The American Anime Awards were a series of awards designed to recognize excellence in the release of anime and manga in North America.

The first (and only) annual American Anime Awards balloting was supervised by Milton Griepp of industry website ICv2. The first gala awards presentation was hosted in New York City on February 24, 2007, at New York Comic Con. The hosts of the evening were eight actresses from the anime production company ADV Films: Christine Auten, Shelley Calene-Black, Jessica Boone, Luci Christian, Alice Fulks, Hilary Haag, Taylor Hannah and Serena Varghese. A streaming version of the one-hour awards ceremony can be seen on The awards were later broadcast on the Anime Network.

Voting information edit

The ballots contained nominations from industry companies and professionals. To be eligible for an award, anime or manga must be available in the U.S. during the previous year, prior to the awards gala. Whether by DVD (or book or periodical, in the case of manga), national TV, or theatrical release. Anime and manga are defined, as animation or comics, respectively, originally produced in Japan.

Voting was conducted via an online ballot system. The American Anime Awards partnered with respected industry news site ICv2 to host and track the fan voting to ensure accurate voting and to eliminate any mass voting by single individuals. Nevertheless, the impartiality of the poll was questioned as certain companies (ADV Films) were "overwhelminvly involved" in the event.[1]

Award nominees edit

Winners are denoted in bold

Best Anime Feature edit

Best Comedy Anime edit

Best Long Series edit

Best Short Series edit

Best Manga edit

Best Actor edit

Best Actress edit

Best Actor in a Comedy edit

Best Actress in a Comedy edit

Best Cast edit

Best DVD Package Design edit

Best Anime Theme Song edit

Special Award for Outstanding Achievement edit

Criticism edit

The nominating and voting process has received criticism from fans for lack of clarity and being too inclusive: for example, while some acting nominees are specifically cited for one or more series, others are cited for none at all, leaving it to the voter to decide if they should consider the series specifically mentioned, or the actor's entire body of work. Also, since evidently any anime that was released in any way in 2006 is eligible for nomination, some actors have been nominated for work done years or even decades ago. Another criticism was the apparent error of including Johnny Yong Bosch as Best Actor in a Comedy despite the fact Akira is not a comedy.

Coverage edit

The news of the awards were announced on major websites on affiliated websites like ICv2,[4] but was also reported and followed like IGN.[5]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Voting for the American Anime Awards opens with controversy • Anime UK News". Anime UK News. January 4, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh "American Anime Awards Finalists Announced". Anime News Network. February 7, 2007. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Lillard, Kevin. "American Anime Awards". Newtype USA. 6 (5) p. 20. May 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
  4. ^ "American Anime Award Winners First Large Scale Fan-Driven Awards". ICv2. February 26, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Carle, Chris (February 24, 2007). "NYCC 07: American Anime Award Winners Revealed". IGN. Retrieved August 30, 2013.

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