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The Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government announced the 30 winners of this year's Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) Art Encouragement Prizes on Tuesday. This year's winner of the MEXT Art Encouragement Shinjin Prize in the Media Arts category is Tatsuyuki Nagai, the 36-year-old director of the Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. (anohana) television anime series.
Nagai is currently directing the Waiting in the Summer television anime series, which premiered in January. Before anohana, he also directed anime such as Toradora!, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, and Honey and Clover II.
This is the fourth year in which prizes were awarded in the Media Arts category. Mamoru Hosoda, director of the Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time anime films, won the MEXT Art Encouragement Shinjin Prize in this category in 2010. Takehiko Inoue, the manga creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond, and REAL, received the award in 2009.
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