Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Japan Sinks: 2020 anime series won the Jury Award for a TV Series for its first episode “The Beginning of the End” at this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival on June 19, 2021.
The anime competed in the TV Films category this year, and was slated to compete in the category last year, but was removed from last year’s event, following a delay in delivery linked to COVID-19.
The anime series adapted Sakyo Komatsu’s Japan Sinks (Nihon Chinbotsu) science-fiction novel, and premiered on Netflix in July 2020. The show had 10 episodes. Nihon Chinbotsu 2020 Gekijō Henshuban: Shizumanu Kibō, the compilation film version of the show, opened in Japanese theaters with 5.1ch sound on November 13, 2020.
Established in 1960, Annecy is the world’s oldest and largest animation film festival. This year’s event ran from June 14-19, 2021 in the French town of the same name, and it celebrated the event’s 60th anniversary.