Multi-cour series aren’t nearly as common as they used to be in anime. But the polls should be interesting starting this week, because our writers’ clear #1 series of the winter season, Dororo, powers on into spring without missing a beat. Awaiting it are some heavy hitters – though one of the most prominent “new” series is on of the oldest stories. Remember, this ballot returns to the regular criteria – any currently airing series is eligible.

This week’s bonus poll asks our writers to name their favorite OP/EDs of the season. Again, all currently series are eligible here, provided the OP/ED sequence is new for spring.

Here’s the first comprehensive look at how the RC team sees the current season’s offerings:


Weekly Staff Poll (premieres only)

Fruits Basket (2019) – 16 points, 1 first place vote
Kimetsu no Yaiba – 14, 2
Dororo – 13, 1
Sarazanmai – 7
Bokutachi wa Benkyou ga Dekinai – 5


Bonus Poll: Best OP/ED

“Stand by Me” (The Peggies) – Sarazanmai ED – 18 points, 2 first place votes
“Kiss Me” (Vo Nai.Br XX & Celeina Ann) – Carole & Tuesday OP – 14, 2
“Again” (Beverly) – Fruits Basket (2019) OP – 10
“Dororo” (Asian Kung Fu Generation) – Dororo OP2 – 9
“Kurenge” – (LiSA) – Kimetsu no Yaiba OP – 8


  1. That OP from Carole & Tuesday has a strong sense of Nujabes, IMHO.
    It’s tough to find recent Animes with the kind of musical track
    record of a series like Angel Beats (there isn’t a single piece
    of its music that I dislike). But once in a while you get a gem…

    Unfortunately, music taste are worse than politics and I strongly
    disagree about Sarazanmai’s OP.

    1. Before you critique our music tastes, I believe there’s been a mix-up with the votes. No one voted the Sarazanmai OP first. But two people did vote for the ED to be first – and a bunch of others had the ED on their lists too.

      1. See — just like politics 🙂

        Anyway, my misunderstanding, but the link points to the OP
        ( and the first line reads —

        “Massara” (KANA-BOON) – Sarazanmai OP – 18 points, 2 first place votes

        so I’m like, really confused (which isn’t that hard to do anyway, でも)…
        I’m gonna go with Russian interference with the election process 🙂

        Anyway, haven’t listened to all of the OP/EDs this season, but
        C&T OP is the best so far…

  2. Fruits Basket, already knew it was going to be number one for one of the best premieres definitely deserves the #1 spot.
    As much as I loved the Carole & Tuesday Opening I can see that Sarazanmai Opening is slightly better, the song especially the visuals are just amazing but that song is so damn catchy definitely 2nd favorite anime this season ^^

    1. I’m with you on the C&T OP. I was one of the writers who put it in first place, only I fail to see how the Sarazanmai OP could be better.. While the Saranzamai OP is good (it featured on my list), there’s likely been a mix-up between the OP sand the ED. It should be ‘Stand By Me’ by The Peggies in first place.

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