The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Dec 17-23

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 December 17-23

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. When a series has no episode for a given week, the previous week's episode is used instead as a placeholder. Due to scheduling issues, the final episode of The Asterisk War (ep. #12, aired on Dec 19) could not be included in this week's ranking and will instead be counted in the next one. Click to highlight a particular series.
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1 #1. One-Punch Man
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1 #2. Gintama
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5 #3. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
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1 #4. Owarimonogatari
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7 #5. Concrete Revolutio
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1 #6. Noragami Aragoto
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#7. Chivalry of a Failed Knight
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7 #8. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
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7 #9. K: Return of Kings
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1 #10. Haikyu!! Second Season
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7 #11. Ushio & Tora
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8 #12. Heavy Object
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3 #13. One Piece
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N/A The Asterisk War
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3 #15. Dance with Devils
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6 #16. Garo: Crimson Moon
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6 #17. Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation-
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4 #18. Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
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#19. Young Black Jack
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1 #20. Attack on Titan: Junior High
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8 #21. The Perfect Insider
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16 #22. Mr. Osomatsu
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1 #23. Naruto Shippūden
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1 #24. Comet Lucifer
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Series Cumulative Ranking as of December 23

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. Click to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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anime series
#1. One-Punch Man
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7
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9
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1 #2. Gintama
292
293
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301
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1 #3. Owarimonogatari
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2 #4. Haikyu!! Second Season
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#5. Noragami Aragoto
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#6. Ushio & Tora
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#7. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
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#8. Mr. Osomatsu
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#9. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
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#10. The Perfect Insider
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#11. Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen
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#12. Concrete Revolutio
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#13. K: Return of Kings
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#14. Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation-
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#15. Young Black Jack
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#16. Chivalry of a Failed Knight
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3 #17. One Piece
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1 #18. Comet Lucifer
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1 #19. Heavy Object
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1 #20. Garo: Crimson Moon
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#21. Dance with Devils
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#22. The Asterisk War
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#23. Attack on Titan: Junior High
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#24. Naruto Shippūden
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442

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; you should not expect your tastes in anime to 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, the season will get low rankings that are not indicative of the true overall quality of the series.


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