Anime Power Rankings

What are the Anime Power Rankings?

The Anime Power Rankings is a weekly survey of airing shows people are watching this season, and people’s preference for them. The result will be a weekly ranking of airing anime, selected by a survey of writers and other figures in the anime community.


The purpose of this initiative is twofold. First, it provides a handy reference for people who don’t know what shows to watch in a season, or people who want to dive in midseason looking for good shows. The second is that it would be interesting seeing trends various shows go through throughout the season.

Who can participate?

The body of voters is made up of people active in the anime community who watch a handful of shows per season. Participation in an active anime blog is required to vote in the Anime Power Rankings. The program is still growing and a handful of people are invited every few weeks. I am always looking for new people interested in participating. Interested writers should send me an email at

I write for [insert blog here] and I was never invited! What gives?

Please don’t take any offense to this. If you want to participate, please send me an email at

How does voting work?

Voters receive an email every week (usually on Thursday) containing a ballot as well as a list of shows airing this season (as a reference).  Voters fill out a list ranking their top five shows 1 through 5, 1 being the most favorite and 5 being the 5th favorite. Voters don’t need to list 5 shows — as few as 2 or 3 is sufficient. The top ranked show gets 5 points, 2nd rank gets 4 points, etc. (the 5th ranked gets 1 point. You get the idea). Ballots are due Sunday evening (American time) and afterwards all the point totals are aggregated and the ranking of top 5 shows are posted every Sunday night. Point totals are not revealed.

What shows are eligible?

All shows that are airing (shows this season and 26 episode long shows that started airing last season). Shows will be taken out of the ranking the week after subs of the final episode are released.

What’s this episode number?

The episode number you see associated with shows in the ballot and the results posts reflect the most recent episode of that show as of last Saturday (Japan time). This is meant to approximate the availability of subs, but you can ignore it if it’s not accurate. It is meant to be an “as of episode number X” qualifier to reflect changing opinions of the show. Voters are encouraged to be “up to date” on shows they are voting for, but it’s not a big deal to be a bit behind.

I have more questions!

If you have more questions, please leave a comment or email me at


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