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Winners of the first American Anime Awards

by Adam Finley, posted Mar 7th 2007 11:01AM

full metal alchemistI watch a lot of cartoons. I don't however, watch much anime at all. Sure, there are movies and TV shows I've seen and enjoyed (Akira, Ghost in the Shell, FLCL), but that's a mere drop in the vast anime ocean, hardly enough to call myself a fan.

So, my lack of true anime insight and the fact I was nowhere new the New York ComicCon this year are my two main excuses for not getting this news to you sooner, but winners of the first American Anime Awards --which honors anime series released in the U.S. and redubbing provided by English-speaking voice actors-- were announced, and they are:

  • Best Actor: Vic Mignogna (Full Metal Alchemist)
  • Best Actress: Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG)
  • Best Actor in a Comedy: Dave Wittenberg (Zatch Bell)
  • Best Actress in a Comedy: Debi Derryberry (Zatch Bell)
  • Best Cast: Full Metal Alchemist
  • Best DVD Package Design: Full Metal Alchemist
  • Best Anime Theme Song: Rewrite (Full Metal Alchemist)
  • Best Comedy Anime: FLCL
  • Best Anime Feature: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Best Short Series: FLCL
  • Best Long Series: Full Metal Alchemist
  • Best Manga: Fruits Basket

A list of all the nominees can be found here.

Do any of you love yourself some anime? I'd love to start checking out more, so recommend some good shows to me in the comments. You can help me expand my horizons.

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More like the "Fellating That Crap They Show Ad Nauseam On Adult Swim Awards." I do realize that this is the "American" based awards, but did any of the other greatly worthy series, songs, and/or dub performances else really have a chance against FMA, FLCL, or GITS when the voting was open to the public? Thank god for fansubbers that work on the new stuff and get it out within a week of airing, otherwise all I'd know was the dubs of those same 3 overrated shows.

March 07 2007 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you dig sci-fi action: Gantz, Ergo Proxy

Some good general series: Kino's Journey, Death Note, Blood +, Elfen Lied

Crazy good Comedy: Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Cromartie High School, Excel Saga

March 07 2007 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

whatta surprise. that list of awards is mostly made up of common crap. i'd recommend all of what karen recommended up there, as well as some of my favorites: serial experiments lain, texhnolyze, escaflowne (the series NOT the movie), NieA_7, and maybe boogiepop phantom. none of that stuff is new, but i haven't been keeping up on new stuff in quite some time.

March 07 2007 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, definately see "Only Yesterday". I don't know if it's available in the US (i have a taped version from TCM when it aired a few months ago). But if you can track down a copy somewhere, I highly recommend it.

I haven't seen "Millenium Actrss" or "Three Godfathers" yet, but they're on my list of movies to see.

I saw this one a while ago on a fansub, but I remember "I can hear the Sea / Umi Ga Kakero" was also pretty good. I think it was made for Japanese TV, and never got a theatrical release or a proper US release.

March 07 2007 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fullmetal Alchemist deserved to win all those awards. That is by far the best anime series I have seen in a long time.

It definitely has it's "ridiculous anime moments" (mostly the interacting between Al and Ed), the overall storyline--especially in season 2--is so mature and dark it rivals that of several big budget hollywood films.


March 07 2007 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Neon Genesis Evangelion would probably be the deepest anime when it comes to themes and character development. Last Exile is a very ambitious anime worthy of being called a masterpiece. Cowboy Bebop like the others say. I'm a Trigun fanboy, but I believe the character morality struggles near the end of the series are executed very well. Samurai 7 is a beautiful anime based on the film, The Seven Samurai, by Akira Kurosawa. As the awards suggest, Full Metal Alchemist must be seen, if not for the parallels between the story of Icarus and man's ambition via alchemy. These are but a few of the anime greats that I can name off the top of my head that are more than just some simple story with overplayed and droll themes. Enjoy.

March 07 2007 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd second Miyazaki and the goods from Studio Ghibli. I'm also a huge fan of the work of Satoshi Kon, who did the movies "Millennium Actress," "Tokyo Godfathers," and the fantastic miniseries "Paranoia Agent." I'm also a big fan of Shinichiro Watanabe's "Samurai Champloo" series, although I've never been able to get into his "Cowboy Bebop."

Another great Studio Ghibli artist is Isao Takahata, whose "Only Yesterday" is a staggeringly poignant film. He also directed "Grave of the Fireflies," which Joe recommended (a recommendation I second).

And don't miss the haunting "Kakurenbo," a very short film you can easily Netflix.

March 07 2007 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Adam, I 2nd the recommendation for Cowboy Bebop and any Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli film. I also recommend Grave of the Fireflies, Ninja Scroll, Galaxy Express 999 (if you can find a copy somewhere), and Ranma 1/2.

Also, I also enjoyed the original Japanese subbed version of Sailor Moon. But it might not be for everyone.

March 07 2007 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Adam Finley


I'm actually a huge fan of Miyazaki's movies.:)

March 07 2007 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I recommend Inuyasha, Cowboy Bebop and any Miyazaki movie

March 07 2007 at 11:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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