PP Power Rankings – Mar 08 2015

Man I’m really getting bored of the stranglehold Shirobako has at the very top of these rankings. Too bad it really is a good show, yet at times I wonder if it would have done as well had there been a little bit more variety and quality this season.

[1] Shirobako
[2] Death Parade
[3] THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls
[=] Junketsu no Maria
[5] Koufuku Graffiti

However, starkly different from the beginning of this season, the other top 4 shows are all from Winter 2015. Looking at consistency patterns (see the following graph), both Death Parade and Junketsu no Maria are pretty stable, week over week. Though, due to the low distribution of rating points to shows not named after white boxes, it’s not hard for their ranks to drop if wildly inconsistent shows like the Idolmaster have a popular episode. And I didn’t even think Idolmaster had a particularly good episode this week. Maybe the blog is partial to chuunibyou goth idols afraid of scary things.

 

Taking a quick look, as usual, at the general APR, I was pleasantly surprised to see Akatsuki no Yona sneak into the top 5, perhaps thanks to the absence of Yuri Kuma Arashi this week. I honestly think Akatsuki no Yona is a very enjoyable show for people who have been craving and missing a slower paced, more character focussed, “quest-based” story. It is a shoujo, but not like the many we’ve had for the past few seasons, where it’s clearly a reverse-harem dating sim, or the “fall-in-love-with-the-worst-guy-in-class-and-believe-you-can-change-him-even-if-he’s-a-sadist” school type. Akatsuki no Yona has built up characters that I want to keep watching. It’s amazing that we are 21 episodes in, and we haven’t even met all the main characters, yet I’m hard pressed to come up with an example of “filler” episodes.

If I had to voice a complaint, it would be that I’m still sort of hazy on Yona’s larger goal. This sort of show reminds me of the non-filler parts of Inu Yasha, but that had a clear goal against the evil Naraku and the cleansing of the sacred jewel. Yona just wants to go around her country and … help? Grow stronger .. but for what purpose? In the end, I don’t expect this sort of show to appeal to everyone, but I appreciate the fact that it is getting some recognition, and it’s really been too long since I’ve watched a good show in this genre. Lastly, it’s really refreshing to see capable male and female characters in a show. In terms of looks, sure, the male characters are checking off all the boxes on a shoujo checklist, but there is depth to all of them. I would watch this show well past 24 episodes if it gets greenlit for new seasons.

Back to this week’s ratings, here is a closer look at the real competition (read not Shirobako and Death Parade):

 

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and Parasyte are quite embarrassing, but then they are both perfect examples of shows that don’t know what is the story they are trying to tell. At least Shigatsu still has the animation going for it, and the occasional diamond that is a piano performance. Parasyte has reached the point where it’s using sex and violence to try and keep it’s viewers – and maybe it’s working for some since it still appears on more than 25% of the ballots in the general APR, though thankfully not in the top 5.

Here’s the entire list for this week:

RANK

SHOW

5 PT RATING

CHANGE

% VOTES

1

Shirobako

4.8 (+0)

(-)

100

2

Death Parade

2.11 (-0.11)

(-)

> 50

3

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

1.11 (+0.5)

(+7)

> 50

=

Junketsu no Maria

1.11 (+0.09)

(+1)

< 50

5

Koufuku Graffiti

0.96 (-0.16)

(-2)

< 50

6

Akatsuki no Yona

0.84 (+0.16)

(-)

< 25

7

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

0.47 (-0.07)

(+1)

< 25

8

Tokyo Ghoul √A

0.31 (+0.29)

(+8)

< 25

9

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2

0.28 (-0.28)

(-2)

0

10

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata

0.2 (-0.2)

(-1)

0

11

Gundam Build Fighters Try

0.16 (-0.16)

(-1)

0

12

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

0.12 (-0.12)

(-1)

0

13

Kantai Collection: Kan Colle

0.11 (-0.12)

(-2)

0

14

Yoru no Yatterman

0.06 (-0.06)

(-1)

0

15

Durarara!!x2 Shou

0.05 (-0.05)

(-1)

0

16

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

0.02 (-0.02)

(-1)

0

The big rating jumps were the Idolmaster and Tokyo Ghoul. I personally have nothing good to say about either of them. The fact that they appealed to some contributors to this blog will have to suffice as praise. Perhaps if the contributors (other than Kelloggs who has more than enough influence through his own rating post) would have provided some sort of reasoning, I could have quoted them at this point. But they didn’t, so all you’re going to get is my point of view in this post.

Junketsu no Maria is doing well. I’m rather surprised that I’m interested in watching it to the end now. In the beginning I was intrigued by the setting of medieval Europe and the role of the Church, archangels, familiars, and witches; but was largely put off by the crass humour revolving around sex and virginity. But, by and large, the focus of the show has shifted more towards the drama, and I can get on board with that. Between Junketsu no Maria, and Death Parade, I think I would pick Junketsu no Maria overall. Others will no doubt disagree.

Anyway, this was a slightly longer post this week, doesn’t happen too often, hope you enjoy reading it! I’ll be back next week with a new set of results.

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