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This is it, gang: our ultimate award. No more wimpy little categories like Best Use of a Ferret in an Action Sequence or Best Perversely Erotic Scene of Classroom Destruction or what have you, no: this is the big deal. The best overall anime of the past year, according to the Japanator staff. Once we bestow this award, we can officially kiss 2013 goodbye; I'm getting a little misty-eyed.
Welcome to 2014! A brand new year means brand new anime, so you better prepare yourself for the good, the bad and the oh-so-ugly over the course of the next twelve months. But forget about new beginnings and fresh views for just a moment, as we still have loose ends to tie up; it's time to announce the results of the community vote held over the past week or so, and crown the Japanator readers' pick for Best Anime of 2013.
Many thanks to everyone that dropped in a comment to vote for their show of choice, especially since it was a close contest and every vote counted. Let us know how your show fared in the comments below, and if your favorite didn't score as highly as you might have liked, why not tell us why we should check it out in the C-Blogs?
Anyway, the votes have been tallied and you can see the winner below the jump. Yes, I'm going to add just a little more suspense like I did last year, whether you like it or not! We've got to amp up the drama, right?
While writing these awards posts, I came to the realization that 2013 has been a pretty big year all around. It's been fantastic year for most of the media I consume, especially video games (my favorite!) I'm first and foremost a video game writer and I make it my business to keep up with the latest and greatest titles so I can report back with my thoughts. I played more games than I can keep track of this year, but considering we chose to nominate games that appeal to the Japanator audience only, that made things a little easier for me. I cast my vote, but we could only go with one game to rule 2013.
The case could be made that 2013 was a strong year for women in anime. That said, there were also plenty of great candidates for best male, and though it may seem like we've overlooked quite a few, many of them lacked an x-factor which set them apart from the pack. To top that off, we shortened our list by limiting the nominations to a single character from each show -- hence why you're not seeing Eren go up against Levi, or Aikuro competing against Tsumugu. Of course, you'd think with such a small field of contenders the vote would be close -- it wasn't.
Perhaps the most important and nail-biting category this year, the Best Game Soundtrack category has us editors viciously engaged in mortal combat over who would win! I'm definitely not lying! Elliot almost died! Seriously -- I didn't know it was possible to stab someone in the kidneys via TCP/IP, but it happened. Do not get between Tim and Dynasty Warriors. Now you might think that that was the deciding blow in our OST of the year arguments, but you'd be wrong: I may have poisoned Tim's coffee and instead we've found ourselves a different winner!
In case you're like my cat and don't care about, have forgotten, or eaten the paper listing the nominees, here's our picks for best video game soundtrack:
This year in anime was all about the ladies, with intriguing female characters springing up left and right like some kind of fancy anime flowers in the Japanator garden. It was a good year for women (and girls) who broke the mold in several ways, and for that fact alone we should definitely be thankful. But in the end, we could only choose one lady to represent the best that 2013 had to offer. We wanted someone who made us laugh, but who also knew how to tug at our heartstrings when necessary. Someone loyal. Someone who takes pride in her status as an underachiever. I bet you already know who it is, too. Can you guess?
Writing about our "Best Art" category for the Japanator Awards is great. Unlike our "Best Anime", character, or even the musical categories, the cool thing about checking out the best art of the year in Japanese cartoons is that it's usually blindingly obvious that everyone we nominated deserves the hell out of being on the shortlist. If the proof is in the pudding, as they say, then in this case, the awesome's in the art.
So here again is our list of nominees for the best anime art of 2013:
[Update: The year is nearly over, so be sure to get your votes in ASAP to give your favorite show the best chance of winning! - Chris]
Once again, it's time for the Japanator Readers' Choice Award 2013! You've been hearing about our top picks all week; now it's your turn to tell us what you think. This time last year there was a heated battle between Fate/Zero S2 and Sword Art Online, and well, the rest is history. Plenty of great shows came out this year, but now is your chance to make your favorite stand above the rest for posterity.
Below the jump is a bumper list of eligible anime, so be sure to read it over and decide on your favorite. Leave your choice in a comment, and we'll count up the votes and crown the winner at the very end of 2013. Please specify which show has your vote by placing it first, as if your comment contains the titles of multiple shows, I will pick the first show you mention.
Be sure to tell your friends if you want your show to come out on top, as even a single vote could mean the difference here. Hey, you could even write a community blog about why your show deserves to win in an attempt to sway other readers!
Be sure to let me know if I've missed an anime from the list, and best of luck!
The anime industry shovels out plenty of bad anime every year, and usually that would make this decision a difficult one. After taking the time to whittle down our list, we held a vote to see which anime would take home our not-so-prestigious award for worst anime of 2013, and it wasn't even close -- though Valvrave did manage to capture quite a few votes. It still makes me a little sad that I didn't get to nominate Kill la Kill, even if I knew it wouldn't win. Besides, is it really worse than Valvrave? Yeah, I didn't think so either, and that's saying a lot.
So here again is our list of nominees for the worst anime of 2013:
The roll of nominees keeps on scrolling for this years Japanator Awards, and just as we tallied up our nominees for Best Anime Soundtrack of 2013, we aren't about to ignore the many Japanese games that tickled our ears with their awesome soundtracks this year!
Japan's once-dominant presence in the gaming industry may be a thing of the past, but there's no denying the huge amounts of talent and creativity that still pour out of Glorious Nippon year after year, and that includes game music! Scroll on through to check out the top contenders for our game soundtrack of the year!
One of the greatest things about music in general is that you can enjoy a song, regardless of where it originates from. In some cases, the same can be said about music in anime. However, if the anime series that you're watching happens to be a good as well, then you’ll end up with a phenomenal score that compliments each momentous scene. That being said, we’re going to look at the contenders that we believe are worthy of taking home the 2013 musical crown!
Each nominee fought hard to make it here today, so it’s time to go over the anime soundtracks that have graced our ears during 2013!