On Feb. 24, the second annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards were presented in Los Angeles, California. Crunchyroll introduced the first Anime Awards in 2017 as a celebration of anime and its fans and the communities behind them. Crunchyroll’s Head of Audience Development, Jen Corbett, told ComicsVerse the anime streaming company has always had an awards show as part of its vision. After the success of last year’s show, of course Crunchyroll would make it an annual event.

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards featured 17 categories: Anime of the Year, Best Girl, Best Boy, Best Manga, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Action, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Slice of Life, Best Continuing Series, Best Opening, Best Ending, Best Animation, Best Score, Best Film, and Best CGI.

Here are your winners:

MY HERO ACADEMIA (Studio Bones)

MY HERO ACADEMIA text over a blue background. MY HERO ACADEMIA won 7 times at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards
MY HERO ACADEMIA | Image: Crunchyroll

Winner of Best Girl, Best Boy, Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Action, Best Opening, and Best Animation.

MY HERO ACADEMIA stole the show. The smash hit garnered a whopping 7 awards, but not the coveted Anime of the Year. Ochako Uraraka took Best Girl, Shoto Todoroki earned Best Boy, the evil Stain swiped Best Villain. Izuku “Deku” Midoriya won Best Hero for a second time as well. Over the past couple of years, MY HERO ACADEMIA quickly became one of the most popular anime across the globe. The show didn’t win Anime of the Year, yet MY HERO ACADEMIA certainly made its mark in 2017. MY HERO ACADEMIA Season 3 is set to premiere on April 7.

MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID (Studio Kyoto Animation)

Kobayashi grabs Tohru's hand as she walks out the door. MISS KOBAYASHI'S DRAGON MAID earned Best Comedy at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards
MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID | Image: Crunchyroll

Winner of Best Comedy and Best Ending.

MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID is about a computer programmer, Kobayashi, who drunkenly allows a dragon, Toru, to live with her. Hilarity arises when Toru starts attracting magical entities, causing a myriad of problems for Kobayashi to handle. MISS KOBAYASHI’S DRAGON MAID’s ending song “Ishukan Communication” by Chorogonzu also earned Best Ending at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

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MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS (Seven Seas Entertainment)

Cover of manga MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS.
MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS | Image: Amazon

Winner of Best Manga.

In the only manga category, MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS by Kabi Nagata came out on top as the Best Manga of 2017. MY LESBIAN EXPERIENCE WITH LONELINESS is an autobiographical account of Nagata’s life, including of course her sexual experience and mental well-being. The book’s LGBTQ themes are praised worldwide, making it one of the best-selling comics of the year.

THE ANCIENT MAGUS’ BRIDE (Wit Studio)

Elias wearing a skull and robe and Chise in chains.
THE ANCIENT MAGUS’ BRIDE | Image: Crunchyroll

Winner of Best Drama.

Wit Studio’s THE ANCIENT MAGUS’ BRIDE was one of the more compelling anime of the year with its dark, adult motifs and interesting characters. It’s no wonder the show won Best Drama. THE ANCIENT MAGUS’ BRIDE is about an orphan named Hatori Chise who decides to sell herself into slavery. She is bought by the mysterious Elias Ainsworth, who keeps Chise as his apprentice of magic, but insists that he wishes for her to be his wife.

GIRLS’ LAST TOUR (Studio White Fox)

Chito and Yuuri rest on the snow with a rifle.
GIRLS’ LAST TOUR | Image: Amazon

Winner of Best Slice of Life.

GIRLS’ LAST TOUR follows two girls as they trek through a post-apocalyptic world on a Kettenkrad motorcycle. Chito, the mechanic, and Yuuri, the marksman, are just trying to survive in this post-war landscape. They come across abandoned factories and power plants, looking for tools and food to help them on their journey. It’s a true slice of life anime with endearing qualities for any anime fan to enjoy.

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MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (Studio Shaft)

Rei holds a large ball of rice.
MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION | Image: Crunchyroll

Winner of Best Continuing Series.

MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION is an interesting anime series concerning the professional shogi world. Shogi is a Japanese strategy game, often compared to chess. The series details the life of Rei and his experience with the game of shogi, himself as a person, and how he interacts with the people in his life. MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION is currently in the middle of its second season.

YOUR NAME (Studio Comix Wave Films)

A boy and a girl stand in a city and a field, separated by a bright light. YOUR NAME won the Crunchyroll Anime Awards Best Film award
YOUR NAME | Image: Crunchyroll

Winner of Best Film.

YOUR NAME earned Best Film of 2017. The film originally released in 2016 in Japan, but made its way to American theaters in 2017. YOUR NAME is a body-switch film (think FREAKY FRIDAY). High school students Mitsuha and Taki switch bodies and, of course, chaos ensues. The film earned critical and commercial acclaim after its release and has become one of Japan’s highest grossing movies of all time.

LAND OF THE LUSTROUS (Studio Orange)

Two characters from LAND OF THE LUSTROUS having their limbs repaired as another watches.
LAND OF THE LUSTROUS | Image: Amazon

Winner of Best CGI.

LAND OF THE LUSTROUS is a unique anime, especially in its animation style. In LAND OF THE LUSTROUS, jewels take humanoid form, similar to the Gems in STEVEN UNIVERSE. These jewel-people are the real highlight of the anime’s animation quality. Each character’s hair is textured and colored like their respective jewel reference. The elongated character features are reminiscent of a 90s animation style, shying away from the bold-outlined, heavily saturated character styles of today’s standards. LAND OF THE LUSTROUS was definitely a bright spot in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards.

MADE IN ABYSS: Simplistic yet Profound

MADE IN ABYSS (Studio Kinema Citrus)

Riko wearing glasses and holding a pickaxe.
MADE IN ABYSS | Image: Amazon

Winner of Anime of the Year and Best Score.

The spelunking adventure series MADE IN ABYSS is the 2017 Crunchyroll Anime Awards Anime of the Year winner. MADE IN ABYSS follows the story of Riko, who’s searching for her mother in a deep, mysterious, and dangerous hole known as the Abyss. Many treasures and artifacts reside in the Abyss, so it’s a popular spot for Cave Raiders to loot. However, those who choose to delve into the pit are afflicted by the “Curse of the Abyss,” which kills explorers once they re-surface from the cave.  From its unique, almost chibi, art style to its riveting story and suspenseful moments, MADE IN ABYSS certainly deserves the title of Anime of the Year.

Final Thoughts

2017 was a phenomenal year for anime, and 2018 is off to a strong start as well with the release of titles like POP TEAM EPIC and DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY. MY HERO ACADEMIA fever will hit again this spring, and the STEINS;GATE 0 anime is set for an April release as well. It will be interesting to see how the Crunchyroll Anime Awards will unfold in next year’s presentation.

Do you think MY HERO ACADEMIA deserved to win all of those awards? Did the Crunchyroll Anime Awards snub your favorite anime? Then let us know what you think of the Crunchyroll Anime Awards in the comments!

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