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Yesterday Crunchyroll announced on social media that sports anime Yuri!!! On Ice won the “Anime of the Year” award in their inaugural Anime Awards, meaning that it won all the awards it was nominated for; seven of the fourteen prizes overall.
However, the victory has also resulted in angry comments from some who regularly use Crunchyroll, with people taking to their forums to complain about not just YOI winning this award, but the whole of the awards, and have accused fans of the series of rigging the poll.
When the awards were launched Crunchyroll users complained about the quality of the shortlist, saying that having four nominations in each category (apart from “Anime of the Year” which had eight) was not enough, although later during voting it was revealed that an “Other” section was created to allow any nomination.
After the rest of the awards were announced, most of the complaints were directed at the fact that Crunchyroll users thought YOI won awards it did not deserve, in particular the award for “Best Animation”, and referencing stills from the show which featured what they claimed to be poor quality animation. They also highlighted the large amount of votes cast in categories in which YOI was a nomination in comparison to those in which it wasn’t nominated, and many claimed that those such as fujoshi and people on social media sites like Tumblr were actively encouraging people to vote as many times as they could in the open poll, effectively accusing YOI fans of cheating. Others said that the timing at the end of the year meant that YOI had an unfair advantage over shows broadcast earlier in 2016 as the series was fresh in people’s memories.
However, other Crunchyroll users have also defended the awards, saying that none of the evidence the attackers have used to argue that there has been vote rigging has been conclusive, and have some have accused those of attacking the awards of just moaning that their favourite shows didn’t win.
Crunchyroll themselves have said on Twitter that: “We had very strong anti-cheating methods that gave us results in line with true audience sentiment” and that, “we had some surprisingly complex ways to fight multiple voting that worked based on multiple tests.” At the time of writing, although Crunchyroll announced YOI as the winner of the “Anime of the Year” award, they did not say how much by or where the other nominations finished. Nor has Crunchyroll said if there will be changes to the way the awards are run for next year.
A full list of the other awards can be read here.
In Crunchyroll’s first ever Anime Awards, figure skating series Yuri!!! On Ice is on course to make a clean sweep and win all seven of the categories it was nominated in, winning six with one yet to be revealed.
So far, the series has won “Best Opening”, “Best Ending”, “Best Animation”, “Best Boy” (for central character, Japanese figure skater Yuri Katsuki), “Best Couple” (for Yuri K. and his Russian coach Victor Nikiforov), and “Most Heartwarming Scene”.
The series is also up for “Anime of the Year”, but this is not yet been announced. The winner will be revealed live at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards party on 28th January. However, Yuri!!! On Ice is almost certainly favourite to win if the other results are anything to go by, with the show winning all but one of its prizes with over 50% of the vote. The one that didn’t, “Best Animation”, won with 49% of the vote.
Elsewhere, the only other series to win more than one prize are time-travel murder mystery ERASED for “Best Drama” and “Villain of the Year” (not mentioned here to avoid spoilers, scroll down to results to see name) and supernatural comedy Mob Psycho 100 for “Best Action” and “Best Fight Scene”.
Meanwhile My Hero Academia won “Hero of the Year” (for Izuku “Deku” Midoriya), RE:Zero took “Best Girl” (for Rem), and Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto! picked up “Best Comedy”.
The nominations for the final award, “Anime of the Year” are (in alphabetical order) ERASED, Joker Game, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Mob Psycho 100, My Hero Academia, RE:Zero, Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and Yuri!!! On Ice.
Full Results (contains spoilers)
Hero of the Year
- Izuku “Deku” Midoriya (My Hero Academia): 32% (38,325 votes)
- Satoru Fujinuma (ERASED): 28% (32,869)
- Mob (Psycho Mob 100): 24% (29,159)
- Mumei (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress): 7% (8,346)
Other: 9% (10,281)
The number of votes cast: 118,980
Villain of the Year
- Gaku Yashiro (ERASED): 33% (35,805)
- Yoshikage Kira (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure): 33% (35,390)
- Tomura Shigaraki (My Hero Academia): 18% (19,129)
- Biba (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress): 9% (9,775)
Other: 7% (7,794)
The number of votes cast: 107,893
- Yuri Katsuki (Yuri!!! On Ice): 58% (83,485)
- Arataka Reigen (Mob Psycho 100): 17% (25,043)
- Izuku “Deku” Midoriya (My Hero Academia): 16% (22,563)
- Yakumo (Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju): 3% (4,217)
The number of votes cast: 123,891
- Rem (RE:Zero): 60% (66,441)
- Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia): 15% (16,282)
- Nico Niiyama (Kiznaiver): 10% (11,625)
- Mumei (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress): 8% (8,376)
Other: 8% (8,648)
The number of votes cast: 111,372
Best Fight Scene
- Shigeo vs. Koyama from Ep. 8 (Mob Psycho 100): 40% (38,255)
- Deku vs. Kacchan from Ep. 7 (My Hero Academia): 25% (23,630)
- Mumei vs. Kabane from Ep. 2 (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress): 18% (16,910)
- Altland vs. Moss from Ep. 32 (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans): 8% (7,475)
Other: 9% (8,844)
The number of votes cast: 95,114
- Yuri!!! On Ice: 49% (68,535)
- Mob Psycho 100: 28% (39,766)
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: 12% (16,764)
- Flip Flappers: 6% (8,525)
Other: 4% (6,122)
The number of votes cast: 139,712
Most Heartwarming Scene
- The kiss from Ep. 7 (Yuri!!! On Ice): 55% (74,617)
- Kayo’s first homecooked meal from Ep. 9 (ERASED): 31% (42,092)
- Kakeru and Suwa learn to understand each other from Ep. 4 (Orange): 7% (8,987)
- Makoto flies over her new home from Ep. 12 (Flying Witch): 4% (5,319)
Other: 3% (4,750)
The number of votes cast: 135,765
Drama of the Year
- ERASED: 51% (46,528)
- Kiznaiver: 22% (19,597)
- Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: 17% (15,698)
- Joker Game: 5% (4,413)
Other: 5% (4,637)
The number of votes cast: 90,873
- Yuri and Victor (Yuri!!! On Ice): 69% (99,194)
- Saturo and Kayo (ERASED): 14% (19,377)
- Katsuhira and Sonozaki (Kiznaiver): 8% (11,133)
- Luluco and Nova (Space Patrol Luluco): 5% (7,347)
Other: 4% (6,082)
The number of votes cast: 143,133
- Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto!: 36% (33,102)
- KONOSUBA-God’s blessing on this beautiful world!: 33% (30,174)
- Keijo!!!!!!!!: 16% (14,692)
- Space Patrol Luluco: 9% (8,567)
Other: 6% (5,472)
The number of votes cast: 63,850
- Mob Psycho 100: 36% (33,460)
- My Hero Academia: 25% (23,402)
- Drifters: 21% (19,362)
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: 13% (11,848)
Other: 6% (5,769)
The number of votes cast: 93,841
- Yuri!!! On Ice: 57% (80,882)
- Mob Psycho 100: 23% (32,225)
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: 7% (9,863)
- Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: 3% (3,663)
Other: 10% (14,115)
The number of votes cast: 140,748
- Yuri!!! On Ice: 56% (71,144)
- Mob Psycho 100: 19% (24,754)
- Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress: 9% (11,208)
- Space Patrol Luluco: 6% (8,048)
Other: 10% (12,221)
The number of votes cast: 127,375
Grand total of votes cast: 1,492,547
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