Readers’ Nominations have been compiled. Now vote for the best!!!
Hello folks! Now that we are almost there with the first impressions of Winter shows, time to break in the compiled listing (Music, Staff, Characters, Special and Final Best) of Metanorn Awards. This year, we went for reader’s choice to collect nominations to add some spice and giving our readers some more say rather than just us compiling whatever we liked. First in line is Music Awards. Vote up!
Music will save the wooorrrlllldddd~! Your nominations have been taken! Thanks for all the hard work and taking time out to contribute. Now all you have to do is vote~
2012 Year-Ender: Best Original Soundtrack Voting (Select 7)
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S2 (3%, 28 Votes)
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (4%, 34 Votes)
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (5%, 38 Votes)
Sakamichi no Apollon (9%, 79 Votes)
Kuroko no Basket (5%, 43 Votes)
Girls und Panzer (3%, 23 Votes)
Sword Art Online (9%, 75 Votes)
Nisemonogatari (7%, 57 Votes)
Guilty Crown (13%, 110 Votes)
Fate/Zero 2 (10%, 83 Votes)
Jormungand (5%, 44 Votes)
Phi Brain (2%, 14 Votes)
AKB0048 (2%, 20 Votes)
Tari Tari (3%, 28 Votes)
Another (4%, 36 Votes)
Hyouka (8%, 63 Votes)
[K] (8%, 65 Votes)
Total Votes: 840
Tofu– Sakamichi no Apollon showed me the beauty of jazz music and that OST lives on in my playlist as the most longest OST selections that have stayed in the playlist (I roughly clean out music each month and a half or 2). I think that if you had also watched Sakamichi no Apollon, you might also start to like jazz a bit more! Try it out! I highly recommend this series!
Highway – Girls und Panzer. All that great martial music, thematically keyed to the country of the school that was being shown, and Katyusha for an insert song.
lvlln – Nisemonogatari really surprised me with its music. Bakemonogatari‘s wasn’t bad, but this was even a step above. Just wonderful work by Satoru Kosaki. Tanaka Kouhei’s Hyouka soundtrack was wonderful too, bringing to mind his earlier work on Diebuster, giving the same sense of wonder as that show, except in a mystery high school setting. And I don’t know if Girls und Panzer should count as an original soundtrack, but it deserves props for its great use of famous and well known public domain (and should-be-public domain) music.
2012 Year-Ender: Best Opening Voting (Select 7)
Inu x Boku SS: "Nirvana" by MUCC (7%, 58 Votes)
Sakamichi no Apollon: "Sakamichi no Melody" by YUKI (8%, 65 Votes)
Tonari no Kaibutsu: "Q&A Recital!" by Tomatsu Haruka (6%, 49 Votes)
Natsuiro Kiseki: "Non-Stop Road" by Sphere (2%, 20 Votes)
Nisemonogatari OP1/OP3: "Futakotome" by Saito Chiwa & "Hakkin Disco" by Iguchi Yuka (8%, 63 Votes)
Rinne no Lagrange: "Try Unite!" by Nakajima Megumi (3%, 23 Votes)
Kuroko no Basket OP2: "RIMFIRE" by GRANRODEO (4%, 32 Votes)
Zetman: "dots and lines" by You Hitoto feat. Mummy-D (1%, 12 Votes)
Phi-Brain S2 OP2: "Now or Never" by Nano (4%, 31 Votes)
Natsuyuki Rendezvous: "See You" by Yuya Matsushita (4%, 35 Votes)
Fate/Zero 2: "To the Beginning" by Kalafina (10%, 84 Votes)
Joshiraku: "Thank You For Your Appreciation" by Goku Rakujokai (2%, 19 Votes)
Tsuritama: "Tsurezure Monochrome" by Fujifabric (6%, 53 Votes)
Binbougami ga!: "Make My Day!" by Piko (5%, 41 Votes)
Girls und Panzer: "Dream Riser" by Choucho (2%, 16 Votes)
E7 AO: "Escape" by Hemenway (2%, 17 Votes)
Mirai Nikki OP2: "Deadend" by Faylan (5%, 40 Votes)
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia: "[CHOIR JAIL]" by Konomi Suzuki (5%, 37 Votes)
To-LOVE-Ru: Darkness: "RAKUEN PROJECT" by Ray (2%, 15 Votes)
Guilty Crown: "My Dearest" by Koeda (EGOIST) (13%, 108 Votes)
Total Votes: 818
Highway – Rinne no Lagrange – “Try Unite!” by Nakajima Megumi. This song is catchy, but also slightly melancholy, and has those lovely sections where it just builds tension, and builds, and builds at least two levels past where you expect it to release and keep going, until finally it releases it with that iconic “Maru!”
Gecko –To The Beginning by Kalafina from Fate/Zero 2. Perfection for the show, especially the title. And it’s Kalafina.
lvlln – Futakotome, the 1st opening to Nisemonogatari and a sequel of sorts to Bakemonogatari‘s Staple Stable, was the best of the many openings of that series. (Even if Tsukihi’s Platinum Disco ended up the more memorable one this year). The energy of Joshiraku‘s openingThank You For Your Appreciation was infectious and perfect for the series. The dancing of Tsuritama‘s opening was just as infectious.
Highway – Hyouka – Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery – Satou Satomi and Kayano Ai. A catchy song with an absolutely perfect animated vignette accompanying it, Chitanda and Ibara chasing Oreki and Fukube and catching them, only to see them get away. Worth seeing just for Houtarou and Satoshi stepping along like villains from a silent movie.
Tofu – Err…. how many ending songs were there for Guilty Crown? 2… or was it 3? Don’t remember it being 4 but ANYWAYS yeah, I can’t think of anything else and GC came into my mind first so I’ma gonna go with that XD Supercell always makes good music so why not right? I do remember them being awesome songs XD So I nominate all the ED’s.
Gecko – Yuki Kajiura, for the Madoka movies and SAO. (Not sure about Fate/Zero, it wasn’t her best work.)
Tofu – I’m just gonna go with a composer I know off by heart and that’s Kajiura Yuki. She has done a marvelous job in Fate/Zero and I’m sure most of you would agree with me on this ;D I loved how she captured each moment with a befitting tune; no matter what the atmosphere, it always seemed to fit. I’m just disappointed that they had to cut off SO MUCH from the light novels.
Kyokai – I have nothing against Yuki Kajiura (love her work), but I am AMAZED no one nominated Yoko Kanno! This anime was all about music and without her music, this wouldn’t have turned out to be so good. Bow to the legend who produced music of Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, Macross and GitS. Also, let’s not forget Hiroyuki Sawano (Guilty Crown) and Taku Iwasaki (Jormungand).
2012 Year-Ender: Best Background Music (Select 7)
Nisemonogatari: "Pleasure" (8%, 48 Votes)
AKB0048: "Instrumentals" (3%, 18 Votes)
Tonari no Kaibutsu: "My Little Monster" (8%, 47 Votes)
Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon S2: "Hiding Determination" (4%, 21 Votes)
Jormungand: “Rock and Roll Boobs”/ “Time to Attack” (9%, 51 Votes)
Guilty Crown: "Bios" (16%, 90 Votes)
Sword Art Online: "The Mainstream Song " (11%, 63 Votes)
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita: “Fushigi na Jikan” (6%, 36 Votes)
K - "Kitten" and "Izumo's Theme" (12%, 71 Votes)
Sakamichi no Apollon: Moanin' (11%, 64 Votes)
Total Votes: 580
CarVac – I liked the percussion/electric guitar tracks in Nisemonogatari, and the AKB0048 instrumental versions of existing AKB48 songs.
Tofu – That one tune which plays during a serious/romantic moment most of the time between Haru and Shizuku in Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun! OMG It’s so adorable~!!! It really sets the mood for any of the romance in Tonari, not just Haru X Shizuku <3
Gecko – Hiding Determination of Horizon S2. It’s quite wonderful and upbeat while building energy throughout the song without losing anything.
lvlln –Girls und Panzer‘sKatyusha counts thanks to the instrumental version being used in the background in the 9th episode. Nisemonogatari‘s aptly titled Pleasure taught us the joys of brother-sister toothbrushing. Mysterious Girlfriend X‘sStrange Dream was an oft-repeated piece in that show, used in some unforgettably bizarre dream scenes.
akagami – Rinne no Lagrange – the BGM was well done, or at least it made my experience more enjoyable.