Winter Anime 2017 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!

There’s one change this year. The ‘Worst Show’ category will now be renamed the ‘Worst Show I Finished’. I feel it’s unfair to give a ‘Worst Show’ award to a show I watch one episode of.


Worst OP

“Jitensha ni Hana wa Mau” by AOP – Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

Winner: Minami Kamakura High School Girls Cycling Club

This is literally the only OP of everything I watched that I didn’t like, that’s just how damn good the music was this season for me. This song isn’t even that terrible, but it’s just very plain, as the show very much is as well.


Worst Story

 

Fuuka

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Youjo Senki

Winner: Masamune-kun no Revenge

The plot of this show was the main reason I got intrigued. A fat kid after being left heartbroken by a bitch of a girl loses all the weight and becomes essentially the hottest guy in school. He aims to seduce this same girl so he can get his revenge and break her heart. There could have been so many interesting twists and turns and a good ending to it, but instead the show is mostly filler, the twists they try to throw in don’t really offer anything to the story and then on top of that, the ending is nothing. It’s hoping for a second season that I don’t plan on watching even if it gets the green light.


Biggest Disappointment

 

Fuuka

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Youjo Senki

Winner: Masamune-kun no Revenge

As I just mentioned earlier, this show really had my interest and it really didn’t do anything to affirm that interest I had. The show wasn’t terrible to the point of dropping it, like I did with so many other shows, but it just didn’t offer what was I hoping for. I wasn’t all that engaged, I wasn’t laughing along with a lot of the humour, hell I don’t even have a “best girl” in that show. The show didn’t deliver.


Best Start, Shit Finish

 

Fuuka

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Youjo Senki

Winner: Fuuka

This show at one point during the season was in my Top 3. It was kicking all kinds of musical ass, had a really interesting love triangle starting to form and looked absolutely gorgeous. Then in the second half, the show played the same song over and over again and the love triangle turned into the most childish, frustrating storyline I have watched in a while in terms of an anime I actually finished. I was so into this show and the central character that I had fallen in love with basically pissed all that good will away by Episode 10.


Worst Male Character

 

Masamune Makabe – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Jyugo – Nanbaka

Winner: Jyugo

These were the only two I was cross with at any point this season, which is surprising because I usually list every male character as a bad character. In this case, a lot of it has to do with Jyugo being a bad character since the very beginning, he’s very one-dimensional and a frustration to watch, he’s basically walking self-doubt and it gets super annoying after a while. And when this second season took a light break from the comedy for a more story-driven, battle heavy season, his bullshit really came into the light this season especially.


Worst Female Character

 

Fuuka Akitsuki – Fuuka

Raphiel Shiraha – Gabriel Dropout

Quetzalcoatl – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Viktoriya Serebryakova – Youjo Senki

Winner: Quetzalcoatl

Fuuka got really annoying towards the end, Raphiel is a giant pain in the ass, Viktoriya basically is a useless “main character”, but Quetzalcoatl is literally a one-purpose character for one joke that gets tossed around over and over and over again. While I don’t mind that kind of comedy, when every other character in that show was fantastic, a lifeless character really stands out. Hell, she’s a big breasted character and she still doesn’t even look that good! It’s anime! How is that even possible?!


Worst Show I Finished

 

 

Fuuka

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Youjo Senki

Winner: Masamune-kun no Revenge

Given the awards already, this seems pretty obvious. The show had such an interesting concept and did nothing with it and the entire season there really wasn’t a standout episode that really pushed it to the forefront. The show just did enough to not be terrible and while Fuuka really frustrated me towards the end and Youjo Senki really didn’t hold the awesome start it had, Masamune just never came to be anything the entire way through.


Best OP

“Shadow and Truth” by ONE III NOTES – ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka

“Ikken Rakuchaku Goyoujin” by Earphones – Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

“Original” by TrySail – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

“Climber’s High” by Manami Numakura – Fuuka

“Aozora no Rhapsody” by fhána – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

 

Winner: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

This award would’ve gone to Fuuka, but because it got overplayed so much during the show, I couldn’t take it anymore. My second choice then is Demi-chan and not even because it’s the second best song. The animation that plays during the OP is so cute and looks so perfect for what the show is. It’s one of two OPs that I watched every episode, Kobayashi being the other and thus the runner-up.


Best Art Direction

 

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Fuuka

Nanbaka

Youjo Senki

Winner: Fuuka

Despite my harsh feelings against the last three episodes of the show, Fuuka overall looked absolutely gorgeous. The character detail was solid and any anime that has people playing music on stage and I actually think they’re playing the exact notes and beats of the song, mad props to that!


Best Character Design

 

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Fuuka

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Nanbaka

Winner: Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

For Kanna alone, Kobayashi wins. But the variation in characters, of course the dragons specifically, they really added a ton of life to the already joyful show. And yes this even includes this season’s worst character, but let’s be honest, Fafnir, Tohru and Kanna are the real standouts here.


Best Story

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Fuuka

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Nanbaka

Youjo Senki

Winner: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

For the shows I watched this season, there really weren’t any solid stories all the way through. But what Demi-chan did aside from the other four is that it stuck to its narrative and didn’t suddenly adjust to evoke emotion in you, because you’re supposed to feel emotional. Every episode contributed more to the same story, a human trying to learn more about demi-humans. That was it and the show stuck to it and stayed on track and by doing so, offered a real interesting story, not to mention some real life applications with racism and sexism that aren’t revolving around people yelling online.


Funniest Show

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Gabriel Dropout

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Winner: Gabriel Dropout

Satania and her melon bread alone really brings the humour, but the show in its entirety doesn’t slack off. Gabriel is a fantastic main character that would make Umaru proud, Vignette’s struggles of being the nicest demon ever is fantastic and even Raphiel gets some shit eventually with her peeping maid. There’s so much to talk about in terms of humour with this show, there’s no doubt in my mind that if you’re looking for a show to just kick back and laugh your ass off, this is the one this season you should be going to.


Most WTF?! Inducing Show

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Gabriel Dropout

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Nanbaka

Winner: Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

For nearly getting dropped and then coming out with an episode that makes fun and references some of the most random professional wrestling references and then following that the next episode by shitting all over card game anime, that alone generates a lot of fun levels of “WTF?!”. Then there’s of course the Street Fighter episode and then the majority of the show when it comes to the random stripping. Show is chalk full of WTF?! moments.


Best Ecchi

Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Fuuka

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Masamune-kun no Revenge

Winner: Fuuka

Honestly, I don’t even count Fuuka (who is gorgeous) and Koyuki (who’s cute) in this equation. Literally the couple of times Hibiki, Yuu’s older sister is either naked or damn near close and then the shower scene with Sara, those two girls completely pushed the needle all the way up and then broke the meter. Akiba’s Trip came close by quantity, but in the end Fuuka wins by sheer quality of work.


Best Screencap

01

 

— Something so dangerous, yet so adorable and funny looking — Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

 

01

 

— A callback to one of my favourite episodes from the first season — Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

 

— The best/worst mother you could ever have — Masamune-kun no Revenge

 

01

 

— Yes, pat me! — Nanbaka

 

01

 

— The single scariest screencap of a child I may ever take in an anime — Youjo Senki

 

Winner: Youjo Senki

When the face Tanya has is so damn creepy and funny and awesome all at the same time, it becomes my Twitter avatar and I’ve been wanting to change it for weeks now, but I can’t get myself to change it because it’s such a good picture…yeah, that’s more than enough to get this award in my eyes. I only wish Tanya was like this the entire season rather than really that one episode.


Sexiest Screencap

 

— Matome showing off the best butt in anime this season! — Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

 

01

 

— Usually it’s a male vampire enjoying a lovely lady, but no complaints from me here! — Demi-chan wa Kataritai

 

 

— Sara showing off the second-best butt in anime this season! — Fuuka

 

01

 

— Sometimes a swimsuit gets matched so perfectly to a girl AND is still sexy as fuck! — Fuuka

 

01

 

— Why I’m glad I have no sisters, let alone attractive ones — Fuuka

 

Winner: Fuuka (Hibiki in her underwear on the couch)

As I said in the ‘Best Ecchi’ award, Hibiki really set the tone for gorgeous anime girls this season. With this shot alone, she did something that rarely happens with me: I got really interested in an anime girl that was older than the average anime girl. Her topless out of the shower shot was pretty good too, but this shot really takes the cake.


Best Couple/Duo

Hikari/Himari – Demi-chanwa Kataritai

Hikari/Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Kyouko/Tetsuo – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Kobayashi/Tohru – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Honey/Trois – Nanbaka

Winner: Hikari/Tetsuo

This is mostly due to Hikari just owning every time she’s on camera, but she really does shine the best when she’s alone with Tetsuo. She has her moments with the girls, but with him, she opens up and on top of that as at her goofiest, which is her strong point and then some. When those two were together, I was always smiling as wide as possible without hurting myself, they’re that good together.


Sexiest Female Character

Sakie Satou – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Fuuka Akitsuki – Fuuka

Hibiki Haruna – Fuuka

Sara Iwami – Fuuka

Darkness – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Winner: Hibiki Haruna

For being one of very few “older” women in anime to grab my full attention, this was a no brainer. Sara tried really hard towards the end with her shower scene, but in the end I have to give props to a character that manages to do something few ever do. This season was a lot lighter on ecchi than I thought it would’ve been, but especially in Hibiki’s case, she made the moments she got really count! Holy hell!


Sexiest Female Character (in secret)

Matome Mayonaka – Akiba’s Trip: The Animation

Kyouko Machi – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Megumin – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Tae Futaba – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Yoshino Koiwai – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Winner: Tae Futaba

For being a character that literally has fuck all to do with the show and is as much of a side character as one can be, Tae stands out anyway and in a show where there are two girls you’re supposed to focus on AND a tiny girl with giant boobs, Tae still ends up being the hottest girl on the show, in my opinion. She won the swimsuit episode without any contest and I only wish she got a lot more attention in th show because she deserved it.


Prettiest Female Character

Kyouko Machi – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Fuuka Akitsuki – Fuuka

Megumin – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Aki Adagaki – Masamune-kun no Revenge

Tae Futaba- Masamune-kun no Revenge

Winner: Megumin

Come on, how is Megumin not the prettiest girl?! Maybe it’s just me and my major bias with her, but man is she such a pretty girl. While Darkness is hot and Aqua is glamorous, Megumin sets the tone for being cute while retaining a hidden beauty. Least that’s in my eyes, I’m sure most people would pick Fuuka from my list without hesitation. Bah! You just don’t see it!


Best Male Character

Tetsuo Takahashi – Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Yuu Haruna – Fuuka

Kazuma Satou – Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Hajime Sugoroku – Nanbaka

Fafnir – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Winner: Kazuma Satou

There’s some real good in here, but Kazuma really turned things up a notch this second season of Konosuba. He was even more deplorable, gave less fucks and was crazier than he’s ever been. And for a show like Konosuba, it couldn’t have been better.


Best Female Character

Hikari TakanashiDemi-chan wa Kataritai Kanna Kamui – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Fuuka Akitsuki Fuuka Kanna Kamui – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Satanichia Kurumizawa McDowellGabriel Dropout Kanna Kamui – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Kanna Kamui – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon Kanna Kamui – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Tanya DegurechaffYoujo Senki

Winner: Kanna Kamui

This isn’t even a question, I would love to hear from anyone who watched anime this season AND watched Kobayashi to tell me why the character they picked as the best female character of the entire season is better than Kanna! Every single moment this adorable girl was on-screen, I was done, I couldn’t stop smiling and wanting to give her the biggest hug ever! She stole the show every single time she appears, I’m honestly picking her to win this award at the end of the year as well. I’d love to see someone try to beat her.


Best Show

Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Gabriel Dropout

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon

Nanbaka

 

Winner: Demi-chan wa Kataritai

Out of all the shows I watched this season, without a shadow of a doubt the show that stayed consistently good was Demi-chan. Every other show had a lull moment, or its consistency wasn’t as high as Demi-chan kept. That was the show I was excited the most to watch after Week 1 and it pretty much stayed that way all the way through. Others rose and dropped, but Demi-chan always stayed at or near the top. It’s a show that doesn’t demand too much from you and yet entertains you almost as much as an over-the-top show like Konosuba or Gabriel. It’s such a good show and I hope that it’ll find a way to bring a second season, though I suspect this was a one and done.


And there we are, there’s my best of this season awards! Hope you enjoyed them, don’t forget to leave your own winners in the comments below! See you in the spring!

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One comment

  1. Masamune-kun no Revenge does have an interesting story but it went downhill after the third episode.

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