Time for me to do my annual simulcast rankings as I am going to take all the shows I watched during the simulcast period from last year and rank them using my same five-tier system using football terminology for tier names. This year, I had to wait a bit to do it because there are a few shows that didn't finish up until well into 2022, either by design (like Blade Runner: Black Lotus) or because of production issues that forced the shows to get delayed (like 86 and Faraway Paladin). While I haven't finished up some of these, I think I have seen enough to give them a score as one episode doesn't usually make or break a show (it has in the past, but those are rare instances). Like before, below is a master list of shows watched in 2021 and those with asterisks are simulcasts:

Master List of Anime Watched in 2021

Just like I have done in the past, I split the rankings into two blog entries to alleviate the burden of this blog, and was motivated back in 2017 when the previous version of The Fandom Post forums were having problems with long entries. As usual, I begin with the shows that aren't going to challenge for many, if any, awards (at least back when I did my evaluation series that I might do if I somehow manage to find time or something) as these shows that ranged from solid to downright terrible. As always, I have five tiers of shows and the first blog is all about stuff that rates in the bottom three tiers. As a reminder, there are some rules I set in place as to which shows are ranked on this list:
  • 1. Only shows that I watched to the end (or if continuing into 2022 I have watched all the episodes that have aired) are listed. So stinkers I pulled the plug on early like Ex-Arm, Tesla Note, and Night Head 2041 will not show up on my list. If doesn't appear on my master list in any place other than the On Hold/Dropped section, then it won't take part in this list.
  • 2. Only shows that I finished watching at some point in 2021 are eligible except for the shows whose final episodes were delayed into 2022, as well as the aforementioned shows continuing into 2022 either as a continuation or split cour series. For this year, all shows except for those continuing into the Winter 2022 season will have finished their broadcast in 2021, so there are no such shows this year that have this special situation.
  • 3. For shows with multiple entries with a continuous story (i.e. split cour shows and shows finishing a season in winter and starting a new one in a subsequent season in 2021), they will be combined into one entry. Their ranking is based on the average score of the seasons that aired at least in part for 2021 (i.e. includes shows whose seasons started in 2020 but continued into 2021 and then came back with a sequel later this year). For this year, that will apply to Yashahime (all of season 1 and first half of season 2), Higurashi: When They Cry (all of Gou and Sotsu), and Cardfight! Vanguard: OverDress (seasons 1 and 2), as well as the split-cour with both parts airing in 2021.
As always, I use a scoring system that's based on what the average MAL score typically is for shows in a certain grade range, that combined with grades that typical exam scores get you in college courses.

A+: 100+
A: 95-99
A-: 90-94
B+: 85-89
B: 80-84
B-: 75-79
C+: 70-74
C: 65-69
C-: 60-64
D+: 52-59
D: 44-51
D-: 36-43
F: 0-35

So with that, here are the rankings for everything in the middle tier and below, which are all scores that earned a grade of B- or lower. The shows in the top two tiers are appearing in a blog entry that will be coming soon (I'm looking at Thursday to have it posted). For now, I'm just listing the shows and scores, and I will post my thoughts at a later time since I want this blog to go up ASAP.

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51. Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki: B- (Score: 79)

52. Fena: Pirate Princess: B- (Score: 79)

53. So I'm a Spider, So What?: B- (Score: 79)

54. Backfilp!!: B- (Score: 78)

55. Re-Main: B- (Score: 78)

56. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X: B- (Score: 77)

57. Selection Project: B- (Score: 77)

58. Pretty Boy Detective Club: B- (Score: 76)

59. Yuki Yuna is a Hero: The Great Mankai Chapter: B- (Score: 76)

60. High-Rise Invasion: B- (Score: 76)

61. SSSS.Dynazenon: B- (Score: 75)

62. Takt Op. Destiny: B- (Score: 75)

63. Idoly Pride: B- (Score: 75)

64. Higurashi: When They Cry Gou/Sotsu: B- (Score: 75) [Gou: C+, Sotsu: B]

65. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: B- (Score: 75)

66. How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Omega: C+ (Score: 74)

67. Mini Dragon: C+ (Score: 74)

68. Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside: C+ (Score: 74)

69. Kaginado: C+ (Score: 73)

70. Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles: C+ (Score: 73)

71. The Faraway Paladin: C+ (Score: 73)

72. The Vampire Dies in No Time: C+ (Score: 72)

73. Edens Zero: C+ (Score: 72)

74. The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated!: C+ (Score: 72)

75. With a Dog and a Cat, Everyday is Fun: C+ (Score: 72)

76. Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon: C+ (Score: 71) [Season 1 C+, Season 2 Part 1: B-]

77. Blade Runner: Black Lotus: C+ (Score: 71)

78. I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level: C+ (Score: 71)

79. The Way of the Househusband: C+ (Score: 71)

80. Pride of Orange: C+ (Score: 71)

81. Azure Lane: Slow Ahead: C+ (Score: 71)

82. Eden: C+ (Score: 71)

83. Log Horizon: The Destruction of the Round Table: C+ (Score: 71)

84. Peach Boy Riverside: C+ (Score: 71)

85. Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town: C+ (Score: 70)

86. Godzilla Singular Point: C+ (Score: 70)

87. The Honor Student at Magic High School: C+ (Score: 70)

88. I, Tsushima: C+ (Score: 70)

89. Sakugan: C+ (Score: 70)


90. Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood: C (Score: 69)

91. The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window: C (Score: 68)

92. The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgment: C (Score: 68)

93. Yasuke: C (Score: 67)

94. World Witches Take Off!: C (Score: 66)

95. Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Season 4: C (Score: 66)

96. Show by Rock!! Stars!!: C (Score: 65)

97. Hetalia World Stars: C (Score: 65)

98. Fairy Ranmaru: C (Score: 65)

99. Record of Ragnarok: C- (Score: 64)

100: Cardfight!! Vanguard Overdress: C- (Score: 64) [Season 1: D+, Season 2: C]

101. Full Dive: C- (Score: 63)

102. Getter Robo Arc: C- (Score: 62)

103. Tawawa on Monday 2: C- (Score: 62)

104. B: The Beginning Succession: C- (Score: 61)


105. The Promised Neverland Season 2: D+ (Score: 59)

106. Muteking the Dancing Hero: D+ (Score: 58)

107. Obey Me!: D+ (Score: 57)

108. Hortensia Saga: D+ (Score: 55)

109. Idolls!: D- (Score: 40)

With the way I assign grades, the middle tier is usually the most crowded, and this year there were more middle tier shows than usual as I generally don't tier shows any lower than that if I enjoy them. Nevertheless, I will have the reviews out sometime soon.