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Summer Wars, Crunchyroll Win Digital Media Awards

posted on by Egan Loo
Also winning: Avatar, Twitter, DQ IX, BeeTV, mixi, Celsys, "Hibi no Neiro" director

Japan's Association of Media in Digital (AMD) has announced that Mamoru Hosoda's Summer Wars film and the Crunchyroll video-streaming website are among the 10 winners of this year's Awards of Excellence in the 15th Annual AMD Awards on Monday. The awards honor digital media content and services that best use the latest technology in Japan in 2009. The winners will next compete for the Digital Contents of the Year grand prize and AMD Chairman's Award, which will be presented in a ceremony in Tokyo on March 17.

In addition to the Awards of Excellence, Celsys founder Yōsuke Kawakami earned The Life Achievement Award for his work on such tools as Retas! Pro, the software used by Sunrise and many of the anime studios. Relative newcomer Masashi Kawamura earned the Naomi Enami Award for his direction of Sour's "Hibi no Neiro" music video. Hakodate Kaimetsu! Tower Robo vs. Ikaaru Seijin, the promotional campaign that Hakodate City created in the vein of classic live-action special-effects series, won the Regional Award.

Annual Contents Awards (Awards of Excellence)

3D film
Lightstorm Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

video-streaming website

Summer Wars
anime film
Summer Wars Production Committee

Sekai Camera
augmented-reality iPhone app

mobile social networking service

Toku Da Ne! Tōkō Do Ga
viral video television series
NHK, NHK Global Media Services

Tomodachi Collection
life simulation game

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies
role-playing game
Square Enix

mobile phone television station
Avex Broadcasting & Communications

mixi Appli
social networking program

The Life Achievement Award

Yōsuke Kawakami (Celsys, creator of Retas! Pro anime tool and ComicStudio manga-creation software)

The Naomi Enami Award (New Creator Award)

Masashi Kawamura (Hybrid Creative, director of Sour's "Hibi no Neiro" music video)

Regional Award

Hakodate Kaimetsu! Tower Robo vs. Ikaaru Seijin live-action special-effects series
Project Ika-R (Simple Way, Nekonotedo), Hakodate City

Source: animeanime.biz

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