With the season mostly in the books (though not quite since The Faraway Paladin and 86 had production issues that caused a delay) that it's time I do my quarterly Winners and Losers segment.

WINNER: Netflix
It was quite a huge season for Netflix here as they announced that they had a lot of great stuff coming in 2022 with their live panel, which includes Tiger and Bunny season 2 and Vampire in the Garden. As for their anime this season, they got Blue Period, Komi Can't Communicate, Super Crooks, Aggretsuko Season 4, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean. The last one is what made them big winners as not only did they get a high profile show for themselves, but they dubbed Stone Ocean and released it worldwide ahead of its TV broadcast in Japan. And also, Netflix is starting to do simulcasts, albeit on a two week delay, as they did with Blue Period and Komi. It was quite a huge season for Netflix.

WINNER: Funimation
After being outmaneuvered the last two seasons by Crunchyroll, this season Funimation got the majority of shows. But above all, they now own Crunchyroll, and while their plans of a unified subscription plan are still things they are working through, there's no doubt that they will be the dominant player in the industry once again. And of course, having Demon Slayer, Mushoku Tensei, and Ranking of Kings counts for quite a lot as well.

LOSER: Sentai
At least Sentai is starting to get more stuff, but they are doing a disservice by licensing sequels to stuff they don't have the other seasons for as they did with Tsukipro last season, and now they are doing it with Lupin III, and will do so again with Teasing Master Takagi-san in the winter. There's that, and their lineup didn't exactly get people subscribing to HIDIVE in droves as it consists of PriMagi, Shikizakura, and Yuki Yuna season 3. At least there's a clear path for the rest of the Yuki Yuna franchise to be released after Pony Canyon pulled out of the BD industry, but this season left much to be desired with its approach being an expansion of the second season.

LOSER: Anime Fans' Wallets
The players have come and gone throughout the years, and the fragmentation of the anime industry hit its peak in 2017 when you needed a subscription from Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HIDIVE to watch everything the seasons had to offer, and furthermore you needed an Anime Strike subscription on top of the Amazon Prime one. From there, Anime Strike was terminated, Amazon eventually pulled out of the anime industry and Sentai briefly put their titles on Crunchyroll, pretty much leaving it necessary to only subscribe to Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Netflix. But now, Disney+ has entered the industry as they just put out their first Disney Original anime series in Star Wars Visions, and then they acquired Black Rock Shooter: Dawn Fall, Tatami Time Machine Blues, Summer Time Rendering, and Twisted Wonderland, and if and when it gets announced, Disney+ will also have the Kingdom Hearts anime series.

This season featured the debut of the station's new block called Anime Zone, which features an anime show on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at midnight. And in addition, they carried a second Friday show that is not a permanent fixture to the station. Normally, this station has four shows a season in late night, but this season they doubled that. The four shows in their normal timeslots are Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Fruit of Evolution, and Restaurant to Another World 2. Then there are their three shows for the new block in Takt Op. Destiny, Komi Can't Communicate, and in a huge shocker the last slot was filled by Vanguard OverDress season 2 seeing that season 1 was a Saturday morning show. It went to that instead of Taisho Otome Fairy Tale, which ended up being the second Friday show in a timeslot not normally given to an anime show. It was quite a huge expansion in anime programming for the station and that makes them winners this season.

On the flipside, it was a lackluster season for NTV despite having a high profile show as this season featured Lupin III Part 6 and Shikizakura. For Lupin, this was a lackluster season compared to the previous seasons, while with Shikizakura, not only was it a show that wasn't worth watching, but it premiered on the local Nagoya station, ahead of the station's Tuesday broadcast. The other stations all had something going for it, but not NTV.

OLM has been on a hot streak lately as they put out the biggest surprise hit in Odd Taxi that put them squarely on the map as being more than the copany that does Pokemon and other kids shows. This season, they did Komi Can't Communicate, Restaurant to Another World 2, and Megaton Musashi. Megaton Musashi didn't get a streaming deal outside Japan, so I'm guessing that it was nothing special to say the least. But Komi Can't Communicate is one of the season's best shows, all while the second season of Restaurant to Another World is better than the first. This studio had it made this season and they are poised to become one of the elite studios in the industry.

WINNER: Doga Kobo
Doga Kobo has two shows out this season in My Senpai is Annoying and Selection Project, and both are good shows. There's My Senpai is Annoying that's another one of those comedies that Doga Kobo is known for that uses its strong source material to carry the show through. And then there's Selection Project that ends up being a pretty good idol show once the shock of seeing the same setup as Idoly Pride wears off. In all, this studio had a strong showing.

You can always count on Wit to produce a great show and they did exactly that with Ranking of Kings. This studio has encountered financial troubles, so it remains to be seen if they can keep up with their high standards moving forward. But in the meantime, they did another splendid job with the task at hand.

LOSER: Madhouse
Madhouse was behind Takt Op. Destiny and The Vampire Dies in No Time this season, and they are both so-so shows. Takt Op. started well and in spite of all the problems the show had it still has some great action there. Madhouse and MAPPA took turns animating that show and to be fair the ones Madhouse animated look much better than the ones MAPPA did. But seeing that the show ended up being so-so in the end that it's something that makes them a loser when their other show is not one of their better efforts. This is one of the best in the business, but they can't all be winners.

LOSER: Sunrise
This season featured two duds out of Sunrise in Scarlet Nexus and AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline. Scarlet Nexus continues from the summer season, and it's another show where it is meant to advertise the game that does a way better job in storytelling than the anime series does. And then there's AMAIM Warrior that is just a painfully bland and generic mecha show.

LOSER: Gambit
This is the studio behind Tesla Note, a show that is by far the worst of the season, and it's shades of Ex-Arm again. At the very least, it looks better, but when a show mixes in 2D characters in a CG show, that's definitely a bad sign that this show totally made a mess of things. It may not be as bad as Ex-Arm is, but again that's not saying much.

WINNER: Saturdays
It's another great day for Saturdays this season, headlined by 86 returning, though there would be several weeks where it was skipped or does something else as production delays caused the last two episodes to be delayed until March. So to run down the Saturday lineup, there's Yashahime season 2, The Faraway Paladin, 86, Build Divide, My Senpai is Annoying, Muteking the Dancing Hero, Lupin III Part 6, World Trigger Season 3, The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated, PriMagi, Shikizakura, and Fena: Pirate Princess, then Blade Runner. In addition, the Friday show Blue Period dropped on Netflix on Saturdays, while One Piece had its 1000th episode this season. It was a deep lineup and there was always something to watch on that stacked day.

WINNER: Sundays
The Sunday lineup also had a pretty solid lineup, though it also has the worst of the season in Tesla Note. The shows are The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Tesla Note, Mushoku Tensei Part 2, Mieruko-chan, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, and Demon Slayer season 2, which ended up being a Sunday show since Fuji TV paid Aniplex a lot of money to get the rights to premiere this much-anticipated show. Demon Slayer and Mushoku Tensei alone make the day winners, but also having solid shows in Mieruko-chan and Irina help its cause, and while it might not be everybody's cup of tea, Tricornered Window ends up being a satisfying show for those who are into BL.

LOSER: Mondays
The entire Monday lineup was a washout as there was nothing good to watch on that day, this coming after the spring and summer seasons produced strong lineups. On Tokyo MX, the only new shows premiering on the station are The Vampire Dies in No Time and Rumble Garandoll, while the other timeslots are for the delaycasts Let's Make a Mug Too 2 and Fena: Pirate Princess as both shows premiered on another network a couple days ahead of time (and in the case of Fena, two months), and a rebroadcast of Iroduku. Over on TV Tokyo, Mondays were given another show with the newly created Anime Zone block in addition to the two shows the day already had. Sadly, they were easily the three worst shows of the ones that aired on TV Tokyo this season as they got AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline, The Fruit of Evolution, and Vanguard OverDress season 2, and I'm still scratching my head as to why Mondays ended up like this. The first season of Restaurant to Another World was a Monday show, but instead it got bumped to the Friday lineup while AMAIM Warrior got that timeslot the first season was in. But the most surprising move was putting OverDress on Mondays as the first season of this show was a morning show just like all of the previous Vanguard series. Had it stayed in the same timeslot, Taisho Otome Fairy Tale seemed like a sure bet to be a Monday show, but instead it ended up being the second Friday show in a timeslot that is normally not used for an anime show. And of course, The Fruit of Evolution, that was just a show I had no expectations for. So in the end, TV Tokyo showed that it doesn't keep things consistent that made the Monday lineup look really bad, while there wasn't much to write home about with Tokyo MX's Monday lineup as that day lacks any publisher ties.

LOSER: Fridays
Fridays were losers for a different reason because of the number of shows that didn't actually stream on Fridays and in the case of Megaton Musashi, not at all. On Tokyo MX, the Friday lineup consists of Megaton Musashi, Selection Project, Visual Prison, Record of Ragnarok (which is getting a TV broadcast for the first time after dropping on Netflix), and a rebroadcast of Just Because!, which stepped into the lineup after World's End Harem was bumped to the winter season. Over on MBS, the Animeism block consists of Blue Period, Yuki Yuna season 3, and a rebroadcast of Code Geass, and Yuki Yuna was the only one of those three shows that aired on Fridays as Code Geass is a rebroadcast, while Blue Period ended up coming to Netflix on Saturdays. On the bright side, TV Tokyo got two shows instead of the usual one as it was for Restaurant to Another World 2 and Taisho Otome Fairy Tale, both very good shows. So in the end, Friday actually had some pretty good shows, but their loser label comes from the fact that several shows in the lineup weren't streaming on Fridays, either because they were rebroadcasts (Record of Ragnarok, Just Because!, Code Geass) or were not streamed until another day (Blue Period), or not at all (Megaton Musashi and the shorts Deji Meets Girl, Fit Boxing, and Evelogia).