Anime Power Rankings: Greatest Week Ever (For Now) (Winter Week 11)

There was some debate last week that this might be the best anime season in a long time. Well, the slew of killer episodes this week prompted chatter claiming this might be the best week of TV anime ever. Unlike last week’s discussion, I have no compunctions with supporting this as the Greatest Week Ever.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Shirobako 23 26 68.4% 0
2 Death Parade 11 8 54.4% 0
3 Maria the Virgin Witch 10 2 42.1% 0
4 Your Lie in April 22 FINALE 7 31.6% up+4
5 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 35 5 29.8% 0

On the cusp: Parasyte –the maxim- (2/29.8%), Yona of the Dawn (2/22.8%), Yurikuma Arashi (1/26.3%)

Number of voters: 57

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 43

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

As an anime fan, you could not hope for a better week of episodes. Though the results look quite a bit like chalk, it’s only because the season’s most outstanding series all gave us their most outstanding moments. Shirobako’s cowboy showdown at the publishing house and series of hard-earned and long-awaited triumphs broke an Anime Power Rankings record: beating the 2013 finale of the first season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure for the most 1st place votes in a single week!

Death Parade gave us a most sublime segment, a stunningly fully-animated figure skating routine intercut with Chiyuki’s life montage, followed by a bittersweet farewell to fangirl Mayu. Maria the Virgin Witch raised the stakes even further as everyone laid everything they had on the line, testing all their loyalty, faith, and personal conviction.

Your Lie in April saved the best performance for last with flourish and beauty, and didn’t back down from the conclusion it had built towards the whole way. And finally, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has the honor of gracing this stacked top 5 by continuing a creative puzzle/battle against D’Arby infused with its trademark humor and wit.

Everyone has feelings:

This week’s top three spots, occupied by Maria, Shirobako, and Death Parade are incredibly close. All three had given us masterful episodes.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Difficult deciding the best episode of the week, so many great episodes and scenes. But the cowboy scene in Shirobako stole the show, complete with Ennio-Morricone whistling, and shades of High Noon and Gunfight at the Ok Corral. Brilliance, and madness all in one neat package.

Illogicalzen ( Illogicalzen )

Shirobako takes its place atop the mountain this week. Episode 23 was a cumulation of everything that makes the show successful. Aoi’s reaction to seeing her friend finally get a real shot at her career was arguably the most moving scene this season.

kevo ( Anime Maru )

Shirobako this week took me from helpless laughter to sentimentally tearing up during its emotional climax.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

Death Parade’s latest episode was just beautiful. That entire ice-skating scene could have gone on for an entire half of the episode and I wouldn’t have had any problems with it.

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

I’ve liked this more contemplative and pensive turn in Death Parade, allowing recent guests to come to terms with their own deaths through means other than death games. Props to Madhouse for doing justice to a sport as elegant and intricate as figure skating.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

As much as David Production nailed the Jojo D’Arby poker match and I loved every single minute of it, Maria was incredible yet again. It’s been a while since an episode left me tense throughout; this is an AOTS contender for me, no question.

Reevothemusefan ( Reevothemusefan )

Your Lie in April ended about how I expected and though I wouldn’t rate the series highly overall, the episode proved brave by not pulling a miracle from its bum, but also having a massive segment without any dialogue whatsoever.

John Noel ( chaostangent )

Your Lie in April ended on what is undoubtedly one of its strongest episodes. the concert scene in the first half is the high point of the entire series, For the most part, a finale far more subdued and considered than I was expecting given the show’s nature, and man did it leave me impressed.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

There are things I would happily change about Kimiuso. Despite these, however, I remain decently fond of the series. The performances, the extended cast, and the episodes focussing on said extended cast, all contributed to a series I looked forward to each week. As for the last episode itself, I must confess to quite enjoying their final duet.

A. Libellule ( Altair & Vega )

Kiseijuu delivers a fascinating penultimate episode, showing that the strongest among us are sometimes the most fragile. Gotou held a dictatorship within his own body – he had so much power that when a simple threat presented itself, it spelled his defeat.

Samu ( Random Curiosity )

Parasyte’s final battle surprised me by turning an impossible odds shounen boss fighting into a moral debate that returned to Parasyte’s initial promise.

Jeff Ruberg ( Podigious! A Digimon Podcast )

I saw a lot of truly awesome, tear-inducing, exhilarating sequences this week—KimiUso’s final performance, the ice-skating scene in Death Parade, Shirobako’s cowboy scene, and Garo’s fantastic action—but I still consider Akatsuki no Yona’s cinematically dense depiction of this intense reunion to be the best scene I watched all week. In such a strong week of episodes, that’s high praise indeed.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

As a fan of the [Yona] manga, last week’s cliffhanger was almost more satisfying than the fall out this week since I knew where it was going to go. Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy seeing the tense reunion between Yona and Soo Woon, and I love how it continues to draw both the parallels between them. It’s fun to see how Yona is developing and deciding how she wants to be a leader and a ruler; she wants to be with the common people and not above them like she always appeared to Yan Kumuji.

Helen ( Narrative Investigations )

Yona is sounding more and more like a series I’d want to watch. Series like 12 Kingdoms and Moribito are still quite exceeding rare; stories not simply about “strong” female characters but female characters embracing active leadership roles and grappling with the complex responsibilities of having real decision-making power.

This week’s Tribe Cool Crew was entirely about a man having horrifying hallucinations about various pickled foods, and it was amazing.

navycherub ( Wideface )

Can we talk about how this scene was completely neglected by the APR crowd this week? Forget about cowboy shoryukens and figure skating; druggy pickle nightmares surely deserve #1!

yet this is not the best cosplay he's worn

yet this is not the best cosplay he’s worn


 

Hype Rank Title #1 Votes % of Ballots
1 Durarara!!x2 5 59.3%
2 Yurikuma Arashi 5 59.3%
3 Death Parade 3 51.9%
4 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 1 22.2%
5 Parasyte 1 22.2%
6 Shirobako 3 18.5%
7 Rolling Girls 1 29.6%
8 Kuroko’s Basketball 3 14.8%
9 (tie) Aldnoah.Zero 0 18.5%
9 (tie) Dog Days S3 1 11.1%
9 (tie) Gourmet Girl Graffiti 0 14.8%
9 (tie) Maria the Virgin Witch 0 22.2%
13 Garo 0 11.1%
14 (tie) Cute High Earth Defense Club Love! 1 11.1%
14 (tie) Go! Princess Precure 1 11.1%

Just like I did last Fall, I asked voters before the beginning of this season what shows they were looking forward to. Despite Shirobako and Parasyte being strong holdovers from Fall, most everyone who responded were more enthralled with the possibility of the shiny new thing (or the shiny new sequel). I like looking at these preseason rankings and seeing how unheralded titles either came from obscurity or changed viewers’ impressions to pleasantly surprise folks. Maria, Yatterman Night (17th), and Yona (25th) were slightly off to very far off the radar. It’s always worth remembering as you read (and possible write) the next season previews that you’ll never be prepared for a Maria or Bahamut blowing up all their expectations.

This may be the best single week of anime we’ll ever have. Unless next week tops it, which it might! I’ll miss you, Winter 2015.

ABCBTom ( Hungry Bug Diner )

Though this week was quite the doozy, fitting of a major season finale, remember next Sunday is actually the conclusion of Winter season Anime Power Rankings.

See you next chart time!

4 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Greatest Week Ever (For Now) (Winter Week 11)”

  1. It’s always worth remembering as you read (and possible write) the next season previews that you’ll never be prepared for a Maria or Bahamut blowing up all their expectations.

    “[Maria is] the new anime I’m most excited for, which may raise an eyebrow or two from the readers”
    http://thecartdriver.com/winter-2015-anime-season-preview/

    “I think I might be down for this [Bahamut]. Again, that trailer is super flashy, and it’s not like a friggen card game can have much existing story the writers must stick rigidly to. That will probably work out in its favour.”
    http://thecartdriver.com/fall-2014-anime-season-preview/

    I am always prepared for another Maria or Bahamut.

  2. Though let’s be honest, Scamp, a lot of what made people not expect greatness from Maria includes things you expected from it, and that thing, the “raunchy humor” hasn’t been present, really. Heck, much of the content we’re seeing and enjoying right now is anime original.

    One couldn’t “expect” Maria’s current form, with the fact Galfa and Bernard are anime-original characters.

    But hey, surprises of this sort are great. I’d take more surprises of the Bahamut/Maria sort any season. But I’d let other people vet them first if possible, which is why I’ll hold off on Gunslinger Stratos 😀

  3. Considering that I just think Maria and Bahamut are okay at best due to ruining what could have made them great with cheesy plot turns, I am starting to believe that your anticipation for them are more warning bells/jinxes, Scamp. Also, wasn’t it “because” it was based on a card game that the 2nd half of Bahamut ended up kinda mediocre?

    And if Gunslinger Stratos turns out to be good, I will punch my sweet spot.

  4. Unlike last week’s discussion, I have no compunctions with supporting this as the Greatest Week Ever.

    But we haven’t even hit the Cross Ange finale yet. No way we got the best of anything until that gem graces the airwaves.

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