These Two Are Inseperable Even In The Awards They’ve Won It Seems
And it also seems like the anime industry has finally graduated to the level of the American media juggernaut because every time I turn around there’s some new set of awards being handed out under a different banner. This time though I have a particular interest because I had previous mentioned the now revealed 3rd Annual Seiyuu Awards (complete with requisite snarky comments), how I hoped to see the results turn out, and how I thought they’d turn out (the sarcastic part). The sarcasm of course came from seeing a number of questionable winners over the past 2 attempts at these award and while I can still sense Kadokawa’s hand in the majority of the actual winners, at least they sort of make sense to me this time around. Here they are if you don’t already know:
Best Lead Actor Award
Best Lead Actress Award
Best Supporting Actor Awards
Best Supporting Actress Awards
Best New Actor Awards
Best New Actress Awards
Best Singing Award
Best Personality Award
And here were my picks:
Best Male: Jun Fukuyama (Lelouch Lamperouge)
Best Female: Rie Kugimiya (Take your pick honestly)
Best Supporting Male: Ken Narita (Jerimiah Gottwald) or Hiroshi Kamiya (Michel Blanc)
Best Supporting Female: Kaori Nazuka (Nunally Vi Britannia)
Best New Male: ?????
Best New Female: Megumi Nakajima (Ranka Lee)
Best Singer: Megumi Nakajima
Best Personality: Mamoru Miyano
Overseas Choice Award: Not mine to make
I got two of them correct, but it’s amazing how many of my picks actually ended up winning for other roles.
Jun Fukuyama winning for best personality makes sense to me because of how much it came through in his roles that year (he really does go full force with both the magnificent bastard and the snivelling wiener boy) and when you think of all the radio interviews he probably did along with the drama CD’s it almost seems like a gimme.
If Megumi Nakajima hadn’t won best singer I might have just shot myself as that was definitely a debut to remember. I had her picked as a best newcomer, but after some reflection I realized that that didn’t seem right. I’d much rather have her win for singing then for her acting which is still quite shaky. And in case people are wondering, no, May’N doesn’t even come close to Nakajima’s effort and performance (as in I never even considered her in the running) as far as I am concerned and I still feel she saved the Macross Frontier Soundtrack from sub par mediocrity……for the Macross franchise I mean.
I messed up kind of bad on best new actress as I’ve already admitted. Haruka Tomatoes was also a gimme so no comment needed on that and Kana Asumi I’ve never heard of, but then again I suppose that’s because she’s new right.
Again never heard of the winners of the best newcomer male, but for obvious reasons. Though I am amused by the two characters that did win since I was forced to do a double take in order to confirm their sex.
Aya Endo as a best supporting actress seems strange to me as she’s essentially been promoted to the level of lead actress (I’m telling you I saw her rise all the way back in mid 2007) and didn’t have all that many supporting roles in 2008 besides Miyuki Takara. To me this seems as controversial as Rie Kugimiya getting best supporting actress last year for Nagi Sazenin, but this time we don’t even know what the controversial winner won for. It almost looks like she got bumped down by the person who got bumped last year so that she could take top spot this time around. Oh seiyuu awards, what would you be without your controversy. Oh and then there’s Miyuki Sawashiro whose name I see pop up all the time in supporting roles, but who I know nothing about. I guess her winning must make sense somehow, but I’m going to need a kind reader to explain it to me this time around.
Kazuhiko Inoue is a living legend of a seiyuu and I’m glad to see some of the legends getting recognition again. He also looks very distinguished and clearly masculine don’t you think? I’m just saying….just sayin’. And then there’s Sugita Tomokazu. Oh boy do me and him have a history. In the past I’ve loathed his acting style, if he wasn’t flat he was overacting, if he wasn’t annoying me he was boring me, but in 2008 it seems he’s managed to improve his range and tolerability tremendously in roles such as Leon Mishima to the point where I no longer really have an issue with him being in a cast and can even see him deserving this…sort of. I still would have sooner given it to someone like Ken Narita, George Nakata, Norio Wakamoto or Keiji Fujiwara though.
And now we hit the big ones. Rie Kugimiya is best seiyuu, justice is done. Everyone knows I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time after seeing her jilted for flashes in the pan and I even if it’s just Kadokawa and Friends seiyuu awards, I think she’s been long overdue for recognition on an official level such as this. 2 years after (jyuu nengo no?) confirming her as my favourite female seiyuu along with Romi Paku, Rie Kugimiya can join her in the rank of the cream of the crop. Although I still can’t help but feel that one of these things is not like the others. Seriously thank god they couldn’t find something to give Aya Hirano an award for again and avoided the controversy that plagued last years awards.
And then there’s my man Kamiya Hiroshi who took top honours. I’m guessing being a key figure in almost every popular anime to come out last year sealed the deal for him. Kamiya Hiroshi has proven to me that he has that it factor and the range to go with it, and on top of that he just seems to be a classy fellow in the same vein as Mamoru Miyano.
I’m so glad to not have reason to grouse as much this year as I did last year. Kadokawa sponsored series and favourites pretty much still own these awards, but it seems they have finally nailed down what looks to be a noticeable set of criteria for handing out these awards within that framework. High profile roles, contributive efforts and promoting the seiyuu industry by doing it proud to have you as a participant, that is what I’m getting as far as the 3rd annual seiyuu award winners go, and this year I think pretty much everybody earned the right to their respective awards. If you are out there J1mOne and Hashihime I’d like to hear what you think as well.