By a margin of 14 votes—note, the smallest winning margin ever in history—the legendary Vikings successfully avenged their defeat against the Space Adventurers from last summer, as Vinland Saga won the Anime of the Year (AOTY) title over Astra Lost in Space in the 6th Anime Trending Awards (ATA). It also won two more awards for Best in Sceneries and Visuals and Action or Adventure Anime of the Year.  Vinland and Astra were the top two nominees from Summer 2019, with Astra being the victor of that season.

Some of Vinland’s staff members, including  director Shuhei Yabuta, gave their acceptance messages for Vinland’s awards.

This is the  first time that a 2-cour anime, or a series  with more than 12 or 13 episodes, won the title of Anime of the Year. Vinland’s win would mark the ending reign  of the single-cour and Slice of Life — Romance anime as Anime of the Year. 

King Canute and Thorfinn accepts the Anime of the Year Trophy for Vinland Saga

Big Winners

Despite not winning this year’s top title, Astra was one of the series  that took a majority of the f awards. alongside Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vinland Saga, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War. All of these series took three awards each. 

Astra won the award for Best in Adaptation—one of the two highest aspect awards—and also took home the two genre awards for Mecha or SciFi Anime of the Year and Mystery or Psychological Anime of the Year. It almost won the award for Best in Soundtrack, but placed 2nd place, right behind The Promised Neverland.

Takahiro Obata, The Promised Neverland’s soundtrack composer, thanked all the fans who voted for his composition for Best in Soundtrack and told them to expect new tracks for the anime’s upcoming second season.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War, which has the most number of nominations heading to the awards night, took home the awards for Best in Ensemble, Comedy Anime of the Year, and the show’s Ai Hayasaka gave the anime the Best Supporting Girl award. She won by a huge margin to Ishtar (Fate/Grand Order: Absolute Demonic Front Babylonia), garnering a total of 12,182 votes over Ishtar’s 10,243 votes, which is a vote difference of 1,939. During the Wildcard Rounds, Hayasaka  almost also made it as a nominee for Girl of the Year, but fell short of the maximum 3% trail difference to the winner of the Wildcard Rounds, Shinobu Kochou (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba). However, winning Best Supporting Girl was a moment of  revenge for Hayasaka as Kochou only placed 4th for Best Supporting Girl. Meanwhile, Kaguya-sama placed 7th overall in the AOTY race. 

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, which surprisingly only placed 5th overall in the AOTY race after much hype and fanfare last year, settled for Best in Animation Effects and Sequences as its highest award received for the night. The show also claimed  the award for Supernatural Anime of the Year and Natsuki Hanae delivered home the Best Voice Actor award as well, after three consecutive nominations in ATA for different series..

Upsets and Surprises

The biggest upset win of the night was for the Romance Anime of the Year award. The Quintessential Quintuplets—whose manga just ended—won the award, beating out the likes of Kaguya-sama: Love is War and the reboot of the classic Fruits Basket. The show  made history as the first harem anime to win the Romance award. Back in Winter 2019, The Quintessential Quintuplets  also made history by being the anime with the most representation in the couple-ship charts.. This record would be later tied  by the recent We Never Learn: BOKUBEN. It was also an upset win for the Music Anime of the Year award, as Amyu’s Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life prevailed over Shinichiro Watanabe’s original series Carole and Tuesday.

Another surprising victory was Senku Ishigami (Dr. Stone) taking home this year’s award for Best Boy, defeating Tanjirou Kamado (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba). It marks the first time since Souma Yukihira (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma) that a non-winner of the seasonal awards won the Best Boy award. Ishigami was the runner up from Summer 2019, placing  behind Accelerator (A Certain Scientific Accelerator). Unfortunately, Accelerator placed 14th for Boy of the Year. Meanwhile , the former Best Boy of ATA 2016 Yukihira finished at 11th this year, marking the fourth time that his ranking has declined since his previous win.

Though she did not win, Emma (The Promised Neverland) still ranked surprisingly but deservedly high. She finished as runner-up for the Best Girl Award, just behind Raphtalia (The Rising of the Shield Hero).

Multi-ATA Winners

Aoi Yuuki gave Boogiepop and Others the sole award for the night, as she claimed Best Voice Actress for her dual role as Boogiepop and Touka Miyashita, the anime’s protagonist. This is her second time winning the award, as her first time was as Tanya Degurechaff from The Saga of Tanya the Evil.  It was a sight to see when the full results were shown as the one on second place for the title is her namesake – Aoi Koga, who voice Kaguya Shinomiya from Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Also, a second time ATA-winner was  Makoto Shinkai, whose film Weathering With You won as the Anime Movie of the Year. Shinkai first won with Your Name back in ATA 2018, which  was up against A Silent Voice and 8 other nominees. In a tweet, Shinkai was very thankful to those who watched the film

Risa Oribe (popularly known as LiSA) won the Ending Theme Song of the Year award once again under  Sword Art Online (SAO) for her song “unlasting”. The soon to be married anisong singer first won with her song “Shirushi” for SAO II. Both of her winning songs are very melodic and ballad-like, which is noticeably different from her usual genre of rock. For the second time in a row, another Asami Seto-voiced character won Best Girl, this time as Raphtalia (The Rising Shield Hero). Seto also voiced Mai Sakurajima (Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai), who won last year’s Best Girl.

 A Victor This Time Around

Nishikata and Takagi (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san) won the Best Couple-Ship award this year, beating out Miyuki and Kaguya (Kaguya-sama: Love is War). This was most likely propelled by the “reunion scene” in the last episode of the Takagi-san’s second season. Nishikata and Takagi placed 5th in last year’s ATA 2019’s couple-ship awards.

The fallen 13th commander of the Survey Corps, Erwin Smith (Attack on Titan), was the  victor this time around as this year’s Best Supporting Boy.  He placed 6th for the same title in ATA 2019.

Senku Ishigami, Raphtalia, Ai Hayasaka, Erwin Smith - are the best boy, best girl, best supporting girl, and best supporting boy respectively in the 6th Anime Trending Awards\
Senku Ishigami, Raphtalia, Ai Hayasaka, Erwin Smith – are the best boy, best girl, best supporting girl, and best supporting boy respectively in the 6th Anime Trending Awards

Though still not able to win this time, Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online made huge improvement in terms of how they fare in the AOTY Race as they both jumped by 5 spots on their third attempt to claim the title. The two anime are notable for being arguably the two most-hyped anime series from the past decade. Sword Art Online was first nominated for AOTY back in ATA 2015, where it finished 7th, then it finished 8th in ATA 2019. Attack on Titan meanwhile was first nominated for AOTY in ATA 2018 where it finished 11th and improved to 9th in ATA 2019. Head-to-head, this will be the second time Sword Art Online had a higher ranking than Attack on Titan. The two anime will have a chance of meeting again this year which might be the final one. 

Record Breaking Awards

This year’s awards has the highest recorded turnout in Anime Trending’s History, with almost 70,000 people participating in the Anime of the Year Polls. 

Full Results and Rankings are here, while the list of winners are here

Full Versions of the ATA Illustrations

Final 2 Man of the Year

Final 2 Girl of the Year

Character Award Winners

Anime of the Year Winner

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