At the end of each year, the Anime community love to reflect on what were considered to be the best shows of that specific year. They love to discuss what shows had the best animation, the best characters, the best narrative and so on. Most people who are active in this community love to do it. Even I did it.
And it’s good fun. It’s an enjoyable little practice that I absolutely love. I enjoy seeing everyone’s personal opinions on what they enjoyed throughout the year and what they didn’t enjoy so much.
But then comes the Anime Awards Features ran by websites such as Anime News Network and most recently Crunchyroll, where a panel of judges is selected to nominate particular shows from the year for various Award Categories and then ask the community to vote for which show they find to be deserving of that Award.
And with this system, to no ones surprise, a little show called Yuri!!! On Ice won pretty much every category it was nominated in by a humongous landslide in the recently announced Crunchyroll Anime Awards.
And also to no ones surprise, a large portion of the community proceeded to act like babies, both negatively and positively over the results.
Apparently, people really care about the outcome of these Award Polls. Yuri!!! On Ice fans were very quick to exploit the fact that the polls had no limit to how many times an individual could vote in the damn thing and fans of everything else were just as quick to share their absolute disgust at the fact their favourite show didn’t “win” the moment the category it was nominated for had its results announced.
People were furious. People were overjoyed. But the saddest part is, people were arguing over this. People are still arguing over this, and I honestly don’t understand why.
Because, in my opinion, these kind of Award Shows mean nothing to me. I don’t care about them, and I honestly don’t know why anyone does.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards, like all other Awards Shows are just another subjective opinion that may or may not differ from yours. There is nothing objective about these Awards, and a show “winning” is not a sign of its quality being superior to the shows that didn’t win. And just because a show didn’t “win” anything, that doesn’t mean it was a bad show or that it was a worse show than those that did win. Quality is completely subjective and always reflected according to the person who is observing the thing that is having its quality measured.
Look, I get it. You wanted Mob Psycho 100 to win the Award for Best Animation. I know I did. I definitely think it had a far better art direction and a far greater amount of well animated scenes. Yuri!!! On Ice is a great looking show as well, but is it the best animated of the year? No. It’s not the best looking show of the year. Not by a mile. And this happened with a lot of the categories. I mean, the killer in Erased even managed to defeat Yoshikage Kira from Jojo, which is kind of absurd considering that Kira is a far more complex and clever serial killer than the guy who’s name I can’t even remember.
I get why people are mad. I guess. But at the end of the day, why are people getting so worked up about this when we knew the whole thing was based on a community poll? This was destined to be a popularity contest right from the beginning, and guess what? Yuri!!! On Ice was arguably the most popular show of 2016 along with Erased and Re:Zero which all won a great deal of Awards that many people felt they shouldn’t have. Of course the most popular shows were going to win.
This happens every year. It happened in 2015 with One Punch Man and Death Parade, it happened in 2016 with Yuri!!! On Ice and Re:Zero, and it’ll no doubt happen again this year with Attack on Titan Season 2 and Welcome to the Ballroom. I guarantee it.
I honestly just hate this stuff more than anything else. I hate seeing the community becoming so divided and watching everyone act like immature children because their show did/didn’t “win” some silly Award that has no significant meaning to anything. So your favourite show didn’t get “Best Story”, so what? It’s still the best story to you, so why not just go and enjoy it all over again? Or better yet, why not share your thoughts on the show with the community in a positive way and why you personally thought the show had the best story instead of attacking fans of the show that did win. Don’t start telling Re:Zero fans that their show was “a disgrace to good storytelling”. Why would anyone do that?
And on that note, to the people who’s show did win: grow up. Please. Don’t jeer at people because their show didn’t win. Especially if you rigged the polls by voting for your show 50 times despite being one person. Your show “winning” means nothing , rigged or not, and it doesn’t give you the excuse to act like you have superior taste or that your show is “better”.
I just don’t get it. Why can’t we all just not care about these things and just go like what we like and put out our own lists and have nice discussions about those lists? These Awards are just another way of breeding negativity in a community where it already runs rife and I’m sick of it.
My point? Don’t care about Awards. Just go like what you like and never let any Award List or other person make you think otherwise. Never question your taste, because it’s all subjective and it matters only to you, no matter how many people disagree.
Awards mean nothing.
I’m joking obviously.
Just wanted to get this out there as it’s been on my mind since last night.