AniBloggers Choice Anime Awards 2012: Winners

•April 6, 2013 • 14 Comments

The ACAA this year was just as successful as last years (minus my hiccup with the late post; My apologies guys it wont happen again) That said the total number of bloggers who participated grew but the votes were less. This is because this year I forced every site to unanimously decide among its own members which shows they declared as a unit to be the best. This made my Job easier and theirs more interesting, or ferocious depending on how opinionated they were.

The Result was rather astounding and to be honest pretty impressive. Here are te shows your favourite Anime pundits have declared were the best that aired in 2012.

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The Kidd’s Top 12 Anime of 2012

•January 1, 2013 • 17 Comments

Just like last year here are my top anime picks of 2012, these are also my nominations for the 2012 version of the Anibloggers Choice Anime Awards.

12 -Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online

I seem to always be on the apologetic side of the blogosphere when it comes to these polarising shows. Last year I added Fractale to my list completely unironically and that brought me some flack, I have a feeling this might too. Sure I haven’t completed SAO yet but that doesn’t erase the fact that all the SAO Ive seen so far has been entertaining. Its not as good as I or we all thought it had the potential to be but its still good.

This is a show that makes the list simply because of its unique MMO in real life premise. The way the characters have to switch their mindsets from fantasy to real life survival in a world that is purely fantasy is fascinating to watch. I’d recommend SAO to any anime fan any day.

11-Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Natsuyuki-Rendezvous

Natsuyuki’s first 5 episodes is the best anime of 2012. Just like Hanasaku Iroha last year the show delves into the meh zone after it loses touch with what its actually good at in the second half (Im never gonna let that HanaIro thing go am I). Im a sucker for Josei and Natsuyuki’s story about a middle aged widow falling in love with a much much younger man was something that was not only new to me but the anime fandom as a whole. The comedy kept the show light enough to watch during some of those dreary somber moments and the fantasy elements added something a little special to the mix too.

10-Hyouka

Hyouka

What do you get when you mix KyoAni with a lot of money trying to show off? You get Hyouka. Animation, animation, animation. Hyouka’s overarching storyline may not have been the stuff of Legend but the one off episodic mysteries are what kept me coming back for more. Id also be a fool to deny the fact that the character designs kept me watching. The boys were just as cute as the girls if not more. It was a good year for cute boys doing cute things.

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Crafting A Masterpiece: A Children’s Tale of Environmentalism, War and Feminism

•December 18, 2012 • 8 Comments

Im one of those guys that is incredibly skeptical about so called “Anime Classics” I have been burned and disappointed on more than one occasion. Which is part of the reason why I was so reluctant to actually sit down and watch Hayao Miyazaki’s so called Coup de Gras “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.” This was his first feature on an original project and the beginning of what would be an illustrious career at Studio Ghibli, a studio he pretty much funded off of this film.

Nausicaa

I decided to finally take the plunge  after going through my entire Ghibli backlog. I am glad to say the hype was true. Nausicaa had production values that were clearly way ahead of its time, a true pioneer and benchmark for what could be done in animation at the time and heck even today. The hand drawn colorful canvas in motion was simply breathtaking to look at and the realisation that one of my favourite scenes in the movie was animated by Hideaki Anno came as no surprise at all.

Eva 4.0 wait wut

Visuals aside the most astounding and impactful attributes of this anime are its underlying themes, such as Environmentalism. Sure by now most Miyazaki fans know the man has a fetish for nature and this is his most obvious outlet for the subject in all of his works. I found it quite interesting that he chose a childrens film to “preach” his message, was he trying to instill his beliefs in the children at a young age or was a family film the best way to subtly put his message across to as many people as possible. Either way, Miyazaki finds a way to make you think about the environment in a different light. The Jungle is both a threat and a deliverance to the humans in this world.

Its a threat because it is the home to the generally violent(when provoked) over-sized insects and a deliverance because it takes in all the toxic air that is slowly destroying the planet. Miyazaki manages to create an ironic conundrum that forces the viewer to make an introspective choice as to what they would do in such a situation. i.e resort to violence and destroy the woods that are home to the violent insects or keep the woods and continue to live with the growing threat of being exterminated by said insects. The 3rd choice comes in the form of making peace with nature which is the role that Nausicaa plays.

The Ohmu

I also found some underlying themes relating to the use of weapons of mass destruction for war. The scene in which “The Warrior” emerges to destroy the insects is a direct representation of what happened in Hiroshima. The humans from each tribe  are constantly at war simply to control this “Warrior” which in the end does more harm than good to the environment. The fact that the very reason the air was poisonous in the first place was because of Fallout, but this didn’t seem to deter the humans from using the “Warrior” at all.

Its  a well known fact that Miyazaki is a feminist and this movie is one of the best examples of this fact. Nausicaa manages to be a leader to her people while still maintaining her child like feminine side. Princess Kushana, the leader of the opposing faction happens to be a female as well, but Miyazaki doesn’t just paint characters as black or white. Kushana strongly believes her actions will save the world, and will do anything required to achieve her goal. She is flawed but that’s also what makes her strong.

Art

I think its great that a family film had such deep, thought provoking themes, its because of stellar story telling like this that Miyazaki is held in such high regard. It also helps that the movie had an amazing dub cast and excellent extras that have Director commentaries and a very informative short documentary on how Studio Ghibli was founded. If you are one of the very few people that have not yet seen this Masterpiece of a film. I implore you to do so, it is definitely Studio Ghibli’s best work to date.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is now available on Blu Ray and DVD from Madman Entertainment.

 

Blu Ray Cover

Honey and Clover Complete Collection Review

•November 22, 2012 • 3 Comments

Im pretty sure most of my regular readers(love you guys) know at this point that I am a huge romance junkie, but not any kind of romance I like the realistic down to earth, painful kind of romance and we all know that the only place to get that kind of romance is in a certain anime genre known as Josei. The bar for romance in anime  for me has been set by Toradora! for the past 5 years or so, So does  Honey and Clover have what it takes to equal that bar or maybe even surpass it?

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Ani-Bloggers Choice Anime Awards Rules For 2012

•November 2, 2012 • 49 Comments

Who Shall Prevail?

Its that time of the year again folks, the time when almost all the anime bloggers will sit down and ponder on what anime they saw throughout the year was the best. There will be top 10 lists galore and surprisingly not a single one of them will be completely identical. With that in mind it is with great pleasure that I will now announce the rules of this years ACAA , to get the one and true official list of the top 12 anime chosen by none other than your favourite anime pundits exclusively.

If you are unfamiliar with what the whole event is like take  a quick look at how last years Awards fared. Without further ado here are the rules.

RULES

  • Various Anime Bloggers must either submit a list of their top 12 anime that aired this year (via Emial thats Kidd-05@live.com) or better yet post the list on their blog.
  • Out of the 12 anime, bloggers must then pick one show as their anime of the year.
  • Only Anime Bloggers, Journalists, Podcasters and the like are allowed to participate in the voting
  • All participants must notify me of their willingness to participate via twitter, Email or by leaving a comment with a trackback to their blog/show/site in order for me to keep track.
  • Notifications of participation has  a deadline of 30th November
  •  Submissions of votes have a deadline of 30th December
  • Only shows that aired this year are allowed to be picked, even cross over shows. Exception to the rule is long running Shonen or Shojo shows
  • Only movies that were available subbed this year can be nominated.
  • It is recommended that sites or blogs with more than one reviewer or writer come to a consensus on what their sites top 12 is. This will make it easier for me to tally and more fun for the readers too.

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Strong Female Characters in Anime

•September 26, 2012 • 4 Comments

As visual entertainment and gender equality awareness has been expanding in insight at almost the same rate, it has become increasingly obvious over the past decade or so that the depiction of strong female characters is nearly non existent. Even in anime.

It seems like the writers are stuck in their old ways and are unable to effectively write consistent female characters that the mainstream audience can relate to.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER?

That’s the question that everyone attempts to answer whenever they write a story with a female in it, isn’t it? (Or at least I hope so). I like to think that a good depiction of a female character or any character at all must be one that viewers can either relate to or be able to evoke some sort of strong emotional response.

In order to understand what makes a good female character we need to first look at what has become the de-facto template for the “current” female character.

How To Write A Strong Female Character

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My Reaction To A Certain Magical Show

•September 18, 2012 • 11 Comments

I wouldn’t like to approach this article the same way I do my regular reviews because that wouldn’t put across my point efficiently enough.

As Some of you guys may know, I recently completed watching a show called “A Certain Magical Index” after it came highly recommended by my twitter anime community. Naturally, I expected the show to be “amazing”… it was not, but that did not stop me from enjoying it a whole lot. “what exactly did you enjoy if it wasn’t amazing you ask?”  Well in order to understand, you are going to need some insight as to what it is exactly I expecetd from the show and what I ended up getting in the end.

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