2021 Anime Awards – The You Can’t Know Edition!

Hello, Hello and WELCOME my friends to my favorite post of the year: the You Can’t Know anime awards! Today we’re going to be looking into the past that is 2021 and highlighting what Star and I believe are some of the best anime we came across. As some generic notes, breakout anime means something that was pretty original as an anime–aka, an anime without reference material or a large following prior to the anime coming out. We also tried to cover as many different anime as we could, with a whopping 67 anime nominated (though we watched much, much more). Also, this is just a friendly reminder–these are solely our opinions on anime 2021, but remember–your choices are valid and we are HAPPY to hear them! Let us know some of your thoughts in the comment below. So now, without further ado, here are the YCK anime awards, in no less than 40 categories!


2021 Anime Awards

The You Can’t Know Edition

Best Drama

Blue Period 
Yatora
Anime Awards
Best Drama

Blue Period

Nominations: Re-Make our Life!, Kageki Shoujo, Blue Period, Fruits Basket season 3, Bottom Tier Character Tomozaki-kun

Best Slice of Life

Drugstore In Another World
Reiji Noella
Anime Awards
Best Slice of Life

Drugstore in Another World

Nominations: Drugstore in Another World, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope, Horimiya, The Saint’s Power is Omnipotent, Odd Taxi

Best Comedy

Uramichi Oniisan 
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
Anime Awards
Best Comedy

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

Nominations: The Vampire Dies in no Time, Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan, Kanojo mo Kanojo, The Way of the Househusband, Meikyuu Black Company, Kai Byoui Ramune

Best Action

Kemono Jihen
Anime Awards
Best Action

Kemono Jihen

Nominations: Wonder Egg Priority, Saihate no Paladin, Kemono Jihen, Tokyo Revengers, Cells at Work! Code Black, Seirei Gensouki

Best Romance

Horimiya
Hori x Miyamura
Anime Awards
Best Romance

Horimiya

Nominations: Horimiya, Fruits Basket: The Final, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! season 2, Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid

Best Sports

Re-Main
Anime Awards
Best Sports

Re-Main

Nominations: Sk8: The Infinity, Bakuten, Re-Main, Burning Kabeddi!, 2:43

Best Fantasy

Saihate no Paladin 
William G. Maryblood
Anime Awards
Best Fantasy

Saihate no Paladin

Nominations: Saihate no Paladin, Re:Zero season 2, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation

Best Sci-Fi

Vivy Fluorite Eye's Song
Vivy Diva
Anime Awards
Best Sci-Fi

Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song

Nominations: Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song, SSSS. Dynazenon, Edens Zero, Sakugan, Urasekai Picnic

Best Supernatural/Horror/Psychological

Mieruko-chan
Anime Awards
Best supernatural/horror/psychological

Mieruko-chan

Nominations: Mieruko-chan, The Night Beyond the Tricolored Window, Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu, Wonder Egg Priority, Mars Red, Shadows House

Best Vampire Anime

Vanitas no Carte
Anime Awards
Vanitas
Best Vampire

Vanitas no Carte

Nominations: Vanitas no Carte, Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Visual Prison, Mars Red, The Vampire Dies in no Time

Best Musical Anime

Mashiro No Oto 
Setsu
Anime Awards
Best Musical

Mashiro no Oto

Nominations: Visual Prison, Mashiro no Oto, Takt Op. Destiny, Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song, Idoly Pride, Heike Monogatari

Best Historical

Heike Monogatari
Biwa 
Anime Awards
Best Historical

Heike Monogatari

Nominations: Irina: The Vampire Cosmonaut, Heike Monogatari, Mars Red, Vantas no Carte, Joran: The Princess of Snow and Blood, Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu, Yuukoku no Moriarty season 2

Most Disappointing Anime

Wonder Egg Priority
Ai
Anime Awards
Most disappointing

Wonder Egg Priority

Nominations: Mars Red, Wonder Egg Priority, The Promised Neverland season 2, To Your Eternity, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope, The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window, Fena: The Pirate Princess, The Detective is Already Dead

Worst Anime of the Year

The Promised Neverland Season 2
Emma
Anime Awards
Worst Anime of the Year

The Promised Neverland season 2

Nominations: The Promised Neverland season 2, Scarlet Nexus, Redo of Healer, Tesla Note

Most Unique Anime

Odd Taxi
Anime Awards
Most Unique

Odd Taxi

Nominations: Heike Monogatari, Kageki Shoujo, Takt. Op Destiny, Shadows House, Odd Taxi, Sonny Boy

Best Continuing Series

Beastars season 2
Legosi
Anime Awards
Best continuing series

Beastars season 2

Nominations: Yuukoku no Moriarty season 2, Beastars season 2, Fruits Basket season 3, Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu, Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Zombieland Saga Revenge, Dr. Stone Stone Wars

Most Deserving of a Second Season

Kageki Shoujo
Sarasa Watanabe
Anime Awards
Most Deserving of a Second Season

Kageki Shoujo

Nominations: Blue Period, Irina The Cosmonaut Vampire, Kageki Shoujo, Re-Main, Mashiro no Oto, Sk8: The Infinity

Breakout Anime of the Year

Sk8: The Infinity
Reki & Langa
Anime Awards
Breakout Anime of the Year

Sk8: The Infinity

Nominations: Sk8: The Infinity, Wonder Egg Priority, Vivy Fluorite’s Eye Song, Godzilla Singular Point, Sonny Boy

Best Cross-seasonal Anime

Platinum End
Anime Awards
Best cross seasonal anime

Platinum End

Nominations: Tokyo Revengers, 86, Platinum End, Higurashi: When They Cry Sotsu, To Your Eternity

Best Sound Mixing

Komi-san Can't Communicate
Anime Awards
Komi
Best sound mixing

Komi Can’t Communicate

Nominations: Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song, SSSS. Dynazenon, Komi Can’t Communicate, Wonder Egg Priority, Mashiro no Oto, Heike Monogatari, Vanitas no Carte

Best Animation

Wonder Egg Priority
Ai
Anime Awards
Best Animation

Wonder Egg Priority

Nominations: Wonder Egg Priority, Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song, Horimiya, Beastars season 2, Attack on Titan: The Final Season, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope

Better than I expected

Kanojo mo Kanojo
Saki & Nagisa
Anime Awards
Better than I expected

Kanojo mo Kanojo

Nominations: 86, Kai Byoui Ramune, Odd Taxi, Platinum End, Kanojo mo Kanojo, Uramichi Oniisan, The Vampire Dies in No Time, Drugstore in Another World, Saihate no Paladin, Shadows House

Best Duo

Tokyo Revengers
Draken & Mikey
Anime Awards
Best duo

Draken & Mikey (Tokyo Revengers)

Nominations: Langa & Reki (Sk8: The Infinity), Noe & Vanitas (Vanitas no Carte), Sarasa & Ai (Kageki Shoujo), Fuuka & Kukuru (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope), Draken & Mikey (Tokyo Revengers), Futaba & Misato (Bakuten), Emilico & Kate (Shadows House)

Best Couple

Fruits Basket: The Final
Kyo x Tohru
Anime Awards
Best Couple

Tohru x Kyo (Fruits Basket)

Nominations: Irina x Lev (Irina The Cosmonaut Vampire), Tohru x Kyo (Fruits Basket: The Final), Hori x Miyamura (Horimiya), Naoya x Saki x Nagisa (Girlfriend, Girlfriend), Snow Witch x Black Dog (86)

Best Boy

Eighty Six
86
Anime Awards
Undertaker
Best Boy

Undertaker (86)

Nominations: John (The Vampire Dies in No Time) William G. Maryblood (Saihate no Paladin), Reiji (Drugstore in Another World), Yuki Sohma (Fruits Basket: The Final), Lev (Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut), Chifuyu (Tokyo Revengers), Undertaker (86), Tadano (Komi Can’t Communicate), Matsumoto (Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song)

Best Girl

Shadows House
Anime Awards
Emilico
Best girl

Emilico (Shadows House)

Nominations: Biwa (Heike Monogatari), Vivy (Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song), Jeanne (Vanitas no Carte), Major (86), Emilico (Shadows House), Fuuka (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope), Hina (Tokyo Revengers), Komi (Komi Can’t Communicate)

Best Character

Blue Period
Yuka-chan
Anime Awards
Best character

Yuka-Chan (Blue Period)

Best Group

Best musical
Anime Awards
Visual Prizon
Oz

Oz (Visual Prison)

Nominations: Rhymthic Gymnastics team (Bakuten), Water Polo team (Re-Main), Acting Troupe (Kageki Shoujo), The 86 (86), Oz (Visual Prison), Together with Maman cast (Uramichi Oniisan)

Best Antagonist

Beastars season 2
Riz
Anime Awards
Best antagonist

Riz (Beastars season 2)

Nominations: Riz (Beastars season 2), Adam (Sk8: The Infinity), Frill (Wonder Egg Priority), Hijiri (Kageki Shoujo), Edward (Shadows House)

Best Protagonist

Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut
Anime Awards
Best protagonist
Irina

Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut

Nominations: Vivy (Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song), Undertaker (86), Biwa (Heike Monogatari), Sarasa (Kageki Shoujo), Yatora (Blue Period), Mikey (Tokyo Revengers), Irina (Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut), Setsu (Mashiro no Oto), Minato (Re-Main), Komi (Komi Can’t Communicate)

Best OST

Shiroi Suna no Aquatope

Nominations: 86, Heike Monogatari, Shiroi Suna no Aquatope, Fruits Basket The Final, Mars Red, Takt Op. Destiny

Best Fight

Maeda vs. Kurusu (Mars Red)

Nominations: Riz vs. Legosi (Beastars season 2), Draken vs. Hanma (Tokyo Revengers), Maeda vs. Kurusu (Mars Red), Ai vs. Gymnast Teacher (Wonder Egg Priority)

Most Heartbreaking Scene

Fido’s Memories (86)

Nominations: Panic’s death (Wonder Egg Priority), The end of the Heike (Heike Monogatari), Gugu’s Death (To Your Eternity), Irina running into the sun (Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut), Fido’s Memories (86), Tohru’s tumble off the hill (Fruits Basket: The Final)

Our Guilty Pleasure Anime

Guilty Pleasure Anime
Remake our Life
Anime Awards

Remake our Life

Nominations: Sk8: The Infinity, Blue Period, Uramichi Oniisan, Remake our Life, Vanitas no Carte, Bakuten

Star’s Personal Favorite

Vivy Fluorite Eye's Song
Anime Awards
Star's personal favorite
Vivy and Matsumoto

Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song

Luna’s Personal Favorite

Blue Period
Yatora
Anime Awards
Luna's personal favorite anime

Blue Period

Best Opening

“in case…” by BiSH from Godzilla Singular Point

Best Ending

“Koko de Iki o Shite” by eill from Tokyo Revengers

Proudest Moment:

Anime Awards
Re-Main
Proudest moment
Ushimado

Ushimado’s goal from episode 12 of Re-Main

Most Shocking Moment

Sk8: The Infinity
Anime Awards
Adam & Cherry
Most shocking moment

Adam hitting Cherry during their beef from episode 9 of Sk8: The Infinity

Funniest Moment

The Vampire Dies in No Time
Funniest scene
clothes eating vampire

The Clothes Eating Vampire from The Vampire Dies in No Time

Most Relatable Character

Most relatable character
anime awards
uramichi oniisan
life lessons with uramichi oniisan

Uramichi Oniisan from Life Lesson with Uramichi Oniisan

Most Tears Shed over an Anime

Eighty six 86
Anime Awards
Undertaker
most tears shed over an anime

86

Most Tears Shed by a Character

Tokyo Revengers
most tears shed by a character
anime awards
takemichi

Takemichi from Tokyo Revengers

Most Surprising Hero

Tokyo Revengers
anime awards
baji
most surprising hero

Baji from Tokyo Revengers

Most Supportive Supporting Characters

Blue Period
Anime Awards
Most supportive supporting characters
Yatora's friends

Yatora’s Friends from Blue Period

This Could’ve Been Really Cool if it was Written Better

Peach Boy Riverside 
This could've been written better
anime awards

Peach Boy Riverside

Most annoyingly catchy soundtrack

Visual Prison
Anime Awards
Oz
most annoyingly catchy soundtrack

Visual Prison

The Anime for if You’re Down Bad

The anime for if you're down bad
anime awards
vanitas no carte
vanitas

Vanitas no Carte

In Memorium:

Mukaido-san, Daiya, Kaie, Kujo, Haruto, Kino, Touma, Anju, Shin, Theo, Chise, Myna, Mikuri, Tohzan, Lecca, Kuroto, Mina, Kariya, Shuri, Ochi, Io, Kurena, Kanade, Hajime, Blood, Mary, Ibuki, the new Minato, the poor cells in Cells at Work! Code Black, Rengoku, Uramichi Oniisan’s Will to Live, those poor dogs from Irina, Captain Maeda, Setsu’s father, March, Fugu, The Unnamed Boy, Parona, Tonari’s friends, Pioran, Osamu Matsumoto, Matsumoto, Vivy, Nana Matsumoto, Luna Matsumoto, Estella, all the pet companions in Wonder Egg Priority, Baji, and many, many more characters.

Studio of the Year

CloverWorks 
Studio of the year
anime awards

Best Anime of Winter 2021

Horimiya
Anime Awards
Hori x Miyamura
best anime of winter 2021

Horimiya

Best Anime of Spring 2021

To Your Eternity 
Fushi
Anime Awards
best anime of spring 2021

To Your Eternity

Best Anime of Summer 2021

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
Uramichi Oniisan
Anime Awards
Best anime of summer 2021

Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan

Best Anime of Fall 2021

Heike Monogatari
Biwa
Anime Awards
Best anime of fall 2021

Heike Monogatari

Best Anime of the year

For anime of the year, we took all of our seasonal anime and then nominated four extra anime that stood out amongst the rest–but that we didn’t watch during the seasons they came out. We carefully reviewed each–looking at animation, music, character, story, and originality. The nominations for this year are:

Anime Awards 2021
anime of the year nominations
To Your Eternity
Horimiya
Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan
Heike Monogatari

To Your Eternity Horimiya Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan Heike Monogatari

Anime awards 2021
Anime of the year nominations
Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut
Vivy Fluorite Eye's Song
86
Tokyo Revengers

Irina The Vampire Cosmonaut Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song 86 Tokyo Revengers

And the winner is…

Anime Awards 2021
Vivy Fluorite Eye's Song
Anime of the Year 2021

Vivy Fluorite Eye’s Song


Well, there you have it! These are our picks for the best anime of 2021! It was a wild year with a lot of good anime and a lot of pleasant surprises. We had some great second seasons for anime, some amazing newcomers, some really great original stories, and really great adaptions! It was a good year for anime, despite all else. As a last note, we want to give a shoutout to Fruits Basket that finally wrapped up on the small screen after over 10 years of waiting. Like 2021, Fruits Basket was a wild ride!

Thank you again for joining us for the 2021 Anime Awards, the You Can’t Know edition! Here’s to looking forward to all the great anime in 2022 (that we are already enjoying). And don’t forget to join us shortly for our Doki Doki Days, leading up to Valentine’s!

Stay weebtastic,

AishteLOVEru,

Luna & Star


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