Anime Power Rankings: What Lies at the End of Explosions (Winter Weeks 10)

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 11 13 52.9% 0
2 Erased 11 4 58.8% 0
3 Konosuba –God’s blessing on this wonderful world! 10 FINAL 4 44.1% up+1
4 Snow White with the Red Hair 22 1 38.2% up+1
5 Haikyuu!! 2nd Season 24 5 23.5% up+1

On the cusp: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (0-32.4%), Please Tell Me! Galko-chan (1-17.6%), Mr. Osomatsu (2-17.7%), Myriad Colors Phantom World (2-17.6%)

Number of voters: 34

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 26

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

The top two stay put atop the weekly ranking, but APR voters send out Konosuba with a fond farewell, scoring the second most points this season among non-Rakugo or Erased anime series, only behind it’s own week 6 effort.

Voters’ comments:

Konosuba may have ended, but at least a second season has already been greenlit.

PavoKujaku ( My Fifteen Hours of Eternal Sleep )

DARKER THAN DARK! EXPLOSION magic is the best magic. It does sort of suck that the first season is only 10 episodes plus an OVA, but I’m glad to hear we’re getting Kono2ba.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

Erased’s latest episode was an emotional sucker punch that had no right to be as good as it was after last week’s perfunctory box ticking; cynically it’s a delaying tactic to tie the two timelines back together, but hearing the child Fujinuma’s voice in the adult’s body, or the opening’s omission and of course, ~SPOILERS~, elevated it way beyond time filling. Also Fujinuma’s mum continues to be the best.

Caraniel ( Caraniel’s Ramblings )

ERASED wasn’t exactly great this week (hello, hamsters) but it did pull itself up enough compared to everything else this week. I don’t know why I keep slighting Grimgar for my #1 vote, but it never feels quite up to it.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

ERASED looks like it’s going to end with someone falling off the building, I guarantee it.

Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )

Not content with it’s usual serving of FEELINGS, Erased represented another surprising source of hurt this week.

Akagami has given me everything I wanted. I teared up, I smiled, I actually laughed several times. Not just gags based on funny faces, but situations that arise from the characters being true to their personalities and interacting. A group of friends, who feel like /my/ friends, is what this show can be at its best, which it was last week.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Zen x Shirayuki: the most well-adjusted anime couple of the last decade.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

This is the reason why sports themed shows will always be popular. All the buildup, all the drama, all the hype, came down to one final epic moment. While real sports rarely turn out this way, they SHOULD always turn out this way.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

In the domain outside of the top 5 and even beyond that, a few brave voices champion less heralded shows from this season.

Girls Beyond the Wasteland (Shoujo-tachi) had a rather excellent episode for once this week, which was a nice surprise since my go-to at the beginning of the season,

Japesland ( Beneath the Tangles )

I may well be one of the only people watching JK-Meshi! every week. Even the characters long ago acknowledged their terrible viewership. But the ultra-cheap student grade food ideas the show deals is enough fuel to keep me interested for the few minutes the episodes are. This week JK-Meshi! taught everyone how to make “juice”-filled gummy bears to put in cocktails. Somebody in all cultures must pass this torch from one generation to the next. You’re alright by me, JK-Meshi!

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

Utawarerumono managed to come back from a string of poorly-plotted, unexciting and rushed episodes with one that ignores the dire narrative the show has found itself in and instead focuses on nothing but spectacle for 20 minutes. Gorgeous animation, powerful sound design and an ever-escalating scale made for one hell of an enjoyable, extended fight scene. Sure, it was utterly mindless, but it was FUN, which is certainly more than can be said for the past few weeks.

swabl ( Swabulous Max )

I’m ready for this season to be over. Aren’t you?

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Yeah, except you’ve been telling me this every week since this season started.

Let’s walk the path of explosions again!

Let’s walk the path of explosions again!

See you next chart time!

9 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: What Lies at the End of Explosions (Winter Weeks 10)”

  1. Fuck KONOSUBA. That pile of DEEN has no right being the most successful show this season.

  2. I’m perplexed ERASED continues to rank each week about as high as it previous did. I think the latter episodes are significantly inferior to most of the ones in the first half.

  3. By this point, the voters are locked into their shows with any drops already taking place weeks ago. Thus, ERASED stays on a high percentage of ballots but with fewer number one votes.

    Then again, what is supposed to overtake it? Even with inferior episodes, what else is out there that is just soooo deserving? There’s not much.

  4. I guess it also depends on whether people are voting for shows as a whole or for individual specific episodes week-to-week–particularly if there’s a show they want to see “win.”

  5. So it is now safe to declare Shouwa Rakugo Genroku Shinjuu became the dark horse this season despite its uncommercial nature? GREAT. HOOHOOO!

    Yeah. Erased is on a downward trajectory. Thanks for making The Perfect Insider a better mystery show in terms of revealing the conflict.

    EDIT: I am curious what the voters will choose as the first next week since Rakugo and Erased will show their respective fireworks. In my case, I mostly ranked Rakugo ahead of Erased except episodes 4 and 8. (Not a member of the APR though)

  6. … and I need to watch Konosuba soon. Darn it.

  7. […] had been in a long while, and was in fact my favourite episode of the week (and for purposes of the communal Anime Power Ranking ballot, even beat out Rakugo Shinju’s 11th episode). This week’s episode was just shy of it, […]

  8. Flawfinder seems annoying as fuck.

  9. Yeah, and that Typical Idiot Fan. What an asshole.

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