Setsucon Announces Finalists for the 2022 Setsucon Anime Awards Held January 23rd

ALTOONA, PA – Setsucon is excited to announce the finalists for the 2022 Setsucon Anime Awards, to be held virtually over Twitch this January 23rd, ahead of their annual convention held January 28th-30th, 2022 in Altoona, Pennsylvania. A committee-run convention under the Penn State Anime Organization, the Setsucon Anime Awards debuted in 2021 as an online-event as part of their virtual Winter Fest. This year, the Setsucon Anime Awards kick off the convention week, although will remain virtual in order to allow for expanded reach and increased production quality.

The 2021 Awards saw Wit Studio's Great Pretender take home Anime of the Year, while Fruits Basket: Season 2 took home Sequel of the Year. This year, Wit Studio returns with Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song while Fruits Basket looks to take two straight with their Final Season. Top shows, films, characters, and more fill the awards show, which celebrates anime and anime production of the Winter 2021 Season through the Fall 2021 Season.

The finalists for the 2022 Setsucon Anime Awards are as follows (in alphabetical order):

· Anime of the Year: Horimiya, Mushoku Tensei, Odd Taxi, Sk8 The Infinity, To Your Eternity, Tokyo Revengers, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song, Wonder Egg Priority

· Sequel of the Year: Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, Fruits Basket: Final, Higurashi When They Cry SOTSU, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, Moriarty The Patriot Season 2, My Next Life as a Villainess All Route's Lead to Doom X, Yuru Camp Season 2

· Film of the Year: Belle, Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Gintama: The Final, Given, Josee The Tiger and The Fish, Sing a Bit of Harmony, Summer Ghost, Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

· Character of the Year: Ai Ohto (Wonder Egg Priority), Bojji (Ranking of Kings), Jeanne (The Case Study of Vanitas), Reki Kyan (Sk8 The Infinity), Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2), Tohru (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S), Vivy (Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song), Vladilena Milize (86 Eighty-Six)

· Studio of the Year: Bones, CloverWorks, Kyoto Animation, Madhouse, P.A. Works, Studio Bind, Trigger, Wit Studio

· Best Action Anime: Demon Slayer Mugen Train Arc, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2, Tokyo Revengers, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

· Best Adventure Anime: Dr. Stone: Stone Wars, That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2, So I'm A Spider So What, To Your Eternity

· Best Comedy Anime: The Great Jahy Will Not Be Defeated, Horimiya, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, SK8 The Infinity

· Best Drama Anime: Fruits Basket: Final, Higehiro, Mushoku Tensei, To Your Eternity

· Best Fantasy Anime: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, Mushoku Tensei, takt op.Destiny, The World's Finest Assassin

· Best Mecha Anime: 86 Eighty-Six, Back Arrow, Evangelion 3.0+1.0, Gundam Hathaway

· Best Music Anime: Love Live! Superstar!!, takt op.Destiny, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song, Zombie Land Saga Revenge

· Best Mystery/Horror Anime: The Case Study Of Vanitas, Higurashi When They Cry SOTSU, Moriarty The Patriot Season 2, Odd Taxi

· Best Romance Anime: The Duke of Death & His Maid, Fruits Basket: Final, Higehiro, Horimiya

· Best Sci-Fi Anime: 86 Eighty-Six, Otherside Picnic, SSSS.Dynazenon, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

· Best Slice of Life Anime: Horimiya, Komi Can't Communicate, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, Super Cub

· Best Sports Anime: Baki Hanma, Nomad: Megalobox 2, SK8 The Infinity, Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2

· Best Hero Award: Jolyne Kujo (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean), Rimuru Tempest (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2), Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket: Final), Vivy (Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song)

· Best Villain Award: Akito Soma (Fruits Basket: Final), James Moriarty (Moriarty The Patriot Season 2), Rudolf Conductore (Back Arrow), Satoko Houjou (Higurashi When They Cry SOTSU)

· Best Boy Award: Fushi (To Your Eternity), Izumi Miyamura (Horimiya), Kyo Soma (Fruits Basket: Final), Langa Hasegawa (SK8 The Infinity)

· Best Girl Award: Ermes Costello (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean), Hayase Nagatoro (Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro), Jolyne Kujo (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean), Vivy (Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song)

· Best Ship Award: Rin x Nadeshiko (Yuru Camp Season 2), Reki x Langa (SK8 The Infinity), Rudeus x Eris (Mushoku Tensei), Tohru x Kyo (Fruits Basket: Final)

· Best Couple Award: Duke x Alice (The Duke of Death & His Maid), Hori x Miyamura (Horimiya), Kobayashi x Tohru (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S), Tsuneo x Kumio (Josee, The Tiger, and The Fish)

· Soundtrack of the Year: Attack On Titan: The Final Season, Back Arrow, Magia Record, Mushoku Tensei, Shadows House, takt op.Destiny, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song, Wonder Egg Priority

· Best Opening Song Award: Cry Baby (Tokyo Revengers), Dawn (Back Arrow), takt (takt op.Destiny), Stone Ocean (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean)

· Best Ending Song Award: Avid (86 Eighty-Six), Maid With Dragons (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S), Pinky Hooky (Girlfriend Girlfriend), Symphonia (takt op.Destiny)

· Best VA Cast (JPN) Award: Komi Can't Communicate, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, Odd Taxi, Wonder Egg Priority

· Best VA Cast (ENG) Award: Fruits Basket: Final, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, SK8 The Infinity, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

· VA (JPN) of the Year: Reiji Kawashima, Rina Hidaka, Tomokazu Seki, Yuuki Kaji

· VA (ENG) of the Year: Aleks Le, Cristina Vee, Kira Buckland, Matt Shipman

· Best Overall Animation Award: The Aquatope on White Sand, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, Mushoku Tensei

· Best Character Design Award: Cells At Work! CODE BLACK, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Shadows House, takt op.Destiny

· Best Background Design Award: 86 Eighty-Six, The Aquatope on White Sand, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song

· Best Fight Scene: James Moriarty v Sherlock Holmes (Moriarty The Patriot Season 2), Tohru v Elma (Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S), Rimuru Tempest v Clayman (That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime Season 2), Vivy v Kakitani (Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song)

The 2022 Setsucon Anime Awards will take place on January 23rd at 7pm ET on twitch.tv/Setsucon.

ABOUT SETSUCON: Setsucon is organized by the Penn State Anime Organization at University Park. Starting out in 2007 at the Days Inn Penn State in State College, this student and alumni run event moved to Altoona in 2018 to continue growing and presenting a safe and inclusive family friendly convention to Pennsylvania and beyond. With nearly 1,500 attendees, it is one of the largest fandom events in Central Pennsylvania and the fourth largest annual anime convention in the state. Setsucon was named the Penn State Student Organization Program of the Year in 2018. The next convention will be held January 28th-30th, 2022 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

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