HOW THE ANIME AWARDS WORK

What are The Crunchyroll Anime Awards?

Now in its fifth year, this global event recognizes the anime shows, characters, and artists that fans around the world love most.

Nominees are picked by a panel of judges, fans are invited to vote for their favorites (January 15–22, 2021), and winners are announced February 19, 2021 at 5PM (PST), so mark your calendars!

How can I be a part of the Anime Awards?

There are three ways: voting, sharing, and watching.

During our voting period (January 15–22, 2021), you can vote once per day in a variety of categories like Best Girl, Best Director, and Anime of the Year.

Want to show your support? Then share with your friends and tell them to vote for your favorites, too.

Finally, don’t forget to tune in February 19 at 5PM (PST) when we reveal all the winners.

How are the winners selected?

Winners will be selected after judges and fans have completed voting. The winner of each category is the one that receives the most votes, with a 70/30 weighted split between judge votes and fan votes. Judges will serve as tiebreakers in the event of any ties.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced during the Anime Awards show, streamed on February 19, 2021 at 5PM PT.

How do we select judges?

Judges are industry experts, hand-selected based on their reputation, regard, and credibility. Our judges come from a range of different backgrounds, cultures, and careers, which we think best represents the diversity of anime fandom.

How are categories selected?

Crunchyroll selects categories for the Anime Awards based on fan popularity over the past years. Crunchyroll also creates categories based on fan feedback.

How are nominees selected?

Nominees are selected by the Anime Awards judges. Judges are provided a list of potential nominees for each category, which they narrow down over two rounds of voting to produce a final list of six nominees.

How did you define each category?

Anime of the Year

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Boy

Any character is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Girl

Any character is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Protagonist

Any character is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Antagonist

Any character is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Director

Any director is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, during 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Character Design

Any character design is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Animation

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Score

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Fight Scene

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Couple

Any characters are eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Comedy

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Drama

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Fantasy

Any anime that follows the following criteria is eligible for this category: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Opening Sequence

Any Opening Sequence (OP) is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best Ending Sequence

Any Ending Sequence (ED) is eligible given that the anime it comes from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best VA Performance (JP)

Any voice actor whose performance was in Japanese is eligible given that the anime that the role was from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.

Best VA Performance (EN)

Any voice actor whose performance was in English is eligible given that the anime that the role was from meets the following criteria: a) an animated series, b) primary production for the title took place in Japan, c) was broadcast on television or online in Japan, at least in part, between January and November of 2020, d) at least one episode received initial legal distribution in the United States of America during 2020.