This year I haven’t seen, nor even completed most of the things I watched due to life things, but here goes my list of 2018! Once again: no one title gets more than one award, spoilers are marked, recipient can be released any year but I have to start/finish it in 2018, and every award is based solely on my preference.
As a side note, this is more of a ‘shove everything I watched/read’ into one post.
(I’m late because I just came back from a 10-day trip to Turkey and somebody had a heart attack on the plane and we had to land in Calcutta for four hours because the doctor didn’t want to risk him going on for around two more hours until we reach our destination and the emergency team hit the patient in the face with the stretcher while he was walking out from the plane)
Best Action (Anime): Sirius the Jaeger (2018)
Werewolf boy vows to kill all vampires.
Sirius the Jaeger is sort of overlooked. It has a typical vampire-werewolf revenge plot, but made it up here because of its excellent pacing, action choreography, and development of its main character, Yuliy. Each episode is fun to watch and spurs the story forward. It is one of my top favourite of the year.
Best Action (Manga): Gunnm – Battle Angel Alita (1990)
It’s tough being a cyborg.
Battle Angel Alita, or Gunnm (Ganmu), is an epic saga about the very long life of a female cyborg called Alita/Gally. It’s so good that I finished the entire series in two days. Looking forward to the movie adaptation coming out later this year.
Honorable Mention: Shirayukihime to 7-nin no Shuujin (2012)
Arm transplant gone wrong.
A depressing battle to the death between people whose special powers kill themselves. Shirayukihime is intense and is a page turner from beginning to end.
Best Sci-fi: AKIRA (1988)
Psychic boy crashes the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Well, should I say anything else? AKIRA is a loved classic and it’s very clear why.
Review coming out later.
Best Historical: Otoyomegatari (2008)
Mr. Smith in Central Asia.
Mind-blowing art, in depth research, lovable characters. What more does this manga need? I love Amir and Karluk and their day to day life, but Henry Smith’s adventures are just as great. Love this manga so much.
Best Psychological: Texhnolyze (2003)
Dude gets new limbs.
Confusing as heck but great portrayal of psychological trauma. Mostly about main dude grunting and guys pissing themselves and a lot of staring, but Texhnolyze is stylish and strangely enjoyable.
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