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The Best Anime Of 2012 – Part 3: VMA Awards


Step three for awesome anime – after creating memorable characters and giving them a worthy stage – is to use every part of the production process to bring-out/enhance the positive aspects of the anime and hide the negative aspects. Getting the right seiyuu can be the difference between a character being a success or failure. Inappropriate music can ruin the climax of a series and nothing can make a whole anime series fail as assuredly as poor animation quality. In the right hands, a small budget can be overcome through creating the right animation style. Stellar OP/ED with it’s combination of music and animation can build excitement and anticipation for the anime and ensure viewers come back next week.

There’s other parts to an anime’s production – like script writing, cinematography, sound editing, etc. – that won’t gets awards here because I’m not knowledgeable enough in these areas to put any confidence in picking winners. Which is why I call this set of awards the Voice, Music, and Audio awards. I’m hoping, yet again, next year I’ll be able to include a few more areas of the production to these awards.

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The Best Anime Of 2012 – Part 0: Introduction and the Anti-Awards


We had another marvelous year of anime this year; while it lacked the mega-series that 2011 had in form of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Steins;Gate, it more then made up by having a large number of very good anime series. Even with stretching my top anime countdown to include 15 anime series that I feel are the most noteworthy and highest quality, I’m leaving out so many other series that deserve praise that it’s almost depressing.

The lack of monster hits along with a large pool of quality titles also made picking the various winners more difficult then in 2011 were PM3 and S;G probably earned over half the awards by themselves. Thus, I needed more time to finish this look back at 2012 but I had a lot of fun going through the various series to refresh my memory. I also added a few new categories, so, look for those.

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Top Picks – Spring 2012 Anime, Part 3

from Aquarion Evol

Here’s a pro tip for aspiring blog writers: bribing yourself or using a carrot and stick approach is sometimes the best way to ensure you finish whatever it is your supposed to be writing for your blog. For example, I decided I really wanted to finish this series of posts covering the best anime of the spring season, so I’m currently not allowing myself to watch any of new summer anime series that I really wanted to see. It’s killing me,  especially since I’m reading my favorite blogs talking about these series; but, I will get the results I want (and I’ll really enjoy the day that I get to catch-up on these series).

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Top Picks – Spring 2012 Anime, Part 2

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Things have been a bit slow around here at The Null Set in part because the computer I use to write these posts out on has been acting up and, while I wait for it’s diagnosis/recovery, I’ve taken up good ol’ pen and paper to write this series of posts about the best of the spring season. It’s been well over a decade since I’ve composed anything on paper and my brain seems to have rusted in certain areas which made writing on paper difficult at first. Slowly, though, I re-got the hang of it and I found myself writing more than I’d initially intended. I think I might continue writing on paper first, even when my computer is back to 100%, to see if it makes a positive impact on my writing.

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Top Picks – Spring 2012 Anime, Part 1

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In the past I would lament, during a weak anime season, about the inability  to blog about anime when the anime would only inspire lukewarm apathy. This spring season of anime has taught me another way to lament; when a season is as strong as this one and spreads this strength out over the week as well as this season has then it becomes near impossible to find the time to write anything because there is always good anime waiting to be watched – tempting one to put down the pen. And, when it’s a question of watching anime or writing about anime, the answer is pretty clear; so, we’ve reached the start of the next anime season and I now look to rectify some of my silence about the springseason before our collective amnesia sets in too much.

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Spring 2012 Anime First Impressions – Part 2

And I’m back with the second half of my first impressions post covering the other 11 12 new anime series of the spring season that I’ve watched. Sure, most every other blog has already completed their first impressions weeks ago but with the late start to Hyouka and AKB0048, I’m only fashionably late 🙂 .

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