A Place Further Than the Universe Leads Tokyo Anime Awards Fan Vote

Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2019 (TAAF) revealed the preliminary results for this year’s fan-voted Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award. Leading the pack is A Place Further Than the Universe, a coming-of-age story about four teenage girls who sign up to go on an expedition to Antarctica. The series was recently recognized by The New York Times in its list of Best International TV Shows of 2018.

The plucky girls aren’t leading by a large margin; they could still be surpassed Banana Fish. Set in New York City, the crime drama follows the beautiful yet deadly Ash Lynx and his unlikely companion Eiji Okamura as they navigate the darkest underbelly of New York’s crime families.

In third place is Laid-Back Camp, the cozy series that invigorated Japan’s winter camping scene with a new influx of fans. The anime follows Rin Shima who had always enjoyed camping alone but expands her horizons when she meets newbie camper Nadeshiko Kagamihara.

The results are updated daily until the poll closes on December 24. The top 20 series and top 10 films are listed below.

Television Anime

  1. A Place Further Than the Universe
  3. Laid-Back Camp
  4. Cells at Work!
  5. IDOLiSH7
  6. Zombie Land Saga
  8. Land of the Lustrous
  9. Bloom Into You
  10. Pop Team Epic
  11. Violet Evergarden
  12. Overlord (seasons II and III)
  13. Dream Festival! R
  14. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
  15. Uma Musume Pretty Derby
  16. Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun-
  17. Girls’ Last Tour
  18. Attack on Titan Season 3
  19. Goblin Slayer
  20. Revue Starlight

Anime Films

  1. Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer
  2. Girls und Panzer das Finale
  3. Liz and the Blue Bird
  4. Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond
  5. Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?? Dear My Sister
  6. My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
  7. Non Non Biyori Vacation
  8. Okko’s Inn
  9. Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple
  10. Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us

The poll also decides works that will be eligible for the Theatrical Animation Division and Television Animation Division awards, as well as the individual awards for anime staff members. An anime series or film had to air between October 15, 2017 to October 13, 2018 to qualify for a spot. This cut-off isn’t limited to a show’s debut date. For instance, Land of the Lustrous premiered on October 7, 2017 but is still considered applicable to the poll because its episodes aired beyond the cut-off. This is also why last year saw Yuri!!! on Ice take the top spotin both 2016 and 2017 awards.

Voting can be done only once per person with up to three TV and movies choices each.

Source: Tokyo Anime Festival’s Best 100 site via Yara-on!





New York Times Lists A Place Further Than the Universe in Top 10 International Shows of 2018

The New York Times posted an article titled “The Best TV Shows of 2018” on their online news website on Monday. Authors James Poniewozik, Mike Hale, and Margaret Lyons listed their top picks under three categories: Best Show, Best International, and Best New Show. The TV anime series A Place Further Than the Universe was listed eighth under the Best International category.

Television critic Mike Hale describes the series as follows: “A high-spirited, jokey anime series about four teenage girls who join a scientific expedition to Japan’s Antarctic research station might sound like a show with a pretty specific audience. But “A Place,” written by Jukki Hanada and directed by Atsuko Ishizuka, is a funny and moving coming-of-age story that should translate across all boundaries of age or culture. Never mawkish or contrived, it’s an absolutely authentic depiction of how friendship can overcome adolescent anxiety and grief. (Streaming on Crunchyroll.)”

The full list of shows in the category are below:

1. A Very English Scandal

2. The Bridge

3. The End of the F***ing World

4. Babylon Berlin

5. Detectorists

6. Money Heist

7. Unforgotten

8. A Place Further Than the Universe

9. Manon 5 Years On

10. Howards End

Hale later posted an amused tweet at Crunchyroll‘s elated reaction over A Place Further Than the Universe‘s inclusion in the list.

A Place Further Than the Universe premiered on Japanese TV on January 2, and was streamed weekly on Crunchyroll. The project reunited the staff from No Game, No Life: Atsuko Ishizukai directed the series, and Jukki Hanada was in charge of series composition and wrote the script.

The anime’s story centers on high school girls going to the South Pole, “A Place Further Than the Universe.” They struggle and grow together as they cope with extreme conditions.

Source: New York Times via Anime Herald (Samantha Ferreira)