A Place Further Than the Universe Leads Tokyo Anime Awards Fan Vote

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2019 (TAAF) revealed the preliminary results for this year’s fan-voted Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Leading the pack is A Place Further Than the Universe, a coming-of-age story about four teenage girls who sign up to go on an expedition to Antarctica. The series was recently recognized by The New York Times in its list of Best International TV Shows of 2018.

The plucky girls aren’t leading by a large margin; they could still be surpassed Banana Fish. Set in New York City, the crime drama follows the beautiful yet deadly Ash Lynx and his unlikely companion Eiji Okamura as they navigate the darkest underbelly of New York’s crime families.

In third place is Laid-Back Camp, the cozy series that invigorated Japan’s winter camping scene with a new influx of fans. The anime follows Rin Shima who had always enjoyed camping alone but expands her horizons when she meets newbie camper Nadeshiko Kagamihara.

The results are updated daily until the poll closes on December 24. The top 20 series and top 10 films are listed below.

Television Anime

  1. A Place Further Than the Universe
  3. Laid-Back Camp
  4. Cells at Work!
  5. IDOLiSH7
  6. Zombie Land Saga
  8. Land of the Lustrous
  9. Bloom Into You
  10. Pop Team Epic
  11. Violet Evergarden
  12. Overlord (seasons II and III)
  13. Dream Festival! R
  14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
  15. Uma Musume Pretty Derby
  16. Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun-
  17. Girls’ Last Tour
  18. Attack on Titan Season 3
  19. Goblin Slayer
  20. Revue Starlight

Anime Films

  1. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
  2. Girls und Panzer das Finale
  3. Liz and the Blue Bird
  4. Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
  5. Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister
  6. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
  7. Non Non Biyori Vacation
  8. Okko’s Inn
  9. Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
  10. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

The poll also decides works that will be eligible for the Theatrical Animation Division and Television Animation Division awards, as well as the individual awards for anime staff members. An anime series or film had to air between October 15, 2017 to October 13, 2018 to qualify for a spot. This cut-off isn’t limited to a show’s debut date. For instance, Land of the Lustrous premiered on October 7, 2017 but is still considered applicable to the poll because its episodes aired beyond the cut-off. This is also why last year saw Yuri!!! on Ice take the top spotin both 2016 and 2017 awards.

Voting can be done only once per person with up to three TV and movies choices each.

Source: Tokyo Anime Festival’s Best 100 site via Yara-on!





Umayon Manga Gets Anime Project

Cygames announced at the Cygames Fes event on Saturday that the Uma Musume Pretty Derby spinoff manga series Umayon is getting an anime project. The announcement did not state the format of the project.

Jet Kuma (The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls Gekijō) draws the manga, and Satoshi Itō is in charge of storyboards. Cygames is credited with the original work.

Kuma launched the manga on Cygames‘ Cycomi website on March 30, and the 38th chapter debuted on the service on Thursday. The four-panel manga centers on the everyday cute lives of the characters Special Week, Silence Suzuka, and more from the franchise.

The 13-episode Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime premiered on April 1. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. “BNW no Chikai” (BNW’s Oath), a new anime that will be bundled with the Uma Musume Pretty Derby television anime’s fourth Blu-ray Disc volume on December 19, will have the same length as three episodes.

Kei Oikawa (This Art Club Has a Problem!Outbreak CompanyMy Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) directed the anime at P.A. WorksYousuke Kabashima (D.Gray-man HallowLord Marksman and Vanadis) designed the characters and served as chief animation director. Masafumi Sugiura (aka Pierre SugiuraTouken Ranbu: Hanamaru scripts) and Cygames‘ Akihiro Ishihara both wrote and oversaw the series scripts. UTAMARO movement composed the music at Lantis.

Cygames‘ Uma Musume Pretty Derby game is currently in development, with a planned release on iOS and Android this winter. Cygames is also publishing several other spinoff manga for the franchise on Cycomi, including Uma Musume Pretty Derby: Haru Urara Ganbaru! and Starting Gate: Uma Musume Pretty Derby.

Sources: Cygames Fes (Kim Morrissy), Cygames‘ YouTube channel

The Seasonal Quarterly: Spring 2018 (Part 1)

In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.

This article was written by HaXXspetten and Zee530.


Although opinions tend to vary greatly within the anime community regarding which shows are good or not, if there is one thing we can all agree on it is that honest statistics do not lie. The Seasonal Quarterly is a new article series where actual statistics regarding currently airing anime are showcased to the public. Four times per season, a report just like this one will be published containing summaries and data regarding anime scores, their current trends, favorites numbers and more. So without further ado, welcome to the first edition of The Seasonal Quarterly!

First Quarter News (April 25)

Coming into the Spring 2018 anime season, the shows that were on most people’s minds were the third season of the heavily praised and popular shounen Boku no Hero Academia, the long-awaited “sequel” to the time travel thriller Steins;Gate, as well as the return of the psychological horror franchise that is Tokyo Ghoul. While these series are already attracting a lot of viewers as one would expect, there are plenty of other new anime that are leaving a mark already too.

For one, Hinamatsuri is a new series based on a quite high-rated but not too well-known manga about a yakuza member and his strange supernatural lodger, and while it didn’t seem to make a huge splash in its opening week, its score shot up after its second episode (from 7.70 in its first week all the way up to 7.87 after episode two) and it is still the fastest climbing anime of the season as a result. The new franchise to make the biggest initial impact, however, is Megalo Box—living up to the name of its classic predecessor Ashita no Joe—which is already far ahead of the rest of the non-sequels this season at a solid 8.45. Whether it will actually be able to maintain this momentum in the coming weeks remains to be seen.

Even amongst shows which are maybe a bit more under the radar, there are some interesting things to note. Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi—a supernatural story about a female college student forced to pay off a debt to an ayakashi by seeking employment—may not be very popular or have a particularly high MAL score as of yet, but it is going straight upwards in score at a fast and consistent pace, going from 6.93 up to 7.07 during its opening weeks. A similar situation can be found in an even more underground show called Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori, a slice of life anime about four men running a Japanese tea shop, which jumped up from 6.96 to 7.06 in just its second episode alone. Elsewhere, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby (TV) seems to be a literal frontrunner this season as it is not just an anime about anthropomorphic horse girls racing each other, but in addition it had the honor of being the first anime of the season to start airing and is also going straight upwards on the rankings thus far, having gone from 7.07 to 7.18.

On the other hand, whenever there’s a rise, there’s also a fall. Perhaps the most notable show of which is the anime adaptation of the widely popular video game Persona 5, which despite a respectable initial score is now plummeting like a stone. It started out at an impressive 7.86 in its first week but had already fallen down to 7.68 by the time its third episode aired. Maybe fans of the game had a lot of expectations on the anime coming into it but are rapidly finding themselves let down by it.

In general though, the numbers for the Spring 2018 shows are already quite impressive compared to what has been documented in previous seasons. We already have 20 different anime with a MAL score of 7.60 or higher, and several of them look set to only climb even higher in the coming weeks, so this is already showing signs of being an unusually strong season in the eyes of the general public audience.

Weekly Score Change

A shortlist of which anime that has had the biggest positive and negative scores changes across the last three weeks (scores are recorded every Tuesday).

The most significant score drops are generally found in less popular shows as can be seen below, with the one big outlier being the aforementioned plummet of Persona 5. Amongst the anime on the way up there are a lot more notable entries however, with several shows rated 8.00 or higher still showing significant positive trends.


MAL Score

Since we are only in the beginning of the season, it is difficult to see too much in the way of patterns yet, but every trend has to start somewhere. Steins;Gate 0 is sitting pretty far above the rest of the pack, and although Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season started out a bit lower than its second season, this can presumably be explained by the fact that it kicked things off with a recap episode this time around, but it is most likely going to keep climbing the ranks at a good pace from here, so don’t sleep on it. Tokyo Ghoul:re started off with an impressive boost in its second episode but seems to have lost that momentum right away.
The second graph showcases the progression of the leftovers from Winter 2018, which demonstrates pretty clearly that in general, early trends in score tend to remain fairly consistent throughout. The main exception on this list would be Darling in the FranXX which is having a fairly bumpy ride, perhaps in relation to its recent online controversies regarding certain plot developments in its story.

Anime Favorites

Here you can see the number of people that have added every seasonal show to their favorite anime list on their MAL profiles. The chart showcases both the current total sum per entry as well as how much it has grown for each individual episode. Despite its mixed reception, Tokyo Ghoul:re is leading in the number of user favorites with Steins;Gate 0 slightly behind it despite the disparity in score between them. High School DxD Hero is perhaps the surprise package here by showing that it can already play with the big boys, but the franchise has always had a very loyal and devoted fan base so it is probably not that strange after all.

Member Breakdown

Last but not least, these two charts represent the number of people that are currently watching a seasonal anime and how many have dropped it, as well as how that has changed for every episode. As can be seen in the first graph, Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season and Tokyo Ghoul:re have easily the most viewers, whereas the second graph provides a decent indication for what shows you might be better off avoiding this season.


Overall, the Spring 2018 anime season is off to a strong start according to the numbers, with many shows already having high scores and climbing even higher every week. As usual, sequels make up most of the top rated anime in these opening weeks, but the rest of the pack will most likely start to catch up when given more time to develop. Since this is merely the first edition of The Seasonal Quarterly for this season, there is only a limited amount of data to analyse yet, but in the coming weeks there should be a lot more interesting statistics to showcase.

For more detailed data and statistics regarding this season’s currently airing anime, check out the MAL Score Progressions club!