Summer 2016 Anime Awards

So the summer 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!


Worst OP

“Signal” by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure – 91 Days

“miele paradiso” by Iori Nomizu – Masou Gakuen HxH

“99” by MOB CHOIR – Mob Psycho 100

“Tomodachi Meter” by The Super Ball – The Morose Mononokean

“Ao to Kurenai no Forzato” by Tatsuhisa Suzuki & Takuto Kirisawa – Scared Rider Xechs

Winner: 91 Days

Holy crap I cannot stand the vocals in this song! It sounds like a guy who is really shy when it comes to singing and has a sore throat so he’s trying not to use his vocal chords as much as possible. The actual music isn’t too bad, but man are the vocals horrendous. Out of any OP this season, this is the one that I cannot sit through the full minute and a half of. 


Worst Story

The Morose Mononokean

Rewrite

Servamp

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

The “story” of this show spends the entirety of the series making zero sense. While some might watch Taboo Tattoo and think it’s just another random-filled anime, but by especially the second half of the show, it’s all nonsensical bullshit and not just entertaining bullshit. The ending is also absolutely atrocious, you wanna talk about anti-climatic, you wanna talk about boring and dull, this show takes the cake on that and its shitty store is large in part due to why.


Biggest Disappointment

Orange

ReLIFE

Rewrite

Servamp

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Winner: Rewrite

This show from the very beginning had my attention. I like the diverse range of characters, I really like Lucia and Shizuru, just to name a few. Then the mid-series turn came and I lost all attention to this show. By suddenly removing its comedic and light-hearted nature, the show went completely dull and boring and I had zero reason to keep watching. At its highest point, this show was #4 on my list during the season and in one fell swoop, I dropped it completely.


Best Start, Shit Finish

Handa-Kun

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Momokuri

The Morose Mononokean

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

Rewrite would’ve won this award, but of course I didn’t finish it. Not that Taboo Tattoo is far off from being as terrible though. Like I said earlier in the Worst Story award, this show’s ending is horrendous. After all the time spent with the characters, after all the ridiculousness, all the “emotion”, all the fun the show had, especially in the first half of the season, the show’s ending is one of the most dumb, boring, anti-climatic endings I have ever watched for an anime series. Not to mention it’s sequel-bait as well. It won’t have me back next season, that’s for sure.


Worst Male Character

Matthew Tetojirichi – Alderamin on the Sky

Kanade Takahashi – Hatsukoi Monster

President – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Ichiya Suzaku – Qualidea Code

Subaru Mimasaka – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Winner: Matthew Tetojirichi – Alderamin on the Sky

None of the characters on this list are particularly bad, not like Hiiragi (Bubuki Buranki) levels of bad, these guys are all just either meh or forgettable. And no one fits that better than Alderamin’s Matthew. The show could’ve easily just had four survivors instead of six and push him and Haroma out and just leave Ikta, Yatori, Torway and Chamille. Because throughout the entire season, Matthew either isn’t around or is really just there to say two lines and then disappear for the rest of the episode. For a guy who was looking like a main character, he sure as shit offers absolutely nothing to the show.


Worst Female Character

Colette – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Nene Sakura – New Game!

Canaria Utara – Qualidea Code

Akane Senri – Rewrite

Touko Ichinose – Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Colette – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Oh my god I hate Colette! In the second last episode where she trips and falls, I laughed my ass off, so happy to watch her dumbass fall to the ground. She offers nothing but stupidity to the show and while some might find that goofball personality of hers funny and entertaining, for me it offered nothing but “Ugh, get off my screen!” level of feelings while watching her on the show. She really doesn’t offer anything other than trouble and it’s not like there’s anything like a villain in the show. So she’s just a nuisance, nothing more.


Worst Show

Hatsukoi Monster

Masou Gakuen HxH

Orange

Scared Rider Xechs

Servamp

Winner: Masou Gakuen HxH

Like the ecchi-only shows like Queen’s Blade and Highschool DxD before it, Masou Gakuen HxH is a show that is literally just an exchange of sexy screencaps and animations to post on Gelbooru or Tumblr. That might sound like something for me, given my content, but like I’ve said before, while I enjoy anime that has no problem featuring a ton of ecchi, I still like having a decent story, or decent characters, or it’s really funny, or the concept is really interesting, things like that. Masou Gakuen HxH is literally “girls fight things, guy sexually assaults them to recharge their powers” and nothing more. It’s not funny, it’s not interesting, no one’s interesting, there’s nothing there but jiggling tits and a guy squeezing them. If I wanted to watch hentai, I would just watch hentai, not a show trying so hard to be hentai without being hentai.


Best OP

“The LiBERTY” by Fo’xTails – Handa-Kun

“STARTING NOW!” by Nana Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

“SAKURA Skip” by fourfolium (main voice cast) – New Game!

“Deal with” by OLDCODEX – Servamp

“Kaze no Uta” by FLOW – Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Tales of Zestiria The X

This was such a hard decision to make. New Game’s OP is so cute and entertaining, Servamp (while the show sucked) has such a badass metal song, so does Handa-kun, Fo’xtails returning for another award year and Konobi has a really catchy track as well. But the only song out of these five that not only give me goosebumps hearing, but still does give me goosebumps hearing, is Tales of Zestiria’s OP track, “Kaze no Uta”. That brief guitar intro is a cool lead in, the string section kicking in with the bagpipe or whatever that instrument is before the vocals kick in is a fantastic hit to the ears. And the acoustic guitar during the actual verse is a really nice riff, I love every second of that song.


Best Art Direction

Alderamin on the Sky

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Tales of Zestiria The X

There’s no competition here, holy shit the animation in Tales of Zestiria The X is incredible! I had no idea that Ufotable did shows before that, but after learning they did the more recent Fate/Stay Night anime, it makes sense where their animation track record lies. I’ve never watched an anime and been more amazed by the visuals of the show. It’s not even close to anything I’ve seen this year, let alone years before. And I’m not sure anything not by Ufotable will come close to this. It’s that damn good.


Best Character Design

Alderamin on the Sky

New Game

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

Despite how terrible the show became, the diverse cast of characters still looked very good and very interesting. Putting aside more normal looking characters like Justice, Bluesy and Touko, take girls like Iltutmish, Aryabhata, Lisa, Kar and others, not to mention guys like B.B. and that dude who became an insect (no idea what his name was). There were so many characters designed with unique looks, unique expressions, unique outfits, not to mention their powers. Every character except for the Void Makers, they all had something different to offer. 


Best Story

Alderamin on the Sky

Amanchu!

New Game!

Planetarian

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Planetarian

There really weren’t that many shows this season that I’d consider having a really good story. But in the case of the 5-episode short, Planetarian, that was a fantastic and heartbreaking story. In the beginning it was a little silly, but by Episode 3 I was all the way in and by the end I was all emotional. For a show to do that in five episodes, rather than the usual 12, that’s incredible.


Funniest Show

Amanchu!

Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Momokuri

New Game!

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: New Game!

There were a lot of really cheesy, funny shows this season, but none of them really had me laughing as much as New Game did. Whether it’s Umiko shooting Kou constantly with her BB gun for being a smartass, Aoba’s innate fear of not wearing pants, or anything Hifumi does, the show offers a ton of comedic moments through the series and made the show a perfect trio of adorable, sexy and funny.  


Most WTF?! Inducing Show

Handa-Kun

Hatsukoi Monster

Momokuri

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

There’s a guy that looks like a Wild West character and then turns into a giant insect!!! Need I say more?!


Best Ecchi

Ange Vierge

New Game!

Qualidea Code

Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Taboo Tattoo

As tempted I was to give Ange Vierge the award based on Episode 1 having over half of the show devoted to an endless number of girls bathing together, Taboo Tattoo for an entire season kept up the sexual content, even in its darkest moments. Someone just died, ah well, the villain will send a video of them capturing one of the good guys while having a beach party. How does the villain get a new lackey? By walking up to a homeless girl, kissing her and grabbing her ass. Speaking of butts, there’s a ton of them in this show and they don’t half-ass (pun intended) them, whether it’s Bluesy, Touko, Aryabhata, Kar (especially Kar!), Iltutmish, Lisa and many more. The show knows what it wants to be, at least in terms of its ecchi content. I wish it had that devotion for the rest of the show as well.


Best Screencap

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— A horrifyingly beautiful end to a battle — Alderamin on the Sky

 

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— Why Cha is the best character on the show. — Amanchu!

 

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— Hifumi trying to buy your memories of how cute she is from you — New Game!

 

 

— How I imagine the best slumber parties looking like. — Taboo Tattoo

 

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— Scratch attack!!! — Taboo Tattoo

 

Winner: Slumber Party, Taboo Tattoo

You’re trying to infiltrate the secret laboratory of an evil villainess who seeks to essentially restart the entire world. You gotta be expecting a massive maze of traps, automated defenses, guards and many other things that could potentially kill you, right? Nope! In Taboo Tattoo, there’s pretty much no one guarding the place except for one tough customer, after that it’s a giant slumber party with the villain and all her cloned sister, playing video games and other fun things in their underwear. That’s fucking hysterical! 


Sexiest Screencap

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— Kou’s episodic gimmick — New Game!

 

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— When two girls (Kou/Rin) just had to wait till opening hours to get it on! — New Game!

 

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— Everyone knows all small-chested girls HAVE to do this to large-chested girls! — Qualidea Code

 

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— When Monster Musume crosses over with Food Wars. — Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

 

 

— Remember kids, always knock before you open doors to rooms you don’t know about. — Taboo Tattoo

 

Winner: Kou/Rin – New Game!

What a hilarious and super sexy looking moment. After spending the night at work, Rin wakes up to seeing her best friend and co-worker Kou in her usual state, asleep and with her pants off. After being teased that she should try doing the same as well the night before, Rin decides to give it a shot and actually enjoys it, only for Kou to wake up just in time to see it and tease her some more. But if that wasn’t enough, Aoba shows up to work and of course instead of returning to her sleeping bag where she could put her pants back on without anyone seeing her, she tries to keep Kou from spilling the beans, which ends up having Aoba walk in on them looking like something super sexy and scandalous was about to go on. And cue the doujins.


Best Couple/Duo

Futaba/Hikari – Amanchu!

Hikari/Mato – Amanchu!

Shinya/Yuki – Momokuri

Kou/Rin – New Game!

Aoba/Kou – New Game!

Winner: Kou/Rin – New Game!

Putting aside their sexual escapades at work, Kou and Rin are easily the most genuine and entertaining pairings this season. While it’s hinted at here and there that maybe there’s something more going on between the two, or at the very least about to go on, whenever these two are together, especially alone together, they look like the best of friends and it’s not forced, it comes off very natural. 


Sexiest Female Character

Ai – Amanchu!

Kou – New Game!

Aryabhata – Taboo Tattoo

Bluesy – Taboo Tattoo

Kar – Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Kar – Taboo Tattoo

Wow this was a tough one to call, just getting five on the list was a hard enough decision. But in the end, I’m going with Kar from Taboo Tattoo on this one, mostly because she’s badass and sexy, not just sexy. Ai and Kou are just super hot, Bluesy’s a little more cute than sexy and Aryabhata while she’s very sexual and devious, she’s just not as cool looking while still being super sexy as Kar is. Want her just looking super hot? There’s the section where BB walks in on her changing (my oh my, what a butt she has!). Want her looking badass and sexy? There’s the battle scene towards the end with her and Justice (again, what a butt!). Any time she’s on screen, she makes the most of it and then some! 


Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Aoba – New Game!

Hifumi – New Game!

Rin – New Game!

Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Rin – New Game!

It was pretty much a guarantee that a New Game character was going to take this award, it was just a matter of who. In the end, I’m going with Rin, because aside from the one time we see her pantsless with Kou, the rest of the anime she’s spent looking proper and elegant. So by getting one good moment with her and seeing that perfect butt of hers while trying to shut Kou up before Aoba finds them, there is no better example of a girl being secretly super sexy, than Rin.


Prettiest Female Character

Mizuki – Kono Bijutsubu ni wa Mondai ga Aru!

Hifumi – New Game!

Rin – New Game!

Asuha – Qualidea Code

Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: Alisha – Tales of Zestiria The X

This was a no doubter. As much as I’d love to give this to Hifumi, there’s no one who I was more attracted to by her beauty (rather than sexiness) than Alisha from Tales of Zestiria The X. In particular, I prefer her the best when her white/pink garb is off and it’s just her shirt, shorts and thigh-highs. She looks absolutely stunning in that outfit, but not sexy in terms of wanting to see more (aka what’s underneath), but in terms of just looking so pretty you want to stand in front of her and embrace her. Unlike a girl like say Kar, who I would love nothing more than to have a hell of a long night with, Alisha is the kind of girl I just want to hold close to me.


Best Male Character

Ikta – Alderamin on the Sky

Handa-Kun – Handa-Kun

Shinya – Momokuri

Soma – Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara

BB – Taboo Tattoo

Winner: Ikta – Alderamin on the Sky

Ikta’s the easy pick here, because unlike the majority of male characters, he’s not a total dunce cap. While yes, he’s a bit of a womanizer, a flirt, whatever you may call him, he’s easily the most intelligent character on the show, maybe even in all the anime I’ve watched this season. He’s a tactical genius and uses his knowledge and brilliant strategic mind to use all the time. It’s not like your usual anime character who just happens to have some hidden power that helps him in the end, Ikta constantly plans ahead of time and they show that, not to mention that he doesn’t win every time, sometimes his plans go to shit and he has to go back to the drawing board. Also, the guy cut his damn finger off to apologize to the leader of a tribe after they slaughtered over half their people. Props to the guy!


Best Female Character

Hikari – Amanchu!

Kasumi – Handa-Kun

Hifumi – New Game!

Kou – New Game!

Tsumugi – Sweetness & Lightning

Winner: Hifumi – New Game!

Was there any doubt? As much as I’d love to give it to Hikari for being such a ball of happiness, to Kasumi for being the anime reincarnation of Fire Emblem’s Tharja, to Tsumugi for being Chinatsu 2.0 and to Kou for well…not wanting to wear pants, Hifumi is the easy pick here, without question. She’s so goddamn funny, so goddamn adorable, hell she tries to pay the main character off for seeing her smile! Every time Hifumi was on screen, I couldn’t help but smile. In fact, if I wanted to, I could’ve made a separate screencap award specifically for her! There’s so many good ones! But yeah, best girl without a doubt is New Game’s Hifumi.


Best Show

Alderamin on the Sky

Amanchu!

New Game!

Sweetness & Lightning

Tales of Zestiria The X

Winner: New Game!

And in the end, the best show of this summer season for me is New Game! All five of these shows were fantastic, take nothing away from them. But the only show that I truly waited week after week for was New Game, no other show was I counting down the days until the next episode. New Game was a perfect mixture for me, the show concept is ridiculous, an all-girl game development company and they’re all younger than 25, the show is super funny at times, the cast of characters are diverse both in looks and personality, and because I’m a sucker for it, there’s a surprisingly good amount of tasteful ecchi. It’s not overly bouncing breasts or anything like that, it’s just attractive young girls either in their underwear, or naked in the bath where you can’t see below the top of their chest. Everything I want in an anime is right here in New Game.


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

One comment

  1. Love the range of categories here.

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