Welcome, blog-readers, to what is from now on going to be an annual feature on Moeronpan! 2014 was a very interesting year for anime – and not just because there was a huge influx in the amount of content made with female viewers in mind.
We’re going to have a look back on all the series we watched this year and award both the spectacular and the spectacularly bad, so sit back, relax and reminisce on the last 4 seasons, 12 months, 1 year of anime.
A little bit of preamble before we get started: the Moeronpan Anime Awards are a bunch of different categories we (the reviewers) decided on, and have each nominated one or two different series for each of these categories.
Disclaimer 1: None of us watched everything that aired this year, so bear in mind that our individual picks are more drawing from the pool of ‘what 2014 anime I watched this year’ rather than ‘what 2014 anime aired this year’. It’s entirely possible that there are a number of fantastic shows we never got the chance to see that deserved awards in one or more category.
Disclaimer 2: These are the opinions of the reviewers and some of these opinions may only be based on the first episode of each show.
Disclaimer 3: This feature is purely for fun and if you disagree with any of the views of any of the reviewers that’s perfectly fine, and you’re  even welcome to voice your disagreement for the sake of discussion in the comments…just don’t be a moron about it.

Without further ado – the Moeronpan Anime Awards, 2014 edition!

Best Anime Overall
This should need no explanation – what did we decide as the best new shows of 2014? Here are the shows that reminded us just how great anime can be!

Moeronpan:

I did predict back in the first anime season of the year that Space Dandy was going to be one of my favourites. It was a tough choice, but in the end this show was just so joyously different to anything I’d seen before. And while I only blogged the first season of it, the second season was also full of brilliant material, from the absurd comedy to touching drama to even a musical episode. Add all that to the fact that every episode experiments with different animators, and Space Dandy basically becomes an animation nerd’s fantasy playhouse. At the start of every episode, I never had the slightest idea what I would be in for this time, and while its content was definitely a mixed bag, even the lesser episodes were fun in their own way. Even the dumb fanservice can be fun. Panty and Stocking may have left me hungering for another episodic and surreal anime and Space Dandy more than delivered.

Runner up:

It’s a shame that I didn’t get to First Impression Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun, because I definitely would have given it a much higher grade than Skins did…and I likely would have blogged the whole thing as well. Nozaki-kun not only managed to be a school comedy that was, stop the press, actually funny – breathing life into a stale genre – it’s also chock full of art/comic-making humour. I’d easily recommend this show to anybody who draws comics or at least wants to…as well as anyone who wants an ensemble comedy that makes brilliant use of its cast in unexpected ways.

Ariana: 

There were quite a few series for me to choose from, but in the end Gugure! Kokkuri-san won because it was the most enjoyable series I’ve had to review in a long time.  That it is so cleverly written and has such great characters also helped.

Runner-up:

World Conquest Zvezda Plot (aka Sekai Seifuku: Bouryaku no Zvezda). Even though this series got a bit frustrating to review at times, it was also rather cleverly written, with some great trope subverting at every turn.  It had a rather unique premise, something that’s quite rare in anime nowadays.  I have to give credit where it’s due.

Skins:

For me, it was Free! Eternal Summer. It deserves this spot for its supurb, consistent animation, wonderful storyline and solid characters. I awaited each week with delighted anticipation to see what came next, and I was utterly impressed with its portrayal of Australia, and Australian people.

Runner up:

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works. For the same reasons as Free! – brilliant, high quality animation and a gripping storyline.

Junko:

Though it technically started in 2013, the bulk of it aired in ’14 so I am giving my vote to Kill la Kill. It was great fun to watch, with superbly done action scenes, surprisingly well-thought out storylines and well-rounded characters, and that never-give-up (or rather, don’t lose your WAAAY) spirit that I love to see in anime. The roster of amazingly written female characters, several surprising twists, and an infectiously catchy soundtrack further contribute to the watching experience.

Runner up:

Zankyou no Terror / Terror in Resonance for being excellent on the other end of the spectrum – dark, plot-filled, complex and raises a number of relevant issues.

 

Best Character (Female)
Every year we’re given more new anime girls than we know what to do with, so which ones did we enjoy the company of the most?

Moeronpan:

The more I see of her, the more I realize that Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night) may actually be my second favourite character in the Fate universe – or else tying very closely with Saber, at any rate. She’s independent, she’s competent, she’s powerful, and she managed it through her own hard work – the kind of female character I always like to see. She also has little patience for idiot protagonists…yet her fiery streak is never overbearing. Crappy light novel anime adaptations, take note: this is how you write a good tsundere character. It’s a trait, not an entire personality.

Runner-up:

I really liked Kohina Ichimatsu (Gugure! Kokkuri-san) as well – her deadpan voice, her nigh-religious devotion to cup noodles, her terrifying ‘smile’, the creepy way the show never lets you be entirely sure if she’s actually a human being or not… She was a lot of fun to watch, and Ryou Hirohashi’s voicework on her makes her even more so.

Ariana:

Naru! (Barakamon)  Even though her backstory is hinted at to be really sad, she is always joyful and always has a smile on her face.  Some other reviewers found her annoying but I really loved her, because she’s such a vibrant character.

Runner-up:

Kohina. (Gugure! Kokkuri-san)  She is… basically the polar opposite of Naru (taciturn, sharp-tongued, and a bit of a loner); but she’s just such great character.  It’s easy to forget that she’s just a grade school kid as she’s very clever for her age.  She’s just so much fun to watch.

Skins:

For me, this definitely has to be Nike from ‘The World is Still Beautiful’. Being thrust into a marriage is no easy task, especially with a king who is your junior in many ways. Dealing with the fallout from her family, as well as proving herself to her new kingdom takes guts, and she did it with a smile, sass and charm. Nike deserves this spot as an awesome character all the way.

Runner Up:

Saki Yamagishi (One Week Friends)
I love, love, love her mellow disposition and forgetful nature. Just pure cute in human form.

 Junko:

First up is Satsuki “Lady Satsuki” Kiryuin from the already-mentioned Kill la Kill. She’s everything I love in a character – devoted to her ideals and goals, unyielding, stern but an excellent leader, outspoken and confident, but also a badass fighter at the same time. And I won’t spoil here, but her character arc is excellently written, easily the best out of her fellow main characters. Not to mention, who doesn’t want to be able to summon a personal light source and command attention with the single click of a heel?

Runner up:


Actually tied with her is the always lovely Saber from Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. While she’s often overshadowed by the other characters in this route, this knight still gets plenty of chances to show off her skills with her trademark invisible sword. I absolutely love her interactions with pretty much every other character in the series, both on the battlefield and off. It’s not for nothing she has become the face of the Fate universe – she’s one amazing lady.


Best Character (Male)
2014 definitely had no shortage of male anime characters, that’s for sure. But who reigns supreme?

Moeronpan:

The second season of Free! brought with it two new characters and one of them, Momotarou Mikoshiba, completely stole whatever scene he was in. He’s a pretty simple character in more ways than one, but his infectious energy and ridiculous quotes made him probably my favourite thing about the whole season. He’s loud, he’s overdramatic and he’s not particularly bright, but he’s adorable.

Runner up:

Funnily enough, both of my top picks are silly redheads with the surname Mikoshiba who hail from anime that aired in the same season – this however is Mikoto Mikoshiba AKA ‘Mikorin’of Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun. Although he seems like a playboy, he speaks without thinking and gets embarrassed and flustered remarkably easily. This side of his personality is – humorously enough – the inspiration for the heroine in the manga Nozaki draws.

Ariana:

This was a hard pick, but I have to choose Kokkuri-san(Gugure! Kokkuri-san).  He’s a narcissist to the highest degree, who also happens to be really good at housework.  He would make the perfect dad if he weren’t a spirit-thing.  And, well, even if he is a magical spirit that’s not stopping him from doing the best he can to take care of Kohina.

Runner-up:

I can’t not mention Kaito. (Magic Kaito 1412)  Phantom thieves are a weakness of mine; but even if Kaito weren’t one I’d still love him.  I can’t hate someone as adorable and charismatic as him.

Skins:

Mikoshiba brothers (Seijurou and Momotarou) from Free!, hands down. Both of them get this spot equally from their boundless energy, hilarious remarks, great personalities and stunning good looks. Both of them, for me, stole the spotlight in a big way whenever they entered the scene in the show, to the point where I would rewind or fast forward to their moments alone to rewatch them over and over.

Runner up:

Archer (Fate/Stay Night: UBW )
For a while I didn’t like him, but he certainly grew on me in this particular route. From his relationship with Rin, to his growing relationship, if it can be called that, with Shirou, I am very curious as to where it will lead.

 Junko:

This was a close one for me, but I’ll have to go with Seishuu Handa from Barakamon. His character arc and development from a high-strung, hot-tempered workaholic to someone more capable of having fun and enjoying life was a pleasure to watch. His interactions with the rest of the cast were at times hilariously funny and at other times beautifully touching.

Runner up:

In a very close second is the ever-adorable Makoto Tachibana from Free! and it’s 2014 sequel Free! ~eternal summer~. Makoto has always been my favorite of the swim club boys because of his sweet demeanor, fatherly attitude and adorable friendship with the more reserved Haruka. It was great to see him back and still a big adorable sweetie in the second series.

Best Opening /Ending
2014 also saw a whole load of new super catchy anime theme and end theme songs. We judged them on both the song and the accompanying visuals…good openings, after all, are the type you don’t mind sitting through every time. (Note: Due to the nature of copyrighted songs, some of these were either not available for youtube embedded or only in compromised versions. They also likely may be pulled at any time.)

Moeronpan:

Space Dandy’s  infectious opening Viva Namida wasn’t just have the best opening song of the year, it’s potentially one of the best anime theme songs I’ve heard. It’s groovy, its addictive, and the chorus incredily memorable. I don’t think I skipped it once.

Runner-up:

While there’s also a certain swimming anime’s ending theme that I loved immensely, I’m going to have to go with ‘Let Me Hear’, the very metal opening of horror anime Parasyte -the maxim-. I’m not sure why I like it so much, but it’s suitably dramatic – leading us head-first into the psychotic story. That screamo bit near the end is also pretty great. But even though I’ve yet to skip it, I only recently learned that most of the lyrics are supposed to be english. Despite how hilariously bad and unintelligible that pronunciation is, it’s definitely an incredibly atmospheric start to what’s proven to be a compelling series.

Ariana:

Gugure! Kokkuri-san‘s opening just blew the competition out of the water.  Kokkuri-san’s opening is one that I’ve watched so much I’ve practically got it memorized.  It’s fun, it’s catchy, and best of all it’s voiced by Daisuke Ono!  It’s also weird and crazy, which fits the tone of the series perfectly.  Kokkuri-san’s dramatic zoom-in when he’s in his fox form always gets me every time.  “BURNING HARTOOOO!!!”  Also, the OP actually changes slightly each episode, which is more effort than most anime studios would put into their series.

Runner-up:

Hanaymata!  It’s got a really catchy and prettily animated opening.  Plus it’s sung by all the main girls!

Skins:

There were so many beautiful openings this year, but the one that came out on top for me was definitely No Game No Life’s opening. Its rich colours, interesting display of characters and music all show off the rich pace of animation which is transferred to the series. Unlike many other series where the best animation is in the opening, the quality is maintained throughout the show.

Runner up:

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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
Similar reasons to the above, except the action in this one is phenomenal.


Junko:

I’m going to focus on EDs here, because they tend to get less attention overall. The clear winner for me this year is “Future Fish,” the ending of Free! ~eternal summer~. We get to see some potential futures for our beloved swimmers, including the extremely attractive Policeman Rin and Fireman Makoto and the somewhat bizarre but unsurprising Merman Haruka.

Runner-up:

Second place goes to “Uraomote Fortune,” the ending of Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, for its infectious rhyming and repetition. Guaranteed to stay in your head for hours!

 

Most Fun/Feelgood
This is a separate category to ‘best’, because sometimes shows are just plain fun to watch despite whatever shortcomings may stop them from being an objectively flawless show. Here are the shows that we loved unwinding with or getting cheered up by.

Moeronpan:

This is definitely a no-brainer, tuning into Free! Eternal Summer is some of the most fun I’ve had watching an anime in a long time. Likeable characters, relatable drama and KyoAni’s usual lovingly crafted character animation always made it a joy to watch, and I was sad to see it end all over again.

Runner up:

I was actually surprised at exactly how much I ended up enjoying Orenchi no Furo Jijou. It’s one of those exceedingly rare five-minute anime that actually uses its time frame well enough for it to never feel overly rushed or short, the art is pleasant on the eye and the troupe of sea-themed monsterboys all wonderfully designed. (I was particularly taken with the adorable jellyfish boy.) A five-minute anime where the cast never leave the main character’s bathroom doesn’t sound like it would be particularly fun, but I definitely enjoyed turning my brain off and watching their shenanigans.

Ariana:

Barakamon is this and so much more.  It’s another anime set in “the countryside” but it has such a relaxed and calming pace.  Even during the more somber episodes everything is just so optimistic and up-lifting.  Definitely an anime to watch when you’re feeling down.

Skins:

Love Stage!! wins this one, hands down. With its amusing plot, though sometimes a little heart wrenching, this show was tons of fun to watch and anticipate week after week. The plot is progressive, and the ending is satisfying.

Runner up:

One Week Friends
This show had me laughing, crying and left with a feeling of great contentment. A wonderful feel-good series that I could watch again and again.

 Junko:

Barakamon runs away with the prize for me this year. It’s got a great story and wonderfully written character interactions as well as some hilarious comedy scenes. It focuses on younger characters without drowning in romantic drama. It has a beautiful message about learning to enjoy life and taking time to have fun, which is something we all need reminding of sometimes. I had a smile on my face throughout every single episode – unless I was tearing up at the extremely heartwarming scenes.

Runner up:

Second place goes to Free! ~eternal summer~. It was lovely to see the boys back again, and the increased focus on their future and “what comes after high school” is something you don’t see in a lot of shows with high school settings. Despite the deeper plotlines, it did still have many enjoyable moments and great comedic scenes, not to mention one of the catchiest openings and endings of the year.

Best Adaptation
Adapting manga/games/novels/etc into animation can be a tricky business with wildly varying results – but some studios and directors have this down to an art. Here are the anime we thought outshone their source material, or at least came close to it:

Moeronpan:

I don’t think anybody actually thought that ufotable would disappoint with their adaptation of Fate/Stay Night:Unlimited Blade Works (or as it’s affectionately being referred to as, Unlimited Budget Works). Anime versions of visual novels (and games in general) are often overly stream-lined and a lot of important details and character development are lost – here, however, ufotable not only effectively trimmed the fat from an overly verbose source material, their imagining of many scenes that were conveyed previously only in text are cinematically beautiful and exciting. Losing the often insufferable monologuing of lead character Shirou, too, presents him as a far more likeable character than he was before. I don’t dislike the Fate visual novel, but I definitely think this new anime is a better way to experience at least this route of the story. (Save me your essays about why I’m wrong, Type Moon fans.)

Runner up:

Speaking of apparently controversial opinions, I also think the new Parasyte anime is better than the manga. It’s worth mentioning that the manga is relatively old and the 80s art style and character designs have been completely redone for the anime; few of the characters are actually recognizable. While this angered a lot of fans of the manga, I…honestly just find the new designs more distinctive. I also prefer the way the plot flows in the anime, and, squicked out as I may be by body horror, the grotesque transformations in the anime really amp up the horror aspect, which seems almost goofy in comparison in the manga. The manga is by no means a bad read, however, and some hard-working fans have even recreated the anime’s opening with the original character designs. Compare it to the opening I put back in ‘Best Opening’!

Ariana:

I guess it’s unfair for a series to win by default, but Magic Kaito 1412 has been a pretty great adaptation so far.  (It wins by default because all the other anime I’ve watched this year were either original series or I’ve never read the manga before.)  Even though it’s adapting manga chapters out of order, the story flows well enough and it’s always an enjoyable watch.

Skins:

For me, I have to choose Tokyo Ghoul. There were multiple times that I was watching this series that I could compare it, word for word and manga frame to manga frame to the anime, and that for me is a huge bonus.

Junko:


There’s no contest for me – it’s got to be Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. I’ve been a huge fan of the Fate/ universe for years, and this adaptation is well-paced and plotted, as well as containing some of my all-time favorite fight scenes. I cannot gush enough about ufotable’s animation decisions – it’s without a doubt one of the most beautiful anime I’ve ever seen. I already can’t wait for next year’s Season 2!

Runner up
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Second place for me would be Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. I’m really happy with the decision to animate the entirety of this epically long manga, and it’s always fun to catch up with the bizarre adventures of the Joestar clan and their fight against the weird but deadly vampire Dio (who would have swept the board for me were there a Best Villain category).

Best Moment/Episode
Anime is full of memorable moments, and these are the ones that will stay with us from this year:

Moeronpan:

In episode 12 of Free! Eternal Summer, Haru and Rin go to Australia, or at least Sydney to be exact. In another show this would likely be a stereotypical cringe-fest but KyoAni’s meticulous eye for detail and on-location study made sure that all the places, from Central to Homebush to the outer suburbs, were as accurate as possible – up to and including using Australian voice actors for the spoken english. At the start of this year, I never would have expected an entire scene in a japanese anime with spoken Australian english. Recognizing the real places I visit all the time recreated in an anime was also a lot of fun.

Runner up:

The final episode of Space Dandy‘s first season which focused almost entirely on a love story between robots was one of the sweetest things I saw all year. The story was cute enough, but the mood and visuals also stood out to me particularly in comparison to others in the show. It’s actually impressive how well Space Dandy handles its non-comedy episodes.

Ariana:

Sekai Seifuku’s episode 4 always sort of awed me.  It has such a different tone compared to the rest of the series, and it explores the backstory of my favorite character of that series—the mysterious Natalia.  The first half of the episode is pretty typical fare for that series, parodying genres (in this case, fantasy RPGs).  But where the episode shines is when they delve into Natalia’s early life.  Ultimately, the circumstances that led to her meeting with Kate is still rather vague, but what I really loved about the episode was when Natalia faced her fears.  Saying any more would spoil the entire episode, but I will say this: I absolutely loved the soundtrack that played towards the end of the episode.  It was melancholy, but very lovely.

Skins:

The climax of Nagi No Asakura, when the truth about the Sea God’s wife came out. It was intense, emotional, and beautifully animated.

Runner up:

If Her Flag Breaks (climax scene of episode 11 )
When everything looks grim, who should show up but the glorious harem of badass ladies? In this series, that’s who. ‘Nuff said.

Junko:

This was another hard one for me. However, I’m going to have to go with the final episode of Barakamon. The culmination of an entire series’ worth of Handa’s character development was a perfect ending to a perfect series.

Runner up:

In second is the summoning of Saber from Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. As the most iconic moment in the entire Fate/ universe, it couldn’t not be included here.

The WTF Award
Self-explanatory, what was the most absurdly ridiculous thing we saw this year?

Moeronpan:

I’m going with Bakumatsu Rock, because I didn’t see any other anime this year where the sheer power of rock music causes pretty boys’ clothes to explode off their bodies and summon musical instruments out of thin air magical-girl style.

Ariana:

Ore, Twintails ni Narimasu.  It’s about a teenaged boy, who is obsessed with twintails, who one day finds out a race of aliens are trying to get rid of all the twintails in the world, so he transforms into a twintailed girl to save all the twintails of the world or something.  I don’t even know.  It was an anime with a dumb concept that plays things a little too straight and seriously for me to call parody on it.

Skins:

‘Fuun ishin dai shogun’ steals this spot easily for its terrible animation (if it can even be called that), ridiculous plot to the point of hilarity, forgettable characters and utterly jaw-droppingly bad art. This anime is so ridiculous and truly wtf that it has to be seen to be believed.

Junko:

Definitely Marvel Disk Wars. When people ask me to tell them about it I still feel like I’m describing a fake anime. Between the Avengers teaming up with obnoxious kids, the magical girl-like transformation sequences as they are freed from their…computer-chip thingies…some truly horrendous villain designs, trying to shoehorn elements of the Civil War (one of Marvel’s darkest plots) into a kid’s anime, and the fact that Stan Lee approved this thing’s existence, it’s one of the weirdest shows I’ve watched in years.  
No runner-up for me because nothing else this year could compare to the weirdness that was Disk Wars.

Biggest Disappointment
And here we move into the negative awards, starting with 2014’s biggest letdowns:

Moeronpan:

In 2013, every anime fan who grew up with a certain sailor suited warrior of love and justice was looking forward to the hyped-beyond-hype remake of Sailor Moon. In retrospect, I almost, almost feel bad for Toei Animation. After having the show delayed an entire year adding on to the fact that it’s a remake of goddamn Sailor Moon, it was always going to be impossible for them to live up to their hype. And yet, Sailor Moon Crystal was a train wreck to the extent that I’m sure that from now on, people will use the term ‘doing a Sailor Moon Crystal‘ when referring to terrible remakes. There are some militant defenders of the show despite its numerous shortcomings, but the show failed so spectacularly at amost everything it set out to do I eventually couldn’t even hatewatch it anymore. Bad art, awful animation (that only gets slightly better in the Blurays), a dismal departure from the original manga (aka the point of the adaptation in the first place) and perhaps worst of all – an insistence on taking itself 100% seriously at all times – something neither the 90s anime or manga did. It’s a huge shame that this is the 20th anniversary celebration we waited all this time for.

Ariana

Mahou Shojo Taisen had a neat concept, but absolutely poor execution.  I was hoping it would be like Sengoku Collection—an episode for every girl.  This show was not JUST about magical girls, but magical girls that represented each of Japan’s 47 prefectures.  Sadly, we got a series of shorts instead.  The characters aren’t even that bad, albeit somewhat clichéd.  It was really the three-minute episode time limit that ruined things.  Each girl only got around three-to-four episodes, making it nine-to-twelve minutes per girl.  That is nowhere near enough time to craft a story.  Although there were some gems in there (I still love Yuri’s arc), the series as a whole was just one big disappointment.

Skins:

While the obvious answer is going to be Sailor Moon Crystal, I must say that for me personally, the biggest disappointment was Captain Earth. I was hyped for this show as much as SMC, and watching it turned out to be so…. generic. Not an iota of the plot interested me, and while the animation was certainly decent, that was really all this show has going for it. So boring, I almost fell asleep watching it.

Runner up:

Sailor Moon Crystal.
I don’t think it needs to be said, but the inconsistent animation and deviation from the manga really dug the grave for this series.

Junko: N/A

Worst Adaptation
Like I said before, adaptations are a tricky business, and every year we see a bunch of anime that end up being terrible regardless of the quality of their source material.

Moeronpan:

I can’t say this was a surprise, but man was the anime of DRAMAtical Murder awful. It manages to tick every box on the ‘crappy half-assed anime adaptations of visual novels’ checklist, and featured animation errors so legendarily and hilariously bad that the animators apologized for them on twitter.

Runner up:

World Trigger was just plain awkward to watch, as well as being Exhibit B of Toei Animation not giving a molecule of a damn. (Sailor Moon Crystal, of course, being A.) embarrassingly bad animation and voice acting makes this a dud fans of the manga will likely prefer to forget happened.

Ariana: N/A

Skins:

Sailor Moon Crystal gets this one simply due to its promise of being an accurate manga adaptation and failing dramatically. ‘Nuff said.

Junko: N/A

Worst Anime Overall
Finally, our personal absolute stinker awards. Because we know as much as anyone else that anime can be complete garbage when it wants to be, and so here is 2014’s cream of the crap:

Moeronpan:

There was a lot of crappy shows this year – Sakura Trick‘s voyeuristic approach to infantile high school girls was pretty gross and Mahouka was absolutely insufferable, but when it comes to pure, genuine Grade A crap, one show stood far, far above the rest. In fact, I don’t even have a runner-up because all the other shows I hated were kind of equally bad, and none in the absolutely majestic way that Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun was. I’m delighted to discover that it seems to have been almost universally panned for its shockingly low budget and bad writing. It’s incredible that animation this bad was even allowed to air, but it’s also almost a privilege to have been able to see one of the worst anime of the past decade. Congratulations again, Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun!

Ariana:

I had a tough time deciding between this and the runner-up, but Mangaka-san to Assistant-san ended up “winning.”  Because this series managed to make me cringe and piss me off simultaneously, all in half the span of a full-length anime episode.  Now that’s… something.

Runner-up:

Recently, My Sister is Unusual.  I loathe this series because it’s blatant fanservice and obviously caters towards those who like incest anime.  The only thing that makes this slightly less infuriating than the usual incest anime is that at least the two siblings are actually just step-siblings so it’s a little less creepy (so no they’re not blood-relatives).  That terrible angel character wins the “worst character award” for sure, though.

Skins:

Hands down to Sailor Moon Crystal. This gets this spot solely due to the massive hype surrounding it for an accurate portrayal of the Sailor Moon manga… only to leave me bitterly disappointed by not only the inconsistent animation, but also the anime-original turn that it took in several very important scenes.

Runner up:

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou
After watching Sakurasou, this show just doesn’t cut it for a romantic comedy for me.

Junko:

I usually attempt to be positive about what I watch and wasn’t even able to think of entries for the other ‘worst’ categories, but I absolutely have to write about my hatred for Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji (Wolf Girl and the Dark Prince). The relationship between the titular characters is highly unhealthy, with the ‘dark prince’ being a sadistic creep who forces his ‘girlfriend’ to perform a variety of demeaning acts. It made me physically sick watching the little bit I could stomach, and all the moreso due to the fact that it’s a show aimed at girls.

Runner up:

Second place goes to Trinity Seven because the parts I watched were nothing more than a big ol’ pile of fanservice and flat female characters.

So there we have it! Which shows would you have nominated for these categories?
Here’s to another year of anime, and we’ll do it all again at the end of 2015!

 

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