Mari Okada wins Kobe Animation Award

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

Anime screenwriter Mari Okada will receive the individual award at the 16th Animation Kobe Awards on Oct. 16.

Okada has become known as one of top writers in the anime industry in recent years, lauded for her extraordinary productivity and sensitive characterization.

Her titles include “True Tears,” “Canaan,” “Toradora!,” and “Black Butler.” In 2011 alone, her output included the hits “Fractale,” “Horo Musuko” (“Wandering Son”), “Hanasaku Iroha” and “Anohi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai” (We still don’t know the name of the flower we saw that day).

The animated film “Macross Frontier the Movie-Sayonara no Tsubasa” will receive the best animated feature prize at the awards, while “Puella Magi Madoka Magica” will get the best animated TV series award. “Hetalia: World Series” has been selected for the network award, which is given to a web-based animated series.

Anime director Osamu Dezaki, who died in April 2011, will be honored with a special prize for a career in anime spanning four decades, and the same accolade will be awarded to the “Detective Conan” production team, whose popular animated TV series has been running for 15 years.

The theme song award, the only award voted for by fans, will go to “Shinryaku no Susume” (an encouragement of invasion) from “Shinryaku! Ika-musume” (Invasion!: Squid girl), which is performed by musical duo Ultra-Prism and voice actress Hisako Kanemoto.

The Animation Kobe Awards are the oldest animation prizes in Japan and are intended to recognize works and individuals that make outstanding contributions to the Japanese animation industry. Editors from leading anime magazines are included on the jury.

The award-giving ceremony will be held on Oct. 16 in the Main Hall of the Kobe International Conference Center.

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