The season is almost over, which means it's time for another edition of winners and losers for the season that's almost finished.

WINNER: Funimation
They got just about everything, and they are about to get even more when their purchase of Crunchyroll becomes finalized. And they are exclusively showing Aniplex titles as they come out. 'Nuff said.

WINNER: Aniplex
The season featured a whopping eight shows for Aniplex. In a normal season, they have 4 to 5 shows, but here they have eight that their Wednesday timeslot that is usually for reruns was used for a new show. Their shows this season are Cells at Work! Season 2, Cells at Work! Code Black, Horimiya, SK8 the Infinity, Back Arrow, Hortensia Saga, The Promised Neverland Season 2, and Wonder Egg Priority. Quite a nice season for Aniplex save for Hortensia Saga and Back Arrow, which are easily skippable shows, and while this season of The Promised Neverland is getting torn to shreds, people are still watching it.

LOSER: Crunchyroll
Until their acquisition by Funimation is complete, this company will continue to run on fumes as their Crunchyroll Originals have been a disappointment for the most part, and their other exclusive titles aren't really heavy hitters save for Jujutsu Kaisen. Nevertheless, Crunchyroll continues to operate as they have been recently, but what really pushes them into the losers territory is the infamous Ex-Arm show as everything that can go wrong with this show does go wrong, and if they want to do originals the right way, they should just provide the cash and let the people who know what they are doing handle the rest. That said, help does appear to be on the way, though it remains to be seen how Funimation will use Crunchyroll.

LOSER: Sentai
Sentai is continuing to run out of cash here that the only show they took was Redo of Healer, a show so controversial that it evoked memories of how Funimation botched the handling of Interspecies Reviewers that didn't meet their standards. Well, this season is that, and even more outside their standards. And unlike Interspecies Reviewers, the show is hardcore porn with the uncensored version, and is a terrible show overall. They also have Non Non Biyori Nonstop, but that's pretty much it. At least they are making due by licensing a bunch of Amazon and Netflix exclusive titles for home video release, but their financial situation is so dire that they couldn't buy the rights to the Netflix dub for Baki, and instead produced one of their own.

WINNER: MAPPA
MAPPA is kind of a hit-or-miss studio, but this season they really hit square in the heart. Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the best shows of the season, and they did quite a masterful job with the animation going far and beyond. And then there's the final season of Attack on Titan that they took when Wit declined to do it, and they have done an excellent job picking up where Wit left off. MAPPA has certainly solified themselves as one of the best studios in the business.

WINNER: C-Station
Pretty much, C-Station should just stick with doing Laid-Back Camp as it is an amazing show, and the second season is even better than the first. This is one of the small-time studios as they haven't done many shows since splitting off from Bee Train. But this studio went far above and beyond with this show as they are capable of great things, unlike those big-time busts that are attached to their name in Hakyu Hoshin Engi and Dragonar Academy.

WINNER: Cloverworks
Cloverworks had a pretty great season as they have three shows in Horimiya, Wonder Egg Priority, and The Promised Neverland season 2. It's Horimiya that really made them big winners as it's one of the best romcoms to come out in quite some time, and it has strong viewership numbers to back it up. The Promised Neverland also got great viewership, but more on that later. And then there's Wonder Egg Priority that's another high quality show about mental trauma and stuff. So yeah, Cloverworks had a season to remember.

LOSER: Cloverworks
Wasn't Cloverworks a winner this season? Well, yes, but they are also a loser as well thanks to their butchering of the second season of The Promised Neverland. They could have gotten a third season so that the whole story can fit in it. But instead, they rushed the second season like crazy and that has left a lot of angry and disappointed fans of the manga series. The manga is a masterpiece and it deserves to be treated as such, like the first season. And they actually got another timeblock for their show on Noitamina. But instead of making this a two-cour season, they used it for a rebroadcast of the first season. Like I said, Cloverworks won with Horimiya and Wonder Egg Priority, but they also lost with Neverland.

LOSER: Liden Films
Liden Films had four shows in Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town?, Hortensia Saga, Cells at Work! Code Black, and Otherside Picnic. Only Cells at Work was worth watching while the rest was simply skippable. Going 1 for 4 just isn't going to cut it, plain and simple.

LOSER: Visual Flight
Where do I begin? This is the studio that did the CG disasterpiece Ex-Arm, and so many things were so wrong about this show that it didn't stand a chance of being anything worthwhile. While it's one thing to hand the project over to someone who doesn't specialize in animation, they did so without giving the director any help or expertise, and that wing-it job resulted in this spectacular failure of a CG show. I feel bad for the mangaka behind this show that's nowhere near as bad as how the anime adaptation turned out, as well as the staff that was too overwhelmed, but the fault lies with those who arranged this setup.

WINNER: Sequels
This was a season for sequels as there were a whopping 18 sequels this season. This season featured sequels for Attack on Titan, Non Non Biyori, Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki, Uma Musume, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, World Witches Take Off!, The Seven Deadly Sins, Log Horizon, Beastars, Show by Rock!, Dr. Stone, Laid-Back Camp, Cells at Work! (and in addition, its spinoff Code Black), The Promised Neverland, Armor Shop for Ladies and Gents, and World Trigger, to go along with Mr. Osomatsu season 3 and Re:Zero season 2 that started and are continuing into this season. In addition to the 18 sequels are the aforementioned Cells at Work! Code Black spinoff and WIXOSS Diva(A)Live (which is part of the WIXOSS franchise in name only as it is nothing like the main series), and your watchlist is probably overflowing with sequels for this season.

LOSER: Idol Shows
It was a tough season for idol shows as this season featured a number of them, and none of them are anywhere as good as Love Live or Uta no Prince-sama. They are Idoly Pride, I-Chu, Gekidol, and WIXOSS Diva(A)Live (and for WIXOSS, it's really a card game, but it has a lot of traits idol shows have). Out of these, only Idoly Pride is worth watching as this show at least has a nice concept to differentiate itself from other idol shows, all while having high quality singing and good animation, and the problems this show has more to do with the constraints idol shows have than anything. I-Chu was good for an episode or two, but quickly goes downhill, all while Gekidol has poor production values all-around. And of course, there's Diva(A)Live that's all about battles, and the show only has style going for it as its substance is about as bad as it could possibly get.

WINNER: Thursdays
Thursdays were really crowded with great shows as it had a packed schedule on Tokyo MX, as well as its usual shows from Noitamina and TBS. But in addition to that, it got both Cells at Work series airing ahead of schedule. Usually it's only the first episode that gets a special advanced premiere, but the whole series ended up airing two days before it hits Japanese TVs and streaming platforms. This season's Thursday lineup on Tokyo MX are Show by Rock! Stars!, Dr. Stone Season 2, Laid-Back Camp Season 2, Heaven's Design Team, and the continuing Higurashi Gou, while TBS is now down to one show per season, which is for The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 2, and Noitamina got two shows for only the second time since Fuji slimmed the block down to one show in 2.43 Seiin Boys Volleyball Team and the Promised Neverland Season 2. Add in Cells at Work! Season 2 and Cells at Work! Code Black, and this day is fully loaded.

WINNER: Sundays
Sundays also had a strong lineup led by Attack on Titan and Mushoku Tensei, while Kemono Jihen and Non Non Biyori Nonstop are very good shows as well, and Idoly Pride is an idol show with pretty good production values even it if isn't among elite company even for an idol show and Yatogame-chan season 3 continues to be a solid short. Just about the only truly awful show this day is Ex-Arm. Nevertheless, the day was stacked with great shows.

LOSER: Fridays
This season's Friday lineup was pretty bad. The Friday lineup was epic for the fall season, but it was followed up with a lackluster winter lineup with Jujutsu Kaisen being the only can't miss show. The day featured Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki, So I'm a Spider, So What?, Back Arrow, WIXOSS Diva(A)Live, Scar on the Praeter, and The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter, along with the shorts With a Dog and a Cat Everyday is Fun and Idolls, plus the continuing shows Jujutsu Kaisen and King's Raid. At least Tomozaki was decent, while So I'm a Spider gets better after a rough start, but nevertheless with this many busts, there's no question Fridays lost big time. Further adding to the problems is that Dr. Stone season 2, which was a Friday show for the first season, ended up being bumped to Thursdays, and while that might be understandable if there was another show with a legitimate claim to the timeslot, there wasn't one this season as a show with no publisher ties or history in the timeslot whatsoever bumped it.

LOSER: Mondays
The Monday lineup ended up being a disappointment when all is said and done. But what stings is that there's no To Your Eternity or Non Non Biyori Nonstop on this day. To Your Eternity got delayed at the last minute and would have continued into this season had it aired as originally planned. Non Non Biyori has always been a Monday show, but it ended up being placed in the Sunday lineup instead, while for no good reason a low-budget movie trilogy edited into a TV series that should have been airing in the summer season, that show took its old timeslot. What Mondays were left with are Last Dungeon, Otherside Picnic, Uma Musume season 2, Azur Lane Slow Ahead, Wave, and the continuing (and declining in quality) Osomatsu-san season 3.