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Tsumiki no Ie, Piano Forest, Kaiba Win Media Arts Awards

posted on 2008-12-10 09:35 EST
Also honored: Wii Fit, Sky Crawlers, Geass, Soul Eater, Inuyasha, Nodame, Moyashimon

The Japanese government's Ministry of Cultural Affairs has announced the winners of the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards on Tuesday. Kunio Katō's "Tsumiki no Ie" ("The House of Small Cubes") anime short won the Grand Prize in the Animation Division; it had already won the top award at France's Annecy International Animated Film Festival in June. Makoto Isshi's Piano no Mori (The Piano Forest), the inspiration for the recent anime film of the same name, won the Grand Prize in the Manga Division.

Masaaki Yuasa's Kaiba science-fiction love story and Koji Yamamura's "A Child's Metaphysics" experimental short were among the four winners of the Prize for Excellence in Animation. Satoru Makimura's Real Clothes shōjo fashion manga and Daijiro Morohoshi's Shiori to Shimiko supernatural horror manga were among the four winners of the Prize for Excellence in Manga.

The Tenori-on digital musical instrument won the Grand Prize in the Entertainment Division. The Wii Fit game for the Nintendo Wii console and Balance Board accessory was among the four winners of the Prize for Excellence in Entertainment. Brazilian artist Marcio Ambrosio won the Grand Prize in the Art Division for his Oups! art installation.

The 12th Japan Media Arts Festival will be held in Tokyo from February 4 to February 15 next year. Previous winners of the Media Arts Festival Awards have included Gainax's Gurren Lagann and Mitsuo Iso's Dennō Coil science-fiction anime, Yamamura's acclaimed "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor" short, Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond and Real manga, Nintendo's Nintendogs pet simulator, Aniplex's Kamichu slice-of-life school anime, and Mamoru Hosoda's The Girl Who Leapt Through Time time-traveling anime remake.

Animation Division

Grand Prize

"The House of Small Cubes" (Kunio Katō)

Excellence Prize

Kaiba (Masaaki Yuasa)
"Dreams" (Chie Arai)
"Kudan" (Taku Kimura)
"A Child's Metaphysics" (Koji Yamamura)

Encouragement Prize

"Algol" (Noriaki Okamoto)

Jury Recommended Works (Long Animation)

Title Artist Category
Kara no Kyōkai - the Garden of sinners: Thanatos. Ei Aoki Movie
The Sky Crawlers Mamoru Oshii Movie
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Goro Taniguchi TV·OVA
Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei Akiyuki Shinbo TV·OVA
Sutefan No Ongaeshi Maro Naito / Yukihiro Suzuki / Jun Aoki / Atushi Edo TV·OVA
Strike Witches Kazuhiro Takamura TV·OVA
Soul Eater Takuya Igarashi TV·OVA
Tetsuwan Birdy Decode Kazuki Akane TV·OVA
Tokyo Marble Chocolate Naoyoshi Shiotani TV·OVA
Noramimi Yoshitaka Koyama TV·OVA
Hakaba Kitarō Kimitoshi Chioka TV·OVA
Hells Angels Yoshinobu Yamakawa TV·OVA
Minami-ke Masahiko Ohta TV·OVA
Vegetable Fairies (Yasai no Yousei - N.Y. Salad) Episode 5 The Lost Piano Yoshitaka Amano TV·OVA

Manga Division

Grand Prize

Piano no Mori (Makoto Isshi)

Excellence Prize

Real Clothes (Satoru Makimura)
Shiori to Shimiko (Daijiro Morohoshi)
Maestro (Akira Saso)
Munakata Kyouju Ikouroku (Yukinobu Hoshino)

Encouragement Prize

Cartoon 2008 (Masafumi Kikuchi)

Jury Recommended Works (Story Manga)

Title Artist
Nurse Aoi Ryō Koshino
Inuyasha Rumiko Takahashi
Uryuudou Yume Banashi Akiko Hatsu
Oishinbo Tetsu Kariya / Akira Hanasaki
Otomen Aya Kanno
Galaxy Ginza Kenichiro Nagao
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Fumiyo Kouno
Jokyo Afro Tanaka Masaharu Noritsuke
Shinjuku Swan Ken Wakui
Saint Young Men Hikaru Nakamura
Nodame Cantabile Tomoko Ninomiya
81diver Yokusaru Shibata
The Top Secret Reiko Shimizu
Hoshi Mamoru Inu Takashi Murakami
Mokuzoumeikyuu Mart Asami
Moyashimon Masayuki Ishikawa
Rinshi!! Ekoda-chan Yukari Takinami

Source: animeanime.jp


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