The Crunchyroll Anime Awards (an Oscar-like Awards Night for Anime,) just dropped the list for the nominees of 2020 Crunchyroll Anime Award. Available in many languages, the voting will start from January 10 – Friday, January 17. The Crunchyroll Anime Awards now has 17 categories and you can access their website to vote. A live stream of the awards night will air on the 15th of February
What is the Crunchyroll Anime Awards?
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards is done to celebrate Japan’s amazing anime creations. After receiving several criticisms as to how the Awards is somehow a “popularity contest,” Crunchyroll made sure that changes will be made. This year, there are more nominees, and more categories to choose from! Categories range from Best Comedy, Best Slice of Life, and even the Best in VA Performance!
Who are the nominated voice actors in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards and what do we know about them?
The Best in VA Performance is divided into two, one for the Japanese voice actors, and the other for the English voice actors. Here’s the list for the nominees for the Best English voice actors:
Best VA Performance (EN) Nominees
Kyle McCarley as Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama, Mob Psycho 100 II
Kyle McCarley is a Los Angeles based voice actor who has done several voice acting jobs such as commercials, audiobooks, eLearning prompts, and a whole lot more. In his own website, he said that being the voice behind Mob is one of his most notable projects he has done. Now, he is nominated in the best VA Performance for this.
Laura Bailey as Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket
Laura is prolific voice actress who has voiced a lot of anime characters, and video game characters. She has also won several awards, and received several nominations throughout her career. One interesting fact is that, she is also the original voice for Fruits Basket, and now she’s received a nomination for the reboot version.
Erica Mendez as Retsuko, Aggretsuko Season 2
Mendez has done English dubs for Funimation, Bang Zoom! and Studiopolis. She has also received a lot of nominations in her voice acting career. Mendez’s first major voice role was the titular character in Pac-Man.
Billy Kametz as Naofumi, The Rising of the Shield Hero
As for this voice actor, this is his first ever nomination. He was very grateful for this nomination. He even tweeted about this on his account.
Faye Mata as Aqua, KONOSUBA -God’s blessing on this wonderful world!
This voice actress was a former competitive gamer, and now, she has been the voice behind 48 images! In 2017, she has already won her first award. She won the best Best Female Vocal Performance in an Anime Television Series/OVA in a Supporting Role as the voice of “Rider of Black/Astolfo”, in Fate/Apocypha 2017.
Casey Mongillo as Shinji, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Mongillo, is one versatile voice actor. He has voiced female, male, child, and adult characters. KIrkpatrick of TV Guide praised him for his portrayal of Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Best VA Performance (JP) Nominees
Mamoru Miyano as Reo Niiboshi, Sarazanmai
Miyano has been in the industry for years, and one of his most memorable performances in on Death Note in 2006, as Light Yagami, and he has won an award for this for Best Voice Actor.
Saori Hayami as Shinobu Kocho, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Hayami is not only Nihongo voice actress, but she is also a part time singer, and a radio announcer. One of the greatest achievements in her career is winning the 10th Seiyu Awards for Best Supporting Actress.
Yuichi Nakamura as Bruno Bucciarati, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind
Active since 2001, Nakamura has voiced numerous characters that otakus has loved over the years. He even became the voice of our beloved Marvel superheroes in the dubbed version! You can check his impressive characters here.
Yukino Satsuki as Ai Magase, BABYLON
Famously known for being the voice behind the unforgettable Kagome in Inuyasha, Yukino is described as one of the most versatile actresses today. She has been active since 1992, and she has voiced hundreds of characters already! She is so good at what she does, she receives no less than 3 projects in a year!
Yuuko Kaida as Isabella, The Promised Neverland
Affiliated with Ken Productions, Kaida has been active since 2000. Just like Satsuki, and Yuichi, Kaida has been the voice over actress for several characters already! Check it out here.
Yusuke Kobayashi as Senku, Dr. STONE
Kubayashi has been in the industry since 2009 and has already won a Best New Actor award in the 11th Seiyu Awards!
Other categories include, Best Anime, Best in Animation, Best Girl, Best Boy, Best Antagonist, Best Protagonist, Best Comedy, and a whole lot more. You can check them out on the official website of the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, and vote for your favorites!
These voice actors did not do one vo job and then got an award. Some of them, were in the field for long even before they got the chance to be nominated. Strive hard and soon you’ll be like them. Make them as your inspiration, and soon, you will be a successful voice actor as them!
Who do you think will win? Share to us your thoughts!