Crunchyroll held its fourth annual Anime Award last Saturday and we’ve got a full rundown of the winners, as well as details on four new series announced at the event. Although Demon Slayer and Mob Psycho II took home the biggest prizes in Anime of the Year and Best Animation respectively, overall the event boasted an even spread between a handful of shows.
That may be due to the voting process. Over the course of a week, fans were able to vote once a day everyday in each category below, so the Crunchyroll Anime Award winners depend heavily on a show’s following. That said, even if your fav didn’t take home the award you hoped it would, it’s more than likely that it succeeded elsewhere. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself to cope with the knowledge that Emma from Promised Neverland lost Best Girl.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Award winners:
- Anime of the Year: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
- 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
- Industry Icon: George Wada, WIT STUDIO
And below, we’ve key art and synopses for Crunchyroll’s four upcoming series, each with release dates dotted across the remainder of 2020.
The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? (April 2020)
Synopsis: 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.
My Next Life As a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (April 2020)
Synopsis: 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!
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 (Fall 2020)
If you haven’t heard of it, That Time I got Reincarnated as a Slime is pretty self-explanatory and also wildly popular. The show follows a person from the real world who, following their untimely death, is reincarnated in a fantasy world as – well – a slime. What’s especially exciting about this announcement, though, is the fact that we’ll be getting new episodes as they launch in Japan and, eventually, the show will get a dub as well. Crunchyroll released a short and sweet teaser to go along with the key art above.
So I’m a Spider, So What? (Coming 2020)
The trailer for So I’m a Spider, So What? continues the Isekai trend with a premise that follows a girl who wakes up one day as a spider in a terrible dungeon with no way to escape. It’s based on a series of light novels of the same name, which eventually became a manga adaptation and, in 2018, was announced as the anime you see above.
All these series are coming to Crunchyroll soon, so make sure to stay tuned to the Beat for more info as it comes.