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Animation Kobe Awards
Awarded for Excellence in animation achievements
Presented by Animation Kobe Organizing Committee,
Kobe city
Country 23x15px Japan
First awarded 1996
Official website http://www.anime-kobe.jp/

The Animation Kobe (アニメーション神戸?) is an event created by Kobe city in 1996, to promote anime and other visual media. In the event, the Animation Kobe Awards (アニメーション神戸賞?) are awarded annually by Kobe and the Organizing Committee of the event, to creators and creations.

Event

Since 1996, the Animation Kobe has been held every year in Kobe. Except the awards ceremony, the event holds the screenings of the prize winners and talk shows. The 11th event, in 2006, is carried live on the official website.

No.Event nameDatePlace
1 The 1st Animation Kobe December 8, 1996 Kobe Fashion Mart
2 The 2nd Animation Kobe November 24, 1997 Kobe Portopia Hotel
3 The 3rd Animation Kobe November 22, 1998 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
4 The 4th Animation Kobe November 13, 1999 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
5 The 5th Animation Kobe November 12, 2000 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
6 The 6th Animation Kobe September 16, 2001 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
7 The 7th Animation Kobe November 10, 2002 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
8 The 8th Animation Kobe November 9, 2003 Kobe Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall
9 The 9th Animation Kobe November 14, 2004 Xebec hall
10 The 10th Animation Kobe October 2, 2005 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
11 The 11th Animation Kobe November 19, 2006 Xebec hall
12 The 12th Animation Kobe November 4, 2007 Nishiyama Kinen-kaikan
13 The 13th Animation Kobe November 2, 2008 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
14 The 14th Animation Kobe October 18, 2009 Kobe International Conference Center, Main Hall
15 The 15th Animation Kobe November 28, 2010

Major staffs

Chairman of the Committee
Chairman of the examination

The examination is done mainly by the chief editors of the magazines covering anime, like Newtype, Animedia and Animage. Usually, one of the city employee sent by Kobe City also participates.[1] The chairman is chosen from them by their own votes.[2]

  • Nobuo Oda - 1998 : Chief editor of Animedia
  • Susumu Asaka - 1999 : Chief editor of CD-ROM Fan
  • Toshihiro Fukuoka - 2000 : Chief editor of Weekly Ascii
  • Masahito Arinaga - 2001 : Chief editor of a new magazine of MediaWorks
  • Akitaro Daichi - 2002–2003 : Animation director
  • Kenji Yano - 2004 : Chief editor of Newtype
  • Yasushi Nakaji - 2006 : Chief editor of Animedia
  • Toshihiro Fukuoka - 2007 : Chief editor of Weekly Ascii
  • Isao Fujioka - 2008 : Chairman of MdN Corporation

Winners

Most winners are chosen by the committee. Only the Animation Kobe Theme Song Award is chosen by fans' votes in first selection, though the decision is by the committee. Therefore, the tendency of the prize winners is a little different from other prizes by the fan's vote. (See: Animage Grand Prix)

Individual Award

The activities from September of the previous year to August of the year become objects for the examination. The new figure who can expect the activity in the future is valued. [3][4]

No.YearWinnerNotable work of the year
1 1996 Hideaki Anno Director (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
2 1997 Hayao Miyazaki Director (Princess Mononoke)
3 1998 Shinichi Watanabe Director (Tokyo Pig)*
4 1999 Akitaro Daichi Director (Ojaru Maru, Jubei-chan)
5 2000 Hiroyuki Okiura Director (Jin-Roh)*
6 2001 Hiroyuki Kitakubo Director (Blood: The Last Vampire)
7 2002 Keiichi Hara Director (Crayon Shin-chan TV series & Movie)
8 2003 Yōsuke Kuroda Screenwriter (Ground Defense Force! Mao-chan, Please Twins!)
9 2004 Kenji Kamiyama Director (Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG)
10 2005 Ken'ichi Yoshida Animator (for the character design of Eureka Seven)
11 2006 Hiroshi Nagahama Director (Mushishi)*
12 2007 Hiroyuki Imaishi Director (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
13 2008 Mitsuo Iso Director (Dennō Coil)*
14 2009 Kunio Katō Director (La Maison en Petits Cubes)*
15 2010 Mamoru Hosoda Director (Summer Wars)

* Watanabe, Okiura, Nagahama and Iso awarded by their first directing films

Feature Film Award

The animation films released from September of the previous year to August of the year in Japan become candidates. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries, however the committee sees more importance in a point of view to promote to young creators of Japan.[3][4]

No.YearTitleStudio
1 1996 Ghost in the Shell Production I.G
2 1997 Princess Mononoke Studio Ghibli
3 1998 Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back OLM
4 1999 Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Madhouse
5 2000 Cardcaptor Sakura 2: The Sealed Card Madhouse
6 2001 Spirited Away Studio Ghibli
7 2002 The Cat Returns Studio Ghibli
8 2003 Millennium Actress Madhouse
9 2004 Ghost in the Shell 2 Production I.G
10 2005 New Translation ζ Gundam: Heirs to the Stars Sunrise
11 2006 The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Madhouse
12 2007 Paprika Madhouse
13 2008 Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone Khara, KlocWorx & Gainax
14 2009 WALL-E Pixar
15 2010 The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Kyoto Animation

TV Feature Award

The TV animations broadcasted from September of the previous year to August of the year in Japan, exclude rebroadcasts, become candidates. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries, however the committee sees more importance in a point of view to promote to young creators of Japan.[3][4]

No.YearTitleStudioDirectorScreenwriter
1 1996 Neon Genesis Evangelion Gainax & Tatsunoko Hideaki Anno Hideaki Anno
2 1997 Revolutionary Girl Utena J.C.Staff Kunihiko Ikuhara Yōji Enokido
3 1998 Cowboy Bebop Sunrise Shinichirō Watanabe Keiko Nobumoto
4 1999 ∀ Gundam Sunrise Yoshiyuki Tomino Yoshiyuki Tomino
5 2000 Infinite Ryvius Sunrise Gorō Taniguchi Yōsuke Kuroda
6 2001 Angelic Layer Bones Hiroshi Nishikiori Ichirō Ōkouchi
7 2002 RahXephon Bones Yutaka Izubuchi Chiaki J. Konaka
8 2003 Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Sunrise Mitsuo Fukuda Yoshiyuki Tomino
9 2004 Fullmetal Alchemist Bones Seiji Mizushima Shō Aikawa
10 2005 Gankutsuō Gonzo Mahiro Maeda Natsuko Takahashi
11 2006 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Kyōto Animation Tatsuya Ishihara Yutaka Yamamoto
12 2007 Code Geass Sunrise Gorō Taniguchi Ichirō Ōkouchi
13 2008 Code Geass 2 Sunrise Gorō Taniguchi Ichirō Ōkouchi
14 2009 Eden of the East Production I.G Kenji Kamiyama Kenji Kamiyama
15 2010 K-On!! Kyoto Animation Naoko Yamada

Packaged Work Award

The packaged media distributed from September of the previous year to August of the year in Japan become candidates. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries, however the committee sees more importance in a point of view to promote to young creators of Japan.[3][4]

No.YearTitleDeveloper /
Anime Studio
Type
1 1996 Key the Metal Idol Studio Pierrot OVA
2 1997 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Sunrise OVA
3 1998 Sakura Taisen 2 ~Kimi, Shinitamou koto Nakare~ Sega Video game (SS)
Sakura Taisen: Ouka Kenran RADIX OVA
4 1999 Blue Submarine No. 6 GONZO OVA
5 2000 Shenmue Sega-AM2 Video game (AM2)
6 2001 Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec Polyphony Digital Video game (PS2)
7 2002 Voices of a Distant Star Makoto Shinkai Hand-made anime
8 2003 Sentō Yōsei Yukikaze GONZO OVA
9 2004 Haré+Guu FINAL Bandai Visual OVA
10 2005 Diebuster Gainax OVA
11 2006 The Wings of Rean Sunrise OVA
12 2007 Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. Solid State Society Production I.G Television film

Network Media Award

The anime related media the best use of interactive distributed from September of the previous year to August of the year in Japan become candidates.

Re-created in 2000, as Network Media Award. A word Network does not mean only 'internet'. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries, however the committee sees more importance in a point of view to promote to young creators of Japan.[4]

No.YearTitleDeveloper /
Anime Studio
TypeNote
1 1996 Jungle Park DIGITALOGUE Best Interactive Software
2 1997 Girlfriend of Steel Gainax Video game (Win95) Best Interactive Software Award
1998
-99
Not awarded
5 2000 Pokémon Gold and Silver Nintendo Video game (GBC)
6 2001 Phantasy Star Online Sega MMO (DC)
7 2002 Final Fantasy XI Square MMO (PS2, MS Windows)
8 2003 Grand-Ma
9 2004 Ski Jump pair Riichiro Mashima Hand-made digital animation
10 2005 Mayutoro The Toons XeNN STUDIOS CG anime
10 2005 Yawaraka Sensha (Soft Tank) RAREKO Flash anime
12 2007 Second Life Linden Research, Inc. Internet-based virtual world
13 2008 Hatsune Miku Crypton Future Media Vocaloid character
14 2009 Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya

Nyorōn Churuya-san

Kyoto Animation Internet Anime Spin-off
15 2010 Miku no Nichi Kanshasai 39's Giving Day Sega, Crypton Future Media


Special Award

Awards for individual(s) or group that contributed to Japanese anime during a long period.[3][4]

In the first year, the Yomiuri Award was given to Fujiko F. Fujio who died two months before the event.

No.YearWinnerNote
1 1996 Fujiko F. Fujio Yomiuri Award. Mangaka: the creator of Doraemon etc.
2 1997 Masako Nozawa Seiyū
3 1998 Yasuo Ōtsuka Animator
4 1999 Takao Koyama Screenwriter
5 2000 Shigeharu Shiba Audio director
6 2001 Kunio Okawara Mechanical designer
7 2002 Masao Maruyama Producer (Madhouse)
8 2003 Leiji Matsumoto Mangaka
9 2004 Shigeru Watanabe Producer (Bandai Visual)
10 2005 Ippei Kuri (Toyoharu Yoshida) A founder of the Tatsunoko Production. But, awarded for his activities as General Producer.
11 2006 Group TAC Studio
Nobuyo Ōyama
Noriko Ohara
Michiko Nomura
Kazuya Tatekabe
Kaneta Kimotsuki
Seiyūs: main casts of Doraemon (1979–2005)
12 2007 Isao Takahata Director (Studio Ghibli)
13 2008 Masaki Tsuji Screenwriter
14 2009 Shun-ichi Yukimuro Writer
15 2010 Studio Biho Studio (anime background art)

Animation Kobe Theme Song Award

The theme songs of anime or the animations of other media distributed from September of the previous year to August of the year in Japan become candidates. The vote by fans is done, and the best five voted songs become the candidates to final. Especially, the committee sees more importance to one that made only for the anime and sing the 'spilit' of it. [4]

Only the Thema Song Award is influenced by the fans. This format started from the 4th event. The total number of votes in a year is about 10,000 votes. The result of the vote is also announced on the official sites of Radio Kansai, Anitama.com and the programs of Radio Kansai before the event. Though this is a preliminary vote to reduce the candidates to final, the candidates chosen in first by the vote always win the awards, at present.

No. Year Award Title Song of Singer(s) Note
Composer
1 1996 Best Theme Song Yuzurenai Negai Magic Knight Rayearth Naomi Tamura
Naomi Tamura
2 1997 Best Music Composing Shiro Sagisu
1998 Not awarded
4 1999 AM Kobe Award Ojamajo CARNIVAL! Magical DoReMi Mahōdō vote: 1st,
with 288 of 8,545 votes
Takeshi Ike
5 2000 AM Kobe Award We Are! One Piece (1st OP) Hiroshi Kitadani vote: 1st,
with 875 of 13,988 votes
Kōhei Tanaka
6 2001 AM Kobe Award W-Infinity Gear Fighter Dendoh Hitomi Mieno with Hironobu Kageyama vote: 1st,
with 1,182 of 10,298 votes
Little Voice
7 2002 AM Kobe Award For Fruits Basket Fruits Basket Ritsuko Okazaki vote: 1st,
with 1,155 of 10,054 votes
Ritsuko Okazaki
8 2003 AM Kobe Award Asu e no brilliant road Stellvia of the Universe angela vote: 1st,
with 1,209 of 11,590 votes
atsuko
9 2004 Radio Kansai Award DANZEN! Futari wa Pretty Cure Futari wa Pretty Cure Mayumi Gojo vote: 1st,
with 1,276 of 8,254 votes
Yasuo Kosugi
10 2005 Radio Kansai Award Happy☆Material Negima!: Magister Negi Magi Mahora Gakuen Chyuutoubu 2-A vote: 1st,
with 753 of 9,920 votes
Shigenobu Ōkawa
11 2006 Radio Kansai Award Hare Hare Yukai The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Aya Hirano, Minori Chihara & Yūko Gotō vote: 1st,
with 2,095 of 7,450 votes
Tomokazu Tashiro
12 2007 Radio Kansai Award Motteke! Sailor Fuku Lucky ☆ Star Aya Hirano, Emiri Katō, Kaori Fukuhara & Aya Endo vote: 1st,
with 2,017 of 8,105 votes
Satoru Kōsaki
13 2008 Radio Kansai Award Triangler Macross Frontier Maaya Sakamoto -
Yoko Kanno
14 2009 Radio Kansai Award Don't say 'lazy' K-ON! Aki Toyosaki, Yōko Hikasa, Satomi Satō & Minako Kotobuki -
15 2010 Radio Kansai Award only my railgun A Certain Scientific Railgun fripSide -

References

  1. Judges at the 3rd event (1998), Judges at the 6th event (2001), Judges at the 9th event (2004)
  2. about the chairman of the judges at the 6th event (2001)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 criterion of examination at the 3rd event (1998)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 criterion of examination at the 5th event (2000)

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