The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 22-28

by Daniel DeLorme,

Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 January 22-28

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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rank
anime series
4 #1. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
14
15
16
1 #2. Mob Psycho 100 II
1
2
3
4
22 #3. One Piece
867
868
869
870
1 #4. Run with the Wind
12
13
14
2 #5. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
1
2
3
11 #6. GeGeGe no Kitarō
38
39
40
41
3 #7. The Promised Neverland
1
2
3
6 #8. Dororo
1
2
3
4
1 #9. The Rising of The Shield Hero
1
2
3
#10. Sword Art Online: Alicization
13
14
15
16
#11. My Roommate is a Cat
1
2
3
6 #12. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
14
15
16
17
1 #13. Boogiepop and Others
1
2
3
4
5
8 #14. The Morose Mononokean II
1
2
3
4
6 #15. Fairy Tail: Final Season
290
291
292
293
1 #16. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
88
89
90
91
2 #17. ENDRO!
1
2
3
2 #18. The Price of Smiles
1
2
3
4
6 #19. The Quintessential Quintuplets
1
2
3
2 #20. Domestic Girlfriend
1
2
3
9 #21. Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
1
2
3
2 #22. Kemurikusa
1
2
3
2 #23. A Certain Magical Index III
14
15
16
#24. Black Clover
65
66
67
2 #25. Girly Air Force
1
2
3
no ep.
this week
Karakuri Circus
13
14
#27. W'z
1
2
3
4

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. Mob Psycho 100 II
1
2
3
4
#2. Run with the Wind
12
13
14
#3. The Promised Neverland
1
2
3
1 #4. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
14
15
16
1 #5. Dororo
1
2
3
4
#6. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
14
15
16
17
#7. Kaguya-sama: Love is War
1
2
3
2 #8. The Rising of The Shield Hero
1
2
3
2 #9. Sword Art Online: Alicization
13
14
15
16
1 #10. My Roommate is a Cat
1
2
3
3 #11. Fairy Tail: Final Season
290
291
292
293
#12. Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka
1
2
3
#13. The Quintessential Quintuplets
1
2
3
2 #14. GeGeGe no Kitarō
38
39
40
41
4 #15. One Piece
867
868
869
870
2 #16. ENDRO!
1
2
3
2 #17. Boogiepop and Others
1
2
3
4
5
#18. Domestic Girlfriend
1
2
3
1 #19. Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
88
89
90
91
2 #20. The Morose Mononokean II
1
2
3
4
2 #21. The Price of Smiles
1
2
3
4
5 #22. A Certain Magical Index III
14
15
16
2 #23. Black Clover
65
66
67
#24. Kemurikusa
1
2
3
#25. Girly Air Force
1
2
3
#26. Karakuri Circus
13
14
#27. W'z
1
2
3
4

Notes

Disclaimer: the rankings are just an average of opinions, published for entertainment and information purposes. ANN makes no claims regarding statistical significance.

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.

The rankings indicate relative quality (A is preferred to B), not absolute quality (B is good/bad). While the titles are ranked from 'best' to 'worst', sometimes the difference between #1 and #10 can be very thin. So if your favorite is near the bottom of the list, don't take it personally. It doesn't mean it's a bad show, it just means that ANN readers, on average, have preferred the ones above.

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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