Anime Power Rankings: Memorial for the Underloved (Spring Week 7)

The weekend was a holiday weekend for folks in the states, and along with some conventions and the yearly spectacle that is Eurovision, there was understandably lower voter turnout this week than usual. Never fear, we still have a great APR for you and more words than usual about the underdogs at the midpoint of the season.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Sound! Euphonium 7 6 56.8% 0
2 Blood Blockade Battlefront 8 7 48.6% 0
3 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 44 3 27% 0
4 (tie) My Love Story 7 2 32.4% 0
4 (tie) Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 20 5 27% up+4

On the cusp: Show By Rock!! (4/27%) My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (3/21.6%), Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2/24.3%)

Number of voters: 37

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 28

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About the Anime Power Rankings

Sound! Euphonium stays strong atop the rankings as the pressure of practice and seating auditions pushed some of the young musicians to the breaking point. Blood Blockade Battlefront returned to form with its signature mix of stylish action and character humor.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure continues to raise the stakes as the eternal villain of the Jostar lineage finally makes his entrance. Finally, My Love Story and Fate/Stay Night: UBW tie for fourth to round out the top 5.

Usually, this is where you see voter comments about the top 5, but this week’s quotes are dedicated to folks’ favorite shows that have sat outside the top 5 this season.

Where is the love for Nagato Yuki? Yes, it’s not as good as Haruhi, but literally nothing is as good as Haruhi. We live in a fallen world, we were cast out of the Eden of Endless Eight, we ate the forbidden fruit of Knowledge of Moe and Slice-of-Life, and now all KyoAni wants to do is remake K-On. So we’ve gotta take what we can get.

SunTzuAnime ( Sun Tzu Anime Blog )

Sure, it has the uncanny valley of all-CGI, but [Sidonia] also has great action (mecha action at that), genuine tension, quite human people (even when some of them aren’t human), and a palpable sense of menace and claustrophobic unending horror. But for the CGI I honestly believe it might have made several top five appearances by now.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

Sidonia offers a good foil for national/international politics where everyone wants the same thing, but has different ideas on how to move ahead. The result is corruption, spying, assassinations, and all the good things you never hear about until after the fact.

Nopy ( Nopy’s Blog )

Yep, all those “good things” that are part-in-parcel with standard practice politics.

The most underrated show is Kuroko’s Basketball. Y’all need to get some magic basketball in your lives.

Shinmaru ( The Cart Driver )

Etotama. Fun, mindless romp.

Shinn ( Atarashi Prelude )

Ninja Slayer has dropped down APR recently but it has remained close to my YEEART!

Reevothemusefan ( Reevothemusefan )

Seraph of the End is the portrait of anime. It is the beguiling rumination on the post apocalyptic world of good anime storytelling that we all come to expect of the medium.

Trist ( Population GO )

It does have very nice backgrounds.

Mikagura School Suite :- The Yuri loving main character is the cherry on top for what is an otherwise good show full of simple, but well developed and fun characters.

Reiseng ( Toxic Muffin )

How has Teekyu not gotten a spot on the APR? Teekyu has been consistently entertaining for several seasons now with no sign of slowing down. And yet its audience is so minimal. Definitely the most underrated show, not just of the season, but of the year and possibly the decade.

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Teekyuu is underrated. For an anime with 4 outstanding seasons, not to mention a 5th already announced, you’d think it’d get more love… and maybe it would if it were more than the length of a standard anime OP/ED.

Avvesione ( Avvesione’s Anime Blog )

I’m sure a lot of people saw the cutesy character designs or the fact that Show By Rock is adapted from a mobile game and gave it a pass without a second thought, but the show’s quality belies its humble origins. The main cast has very good chemistry with each other and the side characters, especially the members of ShingancrimsonZ are a riot. It’s certainly not the best show airing this season but Show By Rock’s charm and goofy sense of humor make it deserving of more attention than its currently getting.

Kelloggs ( Pedantic Perspective )

It’s pretty hard to have underrated shows in such a sparse season, but the fact that Show by Rock hasn’t made the top 5 so far is just criminal. Especially when shit like Euphonium makes the cut.

Chronolynx ( THAT Anime Blog )

After reading the premise of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, I almost didn’t bother giving it a shot. That would have been a mistake. It’s a rom-com that deftly avoids the stereotypes I find annoying about the genre, treats its female characters as actual characters instead of fanservice delivery mechanisms, and is actually quite a bit more clever than a show of its type needs to be. I don’t think it’ll ever poll well enough to make the top 5, but it’s incredibly refreshing to watch a rom-com anime that actually respects its characters and audience.

Dustin ( Bakacast )

Show By Rock & Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches are both super fun to watch, which I definitely didn’t expect pre-season. Definitely the underrated gems of the season for me.

Caraniel ( Caraniel’s Ramblings )

I think Yamada-kun the and Seven Witches is definitely deserving of the award. It’s a show that exceeded my expectations, with its funny slapstick and amusing story. But I’m still going to give my vote to Oregairu.

Aeroblip ( FAPCast )

A few other voters pointed out they wanted to mention SNAFU TWOO but recalled it did make top 5 in the first week of the season.

Danmachi did everything right this week: great action, powerful character moments, superb execution all the way through. The little-show-that-could of the season blossomed into a climactic moment that was a beautiful articulation of everything that Bell has been trying to be at this point—and the sheer earnestness of the way it went about doing so absolutely overwhelmed the clichéd and predictable nature of a lot of the episode’s events.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Seriously though, it’s a fun show and though it’s trope-y it’s very earnest about it, and some early fluff is just now starting to harden into actual plot elements. You… thought I was just going to talk about the string, didn’t you? #bestgoddessdeathstares #datstring

halfadeckshort ( Haiku Anime Review )

Nyanyanyanya Shokudou This season is pretty weak so I think everything is about getting the attention it deserves.

ExecutiveOtaku ( THAT Anime Blog )

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4 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Memorial for the Underloved (Spring Week 7)”

  1. Nasuno > Teekyu

  2. It figures my most eloquent blurb ever to be featured on APR would be about a harem light novel adaptation…

  3. yay Kekkai 😀 😀 😀

  4. Please explain to me how any of the shows listed here are anything approaching under loved or underdogs at large. It’s all pretty much just the most popular, talked about and praised stuff, same as anywhere really. I mean I know that’s what this whole APR thing set out do do and people want to believe in that and claim their are doing a service and putting great material up, but frankly I don’t see it and never have any time I’ve bothered to look so much as the exact polar opposite in that it just looks like a continuous circle jerk about the already most popular stuff with a vague hint of self-promotion for the bloggers that participate.

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