Dokuga Awards Category Definitions
Action: "actual engagement in fighting an enemy; military or naval combat" Adventure: "participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises" Does it make you sit on the edge of your seat? Do the characters battle adversity on a daily basis? Have the characters embarked on an epic quest?
Best Action/Dark Art
Any art depicting a scene of action or a journey, such as a fight, a battle scene, etc. OR Any art depicting Sesshoumaru and/or Kagome in a darker situation
Best Alternate Universe/Reality
"facts of setting or characterization in the canon universe being explored or written about are deliberately changed" For this category anything that walks outside Takahashi's vision. Anything that moves the characters outside of Takahashi's setting of Feudal Era Japan or Modern day Japan is AU/AR. Anything that moves Kagome forward or backward in time is AU/AR. Anything that changes the main characters beyond the basic core attributes Takahashi granted them is AU/AR
"any situation or series of events having/giving a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish. An acute but nonspecific sense of anxiety or remorse " Stories that delve into the lives of the characters and pit them against odd that create angst. -fiction award-
Best AU Fanart
Any fanart depicting Sesshoumaru/Kagome in an alternate reality or alternate universe setting.
"the works of an author that have been accepted as authentic." This category is probably the most contested in any award group for all fandoms. For this award group, I am going to put a simple disclaimer: If the story is set in Takahashi's universe (Modern Japan or Feudal Japan) and keeps the character origins, events, and motivations for character development that she created, then it is canon.
Best Canon Fanart
Any art feature Sesshoumaru and/or Kagome in a canon setting.
Best Chibi/Humour Art
Any art depicting Sesshoumaru and/or Kagome in chibi form. OR Any fanart depicting Sesshoumaru and/or Kagome in a humourous situation.
A story with multiple chapters that will no longer be updated and should be listed as 'complete.'
"an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking, terrifying, or revolting; a shuddering fear" Darkfic: (my own definition) Anything that brings the reader into a world of pain and suffering through abuse of the characters at the hands of the antagonist or internal strife. If it includes graphic rape, murder, abuse (mental or emotional), a character that is suicidal or possessed of depressing thoughts/outlook on life that colors the majority of the story in glum tones it can be considered a dark!fic. If the story is aimed to frighten or 'gross out' the reader is can be considered horror.
Fanbased and fan made manga based on Inuyasha; art and story combined in manga form
"any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results" Stories that delve into the lives of the characters and take the readers with them on a journey through the gambit of emotive expression.
Did it make you laugh? Did it deliberately spoof the anime/manga?
Best Kagome Fanart
Any art that Features Kagome be it a comic, dojinshi, painting, drawing, sketch, etc... Romantic pairing with anyone other than Sesshoumaru submissions not allowed. Group or platonic depictions with other characters are allowed.
Best Kiss Fanart
Fanart depiction of the Best Kiss between Sesshoumaru and Kagome
This is for chaptered stories ONLY. The best of both worlds. Sexual content and a plot. Unrelated oneshot collections are not allowed in this category.
For the purpose of this award, a oneshot is anything over 500 words. Remember, this is a Sesshoumaru/Kagome award group. Using another character's perspective is acceptable as long is the focus is on Sesshoumaru/Kagome or either characters separately. Songfics that are a single chapter are allowed in this category. Also, some sites cannot fit an entire oneshot within one chapter. If the author states that the story is a oneshot but it is spread throughout more than one chapter and the posting date is the same for all chapters then it is also allowable.
Best Portrayal - Kagome
Did the author create an in-depth characterization of Kagome that, while it may diverge from Takahashi's vision for him, managed to attract the reader?
Best Portrayal - Sesshoumaru
Did the author create an in-depth characterization of Sesshoumaru that, while it may diverge from Takahashi's vision for him, managed to attract the reader?
"ardent emotional attachment or involvement between people; love" Stories that have developed a believable romance between Sesshoumaru and Kagome. 'Believable' is subjective, and it is up the those nominating/voting to draw their own line on that quantifier and vote their "Best."
A collection of drabbles or oneshots or a combination of both that make up one larger story.
Best Sesshoumaru Fanart
Any art that Features Sesshoumaru be it a comic, dojinshi, painting, drawing, sketch, etc. Romantic pairing with anyone other than Kagome submissions not allowed. Group or platonic depictions with other characters are allowed.
Best Sesshoumaru/Kagome Fanart
Any art that features both Sesshoumaru and Kagome be it a comic, dojinshi, painting, drawing, sketch, etc... If other characters are included in the picture it is only allowed as a background. The focus MUST be on the pairing.