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Ponyo Wins Tokyo Anime Fair's Animation of the Year

posted on 2009-02-19 10:32 EST
Macross Frontier, Geass R2, Detroit Metal City, Miyazaki, Kanno also win

The Tokyo International Anime Fair has announced the winners of the 8th annual Tokyo Anime Awards.

Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea film was named the Animation of the Year for 2008. Under the rules of the award, the winning work must be one that "made the greatest contribution to the world of anime" during the year of its release. The anime also won the Domestic Feature Film category, while Miyazaki won honors as the director and story creator. Macross Frontier, Shoji Kawamori and Satelight's project to mark the 25th anniversary of Macross, and Goro Taniguchi and Sunrise's Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 sequel took the honors in the Television Category. The Detroit Metal City video anime was recognized in the Original Video Category, and Kung Fu Panda won in the International Feature Film Category.

Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone, Dennō Coil, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase, Summer Days with Coo, Hideaki Anno (Evangelion: 1.0), and Taiyo Matsumoto (Tekkonkinkreet) were among last year's winners. Yoko Kanno wins the Best Music category for the second year in a row.

The winners of this year's awards for individual achievement were:

Best Director

Hayao Miyazaki
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Best Original Story

Hayao Miyazaki
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Best Screenplay

Ichiro Okouchi
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Best Art Direction

Noboru Yoshida
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Best Character Design

Tetsuya Nishio
The Sky Crawlers

Best Voice Actor

Jun Fukuyama
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2

Best Music

Yoko Kanno
Macross Frontier

The award ceremony itself will be held on March 20, during the course of this year's TAF at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center's Reception Hall.

Source: animeanime.jp


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