2017, despite being something of a garbage fire of a year, ended up being pretty good for anime. Between some original standouts, old franchises returning to form, and some excellent adaptations, anime is as fresh as it’s ever been, even in the face of some truly offensive offerings. As my life gets busier, I find I end up watching less than I’d like, but nonetheless, here’s my arbitrary list of awards that give me an excuse to talk about some of that anime.
2016 is already over? Crazy! What a shitshow huh? 2016 was a solid year for anime (if not for literally anything else) and my awards are my chance to give a shoutout to their various accomplishments and qualities. Some of these awards are old standards, others are just my gut reactions to things I liked in 2016. Whatever, let’s go!
I made an angry list last year, so this time I figured I’d go with a more long-form retrospective that hopefully didn’t end up quite as acerbic, but, well… read ahead.
We’re halfway through the Fall season, somewhat, maybe, so we’ve heard the theme songs of this quarter’s anime enough to decide which one we like the most.
Having impressed the Turbines, Tekkadan is taken in by Teiwaz. Meanwhile, the group struggles with questions of family and duty.
Tekkadan is attacked by the Turbines, a subsidiary of Teiwaz with a crew of lady Mobile Suit pilots.
Their original plans for going to Earth ruined, Tekkadan regroups and decides to try their luck with Teiwaz, an economic superpower located near Jupiter.
Tekkadan (FINALLY) launches into space, only to be betrayed by their ferrymen and attacked by Gjallarhorn.
As Tekkadan (STILL) prepares to escort Kudelia to Earth, some of Gjallarhorn’s officers land on Mars to investigate their missing soldiers.
Orga, Mikazuki, and company stage a coup, taking over CGS and renaming it “Tekkadan”. Meanwhile, Crank Zent (aka Totally-Not-Ramba-Ral) returns to the battlefield for a fair duel with Mikazuki and Gundam Barbatos.
Mikazuki drives away the Gjallarhorn forces in Gundam Barbatos, leaving both sides time to lick their wounds and prepare their next move.
The year is 323 of the Post Disaster era. Centuries after a great war between Earth and Mars, Mars has been terraformed into a habitable planet that chafes under Earth’s rule. Amidst the growing Mars independence movement, Mikazuki Augus is a war orphan and member of Chryse Guard Security, a martian mercenary group. Gundam Barbatos, a weapon of a bygone era is housed at their headquarters, dormant and acting as a power supply. When CGS comes under attack from Earth’s military arm, Gjallarhorn, Augus steps into Gundam Barbatos and begins his fight against Earth.