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Japan Academy Awards: Anime Nominees

The nominations for the 34th Annual Japanese Academy Prize (Japan’s Oscar) were announced last week. The awards will be presented on February 18, 2011. In the animation category were the following five feature films:

Director: Keiichi Hara
Production Studio: Sunrise
Film Website

Karigurashi no Arrietty
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
English Title: The Borrower Arrietty
Production Studio: Studio Ghibli
Film Website

Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Ningyo Daikaisen
Director: Kozo Kusuba
English Title: Doraemon The Movie: Nobita’s Great Battle of the Mermaid King
Production Studio: Fujiko Productions
Film Website

Meitantei Conan: Tenkuu no Lost Ship
Director: Yasuichiro Yamamoto
English Title: Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky
Production Studio: Tokyo Movie Shinsha (TMS)
Film Website

One Piece Film: Strong World
Director: Munehisa Sakai
Production Studio: Toei Anaimation
Film Website

On a related note: over at the LA Times, Charles Solomon ranks his Top Ten anime for 2010 on their Hero Complex blog.

(Thanks, Nick Rucka)

  • Right!
    *packs up and moves to Japan*

  • Doraemon, Conan and One Piece? They makes films of those series nigh on every single year, kind of a waste of entries..

    • John

      Well Conan has been nominated every year but One Piece only twice and its full length films are possibly going to be spread out every 2 years.

  • Sat

    Where’s Redline? It looks crazy and unique, it was released a few months ago and I barely heard of it. Maybe it wasn’t elligible.

    • John

      Possibly, One Piece Strong World came out in Dec. 2009. Redline came out in Oct. 2010. There must be a cut off point when a film is released so late in the year.

    • Who knows. I want to see it though… I am always weary though because stuff that looks good from japan can have stories that fall apart.

  • kringle

    No love for Summer Wars? I am disappoint.

    • John

      It won for best animated film for 2010.

    • Pandora

      To be fair cute as Summer Wars was, the plot and playout was basically almost exactly the same as Diaboramon Attacks from Digimon the movie. Not that that has anything to do with anything really, now that I think on it.

      • GhaleonQ

        Uh, Pandora, it was by the same director during the standard dues-paying phase of his career. If you didn’t comprehend that Summer Wars was a parody of the Digimon movie and that it tied into Summer Wars’ themes of art versus commerce, you didn’t understan the movie. *slaps forehead*

      • Jarko

        Mamoru Hosoda only directed the first two short Digimon movies and the episode 21 of the first series, not Diaboramon Attacks.

      • andrew osmond

        What a singularly silly comment. Apart from anything else, it implies that every viewer who saw Summer Wars (both in Japan and elsewhere) had to have seen the Digimon film film first in order to comprehend Summer Wars’ story.

      • But everyone everywhere HAS seen the Digimon movie, right?


      • andrew osmond

        Re Jarko’s comment, I think that Pandora just mixed up the films. The cyberspace action in ‘Summer Wars’ has a very strong resemblance to that in ‘Our War Game,’ the second theatrical spinoff from Digimon, which _was_ directed by Mamoru Hosoda.

      • Uh, NO

        *OBVIOUSLY*, no one here realizes that “Elitist Reference 5” is just a parody-spinoff-juxtaposition-parallel to “Elitist Reference 1076”. And if you can’t comprehend that, you shouldn’t even be *watching*.


  • ZN

    Any publicity is good publicity but I wonder how the Secret of Kells crew feels about their work being considered ‘anime’ by the LA Times. Does it really need to be exoticized? People should see it because it’s a good film, not because it ‘appeals to anime fans’.

    • Also if you didn’t notice almost everything on this list was from 2009, the 2010 releases were DVD releases in the US. In fact I believe that the Eva remake was from 2007. Also FMA: Brotherhood was from 2009, its on Hulu btw. Anything Naruto is trash.

      That said if you want some really good anime check out Moribito, its on Netflix and from 2008, quite good. I used to be more up on this stuff but not so much anymore as the “top 10” lists indicates everything is a damn sequel or remake. The Japanese are getting worse than the Americans.

      On a side note, except for excessive ‘fan-service’ High School of the Dead is a pretty good short 2010 series. I like it only because I am obsessed with zombies and the zombie sub-genre isn’t done much in Japan let alone the US or even in a serialized form. The part I find interesting is that its actually quite scary if you can ignore the boobs all over the place.

  • Does the academy award short films?

    • Sat

      I wonder too, but I know that “Japan Media Arts” and the Mainichi Film Award rewards a lot of shorts and “alternative” anime.
      This year “Japan Media Arts” gave an “Excellence Prize” to Colorful, which is mentioned here, and Fumiko’s Confession, a student short that was featured on Cartoon Brew some time ago. It’s also full of unusual animation that common folks wouldn’t expect from Japan.

      • GhaleonQ

        Yeah, I’d say the Japan Media Arts festival is the highbrow one (and, even if I disagree with their specific choices, they have EASILY the most unimpeachable list of any film awards series in the world). This rewards the more mainstream stuff.

      • The Mainichi Film Concours, which airs in February, awards both highbrow and lowbrow animation. Their Animation Award is presented to feature films and the Noburo Ofuji award is for innovation in animation. It is often given to short films or collections of short films by one director.
        You can read about the past winners on my blog:

  • They look amazing!!!=)
    I wish they would show these movies in every Cinema! Wanted to see “Paprika” on the big screen, but there was no movie theatre nearby where I could see it!:(

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Welcome to my world.

  • RedLine is possibly the most original and innovative anime i’ve seen in decades and instead we have conan and doraemon nominated. this is an even more irrelevant list of nominations then the american oscar for animated feature.

  • Cyber Fox

    When the hell are Luffy and his non-ninja comrades EVER gonna find “One Piece” and will Luffy EVER become the King of The Pirates?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Again, that’s the plight of every shonen action series! You never know when it’s going to end.

      • Jabberwocky

        Well, not EVERY shonen action series. Fullmetal Alchemist had an end and is probably one of the better manga works I’ve seen. I can’t speak for how the 2nd anime handled the plot though as I haven’t seen the end of it.

    • John

      If you enjoy the series why would you want it to end and if you don’t then why do you care?

      I’m assuming you don’t because if you actually followed the series you’d know that Luffy’s quest for One Piece isn’t the end all and be all of the entire story anyway.

      It’s a grand fantasy adventure story not some fighting series with constant training to battle villains who want to rule the world.

  • That list is just an arbitrary list of cartoons, many not in any way released in 2010, either in Japan or as US releases – and not even all anime. You simply should not be linking to such stuff.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    If any anime feature wins,it will be Arrietty. Strange that the Doraemon tv series and features have not been dubbed into English,I’m pretty sure American kids would like them.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      We would think so too, we don’t even get the TV series here at all, and that’s been going on for the past 30 years.

  • Vzk

    Japan makes hundreds of movies out of anything that’s popular on TV. Imagine if we had a Simpsons or South Park feature film every year.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Out of curiosity,what are the top 10 grossing movies in Japan this year? Is Arrietty #1?

    • Yep. Arrietty was #1 by a long shot – estimated at $100 million US in box office receipts