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Loveplus, 1/1 Gundam, Shaft Win Japan Otaku Awards

posted on by Egan Loo
FFXIII, Daisuke Nishijima, Ju-den Chan honored; Yatterman, Eva 2.0, Yamato get nods

The 9th Annual Japan Otaku Awards were presented at Tokyo's LOFT/PLUS ONE hall on January 9. 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 six judges, led by novelist/manga creator Hōsai Tsuruoka, first nominated several entries. Then the panel held a free-form discussion with the audience to determine the winners of the awards presented by each judge, as well as one Grand Prix winner.

Grand Prix

Loveplus (Nintendo DS virtual girlfriend)

Genpachi Tōkaimura Award

Wingnut Wings (model maker)

Hidekuni Shida Award

Final Fantasy XIII (PlayStation 3 role-playing game)

Hisashi Maeda Award

Shaft (anime studio)

Korosuke Narasaki Award

Daisuke Nishijima (manga creator)

Hōsai Tsuruoka Award

Charger Girl Ju-den Chan (Fight Ippatsu! Jūden-chan!! TV anime)

Ryōta Fujitsu Award

1/1 Gundam (event statue)

Grand Prix Nominees

Nominees Votes Judges' Votes Audience Votes (Hands Raised)
Loveplus (Nintendo DS virtual girlfriend) 4 3 1 (18)
Yatterman (live-action film, TV anime) 3 3 0 (7)
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Ha anime film) 2 2 0 (17)
Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection (anime film) 2 2 0 (9)
1/1 Gundam (event statue) 1 0 1 (35)
K-ON! (anime) 1 1 0 (8)
Daisuke Nishijima (manga creator) 1 1 0 (2)
Kamen Rider Decade (special-effects drama) 0 0 0 (6)
Chihayafuru (manga) 0 0 0 (2)

Although they were not nominated, other titles that were discussed during the event included Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Daikaijū Battle: Ultra Ginga Densetsu The Movie, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

The Japan Otaku Awards event is slated to be streamed for a fee on Nico Nico Douga's Loft Channel at the end of January. On February 7, there will be a female counterpart called "Japan Otaku Awards 2009 Girl's Side" to recognize the past year's milestones for female otaku.

The Grand Prix winners in the previous eight years' Japan Otaku Awards 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)
2008 Kitarō anime (Hakaba Kitarō & 5th Gegege no Kitarō TV anime series)

Source: MyCom Journal

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