2011 AniBloggers’ Choice Anime Awards

In participation with Kiddtic’s 2011 ACAA, here are my picks for the past year.  I probably had the most difficulty narrowing down my choices for the current fall season since there are quite a few that vied for my second and third choices.  I’m also going to include an additional Licensor Award since I think it’s a great idea for supporting our local licensing of a medium we all love and hopefully want to share with others.

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Bunny Drop Special 2.5 (Thoughts)

With the BD release of Bunny Drop comes 4 specials never shown on television.  The first of them, “Aquarium of Leaves,” is a delicious bite of the lovable tv series, and comes as a welcome change to this season’s list of anime.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying this season well enough, but I only have one (Chihayafuru) that even comes close to creating that fuzzy warm feeling.

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Summer 2011 Final Thoughts (a.k.a. How the heck did I manage to watch all of these?)

So I’m late crossing the finish line, but at least I finished, right? There were a ton of series to make it through this season, and I wasn’t sure if I’d make it through writing this entry.  But, here we are, and I’m now wading through a rush of newly airing fall anime.

Final thoughts include: Bunny Drop, Tiger & Bunny, NO.6, Sacred Seven, Ikoku Meiro no Croisee, Kamisama no Memochou, Hanasaku Iroha, Natsume Yuujinchou San, Blood-C, Dantalian no Shoka, Ao no Exorcist, Kamisama Dolls, Nekogami Yaoyorozu, Uta no Prince-sama, Baka to Test 2, and Nichijou.  These thoughts are fairly brief, given the large number of anime covered in this season review, and are usually about two paragraphs long.  If I like the show enough, I’ll most likely return to it sometime for a re-watch and write a more detailed review!

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Initial Impressions: Bunny Drop, Mawaru Penguindrum, NO.6, Blood-C

Bunny Drop: On-hold
I know many readers who see my “On-hold” status on this show and are probably slightly apalled at my poor taste due to the overwhelming hype that this show has gotten.  Not only is the anime broadcasting on the notorious, high-quality noitaminA, but it also features a unique art style and story set up.  The magic’s in the cards, it would seem.  Although I do applaud Bunny Drop for its nostalgic, sketch-like art, as well as for its less than appetizing portrayal of some humans’ lack of warmth, this first episode failed to “ring the bell of happiness.”  Never once in the 22 minutes did I feel particularly drawn to any one character, not even to Rin, who I figured would clench my affections immediately.  Yes, I felt terrible for her situation, and yes, I was horrified at the family’s reluctance to take her in; however, the personalities of every character, including Rin and Daikichi, were so bland that I would easily forget them if I were to meet them in reality.  Nevertheless, I will continue to try this show out before I make my final decision on keeping or kicking it.

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