So, the Crunchyroll awards ended last night, and I have had a chance to gather my thoughts and my brains splattered all over the floor. For those of you too lazy to google the winners, here they are:
- Best Opening: “Peace Sign” – Kenshi Yonezu – My Hero Academia Season 2
- Best Ending: “Ishukan Communication” – Chorogonzu – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Best Film: Your Name
- Best Score: Made in Abyss
- Best Animation: My Hero Academia Season 2
- Best CGI: Land of the Lustrous
- Best Comedy: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Best Slice of Life: Girls’ Last Tour
- Best Continuing Series: March Comes in Like a Lion
- Industry Icon: Christopher Sabat – Funimation
- Best Boy: Shoto Todoroki – My Hero Academia Season 2
- Best Girl: Ochaco Ubaraka – My Hero Academia Season 2
- Best Villain: Stain – My Hero Academia 2 Season 2
- Best Hero: Izuku “Deku” Midoriya – My Hero Academia Season 2
- Best Drama: The Ancient Magus’ Bride
- Best Action: My Hero Academia Season 2
- Best Manga: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness
- Anime of the Year: Made in Abyss
Overall, it’s pretty much way better than the Yuri on Ice awards we got last year. Now it’s My Hero Academia awards 😀
Jokes aside, despite my own feelings about My Hero Academia basically monopolizing all the awards they are even tangentially related to, at least some of the awards were well deserved this time around and not ENTIRELY a popularity contest.
My hype stems from the fact that somehow My Hero Academia S2 didn’t win AOTY despite it’s huge following, and instead my personal pick, Made in Abyss, won the title instead.
This is great news, not only because of the fact that my own personal pick won, but for what it sets a precedent for in the long run. If something like My Hero Academia S2 had won, while still a great shounen series, it would have solidified the fact that popularity beats overall quality, and other awards shows and hell, other anime might reflect that.
But Made in Abyss winning means that there IS an audience for daring shows like this. Shows that refuse to follow trends and set their own, and while Made in Abyss is certainly not the first dark fantasy anime, it certainly revived a genre that was dying in the modern anime world, alongside The Ancient Magus Bride.
Crunchyroll was quite obviously pushing My Hero Academia hard in the awards shows, and it really shows, what with My Hero Academia characters filling in TWO slots in some categories, despite the number of shows that came out last year. Despite the hardcore shilling happening here, Crunchyroll still recognized Made in Abyss deserves the award, and that can only mean good things.
I hope that Made in Abyss’s success marks a new age for anime moving forward. Crunchyroll will definitely be pushing shows such as Made in Abyss much more from now on, shows that aren’t all about just hype and flashiness. Again, not hating on My Hero Academia here, I absolutely love it, but Made in Abyss was in a whole different ballpark in terms of just about everything besides action.
For my thoughts on the rest of the winners that aren’t My Hero Academia or Made in Abyss (who also won Best Score, by the way) I actually don’t have a huge problem with it, especially the Best Manga award, as My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness is a fantastic manga relevant to the youth of today.
My only issue probably lies in who won Best Drama, that being The Ancient Magus Bride. Again, it’s a great show, but when it’s up against ACTUAL drama shows like A Scum’s Wish and March Comes In Like A Lion (the two way more depressing shows I watched from the nominees), it’s pretty ridiculous that it won an award for that. Honestly, it just came off as they had to give the show an award so they could push it more in the future.
Other than that and the rabid pushing of My Hero Academia S2 as questionable winners in some categories (namely Best OP and Best Animation), I actually agree with the list. March Comes In Like A Lion beating DBZ Super and Boruto, long-running franchises, was very deserved, and Girls Last Tour is criminally underrated for coming out at the tail end of last year, so I’m glad that won too.
I hope next year’s Crunchyroll Anime Awards won’t be as full of “the big anime” monopolizing awards.