Winners of the 2015 Tokyo Anime Award Festival

The winners of the 2015 Tokyo Anime Award Festival have been announced.

Animation of the Year: Theatrical Film
Frozen
Award of Excellence: Stand By Me Doraemon

Animation of the Year: Television
Ping Pong: The Animation
Award of Excellence: Yo-kai Watch

Animation of the Year: Anime Fan Award
Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising-

Best Director
Isao Takahata

Best Script/Original Work
Jukki Hanada

Best Animator
Kumiko Takahashi

Best Animator
Nobutake Ito

Best Animator
Osamu Tanabe

Best Character/Mecha Design
Takahiro Kishida

Best Art Director
Kazuo Oga

Best Voice Actor/Actress
Daisuke Ono

Best Voice Actor/Actress
Kouki Uchiyama

Best Music
Hiroyuki Sawano

The recipients of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards include:

Art Director
Masahiro Ioka (Anne of Green Gables)

Voice Actor
Hiroshi Ohtake (Cyborg 009)

Composer
Nobuyoshi Koshibe (Sazae-san)

Singer
Isao Sasaki (Galaxy Express 999)

Producer
Hisashichi Sano (Doraemon)

Animation Artist
Sadao Tsukioka (Cigarettes and Ashes)

Director
Toshio Hirata (Pet Shop of Horrors)

Original Creator
Monkey Punch (Lupin III)

Animator
Tadakatsu Yoshida (Fushigi Yugi Eikoden)

Scriptwriter
Yoshitake Suzuki (Kyojin no Hoshi)

Sound Director
Kan Mizumoto (Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files)

Ioka, Koshibe, and Hirata passed away before receiving their awards.

The festival also presented awards in the Competition category.

Feature-Length Work
Song of the Sea
Award of Excellence: Mune

Short-Length Work
“Mi ne mozem zhit bez kosmosa” (“We can’t live without cosmos”)
Award of Excellence: “Bang bang!”
Award of Excellence: “Beach Flags”
Judges’ Special Award: “My Stuffed Granny”
Audience Award: “Shichigorosawa no Kitsune”

To be eligible, the works had to have been screened in theaters or broadcast on television in Japan between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014. The nominees were selected by 100 judges, including anime producers and members of The Association of Japanese Animations.

Source: ANN

Tokyo Anime Award Festival Announces Winners of the Meritorious Service Award for 2015

The staff of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival have announced the winners of the Meritorious Service Award for 2015:

Art Director

  • Masahiro Ioka (Anne of Green Gables)

Voice Actor

  • Hiroshi Ohtake (Cyborg 009)

Anime Work Award

  • Nobuyoshi Koshibe (Sazae-san)

Singer

  • Isao Sasaki (Galazy Express 999)

Producer

  • Hisashichi Sano (Doraemon)

Animation Artist

  • Sadao Tsukioka (Cigarettes and Ashes)

Director

  • Toshio Hirata (Pet Shop of Horrors)

Original Creator

  • Monkey Punch (Lupin III)

Animator

  • Tadakatsu Yoshida (Fushigi Yugi Eikoden)

Script Writer

  • Yoshitake Suzuki (Kyojin no Hoshi)

Sound Director

  • Kan Mizumoto (Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files)

The award ceremony for the Meritorious Service Award will be held on March 22, 2015 at the TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi branch. The Tokyo Anime Award Festival will be held in Tokyo, Japan from March 19 to 23, 2015 at the same theater.

Source: ANN

2014 In Review: Anime In Memoriam

Remembering those in the anime industry who passed away during 2014:

  • Yasuki Hamano, anime and media expert, passed away on January 3 at the age of 62 due to a stroke.
  • Takajin Yashiki, the singer for the theme and image songs for Mobile Suit Gundam – The Movie Trilogy, passed away on January 3 at the age of 64 due to espphageal cancer.
  • Koichi Tsunoda, animator, passed away on January 14 at the age of 75 after a long battle with cancer.
  • Russell Johnson, narrator in Robotech II: The Sentinels, passed away on January 16 at the age of 89 due to natural causes.
  • Seizo Katou, voice actor, passed away on January 17 at the age of 86 due to complications from bladder cancer.
  • Ichiro Nagai, voice actor, passed away on January 27 at the age of 82.
  • Masaaki Tsukada, voice actor, passed away on January 27 at the age of 74 after being under medical treatment for illness for some time.
  • Campbell Lane, anime dub actor, passed away on January 30 at the age of 78.
  • Kevin Seymour, anime dub director, passed away on February 6, 2014.
  • Runa Akiyama, voice actress, passed away on March 8, 2014 at the age of 61 due to acute heart failure.
  • Kirsten Bishop, voice actress, passed away on April 15, 2014 at the age of 50 due to lung cancer.
  • Kouji Yada, voice actor, passed away on May 1, 2014 at the age of 81 due to chronic kidney failure.
  • Tadahiko Hirano, anime theme song singer, passed away on June 13, 2014 at the age of 76 due to a heart attack.
  • Casey Kasem, voice actor in Battle of the Planets, passed away on June 15, 2014 at the age of 82 due to complications from Lewy body disease.
  • Katherine Schroeder, website designer and anime DVD menu designer, passed away on July 17, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
  • Shuusei Nakamura, voice actor, passed away on July 30, 2014 at the age of 79.
  • Lauren Bacall, the voice of the Witch of the Waste in the English dub of Howl’s Moving Castle, passed away on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89.
  • Toshio Hirata, director, passed away on August 25, 2014 at the age of 76.
  • Iemasa Kayumi, voice actor, passed away on September 30, 2014 at the age of 80 while undergoing medical treatment.
  • Kazuko Yanaga, voice actress, passed away on November 1, 2014 at the age of 67 due to sepsis.
  • Rokuro Naya, voice actor, passed away on November 17, 2014 at the age of 82.
  • Nobuyoshi Koshibe, anime music composer, passed away on November 21, 2014 at the age of 81.
  • Bunta Sugawara, Japanese actor who provided anime voices, passed away on November 28, 2014 at the age of 81.
  • Keinojou Mizutama, artist, passed away on December 13, 2014 at the age of 55 after a long period of hospitalization.
  • Hidetoshi Nakamura, voice actor, passed away on December 24, 2014 at the age of 60.

Additional 2014 In Review posts:

Anime Director Toshio Hirata Passes Away

Anime director Sunao Katabuchi posted on Twitter that anime director Toshio Hirata passed away on August 25, 2014. Hirata was 76 years old at the time of his passing.

Hirata began his career in 1960 when he worked on Alakazam the Great. During his career, Hirata would direct projects for both Mushi Productions and Madhouse; his credits include The Fantastic Adventures of Unico, Pet Shop of Horrors, and Barefoot Gen 2. Recently, he was one of many anime creators to contribute to the Space Dandy television anime series.

Source: ANN