Anime Power Rankings: Who is that Guy? (Winter Week 12)

Hi everyone, it’s Reckoner of the Nihon Review (Some of you may recognize me as that hater from the Animesuki Forums). Your usual host Kadian is away this weekend so I will be filling in for him. You may see me here from time to time, so do not be alarmed – I promise to bring great disaster! But enough about me, let’s get on to the last week of this wonderful Winter anime season.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Shirobako 24 18 73.9% 0
2 Death Parade 12 10 60.9% 0
3 Maria the Virgin Witch 11 2 32.6% 0
4 Yurikuma Arashi 11 2 28.3% up+4
5 Durarara!!x2 12 1 30.4% up+4

On the cusp: Tokyo Ghoul 2nd Season (4/19.6%), Log Horizon 2 (2/19.6%), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders (0/23.9%)
Number of voters: 46

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 29

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

With Winter ending, we say goodbye to many of our beloved shows. I’ll let you guys take it away here:

I don’t think I’ve felt this sad for a season to be over for a while. I’d normally be getting excited at the prospect of new series to replace those that I’ve had my fill of, but there’s just been so many shows that I don’t want to see go. It has just been such an exceptionally high quality season.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

A bunch of the final episodes this week were surprisingly disappointing, even from shows that had been strong recently. Not Shirobako, though; its final episode was great and all that we could have asked for. I’d love another season, but if this is it Shirobako went out on just the right high note.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

Good work, Death Parade – the final episode was like a microcosm of the series as a whole – it was genuine in evoking emotions and remained thoughtful in telling us something about humanity.

TWWK ( Beneath the Tangles )

“There’s a plane waiting for us, to take us to Ikebukuro in an hour. Don’t make a big thing out of it. I know it was you, Aoba! You broke my heart! You broke my heart!” – Excerpt from “The GodDollar Part 2”.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

This was a week of finales for three great series – Akatsuki no Yona, Kiseijuu and Death Parade. And none of them disappointed, but for my money the standout episode of the week came out of nowhere and was almost universally derided to boot – Tokyo Ghoul Root A. It was a brilliant, gorgeous impressionist painting of an episode that captured the tragedy of Tokyo Ghoul with almost no dialogue better than anything in two seasons has. It was also a master class in directing from Morita Shouhei, featuring some of the most impressive visuals I’ve seen in anime for years. This is a case where popular opinion couldn’t be more wrong as far as I’m concerned – the series was a mess, but the finale was a masterpiece.

Guardian Enzo ( Lost in America )

I thought that GBFT was great fun last week when it focused on some of the silliness this season has been lacking but this week’s episode was even better with what can only be called “a very satisfying fight”. Fumino and Shia didn’t get the focus that the other pairs did in the fight but seeing Fumino take down everything with her beam more than made up for it, plus the story all but confirmed we’re getting a direct sequel to the show so I’ll cross my fingers that the show returns in October again with more silliness, more cameos, and more awesome ladies.

Helen ( Narrative Investigations )

Spring is coming and that means for many of us better weather, but not necessarily better anime. One can only hope that we continue to get a group of titles that can warm our hearts or get our noggins thinking like this season did. At the very least, we part ways with good memories.

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