‘K-On!’ nominated for top animation prize

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Feature film “K-On!” was among five anime titles nominated for best animation at the 35th Japan Academy Prize, organizers said.

Released Dec. 3, “K-On!” continues to be a box office success and has become the front-runner for this year’s prize.

Directed by Naoko Yamada, the anime initially started in 2009 as a TV series aired in a midnight slot, and its ever-increasing popularity resulted in the feature film adaptation.

“From Up On Poppy Hill,” “Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha: The Great Departure,” “Little Ghostly Adventures of the Tofu Boy” and “Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence” were also nominated in the category.

The winner of each category will be announced on March 2 at the awards ceremony.

Past winners include “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” “Tekkonkinkreet,” and most recently, “The Secret World of Arrietty.”

The “Detective Conan” animated feature series has won an outstanding award for six straight years.

Both Kozo Morishita, who directed “Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha: The Great Departure,” and Gisaburo Sugii, the director of “Little Ghostly Adventures of the Tofu Boy,” are animation bigwigs who have worked a long time in the industry.

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