Crunchyroll reveals a slate of celebrity presenters set to appear and participate in the seventh annual Crunchyroll Anime Awards, taking place March 4, 2023 in Tokyo, including director Robert Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard ("Stranger Things"), WWE Superstar Zelina Vega, Juju Smith-Schuster of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, top streaming talent, and more.
“I love anime, it’s an art form that has always inspired me. For the creators, it’s unbound creativity and freedom of expression, where they can make truly iconic, creative worlds and characters,” said Robert Rodriguez, award-winning writer and director. “Anime is a crucible for new ideas and fresh perspectives in entertainment. So I’m very excited to help celebrate the grand winners being honored at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards in Japan.”
The full list of talent includes American football players Aidan Hutchinson and Juju Smith-Schuster; actor, musician and director Finn Wolfhard; actress and artist Hunter Schafer; Cobra Kai's actor Jacob Bertrand; film director, screenwriter, producer Robert Rodriguez; WWE Superstar; and YouTube Gaming streamers Sykkuno and Valkyrae.
“I have been a huge anime fan since I was a kid. It has been a part of my whole life, till this day, it has helped me so much. I’m an NFL athlete and I get to represent this anime world. So for me to present an Anime Award to some of the greatest shows in the world, it's the best,” said Juju Smith-Schuster.
The Crunchyroll Anime Awards is the leading yearly awards program honoring the creators, musicians, and performances across streaming and theatrical powering the global love of anime. This year’s nominees represent anime excellence across more than 30 anime studios, eight streaming platforms, over 50 series and films, and celebrating more than 50 voice actors. Sony Music Solutions will support Crunchyroll in the execution of the event, which will be streamed for global audiences.