Another – 02

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I think it’s safe to say that Another is the best new/not a sequel series this season. It has the right atmosphere and the BGM (something that can make or break suspense horror thrillers) just amplifies it further. If I did have a complaint though, it would be that those doll transition shots are totally not needed.

The first half of this episode was a bit weak but it certainly got a lot more creepy as it went.

1) When Sakakibara went into the library when he saw Mei, why didn’t the guys he was talking with follow suit (it was as if they were avoiding it- assuming they don’t see Misaki).

2) Why is it so important to know if Sakakibara never lived in the area or not?

3) What are they hiding from Sakakibara and why?

4) What’s the importance of those dolls (now that Sakakibara finally went to the store)?

5) What’s in Misaki’s left eye?

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Anime Oscars Production Category

Qualifications: Anime that have proved themselves through their production.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Fate/Zero

Sure there are a lot of anime that’s as good in animation as Fate/Zero, but Fate/Zero stands out as the anime that looks like a movie. Kudos to ufotable for that of course, as their Kara no Kyoukai adventures really paid off; I can only wish that they do more anime of this caliber.

Notables: Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Ben-To, Mawaru Penguindrum

Best Production nominee: Fate/Zero

Fate/Zero takes place 10 years prior to the events of Fate/stay night, detailing the events of the 4th Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City. The War of the Holy Grail is a contest in which seven magi summon seven Heroic Spirits to compete to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail,” which grants a miracle. After three inconclusive wars for the elusive Holy Grail, the Fourth War commences.

BEST ANIMATION

Nichijou

Kyoto Animation’s work for this year introduces how far animation can go with its imaginative ways on telling Nichijou’s quirky and fun jokes. Not only that, the fluidity of the characters movement in Nicihijou is unrivalled, much like most of KyoAni’s work.

(To tell you the truth, it was a big tossup between this and Hanasaku Iroha)

Notables: Hanasaku Iroha, Fate/Zero, Star Driver

Best Production nominee: Nichijou

While the title suggests a story of simple, everyday school life, the contents are more the opposite. The setting is a strange school where you may see the principal wrestle a deer or a robot’s arm hide a rollcake. However there are still normal stories, like making a card castle or taking a test you didn’t study for.

BEST ARTISTIC DIRECTION

Mawaru Penguindrum

Mawaru Penguindrum always brings something different to the table with its production. Whether the way it interprets the story, the varied train scenes, or the majestic sets (note Episode 9), Mawaru Penguidrum never fails to amaze me with its creativity.

(Again this was a tossup between Penguins and Meguca)

Notables: Madoka Magica, Yumekui Merry, Dantalian no Shoka

Best Production nominee: Mawaru Penguindrum

Three siblings, twins Kanba and Shouma, and the in-and-out-of-the-hospital Himari who’s in poor health, live together at the Takakura home. One day, when the siblings are out on a trip to the aquarium, Himari collapses. The doctors state that nothing can be done for her anymore, but then, a miracle occurs…

BEST BACKGROUND DESIGNS

Hanasaku Iroha

Hanasaku Iroha makes many scenes look realistic with how detailed their backgrounds are. Also their use of CGI is very applaudable. Unlike shows which just paste their CGI here and there (ehem Last Exile and T&B) Hanairo actually bothers in making their CGI look very seemless with its 2D designs. Sometimes you’d be surprised that the background of Hanasaku Iroha was made and not real life. Sometimes you’d be surprised that the Hanairo backgrounds look even better than real life ones.

Notables: Dantalian no Shoka, Madoka Magica, Kimi ni Todoke Season 2, Horou Musuko

Best Production nominee: Hanasaku Iroha

After her single mother decides to run off with a boyfriend to dodge debt collectors, the young and energetic Ohana is sent to live with her grandmother. However, her grandmother is the strict owner of a hot springs inn and requires her to work at the inn to pay for her living expenses. Although Ohana is unhappy about this situation at first, she decides to make the best of her situation and work hard. Ohana’s life is suddenly filled with fun, mischief, and drama!

Best Soundtrack

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Sure there were a lot of awesome OSTs this year but what makes Madoka Magica triumph over all? CUS ITS FROM YUKI KAJIURA that’s why! Not much can be said except how the OST here is quite different from the usual Yuki Kajiura making it a lot yummier to listen to. Oh yeah go check out Mami’s theme song if you haven’t.

Notables: Hanasaku Iroha, Ben-to, Anohana, Ao no Exorcist

Best Production nominee: Madoka Magica

Beloved family, good friends, laughter and tears – these things make up the ordinary life of Kaname Madoka, a second year student of Mitakihara City Middle School. One night, Madoka dreams of a mysterious dark haired girl struggling against a terrible evil; the next morning she discovers that the girl, Akemi Homura, has transferred into her class. This encounter will lead to an incident which will alter Madoka’s fate forever.

Best OP/ED

Nichijou OP1 and 2

Haaydin is fucking awesome. In this two songs of Nichijou, he manages to make the voice of a male and a female and not make it look like so. I was really surprised when I learned about this. Also KyoAni went wild with the accompaniment animation for this which makes Nichijou’s two Ops the best this year.

Notables: To Aru Majutsu no Index II OP 2, Steins;Gate OP, No. 6 ED, Gosick ED

Best Insert Song

STAR DRIVER: Monochrome by Haruka Tomatsu

While I love Mami’s theme and most of Hanairo’s insert songs, STAR DRIVER’s Monochrome beats out the rest with how catchy it is and how it really fits with the battles on STAR DRIVER.

Best Production

Nichijou

It’s safe to say Nichijou was the best this year. It had awesome and creative animation; it took the initiative to really incorporate its animation with its jokes and most of all, it never ever looked bad. No awkward character designs, everything was fluid; you just can’t get any better than this (for this year).

Nominees: Madoka Magica, Mawaru Penguindrum, Hanasaku Iroha, Fate/Zero

 

More in store in the next Anime Oscars Category: Story

That feeling that you’re not getting motivated in blogging. . .

Yeah I’m feeling that right now. I always want to completed blogging all my shows, and the fact that I missed almost more than half of all of them (except Penguindrum though that’s also severely lacking too), I ts really losing my drive.

I just can’t wait for Fall to finish. I’m sure I’ll get motivated again in January since you know. . . the sequel of a certain show that I absolutely love will finally air.  

*Real reason I’m not getting motivated = SAIMOE DISASTER loljk.

SaiMadoka Finals – Top Head!

Mami prevails in the third intra-series match of Madoka Magica, this time versus Kyouko Sakura. Fakes abound, making people think Mami is trailing but the first-hour madness was the deciding factor. Welcome to the hall of fame MAMI TOMOE.

Post-Season Thoughts:

After contemplating on what really went down this year, I think the proper answer to the ruckus went on is not that Madoka Magica was too strong, its just that it didn’t have a rival faction. Ore no Imouto and Infinite Stratos were a tad weaker, K-On disappeared after Round 1, Denpa Onna after Round 2, Raildex was too old to fight, Steins;Gate had way too many heartbreaks, and Strike Witches just sneaked in whenever they can. There was no Hayate Vs. Saki or Lucky Star Vs. CLANNAD, or Rozen Maiden Vs. Nanoha, Puella Magi Magi Madoka Magica was all alone this year.

Block A:

I think its pretty clear this Block was a disaster. Most of the characters who have a chance at beating Madoka Magica were here with Homura Akemi, but the alleged cheating ruined it all. I had already set in mind that Mikoto would win this block after having to sacrifice Homura and Victorique but IP banning got stricter and her voters failed to show up when needed. The right side had two Steins;Gate heartbreaks after some Amagami cleaning which left Lotte to win the entire thing but she eventually lost in the QFs to Erica Hartmann after not gaining the 400+ votes that she should’ve got. Too much ploys in this block ruined it all.

Block B:

Most people called this block decided in the Kande-Mugi tussle, but Saimoe fate has its ways. Uprisings from Amagami’s Tsukasa, Strike Witches’ Erica Hartmann and Steins;Gate Amane Suzuha made things a bit worrying. The eventual winner was Erica Hartmann, and it seems that Kanade was also cheating her way through with how her votes disappeared in the final.

Block C:

the most uneventful Block of all, it made Madoka really rusty with all the low vote totals in it and how unchallenged she is causing her defeat to Tomoe Mami in the Semi-finals.

Block D:

It may seem that this Block is also boring, save for some Squid Girl awesomeness, but this one has its VERY LOW vote total tussles which was somehow entertaining. Yuno made it to Top 16 again and she’s now in the Saimoe Hall of Fame for the Top 10 most wins.

Block E:

Its safe to say this was the most exciting Block this year. Here came the demise of K-On!, the rise of TWGOK, the heated matches of Akari-Uiharu and Char-Erio, and the eventual thwomph of Miki Sayaka to everyone in this block.

Block F:

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