During this weekend, the American website dedicated to various surveys on anime, Anime Trending, announced at a cyber gala to the titles with the most votes on its platform. This vote was open for a few weeks and consisted of a wide variety of categories.
These are the top categories and winners from the report.
Anime of the Year: Akudama Drive (Pierrot Studios).
Best Girl: Chizuru Mizuhara (Kanojo, Okarishimasu).
Best Boy: Yu Ishigami (Kaguya-sama: Love is War).
Best Supporting Female Character: Echidna (Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu).
Best Supporting Male Character: Otto Suwen (Re: Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu).
Best Couple: Nasa and Tsukasa (Tonikaku Kawaii).
Best opening theme: Masayuki Suzuki, along with Airi Suzuki with the theme "DADDY! DADDY! DO!" (Kaguya-sama: Love is War).
Best ending theme: ALI with the theme “Lost in Paradise” (Jujutsu Kaisen).
About Akudama Drive
The series premiered in Japan on October 8 and ran for a total of twelve episodes, with Funimation distributing it globally, including Mexico and Brazil. This series was originally scheduled to premiere in July 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regarding sales of its Blu-ray / DVD volumes, the former barely sold 183 copies in its first week.
- Studio Pierrot and Too Kyo Games were credited with the original idea, while Kazutaka Kodaka (Danganronpa) was credited with the original story.
- Tomohiro Taguchi (Kino no Tabi, Sousei no Onmyouji) was in charge of directing the anime at Pierrot Studios, assisted by Yoshifumi Sasahara (Kuzu no Honkai, Kino no Tabi).
- Norimitsu Kaihou (Danganronpa 3: The End of Kibougamine Gakuen: Mirai Hen, Gakkou Gurashi!) Was in charge of writing and supervising the scripts.
- Cindy H. Yamauchi was adapting Rui Komatsuzaki's original character designs for animation.
- Aida Shigekazu was in charge of the composition of the soundtrack.
Akudama Drive Synopsis
The bustling metropolis of Kansai, where cyber screens litter the neon landscape, may seem like a technological utopia at first glance. But in the dark alleys around the glittering buildings there are still a number of ruthless fugitive criminals known as the “Akudama.” No one is oblivious to the existence of these individuals, and the Kansai police have started the countdown to the public execution of the Akudama known as "Murderer", guilty of the murder of 999 people. However, several Akudama receive a mysterious message with a mission to save "Assassin" for a large amount of money. A mastermind seeks to gather these dangerous people in one place, making sure that the execution of the plan is carried out perfectly and, if necessary, turns into a full-blown bloodbath.
Source: Anime Trending
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