The choices for the 2019 Anime Awards are now live, and most of the choices are somewhat easy, while others are downright brutal! None moreso than the Best Girl category! Look at the choices!
Raphtalia from The Rising of The Shield Hero; Nezuko from Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Hazuki from Dr. Stone, Emma from The Promised Neverland, Carole from Carole & Tuesday and Chika from Kaguya-sama: Love is War! IMPOSSIBLE CHOICES!
Having watched all of these last year at least in part or in total, I know just how well they stack up with one another, and picking one was an agonizing ordeal when faced with the ballot. I spent a good FIVE minutes mulling it over in my head and going back and forth between the choices.
In the case of Raphtalia, she was the sword to Naofumi’s shield. The one who fought for him because he was forbidden to hold weapons. The one who protected him, picked him up when he was feeling low and rose above her station as a demi-human slave to become the character that everyone loved in the show. She was cute as a little girl, and she grew into a beauty who learned how to be fearless in the face of danger. How could you not vote for her as Best Girl right?
But then there was Nezuko. The little sister that everyone fell for in Demon Slayer. Her facial expressions, her slight grunts, and ferocity in fighting alongside her brother were all traits that appealed to fans. In a very short while, she became a fan favorite all season long. Not hard to see why either, whether its her shinking down to smol smol size and running away from an assailant or when she’s beefing up to kick the shit out of demons (literally) or when she’s cutely acting oblivious to the musings of the people around her, she’s a strong candidate to win outright.
And of course, there’s Chika Fujiwara, the hilarious student council secretary from Kaguya-sama: Love is War. The show is a comedy, and there’s plenty of hijinks, but Chika is all kinds of awesome. She also is the sole nominee who can single handedly win the Best Ending Sequence category. Her rotoscoped dance has been remixed, remade, done in 3D, re-enacted live by people…she’s a phenomenon and she ain’t even the star of the show!
Ugh. As I said, it was a nearly impossible choice, but I made one. Its time for you to make yours too.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards voting is live right now and there’s some great choices up for the nominees. Including Best Fight, Best Opening Song and Best VA Performance.