Anime Power Rankings

I have no picture to relate to this post so here is Yuno with a mustache

As some of you may or may not know, Aeroblip, our good friend here at AAP, has taken on the role as blog writer for Desu Ex Machina. Aero was also kind enough to invite me on to be a part of Desu Ex Machina’s Anime Power Rankings. If you don’t know what Anime Power Rankings is, it’s a weekly survey done by Kevo, the founder of Desu Ex Machina, formulated to see how each anime ranks every week. These surveys are done by anime bloggers around the internet who are invited to be a part of Anime Power Rankings. If you want more info on Anime Power Rankings, go here. I am really excited to be a part of Anime Power Rankings. It’s something I’ve been following for a little while now and it has actually helped me in finding different shows to pick up based on it’s ranking each week. That, and it has gotten me to be a bit more motivated in watching airing shows when they release and not letting them sit in my folder for weeks. With that said, my first participation in Anime Power Rankings will be when the rankings for Week 8 of the Winter season are posted this Sunday. I will be posting my actual results here on the blog. So keep a look out for those every Sunday

Winter 2011/2012 Anime Chart

UPDATED: Version 3 of the Winter 2011/2012 chart is here. Well, its actually been out for about a week now but there are new series on this chart such as Mobile Suit Gundam Seed HD, a new Precure series, and other new goodies sprinkled around. So take a look!
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Winter 2012 Chart v3 AnimuCharts

Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special

At last! Here it is! Anime Afterlife Podcast hosts, DavetheZombie, Vensito, and Gabe, along with blog writer, Lerxst, are joined with guest, aeroblip to discuss the winter shows of 2011. The special is broken up into three parts: The first is where we discuss the winter shows, the 2nd part: The spring shows, and the third: where we give our top 5 shows of 2011 (so far).

Winter season

Download here: Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special Part 1 (Winter)

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Spring season

Download here: Anime Afterlife Podcast: The 2011 Mid-year Special Part 2 (Spring)

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Top 5 shows of 2011 (so far)

Download here: Anime Afterlife Podcast: Top 5 Mid-year shows of 2011

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The Growing Pheonomena that is Madoka Magica

Warning: This post contains spoilers to Puella Magi Madoka Magica

There’s a lot to say about Puella Magi Madoka Magica, arguably being the most popular anime of Winter 2010-2011, which at first was thought to be a common and simple magical girl show that would ultimately carry the aura of a show done by SHAFT. In truth, it turns out to be synonymous with that of Neon Genesis Evangelion, by taking its own genre and twisting it to it around completely. Madoka Magica carries the essence of a SHAFT-ed show with Shinbo’s directing, and maintains a dark atmosphere for most of the show which for most magical-girl anime is outlandish. And the reception that the show has received is absolutely staggering; reaching ranks of the mid 40’s of both MyAnimeList and AnimeNewsNetwork. It’s a great show that has taken the spotlight for the last season.  Read more of this post