Anime Power Rankings: Frozen in Time (Winter Weeks 9)

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 10 11 50% 0
2 Erased 10 3 52.9% 0
3 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash 9 5 32.4% 0
4 Konosuba –God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 9 3 32.4% 0
5 Snow White with the Red Hair 21 1 32.4% 0

On the cusp: Haikyuu!! 2nd Season (1-20.6%), Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (1-14.7%), Mahoutsukai Precure (1-14.7%), Sekkou Boys (1-20.6%), Mr. Osomatsu (2-20.6%)

Number of voters: 34

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 24

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

There was much sound and fury made of Erased’s big revelation this week, but it all turned into air as far as Anime Power Rankings was concerned. Absolutely no movement in the top 5, since this Winter has always been a two show season.

Voters’ comments:

Basically every episode of this show [Rakugo] is good. Even an episode featuring a kid is good, and I loathe anime kids almost as a matter of general principle.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

Rakugo really baffled me this week with its amazing understanding and implementation of cinematic technique. Symbolically rich imagery and well framed compositions won me over this week.

Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )

I think Rakugo’s slow burn method of storytelling makes it quite predictable as a result, so it’s very fortunate that it can consistently entertain me with the “how” of each new development instead of the “what”. It also helps that the direction has started to veer more towards visual metaphor territory so I can actually believe that I’m watching an anime instead of some low budget TV drama.

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

I would be very surprised if Erased maintained its high ranking this week. The reveal of the actual kidnapper was a kind of “well duh” moment for anyone who hadn’t snoozed throughout the series (or was overly attached to their off-the-map theories) but that he was a sneering, scenery chewing maniac made it a difficult episode put up against the rest of the series.

John Noel ( chaostangent )

Well, Erased isn’t boring but that’s because it’s becoming infuriatingly bad.

PavoKujaku ( My Fifteen Hours of Eternal Sleep )

While this week’s BokuMachi episode’s 2nd half really failed at being the very climatic thing it worked towards, but it still had a very solid first half, and it’s actually daring to do things. Grimgar is solid, but it’s also scared of actually doing anything, let alone risks, so I’ll still give the nod to BokuMachi over Grimgar.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

For all of the issues one can level at BokuMachi this week, I still can’t help but love it. The mystery was never the appeal and I’m glad the show understood that, opting to reveal its hand instead of weakly carrying it on any further. Satoru’s realisation and the shock, anger, betrayal and morbid terror that followed were perfectly conveyed and pinned me in place. The episode ending felt like hands loosening their grip around my throat. How can I resent anything that has that strong of a hold on me?

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

Grimgar just continues to grow on me more and more every week. Its slow approach to character building makes every emotional climax just so much more worth it and this week was another one of those. Mary has become much more endearing than I ever expected her to and I’m grateful she has!

Kori ( Kori’s Anime )

Snow White turned out the kind of episode we might have expected from season one this week, reminding us that it’s still basically a show about nice people being nice to one another. No complaints here.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

Obi has always been a good character, but this week’s Shirayukihime gave him a real chance to shine in several ways.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

I have to wonder if Dagashi Kashi would have benefited from being a short running time series too, like snack food itself. With the Break Glass In Case Of Emergency festival episode jolt behind us we’ve slammed straight into drawn out bits for “Imagine this melted ice cream is some other fluid.” It wants to keep going, but does it have the passion?

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

Daru the cat from She and Her Cat is saying what we’re all thinking, and I think I’m hungry.

vucubcaquix ( Altair & Vega )

MahoPri continues to impress with its distinctive, warm personality and bright characters. Making a play to be my favorite Procure? It’s early, but I’d say it has a really good chance.

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

"In a world full of falsehoods, the charm of a child remains the one consistent truth."

“In a world full of falsehoods, the charm of a child remains the one consistent truth.”

Source of this image/caption combo I stole.

See you next chart time!

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