2015 – Anime of the Year Awards

How did 2015 treat you, anime fans? To assist with your reflection on that, I’m here to dish out my “best of” in all manner of categories to celebrate and honor the anime that made the most of their time and effort. The anime that boldly demonstrated just what this industry is capable of, and perhaps more specifically, what it has never been able to do before. With our usual four seasons, each with dozens of anime on air making up the selection pool, just selecting the nominees was a difficult process, but that laborious task is finished and it’s finally time to reward 2015’s very best anime.

Let me explain how this whole award thing works. I’m not omniscient, therefore, I haven’t seen every anime that aired this year. I tried to watch every anime that I feel like would make a difference in the awards but there may be a couple that I just haven’t gotten around to watching yet. That being said, I have watched the breadth of what was both popular and critically acclaimed this year so that should hardly be an issue. I┬ádebated a lot between doing this impartially like I did last year, meaning I try to take out my own bias and logically think what anime were the best. Then I realized, you know what, this entire blog is to represent me, not to show me trying to represent everyone else, therefore I decided, laughing at my last year’s self, to make this strictly what I liked about anime in 2015. So…I have a few types of awards:
Medals – These are jokes, or just things I appreciate. There is no nomination or “winner. ” Only special things I want to shout out.
Special Awards – These are targeted to smaller things that don’t necessarily reflect the anime themselves, but do play an important part in what I love about anime.
Production Awards – These are targeted toward the staff behind each anime and the skills they use to bring the anime to life, culminating in the Best Director and Best Studio awards.
Overall Awards – These consider the anime themselves as a final product and the things they offer to their audience, concluding with the anime of the year. Continue reading

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2014 – Anime of the Year Awards

2014 is over, meaning the 70+ anime I was watching that had episodes airing this year are ultimately behind me. This also marks my first complete year as an anime blogger, so this is the first time I’ve gotten to reflect on a full year of anime consumption. I’m not here to act like a pretentious critic, because these aren’t really awards as much as they are celebratory commendations. The anime industry has such a colorful and creative existence, that it wholly deserves to be considered in the same vain as an award show, so I’m going to do my best to make this at least a bit organized and serious.

Let’s lay down some ground rules. I am only nominating and declaring winners from the pool of anime that I have watched, or attempted to watch. There are a couple that managed to slip by me. There are even some that I will admit are probably well made, but are so far from my personal preferences that I don’t care to watch them just for the sake of their popularity. This means certain anime, like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, are not being considered. I am also being a bit impartial in my selections as well, but there are anime that appeal to me more than I believe they will appeal to the masses. It’s a bit of a mix of both. Rest assured, the winners of each category are hopefully justified. So let’s get started! I’ll be your host, and this is a celebration of the greatness that anime achieved in 2014! The first awards will only discuss the winner, but the main awards will also list the nominees in alphabetical order, followed by the runner up, and concluding with the winner!

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