It was announced today that Xavier Woods will be the host of the Crunchyroll Anime Awards on February 15. Voting takes place on January 10-17. Here’s a press release:
Crunchyroll, the world’s most popular anime brand, is excited to announce that voting for the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2020 is now open!
The nominees have been revealed below and on the Anime Awards website. Fans are encouraged to vote every day (voting will reset every day at 12 AM PST) for their favorites between today, Friday January 10 – Friday, January 17.
This year the host for the Anime Awards will be WWE Superstar and longtime anime fan, Xavier Woods.
Xavier Woods Bio: A Georgia native with a true love for sports entertainment, Xavier Woods followed his heart to WWE Superstardom. The purveyor of positivity may have won multiple WWE Tag Team Championships as one-third of The New Day, but he also welcomes all challengers in the gaming arena as the host of his own YouTube gaming show, UpUpDownDown. Having earned both a master’s degree and a PhD, Xavier Woods combines brain power with star power to be one of WWE’s most versatile Superstars.
This year’s Industry Icon will be president of Wit Studio, George Wada.
George Wada Bio: After working as a producer at Production I.G., the studio behind the hit anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wada created WIT STUDIO in June 2012, taking on the role of President. Notable titles he has produced include Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, and The Ancient Magus’ Bride.
Presenters for this year’s Anime Awards include industry and entertainment personalities: Gibi, SungWon Cho, Cole Gallian, Miranda Sanchez, Tristan Gallant, Mark Phillips, Geoffrey Thew, Kiera Please, LilyPichu, Anthony Carboni, Dominique “SonicFox” McLean and Connor Colquhoun. Bios are linked here.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards is a celebration of the best and brightest in Japanese animation from 2019, all made possible by the world’s most passionate community. Now entering its fourth year, the Anime Awards’ commitment to commemorating the best of the best is stronger than ever with support and engagement from fans all over the globe.