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Princess Kaguya Wins at 68th Mainichi Film Awards

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"The moon that fell into the sea" short; The Wind Rises also win

The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced its winners for its 68th Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Tuesday. Studio Ghibli and Isao Takahata's Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) film won this year's Animation Film Award.

Additionally, Akira Oda's "Umi ni Ochita Tsuki no Hanashi" ("The moon that fell into the sea") anime short won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new forms of creative expression. Oda describes the 18-minute short as follows: "Opening its eyes, the moon that fell to the depths of the sea was met with complete darkness. Will the moon be able to return to its home in the sky?"

Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) film won the Tatsuya Film fan Award in the domestic category. Those who hold T Cards, the membership card of the Tsutaya video rental chain, voted for the winners of this award.

Actress Mariko Kaga, who played Kaede Domyoji in the Japanese live-action Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) television series and film, won the Kinuyo Tanaka Award that honors an actress's work and career.

This year's awards ceremony will be held on February 13 in Kawasaki in Kanagawa Prefecture.

At least year's awards, Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children film won the Animation Film award and Katsuhiro Ōtomo's "Combustible" short won the Noburou Oofuji Award. In 2012, Hotarubi no Mori e won the Animation Film Award and Isamu Hirabayashi's "663114" anime short won the Noburou Oofuji Award. Previous winners include Colorful, Summer Wars, and Ponyo.

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