The 7th Crunchyroll Anime Awards has concluded and revealed the winners of the 2021 event. The Anime Awards this year has included winners for 29 categories, which included recognition for the best Anime of the year, the amazing content, and contributions that deserve to be honored. Along with the announcement of each winner, Crunchyroll also announced the debut of a Monster Hunter collaboration for Street Fighter: Duel and the new music initiative that brings a range of performances to the platform.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 was held at the home of Anime for the first time, as the event took place in Tokyo, Japan. Fans worldwide were invited to attend the 7th annual event recognizing the fantastic releases found on the streaming platform, as the ceremony was livestreamed for everyone to witness. Over 18 million votes were cast via the official website from the daily support of fans around the world, showing the growth of Anime and the reach it now has.
Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 Reveals & Announces Winners
Crunchyroll, the ultimate anime destination for global fans, revealed tonight the winners for the seventh annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards in a star-studded live ceremony that honored the creators, musicians, and performers powering the international love of the medium. The full list of winners is available on the Anime Awards website and can be found below.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards were live-streamed directly from Tokyo, Japan for the first time. During the live event, winners were revealed by a global slate of presenters from across entertainment and sports including directors Justin Lin (upcoming One Punch Man live-action adaptation, Fast and the Furious films) and Robert Rodriguez (Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn); actors Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, Pinocchio, Ghostbusters, IT), Hunter Schafer, (Euphoria and the upcoming The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes), and Jacob Bertrand (Cobra Kai); sports superstars Juju Smith-Schuster (Super Bowl winner, Kansas City Chiefs), Aidan Hutchinson (Detroit Lions), and WWE’s Zelina Vega; top streaming talent Valkyrae (13M followers) and Sykkuno (9.8M followers); and Japanese talent Haruka Kaki (singer and actress), Kendo Kobayashi (comedian), Roland (host, entrepreneur, and TV personality), and Sawa Suzuki (actress). The Anime Awards were hosted by voice actress Sally Amaki and popular entertainer Jon Kabira.
During the global live stream event, Crunchyroll also announced a new music initiative in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to add more than 100 full-length live concerts, 3,200 music videos and feature more than 250+ artists from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (SMEJ) to its platform starting today. In addition, Crunchyroll revealed a colossal Monster Hunter collaboration coming to Street FighterTM: Duel, the first mobile RPG in the famed-Street Fighter franchise from Crunchyroll Games and Capcom. More details about the in-game event coming soon across Crunchyroll channels.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards is the leading yearly awards program celebrating the best and brightest in anime. This year, 18 million votes from fans in 200 countries and territories voted to cheer their favorites into the top spot, with some of the most engaged regions including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mexico, and the United States in alphabetical order.
Sony Music Solutions, part of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., supported Crunchyroll in the execution of the event.
Anime Awards 2023 Winners (Listed in alphabetical order by category)
- Anime of the Year – Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
- Best Action – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
- Best Animation – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
- Best Anime Song – “The Rumbling,” SiM, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
- Best Character Design – Akira Matsushima, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
- Best Comedy – SPY x FAMILY
- Best Continuing Series – ONE PIECE
- Best Director – Haruo Sotozaki, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
- Best Drama – Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
- Best Ending Sequence – “Comedy,” Gen Hoshino, SPY x FAMILY
- Best Fantasy – Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
- Best Film – JUJUTSU KAISEN 0
- Best Main Character – Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
- Best New Series – SPY x FAMILY
- Best Opening Sequence – “The Rumbling,” SiM, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
- Best Original Anime – Lycoris Recoil
- Best Romance – Kaguya-sama: Love Is War -Ultra Romantic-
- Best Score – KOHTA YAMAMOTO and HIROYUKI SAWANO, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
- Best Supporting Character – Anya Forger, SPY x FAMILY
- Best Voice Artist Performance (English) – Zach Aguilar, David Martinez, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
- Best Voice Artist Performance (Japanese) – Yuki Kaji, Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
- Best Voice Artist Performance (Arabic) – Amal Hawija, Gon Freecss, Hunter x Hunter
- Best Voice Artist Performance (Castilian) – Jaime Pérez de Sevilla, Yuta Okkotsu, JUJUTSU KAISEN 0
- Best Voice Artist Performance (French) – Brigitte Lecordier, Bojji, Ranking of Kings
- Best Voice Artist Performance (German) – Nicolás Artajo, Yuta Okkotsu, JUJUTSU KAISEN 0
- Best Voice Artist Performance (Italian) – Elisa Giorgio, Maki Zen’in, JUJUTSU KAISEN (Cour 1)
- Best Voice Artist Performance (Portuguese) – Nina Carvalho, Anya Forger, SPY x FAMILY
- Best Voice Artist Performance (Spanish) – Alejandro Orozco, Gyutaro, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc
- “Must Protect At All Costs” Character – Anya Forger, SPY x FAMILY
This year had an abundance of thrill as fans awaited the results of the voting that took place to award these fantastic releases and contributors. The livestream was delayed for viewers beyond the initial start time, but the show was worth the wait as spectators could enjoy the fantastic ceremony and outstanding live performances from ALI, Kohta Yamamoto and Yuki Kajirua. It was a pleasure to see the deserving winners of each category, especially seeing One Piece receiving ‘Best Continuing Series’ since the team have been nominated but never won an award before.
Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Crunchyroll Anime Awards and continue to support all the amazing content and anime releases available to enjoy.
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