Friday, January 4, 2008

Recap of 2007

2007 has passed, let's have a quick recap before I get busy with all the new January 2008 releases.

January Season really didn't offer any anime that is worth watching, except two: Nodame Cantabile and Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kempucho To. While Nodame's art style is not the type I like (actually, it's on the borderline of the type I hate), it is a Noitamina anime, where some quality animes such as Honey and Clover, Kai Ayakashi, Paradise Kiss have been seen. It turns out that Nodame Cantabile is one of the best anime of the year (see the award section below).

Then April Season rolls around the corner. Generally speaking, April and October tend to be the bigger seasons where January and July tend to be the smaller transition seasons. More quality animes are seen in April and October season than the other two. This is no exception for 2007. Many great animes were released in this month, namely, Claymore, Darker than Black, Romeo x Juliet, Sola, Lucky Star, Bokurano, Lovely Complex, Denno Coil. There are also some that I thought had some good potential but did not fully deliver: Shinkyoku Sokai Polyphonica, Sisters of Wellber, Kaze no Stigma. Some are just there to test your patience: Touka Gettan, AIKa: R-16, Inukami Movie. This is quite a blooming season. Many of them end up earning my awards.

Though July Season is a small season, but it is not as miserable as January. Quite a few good series started this month, namely, School Days, Higurashi Kai, Mononoke, Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kempucho To 2nd Act, Baccano!.

Then October Season showed up with a bang, but not nearly as big of a bang as I was hoping for. Quality series like Bamboo Blade, Myself Yourself, Clannad, Ef ~ a Tale of Memories, Moyashimon, Shion no Ou, Mokke showed up, but there are some semi-disappointing ones such as Da Capo II, Blue Drop, Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun as well. Nevertheless, it's an above average season.

Now, it's time to hand out the awards. If you've been following my blog, you should already know the several major ones in the general catagory.

Best Drama of 2007: Darker Than Black
Best Comedy of 2007: Nodame Cantabile
Best Horror of 2007: Mononoke
Best SciFi of 2007: Denno Coil
Best Fantasy of 2007: Claymore
Best School Drama of 2007: School Days

As I said in an earlier post, I feel bad but Baccano! got bumped in the last moment:

Best Anime of 2007: Denno Coil

Then there is the special category:

WTF Anime of 2007: Touka Gettan

Weirdest Anime of 2007 (and possibly ever): Mononoke
Best Scene of 2007: The Killing Spree in School Days
Most Evil Plot of 2007: Myself; Yourself
Most Anticipated Anime in 2007: Higurashi Kai
Most Sexually Explicit Anime in 2007: Tied between Inukami Movie and AIKa: R-16
Bloodiest Anime of 2007: Baccano!

Most Satisfying Ending in 2007: School Days
Clumsist Character of 2007: Megumi "Nodame" Noda (From Nodame Cantabile)
Dork of the Year 2007: Itoshiki Nozomu (From Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei)
Most Disappointing Ending in 2007: Da Capo II

Cheesiest Anime of 2007: Devil May Cry
Most Premature Ending of 2007: Tied between Moyashimon and Shinkyoku Sokai Polyphonica

Also, there are some honorable mentions, because these animes are just barely beaten by others in its category:

Baccano!: Drama Runner-up and Anime of the year Runner-up
Lovely Complex: Comedy Runner-up
Tokyo Majin Gakuen Kempucho To 2nd Act: Drama Runner-up

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