Don’t @ Me: Six of my Anime Opinions: Anime Awards Edition

It’s Monday, which means it is time for this. Welcome back to Don’t @ Me! The place where, like the Crusaders of Jerusalem, I yell that ‘god wills it’ as I give my thoughts, view and opinions on everything in anime and manga world. This week I’m talking about the anime awards. Let’s get into it after the cut.

  1. If you missed it, ther anime awards have been revealed and the biggest thing about it is that it has completely cut out anything from the fall 2022 season. Meaning that the awards will only cover 3/4ths of 2022 instead of the whole year. As expected people have thoughts about it.

2. Now look, I understand one of the reasons they done this. ‘Recent Bias’ is a thing, and they probably want to be fair to what has come earlier in the year. But considering the fact that 90% of what gets nominated are the big hype shows, I don’t understand why this happened.

3. Like, why not just fucking push the awards till like March and April? Let more time past so the most recent season can get some distance. Why do it now? What is the importance of it? Anime fans barely care about these awards anyway, why do this?

4. I mean, this really just does delegitimize the entire concept of the awards. What if the best show does come out during that time? Do we just ignore it? Does it pushed back to 2023, when god knows what else comes out and drown it out? It completely throws away any level of trust the awards have, and makes the ‘best of the year’ completely bullshit.

5. And this is coming from a man who was lukewarm on Chainsaw Man. I didn’t give my best of the year and frankly it doesn’t deserve it. But despite my lukewarm feelings, this feels like a fucking kick in the dick for not only that show, but everything else this season. If I was a conspiracy nut, I would say this was to ensure that Attack on Titan wins, but that’s just silly.

6. And speaking of that, here is my list of the ‘best of the year’ awards, the honest edition.

What will win: Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2

What should win: Cyberpunk Edgerunners

What shouldn’t win: Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2

The ‘Compromise Pick’: Demon Slayer Entertainment District Arc.

What the critics want to win: Ranking of Kings

What would have won if it was only one cour: SpyxFamily

What has no chance: Lycoris Recoil.

2 thoughts on “Don’t @ Me: Six of my Anime Opinions: Anime Awards Edition

  1. Anime awards are an activity that is conducted by a small group of people, and as such, only reflects the tastes and interests of those who run it. Consequently, I looked at the list of shows to vote and realised nothing I cared for was actually present in many of the categories!

    A lot of anime blogs from an older time used to do anime awards and similarly got flak because to no one’s surprise, those bloggers picked the shows they liked best. Subjectivity makes it difficult to do awards in a manner people will consider fair, so, at least for a small blog like myself, I tend not to do awards or say which shows, characters, soundtracks and visuals were the best or worst.

    For Crunchyroll, I’m guessing this is really more of an event to generate some buzz, and while I definitely understand why their decision is going to be controversial, the plus side is that awards don’t really impact our individual enjoyment of shows. While awards can sway people into watching what’s hot and steer them away from hidden gems, that’s why blogs like ours exist 😉

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