It’s that time of year when anime fans vote for their favorites from the previous year. Fans vote for everything from favorite series to favorite fight scene. While there are many places that offer voting for your favorite, no place has made a bigger presentation of it then Crunchyroll.
This Saturday, Crunchyroll, the world’s largest destination for anime and manga, will be livestreaming the third annual Anime Awards on Twitch. More than 5M votes were cast for this year’s Anime Awards. Now is the time to tune in and check out what happens next. And if you don’t know just how invested Crunchyroll is in the community and genre, checkout their Get Crunchy campaign.
Here is some of the what you can expect for this weekends live broadcast of anime’s version of the Oscars.
This years most highly voted in categories include Anime of the Year, Best Protagonist, Best Boy and Best Fight Scene.
Tune into the Crunchyroll Anime Awards on Saturday, February 16 at 6 PM PT exclusively on Twitch at http://twitch.tv/crunchyroll.
Twitch.tv Streaming and Live Broadcast
Also in celebration of the Anime Awards, Crunchyroll has teamed up with Twitch to bring their community some of our favorite anime from 2018, including nominees. The marathon kicks off Sunday, February 10th at 10 AM PST in the U.S. –
Sunday, February 10 – Golden Kamuy: Ep 1-12
Monday, February 11 – Golden Kamuy: Ep 13-24
Tuesday, February 12 – Laid-Back Camp: Ep 1-12
Wednesday, February 13 – Planet With: Ep 1-12
Thursday, February 14 – Zombie Land Saga: Ep 1-12
Friday, February 15 – Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion: Ep 1-12
Anime Awards Host and Presenters
Hosting this year’s awards show is “Sailor Moon” and “Hunter x Hunter” voice actress, Cristina Vee. She will be accompanied by an incredible slate of presenters to celebrate the best and brightest of anime from 2018.
- Michelle Phan – Entrepreneur, EM Cosmetics, and influencer
- Ryan Potter – Actor (DC’s “Titans” and “Big Hero 6”)
- Justin Briner – English voice actor (“My Hero Academia”)
- Kevin Penkin – Composer (“The Rising of the Shield Hero,” “Made in Abyss”)
- Freddie Wong – RocketJump Productions, Director(“Anime Crimes Division”)
- SungWon Cho (ProZD) – Creator/Influencer (“Anime Crimes Division”)
- Roger DiLuigi – Creator/Influencer (Roger’s Base)
- Yssa Badiola – Animator/Director, Rooster Teeth
- Miles Luna – Writer/Director, Rooster Teeth (“gen:LOCK”)
- Tristan Gallant – Creator/Influencer (Glass Reflection)
- Miranda Sanchez – Senior Editor, IGN
- Geoff Thew – Creator/Influencer (Mother’s Basement)
- Victoria Holden, Miles Thomas and Tim Lyu – Crunchyroll staff and supporting hosts
Industry Icon Award
Crunchyroll honors those who have meaningfully contributed to the art and industry of anime. This year they will be honoring Masahiko Minami, President. & Producer at BONES INC. Minami-san will be accepting the award in-person in San Francisco in front of our live studio audience.
Masahiko Minami started his career as a part of the Sunrise Inc. production team, where he worked to produce titles such as The Vision of Escaflowne and Cowboy Bebop. In 1998 he left Sunrise Inc. and formed BONES INC. with the animators Hiroshi Osaka and Toshiro Kawamoto. The principle aim of the studio was to create animation that put care into the animator’s ability to give characters movement. With BONES INC. he has produced numerous titles including, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, Sword of the Stranger, and Space Dandy. He is currently working with Director Shinichiro Watanabe on the original series Carole & Tuesday, slated for April 2019.