The 2018 Crunchyroll Anime Awards just finished airing on Twitch, and boy was it something I should have opted to read about the next day instead. Between the obnoxious hosts (Anthony Carboni and Erika Ishii) and the poor production value of the event, I’m really not sure why they thought this was a good idea. I didn’t have the displeasure of seeing the event last year, but I can only assume it went just as poorly.
I get it–they don’t have a lot of money to spend on this kind of stuff. It’s obvious when watching the Christmas Specials. But the low budget adds to the charm with those projects because they play it off as campy and intentional. It’s a different story when you try to put on a for-serious award ceremony.
When I first tuned in, I was assaulted by this gem:
I’ll be the first one to admit my bias. I’m harder on people in situations like this because I work in film, but I have trouble believing that the person in charge saw this and said, “Yeah, that looks good!” It’s poorly lit, poorly framed, and why the fuck are they using hand mics? Okay, I’m being picky about the hand mics, but lavaliers would have looked nicer.
Speaking of the audio, I’m fairly certain that nobody was monitoring the levels during the event because they were all over the place. And the audio skipped EVERY SINGLE TIME they played a clip. That’s assuming they even played the correct clip.
I’ve been a fan of anime for more than half of my life. After watching this ceremony, I’m starting to question whether this is a medium that should be taken seriously. Most of the categories comprised of the same 3-4 shows. If My Hero Academia was one of those shows, which it often was, it was almost guaranteed to win. Except when it came to Anime of the Year.
This brings up two questions:
- Were there really so few shows that stood out in 2017 that the same 3-4 shows must be nominated in every category?
- If My Hero Academia is good enough to win every category it’s nominated in, why didn’t it win Anime of the Year?
For the most part, the judges were all professional critics. So it’s anybodies questions how this happened.
Negativity aside, there were a few things that I liked about the ceremony. The band that performed, Alice Underground, did a wonderful job covering songs from the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. Also, awarding Chris Sabbat with the Industry Award was a nice touch. His speech was the only thing that made it feel like a real award show. I also enjoyed when they had Mike Daniels from the Green Bay Packers present an award. Like many nerds, I don’t know dick about sports. So I found it funny that they brought him on and he was like, “I know I don’t look like it, but I love anime, too.”
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards isn’t the first time a company has attempted to have an anime award ceremony in America. ICv2 held the American Anime Awards on February 24, 2007 in New York City. They never did it again. My advice to Crunchyroll is either get it together or follow their lead.
Winners of the 2018 Crunchyroll Anime Awards
- Best Opening – My Hero Academia
- Best Ending – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Best Film – Your Name
- Best Score – Made in Abyss
- Best Animation – My Hero Academia
- Best CGI – Land of the Lustrous
- Best Comedy – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
- Best Slice of Life – Girls’ Last Tour
- Best Continuing Series – March Comes in Like a Lion
- Best Boy – Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia
- Best Girl – Ochaco Uraraje from My Hero Academia
- Best Villian – Stain from My Hero Academia
- Best Hero – Izuku “Deku” Midoriya from My Hero Academia
- Best Drama – The Ancient Magus’ Bride
- Best Action – My Hero Academia
- Best Manga – My Lesbian Experience with Lonliness
- Anime of the Year – Made in Abyss