The Japanese government has announced that anime director Keiichi Hara is receiving the Fall 2018 Medal with Purple Ribbon. The medal is awarded to “individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.” A total of 18 people, including actor Hiroyuki Sanada were selected to receive the award this month.
Hara worked for years on the Crayon Shin-chan television anime series before garnering critical attention for such films as Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu Appare! Sengoku Daikassen (Crayon Shin-chan; Brilliant! The Great Battle of the Warring States) and Summer Days with Coo. He earned the Jury’s Special Distinction and the Audience Award for the Colorful anime film at Annecy 2011. Hara also won the Anime d’or prize at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) in 2015.