Anime Power Rankings: But Who is the Chris Kirkpatrick of the Group? (Summer Week 11 & 12)

Fall is in the air (in the Northern Hemisphere), the kids are back in school, and a crop of new hotness has grabbed the attention of anime fans. But I get the feeling I have forgotten to do something for a few weeks. Eh, it probably wasn’t important.

Week 11 Rankings

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 School-Live! 11 5 43.2% up+1
2 Gatchaman Crowds insight 11 5 35.1% up-1
3 Snow White with the Red Hair 11 6 32.4% up+2
4 Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers 12 FINAL 1 27% 0
5 Non Non Biyori Repeat 11 1 21.6% up-2

On the cusp: Wagnaria!!3 (0-24.3%), Senki Zesshou Symphogear GX: Believe in Justice and Hold a Determination to Fist. (3-13.5%), Prison School (1-13.5), Ushio and Tora (1-18.9%)

Number of voters: 37

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 26

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

School-Live rose up to dethrone Crowds in the penultimate week of Summer, while Snow White cemented its place as one of the gems of the season.

Rokka finished controversially, but though the story continues on for Adlet and co. in the novels, I think it performed admirably both as an unexpected twist to conventional fantasy adventures and as a thorough single mystery caper, though the troll “To Be Continued” denouement is another thing entirely.

Lastly, Non Non Biyori breaks the hearts of Wagnaria fans for the third time this season by shutting the latter out in the cold of 6th place once again.

Do voters even remember what they thought of these old and moldy cartons from 3 weeks ago?

The night after I watched Gakkou Gurashi scenes from that episode kept working their way into my dreams. I knew it was a heavy, intense and difficult episode while I was watching it, but I hadn’t quite realised just how much of an impact it had on me. That never happens to me.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

Snow White remains consistent with a modest romance, presented in a sweet yet sensible manner. While I won’t hesitate to admit that the setting is far too “safe” for the themes to be considered wholly authentic, the solid characterization and well-directed romantic moments help keep my expectations tempered and as a result I have enjoyed this show to the fullest. Certainly more than other anime that reached for the stars and failed on the way

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

Gatchaman crowds may have just topped watchmen, but number one goes to prison school. Hana is best girl.

ABCBTom ( Hungry Bug Diner )

Jitsu wa Watashi wa has really jumped up the ranking for me this season, especially over the last few weeks. It’s such a fun reimagining of the very classic harem rom-com, complete with even some 90s-esque style in character designs, and even some of the elements I was iffy on at first (the principal, Mikan) have turned out really good. I probably laugh and cheer the most while watching this of anything else in the season with the exception of Rokka no Yuusha ever since FremyAdlet has become a ship. Precious alien commando, too pure for this world.

ExecutiveOtaku ( THAT Anime Blog )

Snow White and School-Live were the clear standouts this week, but let’s not forget that Chaos Dragon went out in a glorious blaze of characters you couldn’t remember, plot points you couldn’t keep straight, and CG dragon battles you couldn’t unsee. Most of the time I find bad anime unwatchable because it’s bland or obnoxious, butChaos Dragon was just good old-fashioned convoluted fantasy garbage, sincere and terrible and sincerely terrible, and I enjoyed every jerkily animated frame of it.

Dee ( The Josei Next Door )

Chaos Dragon delivered a fantastic ending on par for being up there for best fantasy anime of the year for me. Ibuki was a good kid lead character with strong character development that we rarely see. Additionally rather than an anime with dragons as some cool aspect that is glorified, they were deities of epic proportions here that we were able to see grow along with the lead or even be key plot points as a means to an end. It was good

Trist ( Population GO )

Hashbrown Ayee Pee Arr at Behind the Nihon Review, curator of One Universal Tryhard Anicritic Voice.

Wooser managed to surpass Rio Rainbow Gate’s last episode for breaking the world. If that isn’t worth a 1st place vote, I don’t know what is.

Emperor J ( Lower Mid-Table )

Did it… bring peace to the Middle East?

Arslan may have floundered a bit in the middle but it sure knows how to kick off a finale. This week’s episode, featuring the siege of the Keep of St. Emmanuel, left me breathless. From Daryun and Hermes’ furious fight to Arslan and Estelle’s twin agonies at seeing people die, Arslan finally comes into his strength as an epic tale of a young king, with ideals too kind for the world he lives in.

jstorming ( Anime Monographia )

Don’t cry, this APR post will be over soon.

Don’t cry, this APR post will be over soon.

Welp, that’s all folks! Tune back in 3 more weeks for the exciting conclusion to Summer season Anime Power Rankings!

 

 


 

 

Lost somewhere in the long forgotten sands of September, the Love Live movie premiered IN AMERICA so APR couldn’t resist getting in the authoritative ranking of the Double Ls after its assuredly final, franchise-sealing end. It’s sad to see the end of the mean meme machine, which definitely does not have a lucrative rhythm mobile game designed to part obsessive-compulsive collectors from their monies, or a new upcoming series featuring another generation of marketable character designs, no sir. Without further ado, here is the only Love Live rankings that matter.

Love Live Power Rankings

Rank Character
1 Nico

Nico “Queen of Trash” Yazawa /// Kotori “Photobomber” Minami Kotori

Runners Up Rin

Rin “Gotta Go Fast” Hoshizora /// Umi “Poker Face” Sonoda Umi

Who Cares MakiIdolmasterNozomiEri

These Yahoos

U Bonkers Honoka

Honkers “Honoka” Kousaka

No Votes for You Hanayo

The Fat One who makes a career as a B-list celebrity game show hostess after the group disbands

Best Love Live: NICO, QUEEN OF TRASH

vestenet ( Isn’t It Electrifying? )

Clearly the best Love Live is Nico, because she makes people froth so much. Also, she’s the only one that I can recognize because people talk about her so much.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

Our blessed champion.

I’ve always liked Kotori best. At first I felt a bit guilty about this as it was pretty much that I thought she was horridly cute, but having dragged my sorry self through both seasons, I appreciate that she’s the only member of the cast who apparently understands that high school isn’t forever. Yeah, yeah, uguu tears because graduation in the second season, but unlike other shows that agonize over the imminent graduation of members of its cast, none of the third years spend any time considering what they’re going to do next. Meanwhile, we know Kotori aspires to go into fashion design. She’s also the only girl in the show who works at a regular job. And, too, I like that she turns out to be sneaky as hell despite her cutesy, sweet characterization, as she keeps the part-time job under wraps and keeps plans about going off to fashion school to herself. (Nico, too, conceals things, but, well, the stuff it turns out she’s hiding is borderline creepy.) Put another way, Kotori comes across as being the only one who exists in the real world and not solely in the high school simulacrum everyone else is stuck in. (Seriously, how the hell does someone like Eli never once mention entrance exams for college??? She’s supposed to be the beautiful high-achiever girl!)

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

KOTORI IS LIFE, KOTORI IS ETERNAL

Muse ( Subdued Fangirling )

May aliens millennia in the future gaze upon the Kotori gif and realize the glory and wonder of the former human civilization.

Nozomi. Didn’t like her in season one and her washi washi thing is gross but she’s still a huge gay idol that won my heart in season two.

Fang-tan ( Loli Salad )

If Honoka is the heart of μ’s then Eri was the brains. Her calm, confidence provided stability to the group in stark contrast to Honoka’s flights of fancy. I loved how she took on the role of the calm, cool senpai who can keep the group in line when needed while also being able to let loose and play along with the rest of the girls’ silliness. She’s serious and steady without being obstinate and is really pretty to boot. Harasho indeed.

Kelloggs ( Pedantic Perspective )

Rin is the only Love Live I can name, due to her selection as Sega’s Image Girl for the franchise. I was on the Sega side of game consoles, so clearly they would not steer me wrong on Love Live’s! Well, there was the 32X. Or the Sega CD. But a lot of folks ignored the Saturn. Dreamcast tried its best, like a school idol team trying to save their school, but that couldn’t save the company. Rin seems to be a pretty unpopular Love Live. So, Rin seems like a good Love Live for Sega. In turn, Rin is probably the best Love Live.

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

Maki is Love Live’s Best Girl because she is the only character whose eyes are both (a) flat on top and (b) angled upward at the outer corners. The eyes of all the other Love Live characters did, in fact, contribute to my decision to drop the show years ago after only a few episodes into the first season. In particular, I think the round eyes of most of the characters look sort of vacant. Additionally, the characters who don’t have round eyes have downward-drooping ones, making them look somewhat slow-witted. These effects are particularly bad in the CG dance portions (at least those found in the early episodes of the first season’s television broadcast) . Maki is the sole exception to these problems, since she has upturned angular eyes conventional to this modern moé era.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

my vote is for Maki since she is the hottest.

Aeroblip ( Anime Soapbox )

Maki can be yuri-shipped with any lifeform, especially trash. It’s science!

my only recent interaction with the franchise is overhearing my wife play the phone game version. But that won’t stop me from placing my vote! From the various catchphrases the Love Lives shout out in a game, two stick out to me. The one who says “sasuga desu” in a tone of shocked intrigue is certainly an interesting one. But what turns me off is there’s a sarcastic tone to her voice that make me dislike her. So my vote would have to go to the one who shouts “ICHIBAAAAAAN” because her joy at being the ichibaaaaaan is so clear and raises my spirits. It’s so clear and long that it sounds like the end is cut off in the single soundbite, which makes me think her enthusiasm is so grand that it can’t even be contained in the game.

Scamp ( The Cart Driver )

i know im in the minority and half the english-speaking love live fandom hate honoka. its fine. ill be bonkers with honkers all by myself.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Honkers is a viable choice, except compared to every other Love Live that exists.

What’s a Love Live?

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Sadly, Joey Fatone Hanayo learned the harsh truth that not all Love Lives deserve love.

 

 


 

 

I’ll just say I took Crowds insight‘s lessons to heart and took an extra couple of weeks to think deeply about this season-capping post to make it extra good and extra worth it. Yay to me being a responsible citizen!

Week 12 Rankings (End of Summer)

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Gatchaman Crowds insight 12 FINAL 11 43.6% up+1
2 Non Non Biyori Repeat 12 FINAL 4 30.8% up+3
3 School-Live! 12 FINAL 2 30.8% up-2
4 Snow White with the Red Hair 12 END S1 2 33.3% up-1
5 Prison School 12 FINAL 1 25.6% up+3

On the cusp:, Charlotte (2-23.1%), Classroom Crisis (0-25.6), Everyday Life with Monster Girls (3-15.4), Ushio and Tora (1-20.5%), Wagnaria!!3 (1-30.8%)

Number of voters: 39

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 28

Summer ends with Crowds insight sitting in the throne it owned all season long, with constant Rankings companions Biyori Repeat and School-Live in near proximity. Snow White and Prison School couldn’t be more polar opposites, but fittingly close out the final weekly top 5 rankings of perhaps the most polarizing season I’ve seen.

Gatchaman remains the discussable thinkpiece it always aimed to be, which puts a real damper on whether I actually think it’s a good show. In fact, I’m going to take a note from Gatchaman’s book and just let me think about that for a while. No need to rush judgment on a show that just ended.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

I’m glad I decided to catch up on Shirayuki-hime just in time to give its final episode the APR vote it’s really deserved from me all season.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

I had to decide between Shirayuki and Hajime this week for which of these two wonderful ladies’ shows I was going to put in the first spot, but ultimately Hajime Ichinose is one of the greatest characters I’ve seen in any anime ever—so any episode with Hajime not only being a hero in word, but in deed, was more or less guaranteed the top spot.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Non Non Biyori finished out on a perfect note between whimsy and whistfulness and though it wasn’t its strongest episode it rounded out a solid 24 episode run for the franchise. Snow White with the Red Hair continues the story of the two turbo dorks in love and sets itself up well for its second half – it’s certainly been pleasant to watch a romance blossom that is built out of respect rather than lust or simple availability. Elsewhere, series like GANGSTA just kind of Thelma and Louise’d their story with an episode that concluded absolutely nothing and continued the same kind of po-faced faux machismo that permeated the rest of the series, it’s telling when Alex’s story is the most interesting of the bunch.

John Noel ( chaostangent )

At the end of the season it’s Non Non Biyori that comes out on top. Its complete mastery of tone and atmosphere and its engaging cast of characters made it by far the most consistent show of the season. The second season took the first season’s premise and elevated it to a level few shows in the genre reach. A third season is probably not likely but I’m glad we had Repeat to show us what a show like this can be when done right.

Kelloggs ( Pedantic Perspective )

Jitsu wa Watashi wa ended up topping the charts for me this season. It’s really been the biggest surprise for me in terms of what it looked like at preview time and how much I’ve come to love it. The characters are all really fun, Shirgami’s accent is to die for, and once again we get a perfect blue haired Best Girl who will inevitably lose. Reminds me of Ano Natsu in that way, and also in its touches of retro style. A bit of it to the character designs, the classic romcom setup, even some gags and especially Aizawa’s ‘education’ about Earth via old 1970s-1980s manga. Greatly enjoyed it.

ExecutiveOtaku ( THAT Anime Blog )

Sore ga Seiyuu! 12. I’m not a big fan of this plot device, but still good.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

Lot of hella weak final episodes. Still was a good season, but do wish some of these shows had closed on stronger notes. And then there’s Himouto! Umaru-chan, which closed on three mediocre episodes in a row!

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

If you had told me my favorite show of the season would be a monster girl harem, I would have told you you had the wrong person, but here I am today, declaring my love for Monster Musume. 90 percent of the stuff I voted for this season I would consider total junk food, but like any good junk food I couldn’t stop consuming them. So I’d like to say a fond farewell to this trashy season, and I look forward to the fall of sequels.

Eric McLeod ( Rose’s Turn )

Shit, even I ended up with Monster Girls on my final ballot.

a pat happy ending for a wholly agreeable season of fun cartoons

a pat happy ending for a wholly agreeable season of fun cartoons

 

 


 

 

 

An Anime Power Rankings week 12 post isn’t truly complete until I show all the fun point summaries and rankings for the season as a whole, so here they are.

Summer Season Summary

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Crowds insight more than doubled up the point total of all but 3 other shows from the season, and took up nearly 19% of all #1 votes cast the whole season. The next closest in #1 votes was Biyori Repeat with only slightly over 7%.

A new feature APR is rolling out this time is a table showing the top 16 overall scoring titles of the season showing exactly how they fared every week, letting you can re-experience the roller-coaster ride of Summer rankings one last time.

(click for a closer look)

(click for a closer look)

Besides Gatchaman, which never left 1st or 2nd place, you can see the weekly variability various titles experienced. Gangsta made a strong first impression but fell off and never recovered after week 5 (R.I.P. Manglobe), while Rokka and Snow White gained recognition with APR voters over the weeks to finish in the top 5 overall.

Sure, there haven’t been any blockbusters that will be remembered for years to come, but what we do have is a large number of highly entertaining cartoons. I’ve personally been having a hell of a good time – I picked up a lot and couldn’t bring myself to drop anything! I think people will be remembering this summer a lot more fondly come the fall, which is not set to be outstanding.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

Red-Haired Snow White – eh
Classroom Crisis – *vomits blood and dies*
Prison School – boring and unfunny
Durararara!!x2 Ten – zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Charlotte – surprisingly not bad (not great though)
Gatchaman Crowds Insight – just end already

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Maybe you have noticed I’ve been delinquent on Anime Power Rankings posts of late, but I hope to roll straight into APR’s Fall Week 1 sometime in the coming days. Considering my current RL responsibilities, I can’t promise I’ll always have the available time or energy to stick to a regular weekly posting schedule, but in the worst case I will probably still push out a condensed biweekly post. Thanks for your continued support and patience.

See you next chart time!

5 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: But Who is the Chris Kirkpatrick of the Group? (Summer Week 11 & 12)”

  1. “Gangsta made a strong first impression but fell off and never recovered after week 5 (R.I.P. MAPPA)”

    I think you mean Manglobe, haha.

    It has been nice seeing Non Non Biyori stabilized in the top 5 almost the whole time despite not seeing much discussion about it, since it was my #1 choice for almost or maybe all of the season.

  2. @navycherub
    Whoops, there were so many mistakes I had to edit I missed that one.

  3. Darn chaos Dragon was great, I couldnt have been its only voter. Same for the the card game animes.

    Glad GOD EATER was close to the upper half. Do ufotable fans only ufotable for fate?

  4. Was getting a little worried about you there, Kadian.

  5. I am really glad that Shirayuki and Rokka (to some extent) were able to hurdle against other titles this season. Poor Gangsta, though. Here’s what I think I like last season.

    1. Shirayuki-hime
    2. Rokka
    3. School Live!
    4. Shimoneta
    —-
    Nothing follows

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