For the final day of 2011 (at least for those who are in the GMT+8 area of the world) while time slowly ticks away to welcome 2012, I’d like to tot talk about my nominations for the best of the best. 2011 is a great year for anime and I think I should pay tribute to those who made this year an exceptional year.
Best Male Lead – Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Tiger and Bunny)
Honorable Mention – Takakura Borthers (Mawaru Penguindrum), Daikichi Kawachi (Bunny Drop)
-At the end of the day, I gave my nod to Wild Tiger. Being able to pull off comedy and drama simultaneously convincingly is quite a feat and it is impossible not to like Wild Tiger.
Best Female Lead – Rin Kaga (Usagi Drop)
Honorable Mention – Chihaya Ayase (Chihayafuru), Makise Kurisu (Steins;Gate)
-Undoubtedly, Usagi Drop was (almost) about Rin Kaga. Rin is such totally adorable and a charming young girl as such that it made almost everybody watching Usagi Drop want to have a daughter like her.
Best Supporting Male Lead – Rider/Iskander (Fate/Zero)
Honorable mention – Keith Goodman/Sky High (Tiger and Bunny), Gammon Sakanoue (Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle)
-Broskander takes this one. No objections.
Best Supporting Female Lead – Minko Tsurugi (Hanasaku Iroha)
Honorable mention – Karina Lyle/Blue Rose (Tiger and Bunny), Suzuha Amane (Steins;Gate)
–Houbiron became an unfrogettable word in 2011 thanks to Minko-san. I really like how she still shines through even in Ohana’s presence because of her strong character and determination.
Best Villain – Gille De Rais/Caster (Fate/Zero)
Honorable mention – Kyuubey (Madoka Magica)
-This was a tough one, at the end of the day I gave my nod to Caster because he made villainy an art and because he consciously knows that he’s doing villainy as opposed to Kyuubey who is devoid of the morals of good and bad. Quoting what his master said, “the best entertainers are those who are able to get the audience’s attention when playing as a villain”.
Best underrated show of 2011 – Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san!
Honorable mention – Ikoku Meiro no Croisee
-God, I’ve seen most the best of 2011 posts of some anime bloggers and I was deeply saddened that nobody remembers Azazel-san! Azazel-san’s comedy is good and I really like how the anime portrays god as a character.
Best comedy of 2011 – Level E
Honorable mention – Tiger and Bunny, Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san!, Ben-To
-I said this once, I’ll say it again. Level E is a well written and well executed piece of comedy. If you haven’t watched this yet, do yourself a favor and watch this.
Best drama of 2011 – Usagi Drop
Honorable mention – Chihayafuru, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
-Usagi Drop was one of the best dramas I’ve ever watched in anime. It was well animated and it touched on the issues of parenting nicely with a lighthearted but realistic touch to it.
Best moment in an anime
-Nothing beats Morning Rescue and this was essentially a show stealer. This was so great that it spawned many comedy art from Madoka Magica fans.
Best Anime Person of the Year – Kunihiko Ikuhara
Honorable mention – Gen Urobochi, Vucub Caquix and ajthefourth
-This was a very tough choice as everybody nominated have done exemplary in things related to anime. I gave my nod to Ikuhara because the man never ceases to push the boundaries of the medium that is anime. Ikuhara’s contribution to anime with his latest creation, Mawaru Penguindrum simply cannot be ignored.