Liang Qi (Canaan). Poor Hakko! T_T
She managed to seduce almost every male spectator this season!
Best Male Character
Taxi Driver (Canaan)
Best Female Character
For saving Maria and being such a fun character 🙂
Mari (Tokyo Magnitude 8.0)
Mari might have been portrayed too idealistically, but she is a very nice person who helped children reach home.
Fumi x Akira (Aoi Hana)
Canaan x Maria (Canaan)
Most Disturbing Scene
Hakko’s Grief (Canaan)
Hakko x Santana (Canaan)
Cute History Lesson
Best Art Director
Shichiro Kobayashi (Aoi Hana, Umi Monogatari, Taishō Yakyū Musume)
Even though Kobayashi is 77, this art director is still very much in form, as you can see in the magical backgrounds and variety of worlds he created this prolific season 🙂
Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari)
Bakemonogatari turned out very well in terms of directing, perhaps, in part due to the team Shinbo gathered.
Kenichi Kasai (Aoi Hana)
I liked his attention to details and creative depictions of dialogs.
Masahiro Ando (Canaan)
He has not directed many films, but worked as key animator or storyboarder for some of the best anime. This experience definitely shows in Canaan. We see a very wide variety of perspectives and the anime feels more like a film than a series (actually, they will compile the episodes into a film). Of course, other members of the team helped tremendously.
The best episode (9) in terms of composition, featuring many well-designed group shots, was storyboarded by Junji Nishimura. Also the fighting sequence in episode 12 is one of the best I’ve seen recently.
Another interesting characteristic was the frequency and prevalence of subtle expressions. I don’t recall any other anime that featured so many – in some cases we could see up to six consecutively.
Best Anime Summer 2009
Hmm… Both anime have yuri elements 😛
I enjoyed directing, art, music, and nice slow-paced story.
This show is definitely my favorite this season. Almost everything was excellent. The only problem is the plot, but, if you are familiar with the writer who likes to tame puppies unconventionally, that should not be too surprising to you 😛 First and foremost, Canaan is a visual feast to me that I enjoyed very much 🙂
There was another show that I didn’t include because it would take everything 😛
What were your favorites this Summer 2009 season?
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Aoi Hana: Nakayo covered this anime very well. I encourage you to check out her wonderful collages 🙂
Canaan: Crusader covered this show in great detail, including many screenshots.