It’s that time of the year again! Now that you’re getting comfortable with the first anime of the new decade and the Oscars are behind us, it’s time for us to pull up the rug from underneath and ask you to look back at the anime of last year, for the awards that really matter: the third annual Anime UK News Readers’ Choice Awards!
Before we jump right in and make you choose between your favourite anime of last year, here’s a few notes to keep in mind:
The main nominations have been voted on by the Anime UK News editorial and writing team, but if you think we’ve missed a choice that really deserves the award, you can submit your pick with the “Other” option! Selected categories will also be exclusively open write-ins!
All anime, manga and light novels first released in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland between 1st January – 31st December 2019 are eligible.
- TV Series and Films are eligible for all anime categories, with exception of their specific ones.
- New seasons and ongoing series are eligible for nomination (i.e. My Hero Academia Season 4 anime, and the ongoing manga).
- Anime titles released on home video in 2019 that were previously available on other platforms in years prior are only eligible for Best Home Video Release.
- New editions of older manga and light novel series are eligible if the title has been out-of-print for a considerable time.
- To be eligible for Best Anime Film, a feature length anime must have either received a general theatrical release, or been screened at a film festival or event in the United Kingdom and/or Republic of Ireland.
Open NOW until 23:59 on 1st March 2020! Just hit the big red button to get started!
With that out of the way, it’s time to introduce the nominees we hope you’ll be casting your votes for:
Anime of the Year:
- Astra Lost in Space (dir. Masaomi Andō)
- Dr. STONE (dir. Shinya Iino)
- Fruits Basket (dir. Yoshihide Ibata)
- given (dir. Hikaru Yamaguchi)
- Sarazanmai (dir. Nobuyuki Takeuchi & Kunihiko Ikuhara).
- Symphogear XV (dir. Katsumi Ono).
- The Promised Neverland (Mamoru Kanbe).
Best Anime Film:
- Birthday Wonderland (dir. Keiichi Hara)
- Dragon Ball Super: Broly (dir. Tatsuya Nagamine)
- PROMARE (dir. Hiroyuki Imaishi)
- Weathering with You (dir. Makoto Shinkai)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Wit Studio)
- Dororo (MAPPA & Tezuka Productions)
- Mob Psycho 100 II (BONES)
- PROMARE (Trigger)
- Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld (A-1 Pictures)
- Astra Lost in Space (Norimitsu Kaihō)
- given (Yuniko Ayana)
- O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Mari Okada)
- Psycho-Pass 3 (Tow Ubukata)
- Sarazanmai (Kunihiko Ikuhara & Teruko Utsumi)
- Vinland Saga (Hiroshi Seko & Kenta Ihara).
Best Single Episode:
- Attack On Titan Season 3, Episode 16 “Perfect Game” (dir. Tetsuya Wakano)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Episode 19 “Hinokami” (dir. Toshiyuki Shirai)
- given, episode 9 “A Winter Story” (dir. Hikaru Yamaguchi)
- Symphogear XV, episode 13 “Let’s Make History With A Light That Even the Gods Don’t Know” (dir. Takumi Narita)
- Vinland Saga, episode 24 “”End of the Prologue” (dir. Tadahito Matsubayashi & Shūhei Yabuta)
Best Opening Song:
- Domestic Girlfriend – “Kawaki no Ameku” by Minami
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – “Gurenge” by LiSA
- Wasteful Days of High School Girls – “Rin! Moon! Dass! Cry!” by Chinatsu Akasaki
- Welcome to Demon School! Iruka-kun – “Magical Babyrinth” by Da Pump
Best Ending Song:
- Dororo – “Sayonara Gokko” by amazarashi
- PROMARE – “Kori Ni Tojikomete” by Superfly
- Psycho-Pass 3 – “bullet” by Cö shu Nie
- Sarazanmai – “Stand By Me” by The Peggies
- Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld – “unlasting” by LiSA
- Boogiepop and Others (Kensuke Ushio & Hajime Hyakkoku)
- Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba (Yuki Kajiura & Gō Shiina)
- PROMARE (Hiroyuki Sawano)
- Sword Art Online Alicization: War of Underworld (Yuki Kajiura)
Best UK Distributor:
- Anime Limited / All The Anime
- Manga Entertainment
- MVM Entertainment
Best Streaming Service:
- All 4
- Amazon Prime Video
- Funimation Now
Best Home Video Release:
- Dragon Ball Z 30th Anniversary Edition (Manga Entertainment)
- Fruits Basket Season One Limited Edition (Manga Entertainment)
- Girls Last Tour Collector’s Edition (MVM Entertainment)
- Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms Collector’s Edition (Anime Limited)
- Perfect Blue Ultimate Edition (Anime Limited)
- Silver Spoon Season 1 Collector’s Edition (Anime Limited)
Best Manga Series:
- Bloom into You (Nakatani Nio, transl. Jenny McKeon)
- O Maidens in Your Savage Season (Mari Okada & Nao Emoto, trans. Sawa Matsueda Savage)
- Tokyo Ghoul :re (Sui Ishida, trans. Joe Yamasaki)
- Urusei Yatsura 2-in-1 Edition (Rumiko Takahashi, trans. Camellia Neih)
- Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama, trans. Stephen Kohler)
Best Manga Illustration:
- Bloom into You (Nakatani Nio)
- If I Could Reach You (tMnR)
- Tokyo Ghoul: re (Sui Ishida)
- Witch Hat Atelier (Kamome Shirahama)
Best Light Novel Series:
- Ascendence of a Bookworm (Miya Kazuki, trans. Quof)
- 86 – Eighty Six (Asato Asato, trans. Roman Lampert)
- Combatants Will Be Dispatched! (Natsume Akatsuki, trans. Noboru Akimoto).
- Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur & Heretic Merlin (Taro Hitsuji, trans. Jan Cash).
- Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! (Ameko Kaeruda, trans. Molly Lee)
Best Light Novel Illustration:
- 86 – Eighty Six (Shirabi)
- Altina the Sword Princess (himesuz)
- Combatants Will Be Dispatched! (Kakao Lanthanum)
- Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur & Heretic Merlin (Kiyotaka Haimura)
- Overlord (so-bin)
- Torture Princess: Fremd Torturchen (Saki Ukai)
Best Manga / Light Novel Distributor
- J-Novel Club
- Kodansha Comics
- Seven Seas
- Viz Media
- Yen Press
Best Main Character:
- Akihiko Kaji (given)
- Askeladd (Vinland Saga)
- Dororo (Dororo)
- Galo Thymos (PROMARE)
- Hibiki Tachibana (Symphogear XV)
- Lio Fotia (PROMARE)
- Senku (Dr. STONE)
- Tooru Honda (Fruits Basket)
Best Supporting Character:
- Chiyu Tamade aka CHU² (BanG Dream! 2nd Season)
- Erwin Smith (Attack on Titan)
- Haru (My Roommate is a Cat)
- Inosuke Hashibira (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
- Luca Esposito (Astra Lost in Space)
- Tao (Carole & Tuesday)
- Toucan (African Salaryman)
- Eiji and Nanako (Senryu Girl)
- Galo Thymos and Lio Fotia (PROMARE)
- Hibiki Tachibana and Miku Kohinata (Symphogear XV)
- Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane (Kaguya-sama: Love is War)
- Rika Sonezaki and Shun Amagiri (O Maidens in Your Savage Season)
- Ritsuka Uenoyama and Mafuyu Sato (given)
You will also have a free vote on the following categories:
- Most Wanted Home Video Release
- Most Wanted Manga License
- Most Wanted Light Novel License
- Anime of the Decade (2010 – 2019)
- Manga of the Decade (2010 – 2019)
- Light Novel of the Decade (2010 – 2019)
What do you make of our nominees? Let us know by casting your votes before 23:59 on 1st March 2020!