The Tokyo International Anime Fair, scheduled to take place the end of March at the Tokyo Big Sight, has announced the winners of their TAF 2010 Anime Awards.
August 2009’s Summer Wars film was especially well represented, taking a number of awards, including the top Anime of the Year prize, with K-ON! and Higashi no Eden (or Eden of the East) sharing the top ranking for TV anime.
Animation of The Year – Summer Wars
Summer Wars has (of course) only been released in Japan, and strangely enough, Korea, so it’s not nearly as well known internationally as some of the other names listed below.
TV Category Excellence Award – TIE – K-ON! / Higashi no Eden
The website makes no particular mention of a tie, but instead lists the award twice, each one giving the award to these two well-known TV series.
OVA Category Excellence Award – Eve no Jikan (Time of Eve)
Eve no Jikan was an interesting project, combining 2D animation with a 3D background and being streamed online instead of being televised or sold as on OVA.
Foreign Theatrical Category Excellence Award – Wall-E
This category was more or less to be expected…
Domestic Theatrical Category Excellence Award – Summer Wars
Obviously, taking the top overall award did not disqualify Summer Wars from taking this award as well, which otherwise would most likely have gone to Evangelion 2.0 as a runner up.
Director Award – 細田 守 / Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars)
Hosoda is probably better known internationally for also being the director of the excellent Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.)
Original Work Award – 細田 守 / Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars)
This award would normally be given to the original creator of a story (such as a light novel’s original author), but here it given again to Summer War’s director, presumably for his role in developing the story in addition to the screenwriter, who instead received the award below…
Screenplay Award – 奥寺 佐渡子 / Satoko Okudera (Summer Wars)
Fine Arts Award – 武重 洋二 / Youji Takeshige (Summer Wars)
In case you’re wondering what this award is for, Takeshige was the Art Director for Summer Wars.
Character Design Award – 貞本 義行 / Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Sadamoto is of course eternally famous for being the character designer for Evangelion, as well as being one of Gainax’s founding members.
Seiyuu Award – 神谷 浩史 / Hiroshi Kamiya (Bakemonogatari)
Kamiya performed the male lead role of Koyomi Araragi in Bakemonogatari, but is perhaps even more widely known as Itoshiki Nozomu of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei.
Music Award – 鷺巣 詩郎 / Shirou Sagisu (Evangelion 2.0)
Sagisu has been Evangelion’s main musical composer since the original TV series, and given the amount of his original 1995 music is used in the latest Eva movies this award must also be in recognition of the quality of Eva’s well-known soundtracks.
The Tokyo International Anime Fair opens on March 25, but will only be open to the general public from the the 27th to the 28th.