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2023 Anime Awards: ‘Spy x Family’ leads all nominees with 19 nods

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    Crunchyroll’s seventh annual Anime Awards nominations have been revealed.

    An event held to recognize “anime’s finest series and films,” the Crunchyroll Anime Awards give fans an opportunity to vote for their favorite anime. On Thursday, Crunchyroll officially released the full list of nominees for 31 award categories. 

    Amongst many new releases and viral animations, “Spy x Family” found itself in the lead with 19 total nominations. “Ranking of the Kings” followed close behind with 16 nominations as “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” trailed with 13. 

    The nominees for the 2023 Anime Awards are presented below: 

    Anime of the Year

    • “Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2”
    • “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners”
    • “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc”
    • “Lycoris Recoil”
    • “Ranking of Kings (Cour 2)”
    • “Spy x Family”

    Best Animation

    • “Akebi’s Sailor Uniform”
    • “Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2”
    • “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners”
    • “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc”
    • “Ranking of Kings (Cour 2)”
    • “Spy x Family”

    Best Director

    • Haruo Sotozaki, “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc”
    • Hiroyuki Imaishi, “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners”
    • Kazuhiro Furuhashi, “Spy x Family”
    • Shingo Adachi, “Lycoris Recoil”
    • Yosuke Hatta, “Ranking of Kings (Cour 2)”
    • Yuichiro Hayashi, “Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2”

    Best Film

    • “Bubble”
    • “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero”
    • “Inu-Oh”
    • “Jujutsu Kaisen 0”
    • “One Piece Film Red”
    • “The Deer King”

    Best Main Character

    1. Bojji, “Ranking of Kings (Cour 2)”
    2. Chisato Nishikigi, “Lycoris Recoil”
    3. David Martinez, “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners”
    4. Eren Jaeger, “Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2”
    5. Loid Forger, “Spy x Family”
    6. Marin Kitagawa, “My Dress-Up Darling”

    Other categories include: Best Action, Best Anime Song, Best Character Design, Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Ending Sequence, Best Fantasy, Best New Series, Best Opening Sequence, Best Romance, Best Score, Best Supporting Character, “Must Protect At All Costs” Character and more. 

    Overall, the nominees represent over 30 animation studios, 20 series and films, 50 actors and 8 total streaming platforms

    Voting began on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m. PST and will continue until Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. PST. 

    Viewers over the age of 16 can participate in the voting process online via Crunchyroll or Twitter.

    The winners will be announced and awarded on March 4, 2023, during an in-person awards show held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo. Hosted by Sally Amaki and Jon Kabira, the show will be opened by Sony Group Corporation Chief Kenichiro Toshida. 

    The show will also be made for worldwide online livestreaming. 

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