Evangelion, Eccentiric Family and others win in Japan Media Arts Festival’s Animation Division Awards
The 17th Japanese Media Arts Festival, which celebrates entertainment, animation, arts and manga has recently announced the winners of their prestigious awards and some big names like Hideaki Anno‘s Evangelion 3.0 were honored.
Winning the Animation Division’s Grand Prize is Approved for Adoption from Belgium/ France. The film is a documentary by Korean-born Belgian director Jung and Laurent Boileau. It’s a documentary about aboy named Jung who was adopted to a Belgian family after the Korean War. According to the Japan Media Arts Festival’s Ooi Fumio, the film won because
Approved for Adoption is far from being just another story about going “in search of myself”. Japan benefitted economically from the Korean War, though it is little known that war orphans were born in Korea, and many of them were then sent to foster parents in Europe and America. The film portrays the protagonist (and artist) and his yearnings for his home country (and biological mother), as well as his anguish about being alien in his European family. The work is restrained in how it expresses both the adversities created by the war and the Confucian influences of his homeland, as well as the reactions to his genuine attempts to help others. The use of the honey-like color to neutralize JUNG’s own ashen experiences is superb, while the film deftly relates the narrative through weaving real footage of the period with animation of the emotions and memories of the artist.
Winning the Excellence Awards for the Animation Division are anime series The Eccentric Family, animated short film Golden Time (not to be confused with the anime series currently airing in Japan), and anime movies Patema Inverted and Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo.
The Awards honored Masayuki Yoshihara for Eccentric Family, Takuya Inaba for Golden Time, Yasuhiro Yoshiura for Patema Inverted and Hideaki Anno for Evangelion 3.0.
According to jury member Gisaburo Sugii, The Eccentric Family won for its blend of fantastic Japanese fantasy and beautiful animation style as well as its colorful characters
Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo meanwhile won because of its exciting story line and its dangerous setting where the word “normal” has already become vague.