Tokyo Anime Award Festival‘s Anime of the Year is one of the most prestigious awards in the anime industry and this year’s winners have just been announced and they are The Wind Rises and Attack on Titan.
Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises is legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki’s “retirement” work and has been one of the most critically acclaimed anime movies thus far. The movie just came off an Oscar loss to Walt Disney’s juggernaut of a film, Frozen, but it quickly bounced back by winning the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the year.
The Studio Ghibli film wins the Theatrical Department against other strong contenders like Evangelion 3.0, AnoHana: The Movie, Gintama: The Movie, and Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story which was considered for an Oscar nomination.
The winner of the TV Department went to 2013’s most highly talked about anime, Attack on Titan which clearly dominated the anime scene for much of the year. It triumphed over Space Brothers which is also a critically acclaimed anime series.
Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin also won the AMD Digital Content of the Year Award for 2013.
Both anime have also dominated the Tokyo Anime Award Festival as The Wind Rises win several individual awards including the voice actor award for Hideaki Anno, The Animator Award, Best Screenplay, and the Art Director Award. Attack on Titan meanwhile also won on the Bestb Screenplay, The Music Award and Best Director for Tetsurou Araki.
Only works nominated from the period of November 1, 2012 until October 31, 2013 were considered so anime which aired before or after were not included.
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Source: Oricon News