The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Weeks of Jan 1-28

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2017 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 legally streaming in North America and 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 weeks of January 1-28

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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week
rank
anime series
#1. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju season 2
1
2
3
4
3 #2. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
39
40
1 #3. Gintama season 4
317
318
319
#4. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
1
2
3
3 #5. March comes in like a lion
12
13
14
15
4 #6. Saga of Tanya the Evil
1
2
3
4
4 #7. KONOSUBA 2
1
2
3
3 #8. Scum's Wish
1
2
3
2 #9. Interviews with Monster Girls
1
2
3
4
5 #10. Tales of Zestiria the X season 2
13
14
15
2 #11. Nanbaka
14
15
16
17
3 #12. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
1
2
3
1 #13. Gabriel DropOut
1
2
3
2 #14. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation
1
2
3
4 #15. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
1
2
3
4
1 #16. Masamune-kun's Revenge
1
2
3
4
4 #17. ONIHEI
1
2
3
#18. Naruto Shippūden
488
489
490
491
5 #19. Fuuka
1
2
3
4
5
4 #20. Dragon Ball Super
73
74
75
76
1 #21. CHAOS;CHILD
1
2
3
#22. Twin Star Exorcists
38
39
40
41
2 #23. Akiba's Trip
1
2
3
4
1 #24. Seiren
1
2
3
4
1 #25. ClassicaLoid
13
14
15
16
7 #26. One Piece
771
772
773
#27. Hand Shakers
1
2
3

Series Cumulative Ranking as of January 28

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. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju season 2
1
2
3
4
#2. Gintama season 4
317
318
319
2 #3. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
39
40
1 #4. KONOSUBA 2
1
2
3
1 #5. Interviews with Monster Girls
1
2
3
4
#6. March comes in like a lion
12
13
14
15
#7. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
1
2
3
#8. Scum's Wish
1
2
3
#9. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
1
2
3
4
#10. Tales of Zestiria the X season 2
13
14
15
#11. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
1
2
3
#12. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation
1
2
3
#13. Gabriel DropOut
1
2
3
1 #14. Saga of Tanya the Evil
1
2
3
4
1 #15. Naruto Shippūden
488
489
490
491
2 #16. Nanbaka
14
15
16
17
2 #17. ONIHEI
1
2
3
1 #18. Masamune-kun's Revenge
1
2
3
4
3 #19. Dragon Ball Super
73
74
75
76
#20. Fuuka
1
2
3
4
5
#21. CHAOS;CHILD
1
2
3
#22. Seiren
1
2
3
4
#23. ClassicaLoid
13
14
15
16
#24. Twin Star Exorcists
38
39
40
41
#25. One Piece
771
772
773
#26. Akiba's Trip
1
2
3
4
#27. Hand Shakers
1
2
3

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', sometimes the difference between #1 and #10 can be very thin.

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 (it has no impact on the cumulative ranking), but it makes it easier to compare weeks if they each have the same number of series ranked.

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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