The Yahoo! Japan Search Awards announced the winners of each category on Wednesday. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba took the award in the anime category and Weathering With You took the film category. One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda won in the author category, and Yuki Kaji won in the voice actor category.
The awards are decided based on the number of searches for a particular term compared to the year before. The people, products, and media that receives the most drastic increase in searches compared to the previous year receive awards.
Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano accepted the author award on Oda’s behalf. When asked if it was difficult to find the time to end One Piece, Nakano said, “Yes, we at Shueisha want One Piece to continue forever, but the story is getting more exciting as it heads towards its climax, so please keep searching for Eiichiro Oda and One Piece.”
Oda left a written message, saying: “[Oda is] the word I’m most afraid to search! Eek! But thanks so much!”
Yuki Kaji left a video message, saying: “I’m happy about people searching me to get to know more about me, but I’d also be happy if I became a gateway for people to get into voice actor and anime culture.”
Weathering With You director Makoto Shinkai also left a video message, saying: “In Weathering With You, the protagonist Hodaka submits questions to Yahoo! Answers and gets worthless responses. I have to thank Yahoo! for giving me the approval to depict Yahoo! Answers without even knowing how it was going to be used.”
Source: Comic Natalie