Crunchyroll Reveals Celebrity Presenters for 2023 Anime Awards

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Crunchyroll has announced a star-studded slate of celebrity presenters set to appear and participate in the seventh annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards. The ceremony will take place on March 4, 2023 in Tokyo and will feature presenters Robert Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, WWE Superstar Zelina Vega, JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Kansas City Chiefs, and many more. 

The full list of presenters for the 2023 Crunchyroll Anime Awards includes: 

  • Aidan Hutchinson — American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL)
  • • Finn Wolfhard — actor, musician, and director (Stranger Things, Pinocchio, Ghostbusters, IT)
  • Hunter Schafer — actress and artist (Euphoria, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Belle English dub)
  • Jacob Bertrand — actor (Cobra Kai)
  • • JuJu Smith-Schuster — American football wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL
  • • Robert Rodriguez — film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, and musician (Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Alita: Battle Angel)
  • • Zelina Vega — WWE Superstar
  • Sykkuno — one of the largest streamers on YouTube Gaming (9.8M+ followers)
  • Valkyrae — one of the biggest female streamers in the world (13M followers) and the co-owner of 100 Thieves
  • 2023 anime awards host aidan hutchison
  • 2023 anime awards host finn wolfhard
  • 2023 anime awards host hunter schaefer
  • 2023 anime awards host jacob bertrand
  • 2023 anime awards host juju smith-schuster
  • 2023 anime awards host robert rodriguez
  • 2023 anime awards host sykkuno
  • 2023 anime awards host valkyrae
  • 2023 anime awards host zelina vega

Additional global talent and musical performances will be announced very soon. 

Rodriguez provided the following statement: 

I love anime, it’s an art form that has always inspired me. For the creators, it’s unbound creativity and freedom of expression, where they can make truly iconic, creative worlds and characters… Anime is a crucible for new ideas and fresh perspectives in entertainment. So I’m very excited to help celebrate the grand winners being honored at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards in Japan.

Meanwhile, Smith-Schuster also added some excited thoughts: 

I have been a huge anime fan since I was a kid. It has been a part of my whole life, till this day, it has helped me so much.  I’m an NFL athlete and I get to represent this anime world. So for me to present an Anime Award to some of the greatest shows in the world, it’s the best. 

The Crunchyroll Anime Awards honors creators, musicians, and performances across many streaming and theatrical platforms within the anime industry. This year’s nominees represent and celebrate excellence across more than 30 anime studios, eight streaming platforms, over 50 series and films, and more than 50 voice actors. 

The Anime Awards will take place at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on Saturday, March 4, 2023. Voice actress Sally Amaki and entertainer Jon Kabira will host the live ceremony that will gather the many creators and talent behind the anime community’s favorite series. 

Fans can watch the Anime Awards live stream on Crunchyroll’s channels on YouTube and Twitch. In India, the Anime Awards will be exclusively streamed on Sony LIV.


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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