Fall 2016 Anime Awards

So the fall anime season has ended (or at least every show has had their 12-13 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!

NOTE: So because I ended up watching less shows after the first week, a lot of the ‘Worst’ categories may have less than the usual 5 nominees in them.


Worst OP

“NENTEN” by Mili – Bloodivores

“Ashita no Tsubasa” by Yoko Ishida – Brave Witches

“Serendipity” by ZAQ – Flip Flappers

Winner: Brave Witches

The problem with the Brave Witches OP isn’t even that it’s bad per se, it’s just so unoriginal, it sounds like every other cliche anime song ever written. There’s nothing unique about it, there’s nothing catchy about it, it’s just your standard run-of-the-mill anime opening. Which I guess fits for an anime that I found extremely boring this season for the few episodes I watched of it.


Worst Story

Bloodivores

Flip Flappers

Izetta, The Last Witch

Winner: Bloodivores

While I’d love to nail Izetta for being non-sensical towards the point I dropped it and Flip Flappers for making zero sense all the time, Bloodivores literally at no point ever made any sense to me and as an added bonus, wasn’t even that interesting. At least Flip Flappers was cool to watch! Bloodivores on the other hand just throws random shit at you, doesn’t explain a damn thing about it and just expects you to go with it. I don’t care if everything got explained in say…Episode 8 or something (I don’t know what happens beyond the episode I dropped it at), you can’t take that long to explain major plot points in an anime, especially when it’s not that interesting to begin with.


Biggest Disappointment

Brave Witches

Izetta, The Last Witch

Tiger Mask W

Winner: Brave Witches

I was really looking forward to this show as I loved the Strike Witches series. So when every single character in the show had what I felt was zero personality, I was beyond disappointed by the show. Not only that, but they write the main character as being a placeholder and completely useless for the first quarter of the entire show. At least Yoshika in Brave Witches was capable early on, she had the magical power to make up for her lack of experience. Hikari literally has nothing.


Best Start, Shit Finish

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Drifters

Nanbaka

Winner: Nanbaka

I know this show was more of a comedy anime, but when a major plot point in the show never gets remotely closed, I’m a little annoyed by that. While Drifters’ ending was a bit light on closure and Bubuki’s ending just got stitched together, Nanbaka literally turns around and walks away from the story they were telling at the start of the final episode. Sure, it was a nice moment watching the four break out of prison together again, but what happened to the elf and the man with the scar? Completely bypassed at the end.


Worst Male Character

Liu Mi – Bloodivores

Azuma Kazuki – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Jyugo – Nanbaka

Winner: Azuma Kazuki

Last season, the award when to Bubuki as well, but with Hiiragi. This time around, Azuma’s getting hit for just being so boring and not really offering anything beyond being the character who is always depressed and needs the quirky females and the jackass male to get him back to reality. Azuma literally could be replaced by anyone and you wouldn’t notice he was gone. Man! This show has such great characters, why are the bad male ones only the main two?! 


Worst Female Character

Naoe Kanno – Brave Witches

Laetitia – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Cocona – Flip Flappers

Usagi Tsukishita – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Koyori Tsumujikaze – Scorching Ping Pong Girls

Winner: Koyori Tsumujikaze

Koyori isn’t necessarily a bad person, but she’s a kind of character I absolutely cannot stand in anime anymore. She’s the character that is apparently really good at whatever she does, but only when she’s about to lose and then she stumbles her way into winning, like she’s the best ping pong player ever. I’m so sick and tired of this, either have her be a really good player from the start, or have her on the path of getting better as the show moves on. Stop it with the whole “Oh no, I’m about to get destroyed in this match, better start playing for realsies now!” bullshit! It’s not interesting at all.


Worst Show

Brave Witches

Girlish Number

March Comes in Like a Lion

Scorching Ping Pong Girls

Tiger Mask W

Winner: Tiger Mask W

I wanted a wrestling anime. Instead what I got was a shitty Saturday morning cartoon level of wrestling anime that made no fucking sense whatsoever, had terrible writing, terrible characters and a terrible overall feeling around it. Not even New Japan Pro Wrestling characters can save this show in my opinion, it’s beyond bad.


Best OP

“Gospel of the Throttle” by Minutes Til Midnight – Drifters

“DREAM×SCRAMBLE!” by AiRI – Keijo!!!!!!!!

“Answer” by BUMP OF CHICKEN – March Comes in Like a Lion

“Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi!” by Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball – Nanbaka

“S.O.S.” by WEAVER – Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Nanbaka

This is actually the first opening theme music for an anime that after the moment I heard it, I tried to Google how to play it on my guitar. The opening guitar riff is just so damn good and once the vocals kick in, the song becomes very light-hearted and bouncy and on top of that, super catchy. Couple that with the vibrant colours and animation in the OP and you’ve got a fantastic winner this season for Best OP!


Best Art Direction

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Flip Flappers

Nanbaka

Winner: Drifters

Look, I’d love to give this to the other four shows because all of them have great art styles and animation, but I have to be completely biased and give this to Kouta Hirano for Drifters. I absolutely adore this art style and had missed it dearly since Hellsing Ultimate, so upon Drifters finally coming out, I was sold on it from day one and enjoyed it all the way through. It also made me attracted to a male character (Yoichi) and that doesn’t happen very often!


Best Character Design

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Nanbaka

Winner: Nanbaka

When it comes to unique character design however, I do have to give the award to Nanbaka for its vibrant, colourful, wacky over-the-top character designs. Hair that defies gravity so well, Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII would be proud. Every character looked unique, no one felt like a copy of another. It’s very rare to find that in anime, most characters tend to be loosely copied from one another, in Nanbaka however, there’s just no one close to each other. And I love it! Even if there’s literally only one female character in the entire show!


Best Story

Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Poco’s Udon World

It’s really the only show where I was fully invested in the story it was telling all the way through the show’s season. Each show otherwise had moments where I drifted off and just watched it for the entertainment value, in the case of Poco’s Udon World, I never strayed away from the emotional story it was telling the entire way through. Almost cried a few times during the season as well.


Funniest Show

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

My Wife is the Student Council President

Nanbaka

Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!!

Look, if I made a list of all the butt and boob puns throughout the season, you’d understand why. “Shoryucans”?! I’m done.


Most WTF?! Inducing Show

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Flip Flappers

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Nanbaka

Winner: Flip Flappers

Sometimes a WTF moment is shocking, story-related, or just really funny. But in Flip Flappers’ case, the WTF is literally just that, what the fuck?! I don’t know what the hell I was watching the majority of the time, all I knew was that it looked cool and beautiful, that’s all. 


Best Ecchi

Brave Witches

Flip Flappers

Izetta, The Last Witch

Keijo!!!!!!!!

My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: My Wife is the Student Council President

It’s a show that’s basically one step away from just being hentai, of course it’s going to have the best ecchi. Keijo!!!!!!!! came close, but you just can’t compete with actual bare breasts and loads of sexual tension.


Best Screencap

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— No. That, is, CTHULHU!!! — Bungo Stray Dogs

 

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— The greatest anime villain ever: BDSM Midna — Flip Flappers

 

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— Do I even need to say anything? — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— How all cats are, let’s be honest — March Comes in Like a Lion

 

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— It’s a badass black cat with a badass scar and a badass hat. What else do you want?! – Nanbaka

 

Winner: March Comes in Like a Lion

I’m a cat lover so that picture really says a lot about what’s really going on with cats. While the show bored me, this moment was one I’ve shown to a lot of friends and they all loved it too and fully agree with it. It’s just such a great display of realism mixed with comedy.


Sexiest Screencap

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— The younger sister TOTALLY just checking out the scar under her breasts and nothing else… — Brave Witches

 

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— What I’ve been waiting so long for with Kinoa and Shizuru! — Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

 

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— Apparently even in a professional match, you gotta save time for pleasuring twin sisters — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— Nozomi asking a question I’d need a fortnight to answer fully — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

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— There’s just so much to stare at… — Keijo!!!!!!!!

 

Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!! (Locker Room)

It’s a show about butts, so naturally I am picking the best picture that had butts from the Keijo!!!!!!!! girls. Granted, it’s mostly just Non and Kazane, but holy shit it’s Non and Kazane! You may not get Rin or Hanabi but in this picture, but they’re still looking gorgeous as well. This image most importantly though, got me looking at Kazane when I hadn’t been before this. That’s not foreshadowing anything…


Best Couple/Duo

Nobunaga/Toyohisa – Drifters

Cocona/Papika – Flip Flappers

Finé/Izetta – Izetta, The Last Witch

Nozomi/Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Hayato/Ui – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Finé/Izetta

While the show itself got really bad by the time I dropped it, the relationship between Finé and Izetta remained unchanged, easily my favourite of the season. They really brought the best out of each other and the relationship felt very realistic as being childhood friends that were separated for many years, tied by one saving the other. Granted, there’s clearly some yuri/lesbian hinting going on between the two, which only adds onto things, but taking that aside, their relationship looking the most natural and is a real joy to watch on screen when the show’s writing isn’t digging itself into a deeper hole.


Sexiest Female Character

Kinoa Ougi – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Olminu – Drifters

Nozomi Kaminashi – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Sayaka Miyata – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Honoka Saijou – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Kinoa Ougi

Yes, this is literally just because I finally got to see her in a bikini this season. That picture alone sold me on Kinoa for good. She really is that perfect body type and on top of that she has unique hair and glasses to boot. So put that gorgeous young woman in a fiery red bikini and I’ve got an image in my head that’s not going away anytime soon!


Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

Akiko Yosano – Bungo Stray Dogs

Kaoruko Kazuki – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch

Kazane Aoba – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Ayane Niikura – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Kazane Aoba

What? No, I didn’t foreshadow this award winner at all earlier! You’re crazy! But in all seriousness, Kazane was a real sleeper for a while this season, hints of her being really hot here and there. But it wasn’t until her battle in the East-West War that I got a really good look at her and realized that holy hell she’s a lot hotter than she looks the majority of the show! A lot of it has to do with how conservative she dressed outside of Keijo and you can only look so gorgeous in a one-piece (in my opinion), so when you finally get to see her in a bikini, she really hits you hard with the beauty she’s been hiding.


Prettiest Female Character

Kyouka Izumi – Bungo Stray Dogs

Lucy Maud Montgomery – Bungo Stray Dogs

Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch

Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt – Izetta, The Last Witch

Rin Misumi – My Wife is the Student Council President

Winner: Lucy Maud Montgomery

I love me some Lucy, I can’t help myself when it comes to red-haired girls. But what really gets me with Lucy is how she looks very much like a real girl, she actually appears to have imperfections in her design, which in my eyes is a rarity if there ever was one. She’s not overly sexualized, she’s not overly prettied up, she’s just a more normal (for anime) looking girl, one that’s crazy as shit, but god damn does she look pretty!


Best Male Character

Sakunosuke Oda – Bungo Stray Dogs

Osamu Dazai – Bungo Stray Dogs

Oda Nobunaga – Drifters

Yoichi Suketaka Nasu – Drifters

Poco – Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Yoichi Suketaka Nasu

I’m still struggling to fully call Yoichi a male character, but hey that’s his gender and thus he’s the easy pick this season. He’s such a beautiful badass, what can I say? He brings out the best in people, especially during the few times he actually brings out the comedic side of himself. Literally every scene he’s in, he looks like the biggest badass of them all and that’s saying something when you’ve got Toyohisa, Oda and JOAN OF FUCKING ARC ON FIRE!!!


Best Female Character

Shizuru Taneomi – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin

Kyouka Izumi – Bungo Stray Dogs

Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt – Izetta, The Last Witch

Nozomi Kaminashi – Keijo!!!!!!!!

Momoko Hyakushiki – Nanbaka

Winner: Momoko Hyakushiki

She is the scariest and yet the most adorable character this season. I was nearly in tears laughing so hard the first time Momoko changed from her “I will fuck you…” scary personality to her “Omigosh, Hajime! Fuck me!” cliche anime schoolgirl personality who’s completely enamoured with Hajime and wants every inch of him to herself. Every time she was on screen I was smiling and soon laughing my ass off. 


Best Show

Bungo Stray Dogs

Drifters

Keijo!!!!!!!!

Nanbaka

Poco’s Udon World

Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!!

I know a lot of people will think that it’s because I love ecchi content and the show is literally a walking, breathing ecchi monster, but this show to me is so much more than that. It has some of the most cleverly written comedy, actually has a good story with extremely unique and interesting characters and knows exactly what it is and doesn’t hide it. Keijo!!!!!!!!! doesn’t use ecchi as a crutch, it uses it as the basis of its show and revels in what it is. And if you have a problem with that, then Keijo!!!!!!!! just isn’t for you, that’s all. For me, it was easily the most entertaining show out of them all and it wasn’t just the ecchi that got this reaction out of me. It was far more than just boobs and butts.


And there you have it, that’s my best of this season’s anime at the three-quarter mark. If you’ve got your own lists, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!

One comment

  1. Some interesting choices and explanations. When I first saw Fine/Izetta as best duo I did a double take but reading your explanation it made sense and that was the one part of the story that didn’t veer off a cliff. Thanks for sharing these.

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