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Akiko Higashimura's Kakukaku Shikajika Manga Wins Media Arts Award

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Japanese government's Ministry of Cultural Affairs announced the winners of the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards on Friday.

Manga Division

Grand Prize

Kakukaku Shikajika (So-and-so, Such-and-such) by Akiko Higashimura

Excellence Award

Awajima Hyakkei (A Hundred Scenes of Awajima) by Takako Shimura

Otōto no Otto (My Brother’s Husband) by Gengoroh Tagame

Kikai Jikake no Ai (Machinework Love) by Yoshiie Gōda

Non-working City by Tingfung Ho (Portugal)

New Face Award

esoragoto! (Absurd Ideas) by nerunodaisuki, a self-published comic

Tamashii Ippai (Lots of Life) by Yuka Okuyama

Machida-kun no Sekai (The World of Machida-kun) by Yuki Andō

The website also listed an English PDF with the 28 Jury Selections in the Manga Division. The list featured 25 Japanese works, including: Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki, Usamaru Furuya's Joshikōsei ni Korosaretai, Suehiro Maruo's Tomino no Jigoku, Norifusa Mita's Suna no Eikan, and more.

Animation Division

Grand Prize

Rhizome short film by Boris Labbé (France)

Excellence Award

The Case of Hana & Alice by Shunji Iwai

Isand (The Master) short film by Riho Unt (Estonia)

My Home short film by Phuong Mai Nguyen (France)

Yùl and the Snake short film by Gabriel Haren (France)

New Face Award

Typhoon Noruda (Taifū no Noruda) by Yōjirō Arai

Deux Amis (Two Friends) short film by Natalia Chernysheva (Russia)

Chulyen, a Crow's tale short film by Agnès Patron and Cerise Lopez (France)

The website also listed an English PDF with the 23 Jury Selections in the Animation Division. The Jury Selections featured eight Japanese works, including:

I Can't Breathe
Animated short film
Sayaka Kihata

The Anthem of the Heart
Animated feature film
Tatsuyuki Nagai, Mari Okada, and Masayoshi Tanaka

Sarusuberi ~Miss HOKUSAI~
Animated feature film
Keiichi Hara

Animated short film
Yōko Yuki

Sugar Lump
Animated short film
Ryō Ōkawara

Nothing you need to see
Animated short film
Keigo Ito

The Boy and The Beast
Animated feature film
Mamoru Hosoda

Animated TV series
Shirobako Project (Tsutomu Mizushima, representative)

Animator, supervising animator, and character designer Yōichi Kotabe also received a Special Achievement award.

The website for the awards has a full list of the winners in English.

[Via Comic Natalie]

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