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Made in Abyss, My Hero Academia Win Big at Crunchyroll's Anime Awards

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Crunchyroll's second Anime Awards show took over the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday night where the industry's voice actors mingled with content creators and even NFL athletes. Star Wars Show host Anthony Carboni and Geek and Sundry co-host and voice actress Erika Ishii MCed the event with award presenters like Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels and English dub actors Caitlin Glass, Stephanie Sheh, and Todd Haberkorn.

A total of 17 awards, ranging from Anime of the Year to Best Boy, were announced based on fan votes over the last few weeks. The night's biggest winner in sheer number of awards was studio Bones' My Hero Academia Season 2. The Shonen Jump anime about a class of high school superheroes in training won Best Action, Best Hero (Izuku "Deku" Midoriya), Best Villain (Stain), Best Girl (Ochaco Uraraka), Best Boy (Shoto Todoroki), Best Animation, and Best Opening ("Peace Sign" by Kenshi Yonezu).

Even with seven accolades under its belt, My Hero Academia couldn't beat out Kinema Citrus' Made in Abyss for Anime of the Year. The simultaneously beautiful and heart-wrenching series won the award show's largest prize and its score composer Kevin Penkin was also a winner. Made in Abyss beat out critically close category as it was up against not My Hero Academia, but also March comes in like a lion Season 2, Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū Season 2, Little Witch Academia, and Land of the Lustrous. Those series all took home their own prizes, albeit in different categories, except Trigger's Little Witch Academia and Studio DEEN's Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū which went home empty-handed.

The full list of winners are:
Anime of the Year
Made in Abyss

Manga of the Year
My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

Best Action
My Hero Academia Season 2

Best Drama
The Ancient Magus' Bride

Best Comedy
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Best Slice of Life
Girls' Last Tour

Best Continuing Series
March comes in like a lion.

Best Animation
My Hero Academia Season 2

Hero of the Year
Izuku "Deku" Midoriya (My Hero Academia)

Villain of the Year
Stain (My Hero Academia)

Best Opening
"Peace Sign" by Kenshi Yonezu (My Hero Academia Season 2)

Best Ending
"Ishukan Communication" by Chorogonzu (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid)

Best Boy
Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)

Best Girl
Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia)

Best Film
your name.

Best CGI
Land of the Lustrous

Best Score
Made in Abyss

The award ceremony closed out with a balloon drop and tossing Toblerone candy bars (ala Neo Yokio) into the crowd. Voice actor and ADR Director Michael Sinterniklaas might have taken a chocolate bar to the eye.

My Hero Academia follows in the footsteps of last year's Yuri!!! on Ice. The figure-skating romance series took home seven awards last year. While more categories were added and two omitted in this second iteration, it didn't stop one series from running off with most of the accolades.

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