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The Agency for Cultural Affairs, a special body of the Japanese Ministry of Education, chose anime art director Shichiro Kobayashi as an award winner in its yearly awards for contributions to Japan's film industry. Kobayashi was selected to receive the award for his meritorious services toward the development of art in Japanese films from a group of six people nominated for the award.
Kobayashi started his career in anime art directing in 1966, and he founded the anime art studio Kobayashi Productions in 1968. Kobayashi's extensive anime series credit list includes art direction for Berserk, Nodame Cantabile, Blood+, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Legend of Basara, and Touch. He also worked on the anime films Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Angel's Egg, and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer.
Directors Hiroshi Sasagawa (Speed Racer, Yatterman, Time Bokan) and Gisaburô Sugii (Touch, Street Fighter II, Dororo) previously received this award. Kobayashi will receive his prize in Tokyo on October 22 with winners in other categories of the Agency of Cultural Affairs film awards.