Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun took home the top prize of Anime of the Season in the recently concluded Winter 2020 Anime Awards. The series also won four other awards, including Favorite Male Character with titular character Hanako-kun and Favorite Couple Ship with his partner Nene. This is the fourth time overall and the second time in three seasons that a Lerche anime won the seasonal top prize. Past Lerche anime that won Anime of the Season include Assassination Classroom (Winter 2015), Scum’s Wish (Winter 2017), and Astra Lost in Space (Summer 2019) — the latter was also the runner-up in the 6th Anime Trending Awards. All of these series were directed by Masaomi Ando, with the exception of Assassination Classroom

Despite being held back by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, A Certain Scientific Railgun T still finished as this season’s runner-up. It was just a few hundred votes behind Toilet-Bounda Hanako-kun and secured a nomination for Anime of the Year — the first time in three appearances of the ToAru franchise in AT Charts. Aside from securing the AOTY nomination, A Certain Scientific Railgun T also won this season’s Favorite Sci-Fi or Mecha Award. It was a hard-fought battle against BOFURI and ID:Invaded, as A Certain Scientific Railgun T only led by as few as 47 votes.

The Favorite Mystery or Psychological Award was the closest race in last night’s seasonal awards. ID:Invaded narrowly won by just three votes over its closest competitor, In/Spectre. ID:Invaded also won Favorite Supporting Male Character, courtesy of Fukuda. Meanwhile, In/Spectre won the Favorite Supporting Female Character with Saki Yumihara. 

BOFURI surprised everyone by winning three awards, marking the show with the second most number of awards of the night. The awards included Favorite Slice of Life, Fantasy or Magical, and Favorite Female Character. The latter award was won by Maple who led by more than a thousand votes over its closest competitor, Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun).

Meanwhile, BanG Dream! accomplished a rare milestone of winning both the Favorite Opening and Ending Theme Song of the Season, a feat only accomplished by two other anime: Mekakucity Actors (Spring 2014) and Vinland Saga (Summer 2019). BanG Dream!’s winning songs, “Initial” and “Yume wo Uchinuku Shunkan ni!”, were performed by Poppin’ Party. Additionally, the anime also won the award for Favorite Music, bringing its total of awards won to three to tie with BOFURI. 

Road to #ATA2021: 7th Anime Trending Awards

At least 15 anime were able to get at least one nomination in next year’s Anime Trending Awards. They are:

Toilet-bound Hanako-kun – 12 nominations
ID: Invaded – 10 nominations
In/Spectre – 9 nominations
BOFURI – 7 nominations
Haikyu!! To the Top – 6 nominations
A Certain Scientific Railgun T – 6 nominations
Keep Your Hands off Eizouken! – 6 nominations
Somali and the Forest Spirit – 5 nominations
Darwin’s Game – 4 nominations
Science Fell in Love so I Tried to Prove it – 3 nominations
Smile Down the Runway – 3 nominations
Bang Dream S3 – 3 nominations
Isekai Quartet S2 – 2 nominations
Asteroid in Love – 1 nominations
22/7 – 1 nominations

You can see the full nominations here

The Full Winter 2020 Winners List here

The Full Winter 2020 Results here

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