Anime Power Rankings: Essential Information

What is Anime Power Rankings?
Anime Power Rankings (APR) is a weekly article showcasing the voting results of a collection of anime writers, bloggers, and podcasters from across the web ranking anime series of the current season. The most recent episodes of every airing show (under 50 episodes) are eligible, and the top 5 are posted and commented on. The idea is to rank the best episodes for that week.

Where did the idea come from?
Kevo, formerly of Desu ex Machina, started APR in the Fall of 2011 to imitate college football rankings. He began with only a dozen writers voting, but APR’s popularity caught on and it grew to include over 100 participants with over 60 regularly voting every week at its peak. After two-and-a-half years, Kevo retired from APR to begin a new blogging project at Anime Maru. Lerxst of The Anime Kid took on the column at his blog and continued APR for a few months in 2014. Unfortunately, real life complications and writing burn out combined to cause him to drop the project. I stepped in to revive Anime Power Rankings and host it here on Behind the Nihon Review.
Kevo’s original FAQ is here.

How are series/episodes ranked?
Voters get a ballot email on Fridays listing the past week’s most recent episodes. Voters rank up to 5 of their favorite episodes that week and send in their ballots by Sunday evening to be tallied. Points are counted in this manner:
1st place: 5 points
2nd place: 4 points
3rd place: 3 points
4th place: 2 points
5th place: 1 point
The 5 titles with the most total points feature in the APR column. Additionally, some titles close to the Top 5 in points may also be listed as “On the Cusp”.

Who votes for Anime Power Rankings?
As I mentioned earlier, a group of volunteer writers from various established online publications and blogs receive the weekly voter’s email. Some don’t watch 5 episodes per week, and some don’t vote every week. The full list of voters is published periodically, but since APR is based on no-obligation voluntary participation, the number of active voters waxes and wanes per week. APR will not divulge the voting record of any member, but he or she is free to share their votes of their own volition.

There are only 3 essential requirements to participating in APR:

1) You currently (or recently) write or have contributed to anime/manga articles on a publishing outlet (blog, review site, podcast) regularly for a “meaningful” length of time. Your writing must be more substantial than a Twitter account or picture Tumblr.
2) You keep up with the latest weekly episodes of at least a few anime series. APR is all about gauging impressions about the freshest weekly episodes, so you have to watch at least a few of them! 2 or 3 series is enough, but viewing more is certainly welcome.
3) You are willing to rank episodes each week.

That’s it. If you are interested, contact APR via animepowerrankings[at]gmail[dot]com.

13 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Essential Information”

  1. Tossing my hat into the ring. See if you can keep up with me, internet. Since I watch just about everything every week, I guarantee I’ll provide some oddities to the weekly list. Can you? Dun-dun-duuuuuuun!

  2. Count me in again for next season :) I watch current shows much more regularly than I once did so I should be able to keep up this time around!

  3. I’m very tempted to get a blog going just to do this.

  4. So basically the goal is to give already popular and talked about shows even more exposure than they already have? Wouldn’t it be more interesting to talk more about shows people might have missed out on, like a find the hidden gem sort of thing? Maybe it’s just me but I kind of don’t see what the point is here or how it makes for any sort of different blog posting than you’d normally get in most topics.

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  6. Great to see the APR is being revived in another place, hopefully I can join in the second half of this Fall season once i got the real life stuff out of the way.

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  10. @KS
    I’m a bit late in responding, but I hope that the Fall season APR results so far have shown that writers and bloggers have slightly different priorities and interests than just the most popular and talked about shows. Titles like Shirobako, Mushishi, and Gundam Build Fighters typically wouldn’t see the light of day in general fandom discussions, but bloggers like them so APR showcases them regularly. Conversely, Psycho-Pass and Log Horizon struggle for relevance here despite their assuredly large audiences.

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  12. Everyone’s life has their personal ups and downs so folks should hold themselves
    calm and try to move towards forward.

  13. Err… I am seriously contemplating to join the APR but I realized that I only write reviews in my MAL profile so whatever.

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