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|
|3||JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable||8||2||30.6%||+2|
|5||Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress||6||3||27.8%||+5|
On the cusp: Space Patrol Luluco (2-30.6%), Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (3-27.8%), The Lost Village (3-25%), My Hero Academia (0-27.8%)
Number of voters: 36
Number of full ballots (ranked 5): 27
About the Anime Power Rankings
Kiznaiver is the fourth show this season to claim the top weekly honors, Urobuchi writes up more Hot Anime Takes with ConRevo, and Iron Fortress finally makes top 5 for the first time.
What a stunner of an episode from Kiznaiver this week. It never overtly swung for the fences, but that was what made it special – a pile of small moments that built on each other accompanied by strong, but subtle direction can make fantastic emotional highs just as well as big dramatic moments can.
iblessall ( Mage in a Barrel )
Everything came together wonderfully for Kiznaiver this week, and for once the script is bearable enough to not drag down its consistently immaculate cinematography and sound direction. There’s still ample room for this show to collapse on itself, which I realize has been the continuing fear I’ve had with this show since the beginning, but I am very happy with where the story has taken itself since then.
appropriant ( Perpetual Morning )
ConRevo has given me plenty to think about after each episode this season but I have even more thoughts than usual. The Gen Urobuchi episode wasn’t bad… but I think it had some weird missteps in it. It was a lot less subtle than I’m used to… The assertion that America has no mythological creatures felt like a dead giveaway that a non-American was writing about America (what, we don’t have folk culture?)… Sure his point about Americans going in and messing with local cultures is correct, [however] Japan has been pretty crappy to the native Ainu as well. ConRevo is always stuffed full with too many ideas but this is one of the few times when it seems more like a problem than an asset.
Helen ( Narrative Investigations )
Concrete Revolutio’s episode this week was one of the ones that I basically admire intellectually instead of taking into my heart. Except for the bits with Shiba and Jiro bickering and going back and forth. Those are increasingly gold.
Chris Siebenmann ( Chris’s Personal Wiki )
Kabaneri continues to be pretty darn entertaining. It’s got a fantastic grasp of pacing, mastering the simple rise and fall of action, giving each sweeping dramatic scene time to build and sufficient down time afterwards. Not sure what it’s done to offend the aniblogger audience since it never seems to rank. Then again, since this season Flying Witch and Tanaka-kun are proving popular, I guess anibloggers just like boring anime more.
Scamp ( The Cart Driver )
An Iron Fortress sighting for you, a Mari Okada anime in first place for the rest of us. Sound fair?
That is some good train drivin’ right there.
Evirus ( Karmaburn )
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou dedicated an entire episode to the importance of a DJ using the end of their set to encourage chilling out and winding down at the end of the night, so if it was not apparent already the series has a lot of love for its subject matter. One of the most important things a DJ can do is, no matter how much they may have heated up the floor earlier, to send you back into the world in a relaxed state. It is not as bombastic or exciting as tricky turntable moves, but skillful chill out transitions put a cap on the night and keeps it memorable.
Vintagecoats ( Vintagecoats )
Macross Delta gave us the gayest lesbian hacker idols this week, and I think everyone else can just go home at this point.
Chronolynx ( THAT Anime Blog )
Luluco seems to have turned into the TRIGGER reference humor show, which might be the best route for it at this point.
Josh Dunham ( Senpai Coast to Coast )
It’s been several hours since I watched it and I still can’t decide whether this week’s Tanaka-kun was hilarious or creepy.
Artemis ( Otaku Lounge )
ReZero had its best episode yet, and it was actually good! Astonishing! Amazing! I didn’t even wish for Subaru to remain dead that episode, heh.
Guy ( Geekorner-Geekulture )
See you next chart time!