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The 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Awards were held last Saturday, with anime fans winning big! The spotlight was turned on to fan-favorite anime from last year, with anime fans across the world picking their favorites!
Streamed from Crunchyroll’s HQ to their Homepage, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch pages, the Crunchyroll 2020 Anime Awards were hosted by WWE Superstar Xavier Woods and Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu. The event used the 11 million votes that came from the global anime community, thanks to the localization of the voting site into 8 different languages, to figure out just what fans consider the top picks of 2019.
With Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba winning Anime of the Year, the winners reflected genres and styles across all of anime.
Anime of the Year: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba winning
- Best Animation: Mob Psycho 100 II
- Best Opening Sequence: Mob Psycho 100 II, ♪ 99.9 – MOB CHOIR feat. sajou no hana
- Best Ending Sequence: KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, ♪ Chikatto Chika Chikaa♡ – Konomi Kohara
- Best Boy: Tanjiro Kamado, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Best Girl: Raphtalia, The Rising of the Shield Hero
- Best Score: Mocky, Carole & Tuesday
- Best VA Performance (JP): Yuichi Nakamura voices Bruno Bucciarati in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
- Best VA Performance (EN): Billy Kametz voices Naofumi in The Rising of the Shield Hero
- Best Director: Tetsuro Araki, Chief Director and Masashi Koizuka, Director – Attack on Titan Season 3
- Best Character Design: Satoshi Iwataki, Original Character Design by Hiroyuki Asada, Dororo
- Best Protagonist: Senku, Dr. STONE
- Best Antagonist : Isabella, The Promised Neverland
- Best Fight Scene: Tanjiro & Nezuko vs. Rui, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- Best Couple: Kaguya Shinomiya & Miyuki Shirogane, KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR
- Best Drama: Vinland Saga, WIT STUDIO
- Best Fantasy: The Promised Neverland, CloverWorks
- Best Comedy: KAGUYA-SAMA: LOVE IS WAR, A-1 Pictures
Notably, the show also rewarded WIT Studio President George Wada, with an Industry Icon Award. The iconic creator reflected on what the award means to him.
“I am honored to receive such a wonderful award. I am in a state of wonder and simultaneously full of gratitude for all the people who have been involved in creating anime.”George Wada @ The @ 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Awards
And if the award show wasn’t already packed with all kinds of awesome live performances, legendary entertainers & industry members as presenters, and touching shout outs from community members from around the world, fans were also treated to Crunchyroll announcing four new titles heading to their platform!
The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? (April 2020)
“Shingo Ichinomiya, a 25-year-old man working at a firm company, while thinking of tomorrow’s busy working day, goes to sleep. However, when he woke up, he found himself in a room unknown to him and realized that he is inside a 6-years-old body, taking over his body and mind. He soon learns from the memories of the boy that the boy was born as the youngest child of a poor noble family living in a back country. Having no administrative skill, he can’t do anything to manage the vast land his family has. Fortunately, he is blessed with a very rare talent, the talent of magic. Unfortunately, while his talent could bring prosperity to his family, in his situation it only brought disaster. This is the story of the boy, Wendelin Von Benno Baumeister, opening his own path in a harsh world.” Via Crunchyroll
My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (April 2020)
“Wealthy heiress Katarina Claes is hit in the head with a rock and recovers the memories of her past life. It turns out the world she lives in is the world of the game Fortune Lover, an otome game she was obsessed with in her past life… but she’s been cast as the villain character who tries to foil the protagonist’s romances! The best ending the game has for Katarina is exile, and the worst, death! She’ll have to find a way to avoid triggering the flags of doom, and make her own happy future! The misunderstanding-based screwball love comedy now begins!” Via Crunchyroll
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 (Fall 2020)
So I’m a Spider, So What? (Coming 2020)
The Crunchyroll Anime awards were a blast to experience and made for a memorable community moment. Last year’s anime got the spotlight this weekend, but we are already excited to see just what will catch anime fans eyes this year!
Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll 2021 is almost here! Check out the official site to grab your ticket, learn more about exhibitors & attending guests, and what awaits you at Anime NYC!
And stay tuned to Nerdier Tides as we get you ready for it!