Stay tuned for a special message from your anime president.
So it's that time of year again, that time where we comb through the many pieces of entertainment we enjoyed and see if we can't come to a consensus on which ones were the best, shortly before we yell at each other for having incredibly terrible tastes while the country continues sinking into the ocean from whence it came. Ah, democracy.
But instead of another Top 5 list of video games (you can look in my profile for that one, and it isn't good) this one deals with anime! Cartoons from a foreign land. We had Monsters! Titans! Dressed to Kill! With Silver Spoons! The Devil worked Part-Time! With an Eccentric Family! Monogatari!
*ahem* Anyways, let's get into the details of this whole thing.
How do I vote?
Follow this link to the Google Form I have set up, put your username that you use here on Giant Bomb, and your favorite anime that premiered and/or ended in 2013 AD. You can pick a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 5 per ballot. Also there is an optional comment question at the bottom. Feel free to write whatever you want in it. Or don't. Then submit your form. You only get one ballot, so make it count. Any ballots containing duplicate or unregistered names will not count, and I will frown in your direction.
Your votes will be stored on a secret server that will only be scanned once by NSA-contracted bots for your own good, and then held in a secure location somewhere in the Utah desert to ensure that the votes are not tampered with before they are tallied.
So when do I vote?
Voting is open now, and will end at some point in mid-January. Let's say January 13th.
How are the votes tallied?
The votes will be tallied both on a weighted and unweighted scale. The unweighted tally means that 1 vote=1 vote, no matter where in the list you ranked the show. The weighted tally means that the higher you rank the show, the more points it will get: 1st place on your ballot gets 5 points, 2nd gets 4 points, 3rd gets 3, 4th gets 2 and 5th gets 1.
For reference, here's how the 2012 edition of this poll turned out (before we switched to the new servers, so some formatting might be wonky). In that version, I ordered the vote first by unweighted tally and then weighted. This time I'm switching it up: shows will be ranked by weighted tally first, and then unweighted in case of ties.
When will you announce the results?
Later in January, probably. Don't have an exact date, but if it's February and I haven't done it by then, feel free to hunt me down.
Does [X SHOW] count for this ballot?
I'm trying to limit it to shows that ended in 2013 so the series with hundreds of episodes don't take up too much space, but I'm willing to make exceptions for specific seasons or halves of a show that only appeared in 2013, like Magi's Season 2 for example, or that section of Gintama that appeared in this year. Shoot me a PM or comment if you want to ask if a certain show counts on the ballot.
Okay, so where do I find what shows were released in 2013?
There are plenty of sources to remember which shows came out or ended this year. Here's one, here's another from our long-lost AV friends, and there are plenty of charts floating around the internet if you use the Google.
I have more questions! Can you list them here?
Maybe. Shoot me a PM or comment below, and I'll try to answer them.
Once again, the link to the GB 2013 Anime Poll for Duders is here. Thank you all for voting!