The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Apr 29-May 5

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Spring 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.

Due to scheduling issues, Kabaneri and Joker Game could not be included in this week's ranking. They will be retrofitted in the graphs in next week's ranking.

Episode Rankings for the week of April 29-May 5

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. The first episode of each series is considered as part of the first week, even if it really aired during the second week. Click on the numbers to highlight a particular series.
ranking change from week to week
(episode numbers as labels; clickable)
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week
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anime series
#1. Assassination Classroom season 2
14
15
16
17
#2. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
1
2
3
4
5
4 #3. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
1
2
3
4
5
1 #4. My Hero Academia
1
2
3
4
5
#5. Flying Witch
1
2
3
4
2 #6. Ushio & Tora
27
28
29
30
31
1 #7. One Piece
735
736
737
738
739
7 #8. Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III
27
28
29
30
31
8 #9. And you thought there is never a girl online?
1
2
3
4
5
6 #10. Bungo Stray Dogs
1
2
3
4
5
pending
review
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
1
2
3
1 #12. Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto
1
2
3
pending
review
Joker Game
1
2
3
4
#14. Shōnen Maid
1
2
3
1 #15. Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song
14
15
16
17
5 #16. Haifuri
1
2
3
4
3 #17. Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear
1
2
3
4
5
12 #18. Kiznaiver
1
2
3
4
#19. The Asterisk War season 2
13
14
15
16
17
1 #20. The Lost Village
1
2
3
4
5
1 #21. Naruto Shippūden
455
456
457
458
459
1 #22. Ace Attorney
1
2
3
4
5
5 #23. Twin Star Exorcists
1
2
3
4
5
#24. Big Order
1
2
3

Series Cumulative Ranking as of May 5

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 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. Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
1
2
3
#2. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
1
2
3
4
5
#3. Assassination Classroom season 2
14
15
16
17
#4. Flying Witch
1
2
3
4
#5. My Hero Academia
1
2
3
4
5
#6. Ushio & Tora
27
28
29
30
31
#7. Joker Game
1
2
3
4
1 #8. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
1
2
3
4
5
1 #9. Sailor Moon Crystal: Season III
27
28
29
30
31
1 #10. Bungo Stray Dogs
1
2
3
4
5
2 #11. Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto
1
2
3
2 #12. Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song
14
15
16
17
1 #13. One Piece
735
736
737
738
739
1 #14. Shōnen Maid
1
2
3
3 #15. Kiznaiver
1
2
3
4
1 #16. Haifuri
1
2
3
4
2 #17. And you thought there is never a girl online?
1
2
3
4
5
1 #18. Twin Star Exorcists
1
2
3
4
5
1 #19. Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear
1
2
3
4
5
#20. The Asterisk War season 2
13
14
15
16
17
#21. The Lost Village
1
2
3
4
5
#22. Naruto Shippūden
455
456
457
458
459
#23. Big Order
1
2
3
#24. Ace Attorney
1
2
3
4
5

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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