Welcome to my Winter 2014 Anime Awards, or the ones in which Kill la Kill wins almost everything. I’m changing up the format a bit; there will be a winner for each category, obviously. I’ll write a bit about the winner. There will also be a few runners-up listed.
So, the anime I watched for this season looks something like this:
- Log Horizon
- Kill la Kill
- Saki: The Nationals
- Sakura Trick
- Space Dandy
- Super Sonico the Animation
- Tonari no Seki-kun
- Wake Up, Girls!
- Wizard Barristers
- World Conquest Zvezda Plot
So, be wary of potential spoilers. With all that out of the way, let’s get started.
Best Opening Theme
“ambiguous” by GARNiDELiA
This is Kill la Kill‘s second opening theme. I was tempted to hand this award to Log Horizon again, though it never changed its opening theme. Anyway, this is a fairly enjoyable song and it is well worth listening to the full version.
Runners-up: “Respect for the Dead Man” by Pay Money To My Pain (Nobunagun); “7 Girls War” by Wake Up, Girls! (Wake Up, Girls!)
Whilst it may not be the most action-oriented anime, Log Horizon‘s take on players getting trapped in a MMORPG is certainly a compelling tale. Of course, watching Shiroe come up with his schemes and carrying them out is fun.
Runners-up: Wizard Barristers; Wake Up, Girls!
Best Main Character
Kill la Kill‘s protagonist may lose her way a couple of times, but she always manages to find it afterwards. She is capable of holding her own in a fight, and teaming up with Senketsu makes her a force to be reckoned with.
Runners-up: Shiroe (Log Horizon); Cecil Sudo (Wizard Barristers)
The main antagonist of Kill la Kill, or ‘the best mother in the world’. Either you love her for how antagonistic she is, or you want to see her defeated for the same reason. Any villain that can bring out both of those feelings from people is definitely going to make a fine antagonist.
Runners-up: Makusu Shimon (Wizard Barristers); Governor of Tokyo (World Conquest Zvezda Plot)
Best Cast of Characters
Kill la Kill
Quite frankly, just Mako Mankanshoku is enough to win this award on her own. However, the rest of the characters in Kill la Kill are brilliant; the Elite Four, Nudist Beach and even the antagonists all make for a memorable group of characters.
Runners-up: Sakura Trick; Wizard Barristers; World Conquest Zvezda Plot
This was actually a tough one, but I settled for Tonari no Seki-kun‘s Rumi. Her reactions to Seki’s antics are brilliant, and she tends to get carried away just watching him come up with inventive distractions.
Runners-up: Yuuki Kataoka (Saki: The Nationals); Yuu Sonoda (Sakura Trick)
Most Badass Character
Bet you never guessed a Kill la Kill character would win this award, right? That previous sentence was sarcasm, by the way. Anyway, everyone in Kill la Kill is a badass, it’s just that Ryuko is my favourite character.
Runners-up: Shio Ogura (Nobunagun); Cecil Sudo (Wizard Barristers)
Haruka Takyama & Yuu Sonoda
The main couple in Sakura Trick, who manage a kiss at least once an episode. Those two love each other very much, and Haruka remains loyal to Yuu even when Mitsuki confesses to her.
Runners-up: Kotone Noda & Shizuki Minami (Sakura Trick); Ryuko Matoi & Mako Mankanshoku (Kill la Kill)
Ryuko vs. Ragyo
The climax of Kill la Kill, which takes place in space. Ryuko and Senketsu go at Ragyo with everything they have, and it is quite a spectacle.
Runners-up: Operation Stone Forest (Nobunagun); Kiyosumi vs. Himematsu vs. Miyamori vs. Eisui (Saki: The Nationals)
More specifically, the magic seen in Wizard Barristers. It’s no wonder wizards are so despised with access to that kind of destructive power.
Runners-up: E-Gene Holder (Nobunagun); Power of Conquest (World Conquest Zvezda Plot)
Hey, look, more Kill la Kill! Anyway, Senketsu absorbs all the Life Fibres of everyone gathered at Honnouji Academy. Ryuko’s hair turns blond and Senketsu’s eyepatch comes off. It is this transformation that allows Ryuko to confront Ragyo in space.
Runners-up: Nobunagun (Nobunagun); Zvezda (World Conquest Plot Zvezda)
Kill la Kill
Don’t lose your way! It helps that the other songs in Kill la Kill‘s soundtrack are great, not just ‘Before My Body is Dry’.
Runners-up: Sakura Trick; Super Sonico the Animation; Wake Up, Girls!
Kill la Kill
The aforementioned fight between Ryuko and Ragyo. Ryuko won’t accept losing, as Mako asked her out on a date beforehand.
Runners-up: Wake Up, Girls!; Sakura Trick
Best Ending Theme
“Gomen ne, Iiko ja Irarenai.” by Miku Sawai
Kill la Kill‘s second ending theme, which is also used for the final episode. This is my favourite of the three ending themes.
Runners-up: “Kiss(and)Love” by SAKURA*TRICK (Sakura Trick); “TRUE GATE” by Miyuki Hashimoto (Saki: The Nationals)
Kill la Kill
Was there any doubt that this was going to win? Anyway, Kill la Kill is an anime series that is right up there alongside classics such as Cowboy Bebop, Gurren Lagann and Evangelion.
Runners-up: Sakura Trick; Tonari no Seki-kun; Wizard Barristers.
Well, that’s it for my Winter 2014 Anime Awards. Kill la Kill certainly cleaned up, didn’t it? Still, that was all down to me and I know that it is worthy of the high praise.
See you all next time for the Spring 2014 Anime Awards, where the winners may be more varied!