Anime Maru’s panel of judges have announced that their choice for Anime of the Year is once again Toei Animation’s One Piece. The anime has won Anime Maru’s award every year since its first airing in October of 1999.
Panel judges explained that despite all of the great and innovative anime to come out this year such as Space Dandy, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works and Parasyte, nothing could truly match up to the majesty and influence of One Piece that has made it the most popular anime in Japan for the past 15 years.
“It’s a shame,” said one judge “that so many great anime must inevitably be compared to the juggernaut that is One Piece. I’ve debated giving the award to many new shows such as Madoka Magica and Attack on Titan over the years, but then I remember how much I cried when the Going Merry died and remind myself that really, none of these shows can live up to One Piece.”
“I really enjoyed Hunter x Hunter, which ended this year, and was hoping I’d be able to give it an award sometime in the past four years.” said another panelist. “But it just had to be airing during the same years One Piece was. It’s a shame, but some shows are just unlucky.”
Perennial runner-up Kishimoto Masashi when reached for comment on the award congratulated the Toei Animation staff. “I’ve been trying to write a story that can live up to One Piece for the past 15 years in the hopes of winning the prestigious Anime Maru award, but at some point I realized that I was among the many writers who couldn’t match the gold standard that is One Piece. That’s a large part of why I ended my manga this year. I hope that when Naruto’s ending is animated it might sway the Anime Maru voters to give it an honorary award, but I can’t really expect the grand prize anymore because, after all, One Piece is still airing.”
Eiichiro Oda accepted the award at the official Anime Maru ceremony, where he commented that he hopes he will be able to continue receiving the award for the next 30 years.