Love is War Wins Unprecedented 3rd Season Anime Title at Spring 2022 Anime Awards

With a considerable lead of 2,480 votesKaguya-sama: Love is war is again crowned Anime of the Season at Anime Trending – its third win in the poll site’s history, and the only anime to do so. The show won first in the winter of 2019 and then again in the spring of 2020, which was marred by numerous broadcast delays due to the then-emerging COVID-19 pandemic. This time he won SPY x FAMILYwhich settled for the New Anime of the Season award, preventing another chance for a shonen anime to finally win the Anime of the Season after 14 seasons.

The attack of the Titans was the last shonen anime to win anime of the season, which it claimed in the summer of 2018. It competed for the title again in its final season in the winter of 2022, but was defeated in a landslide by My darling dressing.

Kaguya-sama win also cemented A-1 Pictures’ lead in the list of anime studios with the most anime to win Anime of the Season. A-1 Pictures now has seven AOTS titles under its belt, followed by Lerche with four wins. Other A-1 Pictures AOTS winning titles are ALDNOAH.ZERO (Summer 2014), Your lie in April (Fall 2014), DELETED (Winter 2016), and Sword Art Online (Fall 2019).

In addition to winning Anime of the Season in Spring 2022, it also won Favorite Romance and placed second for Favorite Comedy and Favorite Opening and Ending Theme Songs. Its lead couple, Miyuki Shirogane and Kaguya Shinomiya, placed third for favorite ship-couple, while they both individually placed fourth for favorite male and female characters.

Cinderella short

Although he didn’t win anime of the season, Daylight saving time rendering still had a big and historic “Cinderella” run on Anime Trending’s weekly charts. From an initial ranking as low as No. 19, he ended up ranking third in the final tally with a 16-place improvement. the biggest ranking improvement recorded in the history of Anime Trending. In the weekly charts, it was able to reach No. 1 in week nine and stayed there for two weeks, until Kaguya-sama regained the top spot in the final week.

Another “Cinderella” run seen this season, this one ending in victory, was that of Yuuichi Katagiri (Tomodachi Game), who is crowned Favorite Male Character of Spring 2022. Katagiri started at No. 16 in the opening week of the Male Characters polls, but quickly rose to No. 5 the following week, then slowly headed towards the top, which he finally reached in the eighth week of the season. He stayed on top until the end of the season, amazingly catching and knocking down Loid Forger (SPY x FAMILY) four weeks in advance.

Challenge the detractors

Meanwhile, the favorite female character award was won by Shikimori (Shikimori is not just a cutie), winning the title by a narrow margin of 238 votes over his nearest competitor, Yor Forger (SPY x FAMILY). She also won favorite couple-ship of the season with her boyfriend, Izumi.

The duo were able to maintain their lead after suffering a barrage of criticism towards their show, mostly based on plot consistency but sometimes turning south to the point of ridiculing Izumi’s masculinity. The show was also at a disadvantage as it had two late cases due to workplace disruption caused by an outbreak of COVID-19 within Doga Kobo, the studio behind the show. In the end, their supporters apparently always had the upper hand and ultimately prevailed in the numbers game.

Kabe Taijin (Ya Boy Kongming!) and Kurumi Tokisaki (Date a live) complete the set of character award winners, being crowned as Favorite Supporting Male Character and Favorite Supporting Female Character, respectively.

Other winners

AOASHI scored an unprecedented win at the Spring 2022 Anime Awards. Along with winning favorite sports anime, it also became the first-ever sports anime to win the favorite action or adventure award, which was until present monopolized by shonen and isekai fighting anime.

Ya Boy Kongming! came second in the list of anime with the most awards won this season, in addition to winning the favorite supporting male character, it also won the title of favorite musical anime of this season, beating the mighty franchise Love Live and favorite opening theme song for QUEENDOM. “Chiki Chiki Bam Bam.” The song gained popularity due to the song’s impressive animated dance sequence featuring its characters, including the titular character Kongming, who is based on the famous historical Chinese military strategist and statesman.

Dance Dance Dancerand The Rise of the Shield Heroalso picked up awards this season, winning Favorite Drama and Favorite Fantasy respectively.

The full list of awards and results is available on our Spring 2022 Anime Awards Winner Portal.

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