The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 5-11

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 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, Battery could not be included in this week's ranking. It will be retrofitted in the graphs in next week's ranking.

Episode Rankings for the week of August 5-11

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)
prev
week
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week
rank
anime series
#1. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
14
15
16
17
18
19
4 #2. Mob Psycho 100
1
2
3
4
5
no ep.
this week
planetarian
1
2
3
4
5
11 #4. Orange
1
2
3
4
5
6
14 #5. Food Wars! The Second Plate
1
2
3
4
5
6
3 #6. Alderamin on the Sky
1
2
3
4
5
3 #7. Sweetness & Lightning
1
2
3
4
5
6
6 #8. Thunderbolt Fantasy
1
2
3
4
5
11 #9. The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance
1
2
3
4
5
6
8 #10. New Game!
1
2
3
4
5
6
6 #11. This Art Club Has a Problem!
1
2
3
4
5
6
4 #12. Twin Star Exorcists
13
14
15
16
17
18
4 #13. Amanchu!
1
2
3
4
5
5 #14. D.Gray-man Hallow
1
2
3
4
5
6
8 #15. 91 Days
1
2
3
4
5
9 #16. DAYS
1
2
3
4
5
6
13 #17. Tales of Zestiria the X
1
2
3
4
5
6
6 #18. Danganronpa 3: Future Arc
1
2
3
4
5
6 #19. Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc
1
2
3
4
5
12 #20. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
14
15
16
17
18
19
no ep.
this week
Cheer Boys!!
1
2
3
4
5
#22. The Morose Mononokean
1
2
3
4
5
6
pending
review
Battery
1
2
3
4
2 #24. Rewrite
1
2
3
4
5
6
4 #25. Handa-kun
1
2
3
4
5
4 #26. One Piece
748
749
750
751
752
16 #27. Love Live! Sunshine!!
1
2
3
4
5
6
#28. Berserk
1
2
3
4
5
6
2 #29. Naruto Shippūden
467
468
469
470
471
1 #30. Taboo Tattoo
1
2
3
4
5
6

Series Cumulative Ranking as of August 11

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. Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-
14
15
16
17
18
19
#2. Sweetness & Lightning
1
2
3
4
5
6
3 #3. Mob Psycho 100
1
2
3
4
5
1 #4. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
14
15
16
17
18
19
1 #5. 91 Days
1
2
3
4
5
1 #6. Danganronpa 3: Despair Arc
1
2
3
4
5
3 #7. Orange
1
2
3
4
5
6
2 #8. planetarian
1
2
3
4
5
1 #9. Thunderbolt Fantasy
1
2
3
4
5
1 #10. Danganronpa 3: Future Arc
1
2
3
4
5
#11. D.Gray-man Hallow
1
2
3
4
5
6
#12. Food Wars! The Second Plate
1
2
3
4
5
6
#13. Tales of Zestiria the X
1
2
3
4
5
6
2 #14. This Art Club Has a Problem!
1
2
3
4
5
6
1 #15. The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance
1
2
3
4
5
6
1 #16. Amanchu!
1
2
3
4
5
2 #17. Love Live! Sunshine!!
1
2
3
4
5
6
5 #18. Battery
1
2
3
4
#19. Alderamin on the Sky
1
2
3
4
5
#20. DAYS
1
2
3
4
5
6
#21. New Game!
1
2
3
4
5
6
#22. Handa-kun
1
2
3
4
5
5 #23. Cheer Boys!!
1
2
3
4
5
#24. The Morose Mononokean
1
2
3
4
5
6
#25. Twin Star Exorcists
13
14
15
16
17
18
#26. Naruto Shippūden
467
468
469
470
471
1 #27. Rewrite
1
2
3
4
5
6
1 #28. Taboo Tattoo
1
2
3
4
5
6
#29. Berserk
1
2
3
4
5
6
#30. One Piece
748
749
750
751
752

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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