The Best and Worst Anime Awards for 2006

December 30, 2006 | Author: | In: Anime, Anime Blogs

Well with the end of the year approaching and with the Fall Season over, it’s time to give my view on the notable series of 2006. Series that made you cry “MOÉ”, series that made you bash your head against the desk, series that made you want more, and series that make you cringe it deemed to be a rather difficult tasks to select which were my personal favourites. But I suppose also it was rather hard to remember what was shown over the year (I usually have a motto of watch and forget). But sitting back and thinking about it I have finally come to my decisions.

Award for Best Action

Black Lagoon

Now there weren’t a great deal of action shows this year and this is the first that comes to mind. Unlike some other series where they have a continuous story, Black Lagoon really has none of that. Each arc brings along something fresh and exciting and it doesn’t drag on.
Runner Ups: ZEGAPAIN, Blood+, Shakugan no Shana

Award for Best Animation

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu

Trying not to get caught in the hype that is Haruhi-ism, this was a rather difficult choice. This year showed a lot of well produced shows but Kyoto Animation have indeed proved that they are one of the best with scenes such as the Spaceship battle, Yuki vs Ryoko, and the school festival. Also being the producers for Air, FMP: TSR, and Kanon, they are indeed one of my favourite animators.
Runner Ups: Ouran High School Host Club, Kanon, Ergo Proxy

Award for Best Comedy

Ouran High School Host Club

A rather obvious choice. The simplicity and straight out pure comedy made this the winner. Other shows tend to be more random and one offs, but Ouran was consistant and maintained well with the storyline.
Runner Ups: School Rumble Ni Gakki, Nerima Daikon Brothers

Award for Best Drama

Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora

Although a short series of only 6 episodes, it definitely proved itself as a great drama series. The realisation of sickness and health along with the building relationship between Yuuichi and Rika was rather moving. But also with the way it ended, although it came to a somewhat happy ending, it makes you think ahead of the future and know that Rika will eventually die.
Runner Ups: Honey & Clover 2, Bokura ga Ita

Award for Best Slice of Life

ARIA The NATURAL

A most obvious choice as this is one of my most favourite series. With no real plot, watching each and every episode is very relaxing. Focusing mainly on Akari, you see the world as she does and learn to appreciate the many people that you meet, and the many memories that you make. ARIA is just like wine, you savour each and every bit of it, rather than have it all in one go.
Runner Ups: Asatte no Houkou

Award for Best Mecha and Most Underrated

ZEGAPAIN

Really, there isn’t any other mecha show this year, but even though if there was, it definitely wouldn’t have beaten ZEGAPAIN. The use of the CG took a little while to get used to, but once you accept it, it is a worthwhile series. Also the winner of Most Underrated as the storyline, animation, and character development was just awesome. The very first few episodes just make it seem like a regular mecha show, but beyond that it became something totally different.

Award for Best Male Character

Aizawa Yuuichi from Kanon

Voiced by the same seiyuu who did Kyon, Yuuichi’s sarcastic, witty and laid back nature is what makes him the best male character. It was kind of weird to determine who is better out of Kyon and Yuuichi, but I believe Yuuichi wins overall as he offers more in character than Kyon does.

Award for Best Female Character

Fujioka Haruhi from Ouran High School Host Club

A female dressed as a guy attending an elite school, who is smart, witty, and a person with a disregard for sexual advances is a sure win. Although she is a reverse trap, she still comes to term of what her actual gender is.

These next two awards are under the request of Roobar that I should include them in:

Award for Sexiest Male Character

The Entire Male Members of the Ouran Host Club

You just can’t select one out of a whole group of handsome devils. Each have their own personal traits which we all love, or hate, but you end up loving all of them anyway.

Award for Sexiest Female Character

Eri Sawachika from School Rumble Ni Gakki

Tsunderekko, twin tails, blonde, comes from a rich family. What else more could you ask for? Definitely one of the sexiest females of 2006.

And finally…….

Award for Best Anime of 2006

Kanon

Now it is rather difficult to remember what aired over the year but by far the one that I most anticipated, and has exceeded my expectations, was Kanon. Although a current show that is being aired, it makes me wanting more at the end of each episode. Animation, storyline, character development are top notch, but it’s the cute moments, and the randomness of Yuuichi’s sarcastic manner is what makes me love this series so much. With the original Toei version being at the top of my list for many years, KyoAni’s version has just simply smashed it out of place and now sits on top.

That’s it for the Best of categories, now we move onto the Worst of categories.

Award for Worst Animation

Yoake Mae Yori Ruri-iro Na

The MOST obvious choice was definitely YoakeNa. Throughout the series, with the exception of episode 1 (though just barely) was consistently bad and it ruined YoakeNa for me. Simply put, you just can’t obtain the goddess feel that is Feena in CG form into an animation adaptation. I do hope KyoAni do a remake of this, but then I hope KyoAni do a remake of a lot of series.
Runner Ups: Soul Link, Disgaea

Award for Worst Story

.hack//ROOTS

This literally was draining my soul every time I watched it, and I’m most likely soul-less for watching the whole thing. I was a fan of the .hack series until this one came along. The only good parts in this series was the actual search for the Key of the Twilight, but after that it was just pure 12-14 episodes of Haseo going all emo and Tabby going “what should I do?”. Even if it ran as a 13 episode series, it would still be bad.
Runner Ups: Soul Link

Award for Worst Comedy

High School Girls

A toss up between this and Galaxy Angel Rune but I think this wins above. Now I don’t mind fanservice in anime, but High School Girls just went over the top with using all the fanservice for comedy. Although I did laugh at some of the jokes pulled but it was still rather bad comedy.
Runner Ups: Galaxy Angel Rune

Award for Worst Character Design

xxxHOLIC

I don’t know what the hell happened here, but it seemed like all the characters got hit with the Luffy disease, tried doing a Gomu Gomu attack but their arms are stuck at that length. So yes, the lankyness of the characters just makes it so bad.

Award for Most Anti-Climatic

Black Blood Brothers

Now I actually enjoyed Black Blood Brothers quite a bit. The only problem was that it was too short. We didn’t get much character development nor much storyline, but the worst part would be the ending. We had Jirou defeat Cassa, but it stops there, we didn’t get a very good conclusion and I see that this series would have been better as a 26 episode series.
Runner Ups: .hack//ROOTS

Award for Most Boring Series

Soul Link

I could stand watching more than one episode of Soul Link. It lacked on many things like animation, but the story was just atrocious and I found my thoughts wondering when I was watching it.
Runner Ups: Nana, Good Witch of the West

Award for Most Dragged Out Series

Nana

This is one series I have actually stopped watching, but my dearest Roobar continues watching. But from what I have seen, this series just drags on. I’m rather glad that I stopped watching as Roobar has said to me “I feel like it’s a chore to watch this”.
Runner Ups: Tsubasa Chronicle Season 2

Award for Most Annoying Character

Tabby from .hack//ROOTS

The whole “what should I do” thing really got on my nerves and it was her indecisiveness that made her extremely annoying. Her whole help heal people group was just stupid and made me cringe every time I saw it.
Runner Ups: Mamiya Ayumi (Magikano)

And finally……..

Award for Worst Anime of 2006

Kujibiki Unbalance

This was rather a difficult choice as there are a few bad anime of 2006 but I think this tops it. Firstly with the OVA series, it showed us that Kujibiki Unbalance had the chance to become an awesome series, but with the TV series, it’s changed completely. I really don’t like the animation style of the TV series and the storyline is just crap. If they kept the same quality as with the OVAs then I would think differently to this.
Runner Ups: Yoake Mae Yori Ruri-iro Na, Soul Link, Disgaea

Certainly 2006 had it’s selection of good and bad anime. But what will 2007 hold for us? Well I’m not too sure but I do hope there’ll be some great variety and hopefully I can watch majority of the shows that will air over the year. And to finish off, as also requested by Roobar:

MANLIEST ANIME OF ALL

Hokuto no Ken

WACHA!



15 Responses to The Best and Worst Anime Awards for 2006

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Plex

December 30th, 2006 at 3:11 pm

I agree with you on Black Lagoon, but how did Musashi not get the best anime of 2006 and worst animation? =P

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fisherman horizon

December 30th, 2006 at 3:37 pm

I was waiting for this post from you. Agreed with most of the award you have given, though some I dont think they deserve such high rating but most of them I agreed.

I was about to ask why Soul link wasnt the worst animation, until I saw it on the most boring.. then I understand. Though I would actually give soul link double for worst and most boring.

Award for Best Slice of Life = ARIA The Natural. Yeah!!!

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Lenners

December 30th, 2006 at 4:53 pm

*appluads*

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Darketernal

December 30th, 2006 at 10:17 pm

Aaaarggh, >_

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Darketernal

December 30th, 2006 at 10:17 pm

Aaaarggh, Turboupload gave me such a hard time. But here is my favorite Aria the Animation picture collection I really had an urge tho to give something to , i might also post up my action figures if i can get my hands on a digital camera.

http://s8.turboupload.com/f/1378901/1167480619/f29afd0172430622df3415b713dea07f/Aria_the_Animation_Collection.zip

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Darketernal

December 30th, 2006 at 11:58 pm

I am so not fond of that turbo upload thing.

http://i.turboimagehost.com/p/242330/aika_akari_alice5.jpg.html

Anyway when i was in Japan the Akari figure in the middle was a pain to find, id been in ALL of the shops in Akihabara, and when i finally found the only action figure doll of Akari, it costed like 25 000 yen, equal to over 250$.

Trust me, there was no way in hell that i would leave Japan without Akari.
So i bought it anyway, i mean of course its not worth it. But i already bought alice for around 3000 yen and aika was like 5000 yen, cant remember exactly tho but from there on it was sheer happyness.

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Adun

December 31st, 2006 at 12:27 am

Plex: Musashi is a series that I haven’t gotten around to watching yet. But seriously, if you saw how bad the animation was in YoakeNa, you would have to agree on me.

fisherman horizon: Good to see we have similar tastes and judgment. As bad as the animation is in Soul Link, NOTHING can compare to the quality in YoakeNa. The round cabbage is proof enough to me to say that has the worst animation.

Darketernal: Thanks for the pictures, there are a few that I don’t have in there. Also I think you paid WAY too much for that Akari figure. As rare as it was you would have found it cheaper on Yahoo Japan Auctions as they do pop up now and then. The Aika figure I bought from YJA but I paid roughly 7000 yen for it. If you want quality, you are better off buying the Solid Works versions.

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tj han

December 31st, 2006 at 1:20 am

Kujibiki was bad, but not worst. Zaizen Joutarou, Gundoh Musashi etc are far far worse. Feena is worse too.

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Marwin

December 31st, 2006 at 3:25 am

Seems there has been a little Haruhi-mixup, best female character of 06 was Suzumiya Haruhi, not Fujioka Haruhi. Otherwise I agree with a lot of these awards.(but not Sawachika Eri as sexiest, though she is hot) Kanon as best is a good choice.

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AJ

December 31st, 2006 at 4:16 am

I completely agree with Black Blood Brothers. It really would have been a great series with 26 episodes and 12 eps really did feel too little for all they could have done with the story and characters.
Also agree with Best Action – Black Lagoon! It’s so addictive and fun to watch for the bad-ass Revy and crew.
I completely disagree with your NANA bashing though. Sorry but it’s not dragged out, it’s slice of life drama and I never get tired of watching this. It’s a story of the lives of two NANAs, completely different in personality but very deeply bonded. It can get a bit soap opera in style sometimes, but I love the characters and I never get tired of watching this.
This is what I love about the end of the year…all the awards! Fun to read. Thanks for blogging…HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Tyler

December 31st, 2006 at 7:14 am

Nice mate!
check this wonderful anime collection:
http://www.inblinks.com/content/blogcategory/8/13/

Just click on the show, choose your episode, lean back and enjoy

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Adun

December 31st, 2006 at 7:39 am

tj han: Well I haven’t seen those two series. These awards are based on series that I have actually watched. YoakeNa was in the running for worst anime, but seeing how Kujibiki was and then seeing how they completely changed it was just horrible.

Marwin: I just didn’t want to get caught up in the Haruhi fanism. She was in the running for it, but I see Fujioka Haruhi as a much better choice. And to be honest, at times I found Suzumiya Haruhi a bit annoying throughout the series.

AJ: Well as long as you enjoy watching Nana, that’s all that matters. I just couldn’t stand watching it anymore. Only reason I keep downloading it is because my sister still watches it, lol.

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icie

December 31st, 2006 at 6:30 pm

Are you sure it’s Musashi…what about Mushishi? An outstanding anime but excruciatingly slow (could have displaced NANA), a standalone paradox which deserves mention as one of the most underrated series of 2006.

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smexy101

March 14th, 2008 at 10:08 am

ya!!!!!!!!!!!! carlos is a smexy otaku boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmm otaku!!!!!!!!!!

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Aki

April 3rd, 2008 at 11:04 am

That xxxHOLiC, Luffy disease made me roll on the ground so much, i swear sometimes i notice it too, and I’m sorry but .hack/roots is not bad, and Tabby is not annoying, you would’nt stand some of these chracters from other animes if you say Tabby is annoying.

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