Crunchyroll has announced the host for this year’s Anime Awards. The company also revealed the list of presenters that will be revealing the winners for each award during the ceremony.
For 2019’s Anime Awards, voice actress Cristina Vee is scheduled to be the host. Vee is well known within the anime and gaming community for voicing dozens of popular characters. For anime, Vee is most famous for portraying The Familiar of Zero’s Louise, Sailor Moon’s Rei Hino, Hunter x Hunter’s Killua Zoldyck, Devilman Crybaby’s Miki Makimura, and–most recently–Konosuba’s Darkness. In video games, Vee is best known for voicing Riven the Exile in League of Legends, Ophilia in Octopath Traveler, and Shantae in the past two Shantae titles.
Crunchyroll has secured several talented folks from the anime and animation industry to present the awards. Some are notable for their creative work within the industry, such as Made in Abyss composer Kevin Penkin and Rooster Teeth director and writer Miles Luna. Others are known for their efforts in reporting on and influencing the industry, like IGN senior editor Miranda Sanchez and YouTube content creator Geoff “Mother’s Basement” Thew. The full list of presenters are outlined below.
Crunchyroll’s Anime Awards 2019 Presenters
- Michelle Phan — Entrepreneur, EM Cosmetics, and influencer
- Ryan Potter — Actor (DC’s Titans and Big Hero 6)
- Justin Briner — English voice actor (My Hero Academia)
- Kevin Penkin — Composer (The Rising of the Shield Hero and Made in Abyss)
- Freddie Wong — RocketJump Productions, Director (Anime Crimes Division)
- SungWon Cho (ProZD) — Creator/Influencer (Anime Crimes Division)
- Roger DiLuigi — Creator/Influencer (Roger’s Base)
- Yssa Badiola — Animator/Director, Rooster Teeth
- Miles Luna — Writer/Director, Rooster Teeth (gen:LOCK)
- Tristan Gallant — Creator/Influencer (Glass Reflection)
- Miranda Sanchez — Senior Editor, IGN
- Geoff Thew — Creator/Influencer (Mother’s Basement)
- Victoria Holden, Miles Thomas, and Tim Lyu — Crunchyroll staff and supporting hosts
This year’s Crunchyroll Anime Awards will be held February 16 at 6PM PT / 9PM ET / 2AM UK. You can buy tickets to watch them live in San Francisco, CA or tune in on Twitch to watch Crunchyroll’s livestream. New award categories were added to this year’s event. As one of the judges, I assisted in deciding the nominations for each category.