The Oscars are right around the corner, but for anime fans, the most important awards show has already come and gone. Last week, Crunchyroll announced the winners of their annual Anime Awards via livestream on their official YouTube channel, Crunchyroll Collection. In late January, fans had the opportunity to vote for the best anime across 22 categories with each category having five nominees, except for Anime of the Year, which had six. This prestigious title was awarded to Netflix’s Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 took home the most titles overall, winning six categories. The opening song, “The Rumbling” by SiM, won Best Opening Sequence as well as Best Song, while protagonist Eren Jaeger won Best Main Character and Best Voice Acting Performance (Japanese). The season also won Best Score and Best Drama. Attack on Titan Final Season Part 3 began airing just a few days after Part 2 swept up so many awards.
SPY x FAMILY came in a close second for the highest number of overall wins, claiming Best New Series, Best Ending Sequence, and Best Comedy. Main character Anya Forger also won Best Supporting Character and Best “Must Protect at All Costs” Character, bringing SPY x FAMILY’s total award tally up to five.
Tying with SPY x FAMILY for most-won categories is Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc. It was awarded Best Character Design, Best Animation, Best Director, Best Action, and Best Fantasy. Like Attack on Titan, a new season of this series began airing shortly after the Crunchyroll Anime Awards ceremony; additionally, a cinematic cut of Entertainment District Arc episodes 10 and 11 plus an extended version of the then-unaired Swordsmith Village Arc episode 1 recently played in theaters internationally (I had the opportunity to watch it at my local cinema here in France!).
You can view the full list of categories, nominees, and winners here.
How do you feel about the results of the 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards? Did any of your favorite titles win? Let me know in the comments!