Every season, people talk about the best anime of the season.
Every year, awards are given to the best anime of the year.
Every single time these sort of things happen, people are bound to argue of what is truly, “objectively”, the best anime out there.
I’m not saying that no one understands the subjectivity of these awards. In fact, I’m sure many people do and even say it outright at the start that it is nothing but their personal opinion. However, despite all this, there will always be people who are upset that their favourite anime didn’t coincide with the anime nominated.
I honestly feel that anime awards should simply be seen as a means for people with not much time, to just watch a select few shows to keep up with the social activity surrounding anime. After all, it’s mainly a popularity contest. It shouldn’t be seen as some “objective” list of anime. I mean, we all know there’s no such thing as an objective “top __ anime”. It all depends on each individuals’ tastes.
If those people with not much time manage to watch all those that got awards, it probably won’t be difficult to look at the comments to see what anime other people think should have gotten nominated and give them a try. After all, it’s still a large decrease in amount of anime as compared to if you were to try to clear every anime season by season like I’m foolishly trying (and failing) to do.