The Best and Worst of Spring 2022, Apr 1-28

by Daniel DeLorme,

Let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season, based on the polls you can find in our Daily Streaming Reviews and on the Your Score page with the latest simulcasts.

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 are being ranked, so the bottom of the list might represent 'watchable' rather than 'bad'. See the notes for further details.

Don't forget to head over to Your Score to rate the episodes you've watched this week

Episode Rankings for the week of April 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 streamed 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
change
this
week
rank
anime series
4 #1. One Piece
1014
1015
1 #2. Spy×Family
1
2
3
1 #3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-
1
2
3
6 #4. Delicious Party♡Precure
6
7
no ep.
this week
Komi Can't Communicate S2
13
2 #5. Ascendance of a Bookworm
27
28
29
1 #6. Legend of the Galactic Heroes S3
25
26
27
28
6 #7. Love After World Domination
1
2
3
3 #8. The Demon Girl Next Door
1
2
3
4
7 #9. Aharen-san wa Hakarenai
1
2
3
4
2 #10. Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story-
1
2
3
4
5 #11. Ya Boy Kongming!
1
2
3
4
10 #12. Dance Dance Danseur
1
2
3
no ep.
this week
A Couple of Cuckoos
1
2 #13. The Executioner and Her Way of Life
1
2
3
4
1 #14. Heroines Run the Show
1
2
3
4
9 #15. Deaimon
1
2
3
4
1 #16. Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It. r=1-sinθ
1
2
3
4
3 #17. Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie
1
2
3
6 #18. Aoashi
1
2
3
3 #19. Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club S2
1
2
3
4
3 #20. Date A Live IV
1
2
3
3 #21. The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs
1
2
3
4
#22. Requiem of the Rose King
13
14
15
4 #23. Skeleton Knight in Another World
1
2
3
4
2 #24. I'm Quitting Heroing
1
2
3
4
16 #25. Healer Girl
1
2
3
4
1 #26. AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline Part 2
14
15
16
4 #27. CUE!
13
14
15
2 #28. RPG Real Estate
1
2
3
4
3 #29. Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost
1
2
3
4
3 #30. In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki
1
2
3
3 #31. The Rising of The Shield Hero S2
1
2
3
4
7 #32. Greatest Demon Lord Reborn as a Typical Nobody
1
2
3
4
4 #33. The Dawn of the Witch
1
2
3
4
#34. Tomodachi Game
1
2
3
4
#35. Don't Hurt Me, My Healer!
1
2
3

Series Cumulative Ranking as of April 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. Spy×Family
1
2
3
3 #2. One Piece
1014
1015
1 #3. Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-
1
2
3
#4. Komi Can't Communicate S2
13
2 #5. Ascendance of a Bookworm
27
28
29
#6. Legend of the Galactic Heroes S3
25
26
27
28
#7. Ya Boy Kongming!
1
2
3
4
#8. The Demon Girl Next Door
1
2
3
4
1 #9. Delicious Party♡Precure
6
7
2 #10. Love After World Domination
1
2
3
2 #11. Deaimon
1
2
3
4
2 #12. The Executioner and Her Way of Life
1
2
3
4
#13. A Couple of Cuckoos
1
#14. Birdie Wing -Golf Girls' Story-
1
2
3
4
#15. Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club S2
1
2
3
4
#16. Dance Dance Danseur
1
2
3
#17. Heroines Run the Show
1
2
3
4
#18. Aharen-san wa Hakarenai
1
2
3
4
#19. Healer Girl
1
2
3
4
1 #20. Shikimori's Not Just a Cutie
1
2
3
2 #21. Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It. r=1-sinθ
1
2
3
4
#22. Aoashi
1
2
3
3 #23. Date A Live IV
1
2
3
1 #24. Skeleton Knight in Another World
1
2
3
4
2 #25. I'm Quitting Heroing
1
2
3
4
2 #26. CUE!
13
14
15
1 #27. The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs
1
2
3
4
1 #28. Requiem of the Rose King
13
14
15
2 #29. AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline Part 2
14
15
16
4 #30. The Rising of The Shield Hero S2
1
2
3
4
1 #31. The Dawn of the Witch
1
2
3
4
#32. In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki
1
2
3
#33. Greatest Demon Lord Reborn as a Typical Nobody
1
2
3
4
#34. RPG Real Estate
1
2
3
4
#35. Miss Shachiku and the Little Baby Ghost
1
2
3
4
#36. Tomodachi Game
1
2
3
4
#37. Don't Hurt Me, My Healer!
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 or invulnerability to spam.

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. Conversely, there are fewer people rating the show so it's less likely to have enough votes to qualify for the ranking.


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