This has been sitting in my drafts for like 2 weeks because I wasn’t sure I wanted to embarrass myself getting passionate over a stupid anime awards thing but here it is I guess!
TL;DR: I’m very angry about Yuri on Ice winning things it didn’t deserve and Mob Psycho 100 deserved better.
So recently, Crunchyroll hosted the Anime Awards as a new thing starting this year with all of the 2016 anime eligible. Which is a pretty cool thing in my opinion! I saw the results the other day and I was extremely disappointed in a lot of the outcomes. To make an attempt at trying to make this rant as calm and collected as possible, I’ll go through each category winner and give my opinion.
Hero of the Year winner: Izuku “Deku” Midoriya
I was perfectly fine with Deku winning, in fact I voted for him! I found him to be the very definition of what a hero should be (determined, selfless, brave) and even though he wasn’t very talented or strong at the very beginning, he worked extremely hard to try to at least be as good as his peers, and in the end he ended up surpassing his longtime rival!
Villain of the Year winner: Gaku Yashiro
I’m okay with Yashiro winning, although I would’ve preferred Yoshikage Kira to win this category. I found Kira to be a better, more interesting, and more well written villain than Yashiro.
Best Boy winner: Yuri Katsuki
I really wish Reigen Arataka would’ve won this one… This is one of the categories that I feel like the nominees were unfairly chosen. Yuri isn’t even “best boy” material in my opinion.
Best Girl winner: Rem
I STRONGLY agree with this one. Rem is such a sweet and caring girl and one of those characters that just make you smile every time you see them. And not only was she sweet, but she was also super strong too!
Best Fight Scene winner: Shigeo vs. Koyama
I 100% agree with this one, (no pun intended) not only was the animation amazing and unique but the complete 180 in who was pummeling the other after Shigeo went 100% was really cool! And it’s not even the best fight in Mob Psycho 100, which is the crazy part.
Best Animation winner: Yuri!! on ICE
Are you.. Are you kidding me? Yuri on ICE’s animation was extremely poorly done especially at all the parts where characters were ice skating. (which should’ve been the focal point of the show, considering it is an ICE SKATING anime) Someone even made a Twitter dedicated to posting screenshots of poorly drawn frames. Mob Psycho 100 should’ve won this category, but because Yuri on ICE is so popular, it got sadly overlooked by people who only cared about the show itself rather than the animation. I mean, how can you even compare this to this?
Most Heartwarming Scene winner: “The Kiss”
Definitely not well deserved either, the kiss scene in Yuri on ICE was definitely not heartwarming at all, it was meant to be more shocking than anything. I mean it literally was just 2 dudes kissing, not even in a romantic setting or anything. It was nice to see that their relationship was actually confirmed but up against “Kayo’s first home-cooked meal” it shouldn’t have stood a chance if people didn’t just vote
Best Drama winner: ERASED
ERASED was a fantastic drama, it definitely deserved this one.
Best Couple winner: Viktor and Yuri
I actually agree with this one, it’s the only award that I think Yuri on ICE actually deserved.
Best Comedy winner: Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto!
Don’t really have a strong opinion on this one, would’ve preferred Keijo to win but this is fine.
Best Action winner: Mob Psycho 100
Very well deserved, Mob Psycho 100 is action-packed yet still maintains a good story line and occasional comedy relief.
Best Opening winner: Yuri!! on ICE
Out of the nominees listed, This was my least favorite opening. I don’t enjoy the song too much and the animation is just really boring? Mob Psycho 100 should’ve gotten this one as its opening was pure eye candy and had a catchy song to match.
To compare, here’s Yuri on ICE’s and Mob Psycho 100’s opening.
Best Closing winner: Yuri!! on ICE
This one makes me really mad to be honest. Yuri on ICE had an ending that was just still shots panned across the screen with yet another boring song. Mob Psycho 100’s ending was animated with OIL PAINT on GLASS, one of the hardest forms of animation out there and although it didn’t have may favorite song out of the nominee’s (that would have to go to Space Patrol Luluco) it still had a song that I thought was better than Yuri on ICE’s.
Again to compare, here’s Yuri on ICE’s and Mob Psycho 100’s ending.
Anime of the Year Winner: Yuri!! on ICE
Where do I even begin… I expected it but I didn’t want it to happen. Yuri on ICE was about average, it definitely didn’t deserve “Anime of the Year” status. The only reason it won was because it became wildly popular due to the fact the two main characters were gay, which that in itself is a great thing! Unfortunately Yuri on ICE lacked an interesting plot and any character development and was essentially hiding that under the guise of “Hey look we have two gay dudes in our show!” which kind of irked me a little bit. And a lot of the fans that liked the show only liked it because they were too busy fetishizing the gay characters to notice how terrible the animation and everything else was.
Anyways that’s my two cents on this, if you read through all of this I applaud you. This is almost 1000 words oh my god.
Today’s song is: Yes! Party Time!! by Shunryuu