40th Animage Anime Grand Prix: Soma Saito wins Best Voice Actor Award

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The results of the 40th Animage Anime Grand Prix awards are out. Soma Saito takes home the Best Actor award, as IDOLiSH7 dominates all categories for this year’s edition.

Anime Grand Prix is an annual prize decided by the votes of readers of the magazine Animage. The categories up for voting are the following: Anime of the Year, Best Voice Actor, Male and Female characters of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Exhaustive results for all categories can be found in Animage’s August 2018 issue.

Best Voice Actor

According to Animage’s readers, the Best Voice Actor is Soma Saito.

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Saito, 27, is known for his roles as Tenn Kujo (IDOLiSH7), Tsurumaru Kuninaga (Katsugeki Touken Ranbu), Tsubasa Okui (TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION) and Kai Ichinose (Piano no Mori). Saito got a total of 437 points.

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He was followed by Yuki Kaji, 32, recently active in anime such as Shokugeki no Souma (Terunori Kuga) and Attack on Titan (Eren Jaeger). Kaji got 314 points.

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In third place is Kensho Ono, 28, with 256 points. Riku Nanase (IDOLiSH7) contributed heavily for Ono’s high rank.

Here are the top 20 results:

  1. Soma Saito
  2. Yuki Kaji
  3. Kensho Ono
  4. Mamoru Miyano
  5. Hiroshi Kamiya
  6. Yuichi Nakamura
  7. Yoshimasa Hosoya
  8. Yuichiro Umehara
  9. Junichi Suwabe
  10. Daisuke Ono
  11. Yuki Aoi
  12. Tsubasa Yonaga
  13. Toshiki Masuda
  14. Masako Nozawa
  15. KENN
  16. Rie Takahashi
  17. Shouta Aoi
  18. Jun Fukuyama
  19. Nobuhiko Okamoto
  20. Ryohei Kimura

Anime of the Year (top 10):

  1. IDOLiSH7
  2. Osomatsu-san 2
  3. Detective Conan
  4. Gintama
  5. Pop Team Epic
  6. PriPara
  7. Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card
  8. Bungo Stray Dogs
  9. Hoseki no Kuni
  10. Boku no Hero Academia

Male Characters of the Year (top 10):

  1. Tenn Kujo (IDOLiSH7)
  2. Riku Nanase (IDOLiSH7)
  3. Sogo Osaka (IDOLiSH7)
  4. Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)
  5. Karamatsu Matsuno (Osomatsu-san 2)
  6. Toru Amuro (Detective Conan)
  7. Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card)
  8. Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
  9. Iori Izumi (IDOLiSH7)
  10. Gaku Yaotome (IDOLiSH7)

Female Characters of the Year (top 10):

  1. Sakura Kinomoto (Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card)
  2. Tsumugi Takanashi (IDOLiSH7)
  3. Kagura (Gintama)
  4. Takagi-san (Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san)
  5. Popuko (Pop Team Epic)
  6. Ran Mouri (Detective Conan)
  7. Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden)
  8. Pipimi (Pop Team Epic)
  9. Hinata Kawamoto (March Comes in Like a Lion)
  10. Hibiki Shikyoin (PriPara)

Song of the Year

  1. IDOLiSH7 “WiSH VOYAGE” (IDOLiSH7)
  2. TRIGGER “Heavenly Visitor” (IDOLiSH7)
  3. Mai Kuraki “Togetsukyo ~Kunsoufu~” (Detective Conan: Crimson Love Letter)
  4. Maaya Sakamoto “Clear” (Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card)
  5. AOP “Kimi-shi Ayauku mo Chikau yore” (Osomatsu-san 2)
  6. Kenshi Yonezu “Peace Sign” (Boku no Hero Academia)
  7. Soma Saito “Hikari Tatsu Ame” (Katsugeki Touken Ranbu)
  8. IDOLiSH7 “Natsu Shiyouze” (IDOLiSH7)
  9. Burnout Syndromes “Hana Ichi Monme” (Gintama)
  10. MEZZO “Ame” (IDOLiSH7)

Only anime aired/premiered, songs released, and voice actors active between 01/04/2017 and 31/03/2018 were eligible for voting.

Thank you to anonymous for the tip.

SOURCE: Animage August 2018 issue

Vanessa Silva
Vanessa Silvahttps://www.handthatfeedshq.com
The Hand That Feeds HQ founder, content creator, and music reviewer. Basically, the only person managing everything at The Hand That Feeds HQ. Stumbling upon Mamoru Miyano's "Orpheus" in 2011 was the start of this journey. If music is thought-provoking or deep, you may find her writing almost essays (not limited to, but it happens a lot with Soma Saito's music). She's the producer and host of the male seiyuu-centric podcast, SEIYUU LOUNGE (see Spotify link in this profile).

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