Anime Power Rankings: Our Long National Nightmare is Finally Over (Spring Week 12)

We come to the end again. By now people are onto the new shiny things of Summer while some others heed the words of a very wise man and hang back to see all the shows settle themselves out. However, there’s unfinished business here, so let’s get into it right now, the last Anime Power Rankings of the season!

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Sound! Euphonium 12 13 63.2% 0
2 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! 13 FINAL 5 42.1% up+6
3 My Love Story!! 12 2 34.2% up+2
4 Punch Line 12 FINAL 3 31.6% up+2
5 Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 25 FINAL 3 31.6% 0

On the cusp: Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine (2-15.8%), Hello!! Kiniro Mosaic (1-15.8%), The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki (1-10.5%)

Number of voters: 38

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 22

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

Unfortunately for Blood Blockade Battlefront, it passes the week without an episode, delaying its finale to air at a date later to be determined. That means Sound! Euphonium maintains its stranglehold in the top spot. It was a finale-caliber episode (though not yet the actual end) with dramatic epiphanies and intense declarations of youthful determination. I can only hope the good powers that be deem Euphonium a story worth continuing in the near future.

SNAFU TOO climbs to its highest placing ever as the trio hang out with CG sharks with an inconclusive conclusion that’s a fitting send off for this cour. My Love Story turns in more of the same, but genuinely cute and funny anime teen romcoms are always appreciated.

Punch Line ended its wild and crazy ride, going places no one even suspected from its start, but it was the good kind of surprise voters here appreciated. Finally, Fate/Stay Night was more of an epilogue after last week’s climax, giving major characters a moment to shine and giving little nods to prequels and sequels that tease franchise fans of more to come.

Voters sound off!

I’m going to sound so goddamn cynical for saying this, but I’m glad that Oregairu ended this way. Not a single person in that group deserved closure after they collectively, knowingly, chose to avoid rocking the boat.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works’ last episode demonstrates the sadly underused power of these characters when they’re allowed to be themselves instead of being forced to mouth eye-rolling philosophy. Also, that fight scene.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

F/SN meanwhile just… kept going? Don’t get me wrong, it was nice to see Rin and Luvia (who knew she wasn’t just an Prisma Illya character!) duking it out, but it added very little to the wordy ethos that epitomized the final few episodes; still we got a gorgeous fade out prior to the credits.

John Noel ( chaostangent )

[I Can’t Understand What My Husband Is Saying] has always been one of those shows that, for me, was never really about the humor. Oh sure, it can be humorous, especially since the punchline is often about otaku shit, but we’re so far removed from all that. What we have, now, is a cute little exploration into marriage and impending parenthood, and while not everything is treated seriously, they sure know how to drive the point home. I sincerely hope we get to see more of this, because I would like to see what kind of parents Kaoru and Hajime can be.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

If only Knights of Sidonia could have been like its final two episodes for the whole run! The show really nails its battle scenes, but could really do without the terrible, clichéd harem antics that made up 70% of this season.

Caraniel ( Caraniel’s Ramblings )

Food Wars is the best shounen anime that has come out this year.

kevo ( Anime Maru )

see you all on the flip side

see you all on the flip side



Spring 2015 Season Summary

Spring 2015 Total Points part 1/2

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part 2/2

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A few remarks about the season summary totals:

  • There were only 8 titles that made the top 5 during the Spring. Last Fall there were 12 shows and the Winter had 13 different series make a top 5 at least once. My interpretation of these results is that bloggers identified only a few APR worthy series which made it on voters’ ballots every week. A lack of depth can mean it was a weakness of Spring’s offerings overall, though your mileage may vary of course.
  • BBB was ahead in total points throughout the beginning of the season, but from week 6 onwards Euphonium made up the difference and then some to claim APR’s “show of the season” distinction and put itself in the “show of the year” discussion.
  • Show by Rock finished 6th three times and was probably quite unlucky to never crack the top spots during its run.
  • More than half of Plastic Memories’ total season points came in week 1. No other show had more than 20% of its total points come from a single week of voting.

So who’s looking forward to the new season?

Thank goodness this spring season is over, too bad next season looks worse, where’s my Shirobako season 2?

steelbound ( The Null Set )

There’s very little on my hype list in terms of new series – it’s almost entirely sequels and carryovers. But hey, summer seasons have pleasantly surprised me the past two years in a row, so maybe this one can continue that trend.

Dee ( The Josei Next Door )

Anime Power Rankings comes back the week of July 12th covering the first offerings of the full strength Summer anime season.

See you next chart time!

9 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Our Long National Nightmare is Finally Over (Spring Week 12)”

  1. Is that Kaitou Joker sitting at nearly 30 total points?

    I don’t remember voting that much for it, did someone else actually also vote for Kaitou Joker?

  2. I don’t know why, but I am somewhat surprised Grisaia was that low. That first half was magical; that second half is whatever the anti of magical is.

  3. Oh wow, Utapri and ARC-V deserve higher.

    Surely there are otome and card game fans in the anime bloggosphere pool?

  4. @steelbound
    Yeah, I think awesome_engine voted for it a few times too.


    Do you know any? I’m always on the lookout for bloggers of diverse interests.

  5. I see little point in renewing this exercise in predictability and celebrating already popular stuff but suit yourselves. Glad I’m not the one that has to do this. It can’t get anymore stagnant can it? IMO its not a matter of depth or strength of the season but the limited tastes of the pool.

  6. Or, this season just sucked and people latched onto the meager offerings that weren’t god awful. Winter was a better indicator of a wide variety of tastes, so there is a trend that if there are shows worth talking about, they will be talked about. We’ll see what Summer has in store.

  7. @TIF And as usual I humbly disagree as I actually found things to follow while Winter was the season that had little good that started up. Again I think this has to do with wildly different tastes and interests than what has become commonplace. Like we’re talking I might as well be living on a different planet and speaking a different language than most when it comes to this stuff if Winter was the good season and this was shite. Like sorry I can’t think of anything Winter wise that stood out so I don’t agree thats what’s going on and think people just sold this season short.

    As for Summer, why wait? If I were to play the APR version of FAL (which IMO really is a fun game since it challenges one to think laterally in a way) I’d say Working and Charlotte will vie for first and second probably in that order with Durarara, Gangsta and probably Gatchaman Crowds Insight, Non Non Biyori Repeat (most likely third placer), Prisma Ilya and maybe Akagami no Shirayuki Hime taking turns filling out the rest.

  8. I’m LOL’ing that Gunslinger Stratos couldn’t earn a single vote in 12 weeks when even Vampire Holmes managed a few. Sure it was a bad show, but it was far from the worst of the season. Id’ve thought someone would give it a 5th place “trashy entertainment” vote every once in a while.

    And this spring was way better than winter in my book. Winter only gave me one show I liked enough to maybe buy someday. This spring gave me at least five or six. Hibike’s the only one in my top five that’s in the voters top ten. But I’m not a blogger, just someone who’s watched anime long enough to know my own tastes, and spring happened to have a lot of the kind of shows I like.

  9. So little love for Etotama…

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