ROUNDUP: Anime Awards 2023 Winners React!

From the VA awards to Anime of the Year, much gratitude was expressed

Anime Awards 2023


The Anime Awards 2023 ceremony is officially in the rearview, but we're still thinking about all the great wins that were revealed during the celebration of all things anime. The winners themselves had some strong feelings about the awards they took home, so we're here to round them all up and give everyone another well-deserved victory lap.


RELATED: Anime Awards 2023 Winners: Anime of the Year and Full List


Check out all the winner reactions to this year's Anime Awards:


Anime of the Year


Winner: Cyberpunk: Edgerunners


Cyberpunk: Edgerunners writer Bartosz Sztybor was as pleasantly surprised as the rest of us when the show got the big nod at the end.


"Wooooow! @edgerunners just won the Anime of the Year award at @TheAnimeAwards! Don't have words to express what I'm feeling right now, but it's a damn nice feeling! Will write more soon but right now, I'm just happy and want to congratulate other winners, you all rock!!!"



CD Projekt Red's Japanese account expressed their gratitude:



TRIGGER thanked CDPR and all the fans with this lovely little sketch:



Best New Anime Series

Winner: SPY x FAMILY


Best Comedy Anime

Winner: SPY x FAMILY


Best Supporting Anime Character

Winner: Anya Forger, SPY x FAMILY


Best "Must Protect at All Costs" Anime Character

Winner: Anya Forger, SPY x FAMILY


The official SPY x FAMILY account touted all of the series's accomplishments.



Best Continuing Anime Series

Winner: One Piece


The official Twitter account for One Piece author Eiichiro Oda's staff proudly shared their win with everyone.



Best Anime Opening Sequence

Winner: “The Rumbling” by SiM, Storyboard and Direction from Takashi Kojima, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


Best Anime Song

Winner: "The Rumbling" by SiM, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


We still can't get "The Rumbling" out of our heads, so this was a big one for fans and the band!



Best Anime Ending Sequence

Winner: “Comedy” by Gen Hoshino, Storyboard and Direction from Atsushi Nishigori, SPY x FAMILY


Gen Hoshino thanked everyone for their support upon learning about his win.



Best Anime Score

Winner: Kohta Yamamoto and Hiroyuki Sawano, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


On his official Twitter, winner Kohta Yamamoto said he was really happy to be on stage with Hiroyuki Sawano, and would like to thank Sawano-san along with the staff—including director Yuichiro Hayashi—and all the fans who supported this work.



Hiroyuki Sawano gave all the credit to the power of the music of "KOHTA-kun," as well as the power of Attack on Titan. He also thanked the director and everyone else involved, and said he's grateful to previous chief director Tetsuro Araki and producer Tetsuya Kinoshita.



Best Main Anime Character

Winner: Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


Best Drama Anime

Winner: Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


The official Attack on Titan Twitter account recognized its wins in six categories, and thanked everyone for their support.



Best Romance Anime

Winner: Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-


The staff behind the Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic- anime were feeling the love in the air after their big win, thanking everyone for supporting the series.



Best Voice Acting Performance (Japanese)

Winner: Yuki Kaji, Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2


Eren VA Yuki Kaji was very honored to receive this award, and thanked everyone from the bottom of his heart for meeting Eren.



Best Voice Acting Performance (English)

Winner: Zach Aguilar, David Martinez in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners


Best English VA winner Zach Aguilar had the following to say about the win:


"Thank you to everyone who voted and thank you @TheAnimeAwards and @Crunchyroll for the honor! I honestly didn’t expect to win at all. Huge shoutout to everyone on the @edgerunners team who helped make this show a masterpiece. I just feel blessed to be a part of it!"



Yuki Kajiura also commented on the excitement of performing on stage at the Anime Awards.



Here are the other winners—many of which celebrated with retweets on their official accounts—for those who missed it!


Best Original Anime

Winner: Lycoris Recoil


Best Anime Film



Best Anime Director

Winner: Haruo Sotozaki, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc


Best Anime Character Design

Winner: Akira Matsushima, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc


Best Animation

Winner: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc


Best Fantasy Anime

Winner: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc


Best Action Anime

Winner: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc


What did you think of this year's winners? Let us know in the comments while we offer up one more hearty CONGRATS!




Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. You can read his comics at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter @Moldilox.


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