Vote Now in the Anime UK News Readers’ Choice Awards 2018!


Mad Scientist
Here's my votes:
Anime - A Place Further Than the Universe 😮😜
Film - Mirai
Animation - Violet Evergarden
Writing - APFTTU
Episode - APFTTU Ep 12

Actually during my rewatch it wasn't as impactful as say 10 & 11 (&5 &6), maybe because it was the one that had the biggest impact first time round and I was ready for it!
OP Song - Went for Winding Road by MAN WITH A MISSION, but it was close with FranXX and Bunny-Girl Senpai
ED Song - There were 2 that I have brought on the list (Asobi Asobase and APFTTU), but I had to go Other for this and vote for another I brought Dirty Bullet by TRI4TH from Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens
Manga -
Another I had to go Other for. Really surprised not to see Laid-Back Camp on the shortlist especially as Hakumei and Mikochi was, which I thought would have been more niche. Maybe as I nominated it as Yuru Camp 🤷‍♂️
Manga Illustration - Hakumei and Mikochi
Best New Girl -
No APFTTU girls! 😮😭 Having said that it's really hard to pick between them so I went for Asirpa from Golden Kamuy
Best New Boy -
only one answer

Here's my top 10 for the year:
  1. A Place Further Than the Universe
  2. Yuru Camp
  3. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-Girl Senpai
  4. Golden Kamuy (slightly cheating as I'm combining both seasons)
  5. After the Rain
  6. Hinamatsuri
  7. Bloom into You
  8. Uma Masume: Pretty Derby
  9. Harukana Receive
  10. Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion

Top 5 are pretty set, but there's another 15 shows with an 8/10 vying with the 6-10 spots.

Couple of other awards, as they're on the Crunchyroll list:
It's a tie both have great songs and visuals that represent the shows they're attached to:


Magical Girl
I'm just really surprised SHINY DAYS didn't make it into the best OP category since that's easily one of the highlights of the winter season.


A little gutted that Tokyo Ghoul: re wasn’t listed under best illustration but a more straightforward manga design-wise like WotaKoi was. Don’t get me wrong WotaKoi has some nice illustrations but Sui Ishida really did some amazing panels with re.

To list just a few.

Elsewhere I pretty much voted as I have before:
Anime: Yuru Camp
Film: N/A
Animation: Wasn’t listed but Harukana Receive
Writing: March Comes in like a Lion
Episode: Bit of a crapshoot for me so I just went with Zombieland Saga episode 2
OP: Red Swan by YOSHIKI feat. HYDE. Wasn’t the best match with the anime it featured in but it was a damn good song anyway.
ED: "Inkya Impulse" by Hina Kino, Rika Nagae & Konomi Kohara
Soundtrack: Tokyo Ghoul: re and 2nd Season
UK distributor: Anime Limited
Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
Home Video Release: March Comes in like a Lion Season 1 Part 1
Show you want to see licenced: Fist of the North Star or any other SD BD release.
Manga: Tokyo Ghoul: re
Manga Illustration: Tokyo Ghoul: re
Manga Distributor: Dark Horse
Best new Girl and Boy: Asirpa and Sugimoto from Golden Kamuy

I couldn’t think of any manga I wanted to see an English release for as both Beastars and Komi-San already Have English mangas on the horizon by Viz Media.
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Straw Hat Pirate
Anime - A Place Further Than the Universe
Film - NGNL zero (only one I watched lol)
Animation - Violet Evergarden
Writing - A Place Further Than the Universe
Episode - A Place Further Than the Universe Ep 12
OP Song - Bunny-Girl Senpai
ED Song - A Place Further Than the Universe
Soundtrack - A Place Further Than the Universe
Streaming - CR
home release - other - Sound! Euphonium
Wish release - there are plenty but I went with A Place Further Than the Universe
Manga - other - The Case Study of Vanitas
Manga Illustration - The Case Study of Vanitas
Light Novel - other - My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (the lack of oregairu love here is crazy)
Light Novel Illustration - My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected
Best manga/LN pub - Yen Press
Most wanted manga license - KONOBI! (This Art Club Has a Problem)
Most wanted light novel license - SAEKANO
Best New Girl - Mai the bunny girl
Best New Boy - Sakuta


Adventuring Alchemist
AUKN Staff
Here's my votes:

Best TV Anime: Violet Evergarden
Best Anime Film: I Want to Eat Your Pancreas
Best Animation: Violet Evergarden
Best Writing: Violet Evergarden
Best Single Episode: Violet Evergarden episode 7 “Nameless”
Best Opening Song: Wotakoi
Best Ending Song: Violet Evergarden
Best Soundtrack: Violet Evergarden
Best UK Anime Distributor: Anime Limited
Best Streaming Platform: Crunchyroll
Best Home Video Release: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Show you want to see licensed: Shirobako
Best manga: Wotakoi
Best Manga illustration: The Promised Neverland
Best Light Novel Series: Kokoro Connect
Best Light Novel Illustrations: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungoeon?
Best Manga/Light novel Distributor: J-Novel Club
Most Wanted Manga License: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Most Want Light Novel License: Hyouka
Best Female Character: Violet Evergarden
Best Male Character: Eiji Okumara

A lot of love for Violet Evergarden and Wotakoi. Both have stuck with me this year more than anything else.


AUKN Staff
My Votes

Best TV Anime: Laid Back Camp
Best Anime Film: N/A
Best Animation: Devilman Crybaby
Best Writing: March Comes In Like A Lion
Best Single Episode: Zombieland Saga Episode 2
Best Opening Song: Golden Kamuy Season 1
Best Ending Song: Steins Gate 0
Best Soundtrack: Devilman Crybaby
Best UK Anime Distributor: Anime Limited
Best Streaming Platform: Netflix
Best Home Video Release: Night Is Short, Walk On Girl
Show you want to see licensed: Mushishi
Best Manga: The Promised Neverland
Best Manga illustration: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
Best Light Novel Series: Baccano
Best Light Novel Illustrations: Overlord
Best Manga/Light novel Distributor: Yen Press
Most Wanted Manga License: March Comes In Like A Lion
Most Want Light Novel License: Bunny Senpai
Best Female Character: Asirpa
Best Male Character: Rimuru Tempest


This was the worst year for OPs and EDs for me since I started simulcasts. And doing this list reminded me that this year was also the most disappointing of my simulcast year’s. (Surprised no Devilman crybaby especially how well it did in ANNs poll)
Best animation- VE (though I think Tsurune looks better)
Best film - HF I As it needs one vote
Best distributor- Manga (only one that actually surprised me this year)
Best ED- Hisone to Masotan’s
Most wanted anime license - Banana Fish
Best streaming -Netflix (they had the best shows and supported simulcast for one show this year)


Vampire Ninja
Anime - Yuru Camp
Film - Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel
Animation - Violet Evergarden
Writing - Violet Evergarden
Episode - Violet Evergarden Episode 10
OP Song - Wotakoi
ED Song - Violet Evergarden
Soundtrack - Devilman Crybaby
UK Distributor - AL
Streaming - CR
Home release - March Comes in Like a Lion
Wish release - Devilman Crybaby
Best New Girl - Nadeshiko (Yuru Camp)
Best New Boy - Sakuta (Bunny Girl)
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Magical Girl
Best TV Anime – A Place Further than the Universe
Best Anime Film – Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Best Animation – Violet Evergarden
Best Writing – A Place Further than the Universe
Best Single Episode – Violet Evergarden Episode 10
Best Opening Song – “Winding Road” by MAN WITH A MISSION
Best Ending Song – “From Here, From Now On” by Inori Minase, Kana Hanazawa, Yuka Iguchi and Saori Hayami
Best Soundtrack – Laid-Back Camp
Best UK Anime Distributor – Anime Limited
Best Streaming Platform – HIDIVE
Best Home Video Release – Monster Musume [Collector’s Edition] – MVM
Most Wanted Anime License – Hanasaku Iroha
Best Manga – Laid-Back Camp
Best Manga Illustration – Laid-Back Camp
Best Light Novel – I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Best Light Novel Illustrations – I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
Best Manga/Light Novel Distributor – Yen Press
Most Wanted Manga License – Gokushufudou: The Way of the House Husband
Most Wanted Light Novel License – Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
Best New Female Character – Rin Shima
Best New Male Character – Rimuru Tempest

I would've voted for SHINY DAYS in the OP category but it felt like a throwaway vote tbh. The manga and LN category is made up of the only manga and LN I've really read this year and neither made the nominations.


Thousand Master
Also the only person who chose to rewatch it
I liked Hand Shakers, but have no intention of rewatching.

Anyway, I haven't voted because I haven't watched enough of the anime for a vote to be fair (and my favourite series of the year is not in there). I'm tempted to just do a write-in of either SukaSuka or MahoIku for the light novel category and then submit with the rest of the form blank but that would feel wrong and I'm not sure which of those two deserves it more.

Also, a pedantic point that Rimuru Tempest is not male. Slimes do not have genders.