The second Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards show was held at the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday night where industry voice actors, content creators and even some NFL athletes came together to celebrate the best of Anime that 2017 had to offer.
There were a total of 17 awards up for grabs, the winners determined by the votes of fans who lobbied for their favorite shows over the past few weeks. Although it didn’t take home the grand prize, Studio Bones’ My Hero Academia Season 2 was definitely the grand winner due to its overwhelming dominance in most categories, taking home 7 of the aforementioned awards.
The title of Anime of the Year however was snatched up by Kinema Citrus’s Made in Abyss. This dark horse of the Summer 2017 season started out relatively unknown but those who did decide to check it out were rewarded with one of the most incredible and emotionally resonant series of the year and through their praise, the show soon soared to stardom within the Anime Community. Kevin Penkin, the score composer of Made in Abyss, also managed to take home the Best Score award, giving the series two wins to its name.
The remaining 8 categories saw a larger variety of critically loved shows take home the award though two major contenders in nominations, Studio Trigger’s Little Witch Academia and Studio Deen’s Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju, were, unfortunately, sent home empty handed.
Anime of the Year: Made in Abyss
Manga of the Year: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
Best Action: My Hero Academia Season 2
Best Drama: The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Best Comedy: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Best Slice of Life: Girls’ Last Tour
Best Continuing Series: March comes in like a lion
Best Animation: My Hero Academia Season 2
Hero of the Year: Izuku “Deku” Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
Villain of the Year: Stain (My Hero Academia)
Best Opening: “Peace Sign” by Kenshi Yonezu (My Hero Academia Season 2)
Best Ending: “Ishukan Communication” by Chorogonzu (Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid)
Best Boy: Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
Best Girl: Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)
Best Film: Your Name
Best CGI: Land of the Lustrous
Best Score: Made in Abyss