Anime Power Rankings: The Animes are Back in Town (Spring Week 3)

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 My Hero Academia 4* 7 43.5% up+1
2 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable 4 3 41.3% up-1
3 Flying Witch 3 4 34.8% up+3
4 Concrete Revolutio 16 2 34.8% 0
5 Kiznaiver 3 4 32.6% up-2

*I listed episode 4 in the ballots and I believe everyone treats the Sunday morning episode as part of the APR week they vote on.

On the cusp: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (4-23.9%), Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (4-26.1%), Space Patrol Luluco (1-28.3%), Joker Game (2-21.7%)

Number of voters: 46

Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 38

Last time on APR

About the Anime Power Rankings

My Hero Academia takes first from JoJo’s while Flying Witch makes top 5 for the first time this season.

I find a competitive APR season tends to be a healthy season, where a large variety of series capture the interest of different types of viewers. Four shows of the top 5 scored over 50 points this week and the fifth place title recorded 49 points. With only 20 points separating 1st and 5th, this is the closest overall margin in a single week of rankings with a voting body this size that I can verify. Can anime actually be fun and good?

My Hero Academia seems to be pinpoint targeting the part of my heart that I thought had dried up years ago. Izuku has absolutely no right being so bloody adorable! My Hero Academia is certainly sticking to the shounen tropes that we’ve all seen a million times before, but it is just so refreshingly up-front about it that you can’t help getting swept up in the sentiment every week. I’m really loving this show!

Caraniel ( Caraniel’s Ramblings )

4 episodes in and I’m not feeling this new Jojo’s. It’s probably the best the show has every looked, which considering its visual direction has always been a huge draw, that’s quite the compliment. On the other hand, the story hasn’t grabbed me in the slightest and Josuke has been a boring lead so far. He just sorta has things happen to him rather than be engaging, occasionally calling something “great” and that’s about it. Jotaro was a more entertaining lead with a clearer personality. Heck Jonathon was a better lead from what we’ve seen so far.

Scamp ( The Cart Driver )

I only really put JoJo and Kiznaiver on the top of my ballot each week because they have the strongest visual game this season. Storywise, this season has taken a noticeable dip in quality compared to last season’s giants (though of course once I get around to giving Concrete Revolutio a second chance that may change).

appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )

I am really loving the comedic delivery in Flying Witch. It knows when to reuse and return to small jokes already introduced in the same episode for maximum effect. Additionally, it also does this with the more heartwarming, small moments between characters in an effort to show how their relationships are growing bit by bit. Excellent execution and juxtaposition of Makoto’s witch activities against the everyday life in a small country town.

ajthefourth ( Atelier Emily )

I can not think of too many anime where I have been in rapt attention for extended yard weeding sequences, but this is the power Flying Witch has over me and my more rural background. Between it and Tanaka-kun (politely) fighting for “quiet show about small moments” dominance, Spring so far wants to bury me under blankets and warm tea with cicadas out the windows. And the US mid-Atlantic is in a 17-year cicada surge cycle this year…

Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )

When I was a young college undergrad, some students from out of state didn’t know what cicadas were and truly believed someone put speakers in the trees to make those constant screeching noises.

I thought those were pretty awesome presents.

Evirus ( Karmaburn )

Concrete Revolutio had a pretty standard episode this week. That’s still pretty good, and thoughtful, providing meta-commentary on how the show is in its story structure commentary on current discourse in Japan, but after how amazing the first two episodes of the season had been, it feels “plain”, so I might be judging it more harshly than it deserves, but after it’s been so good recently, I can’t help it.

Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )

Concrete Revolutio was quieter and more straightforward this week, but it’s still clearly ahead of everything else I watched.

Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )

I really covet Kiznaiver’s production values (thus far) and direction for Conrevo. Just imagine if Conrevo’s direction was actually an asset to the show, rather than just not holding it back. ;-;

iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )

Kiznaiver was able to entertain me with its solid mix of weird humor and some smart commentaries about bonds and its own spin of reinterpreting the seven deadly sins.

samui ( The anime glutton )

This season has a lot of enjoyable stuff and it’s enjoyable in a lot of different ways, so it’s harder than ever to figure out how to rank them. Also, have I mentioned that I loveTanaka-kun? Because man do I love Tanaka-kun.

Dee ( the josei next door )

This week Tanaka knocked it out of the park with amazing character humor and great comedic timing, not to mention 10 seconds of a character moment featuring a totally different animation style. Kizaiver slips to 3rd this week. I blame Okada.

Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )

Mari Okada has successfully turned “The Lost Village” into just “Lost”, but I swear to God if this show ends like that one, I will nuke Japan again.

Typical Idiot Fan ( The Nihon Review )

Praise the anime gods, Sailor Moon is good again! My soul might actually be healing again after the travesty that was the first two seasons of Crystal.

Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )

Your weekly reminder that anime Lazarus has been raised from the dead.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress’s delay was unfortunate, because the second episode did a lot to alleviate my suspicions regarding the show’s potential. Its strong campy tone combined with its production values and potentially interesting characters do a great job at convincing me that this an action show that’s worth watching to the end. Whether or not it’ll actually be good once it reaches said end is up for debate.

Mr. Flawfinder ( Standing On My Neck )

Kagewani: Shou had a cameo from the Sekko Boys this week, which was pretty strange. I loved Sekko Boys, and it was really funny to see them pop up in Kagewani, but Kagewani’s never been a comedy, so I’m not sure that I’m happy about it!

A Day Without Me ( GAR GAR Stegosaurus )

I can say at least this much about Big Order: it is easily the second-best season of JoJo currently airing.

Buggy ( The Bugblog )

An average undergrad vs. a Ph.D in academia

An average undergrad vs. a Ph.D in academia

See you next chart time!

4 Responses to “Anime Power Rankings: The Animes are Back in Town (Spring Week 3)”

  1. I’d have voted the #4 MHA much higher than 3, for which I voted. Cause 4 was a good episode, and 3 was only serviceable.

    It’s indeed an issue. Maybe have in the email a spot at the top where you delineate the Sunday episodes so people won’t mix them? The alternative is to move the cut-off. But I see people confused each season with Sunday series, like Grimgar in Winter.

    And dunno if anime is “Fun and good”, but it’s certainly good and fun enough this season :) Appropriant is right, where this season, ConRevo aside, is lacking in “well-written shows”. Kiznaiver might get there, but it’s not there yet. This season is lacking in shows that amaze me, sequels aside. I feel the average quality of shows is higher, but the top-end is lower, just as the floor also rose.

    Let’s see if that impression remains by week 6-7, when I start getting into the doldrums about a season.

  2. Kagewani: Shou had a cameo from the Sekko Boys this week, which was pretty strange. I loved Sekko Boys, and it was really funny to see them pop up in Kagewani, but Kagewani’s never been a comedy, so I’m not sure that I’m happy about it!

    Being the shortie expert that I am, I can just tell you that this kind of cross-shortie referencing and cameoing happens all the time. Admittedly, a Sekko Boys cameo in a rather “tense” scene between two former adversaries is kind of an odd place for it, but I still laughed. The KAGEWANI people just want to remind us that no matter how serious things get, there’s always talking statue idols to consider.

  3. I need to rewatch that Kagewani episode. Darn it, who statue is it?

  4. All four of the Sekko Boys. They’re blurred in the background of bad guy’s office when Banba shows up.

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