Scattered Thoughts – CR Anime Awards (Part 1/2)

     First and foremost – Crunchyroll Anime Awards is a stupid thing. Second and not less important – it’s still fun. Many people have already said it countless times – popular vote no matter how you look at it remains a popularity vote. Certainly not everyone can boast of having watched all the nominated shows but even now I don’t think there’s a single person completely happy with the nominees as they are. Sure, all these professional judges and stuff seem to make the Awards look like a legit thing. And of course, you can’t deny that there’s also some truth in the public opinion. There’s probably a reason why one show is more popular than another. Well, in the end shows’ evaluation is a superposition of their popularity and their real value (definitely skewed towards the popularity though). Why then such a shady thing is fun? Firstly, it seems a very human thing to make countless lists and rank things. Sometimes when your opinion coincides with others’, it’s very gratifying. When you don’t agree with something, it’s a good chance to rethink your stance towards one show or another and try to understand whether you points are valid and what did other people find good or bad about them. And inevitably if there are different opinions (and people are civilized enough) a discussion is bound to happen, and that’s one of the cornerstones of any community. I guess the most important thing is to understand that in the end our opinions remain our own and no awards show and no other person can have a superior opinion. Then, taking everything with a grain of salt, we should have a pretty good time discussing anime. Well, it’s the next great thing after watching anime, right?

     So yeah, I decided this year to say a few things (even if some of them might be pretty shallow) about each of the categories and the nominees. I’m certainly not qualified to do that since during last year I watched about 20 airing anime and that’s a tiniest bit of the huge amount of shows that should be considered to make a decent judgement. Well, there’s also Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, Koe no Katachi and Kimi no Na wa that weirdly are prescribed to 2017 even though they all aired in 2016. Anyway, even if there are categories that I have absolutely no idea what to make of them, it’s still a nice opportunity to once again see what can be said about 2017 in the anime world and how my opinions fit in the general picture of the community. Let’s start!

Anime of the year

3-gatsu no Lion S2 / Made in Abyss / Boku no Hero Academia S2 / Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 / Little Witch Academia / Houseki no Kuni

     Personally I’d like for either Made in Abyss or, better still, Rakugo to win. Made in Abyss still is unfinished and while the journey up until now has been an amazing experience, I feel connected to Rakugo more. Well, I guess it’s natural to feel more attached to drama in a realistic setting than to two kids descending a giant hole, as brilliant as it was. Made in Abyss already received lots of love from the fans and I feel Rakugo should be appreciated more. At least by larger audiences. Who’s likely to win? Boku no Hero, simply because everyone seems to watch it. I wouldn’t mind Houseki no Kuni winning though. Just for the sake of finally giving us another CG anime rather than Berserk to talk about, and for completely opposite reasons. I’ve seen the first season of 3-gatsu, and it didn’t impress me – the instantaneous 180 degree mood swings felt out of place, but I get why it has some fans passionately following it. Pretty much the same can be said about Little Witch Academia – while it was decent, having previous OVAs as a comparison didn’t help to think about this one as truly amazing. From anime that escaped being nominated I’d definitely add Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni.

Manga of the Year

Golden Kamuy 1 / Sabishisugite Lesbian Fuzoku ni Ikimashita Report / Otouto no Otto 1 / Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni / Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu / Dungeon Meshi 1

     Firstly, I don’t think it’s fair to compare already finished manga with some first volumes. A mangaka may start an interesting story but have no idea how to wrap it up, and in my mind that’s a huge factor. Apparently only in my mind. Well, I haven’t got much to say about this category as I mostly tend to read already finished manga. Watching anime weekly already may cause problems of simply forgetting what happened previously and reading manga on monthly basis or so is far more demanding. Still, out of the nominees I know quite well Rakugo and Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni, and Sabishisugite Lesbian Fuzoku ni Ikimashita Report intrigued me enough to actually read it. In terms of the story, I’d be happy if either Rakugo or Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni won. How actual votes will be distributed remains a complete mystery to me – to see witch anime is popular is far easier than to analyze manga reading statistics.

Best Action

Boku no Hero Academia S2 / Houseki no Kuni / Kekkai Sensen & Beyond / Mobile Suit Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans S2 / Shingeki no Kyojin S2 / Fate/Apocrypha

     Well, I haven’t seen any of them. Weird, isn’t it? I guess pure action doesn’t have that appeal to me, especially if it has a more shounen side to it. I’d bet my money on Boku no Hero, just because it’s popular. Again, it would be nice to see Houseki no Kuni win, if only to get more appreciation of good CG. Re:Creators seems like it would be a nice addition to the nominees.

Best Drama

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2 / 3-gatsu no Lion S2 / Made in Abyss / Mahoutsukai no Yome / Kuzu no Honkai / ACCA

     Contrary to best Action category, I’ve a fairly good grasp at this one. I’ve watched everything of it, except the second season of 3-gatsu, but as I’ve seen the first one, it should probably count as well. I think Made in Abyss caused the most resonance in the community, with Mahoutsukai no Yome coming close. The latter is a good show, but it wasn’t as unexpected and didn’t have such an effect of making moeblobs suffer. ACCA was more of a slice of life show with the drama part concealed quite deeply. Kuzu no Honkai was especially enjoyable, but my preference once again is Rakugo. I just can’t have enough of it. Koe no Katachi and Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni had plenty of drama in them so an extended list should have these two entries as well.

Best Comedy

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon / Osomatsu-san S2 / Little Witch Academia / KonoSuba S2/GAMERS! / Tsuredure Children

     The standard phrase is “Comedy is subjective” and in this case I completely agree. Most of times I found KonoSuba’s humor to be flat, though I can’t deny the greatness of the visual style. It’s extremely likely to win though. Little Witch Academia in my book doesn’t count as comedy at all. Well, it has comedy, but the show’s focus lies definitely not there. I have a feeling that Kobayashi should probably best cater my sense of humor, but that remains to be seen. Hopefully sooner than later.

Best Slice of Life

Net-Juu no Susume / Tsuki ga Kirei / Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou / Kemono Friends / Sakura Quest / Demi-chan wa Kataritai

     I guess the vote will be decided by the question whether people still remember the Kemono Friends meme, which is pretty likely. My favorite is Shoujo Shuumatsu Ryokou, and it also seems to have a good chance. It is far darker and the slice of life side of it is just a means of examining deeper stuff, so it might be more appropriate to nominate the show for Drama Category or something like that. Anime That Make You Think could also be a good one. Sakura Quest is a good anime but I’m afraid it just pales in comparison with others. Natsume Yuujinchou Roku or Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni could be worthy additions to the category. To go on a tangent, it’s quite funny that next year’s slice of life category could be almost completely filled with shows from this Winter season. Weird how many shows of that kind we get. Not that I complain.

Best Continuing Series

3-gatsu no Lion / Mobile Suit Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans / Dragon Ball Super / Detective Conan / All Out!! / Naruto Shippuden

     Um… how could it be that Rakugo got nominated several times already but it isn’t there? The list already seems like it’s scraping the barrel, so missing this one seems weird. Another of my long time favorites Natsume Yuujinchou Roku seems like it could be there, even if it would have little chance of achieving anything. It’s also baffling that so highly regarded show like KonoSuba didn’t make the list either. And, well, Monogatari? Anyone? I usually prefer shorter anime so I’m not anyone worthy of deciding anyway.

Best Animation

Houseki no Kuni / Boku no Hero Academia S2 / Little Witch Academia / 3-gatsu no Lion / Koe no Katachi /  Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

     Who thought that putting a feature film among TV shows (unless it’s Violet Evergarden) is a fair game? Let me ask who’s the suitable candidate to win. Well, Houseki no Kuni again gets brownie points for being a CG masterpiece but it still isn’t a rival for Koe no Katachi, is it? About others, if the production of 3-gatsu is the same as it was during the first season, I’ve no idea what is the show doing here. Sure, Shaft can animate but it isn’t a studio to provide constant sakuga and refrain from cutting corners whenever possible. Little Witch Academia also had some incredible moments, especially during first few episodes but I wouldn’t call it an outstanding production overall.

Hero of the Year

Deku (Boku no hero Academia) / Gin (Yuuki Yuna wa Yuusha de Aru) / Akko (Little Witch Academia) / Kukuri (Mahoujin Guru Guru) / Chise (Mahoutsukai no Yome) / Nanachi (Made in Abyss)

     A difficult one for me. On paper any character from a show whose title has words “hero” and “academia” should be a winner by default (and that’s likely to happen for real), but as I haven’t seen it, I’ve no idea. The same goes for Yuuki Yuna and the deciding matter then comes down to your preference to traditional heroes or magical girls. I think Akko comes very close to being a traditional hero – an underdog who struggles doing her best in order to prove her true value to herself as well as others. It’s a very shounen story after all. At the state that Chise is right now, I wouldn’t say she has escaped a damsel in distress stage and fully converted to being a hero. She isn’t particularly concerned about usual hero stuff like saving the world, she just tries to survive and to help her friends when an opportunity presents itself. Nanachi is very similar. Her differences lie in the fact that she had fairly limited screen time to leave an impression of being a hero. Also, she started to get involved into Riko and Reg’s stuff mainly due to her curiosity and not because she had a heroic heart. These girls certainly have what it takes to be a hero but they seem to be preoccupied with other stuff too much to be ideal heroes.

     This already is a rather lengthy post, so I thought it’s better to split it into two parts and continue after some time here. Hope you have a great time and will continue reading when the second part comes! For now – what do you think about the nominees and the Awards themselves?


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  1. And…..posts like these only remind me of the fact that I still have quite a lot of anime to watch lol 😂😂 I agree though awards are always fun….I have that every year with the Oscar ceremony. Sure: I might not always agree with the winners, but it’s always interesting to watch 😊

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    • I got the same feeling going through the nominees. At least it’s a good way to cherry-pick shows that should be good, though it’s always terrifying to see the watchlist grow indefinitely.

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  2. Agree they can be fun! It is always interesting to see if others have liked the same anime as me. Also it gives me some great ideas for what to watch next!

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