Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Wins Anime of the Year at The Anime Awards

The winners of this year’s The Anime Awards, which are presented by Crunchyroll and held at its headquarters in San Francisco, have been revealed and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba won Anime of the Year.

Demon Slayer also won Best Boy for Tanjiro Kamado and Best Fight Scene for the battle of Tanjiro & Nezuko vs Rui. Mob Psycho 100 II, which IGN awarded Best Anime Series of 2019 and Best Animation of 2019, won Best Animation and Best Opening Sequence.

KAGUYA SAMA: LOVE IS WAR won three categories – Best Ending Sequence, Best Couple, and Best Comedy. Other anime who won multiple awards included The Rising of Shield Hero and The Promised Neverland.

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See the full list of winners at the Fourth Annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards below:

  • 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 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

Additionally, George Wada, president of Wit Studio, was celebrated as the Industry Icon of this year’s Anime Awards. Wada oversees such series as Attack on Titan, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, and Vinland Saga.

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The results for this year’s Anime Awards were based on over 11 million votes cast by fans from around the world. This is a huge increase over 2019’s 5 million votes. The top five countries that voted this year were the United States, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

Alongside all the award announcements, Crunchyroll revealed that four new titles would be coming to its platform, including The 8th Son? Are You Kidding Me? (April 2020), My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (April 2020), The Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 2 (Fall 2020), and So I’m a Spider, So What? (2020).

For more on Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, check out our op-ed on why we think it earned the right to be called one of the best new anime of 2019.

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Disclosure: IGN’s Miranda Sanchez was a presenter at Crunchyroll’s Fourth Annual Anime Awards.

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