The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, North American comics' equivalent of the Oscars, have announced their 2016 nominees. As in recent years, the awards, first given in 1988, have put most of their manga candidates in Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category. More after the jump.
In 2014, one of Japan's largest newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun, organized Sugoi Japan, a program to promote Japanese popular media by compiling lists of the best examples. Following its 2015 inaugural year, which crowned Madoka Magica and Attack on Titan as the top anime and manga, respectively, it returned to pick the 2016 Cool Japan champions. See what was selected after the jump.
At the 39th annual Japan Academy Prize awards show held in Tokyo on March 04, 2016, Mamoru Hosoda's latest film, The Boy and the Beast, took home the prize for "Animation of the Year". Hit the jump to learn more.
Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun has announced the finalists for the 20th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. Asahi Shimbun describes the award as "honoring the late Osamu Tezuka, an artist who left an indelible mark on the nation's manga culture." Selections are made by a comitee of booksellers based on works compiled into collections released in 2015. The winner will be published in the paper in late April.
Online voting has begun for the 2nd annual Sugoi Japan Awards, which seek to celebrate the works of anime, manga, light novels, and entertaining novels that Japan wishes to share with the rest of the world. Hit the jump to learn more.
While Attack on Titan was recognized for Best American Edition of Foreign Material in the 2014 Harvey Awards, a North American prize given for achievement in comic books, named for writer-artist Harvey Kurtzman and founded by Gary Groth, president of the publisher Fantagraphics, no manga was among its 2015 nominees. More after the jump.
The North American comic industry has presented the winner of its prestigious Eisner Awards during a gala ceremony on Friday, July 10 at Comic-Con International: San Diego. The prize of the manga-dominated (and this year manga-exclusive) Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia category went to Drawn & Quarterly's release of Showa 1939–1943 and Showa 1944–1953: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki.
Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata's The Tale of The Princess Kaguya took its first major English language award of the season courtesy of The Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The LEGO Movie was runner-up for their top animated film of 2014. More after the jump.
The Newtype Anime Awards of 2014 have concluded and the winners have been announced as of the Machi Asobi event on Saturday. Hit the jump for more!
The comic industry's Harvey Awards have announced their final nominee ballot. Named for Mad Magazine's legendary Harvey Kurtzman, the awards are distinguished by Comic-Book creators. Kodansha's release of Attack on Titan competes with Drawn and Quarterly's release of Shigeru Mizuki's Showa: A History of Japan, and Viz's release of Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny compete with two European comics for Best American Edition of Foreign Material. More after the jump.
Selections for this year's 45th Seiun Awards have been announced. Anime titles Gargantia, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Psycho-Pass, Girls und Panzer and Patema Inverted will be competing against the movies Gravity and Pacific Rim for the media award. More after the jump.
Nahoko Uehashi, author of anime-adapted novel series Moribito and Erin, has won the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award, the children's literature equivalent of the Nobel Prize. More after the jump.