Crunchyroll recently held its Fifth Annual Anime Awards, however, this year was a little bit different. Due to the pandemic, the awards were held digitally, but that didn’t stop fans from casting over 15 million global votes across 18 categories in celebration of the characters, series, and creators they love. This far surpasses the 11 million votes cast in 2020. And the ultimate winner of the night? The horror action series Jujutsu Kaisen.
Jujutsu Kaisen wins big
It is no surprise that Jujutsu Kaisen took home three awards this year as the anime series was beloved worldwide. The series, based on the manga by Gege Akutami, was nominated in 10 categories and secured awards in Best Antagonist for the extremely powerful cursed spirit Ryomen Sukuna, best ending sequence for the dance-happy LOST IN PARADISE by ALI feat. AKLO, and the biggest award of the night, Anime of the Year.
The critically acclaimed comedy adventure, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!, was honoured as the Best Animation as well as receiving the award for Best Director. This is the Japanese Animator Masaaki Yuasa’s second win for Best Director after previously winning for his work on Devilman Crybaby in 2018.
Check out the full list of the 2021 Crunchyroll Anime Awards winners below.
Anime of the Year – JUJUTSU KAISEN
- Best Animation – Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
- Best Fantasy – Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World- (Season 2)
- Best Drama – Fruits Basket (Season 2)
- Best Comedy – Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?
- Best Girl – Kaguya Shinomiya, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?
- Best Boy – Shoyo Hinata, HAIKYU!! TO THE TOP
- Best Protagonist – Catarina Claes, My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom!
- Best Antagonist – Ryomen Sukuna, JUJUTSU KAISEN
- Best Fight Scene – Deku Vs. Overhaul, My Hero Academia Season 4
- Best Score – Kevin Penkin, Tower Of God
- Best Director – Masaaki Yuasa, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!
- Best Character Design – Mayuka Ito, Original Designs By Aidairo, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun
- Best Couple – Nasa Yuzaki & Tsukasa Yuzaki, TONIKAWA: Over The Moon For You
- Best VA Performance (JP) – Yusuke Kobayashi As Natsuki Subaru, Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World- (Season 2)
- Best VA Performance (EN) – Zeno Robinson As Hawks, My Hero Academia Season 4
- Best Opening Sequence (OP) – Wild Side (ALI), BEASTARS
- Best Ending Sequence (ED) – LOST IN PARADISE (ALI feat. AKLO), JUJUTSU KAISEN
If you are looking for some anime to watch (or re-watch), check out Evan Saunders’ list of top 10 best anime series of all-time here on Fortress of Solitude.