Crunchyroll Reveals Nominees for The Anime Awards 2018

Earlier today, Crunchyroll revealed the nominees for the upcoming Anime Awards (which will take place in San Francisco on February 11th) as well as opening the option to vote.

There are fifteen categories, which are as follows:

  • Best Protagonist
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Boy
  • Best Girl
  • Best Opening Sequence
  • Best Ending Sequence
  • Best VA Performance (JP)
  • Best VA Performance (EN)
  • Best Director
  • Best Animation
  • Best Film
  • Best Character Design
  • Anime of the Year
  • Best Fight Scene (presented by Capcom)
  • Best Continuing Series (presented by VRV)

That’s a lot of awards up for grabs, huh? Now, let’s go over the nominees, of which there are six for each category.

Best Protagonist

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  • Retsuko, from Aggretsuko

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  • Yumeko Jabami, from Kakegurui

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  • Joe, from Megalo Box

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  • Violet Evergarden, from Violet Evergarden

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  • Rimuru Tempest, from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

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  • Sakuta Azusagawa, from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Who’s journey did you enjoy watching the most?

Best Antagonist

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  • Ryo Asuka, from Devilman Crybaby

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  • Akane Shinjo, from SSSS.Gridman

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  • All for One, from My Hero Academia

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  • Yuri, from Megalo Box

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  • Tokushiro Tsurumi, from Golden Kamuy

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  • Momonga, from Overlord

Which villain do you find yourself rooting for?

Best Boy

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  • Kotaro Tatsumi, from Zombie Land Saga
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  • Honda-san, from Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san

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  • Izuku Midoriya, from My Hero Academia

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  • Sakuta Azusagawa, from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

  • Haida, from Aggretsuko

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  • Joe, from Megalo Box

Which anime boy stole your heart this year?

Best Girl

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  • Anzu, from Hinamatsuri

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  • Hinata Miyake, from A Place Further Than the Universe

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  • Lily Hoshikawa, from Zombie Land Saga

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  • Asirpa, from Golden Kamuy

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  • Nadeshiko Kagamihara, from Laid-Back Camp

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  • Mai Sakurajima, from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Which girl stole your heart this year?

Best Opening Sequence

  • Fiction, by sumika (from Wotakoi – Love is Hard for Otaku)

DARLING in the FRANXX

  • Kiss of death, by Mika Nakashima x Hyde (from Darling in the FranXX)

Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler

  • Deal with the Devil, by Tia (from Kakegurui)

Pop Team Epic

  • Pop Team Epic, by Sumire Uesaka (from Pop Team Epic)

Aggretsuko

  • Aggretsuko Theme, by Miura Jam (from Aggretsuko)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind

  • Fighting Gold, by Coda (from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind)

Which opening do you enjoy watching the most?

Best Ending Sequence

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  • Kakatte Koi Yo, by NakamuraEmi (from Megalo Box)

Attack on Titan Season 3

  • Akatsuki no Requiem, by Linked Horizon (from Attack on Titan Season 3)

After the Rain

  • Ref:rain, by Aimer (from After the Rain)

FLCL Alternative

  • Star Overhead, by The Pillows (from FLCL Alternative)

Revue Starlight

  • Fly Me to the Star, by Starlight Kukugumi (from Revue Starlight)

FLCL Progressive

  • Spiky Seeds, by The Pillows (from FLCL Progressive)

Which ending do you enjoy watching the most?

Best VA Performance (JP)

Mamoru Miyano

  • Mamoru Miyano, as Kotaro Tatsumi (from Zombie Land Saga)

Soma Saito

  • Soma Saito, as Honda-san (from Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san)

Megumi Han

  • Megumi Han, as Miki Makimura (from Deviliman Crybaby)

Nao Toyama

  • Nao Toyama, as Rin Shima (from Laid-Back Camp)

Rareko

  • Rareko, as Retsuko (from Aggretsuko)

Reina Ueda

  • Reina Ueda, as Akane Shinjo (from SSSS.Gridman)

Which Japanese VA sold their character the most, to you?

Best VA Performance (EN)

Kari Wahlgren

  • Kari Wahlgren, as Haruko Haruhara (from FLCL Progressive)

Christopher Sabat

  • Christopher Sabat, as All Might (from My Hero Academia)

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  • Erica Mendez, as Retsuko (from Aggretsuko)

David Wald

  • David Wald, as the Narrator (from Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues)

Tia Ballard

  • Tia Ballard, as Zero Two (from Darling in the FranXX)

Erika Harlacher

  • Erika Harlacher, as Violet Evergarden (from Violet Evergarden)

Dubs get a pretty bad rap in the anime community, but which English VA’s performance impressed you the most this year?

Best Director

Masaaki Yuasa

  • Masaaki Yuasa, director of Devilman Crybaby

Atsuko Ishizuka

  • Atsuko Ishizuka, director of A Place Further than the Universe

You Moriyama

  • You Moriyama, director of Megalo Box

Yohei Suzuki

  • Yohei Suzuki, director of Planet With

Taichi Ishidate

  • Taichi Ishidate, director of Violet Evergarden

Hiroko Utsumi

  • Hiroko Utsumi, director of Banana Fish

Who do you think guided their respective show to greatness the most?

Best Animation

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  • Violet Evergarden, produced by Kyoto Animation

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  • Devilman Crybaby, produced by Science SARU

MEGALOBOX

  • Megalo Box, produced by TMS Entertainment/3xCube

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  • A Place Further Than the Universe, produced by Madhouse

Bloom into You

  • Bloom into You, produced by Troyca

My Hero Academia Season 3

  • My Hero Academia Season 3, produced by Bones

Which show’s animation took your breath away?

Best Film

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl

  • The Night is Short, Walk On Girl, produced by Science SARU

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, produced by Bones

Mirai of the Future

  • Mirai, produced by Studio Chizu

Liz and the Blue Bird

  • Liz and the Blue Bird, produced by Kyoto Animation

Mazinger Z: Infinity

  • Mazinger Z: Infinity, produced by Toei Animation

Fireworks

  • Fireworks, produced by Shaft

What was your favorite anime film of 2018?

Best Character Design

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  • Violet Evergarden – Character Designer: Akiko Takase

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  • Devilman Crybaby – Character Designer: Kiyotaka Oshiyama

ZOMBIE LAND SAGA

  • Zombie Land Saga – Character Designer: Kasumi Fukagawa

MEGALOBOX

  • Megalo Box – Character Designer: Hiroshi Shimizu

Aggretsuko

  • Aggretsuko – Character Designer: Sanrio

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind

  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind – Character Designer: Takashiro Kishida

Which show do you think has the most unique character designs?

Best Fight Scene (Presented by Capcom)

Hina vs Anzu

  • Hina vs. Anzu, from Hinamatsuri

All for One vs All Might

  • All for One vs. All Might, from My Hero Academia Season 3

Naruto & Sasuke vs Momoshiki

  • Naruto & Sasuke vs. Momoshiki, from Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Jiren vs Goku

  • Jiren vs. Goku, from Dragon Ball Super

Yami vs Licht

  • Yami vs. Licht, from Black Clover

Satan vs Devilman

  • Satan vs. Devilman, from Devilman Crybaby

Which fight did you most enjoy seeing unfold?

Best Continuing Series (Presented by VRV)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride

  • The Ancient Magus Bride, produced by Wit Studio

Dragon Ball Super

  • Dragon Ball Super, produced by Toei Animation

Black Clover

  • Black Clover, produced by Pierrot

March comes in like a lion

  • March comes in like a lion, produced by Shaft

One Piece

  • One Piece, produced by Toei Animation

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, produced by Pierrot

Which of these longer-running shows did you enjoy the most?

Anime of the Year

A Place Further Than the Universe

  • A Place Further Than the Universe, produced by Madhouse

Devilman Crybaby

  • Devilman Crybaby, produced by Science SARU

MEGALOBOX

  • Megalo Box, produced by TMS Entertainment/3xCube

Violet Evergarden

  • Violet Evergarden, produced by Kyoto Animation

HINAMATSURI

  • Hinamatsuri, produced by Feel

ZOMBIE LAND SAGA

  • Zombie Land Saga, produced by Mappa

What do you think the best anime of 2018 was?


And that’s all the nominees! You can place your vote on Crunchyroll’s website, here. As mentioned earlier, the event will take place in San Francisco on February 11th. What are you placing your votes on? Let us know in the comments.

This article took longer to put together than expected, so thank you for making it all the way to the end.

Thanks for reading!

-Seba

One thought on “Crunchyroll Reveals Nominees for The Anime Awards 2018

  • January 13, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    I find it comical that Devilman Crybaby would be an option for “best animation” considering it looks like it was animated on MS Paint. Unless I am mistaken on what best animation is supposed to mean..

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