The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of October 15-21

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Fall 2015 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season.

Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated individual episodes of the current season, not on the overall quality or popularity of the series. Only the titles popular enough to be reviewed are being ranked, so the bottom of the list might represent 'watchable' rather than 'bad'. See the notes for further details.

Episode Rankings for the week of Oct 15-21

Next to the actual ranking for this week's episodes, this graph chronicles the change in position from week to week. While some series are stable, others swing wildly in the rankings depending on the strength of each episode. Click to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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anime series
1 #1. Owarimonogatari
1
2
3
1 #2. Noragami Aragoto
1
2
3
1 #3. Haikyu!! Second Season
1
2
3
1 #4. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
1
2
3
4 #5. One-Punch Man
1
2
3
#6. Gintama
292
293
294
#7. Ushio & Tora
14
15
16
2 #8. Mr. Osomatsu
1
2
3
1 #9. Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
1
2
3
4 #10. The Perfect Insider
1
2
4 #11. Concrete Revolutio
1
2
3
1 #12. K: Return of Kings
1
2
3
1 #13. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
13
14
5 #14. Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation-
1
2
3
4 #15. Heavy Object
1
2
3
6 #16. Chivalry of a Failed Knight
1
2
3
4 #17. Young Black Jack
1
2
3
1 #18. Attack on Titan: Junior High
1
2
3
1 #19. Dance with Devils
1
2
3
9 #20. One Piece
712
713
714
2 #21. The Asterisk War
1
2
3
6 #22. Comet Lucifer
1
2
3
3 #23. Garo: Crimson Moon
1
2
#24. Naruto Shippūden
432
433
434

Series Cumulative Ranking as of Oct 21

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. As we reach closer to the end of the season, each series' rank will start to solidify and we'll get a look at the real winners and losers. Click to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
prev
week
change
this
week
rank
anime series
1 #1. Owarimonogatari
1
2
3
1 #2. One-Punch Man
1
2
3
#3. Haikyu!! Second Season
1
2
3
#4. Noragami Aragoto
1
2
3
2 #5. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
1
2
3
1 #6. Gintama
292
293
294
1 #7. Ushio & Tora
14
15
16
#8. Mr. Osomatsu
1
2
3
#9. Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
1
2
3
#10. K: Return of Kings
1
2
3
1 #11. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
13
14
2 #12. The Perfect Insider
1
2
2 #13. Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation-
1
2
3
1 #14. One Piece
712
713
714
#15. Concrete Revolutio
1
2
3
#16. Comet Lucifer
1
2
3
#17. Young Black Jack
1
2
3
1 #18. Heavy Object
1
2
3
1 #19. Dance with Devils
1
2
3
2 #20. Attack on Titan: Junior High
1
2
3
1 #21. Chivalry of a Failed Knight
1
2
3
1 #22. The Asterisk War
1
2
3
2 #23. Garo: Crimson Moon
1
2
#24. Naruto Shippūden
432
433
434

Notes

Disclaimer: the rankings are just an average of opinions, published for entertainment and information purposes. It's entirely normal to disagree with the rankings; it's not expected that your tastes in anime should match the average expressed by the rankings. Also, the rankings indicate relative quality (A is preferred to B), not absolute quality (B is good/bad). So while the titles are ranked from 'best' to 'worst', that doesn't necessarily mean the best title is 'great' or the worst title is 'awful'.

The rankings are computed using the Schulze method, with the variation that unrated titles are considered as abstentions instead of lower than the rated titles. This roughly means that if, out of all people who rated both A and B, 60% preferred A, it will be ranked higher than B.

The weekly ranking works a little differently than last season. If a series has no episode, we use the rating data for the previous week's episode in order to compute the ranking. This is not officially counted as a "position" in the ranking, but it makes it easier to compare weeks if each week has the same number of series in the ranking.

It should be noted that long-running series (and sequels) have an advantage in the sense that only people who like the series are still watching it, and they are likely to give each episode a high rating. But if such a series is going through a low-quality filler arc, it will get low rankings that are not indicative of the true overall quality of the series.


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