Anime Power Rankings: Superb Fowl Hangover (Winter Week 4)

Anime Power Rankings is a weekly column where dozens (positively dozens!) of anime critics and opinion givers vote on the best new episodes of anime from the past week. The goal is to track the collective opinions of online conversation leaders across the season and help readers find worthwhile shows to watch.

Rank Title Episode #1 Votes % of Ballots Change
1 Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju 5 16 64.1% up+1
2 Erased 5 6 56.4% up-1
3 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 4 2 28.2% up+1
4 Snow White with the Red Hair 16 0 30.8% up+4
5 (tie) Mr. Osomatsu 17 1 28.2% up+1
5 (tie) Haikyuu!! 2nd Season 18 2 23.1% up+6

On the cusp: Konosuba –God’s blessing on this wonderful world! (2-17.9%), Sekkou Boys (1-20.5%), Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (1-20.5%), Durarara!! X2 (1-17.9%)

Number of voters: 39

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 32

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

Rakugo and Erased swapped places this week, but even though the latter took a beating in the voter comments it still tallied more points than the next two highest ranked titles combined, Grimgar and Snow White. Osomatsu and Haikyuu both show up for the first time in the APR top 5 in a tie. Osomatsu reminds me a lot of Excel Saga at the height of its powers: terrifically mental cast of characters who are awful to each other utilized in scenarios that equally take inspiration from and skewer pop culture at large.

Voters’ comments:

Is this a really weak season, or is Show Genroku just making everything look like garbage in comparison?

Dee ( The Josei Next Door )

Rakugo is the Rak U Go to for good anime this season. It even has all the components for APR bait: realistic settings, relatable drama, well-fitted direction, and most importantly an implied gay ship!

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi has definitely been a pleasant surprise in terms of consistent quality, but I simply cannot give anything but Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu the number one slot in my ballot. Its presentation of Japanese history and continued examples of genuine Japanese theater are top notch for anyone who has an interest in Japanese studies.

Japesland ( Beneath the Tangles )

Damn it, Kaworu, get in the rakugo.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

This was the week Rakugo outdid every other show this season. Just the right blend of laughs, seriousness, and perhaps the best performance by a seiyu since Sengoku Nadeko’s outburst in Second Season.

Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )

As usual, a seasonal show’s first couple of episodes are good but a few episodes later the story starts to fall apart or not live up to expectations. This is happening to pretty much every show this season, especially with BokuMachi which completely dropped the ball this week. –

PavoKujaku ( My Fifteen Hours of Eternal Sleep )

This was the first time Erased really faltered for me. It’s not that the episode in itself was bad per se, but the jump back to present-day combined with the police hide-and-seek removed a lot of the realism for me – and with it the emotional punch the show has had in spades up until now.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

I’m getting the feeling Erased hasn’t quite become the second coming of Evangelion yet.

As much as i’ve like Erased, I felt like the writing was a bit off this episode, especially the backstory with Airi’s father, guess stealing chocolate bars is a big crime in Japan.

Reevothemusefan ( Reevothemusefan )

Stealing chocolate is outlawed by the Geneva Convention! D:

Two shows here could not be more diametrically opposite this week. Grimgar did exactly what it needed to move the story along and showed once again that this is an increasingly well done character focused drama; as a result, it made me really care. Meanwhile, Erased may have given us some answers but it took a serious nosedive by coming back to the present and turning itself into a fairly generic action thriller, complete with a do-nothing protagonist who mostly sat under bridges.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

BokuMachi had its flattest episode yet, but it wasn’t bad. It was a far cry from bad. It’s just that the contrast from just how amazing it was up to this point makes it seem worse than it really was, and all the people who never cared for the show feel vindicated, and come out of the woodworks as if it’s always been bad. “Pfffft”, says I, and think people who watch too much anime that’re “so bad it’s good” forgot there’s something between the two extremes, and a show can be good, but not as good as it was at its peak.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Go! Princess Precure on the whole was an uneven outing, but it’s final episode ended it on a very high note. Cure Flora’s final battle with Close was the best battle in a show that’s one consistent note was it’s weekly battle scenes, The choreography was great, and I’m tempted to say that it’s probably right up there with the best that Toei has ever delivered visually (and, yes, this is absolutely true even considering something like Kyousogiga).

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

To say Go! Princess Precure ended on a high note would be an understatement; the finale was by far its best episode. What more could you have asked for? It had stunningly animated fight scenes, heartfelt climaxes for the character arcs, and tied up its themes in a neat and satisfying bow. it stands out as an exemplary slice of what only the magical girl genre is capable of when it’s at its best. I can’t praise this finale enough.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

Year-long TV series to market cheap toys to kids are going to have ups and down, and I think this Precure iteration front-loaded most of it’s good episode concepts and story arcs in its first half, but you have to appreciate the exceptional effort to send out a series already with plenty of things to like about it.

The switch [in Snow White] away from “the adventures of dorks in love” is a good pace changer, especially as we get a better insight into Shirayuki away from Zen.

John Noel ( chaostangent )

The anime equivalent of Joan Rivers reduced the god of war to a mere puddle of plaster without even raising her voice. Those Sekkou Boys seem like well meaning guys, but forget about them for a moment. I want to see the weekly short talk show where Setsuko has guests on from all around the anime world.

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

I guess everyone but me has forgotten about Durarara now? The latest episode had Celty turn into a giant black ball of nothing but pure rage to create havoc across the city, while her horse morphed into a bicycle so Shizuo could ride it (Shizuo not knowing how to ride a horse nor a motorbike). Basically it was pretty awesome.

Scamp ( The Cart Driver )

Everyone has forgotten about your favorite light novel trash, Fivecamp.

Erased got more comments tho.

Erased got more comments tho.

See you next chart time!

6 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Superb Fowl Hangover (Winter Week 4)”

  1. If Osomatsu-san episode 18 doesn’t take it this week, there’s something wrong with all of us. SHEEH!

  2. Long time no see everybody. Glad to see the nihon review is still kicking.

    As someone who doesn’t have enough time to sift through all the bad anime in a season, I find your power rankings list to be very helpful.

    My recommendation is to do include more shows in the power rankings (or at least archive it somewhere).
    Last week I discovered Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash because it was in 5th place on last week’s power rankings and it immediately became my favorite show of the season. (I’m personally surprised that it has been rated so low for so long – as I REALLY enjoy it, even more than Erased and Showa)

    It’s nice to see what is considered the “show of the season,” but I’m particularly interested in a list that just filters out the bad and includes all shows with potential.

  3. FANBOY MOMENT: RAKUGO STEALS NUMBER ONE FROM ERASED BABY. WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Well, aside from these two. What else? Maybe Osomatsu for its quirk. Akagami for having a better episode that week. I am sure it will jump next week. I am so sure.

    Oh. Ajin is still missing in the list.

  4. w00t w00t, Rakugo hype!

  5. Lovely Muuuuuuuco! has more effective use of CG than Ajin. Love the comic, disappointed by the TV show.

  6. Just read last week’s comments on the forum. Aside from that disappointing CGIs, BBK BRNKI has also used those better, it is one episode delayed so yeah. I understand the reason why it’s missing from the list.

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