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!





[April Fool’s] The Best and Worst Anime of Winter 2018

With the first season of anime for 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at what made this season great and what made it awful.

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The Winter 2018 anime season had a lot to live up to: last year’s Winter season included powerhouses like Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! 2, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, Youjo Senki, Little Witch Academia (TV), and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen. More recently, Fall 2017 saw Mahoutsukai no Yome, 3-gatsu no Lion 2nd Season, Shokugeki no Soma: San no Sara, Net-juu no Susume, Inuyashiki, Houseki no Kuni (TV), and more.

Of course, while there are successful shows in every season, there must also be failures: Winter 2017 presented us with the infamous Hand Shakers, One Room, Idol Jihen, and Masamune-kun no Revenge; Fall 2017 aired Juuni Taisen, Black Clover, Ousama Game The Animation, and Dies Irae.

This season had its clear successes (Yuru Camp△, Sora yori mo Tooi Basho, Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen) and its clear failures (Killing Bites, Beatless, Ito Junji: Collection), but there was also a large number of relatively controverial shows, the most notable of which include Violet Evergarden, Overlord II, Grancrest Senki and Darling in the FranXX.

By looking in detail at the reception received by every anime from this season, we have come up with a list of the best and worst shows of Winter 2018.

Let’s begin with the worst.

The Worst Anime of Winter 2018: Poputepipikku 👎

At the beginning of the Winter 2018 season, Poputepipikku soared at surprisingly high heights. However, it wasn’t long before it went tumbling down to Earth—even so, it refused to stay anywhere within the realms of understanding or reality. Filled with low-brow jokes and utter nonsense, Poputepipikku failed to leave a lasting impression on its audience, most of whom were watching reluctantly in the first place. To start, let’s look specifically at how Poputepipikk-


W-w-w-w-who are you?!


So am I! What’s your deal?!


Wait, what, there’s two of you?! How’d you- Hey! I’m still in the middle of writing that, don’t read it ye-







I mistyped! I meant to say that Poputepipikku was a decent anim-


Alright, alright! Poputepipikku is clearly the best anime of the Winter 2018 season!


O-oh, okay…

Guess I’ll be heading off then…


[breaks into a sprint]



The BEST Anime of Winter 2018: Poputepipikku 👍

Because it just is. Don’t question it. Please…

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