Spring 2017 AOTS Race: The Last Week Advantage

Boku no Hero Academia and Natsume Yuujinchou both had once won the crucial prize. Can they do it again?


The Spring 2017 Anime Season is about to end and based from how things are shaping up so far, we have 4 anime that has good chance of winning the ‘Anime of the Season’ title, which would be the sequels of Boku no Hero Academia, Shingeki no Kyojin, and Natsume Yuujinchou and the lone original anime competitor, Tsuki ga Kirei.

Out of those 4 contenders, Boku no Hero Academia 2nd Season and Natsume Yuujinchou Roku is someone to lookout for as we head on to the final two weeks of the season — and the reason behind it is something the fans of Shingeki no Kyojin and Tsuki ga Kirei should be taking note of. History repeats itself as they always say, and if it’s proven true again this time, they could potentially do the amazing performance they showed in the same period that they were charted last year. That includes winning the crucial ‘Last Week Advantage’ prize, which gave them an edge over their other competitors.

But what exactly is the Last Week Advantage, and how is it really an advantage? How did it worked for the Boku no Hero Academia and Natsume Yuujinchou to have a good ranking at the end of the corresponding season?

Last Week Advantage

Also known as the LWA, this crucial prize is being competed at the last week of the season (obviously). Citing the Charter of Anime Trending


Article III-B Section 6

Votes garnered by each anime in the final polling week of the charts, shall be doubled. The final polling week shall be known as the Last Week Advantage. It should not start until the final episode of all the one-cour anime who has a statistical chance of winning the ‘Anime of the Season’ has aired. Anime that could be classified as having the statistical chance of winning the title shall be under the sole discretion of the Head Administrator, who in turn shall give sufficient basis of giving said classification after the seasonal award.


The LWA doubles the votes received by an anime in the last week of the charts. If a certain anime tops the chart during the last week, that also means that its lead over the other anime also gets doubled – making it look like it won 2 weeks over the others. Winning this prize is particularly helpful especially if the race is tight – just like now.


Boku no Hero Academia 


Boku no Hero Academia almost won the Anime of the Season Title for the Spring 2016 Anime Season because of LWA, even nearly toppling Re:Zero for the second place as it only trailed by 33 votes, which already suffered an upset from KIZNAIVER – the one which eventually won the grand title for that season – beating it by 232 votes. ‘Hero Academia’ won the last week of that season, with KIZNAIVER as the runner up, and Re:Zerothe early favorite to win fell to #6. It’s the complete opposite for ‘Hero Academia’, which during Week 9 fell to #6 before suddenly making a big comeback to #2 for Week 10 – thanks to the action-packed episode that was praised by many. That hype from the 10th week continued all the way to the last week of the season and gave them their 2nd win overall for Spring 2016.  


By winning the last week, it made it look like that ‘Hero Academia’ won a lot more weeks since prior to that, it also won Week #7 – in total – that would be 3 weeks. In the end, it would settle for 3rd place for the final seasonal tally, but without winning LWA, it would have a much more lower ranking since it did not do pretty well during the early weeks of that season, and at least, again it almost caused a double upset for Re:Zero.


Natsume Yuujinchou


It’s a story of fulfillment for Natsume Yuujinchou, as it not only won the Last Week Advantage for the Fall 2016 Anime Season – it eventually won the ‘Anime of the Season’. Prior to Week#10 of that season, the competition was still tight between Natsume and 3 other contenders (Bungou Stray Dogs S2, Yuri!! on Ice, and Haikyuu!! 3) with a similar number of weeks won so far. At that point, Haikyuu had won 3 weeks, and the others, including ‘Natsume’, had each won 2 weeks.  But all of that changed when ‘Natsume’, which many thought would lose, after falling 3 huge spots during the 9th week, and the seemingly unstoppable hype for YOI during that period, suddenly reversed everything that happened during the week and made a big comeback to the #1 spot – it’s 3rd win at the time, tying Haikyuu for the most number of weeks won. Natsume fans, from the brink of elimination, suddenly found themselves in opposite situation and they held the momentum while heading into the final week of Fall 2016.  

In the end, they successfully held on to the momentum, and won the LWA – their 4th win (or 5th win) overall, sealing their victory to be hailed as the ‘Anime of the Season’ for Fall 2016. This shocked many people, especially the YOI fans, who thought they had the LWA in the bag because of how well created for them YOI’s last episode was. But to the surprise of many, Natsume also delivered, based from reactions from our FB page, a great final episode – catching the fans of other competing anime by surprise. Natsume won the 4-way Fall 2016 race (5-3-2-2), leading by 333 votes over the runner-up, which was Bungou Stray Dogs, and what would be the biggest upset of the season, a huge lead of 1,259 votes over Yuri on Ice, which only placed third in the final tally. This upset win earned the Natsume Yuujinchou fans a nickname called the “Silent Killers”.


What are the odds of them doing it again?

History has the tendency of repeating itself – as they always say – but again we’re only talking about one title, and only one can win the Spring 2017 AOTS Race.

The two anime has great potential to do it again but as of now, it seems Boku no Hero Academia is the one who has the edge of doing it again as the momentum is still with them after 2 weeks of reigning the charts so far. But everyone must remember how it was able to retain this momentum heading on to the final two weeks – and that is by delivering an action packed episode during those weeks it won. Same how it made a comeback during the Spring 2016 Anime Season, showing action-packed episodes seems to be the formula in doing so. Compared to its first season, the current season of Boku no Hero Academia is slated for two-cours, meaning it won’t have its last episode this season (well, obviously duh..), which could somehow be a question mark to its chances of winning again, considering that last episodes is where all the great stuff happens. 

It can’t be discounted that Natsume Yuujinchou Roku can do it again also, considering that from the latest chart released, Natsume is on the rise again after slumping 3 spots to #6 last week. If one would like more indication that it will continue to do so, well, Natsume Takashi is currently #1 in the latest character chart results

This could just be the calm before the storm for them and take everyone by surprise again – we’ll see. But just to point out again, Natsume Yuujinchou is the reigning ‘Anime of the Year’, which was again a surprise for many, proving that they really are “Silent Killers” as they beat the heavyweights and favorites to win, Re:Zero and Yuri on Ice, which placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Silent Killers really just can’t stop giving upset after upset and the fact that they are still contending with the most awaited anime of the year, Shingeki no Kyojin, is again another upset. 

But wait!!

All of this again, are just theoretical talk and anything can still happen considering many factors that we still have to account for. Based from the latest Top 10 Anime Chart released, Re:Creators just rose to the #2 spot. For the past weeks, it has steadily moved up the charts and based from the current reactions of the people right now from its latest episode, it can actually be the one instead to replicate what Hero Academia and Natsume did. 



Tsuki ga Kirei, another original anime, must not also be discounted, considering how far it has gone compared before the Spring 2017 Anime Season started. It was a complete underdog back then but thanks to its 4th episode, which was labelled as pretty heartwarming and a breather from the usual romance anime that is being shown every season, it made that magnificent 8-spot jump all the way to #2 during the second week of the Spring 2017 charts, and eventually the top spot the week after, which it was able to maintain for two straight weeks. Most important to take note of is that it is currently the one, based on the number of weeks won, with the lead, winning Weeks 3,4, and 7.

Lastly, as everyone knows, the second season of Shingeki no Kyojin would end this season, as it is only slated for 12 episodes. With the last episode airing this season, this is an advantage since again all of the greatest thing that can happen most of the time in an anime is shown in the last episode.

In the end….

If you are one of the fans of those anime mentioned in this article, once again, it all goes down to what goes in the ballot as it is the one that would be counted. 

In other words, VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!


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