The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Dec 17-23

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 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 week of December 17-23

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. Land of the Lustrous
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2
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5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
8 #2. Konohana Kitan
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
2 #3. Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
pending
review
Girls' Last Tour
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
2 #5. The Ancient Magus' Bride
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
5 #6. Gintama
329
330
331
332
333
334
335
336
337
338
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340
10 #7. Dragon Ball Super
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
1 #8. March comes in like a lion (season 2)
23
24
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27
28
29
30
31
32
33
3 #9. Food Wars! The Third Plate
1
2
3
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5
6
7
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9
10
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12
series
is over
Recovery of an MMO Junkie
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
5 #11. Yuki Yuna is A Hero (season 2)
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
9
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10 #12. Love Live! Sunshine!! (season 2)
1
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9
10
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5 #13. Inuyashiki Last Hero
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2
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8
9
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10 #14. Just Because!
1
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8
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11
1 #15. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
27
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30
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32
33
34
35
36
37
38
3 #16. Anime-Gataris
1
2
3
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11
4 #17. Garo -Vanishing Line-
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3 #18. Himōto! Umaru-chan R
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8
9
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11
6 #19. Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-
1
2
3
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7
8
9
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12
3 #20. Welcome to the Ballroom
13
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19
20
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22
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24
1 #21. A Sister's All You Need
1
2
3
4
5
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9
10
11
4 #22. Blend-S
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2
3
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9
10
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5 #23. Mr.Osomatsu (season 2)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
4 #24. URAHARA
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
11 #25. One Piece
807
808
809
810
811
812
813
814
815
816
817
818
3 #26. Black Clover
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#27. UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
4 #28. Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War
1
2
3
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5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
8 #29. Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#30. Dies irae
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
#31. King's Game The Animation
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Series Cumulative Ranking as of December 23

Each week's ranking takes into account the scores given to previous weeks' episodes. 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. Land of the Lustrous
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#2. March comes in like a lion (season 2)
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
#3. The Ancient Magus' Bride
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#4. Girls' Last Tour
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
#5. Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#6. Gintama
329
330
331
332
333
334
335
336
337
338
339
340
#7. Recovery of an MMO Junkie
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
#8. Just Because!
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1 #9. Inuyashiki Last Hero
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
2 #10. Konohana Kitan
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
2 #11. Dragon Ball Super
109
110
111
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
119
120
121
1 #12. Garo -Vanishing Line-
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#13. Yuki Yuna is A Hero (season 2)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#14. Food Wars! The Third Plate
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#15. Himōto! Umaru-chan R
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
2 #16. Love Live! Sunshine!! (season 2)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
1 #17. Mr.Osomatsu (season 2)
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
1 #18. Welcome to the Ballroom
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
#19. Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#20. Blend-S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
1 #21. One Piece
807
808
809
810
811
812
813
814
815
816
817
818
1 #22. Anime-Gataris
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
2 #23. UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
1 #24. A Sister's All You Need
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
1 #25. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
2 #26. Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth-
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#27. Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#28. Black Clover
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#29. URAHARA
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
#30. Dies irae
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
#31. King's Game The Animation
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
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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