Crunchyroll launched the Anime Awards in 2017 making the 2020 awards show only the fourth time it has happened. It feels like the popular event has been around much longer.
Just how popular are the Anime Awards? Last year there were 5 million votes, this year there have been 11 million. Categories range from Anime of the Year, Best Animation, Best Boy, Best Girl, Best Director all the way through to scene and genre like Best Fight Scene and Best Horror.
The winners will be announced in a live-streamed awards show from San Francisco on the 15th February.
It’s an anime bonanza in the run-up to that. Every day, Crunchyroll will broadcast 24 hours of solid anime. Yes, you can get that on Crunchyroll any day of the week, but this particular compilation will be running on their home page, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.
The use of social video platforms means fans can watch the marathon together. Many hundreds of viewers tuned in for the launch on Twitch and were able to chat while watching together.
Shows in the line-up include “Mob Psycho 100 II,” “Sarazanmai,” “The Rising of the Shield Hero,” “given,” “Ascendance of a Bookworm,” “My Roommate is a Cat,” “KONOSUBA -God’s Blessing on this wonderful world!” “Katana Maidens ~ Mini Toji,” “Girly Air Force,” “Hakata Mentai! Pirikarako-chan,” “BLACKFOX,” “Kemono Friends 2,” and “Shonen Ashibe GO! GO! Goma-chan.”
However, due to licensing, none of the streams are available globally. The marathon is limited to the following countries; United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Netherland, Denmark, Central America, and South America.
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