Capsule Computers Presents: The 2013 Anime of the Year Nominees

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As we head towards the final days of 2013, we introduce to you the inaugural Capsule Computers Anime of the Year Awards. This is our first time ever doing an Anime of the Year Awards and we want to kick things off big. In what will become an annual awards article, we will be giving out several awards highlight some of the biggest facets of anime each year. This year in particular has been a particularly big one for anime, with countless quality anime bursting onto the scene. With so much great anime this year it is only right to celebrate the best of the best. So without further adieu, here are our nominees for the year of 2013.


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Best OVA

OVA stands for Original Video Animation. An OVA is usually an original one-shot episode or a side-story to a popular series. This year has featured several great OVA releases that have wowed anime fans. Some have proved to be a nice side-story and others have served to add even further to the series they spawned from. On top of that there has been some great original one-shots that have made some major impact. Here are the nominees for Best OVA of 2013:


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Best Sequel

A sequel can come in many shapes and forms. Sometimes it can continue on a past work in a consistent fashion, other times it can top it. It can even be something completely different. But what makes a great sequel is the way it works with the original piece. This year feature a number of great sequels that add to the existing content in a huge way even surpassing it. Here are our nominees for best sequel of 2013:


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Best Anime Movie

Film is a medium that stands on the opposite end of the spectrum to television. A film is a shorter form of story-telling but it is also capable of telling stories of the same caliber as long-form television. Anime films are in and of themselves a special breed and this year we have been privy to many great ones. Here are the nominees for best anime movie of 2013:


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Best Animation

There are some moments in anime that just blow you away. A lot of these moments are ones that feature mind-blowing animation, in particular sakuga animation. That isn’t all that makes animation great however, the artwork can play a big role in what makes the animation so good. There were some really stunning series in terms of animation this year. Here are the nominees for best animation of 2013:


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Best Studio

It takes a good studio to make a great anime series, but it takes a great studio to make a great anime series over and over again. Consistent brilliance is a special kind of thing and it is something that is a quality of a great anime studio. Here are the nominees for best anime studio of 2013:

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  • Kyoto Animation
  • Madhouse 
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  • Sunrise
  • Tatsunoko Productions

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Best Theme Song

What is it that makes a great theme song? Is it one that suits the series to perfection or is it one that transcends the very nature of being an anime theme song entirely? Regardless, a great anime theme song is one that sticks with you long after listening. Here are the nominees for best theme song of 2013:


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Best Score

The score is an integral part of any anime series. The music can either make or break many anime series. With a great soundtrack a series can reach truly great heights. However with a bad one it can fall apart entirely. This year several anime stood out as featuring an impressive score. Here are our nominees for best score:


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Best Anime of Winter 2013

Winter was an interesting season for anime, despite by and large being rather hit and miss, there were some truly memorable anime series to come out of it, some of which made a huge impact on the year of 2013. Here are the nominees for best anime of Winter 2013:


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Best Anime of Spring 2013

This was undoubtedly the season filled with the big hitters. There was a number of huge titles released in Spring 2013 and it was certainly hard to narrow it down to the best of the best. With so many quality anime in Spring 2013 we brought it to the three best of the best. Here are our nominees for best anime of Spring 2013:


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Best Anime of Summer 2013

Much like Spring, Summer 2013 was filled with great anime. There was a number of stand-outs but there can only be one winner. Summer was at boiling point with quality anime and as such many deserve a nomination. The nominees for best anime of Summer 2013 are:


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Best Anime of Fall 2013

Fall is historically one of the biggest hitters in terms of anime and it was no different this year. Jam-packed with high profile anime series, Fall 2013 was one to remember. Here are the nominees for best anime of Fall 2013:


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Best Anime Release of the Year

What a phenomenal year it has been for anime releases in the West. We have been lucky enough to get some incredible home releases, but what were the real cream of the crop? Were they ones that packed a punch content wise? Did they come in some fancy packaging? Was the series itself the real winner? What makes a great release? Well it comes down to the quality of release and this year there has been many of them. Here are our nominees for both Australia and the United States for best anime release of the year:

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US Releases:


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Anime of the Year

The top prize in these awards in none other than Anime of the Year. The anime that is selected as Anime of the Year is truly the greatest anime as an artform has to offer for the year of 2013. It has etched itself into anime history as one of the best of the best. 2013 will forever be remembered as the year that this great anime aired. So what is the Anime of the Year? What anime will reach the greatest height the medium can reach, that is being the best of the best? Here are our nominees for Anime of the Year for 2013:


That concludes our list of nominees for our inaugural Anime of the Year Awards. Be sure to stay tuned for our decision when we announce our winners for each award in the coming weeks. We would like to thank all of the brilliant companies that put work into bringing us all of these amazing anime series. Do remember however that these choices our opinions and that your personal Anime of the Year is yours and that is just fine. Let us know what you think should win each award in the comments section below. Stay tuned CC Animaniacs, the announcements are coming soon. Until then, Hello & Goodbye!

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  • thecrows2332

    You know on award shows theres 1 movie/music act/TV show that win everything. Im going to put my money on Attack on Titan to win it all.

    • hehhee just wait and see 😉 ~MA

    • Mouse

      Probably, but it didn’t even go in my top 13 or 2013 post, Not saying its bad I just couldn’t get into it…. not even sure why as it ticks all the boxes for the kind of anime I normally like but hey…

  • Come On

    This list is criminal

  • Really

    This list mostly shows overhyped anime. There are more deserving anime that are undiscovered gems.

    • Feel free to share them with us here ~MA

    • rerr

      They aren’t popular so why would they be on the list for awards over popular anime?

  • Mouse

    How can Log Horizon not be in best anime of Fall but be nominated for best of the year? Surely to be best of the year you’d also need to be best of a season? Just a thought 😀

    • More details on how the nominations were chosen and selected will be in the AOTY podcast. That will be available once the AOTY are announced. ~MA

  • sdingray

    I think there are a couple that you left out that you could include:

    Kyoukai no Kanata for the animation

    Gingitsune

    Non Non Biyori for theme song and animation

    There are a couple others, but I think this your list is fairly complete. Although we could do with less Attack on Titans

    • Sergei Lazarev

      Attack on Titan is nominated for quite a lot, but let’s hope it doesn’t win everything. If there was a Cutest Anime of the Year award Non Non Biyori would top it for sure 🙂

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