The Anime Awards are currently underway courtesy of Crunchyroll, where anime viewers get to vote on the selected nominees within their respective category. However, the awards are missing one of the most popular animes to debut last fall: Goblin Slayer.
If you check the Anime Awards nominee section, you’ll see plenty of anime shows/movies in the list that aren’t anywhere near as popular as some of the most talked about shows from 2018. Titles like Aggretsuko or Banana Fish being nominated multiple times over as opposed to fan-favorites like Goblin Slayer even appearing once on the list of awards set off some obvious red flags.
There isn’t one category where White Fox Studios’ highly viewed and very popular dark-fantasy series appears. So why is that? Well, Crunchyroll explained.
In a separate post published on January 11th, 2019, they outline exactly how each of the nominees were selected, with Miles Thomas writing…
“We reached out to 20+ fantastic individuals within the anime community at established outlets that cover anime and community leaders with established, unique, or meaningful followings who watch and read and learn about a lot of anime. They come from different backgrounds and perspectives, and all have a lot of anime credentials backing them up—sidenote: it’s pretty incredible that ‘anime credentials’ are a thing. These judges were asked to be independent and partial to their own personal assessments of which anime were most worthy, and after being given the parameters for each category, went through two rounds of judging.”
They even made some changes to the rules this time around so that no single anime was over-represented within the nominations. The idea behind this was so that more characters and more animes could appear across 15 different categories.
In the post, Thomas explained…
“Another change from last year that was hotly requested was to disallow two nominees in a category from the same series. Last year, we had both Todoroki and Deku from My Hero Academia as candidates for “Best Boy”, among other duplicates, and fans reasonably wanted to see a broader swath of characters represented. As a result, we took the next most vote-getting candidate in situations where an anime was over-represented in a single category.”
Now the next obvious question is, “what was the criteria for being nominated?” Well, I’m glad you asked because according to Crunchyroll’s rules, an anime show or movie had to meet the following qualifications:
- The nominee must be an animated series
- Primary production for the show took place in Japan
- Was broadcast in part in Japan either on television or online
- At least one episode was legally distributed in the U.S. in 2018
So going by those standards, we know for a fact that Goblin Slayer meets that standard given that it began airing at the tail end of 2018, between October 7th and December 30th.
So if it met the criteria for nomination, what happened?
Some might use the excuse that it just wasn’t as popular as some of the other animes that were nominated, such as Hinamatsuri or MegaloBox. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth just judging by the popularity and user activity over on MyAnimeList.
You’ll note that Hinamatsuri has a popularity rating of 484. MegaloBox has a popularity rating of 487. Banana Fish sits at 862. And Goblin Slayer has a popularity rating of 273, putting it nearly on par to the original 1997 anime of Berserk.
So the question becomes, how did a show as popular as Goblin Slayer not get nominated for anything in any category?
Well, it seems pretty obvious that the people that Crunchyroll entrusted to nominate the animes had a very obvious bias against the show.
This isn’t even up for debate. The supposed Western anime reviewing community were incensed at Goblin Slayer, falsely claiming that it promoted rape culture.
The absence of Goblin Slayer from the nominations did not go unnoticed by actual anime fans, and it became a hot topic of discussion over on Crunchyroll’s forums and in the comment section for the nominees.
Given how Social Justice Warriors continually attacked the show, and many whom were supposed to be reviewers and content curators within the Western anime community opted to virtue signal their offense at the show’s themes instead, it’s no different than Kingdom Come: Deliverance being left out of a lot of nominations during the 2018 Game Awards because game journalists got triggered by the game’s historical realism. Journalists were further enraged when Warhorse Studios refused to kowtow to the games media’s corrupt agenda that demanded the developers sully their game with propaganda.
It appears Goblin Slayer is being punished much in the same way as Kingdom Come: Deliverance, which likely means it’s an anime worth checking out.
(Thanks for the news tip Mugen Tenshin)