Crunchyroll Reveals New Categories & Judges Panel for 2023 Anime Awards

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Crunchyroll has announced the latest award categories for its seventh annual 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards, which will be held for the first time in Tokyo, Japan at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa’s Hiten Main Banquet Hall on March 4, 2023. 

The Anime Awards will be hosted by Sally Amaki and Jon Kabira. Voting will open for the general public on January 19, 2023, and close on January 26, 2023. 

The following categories are new additions for this year’s ceremony:

  • • Best Anime Song
  • • Best Continuing Series
  • • Best Original Anime
  • • Presenter’s Choice
  • • Special Achievement Award
  • • “Must Protect At All Cost” Character
  • • Best Main Character
  • • Best New Series
  • • Best Supporting Character

Meanwhile, the other categories that will be announced during the Anime Awards live event and Crunchyroll’s global livestream event for fans include: 

  • • Anime of the Year 
  • • Best Animation 
  • • Best Character Design 
  • • Best Comedy 
  • • Best Director
  • • Best Fantasy
  • • Best Film 
  • • Best Romance 
  • • Best Score 
  • • Best Action 
  • • Best Drama 
  • • Best Ending Sequence 
  • • Best Opening Sequence 
  • • Best Voice Actor Performance 

The Presenter’s Choice Award will be presented by a special guest in recognition of an honored person, studio, or company of their choice. 

The Special Achievement Award will recognize a person, studio, or company that has impacted the anime industry in a remarkable way. It will be determined by an industry panel selected by the Crunchyroll team.

Other new categories include the “Must Protect At All Cost” Character Award, which will be given to a character known for their pure-heartedness and who is worth protecting. The Best Voice Actor Performance will honor voice actors across many languages such as Arabic, Castilian, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

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Crunchyroll also revealed its full list of judges consisting of experts, creatives, and influencers from across the industry. They will provide nominees for each of the voteable categories that will be announced early next year. 

The 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards is the leading yearly awards program honoring creators, musicians, and performances in the anime industry. 

Source: press release 

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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