Anime Power Rankings: The Annual Ceremony to Hand out Statues of Cross Dressing Royal Palace Guards in Revolutionary France (Winter Week 7)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards were on tonight, otherwise known as “the Oscars”. Not to be outdone, we here have the Academy of Anime Power Ranking Voters Weekly Awards to hand out, and I am your likable, non-threatening, and wisecracking show host. Okay sure, the AAPRVWAs is just another name for the regular APR chart, but hey, we could make Fancy Capitalized Titles and hand out trophies too if we wanted. However, In lieu of doing Neil Patrick Harris impressions of stringing out a painfully thin glass case gag and presenting the rankings to you in only my underwear, I’ll show the most important results at the start.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Shirobako 19 19 62.5% 0
2 Death Parade 7 5 47.9% 0
3 Garo 19 6 31.3% up+1
4 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 31 4 37.5% up+4
5 (tie) Yurikuma Arashi 7 2 27.1% 0
5 (tie) Yatterman Night 6 1 27.1% up+13

On the cusp: Durarara!!x2 (1/22.9%), Your Lie in April (2/14.6%), Maria the Virgin Witch (1/14.6%), Parasyte –the maxim- (0/18.8%)

Number of voters: 48

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 37

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

There’s a shake-up this week as Durarara drops out of the top 5 for the first time since week 1 of Winter season. But as expected, Shirobako takes the top spot for the 6th straight week with a reminiscence of the days of cell-shaded animation lead by Andes Chucky. Death Parade takes a peek behind the curtain again to question whether a mechanically impartial and fair God is a good God. Garo seems to have hit its stride by making its 3rd straight ranking with what has become routinely great visual composition and an amazing aerial dogfight.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, though nominally a “shounen battle” series, always seems at its best in comedy scenes, and nothing is funnier than brawny men awkwardly attached to each other in front of a crowd. Yurikuma Arashi and Yatterman Night share the final spot, holding off a chaser group includes 7 shows within 8 points of one another.

But enough of my ramblings. EVERY COMMENT IS AWESOOOOME~ (when you’re a voter):

1. Shirobako
2. That PA Works show about making anime
3. The show with the awesome 70s flashbacks
4. The show with the Andes Chucky ED
5. White Box

Kelloggs ( Pedantic Perspective )

Even with all the problems the industry faces, this week’s Shirobako felt like a beacon, reminding us why we all got into this mess to begin with. It gives us the illusion of hope for anime – or is Shirobako itself the quality we’ve been looking for?

Lily ( Altair & Vega )

Few of us are actually aspiring professional artists or animators, but we wouldn’t be in this deep in this niche foreign cartoon thing if we didn’t genuinely feel and empathize with the grueling work and stubborn passion at the heart of the creative process. Art often becomes a thankless job, but the fruit of hard, trying work can enrich the art that much more, and Shirobako regularly gives us a glimpse of this.

The world of Death Parade just gets richer and richer, and seemingly throwaway episodes like episode 2 now clearly foreshadow future developments.

ABCBTom ( Hungry Bug Diner )

Stardust Crusaders should’ve made old Joseph the main character so I can get episodes where he says OH MY GOD for every despairing situation.

Justin (OASG) ( Organization of Anti-Social Geniuses )

Only JoJo’s could take a life-threatening situation and use it as an excuse for some very homoerotic bonding.

Eric McLeod ( Rose’s Turn )

Have you been keeping Ikuhara Bingo? My card is probably filled up by this point. “They’ve met before!” “Suddenly it gets really dark.”

wendeego ( Isn’t It Electrifying? )

You mean this bingo card? I’m disappointed a space isn’t dedicated to “pulling things out of other people’s chests”.

Akatsuki no Yona 19 is a big fuck you to farmers, doctors, and princesses, but still an important milestone in Yona’s development. I can already tell which manga arc the season will conclude with; I’m looking forward to it, but I hope it doesn’t signal the end of the anime.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

Maria the Virgin Witch has a lot of interesting things to say about religion and about women’s place in it, if you dig just a bit beneath the surface. This episode showcased a lot of that.

Rose Bridges ( Rose’s Turn )

Build Fighters Try hot blooded rivalry was its best moment since the combi episode, and then the newbie team of Fafnir showing that they aren’t to be taken lightly. Excellent week for mecha.

Trist ( Population GO )

Durarara!! Damn, what happened to the animation?

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Durarara still was a good episode in terms of character interactions and the like. But I can’t vote for an episode with animation closer to Musashi Gundoh than its usual form. What the hell happened, did all the servers go down and they couldn’t get their in-betweens done before deadline? Was Tarou in charge of the schedule and went 2 months past the date?

Scamp ( The Cart Driver )

You get one anime like Shirobako and now everyone is an animation expert, making jokes at the expense of fictional production assistants.

Kaguya lost Best Animated Feature?!

Kaguya lost Best Animated Feature?!

See you next chart time!

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