And with that another enjoyable Yuri Anime Awards ceremony has come to a close. Thanks again to both and new fans for showing their support for their favorite gals and couples. Let’s find out who were the victors.
- Check out the total percentage of votes HERE.
- Check out the Yuritopia Classic Tournament journey HERE.
WARNING! MAJOR SPOILERS FOR ANIME AND VISUAL/KINETIC NOVELS AHEAD.
First let us begin with the music awards. For those wondering why songs from Amanchu, Magical Girl Raising Project and the like did not make the cut, it’s because I was already pushing it with 10 nominations. If I went gung-ho there would have probably been 16 nominations and it would have been overkill. I learned my lesson in regards to “too many choices”.
Anyway the Best OP of 2016 goes to Izetta: The White Witch’s Cross the Line.
The Best ED of 2016 goes to Flip Flappers’ Flip Flap Flip Flap.
The winner of the Best Confession of 2016 goes to Izetta: The White Witch’s Magic Broom Ride followed by Flip Flappers’ Interdimensional Love in 2nd and Euphonium 2’s Euphonium Blockbuster in 3rd.
2016 Best Antagonist (Since not all these adversaries were truly evil) goes to Flip Flappers’ Dark Mimi. Definitely an intimidating adversary when enraged. 2nd place goes to the Izetta: the White Witch’s avenger “Sophie” and 3rd is the somewhat complex yet extremely dangerous Swim Swim from Magical Girl Raising Project.
The Best Hunter of 2016 was KEIJO!!!!!!!!’s Mio Kusakai: gorgeous foreigner, gifted keijo athlete and proud lesbian who would happily treat a lucky lady to a day like no other human alive ever could. If there are no takers she’ll give ladies who catch her eye a “preview”. Illya 3rei!’s Kuro Einzbern came in 2nd with her badassery and mad “mana consumption” skills. 3rd goes to Brave Witches’ Countess. Think of her as Mio Kusakai lite. She’s also one of the few Witches to wear pants and not long stockings.
Next up is the Digital Warfare category. After thinking about it a bit I realized a 2nd round will not be necessary.
First up is Starlight Vega as we find out which lovely lady in Aria’s harem was chosen as the favorite.
The BFF Melody came out on top over the seductive beauty Lyria and the mature appeal ice queen Scherza.
Next up are the Road Queens. Who were elected the fairest of American Yuri Road Trip experts?
Why Highway Blossoms’ Amber and Marina who bested Love, Guitars and the Nashville Skyline’s Amanda and Juliet.
Asuka from Nurse Love Addiction certainly had an…interesting journey in her first year of nursing college. Let’s find out which of her four suitors was chosen by fans as the favorite.
Arguably the most canon of the four, Sakuya! Nao came in 2nd followed by Miss Kaede in 3rd.
Next is the couple who impressed “plreaders” most in Part 1 of Ne No Kami: The Two Princess Knights of Kyoto.
It’s Ruka X Shinonome!
Next up is the favorite New Generation couple from A Kiss for the Petals‘ new series.
The indigo haired twin sisters Aya and Ai prevailed over Nagisa and Rina in 2nd along with Hazuki and Manami in 3rd.
Last but not least in the Digital Warfare battles we have the favorite couple from Kindred Spirits on the Roof
Deviantart Image by Flauschtraut
Yuna and Hina! 2nd place went to my personal favorite duo of Youka and Aki while 3rd was awarded to Seina and Miki.
And now, the moment everyone has been waiting for. The results of the Yuritopia Classic. Before that though. Let us discuss the stories throughout the tournament.
The first big surprise of the tournament was one Yohane making it all the way to the World Title Finals, BARELY besting the two gay Aqours juggernauts Riko and Mari in Round 1 and then dominating Round 2. I guess being one of, if not the most entertaining member of Aqours helped her out big time. While I too am a huge Yohane fan I was very much surprised by her getting as far as she did. Let’s face facts. Compared to Riko and Mari, she didn’t ooze as much gayness though she had some moments, or rather vibes, with her popular fellow first year Zuramaru.
Think about it ladies and gentlemen. Yohane COULD HAVE BEEN the 2016 Yuri World Champion. Amazing.
The other big surprise was the elimination of the leegendary tag team of Haruka and Michiru in the 2nd round. Perhaps it was due to them losing some steam in the 2nd half of Sailor Moon Crystal 3, mening they didn’t snuggle as much. While their status as one of yuridom’s greatest Tag Teams will remain intact they sadly didn’t impress fans around here enough to warrant more than qualifying to the 2nd round.
Having said all that, the biggest story in the tournament was a hard fought war between two heavy hitting couples, both funny enough featured a redhead. 2016 did feature several lesbian redheads like Pandora’s Nene, Anne Happy’s Hibiki and even Aqours’ Riko to name a few alongside the big two (Riko’s as red as a red cabbage so she counts). Anyway no matter what category the two competed in they always went all-out against each other, always coming in 1st and 2nd. They were so evenly matched that they dominated whenever the other team wasn’t around to push them to their limits. These two teams were of course…
Flip Flappers’ PapiCoco and Izetta: The Last Witch’s FinéZetta. Time again the two went the distance but in the end there could only be one…
It was a clean sweep for the victors. They are the 2016 Yuri Tag Team Champions, Finé is the 2016 Yuricontinental Champion and Izetta is the 2016 Yuri World Champion. Izetta also won the 2016 Michiru Magazine EuroYuri Tournament.
When one stops to think about it their victory is well deserved. While the show got a mixed reception one thing is for certain, many in the Yuri Nation agree that the best part of Izetta: The Last Witch was Finé and Izetta’s love story. What started as two girls from different world meeting and becoming bestest friends continued years later when the two reunited under…interesting circumstances and it was quickly made clear that nothing had changed between them. In fact their bond grew stronger until the truth could only be denied by the usual naysayers. Only one thing was missing to make this a perfect lesbian love story but even without it it is still a great one. I still stand by my words that alongside Flip Flappers, Izetta: The White Witch is destined to become a future yuri classic.
And that’s it. Te 2016 Yuri Anime Awards are in the books. Here’s hoping 2017 will deliver more yuri goodness (Animated, drawn and digital) that will stand the test of time.