The Secret Santa and Holiday Giveaway Round Up

Without a doubt this year’s Secret Santa built on the success we had last year and was even more stressful than we could have possibly imagined. We tripled the number of participants and thankfully we did not have to pick shows for anyone like we did last year. The big winners this year were Dennou Coil and Baccano! that were not only picked more than any other series but both of them got universally positive reviews. We also got a decent amount of reviews of Satoshi Kon movies which is a great acknowledgment of his contributions even though he is sadly no longer with us. Other than that the rest of the mix is very eclectic with everything from mecha and harem to slice-of-life and romance; it is a tribute to the diversity of the medium and the people in the blogosphere.

The Secret Santa Stats:

  • 60 Participants
  • 65 Reviews in total
  • 5 Reviews still have not come in
  • 56 Different shows reviewed

Dennou Coil – 4 reviews
Baccano! – 3 reviews
Ah! My Goddess TV – 2 reviews
Kino’s Journey – 2 reviews
Kurenai – 2 reviews
Tokyo Godfathers – 2 reviews
.hack//Sign
, 5 Centimetres Per Second, Aoi Bungaku, Armor Hunter Mellowlink, Asatte no Houkou, Bakemonogatari, Bamboo Blade, Bartender, Birdy the Mighty: Decode, Black Lagoon, Bokurano: Ours, Bungaku Shoujo, Cowboy Bebop, Cromartie High School, Dead Leaves, Fate/Stay Night, Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight, Haibane Renmei, Hatenkou Yugi, I My Me! Strawberry Eggs, Inukami!, Invincible Super Man Zambot 3, Kaiba, Last Exile, Le Chevalier d’Eon, Macross: Do You Remember Love?, Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Now and Then, Here and There, Pale Cocoon, Pani Poni Dash!, Paprika, Patlabor: The Movie, Perfect Blue, REC, Roujin Z, SaiKano, Saki, Seirei no Moribito, Seraphim Call, Seto no Hanayome, Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, Simoun, Sketchbook: ~Full Color’s~, Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, The Sea Prince and the Fire Child, Tokyo Marble Chocolate, Welcome to the NHK

As a bonus we also gathered together all entries we had for the 2010 Holiday Giveaway. To win our collection of fabulous prizes we asked readers to tell us what anime or manga license they are hoping to see in 2011. Hisui made an easy to read master list to see what titles were most popular and to look at any major trends in our little sampling of the desires of fandom. Notice that NisiOisiN was a bigger winner with overwhelming support for Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari. But the Noitamina block was the biggest winner of them all. While most unlicensed Noitamina shows only got one or two votes almost all the U.S. friendly titles were voted for by someone. 

Holiday Giveaway Stats:

Bakemonogatari 4 votes
Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto 3 votes
Time of Eve 3 votes
Dennou Coil 2 votes
Detroit Metal City 2 votes
Flying Trapeze
2 votes
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai
2 votes
Katanagatari
2 votes
Mononoke
2 votes
Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture
2 votes
Natume Yuujinchou
2 votes
Nodame Cantabile
2 votes
Angel Beats!, Cross Game, Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Kaguyahime, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Kaze to Ki no Uta, Kodomo no Jikan, Letter Bee, Mind Game, My Girl, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Princess Knight, Sailor Fuku ni Onegai!, Saint Young Men, Sket Dance, Souten Kouro, The Story of Saiunkoku S2, Umineko no Naku Koro ni

.hack//Sign Licensed – N
5 Centimetres Per Second Licensed – P
Aoi Bungaku Unlicensed – N
Armor Hunter Mellowlink Unlicensed – P
Asatte no Houkou Licensed – P
Bakemonogatari Unlicensed – P
Bamboo Blade Licensed – P
Bartender Unlicensed – P
Birdy the Mighty: Decode Licensed – P
Black Lagoon Licensed – P
Bokurano: Ours Licensed – P
Bungaku Shoujo Unlicensed – N
Cowboy Bebop Licensed – N
Cromartie High School Licensed – P
Dead Leaves Licensed – N
Fate/Stay Night Licensed – P
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight Unlicensed – P
Haibane Renmei Licensed – P
Hatenkou Yugi Unlicensed – P
I My Me! Strawberry Eggs Licensed – N
Inukami! Unlicensed – N
Invincible Super Man Zambot 3 Unlicensed – P
Kaiba Unlicensed – P
Last Exile Licensed – P
Le Chevalier D’Eon Licensed – P
Macross: Do You Remember Love? Unlicensed – P
Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket Licensed – P
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Licensed – P
Now and Then, Here and There Licensed – P
Pale Cocoon Streaming – N
Pani Poni Dash! Licensed – N
Paprika Licensed – P
Patlabor: The Movie Licensed – P
Perfect Blue Licensed – P
REC Unlicensed – P
Roujin Z Licensed
SaiKano Licensed – N
Saki Streaming – N
Seirei no Moribito Licensed – P
Seraphim Call Licensed – N
Seto no Hanayome Licensed – N
Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed Licensed – P
Shigurui: Death Frenzy Licensed – P
Simoun Licensed – P
Sketchbook: ~Full Color’s~ Unlicensed – N
Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai – N
The Place Promised in Our Early Days Licensed – N
The Sea Prince and the Fire Child Licensed – P
Tokyo Marble Chocolate Unlicensed – P
Welcome to the NHK Licensed – P

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