Friday, February 23, 2007

:anime: An Attempted Prediction of the American Anime Awards

About one night separates us from the big night, where anime efforts in the U.S. finally get their dues. The American Anime Awards, in their aloof first outing, have produced a rather suitable list of honors (already did two posts concerning the problems, so I'll eschew repeating them here). And since it wouldn't be an awards ceremony without predictions, I'll try to pry into the minds of the mysterious judges and find out who the winners will be (marked via " > "), while wishing who I want would want to win (via " * ").

Saturday, February 17, 2007

:anime: Amending The American Anime Awards

With the American Anime Awards a week away and with the posting of the finalists that helped alleviate some of the confusion surrounding the voting & nomination aspects of the event, I decided to post a list of suggestions that may help make the awards a more credible one, as well as categories that are either new or combine some of the more puzzling ones (can't say much about the ceremony itself yet, since I won't have the chance to see it for a while).

Friday, February 09, 2007

:anime: The American Anime Awards...Finalists?

A few weeks ago, many, including myself, were upset over the circumstances that was the American Anime Awards. The strange and numerous nominations gave the reeking sense that it was more fan contest than industry. Well, news of a list of finalists Wednesday was made, which seemed to make the large number of nods understandable, though it would have been of much better help to all if the organizers had actually made notice of the ballots being nothing more than of the selection type. Be it late addition to the rules or not, it is a good way of involving the fans in the awards, though I still wish that they would be excluded altogether. And though it is still plagued by the likes of "Akira = Comedy," among many others, there are some nice finalists that popped up, such as the Lupin III acting nods, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG cast, and the BLEACH Vol. 1 DVD package.

Good thing that I didn't post the follow-up piece yet (once-expected date of a week before or the day after the ceremony), as this shed a little more light on the AAAs. Of course, as I alluded to earlier, there are still quite a few kinks that need to be worked out before it can be truly revered or taken seriously.

P.S.: The "Babes of Anime" motif splattered constantly on nearly everything AAAs is eyeroll-inducement at its finest. ADV really needs to rein the horses in on that one.