AIM FOR THE TOP!: J-ACE/R5 Best of 2007


So it’s that time of year again folks. The moment where I judge the best and worst of all things Japanese/Asian Pop Culture related to come out this past year and feel all-powerful for a good 30 seconds.

Here’s how this works, this list is based off of the stuff that I watched during the course of last year. If it didn’t show up on here, it’s probably because it either didn’t qualify or I didn’t give it the time or day. Due to sickness, I won’t be posting explanations on the winners until Episode 50 of R5 Central, the more outrageous answers being marked by asterisks.

So without futher ado, here is the J-ACE/R5 Best of 2007!

Best Tokusatsu Series or Movie: Cutie Honey THE LIVE
Runner Up: Kawaii! JenNy*

Worst Tokusatsu Series or Movie: GoGo Sentai Boukenger VS Super Sentai
Runner Up: Kamen Rider THE NEXT*

Tokusatsu Sleeper Hit: Juken Sentai Gekiranger*
Runner Up: Kaiki Daisakusen SECOND FILE

Best Anime Series: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Runner Up: Afro Samurai
Honorable Mention: Kotetsushin Jeeg, Lucky Star

Worst Anime Series: Dancouga Nova
Runner Up: Tie – Reideen/Naruto Shippuden
Honorable Mention: Sky Girls, Gundam 00*

Anime Series I’m Glad I Never Got Into: Higurashi no Naku Koro (When They Cry)
Runner Up: None

Best Manga: Sakigake! Cromartie High School
Runner Up: Kamen Rider: Story of Hero Creators

Best Asian Film: Kantoku Banzai
Runner Up: GeGeGe no Kitaro*

Best Film That I Should Have Seen By Now: Zura Deka
Runner Up: Stray Cat Rock: Onna Bancho Blues

Film That I Really Wish I Could Have Seen: Vexille
Runner Up: TIE- Shin Onna Tachigushi Retsuden/DaiNipponjin/Run Papa Run

Best J-Music Album: “COSMICOLOR” – m-flo
Runner Up: “Termination” – 9mm Parabellum Bullet
Honorable Mention: “I LOVE PARTY PEOPLE 2” – DJ OZMA, “Round About” – SEAMO, “Ah, Domo. Hajimemashite – GReeeeN

Best J-Music PV: “Ai Don Wana Dai” – GING NANG BOYZ
Runner Up: “SUPER LOVE SONG” – B’z

Best J-Music Single: “Wana” – THE BACK HORN
Runner Up: “Tekito LOVER” – Emyli feat. VERBAL
Honorable Mention: “Akanezora” – Remioromen, “fake star” – Ken Hirai, “FREE FREE”/”Potential Break Up Song” – Ami Suzuki

Best Thing to Come Out of 2007: Tsuburaya’s First Major Victory Against Chaiyo
Runner Up: A.C.E. 3 THE FINAL
Honorable Mention: Musical Suite of NicoNico Douga, Macross Frontier Special, BCI Tokusatsu Releases

Worst Thing To Come Out of 2007: Klingons VS Furries*
Runner Up: Nothing I can think of that could top that…

Biggest Disappointment of 2007: Tie – Dancouga Nova/Reideen
Runner Up: Ultraseven X*

Anime WTF Moment Of The Year: Nina’s Table Loving – Code Geass
Runner Up: Touma’s Mid-Mech Battle Pregnancy (Genesis of Aquarion OVA: Wings of Glory)

Most Anticipated Anime of 2008: Macross Frontier
Runner Up: Tie – Code Geass Series 2/Gothicmade

Most Anticipated Tokusatsu Series/Movie of 2008: Great Decisive Battle! The Super 8 Ultra Brothers
Runner Up: Kamen Rider Kiva*

Most Anticipated Asian Film of 2008: Machine Girl
Runner Up: Tie – Sukiyaki Western Django/Sakigake! Otoko-Juku/Chocolate

And there you have it. Happy (Belated) New Year everybody!


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