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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

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Ben-to makes me hungry.

There’s a lot of things going on for Ben-to which make me really like it.

1. For such a stupid premise, why am I so hooked into the plot? I love the absurdity of everyone fighting for overpriced meals, and the serious air around the plot is so hilarious but at the same time intriguing.

2. This is what you would call an action series. Sure its comedy first and foremost, but the fighting scenes, while lacking in budget, are well choreographed and have me pumped up all the time. The camera-work is lovely, so is the directional quirks.

3. Its funny. Its very absurd but there’s a lot of wittiness put in through the humor. Its kinda like a mixture of Level-E’s cleverness and Bakatest’s stupidity. Sure I don’t think its as funny as those two but it brings something new to the table.

My Fall Blogging Schedule

Well I finally decided on a schedule to follow now that I’ve seen Guilty Crown.

Monday: Fate/Zero

Tuesday: Ben-to

Wednesday: Chihayafuru

Friday/Saturday: Mawaru Penguindrum

Pop-uppers: Guilty Crown, BLEACH

Mondays mean Fate/Zero to me. So far, its the anime I’ve replayed a bit too much this season and its only been two episodes. Tuesdays are for Ben-to because I’get really hungry those days. Wednesday is for Chihayafuru and for anyone’s information this so far has the best showing this season; probably my favorite. Fridays/Saturdays are for more penguins as always (though I don’t think I’ll blog it today). I thought about adding Guilty Crown too but that’s just too much work and my schedule is surprisingly comfortable so I don’t wanna ruin that. But I’ll definitely pop a few posts of GC if there’s an awesome episode. Oh yeah, Bleach suddenly started caring about production quality so I’m definitely up for a few posts (I don’t think Bleach is the best anime EVAR but with episodes like this week’s or the one before, its very tempting to say its one of my favorite anime though I do know I’ll be bit in the back pretty much soon since they might be blowing budgets for this.)

What I’m not going to blog:

Persona 4: Hell no.

Bakuman 2: Just because its good now doesn’t mean its gonna be good later.

Ika Musume 2: I was kinda tempted to blog this but it coincides with Chihayafuru so. . .

HUNTER X HUNTER: I’m enjoying this but I don’t wanna blog it.

I don’t have many friends: Might turn into something I’ll hate so PASS.

Mirai Nikki: I loved the first episode but it coincides with Fate/Zero and Ben-to so no.

Others: No more time.

My Favorites this Season of Anime so far. . .

Fate/Zero – While the first episode was a bit lukewarm, the second episode was fiery hot. I find myself rewatching this many times in its span of two episodes.

Chihayafuru – BLOWN AWAY. Literally.

Ben-To – It delivered as expected. I can’t wait on how funnier it will get.

Mirai Nikki – Wakamoto ex Machina.

Ika-Musume and Bakuman sequel – While I love how Ika-chan is still as funny as ever, I find it annoying that Bakuman is becoming better. But still kudos to these two.

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I think its safe to say this season is pretty much a disappointment. I guess I over-hyped it a little too much. Fate/Zero has TV-wow quality but I expected it to look like KnK which it didn’t. Guilty Crown didn’t wow me as much as I thought. Kimi to Boku failed terribly and Majikoi was just good in episode 1. Horizon in the whatever is too confusing. Well there’s still a lot to like so I’m not TOO disappointed. I really want my Spring 2011 back where everything was just awesome.

*I’ll wait til Guilty Crown’s second episode, need to watch UN-GO too.

FALL SEASON PREVIEW

Welcome to Traveler On Revenge’s first seasonal preview.

I’d love to give every anime a chance but somehow I always only end up finishing about 15 series per season. A show must really pique my interest (or just plainly make me laugh) for me to watch it. Fortunately this season has truckloads, just like every season this year. Well, without further ado. . .

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

I NEVER LIKED GUNDAM (Will try 00 though soon) NEXT-

Shakugan no Shana III (Final)

Still haven’t finished the first season. I can’t be excited when I’m not that caught up! NEXT- 

Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi 2

Not a fujoshi NEXT-  

Maken-Ki!

Maken-Ki!

Interest: 0.5/30

If your not To Love Ru then don’t even bother show your face to me.

Mashiroiro Symphony: Love Is Pure White

Mashiro-iro Symphony

Interest: 0.5/30

Terrible Eroge Harem Anime # 34535346363

Busou Shinki Moon Angel

Busou Shinki Moon Angel

Interest: 3/30

Nah. I don’t think I’ll watch this unless it gets some buzz. Next-

 

Bakuman 2

Bakuman. 2nd Series

Interest: 10/30

Watch:30/30

As much as I hated this adaptation, I’m sorta obliged to watch this. . . well simply because its my favorite manga of all time (well . . . close to it at least)

 

Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!

Interest: 15/30

Well I love Kimiaru but that’s just me. Personally, I think this will suck

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle

Phi Brain: Kami no Puzzle

Interest: 23/30

It looks and sounds really nice but its airing in NHK (educational/ makes things gay/the channel that airs Bakuman) and there’s something that makes me wary. Tentatively excited though.

Tamayura: Hitotose

Tamayura ~hitotose~

Interest: 24/30

Sounds K-On without music, but might turn out to be a reflective SoL. I didn’t watch the OVA so I don’t really know anything about this. Tentatively very excited.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

Interest: 25/30

I’ve turned into a tsundere at these things! I don’t even like admitting that I actually liked Oreimo (also stalled Denpa Onna only to watch it again and rate it highly). TERRIBLE (OMG I’m SO EXCITED) Light Novel Adaptation of the season.

 

C³

C³ -C Cube

Interest: 25/30

The premise looks basic but this IS the studio that produced BakaTest, so I’m gonna watch this even if its just for some visual porn.

Working'!!

WORKING’!!

Interest: 26/30

Haha lol’d at the apostrophe. I found this anime pretty funny so HAIL HO to season 2!

Last Exile -Ginyoku no Fam

Interest: 26/30

They say that Last Exile was quite a masterpiece. I’ve personally never seen it myself but OH HECK I’m excited for this.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

Interest: 26/30

Kinda sounds like Index, CONFUSING TERMINOLOGIES FTW! Seriously though, this one might just turn awesome (the LN are like 2000+ pages long)

Mirai Nikki

Interest: 27/30

It sounds like a really cool premise- OH WHAT THE HECK THERE’S A YANDERE MAIN CHARACTER HOW CAN YOU NOT GET EXCITED!!??!?!?!!?

UN-GO

Interest: 27/30

Sounds like a very cool detective story. + its by BONES and airs on Noitamina. Not a bad deal I guess?

Persona 4 the ANIMATION

Interest: 28/30

Awesome trailers and awesome premise. What’s not to like?

Kimi to Boku.

Kimi to Boku.

Interest: 28/30

Well all the girls wishes came true. K-On is gender-bended!- but seriously it sounds like a good idea and might turn out to be a really refreshing anime.

Hunter x Hunter (2011)

HUNTER x HUNTER 2011

Interest: 29/30

I’m kinda curious about this (sounds so Brotherhood). In any case, I don’t remember anything about Hunter X hunter (I watched it when I was like 6-oops I just spoiled my age I think) and this is a retelling so, EVERYONE EYES ON THIS!

Chihayafuru

Chihayafuru

Interest: 30/30

Josei anime almost always mean FUCKYEAH this will be awesome. Adding the fact that I’ve heard a lot of good things about the material, I’m very excited. + its Madhouse with 25 episodes so [QUALITY ENSURED]

Shinryaku!? Ika Musume

Shinryaku!? Ika Musume

Interest: 30/30

More of Ika-chan goodness. Fuck Yeah!

Fate/zero

Fate/Zero

Interest: FUCKING 30/30

Most anticipated show of 2011 [check]

Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown

Interest: 30/30

Production IG + Death Note director + Code Geass scriptwriter + Redjuice designs + Supercell + Noitamina programming = MY BODY IS READY.

Ben-To

Ben-To

Interest: 30/30

Guys WATCH THIS ANIME. It will be fucking awesome (My most anticipated anime this season.)

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Most Anticipated Anime: Ben-to, Guilty Crown, Fate/Zero, Shinryaku!? Ika Musume, Chihayafuru, Hunter X Hunter 2011

Guaranteed Watch: Tamayura, Haganai, c3, WORKING!!, New Last Exile, Horizon, Mirai Nikki, UN-GO, Persona 4, Kimi to Boku., (Bakuman 2 sigh)

Might Watch: Phi Brain, Maji de Watashiwuahs from the creators of Kimiaru anime

Okay guys, that’s about it. I don’t know if I’ve influenced you or anything but if I have good. Though if you really are an avid anime fan, do your own research! Who knows you might find some things about that certain upcoming anime that I didn’t mention that might make you watch it! Plus I don’t have previews.

(Pictures from MAL)