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2012 Year-Ender: Best Animation (Select 5)
Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! (Kyoto Animation) (34%, 103 Votes)
Hyouka (Kyoto Animation) (54%, 166 Votes)
Fate/Zero (Ufotable) (54%, 166 Votes)
Nisemonogatari (Shaft) (35%, 107 Votes)
Another (P.A. Works) (24%, 72 Votes)
[K] (GoHands) (37%, 113 Votes)
Guilty Crown (Production I.G) (32%, 98 Votes)
Black Rock Shooter (Ordet & SANGIZEN) (15%, 45 Votes)
Sword Art Online (A-1 Pictures) (29%, 89 Votes)
Tsuritama (A-1 Pictures) (19%, 57 Votes)
Sakamichi no Apollon (MAPPA) (21%, 64 Votes)
Total Votes: 1,080
Tofu – Chuunibyou to me felt like the most “WOW” in terms of animation. KyoAni doing extreme fighting scenes!?!? HOLY SHIT, they need to do more of this! It’s so beautiful! But I’m sure it’s just me being bias since I can’t remember half of the shows that aired this year. T___T
Jrow – Fate/Zero was stunning. Episodes like the beginning of the Spring run were just incredible.
lvlln – My picks Hyouka and Nisemonogatari have already been mentioned plenty, but I notice that neither Black Rock Shooter nor Girls und Panzer has been, at least in this category. Perhaps some would consider CG to be separate from animation, but without a separate category, it should fall under the same umbrella. Black Rock Shooter pushed human CG animation and action forward quite a bit when it came out at the beginning of the year, and Girls und Panzer did the same with machines, to an even greater extent. Those works deserve recognition.
Namika – This just HAS to go to K. Because regardless of almost a shapeless plot/character development/whatever, you can not deny that the art and animation was beautiful.
Dana– Tsuritama. No it might not beat the technical achievements of other series, but it’s melding of rotoscoping and animation was seamless, the painted backgrounds were beautiful, artistic and original and the characters were adorable and highly expressive.
2012 Year-Ender: Surprise Series (Select 7)
Jinrui wa suitai Shimashita (45%, 114 Votes)
Hyouka (53%, 133 Votes)
Rinne no Lagrange (14%, 35 Votes)
AKB0048 (18%, 44 Votes)
Senki Zesshou Symphogear (14%, 34 Votes)
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (21%, 52 Votes)
Oda Nobuna no Yabou (20%, 49 Votes)
OniiAi (12%, 29 Votes)
Phi Brain S2 (13%, 33 Votes)
Mouretsu Pirates (21%, 53 Votes)
K (37%, 93 Votes)
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (40%, 101 Votes)
Tari Tari (21%, 52 Votes)
Upotte!! (8%, 20 Votes)
Lupin III: Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna (14%, 35 Votes)
Total Votes: 877
Jrow – Mouretsu Pirates, in spite of a title that sounds fanservicey, avoided being as much and was a cute girls doing cute things series that I really liked. Marika was great, and also surprise yuri.
Kara– I think the surprise of the year for me was Phi BrainS2. I was expecting nothing and then it made puzzles cool and people that could do them god.
Kyokai – For me, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun turned out to be quite a surprise. I was expecting a normal romance but the comedy element along with two complete anti-social coming together and having an almost volatile relationship was pretty entertaining and adorable.
lvlln – The way K turned out caught me by surprise. It wasn’t spectacular, but the way the sometimes-whimsical-sometimes-serious story played out was very good, and I appreciated how much weight the show put into all the little things. Not to mention the spectacular-at-times animation. I also nominate Hyouka for the surprise of KyoAni finally getting all its ducks in a row in a TV series for the 1st time in the 6 years since Haruhi. And on that note, Tari Tari was PA Works’s first good show from what I’ve seen, and it was phenomenal.
2012 Year-Ender: Adaption from a Manga/Game (Select 7)
Sakamichi no Apollon (manga) (30%, 72 Votes)
Nazo no Kanojo X (manga) (15%, 36 Votes)
Koi to Senkyou to Chocolate (Game) (13%, 32 Votes)
Persona 4 the Animation (Game) (35%, 84 Votes)
Jormungand (manga) (30%, 73 Votes)
Mirai Nikki (manga) (38%, 91 Votes)
Joshiraku (manga) (10%, 24 Votes)
Chihayafuru (manga) (39%, 95 Votes)
Natsuyuki Rendezvous (manga) (15%, 37 Votes)
Natsume Yuujinchou Shi (manga) (34%, 81 Votes)
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijo (manga) (26%, 63 Votes)
Inu x Boku SS (manga) (35%, 84 Votes)
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (manga) (43%, 103 Votes)
Sukitte Ii na yo. (manga) (20%, 49 Votes)
Total Votes: 924
Kiiro – Jormungand could have won it any other time, but Sakamichi no Apollon takes it, as i did one thing that manga usually cannot do: delivering the musical aspect.
Highway –Nazo no Kanojo X, a manga with a really weird hook that turns a lot of people off and has a reputation for a glacial pace of progress was turned into a visually stunning anime that was well paced and had nearly flawless continuity, even though stories and plot points were moved, shifted, and rearranged in whole and in parts. And even though there wasn’t a large amount of progress within the main character’s physical relationship, there was always the feeling of moving forward, and if ‘glacial’ can describe the pace, it can also describe the definite feeling of inexorable progress that was given, always forward, never backward.
Jrow – Persona 4, as I’ve mentioned previously, was well adapted considering the countless hours of content and only 25 episodes to work with. Jormungand and Mysterious Girlfriend X were quite faithful and could also be in the mix.
lvlln – Well, this one has a couple obvious picks. Future Diary was an unforgettable spectacle, an awesome display of insanity that the manga had become famous for. The other one is clearly Joshiraku, the adaptation of Koji Kumeta’s 4-koma series about female comediennes. What do you know, comediennes know how to make people laugh, whodathunkit? A treat for every Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei fan.
2012 Year-Ender: Movie of the Year (Select 5)
Wolf Children (18%, 37 Votes)
Strike Witches the Movie (11%, 24 Votes)
K-On! Movie (43%, 90 Votes)
Hotarubi no Mori E (34%, 71 Votes)
Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi (6%, 12 Votes)
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (33%, 70 Votes)
One Piece Film Z (14%, 29 Votes)
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari (29%, 60 Votes)
Code Geass: Boukoku no Akito 1 - Yokuryuu wa Maiorita (39%, 81 Votes)
Tofu – I’m probably cheating here since there’s no downloads for it but Movie of the Year for me was Wolf Children. It tells a tale of 2 siblings who have wolf blood in them, allowing them to transform into wolves when they wish and basically it’s a big life story about what path do they want to pursue – whether to live as a human or live as a wolf. It’s a beautiful tale filled with great characters that really bloom by the end of the movie. I was able to watch it on the full screen in the city (special screening). It was definitely a movie I would highly recommend to anyone. Unfortunately since I’m probably the only one who watched it, I can’t go into too much detail and I know this is a wasted vote but even so, it deserved a mention. ^^
Jrow – As much as I’d like to preemptively award either One Piece, Madoka Magica or Evangelion, I’d say the best that I remember releasing this year on video was Hotarubi no Mori E. It’s like a 2-episode arc of Natsume Yuujinchou with different characters, but the same feels…
Foshizzel – Recently I have become quite addicted to the world of Precure and I just had to nominate Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi! because it brings a lot of the past Precure girls together as they team up with the cast of Smile Precure~
2012 Year-Ender: Best OVA/OAD/SP (Select 7)
Ultimate Hellsing OVAs (25%, 46 Votes)
Hyouka: Motsubeki Mono wa OVA (40%, 74 Votes)
C³: Cube x Cursed x Curious Special (9%, 17 Votes)
Persona 4 The Animation: No One is Alone OVA (34%, 62 Votes)
Accel World EX Special (16%, 30 Votes)
High School DxD OVA (16%, 29 Votes)
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai: Add-on Disc OVA (23%, 43 Votes)
Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Of The Dead OVA (27%, 49 Votes)
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia: Taima Otome (15%, 28 Votes)
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou Specials (24%, 44 Votes)
Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA (11%, 21 Votes)
Another: The Other - Inga OVA (35%, 64 Votes)
To Love-Ru Darkness OVA (17%, 31 Votes)
Shinryaku! Ika Musume: Kore ga Umi e no Ai Jana-ika! (9%, 17 Votes)
Rinne no Lagrange: Kamogawa Days (10%, 18 Votes)
Eureka Seven AO: Jungfrau no Hanabana-tachi (9%, 16 Votes)
Holy Knight OVA (4%, 7 Votes)
Junjou Romantica (18%, 33 Votes)
Tight-rope (9%, 16 Votes)
Ai no Kusabi (2012) (9%, 16 Votes)
Total Votes: 661
lvlln – Seitokai Yakuindomo never fails to make me laugh. The Girls und Panzer OVA was quite funny as well, though it was rather short and featured no tank action.
Jrow– The Nichibros bonus eps. were pretty funny.
Foshizzel– Nichibros always brightened my day! I am with Jrow, they were so damn funny.
Kyokai – Oh how long have I waited for this to end. I am talking about the amazing, fantabulous and gritty Hellsing Ultimate OVA series, which took six years to finish airing (2006 to 2012). It has been a journey and every episode is a work of art with a unique art style, great story and lots of blood and eeps for supernatural lovers. Alucard is the real thing in case of vampires rather than those who actually glitter in sunlight. With the final 10th episode release, I’ll definitely take my sweet time in re-watching this brilliant series.
2012 Year-Ender: Anime of the Year (Select 7)
Sakamichi no Apollon (26%, 69 Votes)
Fate/Zero (52%, 136 Votes)
Jormungand (23%, 60 Votes)
Mirai Nikki (31%, 80 Votes)
Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (8%, 22 Votes)
Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle Season 2 (6%, 17 Votes)
Shining Hearts ~Shiawase no Pan~ (2%, 4 Votes)
Tsuritama (24%, 64 Votes)
Nisemonogatari (31%, 82 Votes)
Aquarion EVOL (13%, 34 Votes)
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san (13%, 33 Votes)
Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita (28%, 74 Votes)
Yuru Yuri s2 (9%, 23 Votes)
Chihayafuru (33%, 87 Votes)
Eureka Seven Ao (6%, 15 Votes)
Kokoro Connect (23%, 60 Votes)
Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! (36%, 94 Votes)
Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou (21%, 55 Votes)
Hyouka (27%, 72 Votes)
Total Votes: 1,081
Tofu – Sakamichi no Apollon in my eyes is one of the best animes of the year. In my eyes, everyone got a well balanced amount of air time which gave each of the characters the right amount of time to develop and bloom before their little character arcs finished. I loved how they used music as a form of communication of feelings and words and something ever more special than that. It was spectacular, it was amazing! I didn’t know Jazz was this awesome! And that ending where they didn’t have to say anything… just playing a churchy Moaning? Oh god… I loved it! I loved it a lot! It was really refreshing compared to the other high school animes out there; taking on a more realistic approach to life intertwined with the music of jazz.
Kiiro– Gritty competition, but I go for Fate/Zero. A fantastic premise, with a fantastic group of characters, animation by ufotable, music by Kajiura Yuki, and a script by Urobochi. With an all-star lineup, the result was exactly what was expected. Although the ending might have been predictable, due to the presence of the original show, I believe that it should win the AOTY. Overall, 2012 was a decent year, and apart from trainwrecks (Guilty Crown), it seemed to be quite good. However, too many good shows are carrying over to next year, and many of them would have warranted nominations or even winning some of these categories. Here’s to a great 2013 in anime! Have a prosperous year of the snake!
lvlln – Even just 5/6 finished, Girls und Panzer probably edges out Hyouka for my top pick here. Tsuritama is right there just inches behind them. Future Diary and Nisemonogatari I would consider distant 4th and 5th, but worthy of nomination.
Foshizzel– From moe moe ctuhulu girls, crazy comedic adventures with the cast of Yuru Yuri s2 all the way to the over the top goofy fun of Aquarion EVOL! 2012 will always bring a smile to my face and cause me to laugh my ass off…
Movie nominations were pretty hard as the release date and watchers seeing it is almost four to six months apart so added all the nominated movies even when some were released late in 2011. Also, on behalf Metanorn Team, my humble thank you to ALL our readers, lurkers and commentors. Our community each year grows just because of your visits and participation.
Thank you for playing. See you again in 2013! Results to be out after polls closure.