PP Power Rankings – Mar 22 2015

This week we see probably one of the steepest climbs you’ll ever get to see. It’s been par for the course for shows to suddenly lose popularity and plunge down by more than one entire rating point, but for a show to shoot up by more than one – that’s something special. Just by looking at this week’s top five, you’ll easily guess which show that is:

1. Shirobako
2. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
3. Death Parade
4. Junketsu no Maria
5. THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

Shigatsu had such a great finale, that you can actually see it climb even when the graph isn’t zoomed in to ignore Shirobako (click for a better view):

 

The full results for the week are:

RANK

SHOW

5 PT RATING

CHANGE

% VOTES

1

Shirobako

4.78 (-0.12)

(-)

100

2

Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso

1.79 (+1.22)

(+6)

> 50

3

Death Parade

1.65 (+0.01)

(-1)

50

4

Junketsu no Maria

0.94 (-0.44)

(-1)

< 25

5

THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls

0.9 (-0.07)

(-1)

50

6

Akatsuki no Yona

0.84 (0)

(-)

< 25

7

Koufuku Graffiti

0.7 (-0.2)

(-2)

< 25

8

Yuri Kuma Arashi

0.56 (-0.06)

(-1)

< 50

9

Tokyo Ghoul √A

0.45 (+0.05)

(-)

< 25

10

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders 2

0.32 (+0.01)

(-)

< 25

11

Kantai Collection: Kan Colle

0.2 (-0.03)

(-)

< 25

12

Log Horizon 2

0.17 (+0.17)

(NEW)

< 25

13

Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu

0.11 (+0.05)

(+3)

< 25

14

Durarara!!x2 Shou

0.1 (+0.07)

(+3)

< 25

15

Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata

0.09 (-0.09)

(-3)

0

16

Absolute Duo

0.04 (-0.04)

(-3)

0

=

Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!

0.04 (-0.04)

(-3)

0

=

Gundam Build Fighters Try

0.04 (-0.04)

(-3)

0

19

Yoru no Yatterman

0.02 (-0.02)

(-2)

0

20

Garo: Honoo no Kokuin

0 (0)

(-1)

0

21

Rolling☆Girls

0 (0)

(-1)

0

What’s interesting to note is that Shirobako was universally praised this week, and liked by everyone, yet it dropped fractional points. This shouldn’t be taken as something wrong with this week’s episode, just that people distributed points away from Shirobako because other shows also had strong episodes, the most obvious being Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso. This just reinforces the fact that Shirobako didn’t really have any competition and basically got a free pass to maximum points each week since no other show stepped up to the plate.

In the general APR, it becomes more clear that Shirobako’s episode was indeed great. Having a much harder time out there, due to a closer contest with Death Parade, it seems to have completely demolished its rivals this week, much like it has been doing here. Junketsu no Maria continues to stay up there as it slowly draws to a close over the next two weeks.

While Shigatsu managed to end on a high note, I’m left with this sense of heartache and regret for a show that I wish I could have considered rating a 9 or a 10. Its high points were up there with the very best, I’d even hazard to say that it set some new high points itself. However, it just did not manage to package it all together. A few changes here and there, little tweaks to the timeline of events, a little bit more polish for each of the characters and we’d have a diamond here. Looking back from a high level, I can understand why they covered what they did, and when they did it, but it made the show feel like it was made up of disjoint arcs that didn’t flow into each other.

Moving on, here are some thoughts on this week, with Boundless saying:

“I don’t really have any comments except that Shirobako was fantastic as always. Also I thought the invasion of the publisher house reminded me of a Kill Bill movie.”

Shinzenn had some comments about both Shigatsu and Shirobako:

“I totally called it on that episode of [Shigatsu] where Kaori got off the bus after Tsubaki when I said that I bet Kaori would die at the end and it would be a parallel between Kousei’s mother [and her], but would be portrayed in a different way to help Kousei accept it and move on. Kelloggs got mad at me [at the time] for suggesting my theory and that I was now martyring her.”

“I really appreciated the director’s talk with the mangaka, and how their dialogue did such a good job of expressing that the director was someone who had a firm understanding of story writing and craft, instead of only the silly, fat, karaage and mont blanc loving guy he seems [to be].”

Oh and in case you do want a closer look at the lower half of the ratings graph, you can click on the image below:

 

Next week will be the last one for most shows in Winter 2015, but there really isn’t much of a contest going on, so I’m not expecting any significant changes in rankings. Shigatsu ends with a final score of 1.79/5, which to put things into some sort of perspective, is higher than the final score given to Sora no Method (1.56) and Fate/Stay Night (1.53), the top two non-continuing shows from Fall 2014. Even compared to itself from last season, it didn’t do too badly, it had ended with a score of 1.89 in the mid-season.

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