Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Kingdom takes out the Anime Fan award
The Tokyo Anime Awards Festival 2020 announced the winners for all the categories on February 6 ahead of the ceremony on March 13. Sweeping the competition was Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba on the television side, and Weathering with You on the film side, both winning Grand Prix Anime of the Year Award in their categories.
Out of the 439 anime – including foreign animation – that was shown during the period between October 14, 2018, and September 30, 2019, anime fans chose the best 100 titles (20 anime films and 80 TV anime series) which was compiled into a list. That list was then given to anime industry professionals, such as producers, animators, directors, and other people at the “forefront of the anime industry,” to vote for the single best work or creator in each category.
Here is the full list of winners:
Work Awards - Grand Prize
Anime of the Year (Film) - Weathering with You
Anime of the Year (Television) - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Best Screenplay / Original Story - Koyoharu Gotouge (creator of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga)
Best Director - Makoto Shinkai (director of Weathering with You)
Best Animator - Akira Matsushima (chief animation director on Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, episode director on episodes 1, 4, 7, 15, 24, 26, OP, ED)
Best Art Direction - the late Mikiko Watanabe (art director, art setting on Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll)
Taking out the “Anime Fan” award, which was voted on by members of the general public online, was announced to be the anime film Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Kingdom, which won with 61,551 votes out of 551,491.
Here are the top 10 winners:
1. Uta no Prince-sama: Maji Love Kingdom (61,551 votes)
2. Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion THE ANIMATION (56,423 votes)
3. Mr. Osomatsu THE MOVIE (47,107 votes)
4. Sarazanmai (46,023 votes)
5. BANANA FISH (42,753 votes)
6. Bloom Into You (41,969 votes)
7. Mob Psycho 100 II (28,991 votes)
8. Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS (28,369 votes)
9. Promare (24,923 votes)
10. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (23,569)
The lifetime achievement awards for the 2020 ceremony were announced back in December and will also be given out during the ceremony during the festival which will be held from March 13 to March 16 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.