Earlier today, Crunchyroll opened their official website for the 2020 Anime Awards. The site includes this year’s list of categories, as well as the panel of judges for the event.

We break the details down below.


Eleven categories are confirmed:

  • Anime of the Year
  • Best Protagonist
  • Best Antagonist
  • Best Boy
  • Best Girl
  • Best Director
  • Best Animation
  • Best Character Design
  • Best Score
  • Best Fight Scene
  • Best Couple

Public voting will open on January 10, 2020.


Thirty-six judges are confirmed as of press time:

  • Andrew McDanell (Otaku Spirit)
  • Antonio Escudero (Mision Tokyo)
  • Clarissa Graffeo (Anime World Order)
  • Daryl Surat (Anime World Order)
  • Dom Peppiatt (Daily Star)
  • Fonzy Ortiz (Honey’s Anime)
  • Gabi Xavier (gabielf)
  • Geoff Thew (Mother’s Basement)
  • Gerald Rathkolb (Anime World Order)
  • Hannah Collins (Comic Book Resources)
  • Hussein Kesvani (Mel Magazine)
  • Isaac Rouse (Hypebeast)
  • Jacob Parker Dalton (Otaquest)
  • Josh Withey (The Independent)
  • Julio Vélez (Cinepremiere)
  • Kambole Campbell (Little White Lies)
  • Karla Bravo (Kem Media)
  • Kwok Hanson (Freelance)
  • Lauren Orsini (Forbes)
  • Łukasz Kaczmarek (lukeatlook)
  • Mark Phillips (RDCWorld1)
  • Matheus Chami (ANM TV)
  • Matt Schley (Otaku USA)
  • Megan Peters (Comicbook.com)
  • Michael Moore (The Verge)
  • Michael Sudakov (KG-portal)
  • Michael Ziegler (Sumikai)
  • Miranda Sanchez (IGN)
  • Rafael Brito (Jbox)
  • Ricardo Santiago (RikStudios)
  • Robbie Collins (Daily Telegraph)
  • Robin Hirsch (Anime2You)
  • Sloan Lester (Sloan the Otaku)
  • Tadashi Sudo (Freelance Journalist)
  • Tristan Gallant (Glass Reflection)
  • Zac Bertschy (Anime News Network)

The 2020 Anime Awards will be held on February 15, 2020 at 8:00PM Eastern (5:00PM Pacific). The live awards show will be streamed worldwide.

2019’s Anime Awards were held on February 16. The event, which was hosted by Cristina Vee and presented by Devil May Cry 5, saw fifteen categories up for nomination. Devilman Crybaby took home Anime of the Year, with series director Masaaki Yuasa winning Best Director. My Hero Academia claimed the most awards overall, with five wins.

Source: Crunchyroll (Email Communication)