The Best and Worst of the Winter 2016 Season

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2016 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.

Technically the last week should be March 25-31, but Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū and Dagashi Kashi had their season finale air on April 1st. So we're making it an 8-day week, during which these anime aired two episodes each.

For the last week we're doing a little something different

With the week of March 25-April 1, the Winter 2016 season is now over. But many of the series already ended the previous week, so we're adding an extra "final" week where all the last episodes are ranked against each other. With this we can see which series ended on a strong note and which ones ended more weakly. That means the "final ep." column is a repeat of the last episode from Mar 18-24 or Mar 25-Apr 1. And the "prev week change" is the difference in position between the "final ep." column and the penultimate episode (not counting duplicates or skipped weeks).

Episode Rankings for the final episodes

Along 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. For the first week we compared the first episode of each series, even if they aired during the second week. That's why several episodes appear missing from "Jan 8-14"; they were ranked in "first ep." instead. Click on the numbers 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. Gintama
304
305
306
307
308
309
310
311
312
313
314
315
316
316
1 #2. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
1 #3. KonoSuba
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
10
3 #4. Haikyu!! Second Season
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
2 #5. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
6 #6. Snow White with the Red Hair
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
1 #7. Mr. Osomatsu
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
2 #8. Durarara!! ×2 The Third Arc
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
36
5 #9. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
3 #10. ERASED
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
4 #11. Lupin the Third - Part 4
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
5 #12. Heavy Object
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
3 #13. Schwarzes Marken
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
3 #14. GATE
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
1 #15. Myriad Colors Phantom World
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
3 #16. Assassination Classroom
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
2 #17. BBK/BRNK
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#18. Dagashi Kashi
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #19. Active Raid
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
3 #20. Haruchika – Haruta & Chika
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
6 #21. Naruto Shippūden
444
445
446
447
448
449
450
451
452
453
454
454
3 #22. Girls Beyond the Wasteland
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #23. Utawarerumono: The False Faces
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
1 #24. Prince of Stride: Alternative
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #25. Dimension W
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
11 #26. One Piece
725
726
727
728
729
730
731
732
733
734
734
#27. Luck & Logic
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12

Series Cumulative Ranking for Winter 2016

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series. With the last episode duplicated in the "final ep." column, it means that the votes for the last episode of each series are counted twice, which intentionally gives a boost to series that ended strongly. This somewhat compensates for the fact that the first episode of each series has more votes, which favors series that started strongly.

So this is it, the final ranking, the winners and losers of the Winter 2016 season.

ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
prev
week
change
this
week
rank
anime series
#1. Gintama
304
305
306
307
308
309
310
311
312
313
314
315
316
316
#2. Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
1 #3. ERASED
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#4. Haikyu!! Second Season
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
#5. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
1 #6. Lupin the Third - Part 4
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
1 #7. Durarara!! ×2 The Third Arc
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
36
#8. Snow White with the Red Hair
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
#9. KonoSuba
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
10
#10. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#11. Mr. Osomatsu
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
#12. Assassination Classroom
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
#13. GATE
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
#14. Heavy Object
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
#15. Dimension W
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #16. Dagashi Kashi
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #17. Schwarzes Marken
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #18. One Piece
725
726
727
728
729
730
731
732
733
734
734
#19. Prince of Stride: Alternative
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#20. Myriad Colors Phantom World
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
#21. BBK/BRNK
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #22. Haruchika – Haruta & Chika
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#23. Utawarerumono: The False Faces
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
#24. Girls Beyond the Wasteland
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#25. Active Raid
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#26. Luck & Logic
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#27. Naruto Shippūden
444
445
446
447
448
449
450
451
452
453
454
454

Notes

Disclaimer: the rankings are just an average of opinions, published for entertainment and information purposes. ANN makes no claims regarding statistical significance.

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.

If a series has no episode for a given week, we use the rating data for the previous week's episode in order to compute the weekly ranking. This is not officially counted as a position in the ranking, but it makes it easier to compare weeks if they each have 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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