Power Rankings

Understanding the Power Rankings

Designed to offer a mathematical counterpart to experienced opinion, Power Rankings are a weekly snapshot of current quality in shonen manga. The rankings are based on the last five weeks of the weekly manga magazine publishing schedule. Chapters of each series are given a rating, which considers factors such as art quality, plot and character developments, quality of the current story arc (if applicable), comparison to previous chapters in the same series, comparison to chapters in other series, and other criteria. These scores are then run through a series of formulas which combine the total score, average score, and weighted average score (weighted towards the current chapter), all over the same selected five-week period. The resulting percentage is the final score used in placement in each week’s power rankings. Ultimately, power rankings should be viewed as the Shonen Beam measure of the current strength, momentum, comparative relevance, and overall quality of each series.

The two most important eligibility guidelines:

1. The series must be current — Since this website is primarily intended for a Western audience, ranked series must have a proven English scanlation/translation release schedule.
2. Shonen Beam must be current with the series — Sadly, Shonen Beam is not yet run by robots. Sometimes, a series with timely weekly releases will not yet be ranked simply because we haven’t read it yet. Be patient; we’re always catching up.

Weekly Power Rankings: 5/11 – 5/24 Double Edition

Weekly Power Rankings: 5/11 – 5/24 Double Edition

0 by / on May 25, 2014, 4:44 pm / in Power Rankings

Luffy and Meliodas duke it out for the right to be called the best in shonen manga today.

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Weekly Power Rankings: 5/4 – 5/10

Weekly Power Rankings: 5/4 – 5/10

0 by / on May 11, 2014, 7:20 pm / in Power Rankings

Meliodas challenges Toriko for top spot in the latest look at the best of shonen.

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Weekly Power Rankings: 4/27 – 5/3

Weekly Power Rankings: 4/27 – 5/3

1 by / on May 4, 2014, 8:40 pm / in Power Rankings

Toriko and Souma have a food fight to determine the best in shonen right now.

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Weekly Power Rankings: Catch-Up Edition

Weekly Power Rankings: Catch-Up Edition

0 by / on April 29, 2014, 8:05 pm / in Power Rankings

Keima goes out with a bang in this look at three weeks’ worth of rankings of the best in shonen.

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Weekly Power Rankings: 3/30 – 4/5

Weekly Power Rankings: 3/30 – 4/5

1 by / on April 6, 2014, 3:06 pm / in Power Rankings

Madao and King take aim at Nishimiya in this week’s look at the best in shonen.

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Weekly Power Rankings: 3/23 – 3/29

Weekly Power Rankings: 3/23 – 3/29

0 by / on March 30, 2014, 12:26 pm / in Power Rankings

Meliodas and company challenge the Nishimiya family’s current dominance over shonen.

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