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||JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable||3||8||59.1%||0|
|2||My Hero Academia||2||4||38.6%||0|
|5||Space Patrol Luluco||3||3||34.1%||0|
On the cusp: Flying Witch (3-34.1%), Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (2-29.5%), Three Leaves, Three Colors (3-15.9%), Macross Delta (2-15.9%)
Number of voters: 44
Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 35
About the Anime Power Rankings
I thought JoJo’s week 1 lead might shrink once some other titles establish themselves, but despite dropping the number of first place votes JoJo amassed a dominating advantage in total ballot presence and widened the gap from second place, My Hero Academia. Is it too soon to proclaim the glory days of JoJo are back, and it maybe even better than ever.
Kiznaiver joins this week’s top 5 with Concrete Revolutio and Luluco, and I note most of the APR leading series and contenders score well in aesthetic composition and attention to visual details. There ain’t no slouches this season.
Starting to weed some shows out now. I’m looking for more than just an interesting premise now. Please deliver, shows!
Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )
I’m an anime-only JoJo watcher. Part 3 did a lot to test my patience and burn away any goodwill the pretty great Part 2 had earned. Angelo’s content in episodes 1-2 of Diamond is Unbreakable? Not a whole lot better. But, this episode was fun, this episode had given us a direct face to face conflict with someone who has personality, and could be as much of a protagonist as the titular Joestar. I liked it.
Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )
There’s still a long way to go for Kiznaiver to not trip on itself, but its performance so far allows me to dream some more.
appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )
My heart belongs to My Hero Academia this season but Concrete Revolutio’s layered storytelling always keeps on stealing the first place when I rank the shows this week.
samui ( The anime glutton )
Concrete Revolutio’s latest episode is one of the best anime episodes I’ve seen this year, even by the show’s high standards. It tackles the idol business, LGBT issues in Japan, conflicting ideas of justice, Japan’s past war crimes, what defines a human and a superhuman, and many more relevant issues people more qualified in the matter than I am can tell you in a visually interesting episode that delivers on the action and the characterization at the same time. Why exactly did this show get passed over when it first came out again?
Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )
It may have gotten overlooked because of the non-chronological episode order, among other compelling reasons.
Sansha Sanyo was way better than I was expecting. Why is the animation so good? It don’t seem right.
Evirus ( Karmaburn )
Sansha Sanyou does it with bright, bubbly characters brought to life with energetic and fluid animation accompanied by fast paced jokes. Flying Witch, by contrast, is all about the mellow, small town atmosphere as you relax with the characters and enjoy their simple, day-to-day activities. It’s been awhile since we had a solid iyashikei-style show like this and I’m glad we finally have a good one again.
Kelloggs ( Pedantic Perspective )
And what does the Internet’s Sakuguy have to say?
I like Macross Delta quite a bit, but the male lead is a waste of space. Can someone let them know that “just add jerk” isn’t a particularly great way to add spice to a bland character? But there’s seven times as many girls as the guy, and most of them aren’t and don’t seem likely to become interested in him, so I have high hopes that his shortcomings as a character will be largely diluted by a larger cast.
A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )
Kuromukuro landed a very solid and well action episode this time around, even if some of the people handling incident response during it should be fired immediately for not stopping that Shinkansen well outside of the danger area.
Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )
Super Lovers remains an emotional rollercoaster ride and provides a touching experience that has thus far been unseen in BL anime. Ren is just so cute for his very needy and seemingly emotionally troubled Haru.
Trist ( Population GO )
Two votes for Super Lovers, two first places.
Given that every single character in The Lost Village (and there are a lot of them) is either dumb as rocks, mentally unstable, or a lovely mixture of both, I think I’m done with the show. Watching them being killed off one by one could be pretty cathartic, but that would mean having to subject myself to more of the terrible writing.
Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )
I’m not entirely convinced of Haifuri, but it too has some spark to it. I can only hope they keep it away from the gunpowder.
A. Libellule ( Altair & Vega )
Re:Zero might look like a generic fantasy light novel with ugly CGI and bland, boring characters on paper. And yeah, okay, all that stuff is true, but the Groundhog Day mystery plot is actually executed really well, so I’ve somehow accidentally become legitimately invested in this show. Whoops.
Buggy ( The Bugblog )
See you next chart time!