Presenting The Fifth Annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards Nominations

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Though we didn’t have much in the way of conventions last year based on the dreaded Coronavirus Pandemic, we were able to have some sense of normal life based on the assorted streaming services such as Crunchyroll. That being said, its now time to celebrate the best of the best from the fine folks at Crunchyroll. Let’s take a look at the full press release and nominees as provided by their media facilitators.

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The Press Release:
Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand, is excited to announce the nominees for the fifth annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards, presented by Princess Connect! Re: Dive, with voting open and available for fans starting today. The Anime Awards are a celebration of the best and brightest in Japanese animation from 2020, all made possible by the world’s most passionate community. The full list of nominees have been revealed below and can also be found on the Anime Awards website. Fans are encouraged to vote every day for their favorites between today, Friday, January 15 through Friday, January 22. Voting will reset every day at 12 AM PST. Logged in Crunchyroll users who vote in every category will also receive a special digital gift when voting ends delivered directly to their email! Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu will host the awards show this year, along with a special guest – Crunchyroll’s beloved princess Crunchyroll-Hime!

The winners will be revealed live during the Anime Awards show on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. All winners will be chosen by fans across the global anime community and a committee of judges. Judges will serve as tiebreakers in the event of any ties.

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Anime of the Year:
* APPARE-RANMAN!
* BEASTARS
* Dorohedoro
* Great Pretender
* JUJUTSU KAISEN
* Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

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Best Girl:
* Abigail Jones – Great Pretender
* Catarina Claes – My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
* Chizuru Mizuhara – Rent-a-Girlfriend
* Kaguya Shinomiya – Kaguya-sama: Love is War?
* Noi – Dorohedoro
* Sayaka Kanamori – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!

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Best Boy:
* Anos Voldigoad – The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
* Caiman – Dorohedoro
* Khun Aguero Agnes – Tower of God
* Legoshi – BEASTARS
* Satoru Gojo – JUJUTSU KAISEN
* Shoyo Hinata – HAIKYU!! TO THE TOP

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Best Protagonist:
* Anos Voldigoad – The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
* Catarina Claes – My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
* Midori Asakusa – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* Natsume – DECA-DENCE
* Shoyo Hinata – HAIKYU!! TO THE TOP
* Yuji Itadori- JUJUTSU KAISEN

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Best Antagonist:
* Akito Soma – Fruits Basket (Season 2)
* Echidna – Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2)
* En – Dorohedoro
* Overhaul – My Hero Academia Season 4
* Rachel – Tower of God
* Ryomen Sukuna – JUJUTSU KAISEN

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Best Animation:
* BEASTARS
* Great Pretender
* JUJUTSU KAISEN
* Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* Princess Connect! Re: Dive
* The God of High School

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Best Fight Scene:
* Bercouli vs. Dark God Vecta – Sword Art Online Alicization: War of the Underworld Part 2
* Brawler vs. Master – Akudama Drive
* Deku vs. Overhaul – My Hero Academia Season 4
* Jin Mori vs. Han Daewi – The God of High School
* Jin Mori vs. Jegal Taek – The God of High School
* Satoru Gojo vs. Ryomen Sukuna – JUJUTSU KAISEN

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Best Score:
* Alisa Okehazama – The God of High School
* Kensuke Ushio – Japan Sinks: 2020
* Kevin Penkin – Tower of God
* OORUTAICHI – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* Satoru Kousaki – BEASTARS
* Yutaka Yamada – Great Pretender

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Best Director:
* Hiro Kaburagi – Great Pretender
* Mamoru Hatakeyama – Kaguya-sama: Love is War?
* Masaaki Yuasa – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* Sunghoo Park – JUJUTSU KAISEN
* Takashi Sano – Tower of God
* Yuzuru Tachikawa – DECA-DENCE

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Best Character Design:
* Genice Chan and Yuusuke Yoshigaki – BNA: Brand New Animal
* Masashi Kudoh and Miho Tanino, Original story by SIU – Tower of God
* Mayuka Itou, Original designs by Iro Aida – Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
* Naoyuki Asano, Original designs by Sumito Oowara – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* Rumiko Takahashi and Yoshihito Hishinuma – Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon
* Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and Hirotaka Katou – Great Pretender

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Best Couple:
* Catarina Claes & Maria Campbell – My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
* Chizuru Mizuhara & Kazuya Kinoshita – Rent-a-Girlfriend
* Kaguya Shinomiya & Miyuki Shirogane – Kaguya-sama: Love is War?
* Kotoko Iwanaga & Kuro Sakuragawa – In/Spectre
* Legoshi & Haru – BEASTARS
* Nasa Yuzaki & Tsukasa Yuzaki – TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You

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Best VA Performance (JP):
* Megumi Ogata as Hanako – Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
* Mutsumi Tamura as Sayaka Kanamori – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* Riho Sugiyama as Minare Koda – Wave, Listen to Me!
* Yuichi Nakamura as Satoru Gojou – JUJUTSU KAISEN
* Yusuke Kobayashi as Natsuki Subaru – Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2)
* Yusuke Onuki as Daisuke Kambe – The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED

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Best VA Performance (EN):
* Aaron Phillips as Laurent Thierry – Great Pretender
* Anairis Quiñones as Echidna – Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2)
* Crispin Freeman as Ziusudra – Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia
* Johnny Yong Bosch as Bam – Tower of God
* Jonah Scott as Legoshi – BEASTARS
* Zeno Robinson as Hawks – My Hero Academia Season 4

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Best Opening Sequence (OP):
* BEASTARS – Wild Side (ALI)
* Great Pretender – G.P. (Yutaka Yamada)
* HAIKYU!! TO THE TOP – PHOENIX (BURNOUT SYNDROMES)
* JUJUTSU KAISEN – KAIKAI KITAN (Eve)
* Kaguya-sama: Love is War? – DADDY! DADDY! DO! feat. Airi Suzuki (Masayuki Suzuki)
* Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! – Easy Breezy (chelmico)

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Best Ending Sequence (ED):
* BNA: Brand New Animal – NIGHT RUNNING (Shin Sakura ft AAAMYYY)
* Dorohedoro – D.D.D.D ((K)NoW_NAME)
* Great Pretender – The Great Pretender (Freddie Mercury)
* In/Spectre – LAST DANCE (Mamoru Miyano)
* JUJUTSU KAISEN – LOST IN PARADISE (ALI feat. AKLO)
* The Millionaire Detective – Balance: UNLIMITED – Welcome My Friend (OKAMOTO’S)

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Best Fantasy:
* Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2
* DECA-DENCE
* Dorohedoro
* Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai
* Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- (Season 2)
* Tower of God

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Best Drama:
* BEASTARS
* Fruits Basket (Season 2)
* Great Pretender
* Japan Sinks: 2020
* SING “YESTERDAY” FOR ME
* Somali and the Forest Spirit

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Best Comedy:
* Kaguya-sama: Love is War?
* Kakushigoto
* Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
* My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
* Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle
* The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants

Now that you’ve perused the whole list its time to VOTE NOW!!!

Go HERE to take care of that and remember that you can vote each day until January 22nd. Make your voice known and may the very best Anime feature win…Oh and as another point of interest in the world of Crunchyroll Fans, the fans might be interested in knowing that they were recently acquired by Sony Pictures Funimation. We documented that news HERE should you want to learn more.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: With the absence of last year’s Anime NYC and the Liberty City Anime Con, two events that I regularly attend to indulge myself in some of the Anime expertise, I have no idea who is the best for this years competition. One can only hope that these conventions can come back at some point during this brand-new year but I am very skeptical about it. Sorry if that makes you mad but I don’t even seem to be on track to get the vaccine until the end of the summer, and this year is only a couple of weeks old so you do the math on larger events happening again. Sorry for the soapbox but I am missing the conventions, concerts and all the friends made at each of them.

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