Your Name, A Silent Voice, Made in Abyss, and Little Witch Academia are all up for big awards!
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24 Jan 2018 - 2:25 PM  UPDATED 24 Jan 2018 - 2:25 PM

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Every Tuesday, YouTubers Joey the Anime Man and Aki Dearest join forces to bring you The Anime Show, an hour that covers what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new and what you should be watching in the world of anime!

In the latest episode, Joey and Aki dive deep into one of the most exciting events on the anime calendar: the 2018 Anime Awards!

Presented by Crunchyroll, the 2018 Anime Awards will recognise the finest anime series and films released in the past year, and is scheduled to take place on February 24.

While the event itself is a month away, the categories and nominees for the 2018 Anime Awards have just been announced...and both Joey and Aki have some thoughts on why they think are the faves to win each category!

So without further ado, here are all the categories and nominees for the 2018 Anime Awards, as well as Joey and Aki's thoughts on the faves!

Best Opening

  • "Shadow and Truth" by ONE III NOTES - ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

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  • "Here" by JUNNA - The Ancient Magus' Bride

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  • "Shinzou wo Sasageyo! (心臓を捧げよ!)" by Linked Horizon - Attack on Titan Season 2

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  • "Peace Sign (ピースサイン)" by Kenshi Yonezu - My Hero Academia Season 2

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  • "The Other Side of the Wall" by Void_Chords feat.MARU - Princess Principal

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  • "Imawa no Shinigami (今際の死神)" by Megumi Hayashibara - Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū

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Not a popular list of noms for Joey and Aki since it feels like it is filled with just all the "popular" shows at the moment. Since the list isn't particularly impressive for them, the duo pick My Hero Academia as the fave.

Best Ending

  • "Step Up LOVE (ステップアップLOVE)" by DAOKO x Yasuyuki Okamura - Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond

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  • "Ishukan Communication (イシュカン・コミュニケーション)" by Chorogonzu (ちょろゴンず) - Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

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  • "Kirameku Hamabe (煌めく浜辺)" by Yuiko Ohara - Land of the Lustruous

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  • "Hikari, Hikari (ひかり、ひかり)" by Yuuka Aisaka - Recovery of an MMO Junkie

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  • "behind" by Karin Isobe, Yuna Yoshino, and Lynn - Just Because!

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  • "Kafune (カフネ)" by Brian the Sun - March comes in like a lion Season 2

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Best Film

  • A Silent Voice

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  • Your Name

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  • In This Corner of the World

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  • Girls und Panzer der Film

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  • Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

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  • Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel - I. Presage Flower

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Despite some strong noms, Joey and Aki thinks this is a fight between Your Name and A Silent Voice. Despite loving both films, the duo think A Silent Voice will triumph over Your Name!

Best CGI

  • Land of the Lustrous

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  • Kado: The Right Answer

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  • Re:Creators

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  • Attack on Titan Season 2

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  • Knight's & Magic

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  • Inuyashiki

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Land of the Lustrous are the definite faves here according to Joey and Aki. One thing they're 99% certain: Knight's & Magic won't win since no one watches it!

Best Score

  • Made in Abyss

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  • Little Witch Academia

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  • Land of the Lustrous

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  • The Ancient Magus' Bride

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  • ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

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  • Re:Creators

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Both are going with Made in Abyss because they thought the soundtrack was AWESOME!

Best Animation

  • Little Witch Academia

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  • My Hero Academia Season 2

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  • Land of the Lustrous

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  • March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2

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  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

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  • A Silent Voice

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A tough category because both Joey and Aki think having A Silent Voice as a nominee skews everything since it is a film and thus has a higher budget than all other nominees. Counting A Silent Voice, both Joey and Aki think that's the fave.

Discounting A Silent Voice, the duo think either Little Witch Academia, My Hero Academia Season 2, or Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid are the faves!

Best Action

  • My Hero Academia Season 2

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  • Land of the Lustrous

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  • Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond

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  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2

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  • Attack on Titan Season 2

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  • Fate/Apocrypha

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A tough category because Joey and Aki haven't watched too much "action" anime series last year, but they think the favourite is My Hero Academia 2

Best Drama

  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2

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  • March comes in like a lion Season 2

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  • Made in Abyss

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  • The Ancient Magus' Bride

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  • Scum's Wish

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  • ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

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A strong category with some great shows in the mix, but Joey thinks either March comes in like a lion or Scum's Wish while Aki thinks Scum's Wish is the fave!

Best Comedy

  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

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  • Mr. Osomatsu Season 2

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  • Little Witch Academia

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  • KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 2

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  • GAMERS!

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  • Tsuredure Children 

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Both are giving the nod to KonoSuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! Season 2, mainly because some of the nominees aren't strictly "comedies," such as Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, and Aki thought GAMERS!! wasn't good!

Best Slice of Life

  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie

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  • TSUKIGAKIREI

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  • Girls' Last Tour

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  • Kemono Friends

  • Sakura Quest

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  • Interviews with Monster Girls

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Because they love it (and because they think it is seriously underrated), both Joey and Aki vote for 

  • Girls' Last Tour!

Best Continuing Series

  • March comes in like a lion season 2

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  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2

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  • Dragon Ball Super

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  • Case Closed

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  • ALL OUT!!

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  • Naruto: Shippuden

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Given how many anime series have gone on for many years, both Joey and Aki thinks this category has some odd nominees. With that in mind, they think either Dragon Ball Super or March comes in like a lion will win!

Best Girl

  • Atsuko "Akko" Kagari

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  • Ochako Uraraka

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  • Moriko Morioka

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  • Serval

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  • Tsuyu Asui

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  • Chise Hatori

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Despite voting for other characters, the duo both think Tsuyu will win this!

Best Boy

  • Shoto Todoroki

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  • Rei Kiriyama

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  • Kazuma

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  • Izuku "Deku" Midoriya

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  • Fafnir

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  • Yakumo Yuurakutei

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Without a doubt, Shoto is a heavy fave though Joey and Aki are a bit opposed with Deku being named as a nominee since he won last year and is from the same series as Shoto!

Best Hero

  • Izuku "Deku" Midoriya

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  • Gin Minowa

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  • Atsuko "Akko" Kagari

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  • Kukuri

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  • Chise Hatori

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  • Nanachi

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Since Deku won last year, both Joey and Aki vote for Akko since they want a new winner this year!

Best Villain

  • Stain

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  • Tanya Degurechaff

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  • Bondrewd

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  • Cartaphilus

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  • Hiro Shishigami

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  • Usagi

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A strong list of villains, but the Joey and Aki are voting for Tanya to win just coz she's an awesome baddie (even if the show was a bit up and down!).

Anime of the Year

  • March comes in like a lion Season 2

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  • Made in Abyss

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  • Land of the Lustrous

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  • My Hero Academia Season 2

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  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju Season 2

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  • Little Witch Academia

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It's been a strong year for anime, but Joey and Aki are voting for Made in Abyss or Little Witch Academia to win!

Best Manga 

  • Golden Kamuy Vol. 1
  • My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness
  • My Brother's Husband Vol. 1
  • In This Corner of the World
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
  • Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 1

Aki thinks this category is a hard one to predict because all the noms weren't that popular, not to mention that both her and Joey haven't read all of them. With that in mind, their vote is for My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness!

Manga of the Year


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