-Table)

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