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2014 Winter Anime Awards Winner
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Thanks pleth0ra! Some of these really ran away with their awards.

Glad to see Noragami up there.



You're welcome!
Yeah, when I was counting the votes I was pretty surprised by how well Noragami did. For some reason I didn't think it would do that well, but I am glad it did.
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Thanks for your hard work as always pleth0ra. I was hoping to see Noragami take Best of Winter. D'aw well.

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No surprise that Kill la Kill had a lot of winners, but I feel like Golden Time, Nagi no asukara, and Log Horizon held some of the best in their categories.

Golden Time was one of my favorite Romantic/Comedy anime that really did hold with a good story, and an end that made me feel sad the series was over.

Nagi no asukara was one of the best dramas in my book because the story was so well done and characters that made me have the feels for most of the series. Also, the drawings were so simple, but beautiful, sometimes I felt that the eyes had the most emotion and captured the essence of the sea, definitely one of the best artworks.

Log Horizon is the better SAO, it really was a fun anime that didn't take itself too seriously and had a fair story with some decent characters.
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yaaay i'm glad to see Hozuki made on there

i really enjoyed Noragami too.
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Thanks a lot pleth0ra for all of your hard work putting this together. I had fun making up my ballot and seeing how things turned out.

I'm kind of sad there was not more love for World Conquest Zvezda Plot, Inari KonKon Iroha, and Super Sonico on there, but otherwise I more or less agree with the category winners.

Nagi no Asukara heartily won Best Story, Best Animation, and Best Drama, but barely made the cut in the Best of Winter 2014 category. How do so many feel it's the best in those and then not vote it the best overall, lol. I don't think it was the Best Story, and would have preferred something else won that one, but I respect it winning Best Animation and Drama.

Only 4 of my picks made the top spots, and 2 were from Kill la Kill, ha. I knew Kill la Kill would take the Best Action and Best of Winter 2014 categories, as it was probably the most notable and engaging series in the bunch. Winter did not really have too many standouts overall, so I'm not too surprised many series won multiple spots or at least showed up multiple times. Spring should be more interesting...


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This is even more reason why I should be watching Nagi no Asukara. The beginning had lost me, but I am going to marathon it pretty soon.


If the beginning lost you then you will be disappointed later. I feel it was pretty overrated here, but still worth watching once if you have the time. Don't get me wrong, it looks fantastic and sounds great too, but ultimately it is a big let down. The first half was more or less a good story and had nice things to draw the viewer in, but the second half is total drama city. They threw out the interesting part with the underwater people conflicting with the above ground people and focused on all of these love triangles among teens for the plot the rest of the way. Literally every one of the main teens falls in love with someone else and the show focuses in on them being upset with each other over who will get who. The trouble is it feels rushed and out of place when they did not spend much time on the love aspect in the first half if at all. I was very disappointed with what they did in the second half to say the least and still can't see why so many people like the show this much. It's decent, and the visuals and music are superb, but nowhere near being as great as the Best Story votes imply or a must watch beyond checking out the visuals in my book.
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First thanks Pleth0ra for your hard work . I like seeing the results and another big thanks for posting the runner ups! I am sure not just for me but others to see some of their favorites post!

I did quite well in the comedy and music catergories and wasnt surprised by all the results! So if do spring it's one of the hardest ever!And we do need a sci-fi cat as there is quite a few this season!
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Concerning Nagi no Asukara, I think the people who really loved it, like me, were the ones who became very invested in the characters and really felt for them as they went through all of their ordeals. If most of the characters never made that big of an impression on you, then it makes sense that you wouldn't like the drama in the second half. Or maybe you just don't like that type of drama.

As for the awards it won, you may be reading too much into a couple of those. Best Animation is just about production values, not content, and I don't think there are many people who vote in these threads who feel best animation = best content; I think I actually saw some people who didn't like Nagi no Asukara vote for it for Best Animation. Drama seems to be a hit-or-miss for people, so winning that doesn't say much either; again, I think there were people who voted for Nagi no Asukara because they felt it was the best example of a drama, even if they didn't like the drama or even the series. That leaves it with only one meaningful award, so it's not too surprising that it only managed third. Kill la Kill, on the other hand, won in two meaningful categories (action, female character) and placed in another (story), so it had a better chance of winning. It's just an example of how convenient labels like "Best Story" don't always predict popularity.
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Concerning Nagi no Asukara, I think the people who really loved it, like me, were the ones who became very invested in the characters and really felt for them as they went through all of their ordeals. If most of the characters never made that big of an impression on you, then it makes sense that you wouldn't like the drama in the second half. Or maybe you just don't like that type of drama.


Yeah, it is a very character driven story and I found Miuna and Manaka more annoying than endearing. Though I do like Hikari and his family members. I guess I was hoping for more of a family oriented story with maybe a little love triangle between Hikari, Manaka, and Tsumugu, but got all of these extra love angles out of the blue filling up the latter half. Miuna falling for her uncle was a bit off putting too. It just felt too forced and out of focus in that regard. I still enjoy the series, but I don't find it to be anything special beyond the animation and production values. The romance/crush angle in the second half is a dime a dozen in anime and a show like Noragami or World Conquest have more compelling stories I feel.

I love these types of dramas typically too. Hanasaku Iroha grabbed me from the first episode and has characters of all ages I can really relate with. Even Tari Tari felt more focused in that there was the goal of them working to save the school and music program together, even though there was some crushing gong on there too. In these two PA Works series love is just one of many aspects of the story. The main conflict in those revolved more on the places and the people than on them being in love. Nagi deviated toward the love angle more than I would have liked and in a way that felt like the place and the people became almost irrelevant. It no longer mattered they were people of the sea as the drama between them could have been from any high school based anime. In those other stories the place bonded them together, whereas with Nagi the place did not feel as important as the relationships themselves.


hayate_sensei_853 wrote:
As for the awards it won, you may be reading too much into a couple of those. Best Animation is just about production values, not content, and I don't think there are many people who vote in these threads who feel best animation = best content; I think I actually saw some people who didn't like Nagi no Asukara vote for it for Best Animation. Drama seems to be a hit-or-miss for people, so winning that doesn't say much either; again, I think there were people who voted for Nagi no Asukara because they felt it was the best example of a drama, even if they didn't like the drama or even the series. That leaves it with only one meaningful award, so it's not too surprising that it only managed third. Kill la Kill, on the other hand, won in two meaningful categories (action, female character) and placed in another (story), so it had a better chance of winning. It's just an example of how convenient labels like "Best Story" don't always predict popularity.


Oh, I agree that things like Best Animation and Best Drama don't mean much in and of themselves. However, I still find it odd it hit those two notes well in the voting along with being voted Best Story by 20 votes but then only got 7 votes for Best of Winter 2014. Maybe that means they feel Nagi had potential to be truly great but did not quite live up to the competition in terms of overall enjoyment? I guess I just expected to see more votes in that category for it considering it hit three major things that people look for in shows. The energy of Kill la Kill or the well told and unique story of Noragami may have played a big role in that swing though. If you notice, Kill la Kill only has 7 votes for Best Story, but had 17 votes for Best of Winter 2014. Comparatively, it's the inverse of Nagi.
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hayate_sensei_853 wrote:

Best Animation is just about production values, not content, and I don't think there are many people who vote in these threads who feel best animation = best content; I think I actually saw some people who didn't like Nagi no Asukara vote for it for Best Animation. Drama seems to be a hit-or-miss for people, so winning that doesn't say much either; again, I think there were people who voted for Nagi no Asukara because they felt it was the best example of a drama, even if they didn't like the drama or even the series. That leaves it with only one meaningful award, so it's not too surprising that it only managed third. Kill la Kill, on the other hand, won in two meaningful categories (action, female character) and placed in another (story), so it had a better chance of winning. It's just an example of how convenient labels like "Best Story" don't always predict popularity.

This. ^

When I was going through the list I replaced things like "Best Animation" with the statement "If you want to watch the best animation from winter 2014, you should watch __________." That was my approach to every category.

It's really not much less subjective in the end, but I think it helped me be fairer to everything I watched in general.
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Okay, I can see where you're coming from concerning the drama. It felt to me like the people of the sea aspect was applied more to the characters in the first half, whereas it was applied more to the overall story in the second half. I personally didn't mind the change, but I can see how others wouldn't like that.

The swing in votes between Best Story and Best of Winter 2014 was part of what I meant when I said that certain awards don't always reflect what's most popular overall; for example, as you said, the energy in Kill la Kill probably played a big role in landing it the win for best of the season, but there's no award for "Most Energy" or anything like that. There may have been a lot of other factors that led to Kill la Kill's popularity that weren't accounted for by the individual categories; or maybe there some people who felt Nagi no Asukara's story wasn't that great, but that it was still better than the other stories from Winter 2014. I'm not sure that I'd say drama is a major thing people look for in shows, though, and I think a lot of people consider animation separately from overall quality. That's why I said it only had one meaningful award; that is, one award that people usually associate with overall quality.
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