CodeBlazeFate’s 2018 Anime Awards

CBF 2018 Anime Awards

Just in time for Cristina Vee to do her best to salvage Crunchyroll’s dismal 3rd anime awards, I’ve come with over 35 anime that came out in 2018, and 30 different awards to give! I’ll be breaking this up into 6 categories: Audio, Characters, Visuals, Writing, Trash, and Treasure! Sadly, I did not watch everything people considered memorable from this year, so if you don’t see Jojo Part 5, Hero Aca 3, Liz and the Blue Bird, or a few other more popular anime from 2018, this is probably why. The only categories where I don’t have to have seen the show in question to nominate it for are the OP and ED categories. For everything else, I can only nominate shows or movies I’ve seen. Of course, keep in mind that everything is subjective and that with exception to my picks for the best and worst anime of the year, it’s primarily my own enjoyment or lack thereof that determines what wins each category. Without further delay, here are my anime and entries for my 1st annual Anime Awards!

Wait, I’m a day late?

Fuck.

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AUDIO

Best Dub Performance: Kari Walgren (Haruko – FLCL Alternative)

Runner-Up: Benjamin Diskin (Haida – Aggretsuko)

Best Seiyuu Performance: Kotono Mitsuishi (Yae Yamada – Zombieland Saga)

Runner-Up: Mamoru Miyano (Koutarou Tatsumi – Zombieland Saga)

Best Music/OST: Bloom Into You (Composed by Michiru Oshima)

Runner-Up: Caligula (Composed by Yasuharu Takanashi and Funta) and Zombieland Saga (Composed by Yasuharu Takanashi)

•Best OP Theme: “Asphyxia” by Cö shu Nie (Tokyo Ghoul;Re OP)

Runner-Up: “Crosswalk” by Minori Suzuki (Amanchu Advance! OP)

Best ED Theme: “Radiant” by Polkadot Stingray (Radiant ED)

Runner-Up: “Glory” by BAND-MAID (Yugioh VRAINS ED 4) and “Hydra” by MYTH&ROID (Overlord ED 2)

Best Insert Track: “Rise” by Riko Azuna (Bloom into You episode 9 Insert Track)

Runner-Up: “juːˈtoʊpia” by Ueda Reina / μ

 

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CHARACTERS

Best Protagonist: Retsuko from Aggressive Retsuko

Runner-up: Yuu Koito from Bloom Into You

Best Antagonist: Tsurumi from Golden Kamuy

Runner-Up: Akane Shinjo from SSSS.Gridman

Best Deuteragonist: Touko Nanami from Bloom Into You

Runner-Up: Haruko from FLCL Alternative and Haida from Aggressive Retsuko: We Wish You A Metal Christmas

Best Supporting Character: Anzu from Hinamatsuri

Runner-Up: Haida from Aggressive Retsuko

Best Duo: Hina & Yoshifumi Niita

Runner-Up: Nero Claudius & Hakuno (Fate/Extra: Last Encore)

Best Cast: Aggressive Retsuko 

Runner-Up: Golden Kamuy and Hinamatsuri [Tie]

 

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VISUALS

Best Director/Directing: Akira Amemiya – SSSS.Gridman

Runner-Up: Makoto Katou – Bloom Into You, and Akiyuki Shinbou & Yukihiro Miyamoto -Fate/Extra: Last Encore

Best Animation: Violet Evergarden

Runner-Up: Today’s Menu for Emiya Family and Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Irusterias Tendousetsu

Best Art Style: Hisone to Maso-tan

Runner-Up: Today’s Menu for Emiya Family

Best Colors: Zombieland Saga

Runner-Up: Fate/Extra: Last Encore, Today’s Menu for Emiya Family, and Planet With

Best Character Designs: Zombieland Saga 

Runner-Up: Hisone to Maso-tan, Today’s Menu for Emiya Family, and Planet With

Best Visuals: Fate/Extra: Last Encore

Runner-Up: Violet Evergarden, Today’s menu for Emiya Family

 

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TRASH

Biggest Disappointment: Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Irusterias Tendousetsu

Runner-Up: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch II – Handou and A Place Further Than The Universe

Biggest Shark Jump: Devilman Crybaby (Episode 8)

How this piece of shit won Crunchyroll’s AOTY category baffles me.

Runner-Up: Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Irusterias Tendousetsu (Episode 3) and Darling in the FranXX (Episodes 19 and 20)

Biggest Fall From Grace: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch II – Handou

Runner-Up: Fate/Extra: Last Encore – Irusterias Tendousetsu

Least Liked of The Year: Goblin Slayer

Runner-Up: A Place Further Than The Universe (Dropped) and Darling in the FranXX

Worst non-2018 Anime of The Year: De;Vadasy

Runner-Up: Brain Powerd

Worst Anime of The Year: Darling in the FranXX

Runner-Up: Hyakuren no Haou to Seikayu no Valkyria

 

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TREASURE

Biggest Surprise: Bloom Into You

Runner-Up: Planet With

Best Narrative: Golden Kamuy 2nd Season

Runner-Up: Planet With

Best Film of The Year: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch III – Oudou

No Runner-Up

Best non-2018 Anime of The Year: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

Runner-Up: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

Favorite Anime of The Year: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch III – Oudou

Runner-Up: Aggressive Retsuko

Anime of The Year: Aggressive Retsuko

Runner-Up: Bloom Into You

Tatsumi Koutarou Introduces Lists

Top 10 non-2018:
•Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou
•Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower
•Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro
•Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch I – Koudou
•The Night is Short Walk On Girl
•Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket
•Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (I promise I’ll finish it soon enough)
•Neon Genesis Evangelion
•Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
•Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin

Top 10 2018:
•Planet With
•Today’s Menu with Emiya Family
•Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch III – Oudou
•FLCL Alternative
•Golden Kamuy 2nd Season
•Fate/Extra: Last Encore
•Hinamatsuri
•Aggressive Retsuko: We Wish You a Metal Christmas
•Bloom Into You
•Aggressive Retsuko

And with that, the awards end here! Here’s hoping I watch more anime for 2019. 2018 feels like a subpar year for me. Sure, we have a relatively solid top 15, with a ton of shows I’d recommend, but not only do we only have about 7 anime I’d consider great, but we don’t even have a single anime I saw this year I’d give even a high 8 to, let alone consider a masterpiece. Maybe the movies that will get released online and on DVD later on this year will retroactively make this year a bit more standout. For now, we are done. See ya.

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