Eizouken!, March comes in like a lion, ON-GAKU Win Grand Prizes at 24th Japan Media Arts Festival

Violet Evergarden, Goku VA Masako Nozawa also get recognition at the government-backed award show

Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!


The 24th Japan Media Arts Festival announced its winners today, revealing that the already hugely award-winning TV anime series Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! won the grand prize in the animation division, and much-beloved manga March comes in like a lion taking the same crown in the manga division. More great works from the last year won honors, which can be seen below.


Every year, The Agency for Cultural Affairs inside the Government of Japan holds a media arts festival to "honor outstanding works from a diverse range of media – from animation and comics to media art and games." The festival gives out awards in four different categories: art, entertainment, animation, and manga. This year's winners include:



Animation Division:


Grand PrizeKeep Your Hands off Eizouken! (Science Saru)


Excellence Awards -


Violet Evergarden: the Movie (Kyoto Animation)
A Whisker Away (Studio Colorido)
MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE (Romanian animation)
Grey to Green (Chilean animation)


Entertainment Division:




Manga Division:


Grand Prize March comes in like a lion by Chica Umino 


Excellence Award -


Innocent Rouge by Shinichi Sakamoto 
Kashikokute Yukiaru Kodomo (A Wise and Brave Child) by Miki Yamamoto
HITORIDESHINITAI (I Want to Die Alone) by Kaoru Curryzawa
Hei no naka no biyoshitsu (The Depth of the Sky) by Marco Kohinata with original author Mina Sakurai


Social Impact Award: Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda 


New Face Award -


Swingin' Dragon Tiger Boogie by Koukou Haida
SORATOBU KUJIRA (A Flying Whale): SUZUKI, Suzuhiro Works by Suzuhiro Suzuki
My broken Mariko by Waka Hirako


On-Gaku: Our Sound


Japanese voice actor Masako Nozawa, known as the voice of Goku in Dragon Ball, was recognized with a Special Achievement Award alongside Momotaro Dentetsu video game creator Akira Sakuma.


Sources: Comic NatalieJapan Media Arts Festival website


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.

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