It has been quite some time since the summer season ended and I forgot to do one of these, but here it is as the state of the anime industry is in transition with Crunchyroll being acquired by Sony and Funimation, while Disney is entering the anime streaming industry after focusing on family-friendly stuff that most anime shows do not fit the bill for. In any case, time for winners and losers of this past anime season.

WINNER: Funimation
To start things up is Funimation, and while they didn't get the huge haul that defined them in recent seasons, they still got most of the great shows this season such as The Case Study of Vanitas (through Aniplex), The Duke of Death and His Maid, Kageki Shojo!, Sonny Boy, and Love Live! Superstar, as well as getting the streaming rights for the dubs for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S. And putting them over the top, they now have Crunchyroll, though their fate remains to be seen.

WINNER: Crunchyroll
After a strong spring season lineup, things continue with a great summer season haul as they got most of the shows this season, though the majority of them range from decent to downright awful, though to be fair this was a weak season overall. Even so, they still got their fair share of good shows like the aforementioned Slime and Dragon Maid, as well as Aquatope on White Sand, Remake Our Life, Tsukimichi, and Fena: Pirate Princess. With this haul, it's hard to think of them as being anything other than winners at this point seeing there's no telling what will happen with the purchase. At the very least, they will have a better partner as AT&T totally mismanaged Crunchyroll, and at the very least Sony is committed to anime as they let Funimation make most of the decision making themselves.

LOSER: Sentai
The big loser this season is Sentai as their HIDIVE service was removed from VRV as the result of this acquisition, all while they can't use Crunchyroll anymore to distribute their titles now that they are competitors. Then there's their haul as Getter Robo Arc, Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory, and Tsukipro season 2 aren't exactly attention-grabbing titles. But above all, what makes them losers is that they being made to produce their own dubs for Netflix licenses as Netflix is just asking for way too much money to put their dubs on BD, and Sentai's dubs just pale in comparison with the Netflix versions. It has been tough sledding for Sentai as they are cash-strapped, and the only thing they have to fall back on are their licenses of Amazon exclusives.

It's not so much their catalog as it is that there's even less of a reason to subscribe to them with HIDIVE gone, Crunchyroll potentially being merged into Funimation with whatever unified service plan they have, and the other channels pretty much having no value for anime watchers.

WINNER: King Records
King was the publisher for three shows this season in Uramichi Oniisan, Kageki Shojo!, and How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, and all three are quality shows in different ways. Uramichi Oniisan was all about comedy, and it does an excellent job with that, while Kageki Shojo! ended up being a very good show after a rough start, and of course there's Realist Hero that's the kind of show that will draw viewers provided that it's done competently, which it is.

LOSER: Kadokawa
Kadokawa normally has a strong lineup of shows, and they put out so much stuff every season that they have six timeslots reserved for their shows. But unfortunately for this season two of their shows that were originally slated to come in the summer were delayed in Banished from the Hero's Party and The World's Finest Assassin. They were left with The Detective is Already Dead, Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory, Dungeon of Black Company, and Higurashi Sotsu, this after they had a very strong winter lineup and a very good spring. The Detective is Already Dead was a disappointment, Mother of the Goddess' Dormitory is pretty much just for those who like ecchi but can't stand Redo of Healer, Dungeon of Black Company suffers from weak source material and subpar animation quality although the animation team did a decent job with it, and Higurashi Sotsu was at least better than Gou before losing steam towards the end. Kadokawa wouldn't have been losers with Banished from the Hero's Party and World's Finest Assassin, but they would have been rushed productions that would more likely than not ended up being as good as they are.

Bones has another great season, though this one is kind of below their standards a bit. Their shows this season are The Case Study of Vanitas and the continuing My Hero Academia season 5. Vanitas has strong source material, and the anime adaptation does a great job. This was by far the weakest season of My Hero Academia, but it was saved by the My Villain Academia arc to finish out the season, so at the very least it had a strong finish despite slogging through what is arguably the weakest part of the manga.

WINNER: J.C. Staff
J.C. Staff has three shows this season in The Duke of Death and His Maid, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, and Edens Zero, and the total scorecard is a great show getting a sequel, although it didn't look that way at the start, a solid isekai show that does a great job focusing on the story more than anything, and a show that's just a scifi version of Fairy Tail that satisfies fans at the very least. In all, this studio had a pretty good season overall.

WINNER: Kyoto Animation
Getting the Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid sequel out is reason enough to make them winners given everything this beloved studio had to go through in the two years leading up to this show being released. There's the arson attack that killed the director of the first season, among many other employees there, and then there's the pandemic that further put production behind schedule. They could have easily handed it off to Doga Kobo and they would have done an excellent job seeing that this is their kind of show, but KyoAni perservered, and the end result is another wonderful season and a spot in the winner's circle.

LOSER: Silver Link
It was a rather down season for Silver Link as they produced three shows this season: My Next Life as a Villainess X, Dungeon of Black Company, and The Great Jahy Will Not be Defeated. Neither of these three shows were standout quality, and to be fair while they did a great job with the first season of My Next Life as a Villainess, the second season just had weak source material and it's really the movie that's coming out where I can see things getting back to what made the first season so great. Dungeon of Black Company is plagued by poor animation quality more than anything, while Jahy was decent at the very least. Nevertheless, when a studio produces three shows, at least one of them needs to be great, and because there wasn't that's why they are losers this season.

This studio continues to mishandle anime adaptations. Granted, they have been doing shows with weak source material that applied to shows like Uzaki-chan and Full Dive, but The Detective is Already Dead is actually a pretty good light novel, albeit one that doesn't start out strong. Nevertheless, their handling of this show was just a disaster from the third episode onward. It had a good start, but it failed to follow things up in a big way.

LOSER: Sanzigen
This is the studio behind the disaster that is D_Cide Traumerei, and while they specialize in CG, that's not something I wanted to see in a show like this. At least they produce high quality CG that makes it eye candy, but good action alone is not going to make a show worth watching.

WINNER: Saturdays
Going across the board, the Saturday lineup by far has the best shows for the week. The Saturday shows this season are My Hero Academia season 5, Remake Our Life, D_Cide Traumerei, The Honor Student at Magic High School, Magia Record season 2, Kageki Shojo!, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, Re-Main, The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!, Tokyo Revengers, and Fena: Pirate Princess. The other days just pale in comparison when it comes to quantity, while it has some pretty good shows as well.

WINNER: Mondays
And for the other days that came out ahead, Mondays are sadly the only other quality day this season. To Your Eternity continues, while Love Live! Superstar ended up being a Monday show. Other shows that day are Uramichi Oniisan, Seirei Gensouki, and Battle Game in 5 Seconds. All of these shows are at least halfway decent, though Battle Game it kind of depends on the viewer. But it's To Your Eternity continuing to be the best show of the season that makes the Monday lineup a winner more than anything. It definitely isn't as strong as the spring Monday lineup, but this season is very good as well.

LOSER: Sundays
Without a doubt, Sundays were by far and away had the weakest lineup this season. It consists of Getter Robo Arc, The Duke of Death and His Maid, The Detective is Already Dead, and Kingdom season 3. It would have had Love Live had NHK not imposed an exclusive time window that bumped this show onto Mondays. And then there's The Detective is Already Dead that's easily one of the most disappointing shows this season. Kingdom is actually a great show, but unfortunately it is a pretty niche one in the grand scheme of things. The Duke of Death was pretty good, but it didn't have the best of starts all while the use of CG for a show that doesn't exactly warrant was cause for concern. So in all, Sundays had it rough.

LOSER: Fridays
The Friday lineup had one great show, one decent sequel that pales in comparison to the first season, and a bunch of duds. The great one is Vanitas, while the decent sequel is for My Next Life as a Villainess. As for the rest, there's Dungeon of Black Company, I'm Standing on a Million Lives season 2, the trashy albeit still entertaining romcom Girlfriend, Girlfriend, the shorts Obey Me and I, Tsushima, and the continuing Blue Reflection Ray, a show so bad that the BDs got cancelled in Japan. Normally there are more shows, but not this season as the rest of the day consists of rebroadcasts of Professor Layton and Cinderella Nine that occupy timeslots that are normally highly desired, and the other timeslot is for Vlad Love, which was already released as is airing on TV for the first time. Fridays usually have a loaded lineup, but not so much this season.