A day earlier than when I made a promise to post this, but that’s never a bad thing! Anyway, I decided to participate in the Ani-Bloggers Choice Anime Awards, run by Kiddtic from Kidds’ Anime Blog, as it looks great and fun! The Ani-Bloggers Choice Anime Awards (ACAA) is exactly just as it sounds like: ani-bloggers will choose their 3 top anime series of each season this year, and then choose one top anime series to reign supreme amongst them all.
A minor disclaimer: As of this writing, I am at least 4-5 episodes behind on the current airing series, so the awards for Summer 2011 and Autumn 2011 might be skewed and different for other bloggers. And so without much ado, here are my top 3 anime series for each season!
Winter 2011 – Puella Magi Madoka Magica
It really should come to no surprise that this series would make the top choice for Winter 2011. After all, this is a unique magical girl series with a twist; the main character doesn’t even transform into a magical girl until near the end of the series! Hourou Musuko is also another great manga adaptation series, one that touches upon cross-dressing, and is certainly great as expected from one of my favorite mangaka, Shimura Takako. Fractale also deserves a mention as well, and although it did end off on a sour note for me, it did have a nice decent beginning.
Runners up: Hourou Musuko & Fractale
Spring 2011 – Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
AnoHana was one of the better series of Spring 2011, and I admit that I shed some tears at the ending. For this and the evocation and nostalgia of childhood memories, I’m giving this series the award for Spring 2011. Although Hanasaku Iroha ended off on a small, bittersweet tune, I enjoyed some of the better defining (and comedic) moments of this series, and the characters were really likeable. Nichijou, KyoAni’s series, was also another nice series, and I did enjoy laughing at some of the slapstick jokes very much, so this gets a mention!
Runners up: Hanasaku Iroha & Nichijou
Summer 2011 – The iDOLM@STER
This was a really tough choice, but in the end, The iDOLM@STER barely won over Mawaru Penguindrum and Ikoku Meiro no Croisée on the basis that the series was just pure entertaining and having such great consistent quality animation and characters! Mawaru Penguindrum was extremely close, owing to its plot twists and tantalizing allusions! Ikoku Meiro no Croisée also deserves a great mention as well, since it manages to do its job very well as a slice-of-life series with just the right amount of cuteness and drama (check out my review for this series!).
Runners up: Mawaru Penguindrum (I really want to make this a tie, but there can only be 1 winner!) & Ikoku Meiro no Croisée
Autumn 2011 – Fate/zero
Fate/zero had the best storytelling and best movie-quality animation, and so this came out as the winner for Autumn 2011! (Well, I might be biased since I’m a huge TYPE-MOON fan…) If Fate/zero hadn’t aired this season, then Mirai Nikki would surely have won, because of its unique premise with the future diaries and the fascinating stalker, Gasai Yuno. UN-GO also deserves a mention for its great characters, who all have their own background and stories to be told through the solving of mysteries and crimes.
Runners up: Mirai Nikki & UN-GO
And now, my top anime series of the year goes to… *drumroll*… Fate/zero!
Once again, I might be too biased…
Runners up: The iDOLM@STER & Puella Magi Madoka Magica