8th Anime Trending Awards Nominees for Animated Film of the Year


All animated films that have had a Blu-ray, DVD, or digital release this year are automatically nominated for the title Animated Film of the Year at the upcoming 8th Anime Trending Awards. No preliminary qualifying round has taken place as the number of eligible titles does not exceed 15. 12 animated films have been selected as indicated below.

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba – Mugen Train

Fall forever in a never-ending dream. Tanjiro and the group have completed their rehab training at the Butterfly Mansion, and they arrive on their next mission on the Mugen Train, where more than 40 people have disappeared in a very short time.

Tanjiro and Nezuko, along with Zenitsu and Inosuke, join one of the Demon Slayer Corps’ most powerful swordsmen, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku, to take on the demon aboard the Mugen Train on the Path of Despair. [Source: Funimation]

Studio: uftable (Fate / Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2014))

With : Natsuki Hanae (Tokyo ghoul), Hiro Shimono (The world that only God knows), Akari Kitou (TONIKAWA), Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword art online), Satoshi Hino (The Zero Familiar)

Availablity: Netflix (some regions), Crunchyroll, Funimation, Wakanim, Viu, iFlix, iQIYI, bilibili

Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Once upon a time three times

The fourth and final installment of Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and his anti-Nerv Wille group arrive in Paris, a city now red with core-isation. Flagship Wunder crew lands on containment tower [Source: Amazon Prime Video]

Studio: Khara

With : Yuko Miyamura (Detective Conan), Megumi Ogata (Hanako-kun bound to the toilet), Megumi Hayashibara (Detective Conan)

Availablity: Amazon Prime Video

Destiny / Grand Order: Camelot – Errance; Agateram

The knight errant, Bedivere, reaches the end of his journey. The year is the year 1273 in Jerusalem. The Holy Land has been turned into a huge desert, people have been driven from their homes and three great powers are at war in this desert.

The Knights of the Round Table unite to protect the Holy City and their Lion King. With his entire kingdom summoned to a strange land, Ozymandias, the Sun King, quietly plots against the tyranny of this bizarre kingdom. The mountain people, protectors of those who have been stripped of their land, await their chance to revolt. In order to fulfill his mission, Bedivere heads to the holy city where the Lion King reigns.

There he meets humanity’s last ruler, Ritsuka Fujimaru, who has come to Jerusalem, accompanied by his half-servant, Mash Kyrielight, in their quest to restore human history. Bedivere joins Fujimaru and his companions in undertaking this quest. [Source: GSC Movies]

Studio: Signal.MD (Collecting a Junkie MMO)

With : Rie Takahashi (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Sword art online), Mamoru Miyano (Steins; Gate), Miyuki Sawashiro (Sword art online), Kenichi Suzumura (Naruto), Takehito Koyasu ( Jojo’s bizarre adventures), Ayako Kawasumi (Destiny / Stay the night), Minami Tanaka (Kakegurui), Maaya Sakamoto (black butler)

Availablity: Blu-ray / DVD

Fate / stay night Film: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring song

As Sakura drowns in the gloomy darkness of the sins she has committed, Shirou’s vow to protect her at all costs leads him into a bitter battle to end the Holy Grail War. Will Shirou’s wish reach Sakura even as he challenges fate himself in a desperate battle against the rising tide? [Source: Aniplex of America]

Studio: uftable (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)

With : Kana Ueda (Re: Zero – Starting life in another world), Noriaki Sugiyama (Naruto), Noriko Shitaya (Tales of Zestira), Mai Kadowaki (Hit the witches), Jouji Nakata (Persona 5 Animation), Ayako Kawasumi (Shining Amagi Park), Yuu Asakawa (Destiny / Grand Order), Junichi Suwabe (My hero university)

Availablity: Netflix (some regions), AppleTV, Microsoft Store

Film given

High school student Ritsuka Uenoyama is shocked when he hears the singing voice of Mafuyu Sato. He and his other band mates, Haruki Nakayama and Akihiko Kaji, then welcome him into their group as a singer. After Mafuyu’s arrival, their first live performance was a huge success, and they made their official debut as a band “Given”. In the midst of it all, Ritsuka realizes that he has feelings for Mafuyu and they start to see each other. Meanwhile, Haruki has secretly had feelings for Akihiko for years, but Akihiko was still in a relationship with her roommate, violinist Ugetsu Murata. Haruki’s love, Akihiko, and Ugetsu clash on the big screen and begin to move forward. [Source: Crunchyroll]

Studio: Lerché (Astra lost in space)

With : Shogo Yano (Tsurune), Yuuma Uchida (Basket of fruits), Masatomo Nakazawa (Haikyu !!), Takuya Eguchi (My romantic teen comedy SNAFU)

Availablity: Crunchyroll

Josée, the tiger and the fish

With dreams of diving abroad, Tsuneo gets a job to help Josée, an artist whose imagination takes him far beyond her wheelchair. But when the tide turns against them, they push each other to places they never thought possible and inspire a love worthy of a storybook. [Source: Funimation]

Studio: OS (My Hero Academia, Fullmetal Alchemist)

With : Kaya Kiyohara, Taishi Nakagawa, Yume Miyamoto (Rikka Takarada from SSSS.GRIDMAN), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Jonathan Joestar from Jojo’s bizarre adventure), Lynn (Sakura Yamauchi from I want to eat your pancreas)

Availablity: Netflix (some regions), AppleTV

Love me don’t love me

Standalone film

Yuna wants a love that feels like a dream. Akari thinks she can get better at love and is very realistic in her approach. Kazuomi doesn’t understand love and wonders if it’s like tasty food. On the other hand, Rio won’t reject anyone who comes their way, as long as that person is cute. [Source: Anime News Network]

Studio: A-1 Photos (Sword Art Online, Kaguya-sama: Love is War)

With : Marika Suzuki, Nobunaga Shimazaki (To free!), Megumi Han (Hunter x hunter), Souma Saitou (Haikyu!)

Availablity: Blu-ray / DVD

Gundam Hathaway mobile suit

Standalone film

After Char’s rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against the Earth Federation, but meeting an enemy officer and a mysterious woman changes his fate. [Source: Netflix]

Studio: Sunrise (Gintama, Cowboy Bebop)

With : Kensho Ono (Jojo’s bizarre adventures), Reina Ueda (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba), Junichi Suwabe (Sword art online), Souma Saitou (Akame ga Kill!), Kenjirou Tsuda (Yu Gi Oh !)

Availablity: Netflix

Principal Princess: Crown Manager Part I

At the end of the 19th century, London, the Kingdom of Albion was divided into the east and west sides by a giant wall. Five girls attend Queen’s Mayfaire, a conventional and prestigious school. Under the guise of ordinary high school girls, they act as spies under cover. Disguise, reconnaissance, infiltration, car chases… Each girl uses her own set of special skills to enter the shadow world. [Source: Sentai Filmworks]

Studio: Act like (Girls and Panzer)

With : Aoi Koga (Kaguya-sama: Love is war), You Taichi (This time I reincarnated in slime), Akira Sekine (Tower of God), Nozomi Furuki (High school fleet), Akari Kageyama (Himouto! Umaru-chan)

Availablity: HiDIVE

Stranger from the Shore

Standalone film

There is nothing wrong with loving another guy. To be in the arms of the person I love… I thought it was an unattainable dream… On an island off Okinawa, two young men meet on a beach. Shun Hashimoto is gay and aspires to be a novelist. He becomes interested in Mio Chibana, a gloomy high school student, and starts flirting with him. Day after day, the two get closer, but suddenly Mio decides to leave the island. Three years later, Mio returns and walks up to Shun with the words, “I’ve been thinking about it for the past three years. I like you, Shun, even though you’re a guy. However, faced with the prospect of finally becoming lovers with Mio, Shun cannot take the first step towards engagement. It’s a mouth-watering love story about a gay novelist and a young part-time worker. It’s a manga that will touch and purify your heart [Source: Renta]

Studio: Studio Hibari (Own monster! Aoyama-kun)

With : Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Sword art online), Taishi Murata (Food wars! Shokugeki no Souma),

Availablity: Funimation, Wakanim, Netflix (some regions)

Violet Evergarden Movie

In writing down other people’s emotions, she may have neglected her own. Violet Evergarden, the child soldier turned Auto Memory Doll, writes letters that conjure up words her clients can’t understand. But when a terminally ill boy asks for his services for his family, his own feelings about love and loss resurface. Now she must face her past and the death of the Major. [Source: Funimation]

Studio: Kyoto Animation (K-ON!)

With : Yui Ishikawa (The attack of the Titans), Daisuke Namikawa (Hunter x hunter),

Availablity: Netflix

Words bubble like soda pop

Standalone film

The story “A Boy Meets a Girl” shows how words and music bridge the gap between Cherry, a boy who communicates poorly with others, and Smile, a girl who hides behind a mask. They meet in an ordinary suburban shopping center of a provincial town.

Cherry always wears headphones and puts feelings that he cannot express into his hobby, Japanese haiku poems. Smile always wears a mask to hide her large front teeth, for which she wears braces. As the popular video star, she broadcasts a video about looking “cute”. [Source: Anime News Network]

Studio: Signal.MD (MMO Junkie Recovery), Sublimation

With : Somegoro Ichikawa, Hana Sugisaki, Megumi Han (Basket of fruits)

Availablity: Netflix

Characters from animated films marked “Standalone” will be part of the qualifying polls for nominations for Boys and Girls of the Year at the 8th Anime Trending Awards. The polls will be mixed and will not be split into a male and female character poll. Characters that make the Top 5 in the final tally will advance to the next round where they will compete with TV anime characters ranked # 6 through # 15 in their respective seasons.

LISTING: Nominated for the Boy and Girl of the Year Wildcard Final

Qualifying surveys for animated film characters will begin on November 15 and open on Anime Trends Price Portal page


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