The Anime A to Z Awards!

Welcome, one and all, to the Anime A to Z awards!
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Highlighting many of the titles this challenge had to offer, from unexpected and hidden gems to unique and interesting, being forced to select anime based on the alphabet has allowed for the discovery of many anime I normally would not have watched.

And what better way to commemorate some of these anime but with awards?
In addition to the awards I’ve already given them, of course.

I will be handing out 10 awards across multiple categories, as well as nominating anime for these categories. Yes, this awards post is stacked, and yes, it’s rigged as I am both nominating anime and choosing the winners. I prefer to use the word “guided”, as I guide the awards to the appropriate anime.

Here we go!

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Winners get to take home this lovely watermelon!

Nominees

First off, the completed list from the Anime A to Z Challenge!

What a journey it’s been, there are so many great anime in this list.

If you’re actually interested in reading what I have to say prior to reading the winner, just try not to scroll too fast. I’ll put some dots prior to the winner so you know when to stop scrolling, if you’re actually into this and don’t just skim it like I’m sure 99% of you will! But then I’m sure all you skimmers will skip this part and jump to the big headers anyways, so if you’re reading this… good on you!

So let’s begin with some awards.

The Super! Natural Award

Nominations – Devilman Crybaby, Higurashi, Rozen Maiden, xxxHOLiC, Zetsuen no Tempest.

This award goes to the most super supernatural anime of the bunch. We had quite a few anime that featured some supernatural occurrences, and there is most definitely an argument for all of them to receive this award. However, one anime stood out from the rest here, for having the widest breadth and depth of supernatural content, and being the one anime that derived the majority of it’s enjoyment from it’s supernatural content.

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And the winner is – xxxHOLiC!
Congratulations!

While the other nominees had their merits, xxxHOLiC defined itself as THE prime supernatural anime, not only incorporating supernatural elements into the story, but making them the prime focus. It’s one of the only anime that I’ve enjoyed solely due to the supernatural content, which managed to elevate the anime despite it’s less enjoyable protagonist.


The Short, But Sweet Award

Nominations – Eve no Jikan, Kujibiki Unbalance (OVA), Plastic Neesan, Quiz Magic Academy, Weiss Survive.

This award is for the best of the anime that were on the shorter side, with either less and/or shorter than normal episodes. We ended up watching a few of these sweet shorts, and once again it’s a tough decision to make as many of them were quite enjoyable. This is a close race, but the answer is clear to me.

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And the winner is – Kujibiki Unbalance (OVA)!
Congratulations.

This was a close race, as many of these short anime were a pleasant surprise. They may be short, but they sure bring a lot of enjoyment to the table. But in the end, Kujibiki Unbalance (OVA) takes the top spot for me because it managed to tell what felt like a long and complete story using only three disjointed episodes. While only three episodes, I felt as if I had walked alongside the characters on their journey, through the tough times and misunderstandings. Kujibiki Unbalance (OVA) is truly a work of art in it’s own right.


The Did Not Finish Award

Nominations – Devilman Crybaby.

This award is for the anime that I simply could not finish, due to one circumstance or another. While I watched many anime in the A to Z challenge, there was one anime in particular that I just could not get through, no matter how hard I tried. I just couldn’t do it.

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And the winner is – Devilman Crybaby!
Congratulations!

Another close race, Devilman Crybaby takes the cake for the Did Not Finish Award. While the art style itself never grew on me in this anime from the beginning, I did my best to continue watching. However, the excessive gore and other factors on top of the art style were just too much for me to want to continue after the fifth episode. Some things are best left unseen, and Devilman Crybaby definitely fits that category for me.


The Prime Investigator Award

Nominations – Higurashi, Seishun Buta Yarou, Zetsuen no Tempest.

This award is for the anime that best utilized mystery elements in order to keep me on the edge of my seat, turning me into a make-shift detective as I continued to watch. Regardless of how puzzling they may have been, the winner is the anime that best delivered enjoyment through it’s mysteries.

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And the winner is – Zetsuen no Tempest!
Congratulations!

While both Higurashi and Seishun Buta Yarou had some excellent mystery elements to them, it was none other than Zetsuen no Tempest that had me really taking on the role of an investigative viewer. An anime of the highest quality that contained so many genres, but the mystery element quickly became the strongest quality it had to offer!


The Hidden Gem Award

Nominataions – Eve no Jikan, Flip Flappers, Genshiken, Quiz Magic Academy, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome.

This award goes to the anime that I never knew existed prior to watching, and maybe you didn’t either! While there were many anime I hadn’t heard of prior to the A to Z challenge, these anime in particular are of the lesser known variety, at least I believe them to be. Perhaps they were more well known when they first came out, but now is a different case.

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And the winner is – Eve no Jikan!
Congratulations!

An anime that wasn’t afraid to use it’s own style, Eve no Jikan was an anime that really impressed me. The premise seemed interesting, and once I jumped in I found myself unable to stop until I had finished this short gem. Eve no Jikan is most definitely one of the first anime titles that comes to mind when I think of a hidden gem.


The What Did I Just Watch? Award

Nominations – Ore Twintail ni Narimasu, Plastic Neesan, Quiz Magic Academy, Weiss Survive, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome.

This award goes to the anime that, for some reason or another, used ridiculous situations / concepts / characters as a part of it’s identity. Each anime had me wondering what exactly it was I had just seen, but there was one anime in particular that had me thinking this – so much so that I included these words in my review of it!

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And the winner is – Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome!
Congratulations!

In a moment of redemption for the art style of Devilman Crybaby, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome, created by the same studio, managed to really make the distinct art style shine by creating a vivid and interesting movie that featured abstract art, concepts and premises. An excellent movie that most definitely left me trying to figure out what exactly had just happened after a very interesting viewing experience.


The Sublime Environments Award

Nominations – Flip Flappers, No Game No Life: Zero, Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome.

This award goes to the anime that delivered an outstanding art style, using sublime backgrounds and vibrant colours… the anime that essentially caught my eye and left me more than impressed with what I was seeing. An anime that delivered quality art / animation / backgrounds, and has remained in my memory as a result.

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And the winner is – Flip Flappers!
Congratulations!

Of all the anime I watched in the A to Z challenge, Flip Flappers takes the cake as the most beautiful and colourful anime. In reality it’s probably one of the most colourful anime I’ve ever seen. The plethora of fantasy worlds visited in this anime, each with it’s own colour palette really helped to create a series of different visual experiences. The final product was a perfectly colourful journey that was well worth the watch.


The Straight-Laced Award

Nominations – Jormungand, No Game No Life: Zero, Rozen Maiden, True Tears, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199, Zetsuen no Tempest.

This award goes to the anime that delivered the best “straight-laced” story. Minimal comedy, and more emphasis on serious tones / action. Better remembered as an exciting / thrilling anime than anything else, although it may have brought more than just that to the table.

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And the winner is – Jormungand!
Congratulations!

Out of all of the nominees, Jormungand by far sticks out in my mind as the most cinematic and straight-laced anime. While some of the other nominees boasted some excellent stories and enjoyable experiences, they were simply unable to compete with the raw serious action Jormungand had to offer. Like a hollywood movie in anime form, Jormungand delivered a superb straight-laced experience.


The A Lot Has Happened Award

Nominations – Black Cat, Cross Ange, Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu, Love Live! School Idol Project, Mahou Senshi Louie, Rozen Maiden, Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199, Vandread.

This award goes to the anime that was all about the journey. The kind of anime that leaves you thinking “A lot has happened” when you’re done. Story and character progression are key for this anime, combining to create an experience that feels like a true journey, and something well worth remembering.

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And the winner is – Cross Ange!
Congratulations!

While many of the nominees definitely had what it takes to earn this award, in the end Cross Ange stood out to me as the anime that delivered BOTH on story and character progression. Ange is a great character that experiences so much growth, over the course of a story that also sees a lot of progression, with many twists and turns along the way. It was a journey that I thoroughly enjoyed.


The Best of the Best Award

Nominations – Cross Ange, Genshiken, Jormungand, No Game No Life: Zero, Seishun Buta Yarou, Zetsuen no Tempest.

This award goes out to my pick for the best anime of the A to Z challenge. This is by far the tightest race of all the awards, with many anime that provided some truly amazing entertainment. While I would say that my enjoyment across all 26 anime was well above average for the most part, these titles managed to go even further beyond.

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And the winner is – No Game No Life: Zero!
Congratulations!

Back when I first watched No Game No Life: Zero, I knew that this anime was likely going to be my pick for the best anime of the A to Z challenge. While Seishun Buta Yarou is without a doubt one of my favourite anime of all time, and led me to write in-depth character analyses for each of the main characters, I think when it comes down to it, No Game No Life: Zero provided a level of awe and amazement that just can’t be overstated. It truly was an amazing experience, backed up by my absolute love for No Game No Life and the world it has to offer.

That said, I’d like to point out that the competition: Cross Ange, Genshiken, Jormungand, Seishun Buta Yarou, and Zetsuen no Tempest were all amazing anime that I couldn’t recommend enough. You really couldn’t go wrong with any of these titles.

In the end, the real winner was ME!
For getting to enjoy so many great anime.
Which also means, that watermelon is mine!

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Overall, it was a worthwhile journey through 26 anime, many of which I had either never heard of or had neglected to watch prior. Jormungand and Zetsuen no Tempest are some examples of anime I had read the synopsis for and skipped over in the past.. Having to work within the confines of the alphabet forced me to concede and just watch these anime, and I was well rewarded with some amazing anime.

And then there’s anime like Genshiken, Flip Flappers, Eve no Jikan… titles I hadn’t known existed, well I’m glad I was able to find and watch them.

The Anime A to Z challenge was a smashing success!
And thanks to all of you who have followed along this whole time.

This marks the end of the Anime A to Z challenge on this blog, but don’t worry. I have other challenges in mind for the future (one collab – oriented), some of which may be a little odd. They may not be as long-winded as the A to Z, but you’ll just have to wait and see for whenever I decide to pull the trigger on another anime challenge.

Until next time,
Thanks for reading!

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8 thoughts on “The Anime A to Z Awards!

  1. Glad you did this series, these were fun to read. And congrats on making it all the way to the end.

    I’ve watched at least parts of 10 out of these 26, with three (Love Live, xxxHolic, and unfortunately Louie) on my DVD shelf. I think our widest difference of opinion was on Quiz Magic Academy, which I watched a few years ago and found rather dull. Though in fairness I may have been biased by watching the first Little Witch Academia movie right around the same time; QMA didn’t leave much of an impression on me by comparison.

    Since you liked Time of Eve, I’d also recommend Pale Cocoon, which is another short sci-fi movie by the same director.

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    1. Thanks Wingking!

      I can see why QMA would seem dull, honestly I think I was just in the right mood at the right time for a short and incoherent anime.

      Also I’ll make note of Pale Cocoon, thanks!

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  3. Wow! That’s quite an extensive list!

    “The Super! Natural Award”

    Very glad to see xxxHOLiC win! I’d love to see it get more recognition!

    “The Sublime Environments Award”

    Also glad to see Flip Flappers take this one. The Pure Illusion environments were very imaginative!

    “The A Lot Has Happened Award”

    Cross Ange? Thank you for recognizing this series, for “BOTH on story and character progression.” It ended in a place very, very different than where it started, and I loved it for that!

    “The Best of the Best Award”

    No Game No Life: Zero is a great choice, even among its competition. Despite how much I loved No Game No Life, I haven’t talked much about No Game No Life: Zero, because even more than a year after watching it, I can’t frame it. It was too painful. It was too powerful. What the characters went through hit me pretty hard. Sure, it was fun seeing Jibril in her prime, but… I’m glad to see you give it the recognition that I haven’t been able to!

    “In the end, the real winner was ME!”

    Go ahead and add your readers to that list of winners, too! I had a lot of fun reading this post!

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