Following the reveal of the Japan Academy Prize picks earlier this month — with Sunao Katabuchi’s In This Corner of the World taking the animated feature prize — more animation news from the Land of the Rising Sun is giving us a hint at the must-see higlights of the prolific local market with the reveal of the Tokyo Anime Awards winners.
The coveted Animation of the Year honors were awarded to Naoko Yamada’s feature film A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) from Kyoto Animation, and popular figure skating-themed sports series Yuri!!! On ICE from studio MAPPA and director Sayo Yamamoto (available on Crunchyroll).
2017 Tokyo Anime Award Winners:
ANIMATION OF THE YEAR
Film: A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)
TV: Yuri!!! On ICE
Yuri!!! On ICE
Best Director: Makoto Shinkai (Your Name.)
Best Script & Original Story: Reiko Yoshida (A Silent Voice)
Best Animator: Tadashi Hiramatsu (Yuri!!! On ICE)
Best Art, Color and Film: Shunichirou Yoshihara (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures: Diamond Is Unbreakable)
Best Sound and Performance: Hiroyuki Sawano (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)
HONORARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Sound Director: Susumu Akitagawa (Guin Saga)
Director: Hiroshi Ikeda (Flying Phantom Ship)
Animation Director: Yoshifumi Kondou (Kiki’s Delivery Service), posthumously awarded
Producer: Sumio Gotouda (Three Tales), posthumously awarded
Art Director: Naoyuki Tsuji (Mazinger Z)
Animation Writer: Taku Furukawa (Speed)
Singer: Youku Maekawa (Cutie Honey themes)
Voice Actor: Eiko Masuyama (Lupin III: Part II)
Original Author: Reiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999)
Color Designer: Michiyo Yasuda (Grave of the Fireflies), posthumously awarded
Titles listed with achievement awardees are merely credits, not the work being recognized by the award; information from myanimelist.net.