The Best and Worst of the Winter 2017 Season

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.

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

With the week of March 26-31, the Winter 2017 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 19-25 or Mar 26-31. And the "prev week change" is the difference in position between the "final ep." column and the penultimate episode.

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. 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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anime series
#1. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju season 2
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2
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4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #2. KONOSUBA 2
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2
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7
8
9
10
10
1 #3. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
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2
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6
7
8
9
10
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12
12
1 #4. Saga of Tanya the Evil
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
4 #5. Gintama season 4
317
318
319
320
321
322
323
324
325
326
327
328
328
#6. Interviews with Monster Girls
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2
3
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6
7
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9
10
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12
4 #7. Gabriel DropOut
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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12
7 #8. Naruto Shippūden
488
489
490
491
492
493
494
495
496
497
498
499
500
500
#9. March comes in like a lion
12
13
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22
2 #10. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
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4 #11. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
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2
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7
8
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1 #12. Tales of Zestiria the X season 2
13
14
15
16
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18
19
20
21
22
23
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24
3 #13. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
39
40
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49
1 #14. Scum's Wish
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
1 #15. Dragon Ball Super
73
74
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83
5 #16. Akiba's Trip
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2
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5
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7
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13
2 #17. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #18. Twin Star Exorcists
38
39
40
41
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45
46
47
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50
1 #19. Seiren
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
4 #20. One Piece
771
772
773
774
775
776
777
778
779
780
781
781
4 #21. ONIHEI
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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12
2 #22. ClassicaLoid
13
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25
2 #23. Fuuka
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
2 #24. Nanbaka
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
1 #25. Masamune-kun's Revenge
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2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
12
3 #26. CHAOS;CHILD
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9
10
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12
#27. Hand Shakers
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8
9
10
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12

Series Cumulative Ranking for Winter 2017

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 2017 season.

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
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#2. Gintama season 4
317
318
319
320
321
322
323
324
325
326
327
328
328
#3. KONOSUBA 2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
10
#4. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#5. Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
49
#6. Interviews with Monster Girls
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #7. March comes in like a lion
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
22
1 #8. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #9. Scum's Wish
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #10. Saga of Tanya the Evil
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
1 #11. Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#12. Gabriel DropOut
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#13. Tales of Zestiria the X season 2
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
24
3 #14. Naruto Shippūden
488
489
490
491
492
493
494
495
496
497
498
499
500
500
1 #15. Dragon Ball Super
73
74
75
76
77
78
79
80
81
82
83
83
#16. Yowamushi Pedal New Generation
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#17. ONIHEI
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#18. Masamune-kun's Revenge
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#19. Seiren
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
4 #20. Twin Star Exorcists
38
39
40
41
42
43
44
45
46
47
48
49
50
50
1 #21. Fuuka
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#22. Akiba's Trip
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
13
2 #23. Nanbaka
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
3 #24. One Piece
771
772
773
774
775
776
777
778
779
780
781
781
1 #25. ClassicaLoid
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
25
1 #26. CHAOS;CHILD
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12
#27. Hand Shakers
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
12

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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