Over the weekend, Crunchyroll held it’s annual Anime Awards in order to recognize and reward some of the year’s best TV series, movies, characters, and music in the field. We previously posted the entire list of nominees–which you can check out here if you want to get caught up before learning just who won–and they included some recognizable names to even the most cursory of Western anime fans, names like Dragon Ball Super, Attack on Titan and Your Name instantly stood out.
Then there was My Hero Academia, a fantastic superhero-school series that enjoyed its Season 2 run and reaped plenty of awards nominations for it. It’s a title that’s gained quite a bit of recognition, deservedly so, but it’s also in good company with less well-known titles like Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Land of the Lustrous, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Made in Abyss and many more. And winners or not, this is a solid list to start digging into contemporary anime TV series, movies, and manga if you’re interested!
If you haven’t watched the awards show yet, or just want to rewatch it for fun’s sake, you can do so at Crunchyroll’s Twitch channel at this link right here.
Check out the full list of winners below!
— Crunchyroll (@Crunchyroll) February 25, 2018
Best Animation: My Hero Academia Season 2
Best Film: Your Name
Best Opening: My Hero Academia Season 2 – OP 1, Peace Sign (ピースサイン) by Kenshi Yonezu
Best Ending: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, Ishukan Communication (イシュカン・コミュニケーション) by Chorogonzu (ちょろゴンず)
Best CGI: Land of the Lustrous
Best Score: Made in Abyss
Best Action: My Hero Academia Season 2
Best Drama: The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Best Comedy: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
Best Slice of My Life: Girls’ Last Tour
Best Continuing Series: March comes in like a lion.
Best Boy: Shoto Todoroki
Best Girl: Ochako Uraraka
Hero of the Year: Izuku “Deku” Midoriya
Villain of the Year: Stain
Manga of the Year: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
Anime of the Year: Made in Abyss
That’s right! My Hero Academia, which won a ton of the categories it was nominated in, was one-upped by Made in Abyss to everyone’s surprise. (“It wasn’t rigged after all!”) Kinema Citrus’ anime adaptation of Akihito Tsukushi‘s manga, which tells of a young girl and her humanoid robot pal descending into the titular cave in search of her mother, debuted last summer; a sequel season is in the works. You can check it out on Amazon Prime Video right now to see what all the fuss is about!