Have you ever been watching an anime and thought, "Wow! That moment was so amazing it should win an award?"
Over the years, here at Crow's World of Anime we've given fictitious awards for cool moments like that. But there're kind of hard to find! so, we've decided to collect all of the awards we've "given" to shows over the years and put them in one place. We present to you: Crow's World of Anime Caw Outs!
The awards are listed with the most recent first (based on when we reviewed the series).
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Best Romantic Gesture (in Military Form)
Watching Record of Grancrest War has been a fun ride. Though the show has its pacing problems, it has some genuinely beautiful character moments -- like this one involving Alexis Douse and his the woman he wants to marry, Marrine Kreische (who was his enemy at the time of this award!). She really loves him, but she wanted to keep him out of the line of fire, so she refused to accept his affections. Then he showed her this flower, made up of individual soldiers, to recall the more conventional, less still very romantic, very of the flower he'd had for her out of colored stones. Regardless of what came afterward, this was still a great romantic gesture!
Man of the Week Award for Supreme Honesty
If you watched Darling in the FranXX, then you probably expect it to be a bit risque. Episode 8 was no exception. Squad 13 fought an enemy whose attack acted like acid on the girls' clothes. At first, Futoshi conspired with Zorome not to tell the girls and wait to see how far the acid would go. Not exactly trust building behavior! Of course the girls find out, and when they demanded an explanation and the other boys tried to make excuses, Futoshi summoned his courage and said, "I simply found you amazingly beautiful, Kokoro! Believe me! This is straight from the heart!" He gets the Man of the Week Award for being supremely honest! This is, of course, putting aside the likelihood that Kokoro would have preferred such a confession to be made in private!
Most Understated Understatement of the Season
The Ancient Magus' Bride strikes again! In episode 18, Elias loses control his of jealousy and begins to consume Hatori. That's right -- consume her! When she realizes the danger she's in, does she panic? No! She under-reacts by just thinking, "That's not good." You're absolutely right, Hatori. That's not good at all!
Most Awesome Expression of Surpassing Adorableness
No stranger to the Caw Out Awards, The Ancient Magus' Bride scores another victory. This time, Silky stakes a claim for herself. In episode 15, she's waiting for Elias Ainsworth, Chise Hatori, and Ruth to return from the fairy realm. She misses them terribly, as time passes more slowly in the human world. She begins to imagine how happy she'll be when they return -- and look at that smile! Have you every seen anything so adorable in your life? I hope she's even a fraction of that much happy at winning this award!
Most Heads-Up and Humane Attack of the Season!
In episode 3 of Katana Maidens, Hiyori Juujou was desparate. She could only think of one way to defeat Sayaka Itomi: overpower and kill her. Desparation does that to a person! But her friend Kanami Etou stepped in. Instead of trying to kill Itomi, what'd she do? She disarmed the young woman and won her over with a combination of charisma and sportsmanship! Now, that's the way to win a fight! In fact: Do you want to win a war? Because that' show you win a war!
Most Round About Confession of Love (So Far)
The Ancient Magus' Bride Episode 9: Perspectives on Love and Needed Adjustments: Elias Ainsworth says he wants to learn more about humans. Chise Hatori keeps trying to teach him, but let's face it: he's pretty dense. When he says he can't understand why she's pressing for information about him, she blurts out a convoluted confession of affection: "...it's not like I'm so disinterested in you that I can bear not knowing about you!" Let's hope Elias carefully considers what she said!
Most Unoriginal Yet Honest Insult of the Week
Dies irae Episode 6: The Bad Boy Shines and the Wrong Kind of Cleavage: Shirou Yusa is fighting Wilhelm Ehrenburg. The latter's starting to understand that his opponent isn't just any human. Wilhelm asks just who he is, and, earning himself a Badassery-Class award, Yusa answers, “Who knows? Maybe you just suck.”
Moment of Supreme Badassery
Dies irae Episode 5: An Unexpected Bedfellow and an Emissary from the Past: The delightful Erii Honjou tries to make a point by holding a loaded revolver to Ren Fujii's head. Does he panic? No! He earns a Badassery-Class award by using his power to slice the pistol to ribbons. If only he would be so decisive the rest of the time!
Should be Terrifying but is Cute Instead
Made in Abyss Episode 9: Ouzen’s Warning and Riko’s Stand: Made in Abyss had its terrifying moments. Most of them, in fact! But there were times when it gave us a variety of experiences. In episode 9, Riko was covered in fruit juice, and the neritantans -- kind of a fur ball with feet and a mousey face -- were about to mistake her for a giant snack. They earned their little selves a Cute-Class Caw Out for their adorable battle cry! No doubt Riko was rightly terrified, but I was cuted out!
Scout-Level Survival Knowledge
Made in Abyss Episode 8: Memory Lane and a Signature Mining Tool: Riko and Regu have to survive on their own for a certain amount of time to prove to Ouzen that they're ready to continue their journey. Riko earns a Smart-Class Caw Out for knowing the first order of business was to find water!
Most Acting Like a Character in a Bad Horror Film
Made in Abyss Episode 8: Memory Lane and a Signature Mining Tool: In the same episode as above, Riko goes from earning a Smart-Class Caw Out to earning its opposite, the Not Smart-Class Call Out, in a matter of moments. Right after deciding they need to find water (Smart!), she sees a red light and dashes toward it (Not Smart!). It's the Abyss, Riko! Whatever it is probably wants to eat you!
Shocking Revelation of the Episode
Re:Creators Ep 19: A Desperate Charge and a Blaze of Glory: Nishio Oonishi wrote erotic fiction. Nothing wrong with that, of course! But it sets certain expectations, doesn't it? Well, he earned himself a Shocking-Class Caw Out when he revealed that he wrote something that was actual touching: chapter five of Hikawa Hikaru's story where her dear friend dies. Character depth in erotic fiction? What's next? Universal health care in the United States?
Best Way to Break the Tension
Made in Abyss Episode 7: A Failure of Restraint and Alone in the Dark: During a very intense segment (okay, in terms of Made in Abyss, that could be just about any scene!), Ouzen puts Riko and Regu through a brutal test. In retrospect, it was necessary, but it was painful to watch. One of Ouzen's cave raiders earned a Humor-Class Caw Out by observing, after the test was over, that "Ouzen has made yet another one cry!” It was a perfect way to cap the scene.
Cool Use of Technology
Made in Abyss Episode 5: The Purifying Flame and an Ominous Glint: As Riko and Regu delved more and more deeply into the Abyss, they had to traverse all kinds of terrain. At one point, Regu earned a Smart-Class Caw Out for using his arms as if he were a cable-car. The technique was safe, it was stable, and he got himself and Riko across a chasm without incident. If only the rest of their journey had gone as smoothly!
Most Extreme Contrast of the Episode
Re:Creators Ep 16: Preparing for Battle and Baiting the Trap: Nishio Oonishi, the erotic fiction writer from Re:CREATORS, is involved in another award, but this time it's not for him. He just set it up. During the obligatory bath house scene, he accidentally flashed his bottom to the men present. Rui Kanoya even commented that the flash was probably the worst fan service ever. The Shocking-Class Caw Out goes to Yuuya Mirokuji, who happened to walk by a moment later, all rippling muscles, and say, "I’m beat. Crowds of girls follow me wherever I go here." Kinda feel sorry for the guy... Okay, not really!
Understatement of the Episode
Alice & Zouroku Ep 12: Zouroku’s Authority and Sana’s New Friends: Sana Kashimura was lost in Wonderland, and Zouroku Kashimura went after her. It seemed like they spent under a way there. After they returned home, he discovered that they'd been gone objectively for ten days! He earned himself a Humor-Class Caw Out for saying, “This is pretty screwed up” in his usual deadpan way.
Most Adorable Thing
Alice & Zouroku Ep 9: The Lonely Witch and Vengeful Queen: Sana Kashimura is really bad at being evil (I don't think she has a mean bone in her body). She holds a grudge against Shikishima Hatori after Hatori had frozen Kashimura's family and friends (even if just for a little while). Kashimura tried to extract vengeance by trapping Hatori's friend Miho Ayumu, but when Kashimura tried to intimidate Ayumu with an evil laugh, the attempt earned the poor girl a Humor-Class Caw Out. Some people just shouldn't try to be evil!
Most Stinging Insult of the Episode
Re:Creators Ep 9: Her Virgin Heart and the Souvenir Blade: Makagami Chikujouin could turn a lie about a lie into a world-changing event. She was probably the most powerful of the Created characters. But she wasn't at all popular among the other Created. To prove that, Yuuya Mirokuji earned himself a Badassery-Class Caw Out when he said that she was "…a laughing piece of skin hanging over a bunch of lies.” Ouch! Of course, she took it as a “cool compliment.” She was scary!
Dry Observation of the Week
Re:Creators: Selesia’s Creator and Magical Slayers: In episode 2, Meteora Österreich and Selesia Upitiria had only recently come to Earth (well, Earth Prime -- you have to see the series to understand). They're trying to understand how they could travel from a fictional world to the "real" one when Selesia calls one of Meteora's ideas "stupid." In her dry, witty say, Meteora earned a Humor-Class Caw Out by saying, "it’s nothing more than your displeasure at discovering your reason for existence.” Not sure Selesia realized she'd been zinged or not!
Quote of the Week
Saga of Tanya the Evil – A New Paradigm: Tanya Degurechaff was a modern Japanese man trapped in the body of a 10 year old girl in an alternative history World War I. And the god of that world was mad at her. Being a strong-willed individual, she wasn't about to back down, and she won a Smart-Class Caw Out in episode 9 for saying of that god, "Until I found free-market principles into that piece of shit, I won’t die, no matter what!” Tanya the Evil, taking piety to new heights!
Quote of the Episode
Saga of Tanya the Evil – A New Paradigm: Tanya Degurechaff, in the same episode as above (9), had time to lament an insane profession's impact on her life and limb by earning another Humor-Class Caw Out when she said, "He’s a natural-born disaster. He went and got us a one-way ticket to hell.” The price of progress...
Quote of the Episode
The Blue Exorcist – Mud Wrestling and a Putrescent Millipede: Renzo Shima isn't the most brave or powerful Exorcist. That's not a bad thing; it's just who he is. So it's no wonder that when he did something particularly noble and brave (episode 10), he received praise from the powerful Exorcist Shura Kirigakure. Did I mention he's an adolescent male? That explains how he won a Humor-Class Caw Out by complaining about her praise, saying, "Come on, I deserve more than a pat on the head. Smother me with your rack!” It’s crude, but I laughed.
Harsh Quote of the Season (So Far)
The Blue Exorcist – Disastrous First Encounter: In an episode 5 flashback, Tatsuma Suguro is terribly worried about his sick wife. His father earned a Badassery-Class Caw Out (through cruel!) by saying, "If Torako doesn’t pull through, find a new wife who is hardier.” Zounds! Badass, yes -- but also smack-worthy!
Quote of the Episode
Izetta: The Last Witch Ep 10: A Slight Glimmer of Hope? Sophie might have been one of the villains, but there were times I really admired her. The emperor's top aid tried to mansplain something to her, and she was having none of it. She earned a Badassery-Class Caw Out when she said to him, "A manwhore has no business talking down to me.” I guess being a) dead and brought back to life and b) a ridiculously powerful witch gives one confidence!
BUBUKI/BURANKI Ep 18: Casual Cruelty and a Deep Mole: Azuma Kazuki was often quite intelligent. In this episode, though, he earned a Not-Smart-Class Caw Out for not one, but two bone-headed moves. First, he decides to go search for his sister -- alone! His friends have tons of combat ability, but he walks off on his own. Second, he accepts a ride from Guy Barville Abeille -- the series villain! Jeesh, Kazuki, get with the program!
Badass of the Season
Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Episode 2: Breakout and Betrayal! Mumei was by and large a walking example of Badassery. But she earned a Badassery-Class Caw Out for what she did in the second episode. She not only leaped over the wall, then calmly checked her gear — even licking her finger to check the wind direction -- all while the zombie horde approached! But then she took on a Kabane horde by herself! She packed a lot of courage and power in that little frame!
Exceeding My Expectations by the Highest Margin this Season
Winter 2016 Recap: Funimation Edition: I didn't review Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, but I really admired it. It earned a rare Sublime-Class Caw Out by being visually stunning and having subtle and deep characters. Even better: its combat was realistic not only during the actual fighting, but in how the characters dealt with it afterward. Wonderful series!
Awesome Character of the Week
Gate Episode 20: No Expects the Inquisition! And Would You Break That Heart? Reiko Shirayuri was the ranking Japanese diplomat in the Special Region. Kōji Sugawara, one of her staff, was in a pickle: Sherry Tyueli, a young noble woman, had fallen in love with him and now she begged to be admitted to his residence -- or risk being tortured and killed. But letting her in would mean war! Sugawara did the right thing: he let her in. And what did his boss do? Shirayuri backed him! Nice to see government working for the people!