The Inaugural 2017 “Unime” Awards!
Girl – Meteora Osterreich (Re:Creators)
I chose Meteora for Best Girl for a few very simple reasons. She’s adorable, she’s smart, she’s reliable, and above all, she has a great sense of humor. The filler/recap episode of the series was genuinely interesting to watch due to how Meteora narrated it, and her presence itself made the series so much more fun to watch.
Boy – Elias Ainsworth (Ancient Magus’ Bride)
I personally found there to be a severe lack of interesting male characters this year. Most of them turned out to be the classic bland, insert-self protagonists that we see so often, which is why the shadowy, inhuman Elias with a dark past and strange powers was such a breath of fresh air for me.
Girl – Chiaki Hoshinomori (Gamers!)
There’s just something about Chiaki that’s so, so charming to me. She’s so genuine, and oblivious, that I’m naturally drawn to her as a character. Her voice acting and writing are both great and her design is cute and memorable. What more could you ask for?
Boy – Kiyotaka Ayanokouji
Despite the startling amount of people saying this character is boring, I find him to be extremely compelling. His lack of a proper backstory, and the way his thought process is explained through his actions, make me compelled to learn more about him, and that is something I hope I get the chance to do.
Girl – Ange le Carre (Princess Principal)
Ange is kind-hearted girl even with her tough exterior. She’s also a good tease, never missing a chance to get at her team mates by mixing truths and lies. She’s an amazing spy and known for being really good at lying. I had a lot of fun watching her tell lies and being able to see when someone is lying to her.
Boy – Sieg – Fate/Apocrypha
Originally being an unnamed homunculus, Sieg sort of grew on me. At first he doesn’t have any kind of personality to speak of. As Ruler and Rider of the Black take a liking to him they try to save him, but his sense of duty overpowers that. So he ends up in the middle of the fight and tries to free the rest of the homunculi. He’s trying to protect and help, something that strikes very close for me and makes me like him even more.
Phosphophyllite (Phos) – Land of the Lustrous
While there were quite a few great characters this year, none of them spoke to me quite like Phos did. From the first moment Phos was on screen, I felt like I’d made a new friend. Her goofy mannerisms and spunky attitude are a joy to watch, and the amount of character development she undergoes throughout the course of the series is immense. Watching Phos evolve, change, and grow, has made her my absolute favorite character of the year.
Shiki Koshiyama – Austryker
Though not a character most people would expect to be put up for “Favorite Character of 2017”, what with all the incredible characters this year, Shiki Koshiyama spoke to me on a personal level. Where he goes to sit to eat and his mannerisms remind me of how I used to be, and it made me relate to that character that much more. Though he’s not a replica of me, obviously, he’s quite similar to who I once was, and it made me care about his story that much more.
Chise Hatori – The Ancient Magus’ Bride
From all the anime of the year there was just one character I truly felt connected to. Not just because she reminds me of how I once felt but also because I still carry all of those feelings with me. I can literally feel her pain, her doubts, her wish to feel at home and belong somewhere. Her willingness to give life another chance and accept the people who care for her and care for them in return is endearing. Something we should be reminded of more often.