Anime Power Rankings: One Year Man: Iron-Blooded Rankings (Fall Weeks 1 & 2)

Heido ho, loyal APR readers! Just over one year ago a man, a heroic man, a generous, heroic man with fabulous hair, took on the Herculean task of reviving a blogger favorite column that produced the Authoritative Rankings of the Animes. The column has repeated this task, Sisyphean-like, for eternity almost every week that followed. I admit that it has felt longer than just one year, but it has been satisfying in its own way. I have bigger things I hope to accomplish with Anime Power Rankings in Year 2, so buckle up for another ride with yours truly.

FYI: If you’re new to this, Anime Power Rankings is a “weekly” column where dozens (positively dozens!) of real life anime bloggers, writers, and podcasting types vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week. Maybe something here will pique your interest?

Week 1 Rankings

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 One Punch Man 1 9 54.3%
2 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 1 8 54.3%
3 The Perfect Insider 1 3 45.7%
4 Owarimonogatari 1 & 2 5 30.4%
5 Utawarerumono The False Faces 1 & 2 4 26.1%

On the cusp: Mr. Osomatsu (2-28.3%), Haikyu!! 2nd Season (2-34.8%), Beautiful Bones –Sakurako’s Investigation- (2-21.7%), Noragami Aragoto (1-19.6%), Concrete Revolutio (1-21.7%)

Number of voters: 46

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 38

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

One Punch Man is about an unreasonably strong bald man punching bad things to death and it somehow doesn’t star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Like The Rock, Saitama takes on a city-rending disaster with ease (and a similar body count) and vaults to the first #1 ranking of the season.

To my surprise, the long-struggling Gundam franchise’s latest effort at a Serious War Story comes in at a close 2nd place with tons of buff shirtless men. Who knew the APR voters were so easy?

The Perfect Insider muses on the nature of the number 7 and the insufferable academic senseis we all yearn for in our hearts. Not to be outdone, Owarimonogatari is also ostensibly about maths and a girl with no hands. Is this actually the brainchild of the Colon series and Katawa Shoujo?

Utawarererererumono (sorry, I stuttered), or as it is better known in some circles Underwater Ray Romano, clinches the last spot in the top 5 of Fall Week 1 on the force of a rad cool alternative name alone (probably).

First voter comments of the season:

The real payoff to One Punch Man will be witnessing whether or not it can maintain this level of quality throughout its entire run. And also if it’s ever going to be anything worthwhile other than a weekly 20-minute sakugafest.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

This season will be pretty interesting, I think. There’s a bunch of really good shows that each appeals to a different audience. Outside of maybe One Punch Man, I think we’ll see a pretty competitive APR this time around.

Chronolynx ( THAT Anime Blog )

OPM was actually only a couple of points ahead of Gundam and a couple of points away from me yelling at everyone for being dirty, rotten hipsters.

Sure, One Punch Man was a stunning spectacle and hilarious to boot, and The Perfect Insider came across as a surprising throwback to the golden age of noitaminA, but everything else? Either it’s more of what we’ve come to expect by now or just various shades of underwhelming.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

I’ve seen quite a bit of Gundam including most of the UC timeline, but never before has it gripped and excited me so quickly like Iron-Blooded Orphans has already. Here’s hoping it doesn’t fall apart.

navycherub ( Wideface )

Gundam had a very solid premiere, it’s as if they had aired the very same premiere several dozen times over the past decade to perfect it. So while it was very good, a Sunrise Mecha premiere can’t excite me, and they have to prove to me what they’ve got with the episodes that follow.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

As potentially one of the few people on planet Earth to have watched Mari Okada’s last robot show, M3: The Dark Metal, week after week and all the way to completion: I was very worried about Iron-Blooded Orphans and heading off with Mari to Mars. M3 was a disastrous bomb of a production in almost every way conceivably possible. But, if M3 had to be a designated sacrifice so she could purge everything toxic into that so her Gundam could have a better take on the child soldiers angle, then I’m all for it. Gundam has always had the aspect of youth piloting machines of war, but Iron-Blooded Orphans looks to be going at it much harder this early on in ways more reminiscent of War in the Pocket than G-Reco. And with plenty of grunt level, mass production units too!

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

Everyone loves the mass production units! (except those lame Jims)

G-Tekketsu is basically Aldnoah.Zero except not suck. Can we all finally agree Mari Okada > Gen Urobuchi.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Unfortunately no 4-koma adaptation quite grabs the attention like those of last season, but at least we are not going completely without. Of course, in the meantime there’s always Utawarerumono to warm the cockles of our hearts. Before the inevitable weirdness kicks in, at least.

A. Libellule ( Altair & Vega )

Could just be the nostalgia talking but I am really glad to be back in the world of Underwater Ray Romano. While Haku is no Hakuoro, yet, the parallels between the series are there, which should set up a fun and fanciful romp through lands filled with kemonomimi girls and fluffy tails. I only hope to God this one doesn’t follow the previous series’ descent into “what the fuck?” ville with a jarring last arc that makes no fucking sense.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

Underwater Ray Romano certainly is easier to remember how to spell, and might just spawn numerous sequels and spinoff shorts featuring Scrat’s continent-splitting antics.

I’m calling it. This is the week the streak ends.

Emperor J ( Lower Mid-Table )

You’re half-right since you got two(!) series on the cusp at least. Speaking of shows on the cusp…

Concrete Revolutio easily had the worst opening episode this season – what a mess! Although, to be fair, BONES and I have never been the best of friends anyway. I think they tend to have the sorts of shows that have a decent bit of promise that they then squander big time.

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

This is a new strategy for Studio BONES: put the messiness up front so the second half will have a coherent and satisfying ending for once!

Osomatsu-san is an incredibly bright spot on an otherwise relatively lacklustre season. Everyone should watch at least the first episode of this – I promise you, it’ll be worth your time.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

Haikyuu!! is back and I couldn’t be happier! + I have been waiting all year to finally see Yachi animated, and it was everything I could have hoped for. She’s simply the best and I can already see everyone falling in love with her. Let the Yachi takeover begin!

Samu ( Random Curiosity )

Haikyu didn’t make my list this week because I had to make room for the gothic melodrama reverse harem musical about a satanic anime high school. Clearly, I am a person whose opinions you should take seriously.

Adam Wednesdays ( Home Theater of Cruelty )

Kirara episodes [of Princess Precure] are always good.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

Monster Strike hit it out of the ballpark with its debut episode of hot blooded monster fighting action. Looking forward to so much more from this promising title.

Trist ( Population GO )

K is back, in all its goofy and peculiar glory, and I’m happy even if no one else particularly likes it. It’s very much my kind of thing.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

My head is so full of premieres at this point that I just threw out the top five shows that made me most excited for Episode 2 (or 3). Now I’m going to go sleep for 12 hours, purge all those awful LN adaptations from my memory, and get ready for the ritualistic Week 2 watchlist trimming.

Dee ( The Josei Next Door )

This season is of to a fantastic start. There is something here for basically anyone.

Reiseng ( Toxic Muffin )

There’s certainly something for basically anyone looking for any variety of magical/anti-magical school harems.

If anybody is hesitant on what to watch, I’d recommend waiting for other people’s reactions to future developments before making a decision.

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Gee, we certainly could use an article that accumulated the opinions of self-styled Anime Experts to collectively arrive at a consensus of what new series are worth watching. It could even rank the episodes every week to track how well shows delivered throughout their airing. I wish there were something like that.

Well done, OPM. Thousands have voted (kinda).

Well done, OPM. Thousands have voted (kinda).

 


 

 

Week 2 Rankings

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2 7 55.3% up+1
2 One Punch Man 2 5 52.6% up-1
3 The Perfect Insider 2 4 55.3% 0
4 Utawarerumono The False Faces 3 3 31.6% up+1
5 Owarimonogatari 3 3 26.3% up-1

On the cusp: Haikyu!! 2nd Season (3-28.9%), Mr. Osomatsu (1-23.7%), Concrete Revolutio (1-26.3%), Noragami Aragoto (2-18.4%)

Number of voters: 38

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 32

The Bald Punchy Man may be unbeatable in canon, but even reviving the spirit of Monster Girls with Miyuki Sawashiro Mosquito Woman couldn’t hold off the surging momentum of one of the most promising non-Build Fighter Gundam in years. That, or no one could resist the ingenuity of the trio of instant classic Gundam names of Biscuit, Cookie, and Cracker.

Perfect Insider stays pat in a strong 3rd place, whereas Owari and Ray Romano switch places. Underwater masks too stronk!

But what does the peanut gallery say out loud in the secrecy of the APR smoke signal communications?

Even as a long time Gundam fan, I have no idea what’s in store for this morally ambiguous protagonist. It’s been a long time since Gundam has surprised me like this.

Lauren Orsini ( Otaku Journalist )

Gundam is definitely the surprise of the season. Hammering at us with how bad things are for the children and with ill-fitting humor is what I expected from the show, so seeing how subtle the show manages to be about characterization? I’m very surprised.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Still too early to make good judgments on Sakuga Punch Man but I like what I see so far. Story, not so much, it’s just a facilitator for the action so far and the action blows everything away so I guess that evens out.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

I’m here for the sackoogee and kawaii cyborg kohai mascot.

For a series which sells itself on featuring dead bodies and a serial murder case, mostly everyone in The Perfect Insider seems to be enjoying their island vacation and barbecue dinners so far. I can appreciate the steady set-up phase, but I’d be lying if I denied that this also worries me to a degree. As Noitamina shows often run a bit shorter in episode counts, I hope we do not spend too many more mainly on selling how much of a genius Saikawa and Magata respectively are. The show could risk embodying the far too clever movie villain who spends so long showcasing their smarts that their grand plan of action never goes as far as it could.

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

Let me throw a little love to Haikyuu!! for being the most emotionally open, adorable show ever. Yachi is an angel.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

I was afraid that Mr. Osomatsu might have blown its full load on all the gags it packed into episode 1, but episode 2 was one of the best episodes this week. And this is coming from someone who drops most anime comedy series he tries before the first episode is over.

Adam Wednesdays ( Home Theater of Cruelty )

[Cinderella Girls] as a whole went for quantity over quality, but the finale was still sort of nice.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

High School Star Musical this week had a boy riding a dolphin across the sky as he sang about friendship. I’m so glad to be alive in such an era.

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

Starmyu was just the breath of fresh air I needed after the disappointment that was One-Punch Man. It’s Utena! With singing boys! And the best character writing this season.

Chronolynx ( THAT Anime Blog )

The first two episodes played with a lot of Flanderized tropes of the characters, while the third one finally hit a stride that the show wants to go for, which is to just take the characters from AoT and put them in whatever wacky situation they can think of just for the hell of it. Also, Annie looks like Sonya from Kill Me Baby and that gives me weird, confusing sexual feelings.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

It may be your typical LN action anime, but I’m genuinely enjoying how smoothly and well made Asterisk War is so far. It moves right along and no one is particularly wallowing in obnoxious, over the top LN tropes (unlike some LN shows this season).

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

Good things come in fat mobile suits.

Good things come in fat mobile suits.

Will APR finally be on time next week? There’s only one way to find out!

See you next chart time!

6 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: One Year Man: Iron-Blooded Rankings (Fall Weeks 1 & 2)”

  1. Fat? Almost all the robots in this gundam are anorexic.

  2. Surprised it was said this would be a competitive season when the top five has remained composed of the same.

    Perfect Insider could fall off.

    Oh and someone with the mention of the devil worshipper anime. 💕💕💕

  3. I have watched G-Tekketsu up to 3 episode now, but I am not impressed with the anime as I find the story plots are very weak, the characters are dull and badly written.

    The overall atmosphere in G-Tekketsu isn’t intense at all, the fighting scenes weren’t very well choreographed and there aren’t any shows of some real-life inspired military joint-strike tactics at the way how the orphans and their enemies fight.

    The Gundam Barbatos was poorly designed and not inspiring being as an unfinished piece of scrap. Others like the Kimaris and Gusion looked like they inherit the ugliness from G no Reconguista, which believed to be primary reason why plamo kits from G no Reconguista didn’t do so well.

    In conclusion, G-Tekketsu was another typical no-brainer anime with shallow themes and shallow characters. And it is perfect for anyone who are only interested at getting in hypes and hot airs that only lasted 30 minutes.

  4. Funny, that’s how I feel about One Punch Man.

  5. Funny, that’s how I feel about Subete ga F ni Naru.

  6. Funny, that’s how I feel about everything that isn’t Brave Beats! All of you have some shockingly shit taste :(

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