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TAAF 2021 Anime of the Year Winners Announced

by ImperfectBlue
Feb 12, 4:29 PM | 13 Comments
Winners for the Anime of the Year categories from the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2021 (TAAF 2021) were announced on Friday. Judges selected the winners from a pool of 457 anime that were screened, aired, or distributed in Japan between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020, with 100 titles (80 television anime and 20 theatrical anime) ultimately in the running for the Anime of the Year awards.

Grand Prize
Violet Evergarden Movie (Feature Film)
Eizouken ni wa Te wo Dasu na! (TV Series)

Anime Fan Award
IDOLiSH7: Second Beat!

Individual Awards
Writers Category: Reiko Yoshida (Violet Evergarden Movie)
Directors Category: Haruo Sotozaki (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Animators Category: Akira Matsushima (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Visual Artists Category: Mikiko Watanabe (Violet Evergarden Movie)
Sound Artists/Performers Category: Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online: Alicization - War of the Underworld)

*Note: The Anime Fan Award is awarded to the entry that received the most votes in the general voting. The titles listed for the individual awards are merely titles the recipient has worked on; they are not the sole title the recipient won the award for.

The festival will be held from March 12 to March 15 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and will feature additional entries from around the world in the Feature Animation Competition and Short Animation Competition categories. 22 submissions from 20 countries and territories and 817 submissions from 57 countries and territories were submitted to these competitions, respectively. Thirty-nine of these entries (four for Feature Animation and 35 for Short Animation) were selected by the TAAF 2021 Preliminary Selection Committee. The Grand Prize and Award of Excellence will be granted to two films in each category, and additional awards may be announced at a later date.

Source: Comic Natalie, Oricon News, Official Site

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13 Comments Recent Comments

So good to see Eizouken getting the award, Japanese people really do know what they're watching and I am loving it!

Feb 18, 9:38 PM by MzzK

They were all deserved ... Congratulations!

Feb 15, 12:32 PM by Kinyoubi

Glad to see these animes being awarded <3 Especially Eizouken, so deserving of it!

Feb 14, 6:00 PM by removed-user

Great to see IDOLiSH7 in this list since s2 was a fun rollercoaster ride now we get 2-cour for the next season we'll be getting more rollercoaster of emotions for this one

Feb 13, 7:17 PM by KarenShirotori

Lololol... I know Eizouken is a masterpiece, but I didn't they get much recognition. So proud of you people.

Feb 13, 5:18 PM by Rakabat

I'm glad to see Eizouken won the prize, it definitively deserves it as one of the best 2020 anime

Feb 13, 9:17 AM by Damuzen

Eizouken deserves it! Wonder if there'll be another season, or a movie/special/ova/etc.

Nice to see IDOLiSH7 as a fan favourite, this season really was a ride in the feels rollercoaster TTvTT

Feb 13, 6:35 AM by tappdancing786

Eizouken and Violet movie were really amazing. Both deserves these awards!

Feb 13, 1:18 AM by Xnovazero

Cool to see Eizouken and VE: Movie topping the tv series and movie categories! I'm satisfied.

Feb 12, 11:11 PM by _MushiRock11_

Eizouken is certainly worthy of winning the anime of the year award.

Feb 12, 7:45 PM by MegamiRem

Yoooo, Eizouken got the win. Good news this is. VE movie deserves the prize too.

Feb 12, 7:13 PM by NextUniverse

Chronowarp said:
Do the judges really watch over 400 anime in order to make an accurate assessment?


Some of us on MAL watch more than that in a year and make less meaningful assessments 😅 jk, all takes are appreciated on here.

But sort of and yet not really. As stated in the article, only 100 titles were considered for these specific awards.

Feb 12, 6:12 PM by ImperfectBlue

Do the judges really watch over 400 anime in order to make an accurate assessment?

Feb 12, 5:19 PM by Chronowarp