Winter Anime 2016 Awards

So the winter anime season has ended (or at least every show has had their 12 episodes), so an awards show is in order! These awards will be for both the good and the bad of this season’s anime, nothing I watched this season gets a free pass!

And just to remind you all, along with this post, I plan to do an audio podcast going over each series that I finished in greater detail than my live reactions that I’ve been posting weekly. This will include things like who I liked and didn’t like (both personality and looks), the overall story, moments I enjoyed/hated and anything else I want to talk about pertaining to each show. I don’t know if I’ll be separating each show or do it as one big podcast, depends on how long the recording goes. So stay tuned!

Worst Opening Theme

“Contrail ~Kiseki~” by Mami Kawada – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

“Golden Life” by AKINO with bless4 – Active Raid

“white forces” by fripSide – Schwarzesmarken

“YPMA☆GIRLS” by Galko (Azumi Waki), Otako (Miyu Tomita), Ojou (Minami Takahashi) – Please Tell Me! Galko-chan

“Zessei Star Gate” by Shouta Aoi – Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Winner: “Golden Life” by AKINO with bless4 – Active Raid

The song is just overly cheesy to the point that it’s gone too far. It’s bad enough how boring and confusing the anime was for me, the intro song didn’t make me any more interested in watching the action about to unfold in front of me.


Worst Ending Theme

“Ame to Namida to Otome to Taiyaki” by Otome Shinto – Nurse Witch KOMUGI R

“CONTRAST” by vistlip – Divine Gate

“Hoshizora Rendezvous” by Sekkou Boys (Tomokazu Sugita, Shinonosuke Tachibana, Jun Fukuyama, Daisuke Ono) – Sekko Boys

“Kanashimi ga Jidai wo Kakeru” by Zahre [Katia Waldheim (Minami Tanaka), Irisdina Bernhard (Nozomi Yamamoto)] – Schwarzesmarken

“Meiyaku no Kanata” by Emi Nitta – Luck & Logic

Winner: “Kanashimi ga Jidai wo Kakeru” by Zahre [Katia Waldheim (Minami Tanaka), Irisdina Bernhard (Nozomi Yamamoto)] – Schwarzesmarken


Worst Story

AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

BBK/BRNK

Dagashi Kashi

Luck & Logic

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Winner: Luck & Logic

There never really was much of a story to speak off in Luck & Logic until the very end and it was terrible and cliché. The first 10 episodes are essentially introducing the characters one-by-one and then the final two episodes are the most cliché writing of a final battle you could possibly have. It was just so boringly predictable.


Biggest Disappointment

Active Raid

AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Dagashi Kashi

Divine Gate

Luck & Logic

Winner: Dagashi Kashi

Oh my god, man…this was primed to be my favourite show after the first couple episodes! And then the jokes got stale…and they kept going with it like it was still funny. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still good comedy here, the art style is cool and there are some interesting characters in the show, but after such a great start the show just kept declining for me and never really recovered.


Worst Female Character

Asuka – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Aqua – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Beatrix – Schwarzesmarken

Irina – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Nana – Prince of Stride: Alternative

Winner: Irina – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

I’ll attribute this to professional wrestling. Irina for me had “X-Pac heat”, which is basically I hate you not because you’re a bitch, evil or whatever else that makes you a good bad guy, but because you’re so uninteresting and shitty that I just want you off my TV screen. Irina isn’t evil, she isn’t menacing, she’s not even really that bad. She’s just an annoying, coy little bitch with nothing of redeeming value, she isn’t even that pretty either AND ALMOST EVERY GIRL IS PRETTY IN ANIME!!!


Worst Male Character

Hiiragi – BBK/BRNK

Moguzo – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Olga – Luck & Logic

Ranta – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Shion – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Winner: Hiiragi – BBK/BRNK

Why does every show with a group of over 4 characters have to have one character that is so unlikeable that you constantly want to punch him? Hiiragi was the biggest example during this season, there’s no redeeming qualities about him, he’s a pure unadulterated jackass and even at the very end when he’s trying to be a good team member, I still wanted to punch him.


Worst Show

Active Raid

Divine Gate

Nurse Witch Komugi R

Ojisan and Marshmallow

Sekko Boys

Winner: Divine Gate

Out of all the early drops, Divine Gate is the only one that pissed me off to the point of dropping it, Active Raid was disappointing, but Divine Gate is just pure garbage. It’s one of the most pretentious shows I’ve watched, it only serves to annoy me, which is a damn shame because the art style is fantastic in that show.


Best Opening Theme

“Beat your Heart” by Konomi Suzuki – BBK/BRNK

“Checkmate!?” by MICHI – Dagashi Kashi

“Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W

“Re:Re:” by ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Erased

“Stride” by OxT (Masayoshi Oishi x Tom-H@ck) – Prince of Stride: Alternative

Winner: “Genesis” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION – Dimension W

All five of these tracks could’ve won, but Genesis is the only song I’ve been actively singing for no apparent reason this season. It’s such a wicked rock/techno tune, the video aspect of this song is fantastically animated as well. It’s a song I have zero issue with playing loudly in my car with the windows down, even with the Japanese vocals.


Best Ending Theme

“ANGER/ANGER” by MYTH & ROID – BBK/BRNK

“Contrast” by Fo’xTails – Dimension W

“LoSe±CoNtRoL” by Nene Nanakorobi (Sanae Fuku) & Clarion (Manami Numakura) – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

“Rare Drop☆KOI☆Koi! One More!” by Rina Izumi (Ayaka Suwa) & Aika Suzuki (M.A.O) – Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

“Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no Youna” by Sayuri – Erased

Winner: “ANGER/ANGER” by MYTH & ROID – BBK/BRNK

That intro is so good to the song and to center it around Reoko who’s off the charts sexy and awesome was a fantastic choice. The song’s a weird mixture of darkness, sadness and badass…ness? Also if you listen to the full song, kind of reminds me of early Evanescence. Can’t go wrong with that.


Best Art Direction

BBK/BRNK

Dimension W

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Myriad Colors Phantom World

Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Winner: BBK/BRNK

It’s like if RWBY’s art design was adapted into a Japanese anime, that’s essentially the art style of Bubuki Buranki. It’s a blend of beauty, 3D and over-the-top designs. Kind of looks a little bit like Fire Emblem’s current art style too. Look, you can’t go wrong with any of these names I’m referencing!


Best Story

Dimension W

Erased

GATE: Season 2

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Erased

Is anyone surprised that this one came out on top? It had me guessing the next events constantly and begging for more every time the credits rolled. It’s been a while since I’ve been that into a 12-episode series and the story is the big reason why.


Biggest Surprise

Erased

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Even though it didn’t end as I’d hoped it would, this show was such a late bloomer, really the second half being what kicked it off. The first half was just good enough not to get me to drop it, but once the student council video game bullshit got tossed aside for some real world integration, the show picked up tenfold.


Sexiest Female Character

Aika – Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation

Kinoa – BBK/BRNK

Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

Reoko – BBK/BRNK

Sylvia – Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Misaki – AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across The Blue

She gets an unfair advantage being the girl out of the nominees with the most screen time in various states of undress, but Misaki really does earn her keep here. She is drop dead gorgeous, clearly in tip-top shape with the Flying Circus sport being as athletic as it is and well…come on, she’s got the best butt out of all the girls this season!


Best Male Character

Haruhiro – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Kyouma – Dimension W

Loser – Dimension W

Satoru – Erased

Shuusaku – BBK/BRNK

Winner: Shuusaku – BBK/BRNK

It’s crazy that Shuusaku walks away with this award because at no point he was even listed until the very end here. But while I hated him early on, I realized pretty quick it’s just how good a bad guy he is, kind of how you gotta give props to really good heel characters in professional wrestling. But what really got him over the hump with me is just how much his badass voice really grew on me, he comes off like a total badass, the voice, the look, the fighting style, everything about him screams awesome.


Best Female Character

Barbara – Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Clarion – Pandora in the Crimson Shell Ghost Urn

Megumin – Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Reoko – BBK/BRNK

Shizuru – BBK/BRNK

Winner: Shizuru – BBK/BRNK

Another late edition to these lists, Shizuru flies in under the radar, both in the awards and in the show she’s from. I had no care in the world for this girl until her first fight scene and then I was hooked. This silent but deadly girl is absolutely fantastic, being quiet the entire show, but piss her off and she fights like a goddamn Super Saiyan with a sniper rifle, considering how fast she is. Every fight scene she has in the show is a must-see and makes her a must-watch character.


Best Show

Erased

GATE: Season 2

Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Konosuba -God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World-

Schwarzesmarken

Winner: Erased

How shocking! I’m assuming this is the #1 show on over half of all anime watchers’ lists, this show was just fucking fantastic to watch and I’m usually not even into serious anime like this. But it has everything, great art direction, great music, great characters, great storylines and fantastic, memorable moments. From the first kill to Kayo’s breakfast breakdown, the show is an emotional roller coaster, one I may never forget. This will likely be the show of the year as I have a hard time seeing anything capture my heart as well as this has. This may just be the best show I’ve ever watched.


And there you have it, that’s my best of the winter anime of 2016. If you got your own winners for the season, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

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5 comments

  1. Erased is awesome!!!

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    1. CSRadical · · Reply

      Still shocks me I got so into that when I’m usually only into goofy anime. Can’t wait till July for my city’s local convention where I can gush about it for an hour too. =D

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      1. Hahaha seriously. It’s such a great anime to have a long convo about. All the plots and twist were awesome

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      2. CSRadical · ·

        Which gets funnier when you realize the real twist wasn’t a twist at all, you just kept thinking there was a much bigger one still coming.

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