Anime Power Rankings: Anime Power Reboot (Winter Week 1-2)

Anime Power Rankings is a “weekly” column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and dilettantes vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week or so. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation makers throughout the season and also help readers find worthwhile shows.

This column ended 2015 with a whimper, but let’s see (cross your fingers and wish upon cosmic happenstance) if I can summon fresh energy and commitment in a new year to push out regular weekly rankings again. (I’ll get the Top Shows of 2015 feature out sometime, I swear)

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Erased 1-3 14 78.9%
2 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 1-3 12 63.2%
3 Snow White with the Red Hair 13 & 14 0 31.6%
4 Dimension W 1 & 2 1 31.6%
5 KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! 1 & 2 1 21.1%

On the cusp: Dagashi Kashi (0-23.7%), Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (0-28.9%), Ojisan and Marshmallow (2-13.2%), Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (0-13.2%)

Number of voters: 38

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 30

Last time on APR

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We’re jumping straight into voter comments:

Erased and Rakugo are immediate Top 10 of 2016 material. Pray with me that they do not falter.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

I mean, any good show in the first season of the year is gonna be Top 10 of the Year material by default.

Erased really is the standout of the season so far. It represents a lot of what people liked about the noitamina timeslot back when it was more consistent in quality – unique premise, mature execution, not focused on high schoolers, etc. – whilst being accessible to a mainstream crowd and the good production values just seal the deal.

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

The top two new shows of the season, BokuMachi and Rakugo Shinju, are so damn good, and their premieres have been spectacular. They’re so good that I can’t tell if my lack of excitement about shows beyond them and Akagami no Shirayuki Hime is because those other shows are lacking, or because they just pale so much in comparison. But these two shows burn bright, luminous in the twin lights of great direction and “cinematography”. Good acting. They’re just a joy to watch.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Erased has a lot going for it, and will most likely come out on top as the favored show with its theatrical quality backgrounds and brilliant editing. Rakugo takes a more timely approach, relaying on proven methods put into place by Ozu and Kurosawa; it’s traditional Japanese cinema depicting a traditional Japanese art form.

Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )

I make no secret of the fact that I’m not a Rakugo fan. With all due respect to traditional methods of storytelling, I don’t much care for Rakugo in real life and I care for it no more on screen. On the other hand, the character development and setting is so well-crafted here that I can’t not like Rakugo Shinju anyway. This is a classy anime through and through.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

The fact that the best shows so far are from Deen and A-1 Pictures should tell you that this is an odd season, let alone the fact that KyoAni is doing a trashy show (that people are giving too much flak because it’s “below KyoAni” but I digress). I just hope that the usual trend of A-1 Pictures shows crashing and burning after the first few episodes doesn’t happen this season.

PavoKujaku ( My Fifteen Hours of Eternal Sleep )

Erased and Rakugo were far and away the favorites in this voting round, creating the most lopsided results I’ve ever seen. Both scored over 100 points (with less than 40 total voters!) while the next highest show only accumulated 35 points.

I didn’t love the first season of Snow White with Red Hair – I thought it was all in all pretty boring – but the new episodes are showing promise. The mysterious boy searching for Shirayuki, Mihaya’s reintroduction to the cast, and Shirayuki’s return to Tanbarun are all potential opportunities to introduce tension to the plot that isn’t resolved within a couple episodes or simply shrugged off. I also like the subtle shift in Shirayuki and Zen’s relationship, now that they’ve acknowledged their feelings with each other. Their moment in the infirmary felt like honest, genuine moments. Zen’s display of real human emotion beyond bland niceness makes his character more sympathetic as well.

Caitlin ( I Have a Heroine Complex )

Very happy that Obi is getting more screentime!

Kate ( Reverse Thieves )

Konosuba is a little bundle of 25-minute joy ever Wednesday and that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Grimgar is the standout surprise to me this season. Despite its premise, it is a slow and honest portrayal of the day-to-day struggle of living in general, and its lovingly articulate character animation makes it all the more effective on that front.

navycherub ( Wideface )

The tail end of the top 5 was actually very close, with Dagashi Kashi and Grimgar both only one point off from an epic 3-way tie for 5th place.

Mobile Suit Gundam Iron Blooded Orphans continues to deliver a interesting story every week and with episodes 13-14 they have given us such a crazy emotional ride with Akihiro, and Mika in a fight that might have effected him a lot more than he actually knows! I hope he doesn’t turn into another typical scared main Gundam pilot who hates fighting.

Aside from the emotional parts episode 14 gave us a new OP by the band “Survivor” by BLUE ENCOUNT who did a crazy ED for Gintama called Day x Day and I love the visuals complete with new mobile suits and we finally got our Token Masked Gundam character! I don’t like the goofy long hair though.

Foshizzel ( Metanorn )

Gundam IBO actually traded top APR honors with OPM early in the Fall season but stuff happened and those weeks never got published…

I expect BBK/BRNK to be a controversial choice, but it’s a solid shonen action show for people who can accept the character CG. I even like some of the things they’re doing with the CG; the characters are being a lot more expressive than is typical for shows of this nature.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

You can only eat cold food, because your heart can’t accept warmth. Wait, wrong show.

You can only eat cold food, because your heart can’t accept warmth. Wait, wrong show.

See you next chart time!

4 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Anime Power Reboot (Winter Week 1-2)”

  1. Oh crap, gotta start checking my mail again.

  2. If you don’t have the time to do this weekly, why keep it as a “weekly” poll? Just making it monthly or something.

  3. […] this season is still really rocking. Anime Power Rankings (APR) even returned from near death with a post for the first two weeks of the season, and as I was filling out my ballot (a sublimely easy task), I realized what an utter […]

  4. Crap. I want to join too

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