Another season of anime is in the books, which means it's time I do my usual seasonal Winners and Losers.

WINNER: Crunchyroll
This is a transition season for Crunchyroll as they are finishing up the last shows under their partnership with Funimation that was just ended, as well as starting a new one formed with Sentai. As such, they had almost all the shows this season as they streamed the entire Funimation lineup, as well as all but two titles from Sentai's lineup. The only shows they didn't stream are the three Amazon exclusives, two Sentai's shows in Real Girl and Bermuda Triangle, the Netflix exclusive show Revisions, and Circlet Princess currently embargoed by Bilibili. This is as close as it gets to the good old days back when they were the go-to place for streaming anime before all these other streaming services popped up. Not to mention, they have the license for Rising of the Shield Hero, which is the most-watched show this season, and they also put out dubs for Konosuba and Rokka. Pretty great season for them overall.

WINNER: Sentai
Sentai pulled in quite a nice haul this season with 13 shows on HIDIVE. Granted, many of them are washouts, but getting that many shows considering their light loads as of late is quite an accomplishment. So to review, Sentai got The Magnificent Kotobuki, Mysteria Friends, Miss Ueno, Pastel Memories, Real Girl, Dimension High School, Grimms Notes, Price of Smiles, Domestic Girlfriend, Bermuda Triangle, and W'z, as well as the continuing show Run With the Wind, while also getting the joint streaming rights to The Promised Neverland. Sentai has never seen a haul quite like this ever since the plug was pulled on Anime Strike.

LOSER: HIDIVE Subscriptions
While Sentai did well, there just wasn't much reason to subscribe to HIDIVE this season once most of the shows went to Crunchyroll leaving them with just two poorly-received shows, albeit one with a dubcast. It remains to be seen if HIDIVE is going to be relevant anymore as far as simulcasts go, but at the very least they will have everything Sentai licenses, both sub and dub. It's just that now, people are going over to Crunchyroll or VRV to watch stuff instead of subscribing to HIDIVE now.

LOSER: Amazon
Amazon lost their exclusive deals with Noitamina and Animeism and the only thing they have left is their deal with Twin Engine. Things haven't been going well lately with Amazon Video ever since their executive president Roy Price was forced to step down in light of legal troubles, all while their service as a whole has been lagging way behind Netflix and Hulu in user traffic. They got into the anime business offering big bucks to Fuji TV and MBS, as well as to other shows as they could do what Crunchyroll and other anime-specific services could not provide, and that is to compensate the animators for their work. But of course, complaints have been on the rise peaking when they moved all the anime to Anime Strike, which might have worked out had it not been for their double paywall only they didn't foresee being a problem. That said, their exclusive offerings used to be about 5-6 shows a season, but now it's down to just three this season (Karakuri Circus, Dororo, and Kemurikusa) and the spring season won't have any new shows for them with the two continuing Twin Engine shows being the only thing they got.

WINNER: Aniplex
It was a huge season for Aniplex, and it would have been even greater had Demon Slayer came out this season as originally planned. They are the producers for The Promised Neverland, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and B-Project season 2, in addition to the continuing Sword Art Online: Alicization. They have always been known to produce high-quality and popular shows, but this season it was at an entirely different level.

LOSER: Kadokawa
Kadokawa took quite a lot of heat with how they made so many unreasonable demands wanting to take credit away from Tatsuki for the hit show Kemono Friends (while not so much with the rest of the world, it's a phenomenon in Japan). And as such, this franchise took a huge blow with Tatsuki bolting from this project to take everything that made this show so popular into Kemurikusa, all while the sequel ended up being a dud that essentially copied everything from the first season, all while making a completely new story that doesn't complement or build on the first season. As a consolation, they did back the popular Rising of the Shield Hero, but oh what could have been had they didn't insist on giving Tatsuki the raw deal that was uncalled for.

WINNER: A-1 Pictures
It was quite a big season for A-1 as Sword Art Online: Alicization and Kaguya-sama: Love is War are both big hits for very different reasons. SAO is still SAO as it still remains one of the most-watched shows, but this season is a huge improvement over everything from this franchise since the Aincrad arc ended midway through the first season. And then there is Kaguya-sama that's one of the best comedies to come out in a long time. In addition, they are still going strong with Fairy Tail, all while a former subsidiary of A-1, CloverWorks, has taken the world by storm with The Promised Neverland.

WINNER: Kinema Citrus
With this, coming off the heels of their other smash hits in Made in Abyss and Revue Starlight, Kinema Citrus has cemented itself as one of the elite studios in the industry. It helped that such a popular manga was handed to them, but they definitely took advantage of the situation, and then some.

LOSER: Madhouse
It's rare to see Madhouse in the losers circle, but they are here because they did a disappointing job on Boogiepop and Others. Granted, it's a show that's hard to understand by design, but the way it was adapted just didn't work out well in the beginning. It gets better later on from what I heard, but the damage was done at the beginning. But that's not the biggest reason they are losers this season as it is the fact that they opted to do this show rather than the One Punch Man sequel being handled by J.C. Staff. One Punch Man is pretty much a license to print money, and yet the production team behind One Punch Man does this instead.

LOSER: Project No. 9
This studio continues to show why they will never become an elite studio. Granted, they are a low budget studio and they often get shows without much fanfare surrounding them, but even they sometimes put out decent stuff like The Ryuo's Work is Never Done and Netoge. That said, they did Pastel Memories and Mini Toji. Pastel Memories is easily one of the worst shows of the season, further exacerbated by the copyright issues with the Is the Order a Rabbit? parody that had them changing up the first episode and removing the second episode meeting the same fate of the stuff in the show are trying to avoid with those viruses. And then there's Mini Toji, which is about what you can expect out of a short.

WINNER: MAPPA
MAPPA continues to be one of the best studios out there, and this season they produced Dororo and Kakegurui xx. But above all, it's their masterful job of turning this remake of Osamu Tezuka's work from 50 years ago and turn it into such a great remake. And then Kakegurui is still the same as last season, which is mostly a good thing. And speaking of Dororo, that brings me to...

WINNER: Tezuka
Tezuka helped co-produce Dororo, while also doing Quintessential Quintuplets, and for a low-profile studio, that's quite an achievement. While they rode on MAPPA's coattails on Dororo, they did a great job in adapting Quintessential Quintuplets as that ended up being one of the surprise hits this season.

LOSER: GoHands
It's a shame that this studio has talented artists being gone to waste producing a lot of duds with K and Seitokai Yakuindomo being their only good shows. W'z is their show for this season, and the fact that you don't know right away that it is the sequel to the dumpster fire that is Hand Shakers is a sign that this is going to be a disaster. And indeed it is, albeit not to the extent Hand Shakers is as at the very least there's less cringeworthiness in W'z all while the animation is at least not working against this show like it did in its predecessor. But that doesn't excuse the fact that it's boring as hell and hard to understand.

LOSER: Tatsunoko
Tatsunoko did The Price of Smiles in order to commemorate their 55th anniversary, and let's just say that there were better ways to do it. It's a show that's strong on ideas, but weak in execution. A remake of one of their well-known properties would have been better, but nevertheless it's a shame that this show ended up not being entertaining at all.

WINNER: Action Shows
This season had a ton of great action shows that you couldn't go wrong with. Mob Psycho 100 II and Sword Art Online: Alicization lead the pack, but there's also JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, The Magnificent Kotobuki (which is what this show does best, but doesn't have anything to offer beyond that), Shield Hero, Girly Air Force, Karakuri Circus, Index III, Hinomaru Sumo, and Fight League, alongside the usual long-running Shonen Jump titles. If action is your thing, there was an abundance of them to choose from this season.

LOSER: Mystery Shows
For those mystery fans out there, unfortunately this is not your season. While there is usually a sizable number of mystery shows, this one only really had one in Boogiepop and Others. Let's just say that it was an underwhelming season for this genre.

WINNER: Mondays
This season's Monday lineup has several heavy hitters, and by far the best since the stacked Summer 2016 summer lineup, which is when the first season of Mob Psycho 100 aired. And of course, the sequel is even better to lead things off, all while Dororo, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Kemono Friends 2, and Pastel Memories also were on that day. This is the only day that had three top-shelf shows in Mob, Dororo, and Slime, all while Kemono Friends at least has a huge fan following in Japan even if the second season ended up being disappointing.

WINNER: Thursdays
Also having a great lineup are Thursdays anchored by The Promised Neverland, which is possibly the top show of the season. And it also has The Quintessential Quintuplets, which didn't get the usual TBS delaycast treatment to add to the day. Then there's Bang Dream season 2, and while the first season wasn't all that great, the second season is much better received all while it has a pretty substantial fanbase in Japan seeing that idol shows are probably the easiest to have that happen. Other shows are Karakuri Circus, Girly Air Force, Dimension High School, and Fight League, which aren't heavy hitters, but they add to the day's lineup that's unfortunately getting gutted in the spring season as it's going to feature a number of reruns as TBS will only have one show instead of the usual two (though usually only one of two TBS shows air on Thursdays), and instead of four premieres on Tokyo MX as it has been for 2018 with Karakuri Circus and Million Arthur, the latter is probably not going to stream because of Bilibili's blockade.

LOSER: Sundays
This season's Sunday lineup was absolutely abysmal. Sundays consisted of The Magnificent Kotobuki, Mysteria Friends, and How Clumsy You Are, Miss Ueno, and the long-running Boruto series that was just recently moved to Sundays after starting out on Wednesdays, then moving to Thursdays. The Sunday lineup usually consists of six time slots on Tokyo MX, one on NHK, and one on TV Tokyo, but this season TV Tokyo had no Sunday anime show while the show on NHK is Forest of Piano, which is exclusive to Netflix. And for the six time slots on Tokyo MX, two of them are delaycasts (Kakegurui xx and The Morose Mononokean II), and two are reruns, leaving it with just Kotobuki and the half-length shows Mysteria Friends and Miss Ueno sharing a timeslot. Normally, there's a show from Toho, but this season had no Toho shows. On the bright side, Sundays for the spring season are loaded.

LOSER: Tuesdays
As for the other days of the week, each day had a top-shelf show and at least one very good one. That is, except for Tuesdays as there wasn't much else to watch aside from the highly-recommended Run with the Wind. Wednesdays had Shield Hero and My Roommate is a cat, Fridays had Golden Wind, Hinomaru Sumo, and Golden Wind, Saturdays had Kaguya-sama, SAO, and Fairy Tail, and of course the aforementioned shows for Mondays and Thursdays. Other than Run with the Wind, there are two really awful shorts, and Wataten, which is a decent show, but nowhere in the same league as the aforementioned shows. Circlet Princess is also a Tuesday show, but with Bilibili the lead producer, they are blocking international distribution.