After almost clinching it last year and being nominated for three years, Fruits Basket finally won the Anime of the Year title at the 8th Anime Trending Awards! With the victory, the series became the first shoujo anime to win the most coveted title at Anime Trending — and also the first reboot to do so. Fruits Basket also won two other awards last night, which includes Couple-Ship of the Year for the series’ main couple, Kyou Souma and Tohru Honda, and Drama Anime of the Year — which they have won for the second consecutive year. The series placed seventh (among 17 nominees) during its first season in 2019, and finished as a runner-up in the 2020 edition.
The main cast of Fruits Basket gather on stage. Tohru Honda leads the acceptance speech for Fruits Basket's Anime of the Year Award. pic.twitter.com/RVG3KrzRmW— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
Congratulations to Fruits Basket the Final for winning ANIME OF THE YEAR (AOTY) at #8thATA! Fruits Basket's prior two seasons were nominated for AOTY in the prior awards and wins with its final season! pic.twitter.com/C4YAkQN32B— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
In a statement for the series’ win, Director Yoshide Ibata revealed that it was a dream come true for him to work on the anime adaptation, as he read Fruits Basket during his junior high school days.
Yoshihide Ibata, the director of Fruits Basket The Final Season, reacts to Fruits Basket winning Anime of the Year. pic.twitter.com/wOjznB5CqB— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
Before the 2019 reboot, Fruits Basket was first adapted into an anime series back in 2001 with only 26 episodes and was unable to adapt the rest of the original story. Both TV series are based on the original manga by Natsuki Takaya, which began serialization in 1998. The franchise also has a prequel film titled Fruits Basket: Prelude, which premiered in Japanese theaters February 18, 2022. The prequel film is centered around the story between the lead female character’s parents, Kyouko and Katsuya Honda.
Though 86 EIGHTY-SIX did not win the ultimate prize of the night, it still accumulated a total of six awards overall. The series won the inaugural New Anime of the Year award, as it was the highest ranking non-continuing anime among the Anime of the Year nominees. It placed just behind Fruits Basket by 534 votes (0.55% of total votes). 86 EIGHTY-SIX won the Best in Adapted Screenplay award while Fruits Basket placed in third. Toshiya Ono was in charge of the 86 EIGHTY-SIX’ screenplay. He also wrote the screenplay for Shadows House, which also got nominated for the same award.
Nobuhiro Nakayama, the producer behind 86 EIGHTY-SIX, reacts to winning New Anime of the Year Award. pic.twitter.com/jog7jf7ikD— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
86 EIGHTY-SIX also won the Best in Soundtrack award with famous composer Hiroyuki Sawano, who was nominated for the same award five times in previous Anime Trending Awards. He also won for Best Ending Theme Song for “Avid” and delivered a statement expressing his happiness for receiving the award, thanked the staff of 86 EIGHTY-SIX, and most importantly, spotlighted Kohta Yamamoto, who co-wrote the soundtrack with him. Yamamoto also gave an acceptance statement.
The Winning Characters of the Year and Voice Actors:
Please welcome the new kings and queens of the Anime Trending Awards! Congratulations to Shin, Miko, Ram, and Levi for winning their respective awards! A special thank you to @hakakamiiii for illustrating! pic.twitter.com/aPL1TwHNXX— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
Shinei Nouzen is also one of the contributors for 86 EIGHTY-SIX’s six awards, as he won Boy of the Year with a margin of 547 votes over his closest competitor, Izumi Miyamura (Horimiya). The “Grim Reaper” previously won Best Boy back in the Fall 2021 Anime Season.
Miko Yotsuya from Mieruko-chan was crowned as Girl of the Year for the 8th Anime Trending Awards and had dominated the Fall 2021 season’s weekly female charts for seven consecutive weeks, despite the presence of Shouko Komi from the highly anticipated Komi Can’t Communicate adaptation.
Nouzen and Yotsuya’s seiyuus also placed high in the selection for Best Voice Actor and Best Voice Actress. Sora Amamiya, Yotsuya’s voice actress, won this year’s Best Voice Actress. This marks her second win since 2014, and she is now tied with Aoi Yuuki for the most number of Best Voice Actress wins. It’s also noted that this is the second consecutive time that a character voiced by Amamiya won as Girl of the Year. Last year, she won with Chizuru Ichinose (Rent-a-Girlfriend). Nouzen’s voice actor, Shoya Chiba, placed second for this year’s Best Voice Actor and consequently outstripped by Yoshimasa Hosoya’s stellar portrayal of the traumatized older Reiner Braun (Attack on Titan: The Final Season).
Side characters Levi Ackerman (Attack on Titan) and Ram (Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World) also join in winning this year’s Supporting Boy of the Year and Supporting Girl of the Year, respectively. Ackerman finally won a character award after being nominated three times in past awards for a variety of categories. His first two nominations were for Boy of the Year in 2018 and 2019 where he placed 7th and 4th respectively. This year was a landslide victory for him as he won 16,327 votes over his closest competitor, Ken “Draken” Ryuuguuji (Tokyo Revengers) with an overwhelming lead of almost 4,000 votes. Ackerman also managed to beat Otto Suwen (Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World), who was the defending champion for the award. Ackerman is the third character from Attack on Titan who has won a character award alongside Historia Reiss, who won as Supporting Girl of the Year in 2017, and Erwin Smith, who won as Supporting Boy of the Year in 2019.
Meanwhile, Ram’s success as the Supporting Girl of the Year 2021 echoed the footsteps of her younger sister Rem. Rem had secured both Supporting Girl of the Year 2015 and Girl of the Year 2016, thus becoming the only character to have won both the supporting and general character award in the history of Anime Trending. Aside from Rem and Ram, two other Re:Zero characters managed to secure awards in the Anime Trending Awards, including Echidna as Supporting Girl of the Year in 2020 and Otto Suwen as Supporting Boy of the Year 2020.
In celebration of her victory as Ram, voice actress Rie Murakawa made a statement on her win:
Rie Murakawa, the Japanese voice actress behind Ram from Re:Zero, reacts to Ram winning Best Supporting Girl. pic.twitter.com/OWSgHo1D96— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
A Surprising but deserving win for Josee, The Tiger and The Fish:
The cast of Josee, the Tiger and the Fish gather on stage to accept their Anime Trending trophies. Josee leads the acceptance speech. pic.twitter.com/rw8LQ7Q4SH— Anime Trending (@AniTrendz) February 27, 2022
It’s indeed the Year of the (Water) Tiger as romantic-drama anime film Josee, The Tiger and The Fish scores an upset win over the film installations of popular anime franchises such as Violet Evergarden and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Josee managed to beat both of the franchises’ movies by nearly a thousand votes. As a stellar addition of the original series, Violet Evergarden: The Movie was also nominated for the same award last year and finished as the runner-up behind KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! Legend of Crimson. Meanwhile, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train smashed Japanese and North American box office records in specific categories between 2020 and 2021. With the background of these two films, many fans expected either title to win the coveted title. However, Josee’s dark horse victory toppled them for its courageous and heartwarming story.
Meanwhile, Josee’s main couple, Tsuneo Suzukawa and Josee, also made a podium finish for Couple-Ship of the Year by placing in third. Josee herself placed 8th among the Girl of the Year Nominees. Josee, The Tiger and The Fish is based on a short story collection of the same name written by Seiko Tanabe and is directed by Koutarou Tamura, who is known for directing Noragami, which was the Anime of the Year Runner-up in the first-ever Anime Trending Awards.
Best Podium Finish Tally
With all of the accumulated votes among the 81 series nominated for the 8th Anime Trending Awards, 86 EIGHTY-SIX has the best podium finish with 6 golds, 4 silvers, and 2 bronzes. This results in a grand total of 12 podium finishes for 86 EIGHTY-SIX out of the 15 possible nominations for the series.
Check out the full tally below:
|2||Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation||3||3||2||8|
|3||Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World – S2 Part II||3||3||1||7|
|4||Fruits Basket: The Final||3||2||3||8|
|5||Vivy -Fluorite Eye’s Song-||3||2||2||7|
|8||Komi Can’t Communicate||2||1||0||3|
|9||Attack on Titan Final Season||2||0||4||6|
|11||Josee, the Tiger and the Fish||1||0||1||2|
|The Case Study of Vanitas||0||1||2||3|
|My Senpai is Annoying||0||1||0||1|
|Violet Evergarden Movie||0||1||0||1|
|Dr.STONE: STONE WARS||0||1||0||1|
|Zombie Land Saga Revenge||0||1||0||1|
|20||Laid-Back Camp S2||0||0||2||2|
|21||Love Live! Superstar!!||0||0||1||1|
|Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba — The Movie: Mugen Train||0||0||1||1|
|The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬||0||0||1||1|
|To Your Eternity||0||0||1||1|
|Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S||0||0||1||1|
This year’s awards produced the biggest voter turnout in the history of Anime Trending. With a total of 96,519 votes cast for Anime of the Year, it beat the record-setting 6th Anime Trending Awards, which totaled 69,504 votes. We would like to thank everyone for their participation as we continue to be their voice in anime and communicate the fans’ love for their favorite series to the respective creators and studio staff.