‘Black Butler’ scoops prize at the Japan Expo Awards

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

“Black Butler,” a film about the multi-talented manservant of an aristocratic English family, won the best anime adaptation of a manga award at the Japan Expo Awards in Paris on June 30.

The Japan Expo, held at the Paris Nord Villepinte international exhibition center, is a major convention for European fans of manga, anime and other pop culture trends.

“Summer Wars” won the best animated film prize, beating “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie–Conqueror of Shamballa,” “Mai Mai Miracle” and “The Sky Crawlers.”

Although the films were released in Japan a couple of years ago, they have only just been officially released in France.

“Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2” won the best original anime award. “Bakuman” won the best boys’ manga award, “Maid Sama!” won the girls’ category, and “The Drops of God” was judged the best comic for men.

In the videogame category, “Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2” won the best home console game prize.

The best album award in the J-music category went to “Microcosm” by the Japanese rock band Flow.

The other winners included “The Vision of Escaflowne,” which won the award for the best anime release, and “Ikigami,” the winner of the best live-action film in the Asian film category.

First introduced in 2006, the awards honor entertainment content from Asia and have attracted increasing attention. Their scope has been extended to include 14 awards in the manga, anime, Asian film, videogame, and J-music categories.

Winners are selected by a combination of a jury of industry professionals and voting by fans.

For more information in English about the Japan Expo visit (http://www.japan-expo.com/en/).

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