What You Need to Know:
- Fans of Crunchyroll may want to take heed to this one, as the team is going to be hosting the official Crunchyroll Anime Awards, which takes place February 24th at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. If you're unable to attend the event live not to worry, the Crunchyroll team has you covered with a live stream!
- They'll be highlighting a variety of shows that air live on Crunchyroll along with shows that don't, and some nominees include: My Hero Academia Season 2 - Crunchyroll, Made in Abyss - Amazon and Little Witch Academia - Netflix.
- Those looking to purchase tickets to the event can do so NOW so be sure to click here to grab them while they're hot.
- That isn't all of course as there'll be judges, hosts and more at the event to bring it all together, and so we'll be dropping those names down below for those interested!
Source: Official Press Release
Hosts: Anthony Carboni and Erika Ishii
Special Appearances and Presenters:
Mike Daniels, Green Bay Packers
Caitlin Glass, Voice actor (Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card)
Stephanie Sheh, Voice actor (The Day Naruto Became Hokage)
Todd Haberkorn, Voice actor (Fairy Tail)
Influencers: Freddie Wong, ProZD, Gigguk, Reina Scully, Mother’s Basement, Lily Pichu, Miles Luna, Glass Reflection, Super Eyepatch Wolf, RDC World 1, Victoria Holden, Riley Rose Critchlow
Performers + Artists:
Cosplay artist: Jenni Hashimoto (MostFlogged)
Musical Performance by: Alice Underground
Andrew McDanell - Co-Founder of OtakuSpirit.com
"Never in my many years of anime viewing would I imagine taking part in such an exciting event as the Anime Awards. Any chance to give credit to the anime we know and love is something special. For me, I don’t see it so much as a competition, but rather a celebration. A celebration that has no losers. While not every title can make it to the top, there really isn’t a title that doesn’t bring joy or connect with someone personally."
"Anime as a medium has come a long way for the western audience. Availability is great, the volume of releases is overwhelming, and there’s nearly something for everyone to enjoy. As such, the necessity for an Anime Awards has never been truer. It’s important to not only highlight fantastic titles, but give credit to the creators who pour their efforts into such a unique medium of entertainment.”
Zac Bertschy - Executive Editor at Anime News Network
I think it's fair, at this point, to attribute a pretty sizable chunk of anime's current cultural ubiquity to the relentless effort of Crunchyroll. It makes perfect sense to me that they'd be the ones (at long last, in my opinion) to give this vibrant, challenging, constantly-evolving artform a proper celebration. It's something I'm proud to participate in.
Yssa Badiola - Lead 2D Animator at Rooster Teeth Animation
At least 200 series have been produced in 2017, and it's high time we acknowledge the hard work, passion, and dedication that goes into each project. As a professional animator and an anime fan, it's great to know that the Anime Awards are here to highlight the series you should take risks on.
Miranda Sanchez - Editor, IGN
On The Anime Awards' value:
Of all the media I've covered, I rarely see the same level of camaraderie as I do with the anime community. Events like The Anime Awards are a wonderful way to bring the community together. Being able to talk about some of the best anime of the year with other fans that are just as passionate is exciting! Regardless of the results, events like this are also a great opportunity to learn about anime that you may not have considered watching before.
On differences between this year and last year:
The process for choosing nominees and winners this year is much more rigorous. I've felt a lot more involved in helping curate a great selection of nominees with the other judges. Unlike other awards, The Anime Awards is unique in that it favors fan opinion over a panel of judges or separate awards between a panel and fans. I like that it brings both groups together so that the community as a whole has a chance to choose the best anime of 2017.
On being a judge:
I enjoyed contributing to The Anime Awards last year, and I think this year will be even more fun! I'm honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with other great people working in the anime industry to determine this year's best anime.