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!





Pop Team Epic Is Yahoo!’s Most Searched Anime of 2018

Bkub Okawa‘s Pop Team Epic managed to confound, entertain, and surprise viewers each week, earning its spot as Yahoo! Japan‘s most searched anime series of 2018. Popuko and Pipimi’s anti-comedy was announced as one of the top three searched series along with DARLING in the FRANXX and The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments but ultimately pulled ahead of its two competitors.

Yahoo! Japan revealed Pop Team Epic as the winner of the Anime Division of the website’s annual Yahoo! Search Awards on Wednesday. The awards include sections for anime, voice actors, live-action actors, musicians, idols, and more.

Yahoo! Japan Search Awards 2018 Winners

  • Grand Prize: Six-member male idol group King & Prince
  • Actor: Tomoya Nakamura (March comes in like a lion)
  • Actress: Mio Imada (Boys Over Flowers Season 2)
  • Comedian: Hyokkorihan
  • Athlete: Yuzuru Hanyu
  • Model: Kōki, (a.k.a. Mitsuki Kimura)
  • Musician: Namie Amuro (2nd consecutive win)
  • Idol: King & Prince
  • Voice Actor: Yumiko Kobayashi (Crayon Shin-chan)
  • Artist: Tarō Yabe (<ahref=”.127176″>Oya-san to Boku</ahref=”.127176″>)
  • Film: The Greatest Showman
  • Game: Monster Hunter World
  • Novel: Otto no Chinpo ga Hairanai by Kodama (title lit. “My Husband’s Dick Won’t Go In”)
  • Drama: Hanbun, Aoi.
  • Phrase: “Osako Hanpa Naitte” (“Osako is way too good”), a phrase uttered in 2009 by a high school football team captain after his team lost to Yuya Osako’s during a national high school football tournament. The phrase went viral in 2018 after underdog football team the Blue Samurai, along with Osako, beat Colombia in its first match in the 2018 World Cup.

Yahoo! Japan Search Awards also included a section for products, like new iPhone, and celebrities born during the Heisei era as 2018 marks the final full year in the Heisei era.

Last year’s winners included Kemono Friends and Junichi Suwabe.

Source: Yahoo! Search Awards site, Comic Natalie