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Animation Kobe, an event run by the city of Kobe for the promotion of work in the various fields of animation, has announced the winners of its 15th Kobe Animation Awards for 2010 (the 2009 award are visible here.)

Some of the more notable winners include Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu for Best Movie, K-ON!! as Best TV Anime, Hatsune Miku’s 39’s Giving Day Concert for the mysterious “Network” Award, and To Aru Kagaku’s “only my railgun” for Best Theme Song.

As with last year’s awards, the winners were announced in advanced of the presentation ceremony, which will be held on November 28th in the Kobe International Conference Center.

The individual awards each have their own in-depth criteria explained on the official website, but basically all involve works of excellence in the animation industry that took place between July 2009 and August 2010:

Individual Category – 細田守/ Mamoru Hosoda

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The “Individual Award”, given to a specific person involved with the oft-overlooked production or creative end of the industry, went to Mamoru Hosoda, a staff director at studio Madhouse who is best known for giving us the superb “Toki o Kakeru Shoujo”, as well as last year’s acclaimed “Summer Wars”.

This award serves to add yet more acclaim to Summer Wars, which also won this year’s Tokyo Anime Fair award for Best Movie.

Last Year’s Winner: 加藤久仁生 / Kunio Kato

Special Category – スタジオ美峰 / Studio Bihou

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The “Special” Award, a catch-all category given in recognition of long-term contributions to the industry, goes this year to a company instead of a person – Studio Bihou (or “Bihou Corporation”, to go by the official award’s website).

Studio Bihou primarily deals with Background and Scenery work for anime series, movies and games, a very different sort of animation studio than those that those that are the principal producers of a series, and so might be unfamiliar to many, despite the considerable fame of many productions they have been involved with, which include the Evangelion 2.0 movie, the Gurren Lagann TV series and movies, the Persona games, Spice and Wolf, and many more.

For those able to remember the industry as it was a decade ago, Kyoto Animation prior to 2003’s Full Metal Panic – Fumoffu operated as a similar sort of animation studio, not producing any of its own series but instead performing backround work in assistance to other studio’s productions.

Last Year’s Winner: 雪室俊一 / Shunichi Yukimoru

Theatrical Film Production Award –

Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu / The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

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The award for Best Movie goes to the truly excellent Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu film released to much acclaim this February.

The Kobe Awards came too early last year to catch the wave of anime movies that began in the 2nd half of 2009, even having to give the award the indignity of going to a Western animated movie; this year the candidates included such gems as the Macross F: Itsuwari no Hime, Nanoha the 1st, Fate/stay Night UBW, but the competition for the top spot could hardly have come between any other films besides Shoushitsu and the latest of the Evangelion revival movies, 2.0.

Last Year’s Winner: WALL-E

TV Production Award – K-ON!!

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The winner of the award for Best TV Show went to KyoAni’s latest megahit, the second season of K-ON!!

Coming up with a winner for this particular category, as compared with movies, is inevitably a more involved process giving the sheer number of shows that come out in any given year, but considering the impact and influence of K-ON!  before, during and after its run amongst the otaku subculture that dwarfed even other recent shows like To Aru Kagaku, Strike Witches, and even any of the year’s crop of movies, it is easy to settle on K-ON!! as being the top show of the year.

This win incidentally follows the first season’s tie (along with Higashi no Eden) for the equivalent award at the latest Tokyo Anime Fair.

Last Year’s Winner: Higashi no Eden

Network Production Award – Miku no Hi Kanshasai 39 Giving Day Project

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The Network award, given for works of “Network Media” such as webshows, went this year to Vocaloid diva Hatsune Miku’s concert with the unwieldly name that essentially translates as Miku’s Thanksgiving Day.

The technologically brilliant event, which involved Miku and some of her Vocaloid sisters projected larger than life onto a stage before a huge glowstick-armed otaku audience was truly a memorable event, and it is hard to think of any other possible competition for this category, besides the possibly ineligible web-broadcast episodes of Bakemonogatari (which was not, strictly speaking, a webshow).

Last Year’s Winner: Suzumiya Haruhi-chan no Yuuutsu & Nyoron☆Churuya-san

Theme Song Award – only my railgun (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun 1st OP)

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The final award, for Theme Song of the year, goes to the worthy “only my railgun”, performed by flipSide and used as the first of two OPs for the To Aru Majutsu no Index sidestory series To Aru Kagaku earlier this year.

The song was a surprise hit for a piece of otaku music, reaching the sort of widespread popularity shared by some of K-ON!’s songs among the general populace – even full sized billboards advertising the album were at train stations far from Akihabara throughout Tokyo earlier this year.

There were even more songs eligible in this category than there were series in the TV category, given that each show typically has several songs throughout its run counting both OP and ED, but this choice seems fairly well chosen. Some other candidates that come to mind might be K-ON!!’s ED “Listen”, Bakemonogatari’s ED “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari”, or Shoushitsu’s theme song “Yasashii Boukyaku”.

Last Year’s Winner: Don’t say “lazy” (K-ON! ED Theme)

See also the 2009 results for last year’s details.


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    Comment by vault2049
    22:57 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with every single choice made. Obvious winners I guess. I may have not seen the Haruhi movie (yet) but I have to admit it has definitely been around and people are talking a lot a about it; only good things BTW. All that's left is to wait for the BD, I guess. Also waiting for the Macross movie, which hasn't been fansubbed yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's pandering to nobody. This is a honest account for a modern list; I agree with everything that is on it.

    It reflects a normal professional judgement, and for once, covers my scarce anime watching this year as I have seen and approved of all of them for their own specialities which they fulfil nicely.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:18 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    All those titles were huge hits, or had many viewers/sells. Durarara was a good show too, but was it nominated.
    And gratulations for K-On :D
    Ireally enjoyed it. my small ray of hope after shitty work which allowed me to relax once a week.

    and to go sankaku anon lvl so i wont be in that k-on liking minority:
    Oh i forgot, it didnt have a deep storyline.. booooooooh...

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    Comment by Sukunai
    00:16 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The awards make sense to me :)

    Disappearance was surprisingly good.

    K-On is proof an anime can be enjoyable without pandering to virgin losers needing something to masturbate to and of course..

    No one is going to be much competition for Hatsune Miku's concert.

    I also find the first opening and closing of Railgun to be deeply satisfying to listen to. One of the few shows where I listen to the full opening and closing each ep.

    If the moe haters gotta hate, let em. It's not like we need to care.

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    Comment by Deibi_Manabu
    17:16 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't see problems with the list either. Just yesterday finished watching Railgun for the first time, and personally I like it much more than K-ON, but at least I like K-ON too! ^^

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    23:42 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish the animu demographic wasn't dominated sex-crazed guys. What's wrong with having a serious story and then rule 34 on the side? All this seems to tell me is that men have no imagination and constantly need pornographic or simulating imagery in front of them in order to enjoy anything. I wish that wasn't the impression I got for animation these days but shit. I mean, my guilty pleasure is Seikon no Quaser but this is ridiculous. Fuck this, I'm so glad Kuragehime is out this season.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    None of these show are about sex though(except if you count the HaruhixMikuru stuff) and are enjoyed by both genders.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Be the change you wish to seek"

    If you want the industry to change the only thing you can do is support shows YOU like, shows like Kuragehime and encourage others to do so, buy the DVDs and merch if you want less moe focused shows to succeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What K-on? I only know Panty and Stockings.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, congrats to the winners. Though they are vastly different from my choices of course. For example, i can't see how Haruhi could have beaten Evangelion 2.0. Even if you don't like Eva, that film was exremely well crafted.

    Best show is also a mixed bag. definitely only reliant on fan following.

    "To Aru.." only got a score for the OP, huh? Really a bummer, because JC Staff deserved more for ridiculously high production values, for example. Nowadays you have to look very hard for a show with such consistently great animation.

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    Comment by Actar
    22:23 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Evangelion 2.22 was not considered for this Kobe Anime Awards since it get released a few months later of the last award, the same thing goes to Summer Wars."

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:41 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    eva 2.0 got an old or rather traditional evangelion concept, while disappearance, i don't know, i can't describe, maybe i'm just haruhifag (or rather yukifag in this movie)

    by the way

    if you got the problem with endless eight you can see the reasons why that arc is needed in this movie

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    Comment by alex251
    19:58 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "i can't see how Haruhi could have beaten Evangelion 2.0."
    ...and nothing of value was lost...

    Comment by Rashid Hasbun
    22:33 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    except credibility

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    Comment by cheese_cake
    21:42 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    from eden to k-on.... either i'm overlooking the artistic elements of the animated film or the judges' decisions are have gone kaput.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pathetic. These awards are just pandering to otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:38 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, which is exactly why shows and movies like Eden of the East, Cowboy Bebop, WALL-E, and Spirited Away have won the awards in the past.

    Otaku pandering shows, the lot of them!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 20/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    TV PRODUCTION AWARD:

    K-ON........

    The mother of the FACEPALMS, come on, this is not the Grammy stupid judges.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:56 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well it's official the industry is now HIJACKED

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    13:35 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    congrats to the winners :)

    Comment by Secret
    01:35 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Al of them are awesome and did there best to be on the top. i love them all that's why.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Glad to see the popularity awards out of the way.. when will see awards for actual effort or technical proficiency? I mean, seeing Bihou on here was a pleasant surprise, but we all know the shows won based on popularity. I'd like to see some non-obvious awards for shows that actually deserve a little attention.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:19 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because things like sales and viewership are the only definitive and fair way to really judge things in this instance, otherwise it comes down to a huge subjectivity contest and even more people will be asking why THEIR favorite didn't win, you can hate K-On all you want but you can't deny that it had the largest impact and financial success.

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    Comment by alex251
    19:31 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And The Oscar Goes To...Mikuuu !! :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:33 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite surprised: Level 5 Judgelight from the same series is a much better song.

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    Comment by taz0x
    16:25 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    that last one for railgun i strongly agree.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:08 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh hell yea miku's concert was one of the best things i ever saw in my life lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How tight was the squeeze you had to endure? I'm a pretty "wide" individual an even I was nearly crushed by the mob at the book show in Taiwan when Kugimiya Rie came.

    Was the concert anywhere near as crammed?

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    Comment by sumisumi
    16:51 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does anyone else find those Miku concerts scary?

    Here they even made her larger than life, so she could easily pick you up and eat your brains out if she wanted to.

    ..or at least that is what I would be thinking of if I was actually there.

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    Comment by alex251
    19:23 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    down voted ~degeso

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:15 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only My Railgun deserved that award...Heck, I'm still listening to it till now!

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    Comment by Saber
    09:51 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love Fripside that is all.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    16:24 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fripside's awesome. Nuff said.

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    Comment by kyosak
    16:17 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me too ...!

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:20 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Awesome song indeed. Fripside FTW

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    Comment by Froob McNoob
    15:58 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This blog post further epitomizes the animu moe-boom..

    Don't get me wrong i'm not one of those one-sided trolls, but deep plot animes never get the spotlight they deserve.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:46 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In terms of number of anime fans,:
    'one of those one-sided trolls' > others

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    thats cause azunyan/mio weren't in any anime with a deep plot.

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    Comment by Schrobby
    19:38 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next season of Ghost in the Shell SAC

    A company builds illegal intelligent sexbots with stolen human brains based on historic anime characters. Azunyan, Mio, Nanoha(loli) and Fate(loli) escape from the factory and meet the Major. Section9 has to find all bots the elite has bought for all sorts of fun from torture to... the really depraved acts.
    The rich fight back with their security companies and in the case of some prominent politicians special units and intelligence agents.

    I'd fund it.

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    Comment by Froob McNoob
    15:55 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aww fudgesickles... I made an account just so I could post ''firstfag'' but then you virtual facepalmed me in a fraction of a second.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    6 minutes, to be precise.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:06 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's his "fraction of a second".
    The world moves too fast for him apparently.

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    Comment by xHadriel
    15:49 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to say that they all deserved it. Disappearance was especially awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:30 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shitty anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Heck yeah! Fate Night Stay beats all of them hands down. None of them are serious shit anyways!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haruhi.
    "not serious shit"

    Excuse me, but wtf are you doing?

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    01:19 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I enjoyed watching the Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works movies, watching the movie felt like watching the highlight of of a football match, rather than the actual football match...that's how condensed and rushed it was...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:05 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhhh no

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:37 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, but to tell the story properly would require the film to be even longer than one of Peter Jackson's monstrosities. Even a full-length series would have to cut a lot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And all the winners go to the moeblobs once again.

    Very "unexpected", huh?

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    Comment by demonhaseo
    02:25 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wouldn't consider Miku a Moeblob either... she's not even Anime

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    Comment by Schrobby
    19:24 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Grats to the winners.

    Studio Bihou surprised me. I thought using photos and filtering them for backgrounnd use is on the rise. It's nice to see drawings make a comeback.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Theoretically Haruhi isn't a moeblob show.

    Theoretically.

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    16:57 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i agree there all epic

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:10 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can still vouch for my other anime that could have been nominated or even won it, but I won't complain....too much.

    Only My Railgun was nice, but I thought there were a large array of great theme songs.

    I just think these awards are too moe-leaned from their choices.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:32 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    my rail gun is good, even my friend who doesn't like anime likes it

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    Comment by Saber
    09:48 17/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am Glad it won since I am a big Fripside fan.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    18:05 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Miku >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Win.
    That's all that really matters to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    On that note, when does it officially release for home keeping?





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