"Hanasaku Iroha" Writer Mari Okada Wins Kobe Animation Award

Squid Girl Theme Wins Fan Award

Anime writer Mari Okada seems nearly ubiquitous these days. Beyond work on the popular Black Butler and Toradora!, in 2011 alone she wrote Fractale, Horo Musuko (Wandering Son), Hanasaku Iroha and Anohi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai. Her sensitive characterization as well as that extraordinary productivity has earned her the individual honor at Japan's oldest animation prize, the 16th Animation Kobe Award.


Okada's Hanasaku Iroha, Wandering Son, and GoSick stream on Crunchyroll.


Other Animation Kobe Award winners include:


Best Animated Feature - Macross Frontier the Movie-Sayonara no Tsubasa 

Best Animated Series - Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Web Animation/Network Award - Hetalia: World Series


Osamu Dezaki (Rose of Versailes, Aim for the Ace!, Black Jack, Golgo 13: The Professional), who passed away in April, and the production team behind the 15 year run of Detective Conan were recognized with special honors.


Editors from leading anime magazines are included on the jury.


A fan award for favorite theme song went 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.


Via The Asahi Shimbun




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