You’ll never guess what jury recommended 😛

First, I am going to list the winners of the grand prizes in all categories with brief descriptions, and then I’ll mention jury recommendations in anime category.

Art Division

Oups!: Marcio AMBROSIO

Humorous graphics appear in front of the audience facing the screen. The graphics make the audience start to move — they pretend to play the guitar or punch the air like Superman. They get into acting and play with the exhibition. A variety of contents are pre-installed, eliciting a pleasant reaction with a good tempo from the audience. Everyone will enjoy this lighthearted installation.

Entertainment Division

Tenori-On: IWAI Toshio / NISHIBORI Yu representing the
TENORI-ON development team

A device with an interface similar to a video game console, and designed to use light and sound to create a new type of musical instrument. The 256 LRD lights, arranged so that there are 16 vertical lines in 16 horizontal rows, function as switches; they create patterns of light that allow the player to visually control the sound. This entry made a great impression, and was developed cooperatively with a company to create a marketable product.

Animation Division

The House of Small Cubes: KATO Kunio

An old man lives in a room that resembles a pile of stacked up wooden blocks surrounded by water. He drops his pipe in the submerged lower floor. When he dives to pick it up, he encounters memories of his family carved in each room. The precious memories of the people he used to know, including his absent wife and daughter, are depicted with a gentle touch, making this a fine and moving piece of work. The theme of global warming is also hidden just below the surface.

Kaiba took Excellence Prize.

Manga Division


An abandoned piano that seems unplayable lies in a forest at the edge of a town. Brought up in this piano forest is an unorthodox boy of genial musical talent. This is the story of his desire to become a pianist and of his encounters with many diverse people.

Special Achievement Prize

NAKAYA Fujiko (Artist)

Read more about the Japan Media Arts Festival at the official website, but most additional materials will be posted later in January 2009.

Here is what jury recommended…

Jury Recommended Works (Long Animation)

Title Artist
Kara no Kyoukai – the Garden of sinners Ei Aoki
The Sky Crawlers Mamoru Oshii
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 Goro Taniguchi
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Akiyuki Shinbo
Sutefan No Ongaeshi Maro Naito / Yukihiro Suzuki / Jun Aoki / Atushi Edo
Strike Witches Kazuhiro Takamura
Soul Eater Takuya Igarashi
Tetsuwan Birdy Decode Kazuki Akane
Tokyo Marble Chocolate Naoyoshi Shiotani
Noramimi Yoshitaka Koyama
Hakaba Kitarō Masatoshi Chioka
Hells Angels Yoshinobu Yamakawa
Minami-ke Masahiko Oota
Yasai no Yousei – N.Y. Salad Episode 5 The Lost Piano Yoshitaka Amano

Jury Recommended Works (Story Manga)

Title Artist
Nurse Aoi Ryo Koshino
Inuyasha Rumiko Takahashi
Uryuudou Yume Banashi Akiko Hatsu
Oishinbo Tetsu Kariya / Akira Hanasaki
Otomen Aya Kanno
Galaxy Ginza Kenichiro Nagao
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni Fumiyo Kouno
Jokyo Afro Tanaka Masaharu Noritsuke
Shinjuku Swan Ken Wakui
Saint Young Men Hikaru Nakamura
Nodame Cantabile Tomoko Ninomiya
81diver Yokusaru Shibata
The Top Secret Reiko Shimizu
Hoshimamoruinu Takashi Murakami
Mokuzoumeikyuu Mart Asami
Moyashimon Masayuki Ishikawa
Rinshi!!Ekodachan Yukari Takinami

Source: ANN


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