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Japanese Otaku Awards' 2008 Winners Announced

posted on 2009-01-13 23:58 EST
Top award goes to Hakaba Kitarō, 5th Gegege no Kitarō TV anime

The 8th Annual Japanese Otaku Awards were presented at Tokyo's Loft/Plus One hall on January 8. The organizers have described it as an informal "event of the otaku, by the otaku, for the otaku" to commemorate the things, people, and events that left a lasting impression on the otaku world in the past year. A panel of nine judges, led by novelist/manga creator Hōsai Tsuruoka, first nominated several entries. Then the panel held a free-form discussion to determine the winners of the awards presented by each judge, as well as one Grand Prix winner.

Grand Prix

Kitarō anime (Hakaba Kitarō & 5th Gegege no Kitarō TV anime series)

Ryōta Fujitsu Award

Kurahon Kurata no Kuradashi (by Read or Die's Hideyuki Kurata)

Harayasa Tōkaimura Award

Masaki Asai (figure modeler)

Hidekuni Shida Award

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G game

Masumi Kurata Award

Junjō Romantica anime

Hisashi Maeda Award

True Tears anime

Hōsai Tsuruoka Award

Tengirl (Tenga anthropomorphication)

Shinya Yamada Award

Everyone in moe-kabu companies (Example: Production I.G)

Naoki Ishiguro Award

Aria comics & anime

Dorii Osaki Award

Cloverfield/Hakaisha

The Otaku Awards event will be broadcasted on Japan's Mondo21 satellite channel in two parts on January 31 and February 1. The Grand Prix winners in the previous seven years are as follows:

Year Winner
2001 Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi wo Yobu Mōretsu! Otona Teikoku no Gyakushū
2002 Kaiyodo
2003 Mobile Suit Gundam Seed
2004 Moe Anthromorphism (In particular, Bincho-tan)
2005 Akihabara
2006 Ultraman 80 (from the live-action Ultraman Mebius special-effects series)
2007 Video-sharing sites (Example: Nico Nico Douga)

Source: animeanime.jp


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