The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Top 5 Anime of the Year

Here is where the crème de la crème are compiled. This is based on overall quality, not the number of wins or mentions in other categories, and is heavily subjective. Honourable Mentions: Blood Blockade Battlefront This Bones’ adaptation of a Yasuhiro Nightow manga was one of the most cinematically impressive, musically stunning series that I…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Extras

Here is where I acknowledge series or aspects relevant to my 2015 viewing experience that don’t fall into conventional categories. Best Insert Song: “Last Stardust” by Aimer, Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Second Season Honourable mentions: “Glassy Sky” by Donna Burke, Tokyo Ghoul √A “White Gloves” (Singer Unknown), Blood Blockade Battlefront   Glass Sky was…

The 12 Days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Moments

Winners: “Mountain Confession” From Hibike! Euphonium “Inconsolable defeat” From God Eater “Maria’s Imprisonment” From Maria The Virgin Witch “Sodachi’s Family” From Owarimonogatari “The Real Thing” From SNAFU TOO!   Some of the entries on the list here are from series I was less than fond of (Euphonium, God Eater), but that didn’t prevent them from…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Male Character

Winner: Hikigaya Hachiman (SNAFU TOO!) Honoruable Mentions: Yato (Noragami Aragoto) Kazuma (Noragami Aragoto) Archer (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works) Adlet Mayer (Rokka no Yuusha)   So far, Noragami is the only series to have two nominations in a single category, and for good reason. Kazuma is a man who is eternally loyal to Bishamon, so much…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Female Character

  Winner: Maria (Maria The Virgin Witch) Honourable Mentions: Yukinoshita Yukino (My Teenage Romantic Comedy Is Wrong As Expected TOO!) Ginko (Yuri Kuma Arashi) Bishamon (Noragami Aragoto) Hanekawa (Owarimonogatari)   Yukinoshita and Bishamon were utilised much more effectively this year than the taster of them we were given last time. The former had her view…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Male Voice Actor (Japanese)

Winner: Hiroshi Kamiya Honourable Mention: Takuya Eguchi Yuki Kaiji   One of the tallest voice actors at 187 cm, Takuya Eguchi seems to have charmed many anime fans with his heart of gold performance as My Love Story!!’s Takeo, though his role as Hachiman may be his most iconic to date, and much like Saori…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Female Voice Actor (Japanese)

  Winner: Saori Hayami Honourable mentions: Maaya Uchida Miyuki Sawashiro Both Maaya Uchida and Miyuki Sawashiro contributed greatly to Noragami Aragoto (as Hiyori and Bishamon, respectively) as well as Yamada-kun and Charlotte, reaffirming their status as some of the most in demand voice actresses in Japan at the moment. However, as good as they are, most of…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Studio

Winner: Bones (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Show by Rock, Snow White with Red Hair, Noragami Aragoto, Concrete Revolutio) Honourable Mentions: Production I.G. (Attack on Titan: Junior High, Haikyuu!!, Kuroko no Basuke, Maria the Virgin Witch, Ghost in the shell: The New Movie).   When looking at the total quality and quantity of each studio’s productions during 2015, many of…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best ED

Winner: “Sugar Song to Bitter Step” by Unison Square Garden Honourable Mentions: “The Seasons Die One by One” by Amazarashi, Tokyo Ghoul √A “Sayonara no Yukue” by Alisa Takigawa, Owarimonogatari “Orange” by 7!!, Your Lie in April “Lapis Lazuli” by Eir Aoi, Arslan Senki.   This was a fairly good year for anime EDs, though…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best OP

Winner: “Brave Shine” by Aimer, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Second Season. Honourable Mentions: “Hello World” by Bump of the Chicken, Blood Blockade Battlefront “Hey Kids!” by The Oral Cigarettes, Noragami Aragoto “Black Swallowtail” by Uroboros, Rokka no Yuusha “Kyokugen Dreamer” by SCREEN mode, Yoru no Yatterman.   This year had quite a few good openings….

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Aesthetics

Winner: Snow White with Red Hair Honourable mentions: Blood Blockade Battlefront, Food Wars, Death Parade. Both Your Lie in April and Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works may have made the cut had they been 2015 series. Nonetheless, there were plenty of good looking series this year. From Hibike! Euphonium’s few stand out scenes and generally…

The 12 days of Anime 2015 edn. Best Soundtrack

Winner: Blood Blockade Battlefront Honorable Mentions: Snow White with Red Hair, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Second Season, Rokka no Yuusha This was not the strongest year for music in anime, though the top pick for this year was every bit as easy this year as it was last year. Unlimited Blade Works’ second OST…