Crunchyroll Reveals Categories for 2023 Anime Awards — GeekTyrant

Crunchyroll Reveals Categories for 2023 Anime Awards — GeekTyrant

Crunchyroll recently announced the categories for the 2023 Anime Awards. The nominees will be announced early next year and then the winners will be announced during a live ceremony which will be live streamed by Sally Amaki and John Kabira March 4, 2023. Speaking of the event in general, Rahul Purinipresident of Crunchyroll, said:

We are thrilled to celebrate the exceptional storytelling that has captured the hearts and minds of anime fans worldwide. We owe so much to the creators, artists and producers who delivered some of the most meaningful moments in global pop culture this past year.

The Anime Awards judges will be the ones to choose the nominees, but then the fans will vote for the winners. You can find the full list of judges on Crunchyroll’s website, but they include over 50 anime creatives, tastemakers, and influencers worldwide. The 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards will feature creators, musicians, performances and just about everything we’ve come to expect from awards shows. You will find all the categories in the long list below. What do you think should be nominated? I’ll guess Spy x Family, Chainsawmanand Pale Millennium Blood War will all be on the list.

  • Categories that will be announced during the Anime Awards live event in Tokyo include:

    • Anime of the Year – This is the show that sets the standard for anime in the past year, towering over all others. Its compelling story, beautiful artistic execution, unforgettable characters combine in a unique way to create a masterpiece that deserves unparalleled recognition. Whether the show was an unexpected hit, or delivered on fans’ high expectations, Anime of the Year represents absolute excellence.

    • Best Animation – Here we recognize anime that are visually stunning in the way they bring their stories to life. Regardless of the animation style, these shows provide a visual feast for viewers to enjoy, immersing audiences into previously unimaginable worlds.

    • Best Anime Song – This category recognizes a vocalist, instrumental, soloist, duo, group, or collaborative recording performed during any episode of an anime series. These are the songs that get stuck in your head, make you want to sing along, or give you a rush of emotion.

    • Best Character Design -. This category celebrates artists who have either created iconic anime characters or brought one to life from other sources such as manga or light novels. Thanks to their understanding of design principles, great character designers can tell a story from how someone is drawn, while the legendary ones create characters you recognize by their silhouette.

    • Best Comedy – Whether they catch you off guard with a unique point of view or the dialogue seems like it was crafted by a stand-up comedian, these are the shows that will have you laughing out loud and your side hurting by the end.

    • Best Continuing Series – Sustaining excellence is no small feat, especially when it comes to anime. Considering all the creativity, effort and planning that goes into one season, the ability to hold a fan’s attention year after year is worthy of celebration.

    • Best Director – To paraphrase Hayao Miyazaki, “An anime is a reflection of the director.” Of central importance, directors work behind the scenes, communicating their vision and imagination to animators, making critical decisions and managing the creative aspects of the production.

    • Best Fantasy – Best Fantasy is about imagination, creativity and a bit of magic. These shows don’t just take us to other worlds, they create deep, original universes full of mythical creatures where even the smallest detail is driven by ideas previously unthinkable.

    • Best Movie – Here we celebrate non-episodic anime with running times longer than a standard episode, whether they were released in theaters, on DVD, or online. The best of the best live up to the hype, leaving fans wondering where the time went.

    • Best Original Anime – An original anime not adapted from source material; it is a completely unique creation. While that in itself is an achievement, these shows also present an impactful and entertaining story that elevates the title to another level.

    • Best Romance – A great romance can melt the heart of the coldest cynic. These captivating stories draw us in and remind us of the best things about being alive. With their hopeful messages, these shows find a way to make you believe in the power of love.

    • Best Score – An important part of an unforgettable anime is the original music composed for it. A well-crafted score adds another dimension of depth and emotion to any scene with compositions that are not only closely associated with an anime, but can also stand alone as masterpieces of music.

    • Presenter’s Choice – Crunchyroll has invited a special guest to present an award of their choice to an honored contributor. It’s an opportunity to recognize a person, studio or company for a variety of reasons, including celebrating a milestone, overcoming something daunting or achieving something inspiring. NOTE: This winner is determined by the special guest(s).

    • Special Achievement Award – This award serves to recognize an individual, studio or company (past or present) that has impacted the industry in a notable way. Without their contributions, anime would not be where it is today, so this award means reaching legendary status. NOTE: This winner is determined by an industry panel selected by the Crunchyroll team.

  • Additional categories that will be announced during Crunchyroll’s global fan livestream event include:

    • “Must Protect At All Cost” Character – These are the characters that make the world feel like a kinder, more special place. Whether they’re a serious protagonist who always gets back up or a pure cinnamon roll who holds a group together, these characters remind us that there are some things in life worth protecting.

    • Best Action – This category rewards a show that has action at its core. These titles would leave the audience with their hearts pounding, their palms sweaty, and everyone gasping for breath at the astonishing sequences depicted.

    • Best Drama – These anime convey something important about the human experience. Their mastery of building and relieving tension puts fans on the edge of their seats, feeling all their emotions, forcing them to invest deeply in their characters and stories.

    • Best Ending Sequence – Like the opening, an unforgettable ending sequence combines design and music to delight and surprise. Often a place where the art style can be taken in completely new directions, a great ending sequence allows viewers to catch their breath and enjoy small moments with a character.

    • Best Protagonist – Whether hero, anti-hero or villain, a main character is the face of their series. But it’s not just their personalities or traits that make them endearing, it’s their well-developed stories and the journeys they take us on that make them worthy.

    • Best New Series – While countless new anime are created each year, this category honors the series and spin-offs that stand out. These instant classics have something unique that keeps viewers enthralled and passionately waiting for season two.

    • Best Opening Sequence – Through striking graphics and irresistible music, a great opening sequence sets the table for what’s to come. Whether it’s setting a quirky mood for an off-beat rom-com, or striking a dark and serious tone for suspense, a memorable opening has as much creativity and passion as the show it introduces.

    • Best Supporting Actor – This category celebrates sidekicks as if they were number one. Supporting characters come in all shapes and sizes, but the best among them manage to shine just as brightly as the main character’s counterparts when called upon.

    • Best Voice Actor Performance – Famous voice artists not only breathe extra life into designs, they also imagine what a character would sound like in another language. Through their mastery of tone and the emotion their voices evoke, these talented artists add depth and transform anime characters into anime icons. This award will be honored to voice actors across Arabic, Castilian, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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