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Strike Witches, Kaiba Honored at Japanese Media Arts Fair

Awards abound at the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs' Media Arts Festival.

That headline is only funny if you're familiar with both shows in question.


But on to the news! The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs held its annual Media Arts Festival yesterday, and a number of anime series won awards. Kunio Katou's Tsumiki no Ie, which already picked up a couple of awards at the Annecy Festival in France earlier this year, won the top prize in the anime category. Kaiba, a personal favorite of mine from Kemonozume director Masaaki Yuasa, also earned an excellence award.
TENORI-ON
TENORI-ON

anime!anime! also reports that the event spotlighted the new instrument TENORI-ON, developed to be a “modern” musical instrument. The instrument looks sort of like a monochrome Lite Brite, and sounds kind of like a MIDI version of a harp. If you're interested, here's a demo video of the TENORI-ON with its creator. If you can figure out how exactly the thing works, kudos to you-- to me it kinda looks like he's playing Minesweeper.


Anyway, back to the awards! Among those that won judge recommendations are Strike Witches, Mamoru Oshii's latest film The Sky Crawlers, Code Geass R2, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (huzzah!), Soul Eater, and Minamike. Excellent choices all...well, okay, I'm a little bit surprised to see Strike Witches there since it's such a fanservice panderer. On the other hand, so is Geass; just a different kind of fanservice...


And finally, Makoto Isshi's Piano no Mori picked up the top prize for manga. Judge-recommended manga titles include Nodame Cantabile, Otomen, and Moyashimon.

Sigueon Dec. 9, 2008 at 1:40 p.m.
The judge that recommended Strike Witches is a raging lolicon. It's insulting as an anime fan to see Strike Witches alongside names like Kaiba and Zetsubou Sensei. It gives us everyone that watches anime a bad name.
Kuroon Dec. 9, 2008 at 2:10 p.m.
Jesus Christ, why would anyone Strike Witches.
Void_Wizardon Dec. 9, 2008 at 2:45 p.m.
Great to see Strike Witches get some love.
Sigueon Dec. 9, 2008 at 9:09 p.m.
You disgust me.
Kuroon Dec. 9, 2008 at 9:20 p.m.
If by good you mean bad.

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