Alright folks! So the Crunchyroll Anime Awards aired over the weekend and in this blog I want to share with my readers my thoughts on the nominees, winners and who I think should have won! Now, I’ll be honest with you all, I didn’t watch a lot of these shows and some shows I didn’t even finish yet. Throughout each category, I’ll be transparent about the shows that I didn’t watch or finish. All the nominees can be found HERE and all the winners can be found HERE. I’m also not going to be going into Best Fight Scene and Best Continuing Show since those are just sponsored categories and don’t care much for those ones.
Of all the nominees, the only ones I’ve seen are My Hero Academia and Megalobox. To be honest, I’ve never finished Megalobox and only seen the first few episodes. Of the two that I’ve seen, My Hero has the more solid animation with designs and color palettes that appeal the a wider audience. However, of the nominees, there was one series that caught my attention because of the studio and that was Violet Evergarden. The studio who worked on it is Kyoto Animation. Any seasoned anime consumer knows of the name Kyoto Animation and it’s almost guaranteed that any show they worked on will have one of the best animations, even if maybe the story line isn’t the best. And after seeing clips and trailers of the Violet Evergarden, I agree that it would have the best animation.
- My FAIR winner: My Hero Academia Season 3
- My STUDIO BIAS winner: Violet Evergarden
Best Opening Sequence
Alright another honesty time. I have NOT seen any of the shows nominated for the best opening sequence! Luckily, through the power of the internet, these openings are available for my viewing and I was able to watch all of them. After seeing them, it came down either Darling in the Franxx or Kakegurui openings. Visually, those were really great opening and were just a lot better overall compared to the others. However, the other component of an anime opening is the song. And because of that, my choice goes to Darling in the Franxx. The song choice appealed to me more than Kakegurui. Now I’m not saying the song was bad for Kakegurui and to be honest, I feel like it fit the tone of the opening. Both openings do fit the visuals well but Kiss of Death was just a better song overall.
- My winner: Kiss of Death – Darling in the Franxx
Best Ending Sequence
So for this category, the only ones I’ve seen are Attack on Titan and a few episodes of Megalobox. But just like the ending sequence, I went online and found the endings and gave them a watch. The only one I wasn’t able to find was the ending to FLCL Progressive. For me, it came down to FLCL Alternative, Attack on Titan Season 3 and After the Rain. The only reason why I liked ending to After the Rain even though it visually gave me barely anything was that the song was sang by Aimer and she is my favorite Japanese artist ever. I didn’t want my love for Aimer to be the main factor so I will sadly not put that as my winning choice. So it’s down to Attack on Titan and FLCL Alternative. Now both have what the other lacks: Attack on Titan has amazing visuals and FLCL Alternative has a great ending song. However, endings can’t be treated the same openings. Visually, it needs to give the episode a finished feel to it without doing too much. Which is why my vote will go to FLCL Alternative. Visually, it’s ten times better with it’s stop motion sequence than After the Rain’s line art and at the same time, it doesn’t feel like it’s the start of a new episode like Attack on Titan.
- My winner: FLCL Alternative
Ok…I have not seen ANY of these films and it wouldn’t be right for me say which is the best film. So I’m going to do something a little different. Based on the trailer alone, I will determine which of these I will most likely watch. Now PLEASE understand that this doesn’t mean that the movie in reality was good. Like I said I have not watched any and I’m doing a different method for this. After watching all the trailers, I would have to say the film I would most likely be watching is Mirai. The director, Mamoru Hosoda, has churned out some of my favorite films like Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Digimon the Movie and Wolf Children. The premise itself looks like a fun adventure for the main character who will soon learn an important lesson from his little sister from the future.
- My winner: Mirai
Best Character Design
This category is one of the categories I care about the least especially since I’ve only seen one of the series. I’m not going to spend too much time on this category but based on art I’ve seen throughout the internet for each of the series my winner is Violet Evergarden.
- My winner: Violet Evergarden
So this category is such a weird one for me because I don’t know what makes a best boy a best boy. So before I made my decision, I read a Crunchyroll article titled “What makes a Best Boy a Best Boy.” You can read it HERE. Based on the traits mentioned in that article, I narrowed down my choice of best boy to either Deku or Sakuta. It’s almost unfair to put these two up against each other because Deku has three seasons to really show how much of a good boy he is while Sakuta only had 12 episodes. However, Sakuta’s character overall might overtake Deku by just a bit. Sakuta, while he went through his own trauma, always went out of his way to help all the girls around him. He doesn’t have the means other than his own personality to save those around him. Deku is almost similar as in he didn’t have powers but still have that drive to save people and even though he’s a student, he still wants to throw his life on the line in situations that should be handled by pros. But Sakuta’s personality just seems more real than Deku’s and is something viewers can relate to. Being relatable doesn’t necessarily make a character a best boy, but I feel like that creates an edge over Deku.
- My winner: Sakuta Azusagawa
I want to use the same Crunchyroll article to reference what is considered a best boy and apply it to best girl. However, the only two I’ve seen are Rascal and Zombieland. The nominees in this is almost unfair because in Zombieland, Lily almost seems like a background character and didn’t really have much of an impact to the show other than her one character episode. Of all the girls in Zombieland Saga, I would have rather nominated Saki, the biker girl, over Lily to be best girl. Mai just has the advantage of the two shows that I’ve seen that was nominated. Again, I can’t really speak about the other nominees since I didn’t watch those shows.
- My winner: Mai Sakurajima
Best Japanese Voice Performance
Hands down, Mamoru Miyano had the best performance. It doesn’t even matter that I haven’t seen the other shows nominated. This man is a genius when it comes to voice acting in general. He’s so versatile in his performance from playing serious characters like Light Yagami to eccentric characters like Kotaro in Zombieland Saga. His role in Zombieland Saga just really made the show what it is.
- My winner: Mamoru Miyano
Best English Voice Performance
I can’t really say my opinion on this because I don’t watch anime dubbed nowadays. I mean sure back in the day I used to watch it in English all the time but now I rarely do. I can’t even think of a recent time when I did watch anime dubbed. Looking at the nominees, the only two names I recognize is Chris Sabat and Kari Wahlgren. I guess I can make those two my winners based on notoriety alone. It doesn’t seem fair to be honest but that’s the best I can do with this category.
- My winners: Chris Sabat and Kari Wahlgren
This is another category I don’t care about as much, especially since I haven’t seen any of the shows nominated. So I what I did for this was look into the directors that were nominated and see what other shows they have directed. I know this one doesn’t seem fair either but it is what it is. What it came down to was Atsuko Ishizuka, who directed Pet Girl of Sakurasou and No Game No Life, and Taichi Ishidate, who directed lots of other Kyoto Animation series. Overall I’d have to give it to Ishidate only because he has more shows under his belt that I loved.
- My winner: Taichi Ishidate
Of the characters nominated, the only one whose show I watched was That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. Sakuta and Rimuru are totally different protagonist from two completely different genres. But I’ll have to give my choice to Rimuru. Rimuru just offers more as protagonist because he really is a main character. While Sakuta is the main character, he acts more as a vehicle to the audience in telling the girls’ stories. We see Rimuru develop from his death in our world to becoming one of the strongest creatures in the new world he was reincarnated in. I’m not saying Sakuta doesn’t have his own development. I just think it wasn’t as impactful as Rimuru’s growth as a protagonist.
- My winner: Rimuru Tempest
The only show I’ve seen that was nominated from beginning to end is My Hero Academia. Now I’ve previously mentioned that I’ve seen a few episodes of Megalobox but seeing so little of the show doesn’t warrant enough information to say if Yuri is a better villain than All for One. I never got to learn Yuri’s past or motivation to be the villain of the show. While All for One was just introduced into My Hero Academia, just based on his power alone counters what Deku and All Might stands for and that is what makes a good antagonist. They are always the character that has beliefs and goals opposite to the main character. Now, I don’t know if Yuri’s beliefs is opposite to that of Joe’s. It may have been, it may have not been but I won’t know because I never got to the end.
- My winner: All for One
Anime of the Year
Oh boy this category. I never liked this category. Sometimes the nominees aren’t that great and sometimes the winner isn’t what can be warranted as “anime of the year.” Looking back in 2018, I thought it was a very weak year. There were some anime shows here and there that were really good but overall, I wasn’t really motivated to watch a lot of shows. I want to give my winner to two: one listed as a nominee and one that isn’t. I only look at shows that were new this year and won’t look at continuing series like My Hero Academia, which sucks because most of the shows I enjoyed more than anything were continuing series. Now based on what was nominated, it’s practically unfair because I’ve only seen one of the shows which is Zombieland Saga. I’m totally ok with this as I really enjoyed Zombieland Saga more than I should have. I typically hate idol shows, if you could even consider this one, but it’s such a hilarious show that I really enjoyed it. Of the shows not nominated and that I have seen, my anime of the year would go to Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai. It had such an obscure description but I’m glad I ended up watching because if I didn’t, I would have missed out on such a great show.
- My NOMINATED winner: Zombieland Saga
- My NON NOMINATED winner: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
So yeah that’s it! Hope you guys enjoyed the read. Let me know what you think the winners should have been. Of course, there will be more anime related posts in the near future so be on the lookout. But that is it for me. I’ll see you all next time!