Tatsuyuki Nagai, the director of AnoHana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai), is announced as the winner of The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan’s Media Arts Award. He has also worked on Toradora! and the currently airing Ano Natsu de Matteru. He is one of the 30 Japanese citizens who have been awarded a title this year.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese government announced the 30 winners of this year’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) Art Encouragement Prizes. This is the fourth year in a row that this award is being given. The last winner was Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl who Leapt through Time) and Summer Wars’ director Mamoru Hosada while the 2009 award was given to Vagabond’s Takehiko Inoue.
I can’t help but wonder, is Nagai-san as good as the previous winners or was he chosen just because he was the best out of the year? For me, Summer Wars and The Girl who Leapt through Time are really popular shows and have quite the audience (can’t note that I was also pleased to watch them, especially Summer Wars – it was really cute)…and Vagabond is a legend. AnoHana is definitely a big anime with huge audience too! Personally, I am happy to see anime staff being awarded and acknowledged.
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