AnimeSuki 2009 Choice Awards: Picking Winners

This is happening a lot quicker than it did last year. This time last year there was a massive gap between the end of nominations and voting, which didn’t start until the 25th of Jan. This year, voting is going to be over before the 20th. Personally, I think it was better the way Kyomi did it last year (although I have a sneaking suspicion it was a consequence of him being lackadaisical)… well, not the massive gap between nominations and voting, but the fact that voting didn’t start until late in the month. It gives more people time to catch up and to stew over the anime they’ve seen in the last year. Some of the nominees haven’t even been completely subbed (to my knowledge and conveniently ignoring Crunchyroll), while, in my book, Bakemonogatari (which is going to absolutely clean up these awards) is still technically ongoing.

This year’s nominees are reasonable enough again. I can’t think of too many blatant exclusions (except for one which I’ll get to later). In all honesty, I’m actually less concerned with what wins than I am what gets nominated. Winning is, a lot of the time, about splitting hairs. Being nominated means that an anime has actually been recognized by a reasonably sized audience for excelling at something. 5 cm/s missing a nomination for the animation category two years ago still sticks in my mind. I’m not sure what was going through everyone’s mind during the nomination process (myself included, since I also forgot to nominate it). Since then, forum goers have been much more careful during nomination. I like to think AnimeSuki has learned its lesson.

Last year I managed to predict winners from 13 out of 18 categories. I want to improve that but I can’t say I will. I haven’t been nearly as active at AnimeSuki last year (2009) as I was the year before (2008). I don’t think the personnel and general sense of taste (it’s hard to assign taste to a group of people) has changed all that much, but I have noticed little subtle differences (the series-specific forums have almost become a no-go zone for reasoned discussions between conflicting points of view).

Category {A} Action/Fighting
Nominees: Canaan, Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, Kara no Kyoukai, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~
Anime I’ve seen: 2
Who I think will win: Kara no Kyoukai
Who I think deserves to win: Kara no Kyoukai
I didn’t bother with this season of Darker than BLACK, and I got to a point of disinterest with Phantom where I just didn’t bother with new episodes (even though I don’t want to say I dropped it… I guess “stalled” is the appropriate word here). Canaan will get votes, but I can’t see it outpolling Ryuusei no Gemini so I think this will be a two horse race, and most people will probably choose Kara no Kyoukai over DtB2. Phantom just isn’t popular enough to do much here (although I did hear it starting getting good after I “stalled” it).

Category {B} Adventure/Fantasy
Nominees: Kemono no Souja Erin, Spice and Wolf II, Tears to Tiara, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Anime I’ve seen: 3
Who I think will win: Spice and Wolf II
Who I think deserves to win: Kemono no Souja Erin
Some really good anime in this category, but I just can’t see any of its competitors having the numbers to challenge Spice and Wolf II. I’m voting for Kemono no Souja Erin (despite being, admittedly, well behind with it). It and Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou are both better than Spice and Wolf II, IMO, which was a good anime, but not quite as good as the first season.

Category {C} Mecha/SciFi
Nominees: Casshern Sins, Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini, Eve no Jikan, Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2
Anime I’ve seen: None
Who I think will win: Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Season 2
Who I’m voting for: None
I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t seen any of these anime, despite the fact that Casshern SINS and Eve no Jikan have receive massive wraps on this very site. (I might go and make the effort to watch Eve no Jikan before I vote, since it’s readily available on Crunchyroll). Gundam 00 S2 will win just because it’s following is monstrous.

Category {D} Mystery/Horror
Nominees: Bakemonogatari, Higashi no Eden, Kara no Kyoukai, Umineko no Naku Koro ni
Anime I’ve seen: All of them
Who I think will win: Bakemonogatari
Who I think deserves to win: Higashi no Eden
Ah, a genre I’m on much firmer terrain with. All of these anime are excellent with the exception of the slightly disappointing Umineko, which isn’t nearly the calamity VN fans want to suggest. Bakemonogatari is a reasonably safe prediction. I think it’s going to win almost all the categories its been nominated for, and with good reason. You’ll struggle to find a bad word written about Bakemonogatari around these parts.

Category {E} Comedy
Nominees: Bakemonogatari, Hayate no Gotoku!!, Seitokai no Ichizon, Sora no Otoshimono, Toradora!
Anime I’ve seen: 4
Who I think will win: Bakemonogatari
Who I think deserves to win: Bakemonogatari
Not sure why there are five nominees in this category. But I’m not going to jump off a reasonably sure bet for the sake of being contrary here either. I think it’ll be a two horse race between Bakemonogatari and Toradora!. Maybe Hayate no Gotoku S2 (which I’m on the record as not liking) will get votes, but I don’t see it challenging. In fact, I’m not even sure it’s guaranteed third spot.

Category {F} Romance
Nominees: Aoi Hana, Bakemonogatari, Clannad After Story, Toradora!
Anime I’ve seen: All of them
Who I think will win: Bakemonogatari
Who I think deserves to win: Bakemonogatari
Forget about Aoi Hana in this category. I loved it to pieces, but it’ll finish dead last. This will be another two horse race between the anime that garnered the most praise in our recent Year in Review article (I wondered if we’ve gathered a whole heap of overly romantic reviewers at our site). But, my prediction is that this will be Bakemonogatari‘s third of several category wins.

Category {G} Slice of Life
Nominees: K-ON!, Minami-ke Okaeri, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0, Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
Anime I’ve seen: All of them
Who I think will win: K-ON!
Who I think deserves to win: Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
I’ve got Okaeri pegged for last place in this category. It’s first season was the one that made the most waves, and no one’s thought of any of its sequels as equals. I’ll be voting for Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou, but I think K-On! will probably win from Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 in second place. Neither were all too impressive, IMO. K-On! is, well… while the only thing that I thought was epic about Tokyo Magnitude 8.0‘s second half was the way it jumped the shark.

Category {H} Fanservice
Nominees: Kämpfer, Queen’s Blade, Saki, Sora no Otoshimono
Anime I’ve seen: 1
Who I think will win: Saki
Who I think deserves to win: Kämpfer
Speaking of epic shark jumping… I’m strongly thinking of abstaining from this category. It’s kinda pointless to vote if I’ve only seen one series, but Kämpfer was so epically horrendous that I ended up getting quite a lot of perverse pleasure from it (no, not in that way… I find it eminently unfappable – although, if they ever made a fully animated hentai out of it, I’d be the first to sign up). It won’t win though. Ep 11 pretty much cost it all the good-will it had from its fans. I have no interest in checking out any other series in this category just to inform my vote.

Category {I} Sports/Game
Nominees: Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting – New Challenger, One Outs, Saki, Taishou Yakyuu Musume
Anime I’ve seen: 1
Who I think will win: Saki
Who I think deserves to win: Taishou Yakyuu Musume
I honestly don’t know who will win this. I thought Kaiji was a shoe-in for this category last year and was proven completely wrong. That’s why I won’t be backing One Outs here (a series which I would like to see, but am struggling to make time for it). I’ll be giving my vote to Taishou Yakyuu Musume for restoring my faith in the slice-of-life moe genre after K-On! gave it such a battering.

Category {J} Storyline
Nominees: Bakemonogatari, Clannad After Story, Higashi no Eden, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0
Anime I’ve seen: All of them
Who I think will win: Bakemonogatari
Who I think deserves to win: Higashi no Eden
Now this is a tough one, and I don’t think making the “Bakemonogatari” call is as simple as it was in the above categories. It should walk all over my choice (Eden of the East) and I think there’s too much controversy over Tokyo Magnitude 8.0‘s script in the second half for it to challenge. That leaves Bakemonogatari and Clannad After Story (perhaps AnimeSuki‘s sense of taste isn’t quite as removed from the NHRV‘s as I originally thought) and it could be a coin toss. Clannad probably has the more devoted base but the voices that are inevitably going to fall behind Bakemonogatari tend to be more influential. My prediction for this category is that it’ll be close.

Category {K} Visual/Animation
Nominees: Bakemonogatari, Clannad After Story, Higashi no Eden, Kara no Kyoukai
Anime I’ve seen: All of them
Who I think will win: Kara no Kyoukai
Who I think deserves to win: Kara no Kyoukai
When in doubt, go with the incumbent. It’s interesting that this category shares three nominees with the previous one. I’ve never really sat down and thought about the correlation between budget and writing, since I never had an inkling there was one (while the correlation between budget and animation is clear as day). Then again, I wouldn’t have at all batted an eyelid if Kara no Kyoukai had been nominated for the Storyline category over Tokyo Magnitude 8.0… in fact, I’d say it easily deserves it more. Bakemonogatari, even though it’s directed with Shinbo‘s usual visual flair, is not well animated. Most Shaft series aren’t. They’re well drawn. Pick a frame out at random and it will probably look great. But putting it all together and making it move in a way that’s fluent and seamless, that’s another story. And it’s not exactly what Shinbo‘s trying to do anyway.

Category {L} Soundtrack
Nominees: Bakemonogatari, Clannad After Story, K-ON!, Kara no Kyoukai, Needless
Soundtracks I’ve heard: 4
Who I think will win: Kara no Kyoukai
Who I think deserves to win: Kara no Kyoukai
K-On!? K-On!‘s soundtrack sucked. zzeroparticle agrees, so don’t ask him. I think Kara no Kyoukai will win this from Clannad After Story. Kajiura Yuki has put a together a few extremely memorable songs that stand out, such as “Fukan Fuukei” and the ED pieces she did with Kalafina are all really addictive. After Story has a good old fashioned Key soundtrack, but it doesn’t force itself into your memory like Kajiura‘s music.

Category {M} Movie
Nominees: Bleach: Fade to Black, Cencoroll, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, Kara no Kyoukai, Summer Wars
Anime I’ve seen: 1
Who I think will win: Kara no Kyoukai
Who I think deserves to win: Kara no Kyoukai
So I’ve only seen one movie here, but both Summer Wars and Evangelion 2.0 are well liked around here. I can’t see either of them getting the numbers to challenge Kara no Kyoukai, though. I daresay it’s fairly safe here.

Category {N} OVA
Nominees: Candy Boy, Eve no Jikan, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei, Seto no Hanayome OVA
Anime I’ve seen: 2
Who I think will win: Eve no Jikan
Who I think deserves to win: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
I wrote “Higurashi Rei” as the series I’m voting for despite having no doubts that Eve no Jikan is better for the pure reason that I haven’t watched the latter. Like I said, I intend to catch up. Saying I’ve seen two of the nominations is a half-truth, since I’ve only seen the first Seto no Hanayome OVA. I didn’t even realize that the second OVA had been released, so little attention was I paying. I’ve never been a big fan of Seto no Hanayome (although I’m under no allusions about how much it’s loved). It’s basically the same three of four jokes repeated ad nauseum.

Category {O} Male Character
Nominees: Araragi Koyomi (Bakemonogatari), Hei (Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini), Okazaki Tomoya (Clannad After Story), Takizawa Akira (Higashi no Eden)
Anime I’ve seen: 3
Who I think will win: Okazaki Tomoya (Clannad After Story)
Who I’m voting for: Okazaki Tomoya (Clannad After Story)
This is a tough one. Despite the lead character from Bakemonogatari being involved, I’m prepared to go out on a limb here and throw my weight behind Tomoya. As for my own vote, it’s a tough choice between Tomoya and Takizawa Akira. I’m choosing Tomoya just because it’s so rare to have a male lead in a visual novel adaptation with as much character development as he had during After Story.

Category {P} Female Character
Nominees: Aisaka Taiga (Toradora!), Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni), Horo (Spice and Wolf II), Katsura Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku!!), Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari)
Anime I’ve seen: All of them (because ultimately I watch anime for the girls)
Who I think will win: Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari)
Who I’m voting for: Senjougahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari)
I’m not foolish enough to underestimate the immense amount of popular support both Hinagiku and last year’s winner Horo have at AnimeSuki. I realize they’re both immensely loved, but Senjougahara is going to win by the length of a street. I think the more interesting question is how Senjougahara will do in SaiMoe next year. She’d have to be the favourite at this point, but we’ve seen what 2ch‘s voting patterns are like and how vindictive they are towards the popular choices (such as Mio failing to get past the first round last year). Winning SaiMoe isn’t about being liked the most, it’s about being hated less than your direct competition. Which is why Taiga winning last year is something I’d have never predicted.

Category {Q} Villain
Nominees: Alphard (Canaan), Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni), Liang Qi (Canaan), Oda Nobunaga (Sengoku Basara)
Anime I’ve seen: 3
Who I think will win: Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Who I’m voting for: Beatrice (Umineko no Naku Koro ni)
Two nominees from Canaan basically means that they can’t win, since they’ll split the vote of the fanbase (and I expect Liang Qi will come out on top in that contest). Give this one to Beatrice. Her tsunDERE act in the third arc should do enough to win her the votes.

Category {R} Worst Character
Nominees: Furukawa Nagisa (Clannad After Story), Fuwa Shoutarou (Skip Beat), Minase Yuka (11eyes), Shirai Kuroko (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
Anime I’ve seen: 2
Who I think will win: Furukawa Nagisa (Clannad After Story)
Who I’m voting for: None
This is the one category where I think the obvious winner hasn’t made the cut. It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a loathing for an anime character than I did for Kampfer‘s Sakura Kaede. There is not a single likable thing about her. That she manages to stand out so strongly in an anime that isn’t exactly lacking for unlikable characters is some achievement, and it’s a real shame that it’s not being recognized here. I think the main reason Nagisa is here is due to butthurt fans who wanted to see the other girls “win” (way to miss the point of the show), while Kuroko is probably here because of the same reason her fans adore her (that voice). However, if you want to find annoying characters in Index, you needn’t look much further than its two leads. Nagisa will win because she’s from the most popular series.

I’m still lobbying for a “Best Overall” category (not that I’ve been terribly active about this). It’s the missing piece… although there are a few categories currently in that I’d like to see cut (such as Worst Character). The voting thread is here, and I strongly urge everyone who’s eligible to vote to exercise their “constitutional” rights. Or else.

15 Responses to “AnimeSuki 2009 Choice Awards: Picking Winners”

  1. Wait.. Spice and Wolf got bumped for Bakemonogatari in the *romance* category? What was so romantic about it? Where’s the “most overrated anime since Geass” award?

    Also I get the suspicion Eva will win over Kyoukai, despite liking the latter more myself.

  2. I’ve never posted on Animesuki before but I think I might break that embargo now.

    Surprised that Ride Back hasn’t gotten a single mention, especially for its animation but I’m more annoyed that Hetalia didn’t get nominated for comedy. Animesuki must be full of easilly offended asshats *rage* *rage* *rage*

  3. Maybe this is where I need to toss a rant about people overly emphasizing the OP/ED as part of the soundtrack whereas I weight OP/ED as 20% of the complete package and BGM the rest. KnK’s dissonance will win it as well as Kajiura’s association, but Needless getting a nod is nice, especially if you enjoy them ROCKIN’ tunes.

    Guess I should awake from my ASuki slumber and put in my two cents once more.

  4. The only contest I’ll vote in is Saimoe. That being said, I’ve also seen only a handful of anime last year, and therefore, can’t really form any sort of educated opinion on most of these categories. I definitely feel shamed (to a degree) as an otaku.

    I’m actually a huge fan of Bakemonogatari’s OST. Not just the OP/ED (which are fantastic, by the way) but the little piano jingles here and there. Granted, I don’t think it’s going to win over Kara no Kyoukai, but still.

    Good call on Senjougahara. You know how I feel about Senjougahara. >_>;

  5. When I said before that the AnimeSuki forums needed my dick slapped across their collective faces, I meant it. These nominations and the potential winners are a travesty of fandom that can only be solved by a good cockslap.

    Romance category: Was Bakemonogatari just the automatic fill in for some of these categories? Y’know, aside from the last episode, this wasn’t a fucking romance anime. I don’t care how much people d’awwed over episode 12 (hell, I did too), it doesn’t make up for 11 episodes of NADA, dumbasses. Bakemonogatari was about as much romance as Eden of the East is, and that didn’t get nominated.

    I’ll admit, after finally seeing Toradora, I’m on board with that being the romance of the year. That was a well executed and logical buildup and conclusion, even if it was a bit wonky at the end there. Clannad ~AS~ is less about the romance than about the events afterward, so it really shouldn’t qualify either. Which leads to the next crime:

    Slice of Life category: Do these morons not know what slice of life is? This is where Clannad ~AS~ should run away with the award.

    Fanservice category: In terms of blatant gratuity, Queens Blade wins. I think Sora no Otoshimono is the best of them, though, in terms of fun and fanservice. My vote? Juuden-chan, of course. I did give it a 7 for a reason.

    Sports category: Has no Cross Game. Auto-Fail.

    Storyline category: Once again, Bakemonogatari doesn’t need to be here. It’s episodic. Episodic shows automatically have NO STORY. What little background bits there were didn’t make for a compelling storyline. We watched Bakemonogatari for the dialogue, the humor, and whatever Shinbo wanted to throw at us creatively. Story? No. Eden of the East has the best story this year, and where’s Aoi Bungaku? Episodic, sure, but the entire series is about JAPANESE LITERATURE. If an anime about stories can’t win “best story”, what can?

    Worst Character category: Nagisa Furukawa? Shirai Kuroko? What kind of butthurt faggots roam that forum? Is this category supposed to be for “worst” or “most hated”? Heck, there’s some miserable characters out there that I didn’t hate. This seems to be a pissing contest of who makes you rage more. And if that’s the case, how’s about some Fuji Touya from White Album? Or am I the only one who saw that?

    BTW, Minase Yuka from 11 Eyes is a fine choice. Pretty horrible character overall.

    Gah, why do I bother.

  6. @temperus
    I’m actually surprised that Aoi Hana even got nominated. I think the way people generally think during these nominations is to only nominate series for the category that best fits. So people nominated Spice and Wolf for Fantasy and then forget about it as a Romance (despite that being what it’s really about). The only way a series can get nominated multiple times is if it’s big (Bakemonogatari) or an absolutely obvious choice (Kara no Kyoukai).

    @Scamp
    RideBack was too obscure and easily forgotten. It airing at the beginning of the year didn’t help its cause. As for Hetelia, controversy and obscurity (let’s face it, it has a pretty small target audience) pretty much killed its chances. Three of the nominees for Comedy have their own sub-forum, while Seitokai no Ichizon’s discussion thread has over a thousand replies. Hetelia’s just not big enough.

    @zzeroparticle
    Yeah, Needless was a surprise, not that I know anything about it’s music other than this (safe for work, but you’d probably have a lot of explaining if you were caught watching it).

    @Akira
    I haven’t listened to the full OST, but Bakemonogatari has some good music. There are tunes that stand out, and there are some that have a real sophisticated feeling (particularly some of the ones that play when Senjougahara is on screen.) As for Senjougahara herself, I’d be surprised if it was even close.

    @TIF
    That’s some rant. The romance choices make sense to me, while slice-of-life is usually regarded as anything that doesn’t have a story, or is episodic (so I have no idea what Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 is doing there, except that I guess it was relatively “realistic” at first… though certainly not later on). As for sports, ongoing anime aren’t eligible. If Cross Game was nominated, I’d expect it to win comfortably. I can see your point about Storyline, but you just have to accept that popular series are always going to get first crack at the major categories (I was more perturbed by Code Geass R2 first being nominated and then winning that category last year). And, yeah, Worst Character is a terrible category and they need to get rid of it.

    So, yeah, I agree with most of your complaints except Romance. Both Clannad and Bakemonogatari have their place there. Clannad for the same reason Spice and Wolf is in the Fantasy category… people generally try to only nominate most series for the category that best fits, except for the big and obvious cases. Try not to think of these awards as “Best”. Try to think of them as “Best of the Mainstream”.

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  8. C) Mecha/Scifi: You know, the fact that Gundam 00 S2 is the only real “mecha” nominee in this category is testament to how barren 2009 was for mainstream mecha fans (Yes, I put “mainstream” to filter out OVAs like MS Igloo and the like in the probably-vain hope this will keep certain people from going on another rant). Then again, it’s just another barren genre in an overall barren year….

    F) Romance: I just cannot fathom how Bakemonogatari is giving CLANNAD ~AS~ a fight in this category. Sure, the relationship between Arararagi (oops, I stuttered) and Senjougahara is pretty unique, but really, the Tomoya-Nagisa coupling is on a whole new level altogether when it comes to romance. I think Bakemongatari is still riding the wave of a recency effect in this and other categories.

    O) Male Character: Well, if this Awards ever had a “Group of Death”, this year’s “Battle of the Princes” would be it. Araragi Koyomi is the latest in an ongoing trend of great tsukkomi male leads which started with SHnY’s Kyon, and he also enjoys the recency effect. Takizawa Akira has charm, charisma and memorability within his arsenal, and he too comes from an acclaimed series. Hei is banking on pure sex appeal, as the emergence of the “Heisexual” term might attest (although it’s probably nowhere near enough to win this). But if there’s one nominee I feels deserve to win this, I’m with you Sorrow; Okazaki Tomoya simply has some of the best character development I’ve seen to date, and would probably have been a shoo-in for this category in most other years.

    P) Female Character: On the other hand, Senjougahara probably rightly deserves the impending win she’ll get in this category.

  9. For Adventure/Fantasy, Kemono no Souja Erin and Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou are the only strong candidates really. My gut feeling is that people will pick ZNY, although Kemono no Souja Erin pulling the upset would definitely make me happy.

    For Mecha/Sci-Fi, Kidou Senshi Gundam 00 2 is easily the weakest of the group and does not deserve the award whatsoever. Personally, I am torn between SINS and Eve for the best in category. SINS seems like the total underdog, so I am rooting for that show to win it all even if Eve no Jikan is more deserving in actuality.

    I don’t give a rat’s ass about the next few categories until slice of life. Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou easily wins this hands down. And, it is the only anime I was willing to watch out of that category. =X

    I won’t bother with the next few categories. Movie-wise, I want the underdog in Cencoroll to win even though logic favors Kara no Kyoukai hands down. (Sorry Sorrow-Kun, I am the only one to defy you on this one. =P) OVA-wise, Eve no Jikan winning would make me happy without qualms. Regarding favorite character type, there is no one I would even vote for whatsoever.

    Overall, I am not stoked over things such as Aoi Bungaku not making it at all. I suppose there is next year for one of the best animes of last year. (Or not). Still, this is a reminder alongside the Year in Review that last year was not that great. (Btw, you guys got it right for the most part on the Year in Review).

  10. I call BS on Soul Eater not being on the Action list. The show may be mediocre, but it had some of the best animated fights scenes I’ve seen in television anime (though I admit that Kara no Kyoukai did have better fight scenes overall).

  11. Phantom does get a lot better as it goes along, but it’s good for the storyline and characterization, not the action, which isn’t even on the level of Canaan, much less Darker than Black.

    I voted Kemono no Souja Erin for adventure/fantasy, too, but I think Spice and Wolf II is better than the first season, if only because the second arc is better than either of the arcs from the first season. That storyline had me sucked in from the start.

    The shitstorm about Kampfer ep11 had me laughing so much. Were people actually invested enough in the storyline to be angry at the creators for deciding, “Eh, fuck this, let’s do something crazy for the finale!!” I thought it was by far the most entertaining episode in the entire run.

  12. @Ascaloth
    Yeah, it’s interesting how there’s more competition in the Male category than there is in the Female category. The other interesting thing is that there’s no mention of Haruhi… anywhere. I knew the second season would be forgotten quicker than the first… I didn’t realize it’d be this quick.

    @Flash Sword Irene
    Thanks for the kind words. I’ve quickly scanned over the voting thread and it does look like a two horse race between Eve no Jikan and Higurashi Rei in the OVA category, with Eve no Jikan slightly ahead. But I think you’re hoping against hope if you want Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou to outpoll K-On!.

    @Shadowmage
    Phantom wasn’t a pure “action” series, but did Soul Eater really have better action sequences than DtB2 and Canaan? I could only go by what I know of DtB’s first season, but KnK and Canaan were incredible, visually, especially during the set pieces.

    @Shinmaru
    You should see the Kampfer thread on the ASuki forums, particularly the last fifteen or so pages. People actually cared so much, it was pathetic. They raged and got trolled so hard, it was simultaneously glorious and depressing. gg’s Koda was about the only voice of reason in the whole thread.

  13. I liked last year’s animesuki awards, because there were tons of good anime i watched that year, not so much this year. It’s a harmless contest to just pimp out shows you love but is not credible award/contest/etc in any way. It’s simply way too poorly organised. The categories themselves are extremely poorly defined, and one of the reasons why 5cm/sec didn’t get nominated was because large portion of people didn’t think the category included movies (because it’s often unfair). And even categories like ‘storyline’, you have people like TIF and you also have people who like Bakemonogatari’s mini stories and their variations unified by common theme. Or just fanboys who will vote bakemonogatari regardless of category, which is actually the contest’s biggest problem considering the size of its community.

    I agree with SM that SoulEater should at least be recognised as nominee, and yes Toradora should def win Romance not Bakemonogatari (as much as I love episode12).

  14. Yes… somewhat. As a 50 episode series, the show did have several less than stellar fight scenes, but there were quite a few incredible ones every seven episodes or so. The fusion of the manga’s bold visual style and Bone’s animation team made the show look great.

    I was actually extremely disappointed when Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood ended up looking only half as good as Soul Eater considering that the show was newer and higher profile.

  15. It’s a harmless contest to just pimp out shows you love but is not credible award/contest/etc in any way.

    While that may be true, to me it’s a symptom of the larger problem the fanbase has. If we’re not even capable of recognizing that which needs to be recognized, then anime fandom is circling the drain right along with network TV fags who enjoy American Idol.

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