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First Annual Reader Awards: And the Votes say…

Okay, everyone. Two weeks ago I said that I’d put up your choices for the awards. So, this week I’m doing that. Keep in mind, those people who did vote didn’t see all the anime I reviewed. So, these are going to lean pretty heavily towards the better known anime that I watched.Now, let’s look at your choices. Whether I agree with them or not.

Moffat Award for worst series/OVA: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls. 

Yeah, this one is bad. As a work of horror, it fails pretty badly, being funny more often than frightening. Not my pick, but I can see why it was yours.

Simone Award for best serious series/OVA: Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch.

This is another one I can understand. Code Geass did a lot right and gave us a compelling story. Incidentally, I will be reviewing the second series in either late March or early April. So, that’ll be fun for all of us.

Abrams Award for worst film: Hetalia: Paint it White.

Here’s one we agreed on. This film was just bad with all of its good scenes being lazily lifted from the main series.

Miyazaki Award for best film: Spirited Away

Here’s another one we completely agree on. This film gave us a grand adventure with strong characters and was just Studio Ghibli at their best.

Macfarlane award for worst comedy: Hetalia: Paint it White.

I guess you guys disliked that film a lot more than I did, because I can think of a couple worse comedies I watched, but this is all about you and your choice was Paint it White.

Pratchett Award for best comedy: Gintama

I can’t really agree on this one. Gintama is not my type of comedy. But, at the same time, this choice isn’t surprising, since the series is popular.

Meyer Award for worst romance: Love Hina.

This one doesn’t really surprise me either. After all, it’s very close to my own pick.

Kanemaki Award for best romance: Yuru Yuri: San Hai.

I’m not really sure which pairing you all liked the most from this series. Maybe it was Sakurako & Himawari. Maybe it was Chinatsu & Yui. Maybe it was a poly-amorous coven. Whatever the case, San Hai was your choice for best romance.

Anno Award for worst cast: Hetalia: Paint it White.

On one hand, I don’t think this series has a bad cast at all. But, on the other hand, the film does kind of make it look like it does. either way, this is your choice I had mine two weeks ago.

Moore Award for best cast: Gintama

Well then… I guess that’s a thing.

Bendis Award for worst conflict: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls. 

In terms of execution, this conflict is pretty bad. I can see why you picked it.

Claremont Award for best conflict: Code Geass Hangyaku no Lelouch

I can understand this one too. Code Geass was really good about setting up both a conflict of ideals and one of this small resistance force against a major power.

Liefeld Award for worst visuals: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

This was one of my two choices too. With overblown gore effects that are exaggerated to the point of silliness and ridiculous monsters. It just looks bad. Glad we agree on that.

Urbino Award for best visuals: Spirited Away.

Again, we agree. Also one of my choices this year. The visuals in this are Studio Ghibli at their finest. Beautiful details and a fantastically designed world.

Spencer Award for worst acting: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls.

I don’t disagree about this being badly done. These characters were bland and the actors, though they do their best, can’t really make them sound compelling.

Sir Stewart Award for best acting: Yahari ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru.

The series does have some strong performances. Can’t really fault you for picking it.

Perry Award for worst music: Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

This one got a lot of the negative reader awards this year.

Kloss Award for best music: Gintama.

I’m just not going to say anything on this one. After all, this is about your picks.

So, there’s how you all voted. I guess you really liked Gintama, Spirited Away & Code Geass and really hated Corpse Party & Hetalia: Paint it white. I can largely agree on four of those.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru: This Protagonist reminds me of someone

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru, or OreGairu, started as a series of light novels by Watari Wataru in 2011. It’s gotten multiple manga and an anime adaptation from Brain’s Base in 2013. Is this a romantic comedy that’s worth looking at?

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Story:

Our narrative follows a young introvert, Hikigaya Hachiman, who gets himself in trouble with his teacher due to getting overly creative with an essay assignment. As punishment, she forces him to join the Volunteer club, an organisation dedicated to helping students with problems. The leader, and only other member, is Yukinoshita Yukino, an introverted girl who believes that the exceptional, such as herself, should aid the hoi polloi. The two are quickly joined by Yuigahama Yui, a more extroverted girl who wants to be friends with both of them and quite possibly has an attraction to both of them. The episodes generally follow a pattern of the club getting asked for assistance and our three leads going to work on it.

The biggest weakness with the series is with the “love triangle” aspect among our three leads. Here’s the thing, Hikigaya has no real chemistry with either of these girls. There’s a young guy in the tennis club he seems to have a thing for, complete with sparkly effects, blushing and other signals that would generally be indicative of him as the love interest, but it’s pretty clear that the series is trying to push the whole love triangle and it just doesn’t do it well. Of course, there is a second series. Maybe he actually does end up with that guy and the lack of real chemistry is deliberate. Pattern recognition says that it’s unlikely, but that would be awesome. Even Yui’s one-sided interest doesn’t really do much. She has more chemistry with Yukino than this guy. There’s also an issue with coincidence. Mainly, the set of sheer coincidences that go into tying these three together makes Steerforth constantly showing up completely by accident seem suddenly plausible.

With that out of the way, there are things I appreciate about this series too. I like that two of the three major characters are introverted. It’s not something that happens often. I also appreciate that the romance takes a back seat to the characters just getting to know each other and learning to get on as friends. I also like that, thus far, it’s pretty atypical for a romantic comedy. It takes risks with the formula and does its own thing instead of giving us the usual tropes. The comedy also does generally work. It actually builds on the situation and uses a variety of set ups and pay-offs as opposed to a series like WataMote where the joke is always that she’s socially awkward.

Characters:

A lot of these characters actually do get well fleshed out and have verisimilitude to them. A lot of them remind me of people I’ve actually known. The emphasis on that makes it kind of jarring when Hiratsuka sensei does things that would get any real teacher fired. It also makes the few more exaggerated characters, Zaimokuza & Hina being the primary examples, seem a bit out of place. Overall, though, it is quite a compelling group of characters.

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Art:

The artwork is pretty good. A lot of it is pretty standard for this type of series, but it’s well done and there are some nice details.

Sound:

The casting is pretty good. Eguchi Takuya, Touyama Nao, and Hayami Saori all do well in the main roles. Even Sasaki Nozomi and Hiyama Nobuyuki are able to make their more exaggerated roles sound decent. The music is quite nicely done and suits the series well.

Ho-yay:

There’s quite a bit. I already mentioned the way Hikigaya and Saika have ample amounts of chemistry. There’s also the stuff between Yui and Yukino. These two get really affectionate and there’s a point where Yui mentions that she might like Yukino even more than she thought. Although she does clarify that she doesn’t mean in that way. Methinks the lady doth protest over-much. Hina’s character is defined by her being a yaoi fan-girl and she openly drags guys she knows into her fantasies on that front. I bet she’s the type who writes erotic friend fiction.

Final Thoughts:

OreGairu is a pretty enjoyable series. It has some issues but it also gets a lot right. All things considered, I give it an 8/10. Maybe I’ll watch and review the sequel series at a later date and we’ll see if it improves. But next week is the start of a new year. This January I’m going to be looking at series and films that tie in to various things I’ve reviewed in prior Januaries. To start with, tying into Hayashibara Megumi month, let’s look at All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Dash.