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I decided to give away some awards in the form of recognition to several different series. I’m doing this now due to the massive list of stuff I have yet to write official reviews for, and If I started on any of them before I did this, this would get delayed over and over again.
Most of these awards are amusing, some are serious. Additionally, most are either slightly insulting or ridiculing, while some are complimentary.
So, I am doing so now so I won’t forget to do so later. Onto the awards!
S&M Dungeon Award (for the series that seems the most fetish inspired): Super-Dreadnought Girl 4946
A strange story of a guy who gets eaten at points by a 50 meter tall girl. Macrophilia and vore. Thanks to Cracked, I know the names for those.
Honorable Mention: Charger Girl. However, I decided the violence towards women from a parallel universe wasn’t really a fetish, as much as they seem to enjoy it.
Tomb Raider Series Award (for the most stubborn refusal to die): Bleach
Bleach had a specific point where it could have ended perfectly, but it instead decided to jump the shark, and it shows. The anime, being way behind the manga, has about another year or two before it hits the point I am talking about.
Honorable Mention: I know of no others suitable.
Blonde Cheerleader in a Horror Movie Award (for the series that became most clichéd): Sora No Otoshimono
It may have started out original, but it instantly fell into a mess of overused tropes and unoriginal concepts.
Honorable Mention: None again.
Bulk Box of Razor Blades Award (for the series with the most whiny, angsty character): Neon Genesis Evangelion
Honestly,only reason the male protagonist doesn’t listen to My Chemical Romance and cut himself is the author simply didn’t draw it. We all know he (the character) probably would have, if he had thought of it.
Honorable Mention: Grave Of The Fireflies was a contender for a short while, but there wasn’t really any pointless angst.
Panel Van into Camper Van Award (for the series that uses a fetish character in a non fetish and non H way): Boku No Futatsu No Tsubasa
The author took a character that appears in H fetish media, and then turned them into an interesting main character of a series. There’s even first love and other such scenes. Quite daring, and it seems to have worked out there.
Honorable Mention: Nothing else was quite this daring. Sure other series may use a fetish in a new way, but not to the extent Boku No Futatsu No Tsubasa does with its male? female? character.
Windows Vista Service Pack Award (for an upcoming item that may improve the media type as a whole, or may just be the worst thing ever.): Sonicomi
Judging by the ads and game-play clips, Sonicomi seems to have a whole new level of interaction with the characters in it-it seems to be doing something new with VNs and that genre. Maybe it will be copied. Maybe it will be horribly broken. Maybe it won’t be at all like they show it. But it isn’t out yet, and we don’t know what it will do.
Honorable Mention: Another hands-down winner!
Brand-New Hippie Bus Award (for the serwith a rather out of place item that in other areas, is quite common): The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya
An amazingly fun series…that happens to have a moeblob character. She’s just out of place, yet works quite well. Common in other mangas and animes, not expected to appear in a series that starts with The Melancholy Of…
Honorable Mention: Yet another uncontested victory
Greater London One-Way System Award(for the series that didn’t really plan itself out very well): Nogizaka Haruka No Himitsu
Never has there been a better example of did not do the research when writing this out. Specifically, the character of Nogizaka Haruka. For an otaku, she isn’t, well, otaku.
Honorable Mention: The lack of research or though does show in so many others, so I won’t even begin to list them. But the above was the most glaring.
Gold Dog Biscuit Award (for the series that continues to do what it does as well as it does): Ah! My Goddess (Oh! My Goddess, Aa! Megamisama)
It started out pretty good, and it kept and continues to keep a consistent level of being good.
Honorable Mention: No other long running series was as consistently good as Aa! Megamisama, so I won’t even bother to mention series like Bleach or that Magister Negi Magi series or any of the others.
Vietnam War Memorial Award (for the series that sounds bad at first, but is worthwhile once experienced): My Ordinary Life (Nichijou)
Remember all the objection to the proposed Veitnam War Memorial? And, yet, once it was made, everyone (for the most part) liked it? Nichijou (My Ordinary Life) is like that. Just from looking at the title you think it’s going to be another Lucky Star or YuruYuri. But it isn’t-first: it’s good. It is a series that is fun to watch, engrossing, and really just has fun with it’s stories.
Honorable Mention: This is essentially the good surprise of the year. There wasn’t any contention for this award that I encountered. There is plenty of contention for the kick in the crotch award, but I decided not to have one.
Series Of The Year Award (for, quite obviously, the best series I read this year): School Shock
Imagine Evangelion with all the suck and angst removed (well, a little may remain.) Now, imagine the square/cube law applied, so the mecha are replaced with cybernetic people. Okay, nanomachines (as actual machines, not programmed cells or man-made proteins) are not likely to exist, due to that pesky square/cube law, but a giant robot is even more glaringly impossible. It tells an interesting story, does a good job of telling the story and developing the characters, and yet it is also one other highly important thing. In other worst, the series is immersive. My only complaint is that they do like to run fan art (especially when they want to delay something to build up suspense.)
Honorable Mention: I went with a series that I started reading or watching and read or watched all this year, and was the best over all the rest. Some series regarded as greats (that I do agree with those other reviewers) such as Ah! My Goddess and Neon Genesis Evangelion were on the list. But I started NGE four years ago (maybe more, maybe less) and Ah! My Goddess last year. School Shock was the only leftover that I started and finished this year.
And, for those who care, the media associated with each series:
Super-Dreadnought Girl 4946: Scanned
Bleach: Watched (Crunchyroll and netflix) and Scanned
Sora No Otoshimono: Scanned- I even was recommended the series and the site in this case
Neon Genesis Evangelion: Local library for all the first books, last few chapters scanned
Boku No Futatsu No Tsubasa: Scanned
Sonicomi: the Supersonico website and online video ads
The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya: Crunchyroll (it’s a scan too!)
Ah! My Goddess: Library. Scanned the most recent few chapters (but, hey, I’m buying them when the new volume is out)
Nichijou (My Ordinary Life): Crunchyroll
School Shock: Scanned
Feel free to have differing opinions. I kept my personal opinions out of this article. Longer descriptions are for when I felt there was a need to take more words to describe what I am mentioning with the award. Some were much simpler to do, like the Super-Dreadnought Girl 4946.
Reviews of all series I mention here that I haven’t discussed yet will be coming soon.
And seriously, this list did have english official and english native series in contention for it. However, many good and/or worthwhile series won’t make it to the U.S. Mostly, it’s because of supposed lack of interest. If you read this list, read those mentioned series. They all have something going for them, no matter how insane they are. If you like them, write to the publisher or author. Write to one of the U.S. distributors and ask that they try to make a series available.
And in the wake of the public library where I live almost going private, seriously, support your local library. What other place lets you sit around all day and read? Apart from scans, there is no better way to preview a series.