The winners of the 26th Japan Movie Critics Awards have been announced, and Naoko Yamada’s A Silent Voice has won the Best Animation of the Year Award!
Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s movie, A Silent Voice, first premiered in Japan in 2016, and has since taken the anime world by storm.
The heart warming story follows Shoya Ishida, a former delinquent who bullied his deaf classmate, Shoko Nishimiya, alongside his friends in elementary school. Shoya reunites with Shoko during high school, and sets himself on a path of redemption when he learns how much they both suffer from his past actions.
Along with this amazing award, Makoto Shinkai won Best Animation Directors Award for his anime film, Your Name, and Masako Nozawa (voice of Goku from Dragon Ball Z) won the Best Animation Voice Actors Award for her role as Sanpei in Kaze no Yō ni.
Makoto Shinkai was unable to attend the award ceremony, and later gave a reason to his absence on Twitter.
新海誠監督：「君の名は。」で監督賞受賞もプロデューサーが代理出席 新作への言及なし https://t.co/5RMgC0SQKV
— 新海誠 (@shinkaimakoto) May 16, 2017
“I received the best animation director award at the Annual Japan Movie Critics Awards. I was not able to attend because I am now working on my new project, but I am very honored. Thank you very much!”
How exciting! We can’t wait to see what his next project will entail!
Congratulations to Naoko Yamada, Makoto Shinkai and Masako Nozawa on these well earned wins!