The Crunchyroll Anime Awards are awards given annually by the anime streaming service Crunchyroll
to recognize the best anime of the previous year. Announced in December 2016, the awards were first presented in January 2017.
Crunchyroll describes it as a "global event hat
recognizes the anime shows, characters, and artists that fans around the world love most."
The 5th Crunchyroll Anime Awards was held on February 20, 2021 virtually
. ''Jujutsu Kaisen
'' won the Anime of the Year award.
The nominees are selected by a panel of judges via a two-round voting process to produce the final list. Categories can be added or removed depending on fan popularity over the past years, as well as on fan feedback.
The voting period is announced days prior. Announcement of nominees vary in each editions; the latest edition announced it on the first day.
Voting is usually open for a week, where the public can vote once per day for each categories.
Winners from each category are the ones that received the most votes. 70% of the votes will come from the judges while public voting represents the remaining 30%.
* Anime of the Year (since 2017)
* Best Protagonist (since 2017)
* Best Antagonist (since 2017)
* Best Boy (since 2017)
* Best Girl (since 2017)
* Best Opening Sequence (since 2017)
* Best Ending Sequence (since 2017)
* Best VA Performance (JP) (since 2019)
* Best VA Performance (EN) (since 2019)
* Best Director (since 2019)
* Best Animation (since 2017)
* Best Character Design (since 2019)
* Best Fight Scene (since 2017)
* Best Drama (since 2017)
* Best Comedy (since 2017)
* Best Score (since 2018)
* Best Couple (since 2017)
* Best Fantasy (since 2020)
Hero of the Year and Villain of the Year awards were renamed as "Best Hero" and "Best Villain" respectively in 2018. However, they were renamed again in 2019 as "Best Protagonist" and "Best Antagonist" respectively.
On the same edition, "Best Opening" and "Best Ending" were renamed as "Best Opening Sequence" and "Best Ending Sequence" as well. The award for Best Couple was first given in 2017 but briefly discontinued for two years until the 2020 edition. The awards for Best Score, Best Comedy, and Best Drama were not given in the 2019 edition.
The Best Fight Scene award was not given in 2018.
* Industry Icon Award (since 2018) - not given in 2021.
* Best Action (2017-2018)
* Best Film (2018-2019)
* Best Continuing Series (2018-2019)
* Most Heartwarming Scene (2017)
* Best CGI (2018)
* Best Slice of Life (2018)
* Best Manga (2018)
The 1st Crunchyroll Anime Awards were given to the best anime of 2016
announced the awards in December 2016.
The voting period was open between January 3 to 10. The results were announced on January 11 except for the Anime of the Year award, which was announced live on January 28.
Crunchyroll reported that 1.8 million votes from around the world were submitted, with the majority of it coming from the United States
It is the only edition that implemented the "Most Popular Other".
''Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
'' dominated the list of nominees, with a total of nine nominations including the Anime of the Year. ''Mob Pyscho 100
'' followed the lead with eight nominations, including the Anime of the Year.
''Yuri on Ice
'' won all of its seven nominations, including the inaugural Anime of the Year award.
The 2nd Crunchyroll Anime Awards were given to the best anime of 2017
Nominees were announced on January 18.
Voting began on January 22, and was held in three separate rounds from January 22 to February 11.
The winners were announced on February 24.
It featured 17 categories. This edition made several changes from the previous one, including having six nominations for all categories instead of four. The awards for Best Couple, Best Fight Scene, and Most Heartwarming Scene were dropped.
New categories were presented, including Best Score, Best Film, Best CGI, Best Continuing Series, and Best Slice of Life.
It also marks the first (and currently, the only) time that an award was presented for a manga.
'Hero of the Year' and 'Villain of the Year' awards were renamed as "Best Hero" and "Best Villain" awards respectively. A special category, the Industry Icon Award, was presented for the first time to honor influential figures in the industry and the art.
''My Hero Academia
'' led the nominations with ten, eventually winning seven of it.
''My Hero Academia'' and ''Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
'' were nominated for the Anime of the Year award for the second straight time.
''My Hero Academia''
's Izuku Midoriya
won the Best Hero award for the second straight time as well.
The awards for Best Boy and Best Girl saw two nominations from the same franchise.
'' won in the Best Film category, while ''My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness
'' won Best Manga.
''Made in Abyss
'' won the Anime of the Year, as well as Best Score.
The inaugural Industry Icon Award was given to voice actor Christopher Sabat
for his English voice works on anime such as Vegeta
of the ''Dragon Ball
'' franchise and All Might of ''My Hero Academia''.
The awards were presented at the Ricardo Montalban Theater in Los Angeles
It is a live show hosted by Anthony Carboni and Erika Ishii.
Several prominent personalities of the western anime community
, including some anime YouTubers
, were invited to present the awards.
The 3rd Crunchyroll Anime Awards were given to the best anime of 2018
Crunchyroll announced the details for the third edition on December 4, 2018.
The list of judges as well as the categories to be presented were announced on December 17.
Public voting were conducted from January 11 to 18. Winners were announced on February 16 via a livestream
The show was hosted by voice actress Cristina Vee
. Several prominent figures in the industry and community were invited to presented the awards, including Kevin Penkin
, who previously won the 2018 award for Best Score.
This edition featured 15 categories, including new industry-related categories such as Best VA Performance for both Japanese and English, Best Character Design, and Best Director.
However, the award for Best Score was not given.
It also dropped genre-specific awards such as Best Drama and Best Comedy, as well as the categories first introduced in the previous edition such as Best CGI and Best Manga.
The award for Best Fight Scene was reinstated after it was dropped in the previous edition.
'' received the most nominations at eight, followed by ''Devilman Crybaby
'' at seven and ''Aggretsuko
'' and ''Violet Evergarden
'' both at six.
Japanese rock band The Pillows
received two nominations in the Best Ending Sequence for the second and third seasons of ''FLCL
'', the first band and anime to do so.
''Devilman Crybaby'' won the Anime of the Year.
Its director, Masaaki Yuasa
, won the first Best Director award.
''My Hero Academia
's Izuku Midoriya won the Best Boy award after being nominated for the third straight time.
The franchise also received the most wins.
won the inaugural Best VA Performance (JP) award for his role as Kotaro Tatsumi in ''Zombie Land Saga
'', while Christopher Sabat
received his second award as he won the Best VA Performance (EN) award for role as All Might in ''My Hero Academia''.
Character designer Takahiro Kishida won the inaugural Best Character Design award for his work on ''JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
''My Hero Academia'' was also nominated for the third straight time in the Best Animation category; however, it was won by ''Violet Evergarden
Its theatrical film ''Two Heroes
'' won Best Film.
, producer and Bones
' president, received the Industry Icon award.
He attended the show personally to accept the award.
The 4th Crunchyroll Anime Awards were given to the best anime of 2019
Crunchyroll announced the categories and the list of judges for the 2020 awards on December 17, noting that the list is still not complete.
They also noted that they've increased their judges by over 50%, with more than half of them coming from outside the United States
Nominees were announced on the first day of voting, January 10.
Voting ran until January 17, with the results announced on February 15. The show was hosted by WWE wrestler Xavier Woods
and Tim Lyu.
Several personalities in the anime community were invited to present the awards.
There were 18 categories. Best Couple was reinstated after being absent in the last two editions.
Best Score, Best Drama, and Best Comedy were also reinstated after being absent in the last year's edition.
Best Film and Best Continuing Series were dropped.
A new category, Best Fantasy, was introduced.
''Carole & Tuesday
'', ''Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
'', and ''Vinland Saga
'' each received nine nominations, including the Anime of the Year. Mamoru Miyano
was nominated for the second straight time in the Best VA Performance (JP) award. Japanese singer Aimer
received her third nomination, the second consecutive, in the Best Ending Sequence category. Australian composer Kevin Penkin
received his second nomination for Best Score. ''Carole & Tuesday''
's opening and ending themes, both sung by Nai Br.XX and Celeina Ann
, were nominated in their respective categories.
''Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba'' won the Anime of the Year award.
Its main protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado
, won Best Boy.
He also was nominated in the Best Protagonist category, only to lost to Senku Ishigami
of ''Dr. Stone
''. ''Demon Slayer'' is tied with ''Kaguya-sama: Love is War
'' in receiving the most wins.
''Kaguya-sama'' also won Best Comedy and Best Ending Sequence.
''Vinland Saga'' won Best Drama, while ''The Promised Neverland
'' won the inaugural Best Fantasy award.
''Mob Psycho 100
's second season won in the Best Animation category.
Canadian composer Mocky
won the Best Score award for his work on ''Carole & Tuesday.
, an anime producer and the president of Wit Studio
, received the Industry Icon award.
The 5th Crunchyroll Anime Awards was given to the best anime of 2020
Crunchyroll announced the list of categories as well as the judges on December 16, 2020. They noted that the categories used in the previous edition were to be used in this edition as well. They also noted that the number of judges increased.
Nominees were announced on January 15, the first day of voting.
It ran until January 22. There were 15 million votes casted, with a majority coming from the United States
, and Brazil
The awards ceremony was streamed live on February 19 as a digital event
It was virtually hosted by Tim Lyu with Crunchyroll-Hime, the official mascot of Crunchyroll.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic
, Crunchyroll noted that the show "will look different."
'', ''Jujutsu Kaisen
'', and ''Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
'' each received ten nominations, followed by ''Beastars
'' with eight and ''Tower of God
'' at seven.
Among the nominated were Mamoru Miyano
, who received his third nomination in the awards, this time for Best Ending Sequence. Voice actor Yuichi Nakamura
received his second nomination in the Best VA Performance (JP) category. Yutaka Yamada
was nominated in two categories, Best Score and Best Opening Sequence. ''Jujutsu Kaisen''
's opening and ending theme were both nominated in their respective categories. Japanese band ALI
received two nominations, one in Best Opening Sequence and one in Best Ending Sequence. Directors Masaaki Yuasa
and Yuzuru Tachikawa each received their second nomination as Best Director. ''Fruits Basket
'' was again nominated for a second time in the Best Drama category. ''Kaguya-sama: Love is War?
'' received its second nomination in Best Comedy. Two fight scenes from ''The God of High School
'' were nominated for the Best Fight Scene award. Kaguya Shinomiya
and Miyuki Shirogane
, winners in the previous edition, was nominated again for Best Couple. Kevin Penkin
received his third straight nomination for Best Score.
''Jujutsu Kaisen'' won the Anime of the Year award.
''Kaguya-sama: Love is War?'' won Best Comedy for the second time.
Masaaki Yuasa won his second Best Director as well;
the anime that he directed, ''Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
'', won Best Animation. Kevin Penkin received his second win for Best Score.
ALI both won Best Opening Sequence and Best Ending Sequence for "Wild Side" and "LOST IN PARADISE" respectively.
''Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World
'' won Best Fantasy, while ''Fruits Basket'' won Best Drama.
* List of animation awards
Category:Awards established in 2017