And the winner is...

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) 2019 announced on Feb. 21 that “Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer” won the Anime of the Year Grand Prize in the feature film category.

“Zombie Land Saga” received the accolade in the TV series category.

The honor was also given to four individuals, including voice actor and singer Mamoru Miyano in the sound and performance category.

Commercial works released between Oct. 15, 2017, and Oct. 13, 2018, in Japan are eligible for the Anime of the Year award, which recognizes excellence in animation. In 2019, 524 titles contended for the prize. Anime fans voted for their favorite works, leaving the top 100 titles (10 movies and 90 TV shows) for the final selection round, with anime professionals and experts determining the recipients of the Anime of the Year prize.

On Feb. 15, it was announced that the “Banana Fish” TV series won the fan-voted Anime Fan Award.

“Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer” is the 22nd film adaptation of the hit manga and anime franchise. Its box office takings reached a record high of 9.18 billion yen ($82.3 million).

“Zombie Land Saga” caused a stir after it aired in fall 2018. Co-produced by Mappa Co., Avex Pictures Inc. and Cygames Inc., the anime show centers around an all-zombie idol group.

Jukki Hanada was also given the Anime of the Year award in the original work/screenplay category for “A Place Further than the Universe,” while Yoshiaki Kyogoku received the accolade in the series director/episode director category for “Laid-Back Camp.”

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