by OldAnimeLady, February 6, 2019
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Hi there and welcome to the MDL Best of 2018: Japan edition based on the write-ins and the subsequent poll based on those results. The write ins were accepted in December and the poll for those results was taken by January 17th.  You, the fans, chose these as the Best of 2018.  Like all fan polls, don't lose any sleep if your favorites didn't win. 

Best Japanese Drama of 2018

3rd place with 18.01%
 Unnatural
2nd with 28.4%
Todome No Kiss
  1st place with 32.3% Chugakusei Nikki

Best Japanese Movie of 2018

3rd place with  15.49%
Tonight, at Romance Theater
 
2nd place with 27.77%
My Little Monster
 
1st place with 32.17%
Chihayafuru: Musubi
 

Best Screenwriter (and for which show?)

 3rd Place with 12.36%
 Kaneshiro Kazuki, Watanabe Yusuke and Tokunaga Tomihiko [
dele]
Kaneshiro KazukiWatanabe YusukeTokunaga Tomihiko

2nd place with 22.65%
 Izumi Yoshihiro [Todome No Kiss]

1st place with 31.27%
Kaneko Arisa [Chugakusei Nikki]

Best Director (and for which show?)

3rd Mai Sakai & Hanna Matsumoto 15.54%
 [Love and Fortune]
Mai SakiHanna Matsumoto

Sugawara Shintaro & Akashi Hiroto 25.83% [Todome No Kiss]
Sugawara ShintaroAkashi Hiroto

Tsukahara Ayuko & Toshio Tsuboi 34.05%
[Chugakusei Nikki]
Tsukahara Ayuko

Toshio Tsuboi

Best Romance Drama:

3rd Place with 15.6%
Hana Nochi Hare: HanaDan Next Season
 
2nd place 23.78%
Todome No Kiss 
1st place with 38.38%
Chugakusei Nikki 38.38

Best Comedy Drama

3rd Place with 18.04%
Ossan's Love 
2nd Place with 20.07%
 The Confidence Man JP 
1st place with 29.6%
Kyou Kara Ore wa!!

Best Romantic/Comedy Drama

3rd Place with 17.5%
Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru
 
2nd Place with 20.29%
Todome No Kiss 
1st place with 26.65%
Hana Nochi Hare: HanaDan Next Season
 

Best Family Drama

3rd place with 21.03%
Kahogo no Kahoko - 2018 Love & Dream 
2nd Place with 21.97%
Momikeshite Fuyu
1st place with 23.12%
 Anone
 

Best Action/Thriller/Suspense Drama

3rd Place with 20.27%
 Kakegurui
2nd Place with 21.38%
 Unnatural 
1st place with 23.1%
Todome No Kiss 

Best Mystery Drama

3rd Place with 21.86%
 Unnatural 
2nd Place with 27.85%
Todome No Kiss 
1st place with 29.11%
dele 

Best Manga/Anime Adaptation

3rd Place with  19.34%

Kakegurui


2nd Place with 19.86%
Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! 
1st place with 37.99%
Chugakusei Nikki 

Best Japanese Actor (and for which role?)

 3rd Place with 13.66%
Kaku Kento as Mitsuhashi Takashi [Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!]
2nd Place with 22.99%
 Yamazaki Kento [Good Doctor / Todome No Kiss]
1st place with 24.88%
Okada Kenshi as Kuroiwa Akira [Chugakusei Nikki]

Best Japanese Actress (and for which role?)

3rd Place with 19.9%
  Hirose Suzu [Anone / Chihayafuru]
2nd Place with 20.32%
Hamabe Minami as Jabami Yumeko [Kakegurui]
1st place with 32.11%
Arimura Kasami as Suenaga Hijiri [Chugakusei Nikki]

Best Japanese Supporting Actor (and for which role?)

3rd Place with 20.64% was a tie.
  Kubota Masataka as Kuba Rokurou [Unnatural]
  and Suda Masaki as Harumi Ittoku in [Todome No Kiss]
2nd Place with 24.6%
Arata Mackenyu as Namiki Tackauji [Todome No Kiss]

1st place with 27.27%
Sato Takeru as Mugita Akira [Stepmother and Daughter's Blues]

Best Japanese Supporting Actress (and for which role?)

3rd Place with  15.58%
Haru as Kitazawa Chiaki [Momikeshite Fuyu]
2nd Place with 25.49%
Hashimoto Kanna as Hayakawa Kyoko [Kyou Kara Ore wa!!]
1st place with 36.06%
Yoshida You as Haraguchi Ritsu [Chugakusei Nikki]

Best Up and Coming Actor in 2018 (and for which role?)

3rd Place with 16.54%
 Hirano Sho [Honey and Hana Nochi Hare]
2nd Place with  17.11%
Ito Kento [Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!]
1st place with 41.82%
Okada Kenshi [Chugakusei Nikki]

Best Up and Coming Actress in 2018 (and for which role?)

3rd Place with17.79%
 Sugisaki Hana [Hana Nochi Hare and Bleach]
 
2nd Place with 25.26%
Hashimoto Kanna [Gintama and Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!]
1st place with 27.63%
Hamabe Minami [Kakegurui]

Best Idol Actor (or Actress)

3rd Place with 15.66%
Hirano Sho [Honey, We Love, Hana Nochi Hare]
2nd Place with 25.61%
Suda Masaki [Todome No Kiss, dele]
1st place with 26.14%
Hashimoto Kanna [Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!]

[*Contains Spoilers*] Best Villain

3rd Place with 12.8%
Kiyohara Kaya as Umine Zenko/Kohinata Ayumi [Switched]
2nd Place with 26.05%
 Sato Takeru as Shishigami Hiro [Inuyashiki]
1st place with
Arata Mackenyu as Namiki Takauji [Todome No Kiss] 39.53

Best Couple

 3rd Place with 18.34%
 Ito Kentaro [Ito Shinji] x Hashimoto Kanna [Hayakawa Kyoko] in Kyou Kara Ore Wa!!
2nd Place with 19.12%
Yamazaki Kento [Dojima Otaro/Eight] x Kadowaki Mugi [Sato Saiko, the Kissing woman] in Todome No Kiss 
1st place with 37.46%
Okada Kenshi [Kuroiwa Akira] X Arimura Kasumi [Suenaga Hijiri] in Chugakusei Nikki

Best Bromance

3rd Place with 24.51
Dojima Otaro/Eight 
[Yamazaki Kento]  x Harumi Ittoku [Suda Masaki] in Todome No Kiss 
2nd Place with 29.52%
Mitsuhashi Takashi [Kaku Kento]  x  Ito Shinji [Ito Kentaro] in Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! 
1st place with 30.39%
Sakagami Keiji [Yamada Takayuki] x Mashiba Yutaro [Suda Masaki] in dele 

Best Japanese OST

3rd Place with 21.2%
Suda Masaki - Sayonara Elegy [Todome No Kiss]
Video Here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spe4f7vPvCo

2nd Place with 21.57%
Kenshi Yonezu - Lemon [Unnatural]
Video Here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDuE4ZGSzes 

1st place with 32.85%
Uru - Prologue [Chugakusei Nikki]

Video here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udnTPWVv8hI 

A big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the write-in ballots and the poll based on those votes!

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