BEST ANIMATION - SPRING 2013
I fell in love with this P.A. Works adaptation the very first time I laid my eyes on the preview. It is scenery porn at its best and the characters are just beautiful, cute and sweet without bordering on the Moe. I could have picked Urobuchi's "Suisei no Gargantia", but except for Ledo, the characters are too rambunctious and fleshly for me, especially during the swimsuit episode. RDG's world of fantasy, magic, encapsulating both spiritual and the Japanese culture is a true delight as a visual. Never mind the poor pre-airing at NicoNico, P.A. Works is a force to be reckon with.
BEST STORY - SPRING 2013
Choosing Aku no Hana for best story is a risky decision, given the hatred that spurns online for its anime adaptation. But P.A. Works blotched their chance for not giving RDG a two cour run. Hence, I have to choose something that truly stood out to me as a story, in spite of its unattractive animation. Aku no Hana's story has the appeal of a European art film. It is controversial for being difficult. In a sense that our characters are going over the edge. They want to be free from the shackles of boredom and normality, to the point that their actions bring discomfort to the viewers. This is not the anime for the faint of heart, nor for the people of sunny and sweet disposition. Aku no Hana is a diamond in the rough, a rare anime gem, that dares to tell the truth about adolescence and about life.
FAVORITE MALE CHARACTER - SPRING 2013
I am completely torn between these two. But it's all about the connection and their extraordinary character appeal that is always consistent and never generic in spite of their seemingly typical lifestyle.
BEST SUPPORTING CHARACTER - SPRING 2013
BEST RECURRING CHARACTER - SPRING 2013
BEST VILLAIN - SPRING 2013
In a true sense of the word, Nakamura is a character that is the anti-hero to the hero. She is neither nice and friendly, not a girl-next-door that people would love to hang out with. She spreads misery to her company, even if her intention is to free them from their ennui. She is brutal, a borderline psychopath, and a ruthless human being that uses violence to cover up her frailty.
EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS - SPRING 2013
DISAPPOINTMENT - 2013
Kirino is the worst thing that ever happened to this anime. She is annoying and selfish. There are better characters over her. So why pull (spoiler alert!) the incest route to the very end? It ruins everything. What a waste of time! And I'm not the only one who feels the same way about this.
BEST OPENING SONG/SEQUENCE - SPRING 2013
"Guren no Yumiya" by Linked Horizon for Shingeki no Kyojin
"Yokan" by Masumi Ito for Red Data Girl
BEST SOUNDTRACK - SPRING 2013
Red Data Girl by Myu
BEST ANIME - SPRING 2013
Hands down to this series. Maybe we didn't get as much character interactions and revelations from our lead triangle compared to the first season, but honestly, I don't care. I love Chihayafuru and the whole reason that keeps me glued each week are the intense karuta matches. And for its entire 25 episode run that's exactly what I get. Just pure, unadulterated, blissful, extensive and at times torturous Karuta. Mizusawa clinched the best team trophy. Taichi finally made it to class A. Desktomu and Tsukuba also won in their respective classes. Chihaya got a fair beating from Megumu. Then there's the showdown of the Karuta Gods: Shinobu and Arata, just in time before the season closes.