The Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 showed us the best of the best in the anime world. This year’s ceremony was bigger than ever before, featuring 29 categories. So, are you ready to hear the biggest winner of the night?
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners won the Anime of the Year award! Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan dominated the 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards with multiple nominations. Spy X Family also did well, winning in six categories.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures was nominated in seven categories but sadly left the night empty-handed.
Let’s take a closer look at the winners of the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2023 and see who took home the top prizes in each category.
1Anime of the Year – Cyberpunk: Edgerunners
With just one season, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners has proved its worth by winning the Anime of the Year award, surpassing some of the biggest names in the industry. This one-season anime was so good that it boosted sales and player counts for the Cyberpunk 2077 game.
2Best Original Anime – Lycoris Recoil
Who would’ve thought this new show would rule the 2022 Summer line-up? A-1 Pictures took a risk with producing Lycoris Recoll, which definitely paid off as it won the Best Original Anime award.
3Best Character Design – Akira Matsushima, Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Akira Matsushima perfectly captures the essence of Japanese beauty in Demon Slayer, winning him the Best Character Design award. Although Cyberpunk nailed the modern video game style, it couldn’t quite match the beloved designs of Demon Slayer.
4 Best Animation – Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Ufotable’s hard work and dedication were reflected in the second season of Demon Slayer, earning it the Best Animation award. They managed to captivate the audience with their stunning visuals, taking the experience of watching Demon Slayer to a new level.
5Best New Anime Series – Spy x Family
Spy x Family’s unique blend of humor, action and heartwarming family moments made it an easy winner for the Best New Anime Series award.
The show has garnered a loyal following and has proven to be a refreshing addition to the anime scene. Its win is a testament to the show’s quality and popularity among fans.
6Best Continuing Anime Series – One Piece
One Piece proved why it remains one of the greatest anime ever by winning the Best Continuing Series award. The series has a massive following worldwide, and its iconic characters, engaging storylines, and excellent animation have contributed to its enduring popularity.
7Best Anime Opening Sequence – “The Rumbling” by SiM
Attack on Titan’s opening theme song, “The Rumbling,” performed by the band SiM, conquered the music segment winning the Best Anime Opening Sequence award.
The hauntingly beautiful music and the stunning visuals of the opening sequence perfectly capture the show’s essence and draw viewers in.
8Best Anime Ending Sequence – “Comedy” by Gen Hoshino
Gen Hoshino is a master at creating music that resonates with fans, and his latest release, “Comedy,” in Spy x Family, won the Best Anime Ending Sequence Award.
The melodic tune perfectly combines catchy beats and heartfelt lyrics to give a satisfying end to Spy x Family episodes.
9Best Anime Score – Kohta Yamamoto and Hiroyuki Sawano
Attack on Titan’s final season, Part 2, has continued to deliver on its promise of top-notch music, further cementing Hiroyuki Sawano’s status as one of the most talented composers in the industry.
Yamamoto and Sawano’s work on Attack on Titan has garnered widespread acclaim from fans, and to no one‘s surprise, the show won the Best Anime Score award.
10Best Anime Film – Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Jujutsu Kaisen 0 has won the Best Anime Film of the year award, a well-deserved title. Fans of the series had been eagerly anticipating the release of Jujutsu Kaisen 0, and it did not disappoint.
The film’s success at the awards is a testament to its quality and the dedication of the entire production team.
11Best Anime Song – “The Rumbling” by SiM
“The Rumbling” from Attack on Titan has been crowned the Best Anime Song of 2022. It is a perfect example of how a song can elevate a show and become a cultural phenomenon in its own right.
12Best Anime Director – Haruo Sotozaki, Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Haruo Sotozaki’s direction has been praised for its ability to capture the essence of the manga and bring it to life on the screen in a way that is faithful to the original material while adding new depth and dimension.
The Entertainment District Arc is a standout season of the Demon Slayer series, and Sotozaki’s won the Best Anime Director Award for his incredible direction in the show.
13Best Main Anime Character – Eren Yeager
Eren Yeager has become a beloved character and a symbol of Attack on Titan’s success, winning him the Best Main Anime Character award.
His complex personality and layered backstory have endeared him to fans, and his character development has been a significant highlight of the series.
14Best Supporting Anime Character – Anya Forger
Anya Forger has captured the hearts of many anime fans with her adorable appearance and charming personality, winning her the Best Supporting Anime Character award.
Her character arc has been a delight to watch as she navigates through the complex world of espionage and family life, using her telepathic abilities to her advantage.
15Best “Must Protect at All Costs” Anime Character – Anya Forger
Anya Forger has once again proven her worth as a character, earning the coveted “Must Protect at All Costs” Character award. Fans will undoubtedly continue to be charmed by her wit, innocence, and strength, making her a beloved character in the anime world.
16Best Action Anime – Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc is a worthy winner of the Best Action Anime award, and it’s a series that every action anime fan should check out.
The animation quality is exceptional, and the action sequences are so well choreographed that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the excitement.
17Best Comedy Anime – Spy x Family
Spy x Family won the Best Comedy Anime award, just as it won over the hearts of many with its hilarious antics.
The show manages to strike a balance between humor and seriousness, creating a compelling and enjoyable viewing experience.
18Best Drama Anime – Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2
Winning the award for Best Drama Anime highlights the compelling narrative and emotional depth of Attack on Titan. The show is known for its intense and gripping storyline that explores complex themes such as power, morality, and survival.
19 Best Fantasy Anime – Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc
The Entertainment District Arc of Demon Slayer has been recognized with the prestigious award for Best Fantasy Anime. It stands out among other anime in the fantasy genre, demonstrating remarkable creativity, storytelling, and technical excellence.
20Best Romance Anime – Kaguya-sama: Love Is Was -Ultra Romantic-
The award for Best Romance Anime affirms Kaguya-sama: Love Is War – Ultra Romantic – as a top-tier anime in the romance genre.
The show’s unique premise, which features a battle of wits between two would-be lovers, has also been lauded as a fresh take on the romance genre.
21Best Voice Acting Performance (Japanese) – Yuki Kaji as Eren Jaeger
The Best Voice Acting Performance (Japanese) award has been bestowed upon Yuki Kaji for his exceptional portrayal of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan.
22Best Voice Acting Performance (English) – Zach Aguilar as David Martinez
Zach Aguilar has been honored with the Best Voice Acting Performance (English) for his exceptional voice acting work in Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
23Best Voice Artist Performance (Arabic) – Amal Hawija as Gon Freecss
Amal Hawija has been honored with the Best Voice Artist Performance (Arabic) award for her outstanding voice-acting performance as Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter.
24Best Voice Artist Performance (Castilian) – Jaime Pérez de Sevilla as Yuta Okkotsu
Jaime Pérez de Sevilla has been awarded the prestigious Best Voice Artist Performance (Castilian) award for his outstanding portrayal of Yuta Okkotsu in Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
25Best Voice Artist Performance (French) – Brigitte Lecordier as Bojji
The Best Voice Artist Performance (French) award recipient is Brigitte Lecordier for her portrayal of Bojji in the animated series Ranking of Kings.
26Best Voice Artist Performance (German) – Nicolás Artajo as Yuta Okkotsu
Nicolás Artajo has been honored with the Best Voice Artist Performance (German) award for his role as Yuta Okkotsu in the anime movie Jujutsu Kaisen 0.
27Best Voice Artist Performance (Italian) – Elisa Giorgio as Maki Zen’in
Elisa Giorgio has been awarded the Best Voice Artist Performance (Italian) for portraying Maki Zen’in in the first cour of Jujutsu Kaisen.
28Best Voice Artist Performance (Portuguese) – Nina Carvalho as Anya Forger, Spy x Family
Nina Carvalho has received the Best Voice Artist Performance (Portuguese) award for her outstanding performance as Anya Forger in Spy x Family.
29Best Voice Artist Performance (Spanish) – Alejandro Orozco as Gyutaro
The Best Voice Artist Performance (Spanish) award has been presented to Alejandro Orozco for his remarkable performance as Gyutaro in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc.