Anime Power Rankings: Okay, so Linkin’ Park Wasn’t in that Bloody Evanescence Single (Winter Week 6)

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 7 11 47.5% 0
2 Erased 7 8 57.5% 0
3 Konosuba –God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 6 6 37.5% 0
4 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 6 1 35% 0
5 Snow White with the Red Hair 18 0 38.5% up+1

On the cusp: Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (3-20%), Mr. Osomatsu (2-22.5%), Sekkou Boys (2-20%), Haikyuu 2nd Season (1-17.5%), Dakashi Kashi (0-22.5%)

Number of voters: 40

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 29

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

This season’s rankings have seem to have congealed into a reliable 5 or 6 shows every week. Rakugo and Erased sit pretty at the top, with only a 2 point margin between them but a gulf separating them from the rest of the pack. Konosuba has come on strong as of late, and Grimgar has made top 5 every time except week one. Snow White returns to top 5 despite 0 #1 votes, holding a razor-thin lead over the next two series.

Voters’ comments:

Erased has set up camp in its past timeline again, and let’s hope it never leaves. Satoru and Kayo are the emotional core of the series, and losing that central relationship made all the little cracks feel like glaring chasms. Now that we’re back with the kids, Erased is back to being one of the best shows of the season.

Dee ( The Josei Next Door )

ERASED came alive this week with a bunch of character development that culminated in various people showing actual character for once, especially Satoru. The show has always been good with tension, but this time for once I was afraid not so much for Satoru but for what he might become.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

I’ve heard ERASED is actually giving Rakugo a run for its money in the votes, and that is very silly. C’mon people. We only get a couple Rakugo-tier productions a year, let’s give the show its due.

Bobduh ( Wrong Every Time )

Erased garnered more total votes this week than Rakugo and consistently generates much more chatter each week. Not discrediting Rakugo’s quality, but I’d say compelling thrillers of Erased’s ilk are far fewer and in-between in Anime-dom.

Languid paces are rarely executed correctly, and Grimgar might be the litmus test that all other shows will be compared to from now on. The situations are written with a mature pen, and the director knows what he’s doing. Would I like to see more of this world faster? Yes, but when dealing with such heavy moments as we’ve seen recently, there’s nothing wrong with letting your human characters be human.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

After a couple of episodes that were just okay, Snow White pulled me right back in this week thanks to the criminally underused Kiki finally getting some screentime and teaming up with Shirayuki. Because the only thing better than one badass heroine is two badass heroines.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

This week’s Osomatsu was great, just not Rakugo or Erased good. Rakugo remains stronger than ever. I think I’m falling in love with Miyokichi! ♥~ –

Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )

Haikyuu this week was probably the best the show has been in it’s second season; the show has generally improved in the second half of this season, but this blows everything else out of the water. I wish it’d managed to remember it’s heart sooner than this, but here’s hoping it can maintain this pitch for the climax and denouement.

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

Lovely Muuuuuuuco! has in recent weeks been transitioning over to springtime skits about pollen brewing and flowers blooming. Which reminds me, despite living in the northeastern United States: due to how screwball the weather patterns have been this winter, I have not needed to wear a coat. You can imagine how devastating this may be to my ideas of personal identity. Muco may enjoy making whole skits about humidity levels now, while I quietly dread how much more hellish things will soon be.

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

So here’s SAYA-SHI sitting on her Dagashi Kashi Best Girl throne holding her nomination for 2016’s Girl of the Year.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

I’ve been feeling the comedies lately.

vucubcaquix ( Altair & Vega )

Osomatsu, Galko-chan, Sekkou Boys, Dakashi Kashi, etc. aren’t exactly breathtaking masterstrokes in visual storytelling (although Osomatsu sometimes actually is), but not everything has to be. A shot of cheer and streak of absurdity to lift your mood is sometimes immeasurably valuable.

Pretty spectacular Divine Gate episode this week raising the bar way too high for most other anime to reach in good quality anime this season. This episode was something else with its very surprising storytelling and fast paced action. Good stuff.

Trist ( Population GO )

Can we talk about how fresh MahoPri feels, even though it’s very much still within the Procure formula? I dunno if it’s Yui Horie’s voice goddess powers or the tiny witch hats or whatever, but it’s good.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

With fun episodics, fun characters, and brief moments of sakuga, it’s kind of a wonder that Lupin III hasn’t caught on with the APR crowd yet considering that everything that isn’t named Rakugo and Erased (and maybe snow white and grimgar) haven’t been very good so far.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

The newest Lupin series is in APR limbo since it “officially” aired last year on Italian broadcast, of which there were a few tardy fansubs available. I’ve never included it in the ballots but it has still gotten a few votes every week. Do check out the awesome(-ly terrible) rap italiano! One Piece circa 2004 would be proud!

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goblins that spawn endlessly for exp fodder, you da real MVPs

See you next chart time!

6 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: Okay, so Linkin’ Park Wasn’t in that Bloody Evanescence Single (Winter Week 6)”

  1. That was a return to form for Erased this week but man, Rakugo is just too thematically rich even in this dramatic episode so no, I am still for Rakugo except for episode 4.

    I lolled at Akagami being in the top 5 despite having zero #1 votes.

    PS: Am I dreaming or is this really a relatively good season for animes?

  2. @Samui

    It’s the first season in a whilr to have not only a good number of decent shows, but ones of such unbelievable quality. Summer was crap, and Winter in the end only really hap OPM and IBO. Speaking of which why is Iron Blooded Orphans getting so little love? It’s not nearly as good as it could be. But I’m consistently impressed with the director it’s willing to take.

  3. @Kavik Ryx – Same here. I get that episodes 14 and 16 of IBO are not exactly good but man, episodes 17-20 are pretty top notch if I am asked.

    So I am not alone. Great. I will check KonoSuba and Grimgar after this season ends but before spring.

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  5. I have already seen Grimgar and I can say it is a good show if you can get past the AMV animation style.

    Man, the 9th episode of Rakugo blew everything else away this week. What the.

  6. I must be incredibly out of touch with the community even more than I thought because to me this is the worst season in years on top of an already really bad stretch for TV anime and yet again I see so many people insisting it’s exceptional and clearly there are just worlds continuing to separate me from the rest of the community in terms of tastes and what they seem to be looking for in shows.

    I just notice heavy melodrama and shows with lots and lots of talking (not necessarily interesting conversations, just lots of them, the more the better apparently) are really on the upswing and seen as imminently desirable and satisfactory whereas for me anime has been stuck in this rut of what I can only describe as samey bullshit and sequels for franchises that seem to fascinate many but just do nothing for me for several years now and nothing even this season old or “new” excited me much at all or made me want to continue watching which even in the worst seasons of the past few years has not happened even once. There’s always one show that’s interesting enough to at least bother to finish…..I mean maybe Rakugo was kind of refreshing and I show I might feel compelled to finish at some point but other than that just a resounding meh all around lately.

    To be fair though I think I’ve officially just become completely bored of TV anime, the pre-seasonal hype, the guaranteed disappointment even with rock bottom expectations and now tired trends that just seem to refuse to break and am rapidly moving beyond in the last year. Even genres that used to be virtual guarantees of providing something for me to at least finish 12 episode shows like sci-fi and fantasy just seem increasingly ill-conceived and like they’re being used as vehicles and window dressing that gets pushed to the side in terms of priorities for development in order to market other concepts like waifus, music discs and source books rather than good shows in their own right and everything just kind of follows uninspired and tired formulas of either stylish production values or just lots and lots of talking and rehashing of more than established plot points and/or cliche melodrama for the purposes of fucking with the audiences emotions.

    Just not what I got into anime for, again if it felt like anything had changed even remotely in this industry or that anything fresh was happening since the decade started it might make a difference but things have only gotten more commercialized with time. I used to balk at those scrawls of BD release dates below airing shows as crass when they started happening more around the turn of the decade and now that seems harmless by comparison. Anyway that’s been my main takeaway from this season, anime gets even more commercialized somehow instead of being run like proper shows and the commercial aspects worried about more separately. Or maybe shows have just gotten worse at hiding their commercial aspects or maybe producers just don’t even care anymore because the fans don’t seem to much. Who knows really

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