FAQ 2018-01-27T17:28:29+00:00

FAQ & Common Questions

This page is here to answer common questions about the Anime Awards. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

What are the eligibility requirements for an anime to be nominated?

In order for an anime to be eligible, it had to meet the following criteria:

  • Legal and commercial release in the U.S. on linear television, in-theater, or on a SVOD/AVOD/TVOD service, such as Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu
  • Primary production has to have taken place in Japan
  • Has to have been distributed in Japan
  • Has to be animated
  • Has to have been released in 2017 with exception for the continuing series category, where the anime must have aired in both 2016 and 2017

Who selects the nominees for the Anime Awards?

Nominees for the Anime Awards were selected by a diverse, international team of industry experts. We selected judges based on their history of critical, professional, and unbiased coverage of anime, as well as their depth of knowledge across the spectrum of anime, from mainstream to indie. Our selection of judges was made to be inclusive of many backgrounds and perspectives to provide the most broad and complete list of anime nominees.

How are the nominees calculated?

Each judge was provided a comprehensive list of all eligible anime for each category and asked to submit their top 10 picks for each category to Crunchyroll, in no particular order. Crunchyroll then aggregates all nominee submissions and calculates the most frequently selected anime for each category. Crunchyroll will deliver the 10 most frequently selected anime for each category, in no particular order, back to the judges. Finally, the judges then rank each of the 10 titles that they’ve seen, such that the average “rank” of potential nominees is not altered by judges who have not seen a given title. Judges will have an opportunity to catch up on these titles at this time. Crunchyroll will average each anime’s rank in each category from all judge submissions. The top 6 anime in each category will be the nominees that the public will be able to vote on when voting opens.

How can I vote?

Voting for the Anime Awards will open on January 22, 2018 at 12:01am PST and will close on February 11, 2018 at 11:59 PST. Voting will not be geo-restricted, so anyone in the world with internet access will be able to vote for their favorite anime. You may submit one vote per category, and only one nominee per category may be selected. Voting can be done on both desktop and mobile web.

What is the voting schedule?

Voting will be broken into three groups over the course three weeks. Each week a new group of categories will become available for which the public will be able to vote. The voting schedule is below:

Group 1 Opens 1/22/2018 – 12:01am PST and Closes 1/28/2018 – 11:59pm PST

  • Best Opening
  • Best Ending
  • Best Film
  • Best CGI
  • Best Score
  • Best Animation

Group 2 Opens 1/29/2018 – 12:01am PST at Closes 2/4/2018 – 11:59pm PST

  • Best Action
  • Best Drama
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Slice of Life
  • Best Continuing Series

Group 3 Opens 2/5/2018 – 12:01am PST and Closes 2/11/2018 – 11:59pm PST

  • Best Girl
  • Best Boy
  • Hero of the Year
  • Villain of the Year
  • Anime of the Year
  • Manga of the Year

How are the winners calculated?

The winners in each category will be determined by both the judges and public, with equal weight. Public votes will be collected over the course of three weeks, from 1/22/2018 to 2/11/2018, when voting is open. After all public votes have been collected, Crunchyroll will rank each nominee from 1 to 6 based on number of votes received. This public ranking will be weighed equally (50/50) against the judges ranking. The winner of each category will be the lowest ranked (1 being lowest) after averaging the public and judge rankings.

What if there is a tie?

In the event of a tie, the public ranking will be the determining factor: if two nominees are tied for first place, but the public ranked nominee A higher than nominee B, nominee A will be the winner.

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