From Kazuki Takashi using Yu-Gi-Oh! characters to voice his political concern, to Dragon Ball winning their first Crunchyroll Anime Award, 2019 has been an eventful year for Anime, possibly even the biggest. With a staggering amount of new Anime productions, as well as the continuation of some of the most loved anime series there hasn’t been a dull moment for the industry in 2019.
The amount of new anime series being released this year is never ending, and incredibly exciting. Such releases include ‘Fruits Basket 2019’, a remake of the original introduced as far back as 2001. It’s a slice of life series following the life of Tohru Honda, a girl who moves in with her highschool classmates, only to discover her new family is under a Zodiac curse. Not to mention ‘Dororo’, which follows Hyakkimaru, a boy who has to hunt down demons to acquire his organs due to a deal his father struck before his birth. Or even ‘Kaguya-sama: Love Is War’, a romance anime humorously depicting conversations between two students, who have a strong attraction to each other, but are too stubborn to confess.
In addition to new Anime, some of our pre-existing favorites received recognition earlier this year after receiving the coveted Crunchyroll Anime Award in a respective category. Crunchyroll’s viewer base, consisting of 45 million viewers, are asked yearly to vote in each category. This year the award recipient for Best Anime Film was ‘My Hero Academia: Two Heroes’, with ‘Attack on Titan Season 3’ taking home the Best Ending Sequence Award.
Anime studio Science Saru’s ‘Devilman Crybaby’ won the Anime Of The Year Award, with it’s very own director Masaaki Yuasa reciving the Best Director Award, surely an amazing achievement. Even the President and Producer of Bones Inc, Masahiko Minami, will be receiving an award honourably titled the ‘Industry Icon Award’ for his immense contribution to the anime industry. Some of his biggest contributions include his work for ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’, ‘Eureka Seven’, and infamously ‘Cowboy Bepop: The Movie’ among many others.
The growth in the anime industry is evident in all spectrums, with Netflix as a motivator. Netflix reportedly planned to spend 8 billion to increase their library of content, particularly exclusive, with anime taking a huge chunk itself. In attempts to one-up other streaming platforms, Netflix attained streaming rights to classic anime such as ‘Bleach’ and ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ for its catalogue. In addition original series such as award winning ‘Devilman Crybaby’ and ‘Castlevania’ have premiered as exclusives. Netflix also invested over $40 million into an exclusive adaptation of the wildy popular anime series ‘Death Note’. Forming it into a live-action movie of the Japanese manga. Last year over 30 Netflix exclusive anime were announced, an amazing number that can only grow in years to come.
With Japan (and the world) celebrating over 100 years of anime, the artful entertainment form has grown to be an extremely cherished expression of a writers imagination, and an artists depictions. Anime is evergreen, and ever evolving. As it continues to grow our passion will do the same.
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