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Winners of the 12th Seiyuu Awards

by tsubasalover
Mar 3, 2:36 AM | 37 Comments

Winners of the 12th Seiyuu Awards were announced today at a ceremony at the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting (JOQR) Media Plus Hall in Tokyo. The event was exclusively broadcast on the Chou! A&G+ radio station.

Winners are listed with their respective talent agency.

Best Actor
Toshiyuki Toyonaga (Super Eccentric Theater INC)

Best Actress
Tomoyo Kurosawa (Mausu Promotion)

Best Supporting Actor
Junichi Suwabe (Haikyo)

Best Supporting Actress
Saori Oonishi (I'm Enterprise), Ayane Sakura (I'm Enterprise)

Best New Actor
Awarded to actors who debuted within the past five years.
Koutarou Nishiyama (81 Produce), Shun Horie (Pro-fit), Taku Yashiro (Vims)

Best New Actress
Awarded to actresses who debuted within the past five years.
Ayaka Nanase (AXL-ONE), Yui Fukuo (81 Produce)

Best Vocal
Awarded for singing activity as the character he or she portrays.
Doubutsu Biscuits (Saki Ono (Seinenza), Yuka Ozaki (HiBiKi), Kana Motomiya (Just Production Inc.)) x PPP (Aina Aiba (HiBiKi), Ikuko Chikuta (MILLENNIUM PRO and AGN@Enthena), Mikoi Sasaki (HiBiKi), Ruka Nemoto (MILLENNIUM PRO), Kyouka Tamura (Just Production Inc.))

Best Personality
Awarded for work in radio, TV, or other programs.
Ayane Sakura (I'm Enterprise) and Saori Oonishi (I'm Enterprise)

The following award winners were announced on the official website on February 16.

Special Achievement Award
Instead of selecting individuals, this year's award is dedicated to those who have died in the past year.
Takeshi Kusaka (Shiki Theatre Company founder), Reiko Senou (T-Echo), Nobuyuki Furuta (Kenyu Office), Toshihiko Nakajima (Gekidan 21 Seiki Fox), Hiromi Tsuru (Aoni Production), Tamio Ooki (Mausu Promotion)

Achievement Award
Awarded to individuals who have made numerous contributions to the profession and outside the industry.
Hiroshi Masuoka (Haikyo), Tomie Kataoka (Seinenza Theater Company)

Synergy Award
Awarded to a work which exhibits the appeal of the seiyuu profession.
Kaidou Grue no Minion Daidassou (Despicable Me)

Kei Tomiyama Award
Awarded for activity in promoting the seiyuu profession in the media.
Cho (Haikyo)

Kazue Takahashi Award
Awarded for activity in promoting the seiyuu profession in the media.
Miina Tominaga (Haikyo)

Special Award
Awarded to any individual, work, or activity for commendable achievements which do not fit any other category.
Licca-chan's 50th Anniversary (Represented by first-generation voice Kazuko Sugiyama (Aoni Productions)), Takayuki Matsutani (Tezuka Production's president)

Official site: http://www.seiyuawards.jp/

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20 of 37 Comments Recent Comments

Well deserved. I'm not up to date on seiyuu but just looking at all their recent work makes me believe that it was deserved. :')

Mar 9, 5:54 AM by Stripes

I’m so happy to see Tomoyo Kurosawa here. I think her voice acting sounds spectacular and she has the ability to make her characters feel very real and alive. I really loved her performance as Kumiko and Phos.

Mar 9, 5:06 AM by TurquoiseLemon

They should've add Best New Rookie award to: Kito Akari

Mar 8, 11:35 PM by matias067

No Kamiyan award? Hahahaha. Well, congratulations to all the winners.

Mar 5, 7:15 AM by TheDoggoneGirl

shanimebib said:
Zefyris said:
BTW, are those awards working the same way as many literature awards, IE once you received an award from them you can never receive another (even in another category or a better rank in same category)?


Nope. There are same seiyuu who have won the same or different award(s) in different years. The latest example is Suwabe Junichi.

Kaji Yuki (Finnian, Hyoudou Issei, Eren Yeager)
Sawashiro Miyuki (Shibasaki Asako, Canaan, Mine Fujiko)
Kamiya Hiroshi (Tieria Erde, Natsume Takashi)
Miyano Mamoru (Setsuna F. Seiei, Ichinose Tokiya)
Kugimiya Rie (Sanzenin Nagi, Aisaka Taiga)
Ono Daisuke (Hosaka, Kujo Jotaro)
Hirano Aya (Suzumiya Haruhi, Izumi Konata)
Toyosaki Aki (Hirasawa Yui, Nakamachi Kana)
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (Fujishima Narumi, Yukihira Souma)
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Orga Itsuka, Asahina Yusuke)
Tomatsu Haruka (Lala Satalin Deviluke, Yuuki Asuna)
Suwabe Junichi (Matoba Seiji, Victor Nikiforov*)

Kaji Yuki is the only seiyuu to have won Best Actor/Actress award twice. He is the only male seiyuu to receive three awards (including the rookie award). Sawashiro Miyuki is the only female seiyuu to have won the awards three times (best actress once, best supporting actress twice).

Note 1: Roles inside parentheses are the ones they got nominated for and winning the award.
Note 2: Awards other than seiyuu roles such as Best Radio Performance, Best Singer, Best Personality Award, Overseas Fans Award etc. have not been included in the list above.


*This is my assumption because I have not checked the source. Assuming it was for that role even though the anime is from 2016. The only notable role for him in 2017 was [Undertaker from the Book of Murder] but seeing how the best actor was given for a role from 2016, there is a valid reason for that assumption.


Nachtwandler_21 said:
People quite logically angered that no Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu seiyuus won the award but the chances were not high any way.


Well, I dunno how Ishida Akira got overlooked for his outstanding roles as Natori Shuuichi, Katsura Kotarou and Yuurakutei Yakumo. All in 2017. At least one of these three roles needed some level of recognition. But sometimes popularity wins over actual performance.

[Just like Toyonaga Toshiyuki sounded like someone holding back his bladder from leaking in some of his performances in YoI but to his credit he managed to grab the attention of the fujos exactly because of that and thereby winning the award.]

I see, thanks for the clarification. I wonder if the wish to not give those awards too many times at the same persons influence their choice nonetheless, or are all those final awards really not being influenced by the idea 'oh, that one was better, but we already awarded one, so maybe we should go with that one instead". Kinda.

Mar 4, 9:05 AM by Zefyris

shanimebib said:
Illyricus said:
Seeing how Tomoyo Kurosawa won the award of best female actress, I am curious to see how her work in Houseki no Kuni is...


You are missing out in one of the most monotonous and lethargic performances of all time (meant in a good way). Her dragged out voice is simply phenomenal.
I see, I see. Maybe it's time to start Houseki no Kuni...

Mar 4, 8:54 AM by Illyricus

shanimebib said:
Suwabe Junichi (Matoba Seiji, Victor Nikiforov*)

*This is my assumption because I have not checked the source. Assuming it was for that role even though the anime is from 2016. The only notable role for him in 2017 was [Undertaker from the Book of Murder] but seeing how the best actor was given for a role from 2016, there is a valid reason for that assumption.
Both Lead and Supportive actors showed Yuri!! on Ice as one of the anime when announcing, FYI.

And like @skystorms88 mentioned, "any role from December '16 to November '17 are considered."

Mar 4, 8:02 AM by tsubasalover

Zefyris said:
BTW, are those awards working the same way as many literature awards, IE once you received an award from them you can never receive another (even in another category or a better rank in same category)?


Nope. There are same seiyuu who have won the same or different award(s) in different years. The latest example is Suwabe Junichi.

Kaji Yuki (Finnian, Hyoudou Issei, Eren Yeager)
Sawashiro Miyuki (Shibasaki Asako, Canaan, Mine Fujiko)
Kamiya Hiroshi (Tieria Erde, Natsume Takashi)
Miyano Mamoru (Setsuna F. Seiei, Ichinose Tokiya)
Kugimiya Rie (Sanzenin Nagi, Aisaka Taiga)
Ono Daisuke (Hosaka, Kujo Jotaro)
Hirano Aya (Suzumiya Haruhi, Izumi Konata)
Toyosaki Aki (Hirasawa Yui, Nakamachi Kana)
Matsuoka Yoshitsugu (Fujishima Narumi, Yukihira Souma)
Yoshimasa Hosoya (Orga Itsuka, Asahina Yusuke)
Tomatsu Haruka (Lala Satalin Deviluke, Yuuki Asuna)
Suwabe Junichi (Matoba Seiji, Victor Nikiforov*)

Kaji Yuki is the only seiyuu to have won Best Actor/Actress award twice. He is the only male seiyuu to receive three awards (including the rookie award). Sawashiro Miyuki is the only female seiyuu to have won the awards three times (best actress once, best supporting actress twice).

Note 1: Roles inside parentheses are the ones they got nominated for and winning the award.
Note 2: Awards other than seiyuu roles such as Best Radio Performance, Best Singer, Best Personality Award, Overseas Fans Award etc. have not been included in the list above.


*This is my assumption because I have not checked the source. Assuming it was for that role even though the anime is from 2016. The only notable role for him in 2017 was [Undertaker from the Book of Murder] but seeing how the best actor was given for a role from 2016, there is a valid reason for that assumption.


Nachtwandler_21 said:
People quite logically angered that no Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu seiyuus won the award but the chances were not high any way.


Well, I dunno how Ishida Akira got overlooked for his outstanding roles as Natori Shuuichi, Katsura Kotarou and Yuurakutei Yakumo. All in 2017. At least one of these three roles needed some level of recognition. But sometimes popularity wins over actual performance.

[Just like Toyonaga Toshiyuki sounded like someone holding back his bladder from leaking in some of his performances in YoI but to his credit he managed to grab the attention of the fujos exactly because of that and thereby winning the award.]

Mar 4, 7:31 AM by shanimebib

People quite logically angered that no Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu seiyuus won the award but the chances were not high any way.

Mar 4, 3:32 AM by Nachtwandler_21

BTW, are those awards working the same way as many literature awards, IE once you received an award from them you can never receive another (even in another category or a better rank in same category)?

Mar 4, 2:44 AM by Zefyris

Tomoya def deserves it!


Gratz to everyone else!

Mar 4, 2:04 AM by Iam_Jermaine

Tosshi, Suwabe-san and Kou-chan are amazing. Shun Horie and Yashiro Taku are starting to impress me too. I feel bad that I only know of Ayane Sakura from the females.

Mar 4, 1:04 AM by phoenixalia

CONGRATS TOSSHI MY NUMBER 1 FAVOURITE SEIYUU <3

Mar 3, 5:26 PM by Mayuka

So happy for Kurosawa Tomoyo! She truly is someone special. She did a perfect job as Kumiko and Phos.

Mar 3, 5:20 PM by Ace_Card

Illyricus said:
Seeing how Tomoyo Kurosawa won the award of best female actress, I am curious to see how her work in Houseki no Kuni is...


You are missing out in one of the most monotonous and lethargic performances of all time (meant in a good way). Her dragged out voice is simply phenomenal.

Mar 3, 5:00 PM by shanimebib

Really happy for Toshiyuki, I don't know the female but it look better than last year best actor/actress. And also glad to see Suwabe.

Congrats to all the winners!

Mar 3, 3:47 PM by Moune-Chan

Glad to see Toshi! He surely deserves it!!

Mar 3, 3:12 PM by -Arisa

Congratulations to all the winners~!

I'm especially happy for Ayaneru & Saorin.

Mar 3, 2:30 PM by Eclipse

I'm surprised that Akari Kito didn't win Best New Actress. She definitely was one of the standout performers of last year. But she's still relatively new and has a lot of time to grow.

Mar 3, 1:08 PM by Shibusu

Toshiyuki deserved it 100 %

Mar 3, 11:18 AM by Comic_Sans