2018 was a year of turmoil for both IRL and in Anime, but there was lots of great stuff to see, especially in regards to Anime. Welcome to The AniTAY Anime Awards of 2018, where AniTAY Authors and AniTAY members pick the best of the best Anime of the year!

The AniTAY Anime Awards is a collaborative effort by members in the AniTAY community to decide the best of the best of each year. We always try to put our own spin on these kinds of projects because when we see groups that don’t leverage different opinions, the results can radically differ from what the actual viewer think, and offer little choice. That’s why this Award process was open to the community and the decisions made were fascinating. We ran a poll both internally asking the authors of AniTAY as well as asking all the readers, so we have two sets of results. Here we go!
*PS: The AOTY in this is different than AniTAY’s Top Anime of 2018 posted by Gugsy today, as this is an award for what most people think is AOTY, and Gugsy’s is the show cumulatively liked. It’s been brought to our attention that this can seem rather confusing so next year we’ll match them up. 


Author Awards

Here’s what the authors of AniTAY have to say! We here at AniTAY are an opinionated bunch, a group of people who vary drastically yet all magically have a consensus on certain things. We watch a lot of anime, so expect some different results than from most.

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Author’s Pick for AniTAY Favorites: Yuru Camp

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Author’s Pick for Most Trash Show: Conception

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Author’s Pick for Best Female Character: Violet Evergarden - Violet Evergarden

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Author’s Pick for Best Male Charcter: Immortal Sugimoto - Golden Kamuy

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Author’s Pick for Best ED: Dragon Pilot & Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai


Author’s Pick for Best OP: Zombieland Saga


Author’s Pick for Best Slice of Life: Yuru Camp

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Author’s Pick for Best Comedy: Hinamatsuri

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Author’s Pick for Best Romance: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

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Author’s Pick for Best Drama: Violet Evergarden

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Author’s Pick for Best Action: Megalo Box

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Author’s Pick for Best Animated: Violet Evergarden

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Author’s Pick for Hidden Gem: SSSS Gridman

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Author’s Pick for Anime Movie of the Year: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes


Author’s Pick for Anime of the Year: Yuru Camp

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Reader Results

Now for the Community’s results! The community that reads AniTAY is pretty varied, but that doesn’t stop them from watching great anime! Definitely some interesting picks, and a surprising amount of ties.

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Reader’s Pick for AniTAY Favorites: Yuru Camp & A Place Further than the Universe

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Reader’s Pick for Most Trash Show: How NOT To Summon A Demon Lord & My  Sister, My Writer

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Reader’s Pick for Best Female Character: Mai Sakurajima - Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

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Reader’s Pick for Best Male Character: Sakuta Azusagawa - Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

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Reader’s Pick for Best ED: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai


Reader’s Pick for Best OP: Overlord III


Reader’s Pick for Best Slice of Life: Yuru Camp

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Reader’s Pick for Best Comedy: Hinamatsuri

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Reader’s Pick for Best Romance: Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

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Reader’s Pick for Best Drama: A Place Further than the Universe

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Reader’s Pick for Best Action: Golden Kamuy, Overlord II & III

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Reader’s Pick for Best Animated: Violet Evergarden

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Reader’s Pick for Hidden Gem: Planet With

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Reader’s Pick for Anime Movie of the Year: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes & Night is Short, Walk on Girl


Reader’s Pick for Anime of the Year: A Place Further than the Universe

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Thanks for checking out AniTAY and the AniTAY Anime Awards! Ani-TAY is the anime-focused portion of Kotaku’s community-run blog, Talk Amongst Yourselves where writers love everything anime related. Click here to check us out!

If you want more thoughts on anime of 2018, check out the AniTAY Podcast here!

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