Sunday, December 25, 2016

Interim results of The Dorama World Awards 2016!

First of all, Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope that you are having fun in your own way this festive season.

There is less than a week before the voting for the inaugural Dorama World Awards 2016 will be closed at 11.59pm (GMT+8) on 31 December so I thought that it would be good to provide the interim results today. If you have already voted, check to see if your favourites are in the top 10. If you haven't, please make your vote count before the deadline through the voting form here. For the voting instructions, you can refer to my original post here.

Based on the votes received so far, there are some points which I would like you to take note of before casting your votes:

- The issue about who is the lead of the drama
As mentioned previously, in most Japanese dramas, there is only one leading actor or actress. If there is more than one, it will be indicated as double leads etc. Thus, if you misunderstand this and vote for someone as a leading actor/actress when he or she should be part of the supporting cast, I will count that as a vote in the supporting actor/actress category. That effectively means that one vote is wasted for that category which could have been given to someone else who fits the bill.
Some common examples of people who were supporting actors or actresses but were voted for in the leading actor or actress category include Hoshino Gen (Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu), Kimura Yoshino (Boku no Yabai Tsuma), Suda Masaki (Jimi ni Sugoi!) and Yamazaki Kento (Suki na hito ga iru koto).

- The need to specify the title of the drama and the name of the actor / actress 
Some actors and actresses had participated in more than one drama in 2016. As such, there were many votes which I had to disqualify because there was no indication of the drama which the person appeared in and I can't possibly count votes for all the dramas he or she appeared in. Some of the common examples I've seen so far include Dean Fujioka, Haru, Sato Ryuta and Suda Masaki. Please ensure that you key in the name of the actor/actress with the name of the drama when casting your votes or else your votes will not count. Even for those actors who have appeared in one drama only for the year, it will take time for me to do research to confirm which drama you are voting for so please help by mentioning your choices clearly in the form.

- Making full use of your votes
Everyone is allowed to vote for up to 5 titles/actors/actresses/songs in each category. However, many of you have only voted for 1 in each category so please consider using up all the available slots if you can.

Here are the top 10 entries so far for each category in alphabetical order (some categories have more than 10 as they currently have the same score):

Best Drama
99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi
Asa ga kita
Chef ~ Mitsuboshi no Kyuushoku ~
Doctor X 4 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~
Itsuka kono koi omoidashite kitto naiteshimau
Juuhan Shuttai!
Kaito Yamaneko
Kaseifu no Mitazono
Kazoku no Katachi
Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu
Sekai ichi muzukashii koi

Best Leading Actor
Abe Hiroshi (Sniffer)
Kamenashi Kazuya (Kaito Yamaneko)
Katori Shingo (Kazoku no Katachi)
Koura Kengo (Itsuka kono koi omoidashite kitto naiteshimau)
Matsumoto Jun (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi)
Matsuoka Masahiro (Kaseifu no Mitazono)
Ohno Satoshi (Sekai ichi muzukashii koi)
Okada Masaki (Yutori desu ga nani ka)
Sakai Masato (Sanadamaru)
Yamada Ryosuke (Cain to Abel)

Best Leading Actress
Amami Yuki (Chef ~ Mitsuboshi no Kyuushoku ~)
Aragaki Yui (Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu)
Haru (ON Ijou Hanzai Sousakan Toudou Hinako)
Hirosue Ryoko (Naomi to Kanako)
Ishihara Satomi (Jimi ni sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko)
Kimura Fumino (Suisho no Koudou)
Kiritani Mirei (Suki na hito ga iru koto)
Kuroki Haru (Juuhan Shuttai!)
Mitsushima Hikari (Totto Terebi)
Nakatani Miki (Watashi, kekkon dekinain janakute shinain desu)
Takahata Mitsuki (Toto Nee-chan)
Yonekura Ryoko (Doctor X 4 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko)

Best Supporting Actor
Aoki Munetaka (Jimi ni sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko)
Hoshino Gen (Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu)
Kagawa Teruyuki (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi)
Katsumura Masanobu (Doctor X 4 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~)
Kotaki Nozomu (Sekai ichi muzukashii koi)
Nagayama Kento (Juuhan Shuttai!)
Odagiri Jo (Juuhan Shuttai!)
Sato Ryuta (Naomi to Kanako)
Suda Masaki (Jimi ni sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko)
Yagira Yuuya (Yutori desu ga nani ka)

Best Supporting Actress
Ando Sakura (Yutori desu ga nani ka)
Eikura Nana (99.9 Kenji Senmon Bengoshi)
Haru (Sekai ichi muzukashii koi)
Ishida Yuriko (Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu)
Kimura Yoshino (Boku no Yabai Tsuma)
Koike Eiko (Sekai ichi muzukashii koi)
Mizuno Miki (Kuroi Juunin no Onna)
Naka Riisa (Nigeru Onna)
Takahata Mitsuki (Itsuka kono koi wo omoidashite kitto naite shimau)
Ueno Juri (Kazoku no Katachi)

Best Theme Song
Daylight by Arashi (99.9 Keiji Senmon Bengoshi)
Mint by Amuro Namie (Boku no Yabai Tsuma)
Give me love by Hey! Say! JUMP (Cain to Abel)
Smile for Me by Matsutoya Yumi (Chef ~ Mitsuboshi no Kyuushoku ~)
Motto by aiko (Dame na watashi ni koishite kudasai)
99 by Superfly (Doctor X 4 ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~)
Ashita e no tegami by Teshima Aoi (Itsuka kono koi wo omoidashite kitto naiteshimau)
Echo by UNICORN (Juuhan Shuttai!)
Koi by Hoshino Gen (Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu)
Hanataba wo kimi ni by Utada Hikaru (Toto Nee-chan)

Best Couple
Ito Hideaki & Kimura Yoshino (Boku no Yabai Tsuma)
Dean Fujioka & Fukada Kyoko (Dame na watashi ni koishite kudasai)
Koura Kengo & Arimura Kasumi (Itsuka kono koi wo omoidashite kitto naiteshimau)
Suda Masaki & Ishihara Satomi (Jimi ni sugoi! Kouetsu Girl Kouno Etsuko)
Katori Shingo & Ueno Juri (Kazoku no Katachi)
Hoshino Gen & Aragaki Yui (Nigeru wa haji daga yaku ni tatsu)
Ohno Satoshi & Haru (Sekai ichi muzukashii koi)
Yamazaki Kento & Kiritani Mirei (Suki na hito ga iru koto)
Fujiki Naohito & Nakatani Miki (Watashi, kekkon dekinain janakute, shinain desu)
Okada Masaki & Ando Sakura (Yutori desu ga nani ka)

Looking forward to receiving your votes before the end of this year!


Seeing in My Side said...

What do you think about the result so far? Do you have some unpopular choice that should at least on that list?

Chiaki said...

Frankly speaking, there are some entries which I feel don't deserve such a high position but they are popular for some reason. I was hoping that this will be a reflection of the quality where we choose the best but it somehow looks like there was a synchronised movement by some voters to push certain entries up the ranking. I can't say for sure though but I noticed similar typo errors and a concentration of votes for the same person and drama within a short span of time so that's why I'm suspicious of the legitimacy of these votes. Then again, since I don't actually capture IP addresses nor email addresses during the voting process, I can't ascertain if the votes were from the same person or group of people.

There are still a few more days to go before voting closes so the results may change towards the end.

Anonymous said...

Agree -- there is a lot of vacuous and clichéd script-writing which doesn't deserve the praise it gets (mostly from legions of semi-literate Indonesian fan-girls). A good example is the painfully trite, repetitive, and badly-acted Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu, whose patina of american pop-psychology makes it seem in some way risqué, when it is in fact utterly conventional.

Chiaki said...

I wouldn't go to the extent of pinpointing anyone or any drama of being less deserving of accolades because I didn't watch all the dramas so there might have been gems which I failed to uncover. Besides, this is a rather subjective thing - what I think is good may not be the same to others.

I was more concerned with the pattern of votes gathered for one person and one particular drama within a span of a few hours. As such, that's why I was suspecting that there could have been an open call posted somewhere for fans of this person to band together and vote especially when I consider the typos, voting patterns and the very obvious act of voting for the drama and person only but leaving all other categories blank.

I haven't watched NigeHaji actually other than the digest version posted by TBS on their Youtube channel. Although I don't quite like manga-style romance stories like this now, I think the theme song is quite catchy and the chemistry between Aragaki Yui and Hoshino Gen is pretty good too. Perhaps that is why so many people like this drama even though it didn't attract too much attention at first?

reyes2alfred said...

All I can say, this site rocks!!! I go to this site for J-Entertainment and dorama/eiga news before hive or arama. hahaha

By the way, I'm thinking for my votes now. You just wait! Ganbatte!

Jed Medina said...


I visit your site for the news on Japanese drama and most of the time, you have a lot of great stuff, with a great interpretation of the news from Japanese to English, I think a lot of people appreciate that.

Aside from that, the above comment from anonymous, who apparently is hiding behind the term, is quite distasteful and racist.

To say that Indonesian fangirls are illiterate is as inaccurate as it is unfounded. FYI, Indonesia has a literacy rate of 93.9% compared to world average of 86.3%. The Indonesian fangirls being described here are either high school or Uni students, because - for obvious reasons - these same people are the one who populates some of the biggest Asian drama forums, with their own native language drama sites. Let us assume that some of them are housewives who like their Japanese counterparts love to watch these dramas. Their economic background should not be an issue either. One vote is one vote unless you classify votes from dramas you don't like as less than 100% acceptable. I don't think you discriminate just like this 'reader'.

Chiaki said...

Hi reyes2alfred, thank you for your compliments, encouragement and the votes!

Hi Jed, thank you for your compliments. Glad that you like the blog and hope that you'll continue visiting here!

As for that comment from Anonymous, I certainly don't agree with that illiteracy claim. And I certainly don't think I can pinpoint the kind of "suspicious" voting pattern to any particular group or people from a specific country. The thing is, if people are not willing to post at least a nickname when leaving comments, I find it difficult to address the points they made or differentiate between who is who especially if I get more than one Anonymous person writing comments for the same post. Then again, I can't be forcing people to write their nicknames if they are so reluctant to do so thus the most I can do is "encourage" the use of at least a nickname.

Honestly, it defeats the purpose of having this Dorama World Awards if people treat this like a popularity vote. If we are able to follow the "one vote from each person" rule, this will at least ensure that the eventual results (no matter who wins it in the end) will be fairer than if fans of a particular actor or actress get together to do mass voting. Of course, we are all entitled to our views of who is really the best. Even for myself, I am voting in the same way as all of you do so as to maintain objectivity as much as possible. Well, since this is just the first time I am doing this, the process might not be perfect so I'll have to learn as we go along and tweak this to make it even better in future. If you have any suggestions on improving the voting process, please share them with me too!

TruthSpeaker said...

Love your blog. All the j-ent news that you provide are spot on.
Please keep up the good work!

Chiaki said...

Hi TruthSpeaker, thank you for your compliments and hope that you continue supporting the blog in future!