Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2013 Anime Character Awards

These are all based solely on my own opinion, and if you care to disagree or name whatever character you felt more suited for the award, feel free to do so.

The Awards


Cutest Male Character:

Sakamichi Onoda from Yowamushi Pedal

I don't usually find male protagonists cute. That's probably because most male protagonists are generic, perverted, etc. Then we have Onoda. He's friendly, very capable, but a bit naive (though not to the point where it's infinitely frustrating). He's got that innocent charm that most protagonists lack, and occasionally gets me to go "aww" while watching.

Runners Up: 
Jin Russell from Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, Shinnosuke Aikawa from Gin no Saji, Saika Totsuka from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.




Cutest Female Character:

Ai from Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

The anime world is abundant with soulless cute girls that do cute things. However, Ai has character traits aside from her cuteness. She's strong, stubborn, and just all around lovely. She goes through struggles, making and sometimes losing friends. But she keeps on smiling. What a little trooper.

Runners Up: Kaho from Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun, Pisti from Magi, Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market, Suzuno Kamazuki from Hataraku Maou-sama!




Sexiest Male Character:

Tsubaki Asahina from Brothers Conflict

Anyone who read my Brothers Conflict posts should have guessed. Tsubaki is uber sexy. An attractive appearance and a sense of humor to boot! Too bad Heroine was too busy trying to play "...siblings" with everybody. Tsubaki was the best ship, and second best guy (Tranny is first ♥). 

Runners Up: Makoto Tachibana from Free!, Cicinho from Galilei Donna, Haruto Kurosawa from Coppelion, Ledo from Suisei no Gargantia





Sexiest Female Character:

Yamuraiha from Magi

Yamuraiha's mermaid-like appearance is extremely appealing to the eyes. The shells on the bosoms look never gets old. She is also quite the magician. This makes her even more appealing, seeing as she's good for more than just looking attractive.

Runners Up: Lisa Lisa from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012), Akane Ryuuzouji from Walkure Romanze, Sumi Ishihara from Samurai Flamenco





Prettiest Male Character:

Hakuryuu Ren from Magi

I adore Hakuryuu's character design. I've always been fond of the dark hair and light eyes combination, and that mole is just so...d'awww. Though, the best part about his appearance is that Hakuryuu manages to be pretty while still looking like a boy.

Runner Up: Yorunami from Arata Kangatari






Prettiest Female Character:

Taiwan from Hetalia: The Beautiful World

I am well aware that her appearance in the anime was only a few seconds long, but can you blame me? Look at her! She's so elegant! Like an old doll.

Runners Up: Dunya Musta'sim from Magi, Kohaku from Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun





Most Fabulous Male Character:

Aikurou Mikisugi from Kill la Kill

Don't let his bummy daytime appearance fool you, this guy is indeed the definition of fabulous. Once his hair is removed from the front of his face, he's dazzling. He sparkles and shines like no other man can. Being a nudist somehow adds to his charm (creepy as it may sound).

Runners Up: Hikaru Asahina from Brothers Conflict, Dera Mochimazzi from Tamako Market





Most Fabulous Female Character:

Iva from Karneval (TV)

She attacks with jewels and dresses regally. Need I say more?

Runners Up: Misaki Shokuhou from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, Squall Meusel from IS: Infinite Stratos 2







Most Badass Character (Male):

Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin

This one was fairly obvious. This guy is so good at slaying titans it's ridiculous. He makes it look like it's the easiest thing in the world. He has a great deal of both physical and mental strength, not only making him the strongest, but the most interesting character in the series. 

Runners Up: Izayoi Sakamaki from Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, Kuniharu Ogino from Cuticle Tantei Inaba



Most Badass Character (Female):

Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin

Another one that was fairly obvious, Mikasa is also quite a force to be reckoned with (especially when matters concern Eren). Though she may not be as ridiculously strong as Levi, she also outshines a great deal of soldiers on the field, wearing a calm, cool expression in the process.

Runners Up: Ryuuko Matoi from Kill la Kill, Kagami Yagami from Sasami-san@Ganbaranai





Best Character Development (Male):

Hikari Sakishima from Nagi no Asukara

I have to admit, at first, I really didn't like Hikari. He was bratty, annoying, and just plain rude at times. However, over time you notice him growing, and confronting his problems rather than complaining about them. He accepts his feelings rather than rejecting them, and accepts when he himself is rejected.

Runners Up: Yugo Hachiken from Gin no Saji, Armin Arlert from Shingeki no Kyojin, Ledo from Suisei no Gargantia





Best Character Development (Female):

Iwai Mushanokouji from Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

At first she was a rather delicate, almost damsel in distress character type. However, she does end up becoming one of the strongest (mentally, anyway) characters in the series. Instead of quivering in a nearly hopeless situation, she is determined. She saves herself and those around her on more than one occasion, even though, early on, she was the one that needed to be saved.

Runner Up: Sumire Hanano from Chihayafuru 2





Best Male Protagonist:

Hikari Sakishima from Nagi no Asukara

I love watching characters develop and grow in a series, but it's especially great when the main character does. Hikari manages to make you like him more with each episode. He matures, but still manages to keep some childish aspects of him in tact. My only issue with him is his terrible taste in women.

Runners Up: Yugo Hachiken from Gin no Saji, Shinichi Kanou from Outbreak Company, Ledo from Suisei no Gargantia, Eita Kidou from Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru




Best Female Protagonist:

Ryuuko Matoi from Kill la Kill

I like strong protagonists, characters that face their problems up front, and get stronger in the process. Ryuuko has an almost ridiculous amount of determination, she accepts any challenge no matter how difficult it may be. At some points, her determination may be her downfall, but she always manages to get back up.

Runners Up: Ai from Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, Hikage Miyakawa from Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku





Best Male Character:

Hakuryuu Ren from Magi

Hakuryuu is one of my all time favorite characters. Why? Well, I often abhor weak characters because they almost never are actually aware that they are weak. Well, Hakuryuu is well aware, and he hates it. He breaks down and cries over it, and it's hilarious. But he strives to change, however, making some bad choices in the process. Lots of love for this guy, though. Lots of love.

Runners Up: Hikari Sakishima from Nagi no Asukara, Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin, Kaname Isaki from Nagi no Asukara, L-elf Karlstein from Kakumeiki Valvrave, Hikaru Asahina from Brothers Conflict




Best Female Character:

Mako Mankanshoku from Kill la Kill

When a side character manages to still the show in nearly every episode, how can they not be awesome? Mako is an entire cheer squad in one person, except funny instead of obnoxious. It also seems as if the characters around her respect her, but how can you not? Nothing phases this girl. Nothing. 

Runners Up: Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki no Kyojin, Iwai Mushanokouji from Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, Chisaki Hiradaira from Nagi no Asukara





Scariest Male Character:

Kanato Sakamaki from Diabolik Lovers

In addition to his creepy appearance and frequent, dramatic mood swings, he turns women into dolls, and keeps them as decorations. That's the shit nightmares are made of.

Runner Up: Toma from Amnesia






Scariest Female Character:

Kirakishou from Rozen Maiden: Zur├╝ckspulen

Though something may be beautiful, it may not be pure or harmless in any sense. Kirakishou is indeed a monster. A monster you cannot run nor hide from, a monster that can show up any time, anywhere through the use of a mirror. She also holds a great deal of power, and may or may not be a sociopath.

Runners Up: Fiend from Shinsekai yori, Shion Ozu from Coppelion





Biggest Creeper (Male):

Kyouhei Kannazuki from Date A Live

Any adult male that has a thing for young girls is a creeper, but this guy is just so upfront and loud about it that it's almost scary. I'm not sure, but his creepiness may only apply to Kotori. Regardless, he's still a creeper.

Runner Up: Kaname Asahina from Brothers Conflict






Biggest Creeper (Female):

Cthune from Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

Nyaruko-san is a show filled with creepers. Her being the addition in the second season, it's only natural she would win in this category. Also, having an obsession (a sexy one, especially) for your cousin, is pretty off-putting.

Runner Up: Suzuna Hiiragi from Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou






Biggest Troll (Male):

Berg-Katze from Gatchaman Crowds

This guy aspires to cause pure chaos for the hell of it. Not just for one small group of people, or even one city, but the world! He nearly destroyed society with something built to help it, causing trouble for others for absolutely no reason.

Runner Up: Hikaru Asahina from Brothers Conflict






Biggest Troll (Female):

Sayori Mizushima from Love Lab

Sayori's obsession with money was a pretty funny characteristic, but the best thing about her is the way she would tease Riko. Riko dug herself a pretty deep hole (what with being a huge liar and all), but Sayori put her in numerous positions that made her dig deeper, and deeper. Ultimately, this made her the most evil, but the most interesting character in the series.

Runner Up: Rin Eba from Kimi no Iru Machi





Male Character that Should've Gotten More Screen Time:

Arata from Arata Kangatari

Why is it that the awesome Arata is the one we hardly see? The protagonist is so whiny and annoying, and this guy is just the complete opposite of him! He faces his problems without fear (unlike the protagonist), he has an enthusiastic and entertaining personality (unlike the protagonist), and is just an all around great character (unlike the protagonist).






Female Character that Should've Gotten More Screen Time:

Hamaji from Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun

My sweet estrogen dosage, why? Why did they ship you off to boarding school? Why? Whyyy??? I guess it's because the fangirls were probably like "OMG she's so annoying" and shit, but why? She was just there! She hardly ever did anything worth mentioning, she was just hanging out! I hate it when shows have a mostly male cast and vice versa (most of the time, anyway, there are exceptions), and these guys have the nerve to get rid of the one female main character just because she wasn't a bishie? Fuck this show.

Runners Up: Yui Goidou from Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen, Misaki Shokuhou from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S




Most Annoying Male Character:

Juli from Brothers Conflict

I hate it that whenever there was a mood going, about 75% of the time, this thing has to come along and ruin it. He's always talking shit about everybody (apart from Louis, anyway), even though he has the exact same feelings they do for the heroine (but the fact that he's a squirrel, makes him a lot worse). Every time some misfortune befell him, I was happy.

Runners Up: Mitsuki Kamatani from Meganebu!, Nai from Karneval, Aiichiro Nitori from Free!, Shino Inuzuka from Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun, Jouji Tanaka from Servant x Service , Arata Hinohara from Arata Kangatari




Most Annoying Female Character:

Peashy from Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation

Good lord, she's everything I hate about a character and more. She's loud, she whines and cries a lot, she causes a great deal of trouble and is completely useless to the protagonists. That's not all though. She somehow manages to be very much useful to the antagonists of the show. Ain't that something?

Runners Up: Yaya from Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai, Tamaki Irie from Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince, Hinata Miyakawa from Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku, Tohko Ichimiya from Servant x Service, Oharu from Mushibugyou, Mao Amatsuka from GJ-bu, Aoi Fukasaku from Coppelion



Dumbest Male Character:

Pinion from Suisei no Gargantia

The cast of Gargantia does not consist of the wisest characters I've ever seen. In fact most of them are at least a little dim. Then there's Pinion, the bottom of the barrel. This guy has no sense of logic whatsoever. He wants to do something (usually for the sake of treasure, nothing more), he does it, without even considering the dangers or consequences (and he usually gets caught up with something in the process).  







Dumbest Female Character:
Yui Komori from Diabolik Lovers

When you live in a house filled with abusive, rapey vampires, and are given the opportunity to leave (possibly on more than one occasion) would you take it? Most would answer yes, but Yui said no. Not only that, she would approach said rapey vampires in attempts to befriend them, despite them treating her like a food supply or an object for fornication. 

Runners Up: Iori Kitagawa from Kakumeiki Valvrave, Heroine from Amnesia, Tsukushi Tsutsukakushi from Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko., Hinata Miyakawa from Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku




Worst Male Protagonist:

Arata Hinohara from Arata Kangatari

I already expressed it earlier, but damn, this guy is so whiny and down on himself that it drives me crazy. Every time a problem arose in the show he would be all pessimistic about it until someone pep talked him or was in some sort of danger (or dead, in some cases).







Worst Female Protagonist:

Yui Komori from Diabolik Lovers

Her being a complete and total moron just did it for me here. I've seen horrible characters before, but one being the protagonist is a fairly uncommon encounter. However, uncommon or not, it just made the series all the more ridiculous. 

Runners Up: Heroine from Amnesia, Neptune from Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation, Yura Yamato from Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu, Uzume Uno from Fantasista Doll




Most Hated Male Character:

Makoto Hanamiya from Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season

I hate it when people cheat in a game, and even competitive sports. Instead of actually playing fairly like a normal person, you have to resort to underhanded methods to win? Give me a break! If you can't win without cheating, then maybe you shouldn't be playing the game.

Runner Up: Masato Kadowaki from Arata Kangatari






Most Hated Female Character:

Yuzuki Eba from Kimi no Iru Machi

This might come as a shocker for some. Why would anyone dislike her? She's so pretty and positive and blah blah blah. Well, overly positive types are really annoying. That's not the only reason, though. She has the audacity to go to her ex-boyfriend who is already in a relationship (with a WAY better girl by the way), and tells him she still loves him (after telling him that they shouldn't see each other anymore), basically getting him to dump his awesome girlfriend for her generic ass. Mind you, it's just as much his decision, but the way she acts so innocent and almost victim-like about it (the woe is me type, bleh) really pisses me off.

Runners Up: Peashy from Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation, Mana from Miss Monochrome, Kanon Ozu from Coppelion, Haruka Niimi from Photokano, Yura Yamato from Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu



And that concludes my 2013 Anime Character Awards! Thank you very much for reading, and I hope you stay tuned for the next post!


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2013 Anime Awards

It's been awhile, folks! I was kind of stressed out and busy throughout these past few months so I pretty much dropped just about every anime I was watching back during the winter season. BUT I am back now as you can see, and will go back to being a regular anime viewer, but a bit more in moderation (college awaits, after all). I didn't exactly finish each anime I had been watching at that time (Kill la Kill, Golden Time, etc.), so my opinions on the listed shows are based off of what I have seen of them.

2013 was a pretty good year for anime, there were many great shows, but there were also quite a few bad ones in the mix. As always, I provided my list of the top 20 best anime of 2013, as well as a top 16 worst list (16 because I couldn't quite get 20..). I also provided a list of awards in a number of categories.

Please note that the lists and the awards are based only off of my opinion. Feel free to comment on your favorites (and least favorites) of 2013.

Top 20 Best Anime of 2013:


20) Kyoukai no Kanata
19) Arata Kangatari
18) Kyousou Giga (TV)
17) Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.
16) Love Lab 
15) Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season
14) Gatchaman Crowds
13) Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge
12) Gin no Saji
11) Golden Time
10) Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen
09) Chihayafuru 2
08) Tamako Market
07) Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
06) Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi
05) Hataraku Maou-sama!
04) Shingeki no Kyojin
03) Kill la Kill
02) Nagi no Asukara
01) Magi: The Kingdom of Magic


Top 16 Worst Anime of 2013:


16) Kiniro Mosaic
15) Senki Zesshou Symphogear G
14) Machine-Doll wa Kizutsukanai
13) Fantasista Doll
12) Yuyushiki
11) GJ-bu
10) Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation
09) Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji
08) IS: Infinite Stratos 2
07) Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%
06) Photokano
05) BlazBlue: Alter Memory
04) Zettai Bouei Leviathan
03) Ai Mai Mi
02) Diabolik Lovers
01) Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku



The Awards:



Best Story

Nagi no Asukara

This show had a very much unique story. It takes your typical young romance, and adds a twist to it. There are two kinds of people: those that live on land and those that live underwater. The tension between the two peoples is clear, but they manage to coexist in everyday life. The way the presented this concept was spectacular.

Runners Up: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Shingeki no Kyojin, Kill la Kill, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi 



Best Animation

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

The style is almost story-bookish. It's got bright colors, and almost a mystifying appearance about it. It's certainly unique amongst the other animation styles I've seen throughout the year.

Runners Up: Nagi no Asukara, Meganebu!, Shingeki no Kyojin, Kyoukai no Kanata, Chihayafuru 2,  Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, Tamako Market





Best Voice Cast

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Just like the first season, the second season cast for Magi is full of well-known voice actors and actresses. This season included even more voice actors I'm extremely fond of (Yuuichi Nakamura and Akira Ishida). As well as some other very well known voice actors such as Mamoru Miyano, Ayahi Takagaki, Kana Asumi, Kikuko Inoue, and Ryota Ohsaka.

Runners Up: Chihayafuru 2, Senran Kagura 



Best Characters

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

I love the cast of characters in Magi. I think I made that obvious last year, but it must be said. Gyokuen and Hakuryuu in particular triggered...many emotions (in Gyokuen's case, mostly anger. I adore Hakuryuu though). And of course, we got the mains, they're also wonderful (especially Morgiana~). Magi always had a great cast of characters, but we get to see even more of them in this season.

Runners Up: Nagi no Asukara, Chihayafuru 2, Shingeki no Kyojin, Hataraku Maou-sama!, Gin no Saji, Kill la Kill, Golden TimeYowamushi Pedal 


Best Shounen

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Three awards in a row! Okay, so at this point, all of you should now that Magi is my favorite shounen anime. Therefore, by default, it wins this category. There is still reason though. This show both presents elements found in well-done shounen series (great action, great mains, villains that piss one off, a variety of arcs in a variety of settings) as well as some not common (politics) that add up to a great shounen series. 

Runners Up: Hataraku Maou-sama!, Kuroko no Basket 2, Gin no Saji, Tokyo Ravens, Mushibugyou, Ace of Diamond, Arata Kangatari


Best Shoujo

Brothers Conflict

There really weren't any other decent shoujo series this year (Amnesia was mediocre, and Diabolik Lovers was...well...), so this series won by default. Still, this series has got to be the most incredible gathering of shoujo archetypes I've ever seen. There were also some standouts amongst the many archetypes (like Tranny and Tsubaki). Of course, the story was very typical and predictable, but it was still very fun to watch.




Best Josei

Chihayafuru 2

This show was the only one in it's category, so this also won by default. However, this was probably one of the best shows of the year (it's also a really good sequel). We got a wonderful cast of characters, beautiful animation, and a very much engaging story. This season was mostly Karuta matches, but it still managed to keep me interested throughout. That is certainly a great accomplishment.





Best Seinen

Golden Time

Oh hey, a show that's not about high schoolers or middle schoolers! There's more to this show than that though. The college setting is certainly appealing, and the characters are very quirky and interesting. 

Runners Up: Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge, Coppelion






Best Music Anime

AKB0048 Next Stage

To be honest, out of all the music series that came out this year (though that's not saying much because there were only 3) I'd say this one was the only one where I really liked the songs. That's definitely important when it comes to a series like this.

Runners Up: Love Live! School Idol Project, Miss Monochrome





Best Slice of Life Anime

Gin no Saji

This show was one of the best slice of life series I've seen in a long time. I love how real the characters were, and the frame of mind of the main character is both complicated and relatable. The setting was great, a boarding school in the boonies has never seemed so appealing and fun before. Really, this series was just great as a whole.

Runners Up: Servant x Service, Genshiken Nidaime, Non Non Biyori



Best Comedy Anime

Hataraku Maou-sama!

This show was an excellent comedy. It wasn't so much the jokes as it was the execution of them. Playing really dramatic music whilst some insignificant conflict makes for an excellent scene in a comedy. That and the character interactions, those were also really funny.

Runners Up: Kill la Kill, Tamako Market, Love Lab, Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko., Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W




Best Romance Anime

Nagi no Asukara

Though Golden Time is also a great romance series, in the end, nothing compares to Nagi no Asukara. This series has several sweet romances, all of which are beautiful in their own way. You got star-crossed lovers, two pairs of childhood friends, and a young girl in (one-sided?) love with a boy from another world. It's absolutely beautiful, so much so that mere words cannot describe it.

Runners Up: Golden Time, Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko., Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru


Best Harem Anime

Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Megami-hen

I like harem series where there is more to it than some loser guys attracting a horde of gorgeous females for no reason whatsoever. In this series he has to make girls fall in love with him (again) to save the world! Now that's a pretty legit reason if I do say so myself! Also, the girls are individually likable, though they are archetypes.

Runners Up: Monogatari Series Second Season, High School DxD New, Date A Live



Best Fantasy Anime

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

With the addition of the magic academy, the Laem Colosseum in this season, and the introduction of the remaining magis, it's no wonder I picked this show as the best fantasy of the year. This series just has a nice, unique environment, and I can never get passed it.

Runners Up: Nagi no Asukara, Shingeki no Kyojin, Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi, Uchouten Kazoku, Kyousougiga (TV), Kyokai no Kanata, Arata Kangatari, Red Data Girl, Karneval, Strike the Blood



Best Mecha Anime

Kakumeiki Valvrave

Valvrave is every mecha series ever wrapped up into one show. Though this series is full of clich├ęs, it's also got some unique aspects to it (at least when combined with mechas). Aspects such as vampires, and an independent nation consisting of students.

Runner Up: Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince





Best Action Anime

Kill la Kill

No other 2013 anime can compare in action to Kill la Kill. This show certainly knows how to make some of the most hilarious, epic, chaotic action scenes I've ever seen. It's really hard to describe with mere words, you must watch at least one episode to get the idea.

Runners Up: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, Shingeki no Kyojin, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S




Best Sci-Fi Anime

Gatchaman Crowds

I've never seen the original Gatchaman series, but Crowds was definitely a great show. It's full of colors and aliens and more colors. Everyday people are secretly superheroes defending the Earth from alien beings. One of them is also a panda-like alien. This show is awesome.

Runners Up: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, AKB0048 Next Stage, Suisei no Gargantia, Kakumeiki Valvrave, Coppelion, Karneval, Date A Live



Best Mystery Anime

Danganronpa

This is the only mystery anime I watched the whole year, so it wins by default. However, that's not to say it wasn't a decent mystery series. The way the scenarios were set up was a bit over the top and ridiculous, but that's what added to the charm. I kind of lost interest after they killed off my favorite characters, though.






Best Sports Anime

Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season

I hardly ever get into real life sports, but this anime gets me hooked. I mean, the characters are great (which adds to the awesome) but the way they reel you into the games....damn, it makes me forget I have no interest in sports.

Runners Up: Chihayafuru 2, Yowamushi Pedal, Diamond no Ace, Free!, Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!




Cutest Anime

Tamako Market

I'm not into the cute girls doing cute things genre, but there are exceptions. Case in point, Tamako Market. It manages to be more than just cute girls doing cute things with the addition of a funny bird, a ridiculous family rivalry, and a foreign prince. This show managed to be adorable and loads of fun to watch. 

Runner Up: Gingitsune




Biggest Surprise

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

I had some spectacularly low expectations for this series, but boy did it dazzle (yes, dazzle) me in the end. I had no idea that this show would be as nightmarish and crazy as it was. This show delivered, as perhaps the most cringe worthy and disturbing (yet, somehow addicting) show of the year.

Runners Up: Love Lab, Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru, Kotoura-san



Best Plot Development

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

I hated this show when it started, but, being the masochist that I was I kept watching it. That was honestly a really good choice, because over time, the series takes a turn for the more interesting with an intergalactic war between humans and a similar species. The characters still kind of sucked though.






Best Sequel

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Yes, Magi wins again. But, it's only because the sequel was a major improvement to the first series. They stayed truer to the source material this time around and included the Pirates arc (tee hee).  


Runners Up: Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S, Chihayafuru 2, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next




Best Ending


Gatchaman Crowds

I'll keep this short and simple, they not only managed to resolve the conflict within the series, they also did it including everyone around them and humorously/stylishly at that.



Runners Up: Kakumeiki Valvrave, Suisei no Gargantia




Weirdest Anime

Sasami-san@Ganbaranai

So the main character is some sort of introvert deity and the Yagami sisters are a robot, an abnormally large child, and an extremely short teacher. In one episode, the world turned to chocolate. This show was pretty wacky.

Runners Up: Gatchaman Crowds, Kyousougiga (TV)





Most Disturbing Anime

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

I have never cringed so much while watching an anime. This show really knew how to send chills down my spine. Hell, sometimes the presence alone of certain characters was enough to perturb me (particularly Ruka and Romio).


Runners Up: Diabolik Lovers, Aku no Hana




Saddest Anime

Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

The undead are normally used in a more tacky horror fashion instead of a solemn one. This girl's mission was to put the dead to rest, sometimes including family and friends. It really pulled on my heartstrings and made me ponder whether I'd be able to do the same thing in her position.

Runner Up: Little Busters!: Refrain




Worst Story

Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation

Cute girls are games. That's pretty much it. It probably would have been more tolerable if there was anything remotely interesting about any of the characters, but they pretty much are just different incarnations of the moe blob.







Worst Plot Development

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

It started off real well, but then they started including some weird robot and superhero stuff. This was supposed to take place long before such technology could exist, right? Why are there robots? It was all well and good until they added robots. What the hell.







Most Boring

Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

When you make a comedy about cute girls, you should probably make it funny. I often spaced out watching this show, nothing they ever talked about was interesting or humorous. Like most cute girls series, this really did not need an anime.

Runners Up: Gifuu Doudou!!: Kanetsugu to Keiji, Zettai Bouei Leviathan, Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation, GJ-bu




Worst Characters
Kitakubu Katsudou Kiroku

None of them are interesting, they're just the same stereotypes we all know, except exaggerated or dulled to the point of no return.


Runners Up: Diabolik Lovers, Choujigen Game Neptune The Animation, IS: Infinite Stratos 2






Cheesiest Anime

Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000%

Shoujo series are oftentimes very cheesy, but this series is the pinnacle of cheese. These characters are so in love with this cat-eyed girl's songs (and the girl too, arguably) and every mediocre performance they do is them conveying their feelings for her to the world or whatever. It's laughable, really.

Runner Up: IS: Infinite Stratos 2




Most Disappointing

BlazBlue: Alter Memory

I was super excited when I heard that this series was coming out. I thought I would be presented with awesome characters and some over the top action scenes. Instead, what I got was some poorly animated, poorly paced, bloody mess of an anime.

Runners Up: Kimi no Iru Machi, Aku no Hana





Worst Animation

Ai Mai Mi

If the exact same animation style and quality were used about 30 years ago, it may have been mildly acceptable. However, this quality of animation was an abomination for today's standards. Not only were the characters ugly but the backgrounds were too. It looked like something a grade-schooler had drawn.

Runners Up: BlazBlue: Alter Memory, Kimi no Iru Machi, Aku no Hana, Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince



Worst Ending

Servant x Service

I really liked this show, especially because of the HasebexLucy ship, but this ending was perhaps the most rage-inducing ending I've seen in years. What happens? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Small conflict is resolved by no one giving a crap, and the characters' relationships do not improve (or worsen) at all.

Runners Up: Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru




2013 was a pretty awesome year for anime. All years have their share of bad series, but this year contained a great variety of some pretty good shows. I'll be back soon with my 2013 anime character awards post. So please do stay tuned!