How Bad Could the 2023 Anime Awards Actually Be?

It’s not exactly a bold stance to say that, while well-intentioned (probably?), Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards are, with clockwork consistency, spectacularly bad. January is never quite complete without looking at Twitter and seeing folks from all corners of the platform assembling to bemoan the nominees, the categories, and, eventually, what actually took home awards.

With the show itself looming, I was genuinely curious – The Anime Awards are pretty bad, yes, but just how bad are they? What got excluded from the running? Which shows did they stack with nominations while the others got scraps (or less)? How bad could this be, really?

While it depends on just how cynical you are about the current state of the industry, the reality? It’s probably even worse than you think.

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Short Review — Koutetsujou no Kabaneri: A Beautiful, Emotional Trainwreck

Synopsis: Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is an anime-original series that shows how the initially weak-willed protagonist, Ikoma, grows as a character while fighting off hordes of zombies from attacking his friends and other villagers aboard the Iron Fortress, a steam-powered locomotive.

This is the type of story that everyone wanted after the Attack on Titan craze struck anime fans as something that invoked deep emotions through its characters, but also contained high-powered, well-animated action sequences that made the anime stand out from others. With similar kinds of expectations to meet, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri steamrolled into the scene, attempting to become the next anime to take on that role and to give fans a new incarnation of that same sort of story to live vicariously through. This show, being created by nearly the same core team as Attack on Titan, was automatically seen as a hit among fans across the globe, and with the unique setting and art style, backed up by Hiroyuki Sawano‘s OST, there was no stopping the hype train. But if all of this was the case, then why was there a complete turnaround on the general community’s view of the show? Why has a show that was on a track for nothing but success, suddenly become the bane of nearly everyone that has finished the show?

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Log Time Podcast #2 | DanMachi Overview — Trapped in a Dungeon with Spooky Protagonists

Log Time is the podcast of The Backloggers where we talk about anime, manga, light novels, and constantly find ourselves inappropriately making jokes about terrorism.

In this episode, Owningmatt and Mythos talk about Dungeon, fantasy as a genre, how classic chivalry relates to modern fantasy stories, and reminiscence on the awesome anime of 2013.

Intro and Outro song: “Platform” by Or4nges