It’s 2011 now, and you know what that means, looking to the future, seeking out new and interesting experiences, making a resolution to better ourselves...
No! It means looking back at the last year and judging everything in a purely subjective hobby, and then fighting with anyone who doesn’t agree with you. And since nobody else here had this idea
I’ve taken it upon myself to bring you the Best of 2010 Awards, but enough of these formalities, pull up a chair and grab a drink because it’s time to announce the winners of the totally legitimate and serious categories! Best character who’s name you can’t remember.Battleaxe guy. From: Angel Beats.
Oh Battleaxe Guy, we hardly knew ye. In fact, that’s the point of this award. We barely know anything about you, what kind of trauma or unfinished business did you have? Why were you so pissed off all the time? Why did you carry a god damned battleaxe everywhere you went? These are questions we’ll never know the answers to, but your obstinate personality, the fact that you killed the main character 100 times with your first appearance, and your bitchin’ train impression
in the special episode have left you a place in our hearts.
We’ll always remember you, even if we can’t remember your name. Best New Couple.Izaya and Shizuo.From: Durarara!
Sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most, other times we rip vending machines out of the ground and throw them at the ones we love the most. They say love is pain and if that’s true then Shizuo and Izaya have the most intense burning love we’ve seen this year. Sure it might seem like they hate each other with a burning passion but we can see Izaya is clearly interested and Shizuo is just being all tsun-tsun , and we’ll all be waiting for them to do the horizontal honka-donk is season two. Best meme.Glorio.Best Engrish.Giant Killing
“Do you rike fiz and cheps? I know a prace nearby that seels good and cheep fiz and cheps.”
Ok, I understand that it’s hard enough to voice a character in a foreign language, and to voice one in a foreign language and then speak in a different foreign accent on top of that, of course it’s not going to sound quite right. I understand, but that doesn’t mean I won’t still find it funny. Having a Japanese man speak English in a French accent is a beautiful mess, Giant Killing’s English is like a broken tile being made into a mosaic – it’s not what it’s supposed to be but it’s still enjoyable on a different level.Special Award for great advancements in the field of moe. Moe Nagato.Best character who deserved a better show.Misaki.From: Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
What’s this? A show with a strong female lead who works real hard to prove that women deserve just as much respect as the men? Great! Oh, wait...she works in a maid cafe....and that guy is better at everything she does without even trying.....and she’s falling for him......and 80% of the men have pinned her to a wall or sexually assaulted her in some way.......and she does nothing every time........and that guy always has to rescue her.
Despite what’s mentioned above, Misaki really is a strong independent and entertaining character who deserves her own show, even more so for what she represents in a hobby that has more than its fill of panty shots and giant meat balloons with bodies attached, it’s just a shame she got stuck in a genre where the women sit still and blush while the men “take charge”. Best show that deserved a better character.Oreimo
FUCK YOU, KIRINO! FUCK YOU AND YOUR CUTE LITTLE FANG! THIS SHOW SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT KURONEKO!Best plot no one understands.To Aru Majutsu no Index 2.
Ok so wait they’re working with the Roman Catholics to stop the bad guys from translating a book that no one has but then the nun attacked with an exploding wagon wheel and now the Roman Catholics are the bad guys and no one can translate the book anyway and then Touma punched that little girl and now it’s two episodes about Railgun side characters for some reason except Saten doesn’t exist and then Accelerator punched that girl in the face and now they’re in a city wide sports day for students with super powers and they need to chase a belly dancer to get a giant sword that looks like a cross except she doesn’t have it and it’s not a giant sword that looks like a cross it’s actually a giant cross (what a twist!) and now Touma is going to punch that girl in the face and this is only half way through the season!?!?!?!
And it’s still watchable?!?Best Metrosexual Transformation Sequence.Star Driver
That pose. Dazzling the stage. The blond highlights. Those boots. Dear god those thigh high boots.Fabulous.Special Award for not being a show about teenagers and their stupid fucking problems.Arakawa Under the Bridge.
This last year there were shows about fighting giant robots, there were shows about falling in love at Christmas, there were shows about a city full of science and magic, there were shows about S&M fetishists, there were shows about first contact with aliens, there were shows about being in a band, there were shows about the zombie apocalypse, there were shows about the afterlife, there were shows about writing manga, there were shows about many different themes and topics.
All of these shows, however, are also set in school, which meant they were full of “ohmygodthegirlIliketouchedmyhandwhatdoIdo*blush*” moments. Arakawa avoided this mine field and wins this award for showing that every anime doesn’t have to be set in a high school, it can be set under a bridge and star a bunch crazy homeless people and still be pretty decent. Best incest.Kiss x Sis.
I haven’t watched Kiss x Sis myself but Aquagaze
assures me that it’s “the best thing Japan has done since Pearl Harbour”. I thought this was an incredibly offensive thing to say, especially on a site read mostly by Americans, but he just said “FUCK THAT, ONII-SAN!” and hung up....he also said that all complaints should be sent directly to him.
P.S. That totally happened...Best use of bullet-time.Saeko’s breasts. From: Highschool of the Dead.
It was just....really good...cinematography, is all.
*cough*Best imaginary motorcycle.Izaya.From: Durarara!
Ok, to be fair, there weren’t many nominees for this category but seeing Izaya ride an imaginary motorcycle and even go “Vroom, vroom” filled me with the type of joy usually reserved for the artificial sugar rush an eight year old gets when they hear the Ice-cream man. Best everything of anything.T.K.From: Angel Beats.
T.K. is a man amongst men, he is the light that shows us a path in the darkness, he is the magnetic north of our moral compass, he is a beacon of hope in a world filled with doubt, moonwalking his way into our hearts weather we want him or not. Sure, we might not know....anything...about him, and sure, he only spoke in random phrases and out of context song quotes, but he showed us that when the chips are down and all hope is lost, you just gotta dance your troubles away.
Get chance and luck dear friend, get chance and luck.
And that’s 2010 in a demure and respectful nutshell. Do you have your own made up catego–ehh your own legitimate and serious categories? Sound off in the comments.
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