Seiyu Awards Committee announced the delay or the cancellation of “14th Seiyu Awards” ceremony and “New Voice Actor Excavation Final Audition” held at the same day on Mar. 7, 2020 due to increasing risks of the new Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Japan.
The committee stated that they made such decision for the events because they valued the safety of award winners, the applicants, and staff from the virus which do not have specific cure and it is unknown how it was spread.
On the other hand, the announcement of the award winners for “14th Seiyu Awards” will be held in a special program on the internet radio of Japanese Cultural Broadcast “Super! A&G+” from Mar. 7, on 6:00 pm, and the results can be posted on the official Twitter of Seiyu Awards after the announcement on the radio.
From the "14th Seiyu Awards", some of the winner were announced in advanceof the award ceremony on Mar. 7, 2020. The "Merit Award" goes to Yada Minoru and Kousaka Makoto, "Tomiyama Kei Memorial Award" goes to Mizushima Yuu, and "Takahashi Kazue Memorial Award" goes to Fukami Rika.
"Seiyu Awards" is the largest event in the voice actor industry where the most active, most popular, most talented voice actors of the year, and the veteran voice actors that have been active for many years gathere together.
This year is the 14th awarding,and the "Merit Awards" that is given to the voice actor who has contributed to various genres including behind the scene for many years goes to Yada Minori ( Professor Shikishima from "Tetsujin 28-go") and Kousaka Makoto (Oka Hiromi from "Aim for the Ace!").
The "Tomiyama Kei Memorial Award" (Voice actor active in various categories including appearance in works) goes to Mizushima Yuu (Myoujin Takeru/ Mars from "Six God Combination Godmars"), and "Takahashi Kazue Memorial Award" (Voice actress active in various categories including appearance in works) goes to Fukami Rika (Aino Minako/ Sailor Venus from "Sailer Moon").
The "Special Achievement Award" is given to the voice actor that has passed away during the year.
The award ceremony for the "14th Seiyu Awards" will be held in Media Plus Hall, Nippon Culture Broadcasting, Tokyo on Mar. 7, 2020.
Furthermore, the second "Seiyu Awards" introduction program "Chou! A&G+ Special 'Mikami Shiori's Seiyu Award Introduction #2'" featuring Mikami Shiroi, will be broadcast in "Chou! A&G+" on Feb. 28.
14th Seiyu Awards Advanced Announcement-List of winners
Merit Award: Yada Minoru, Kousaka Makoto
Tomiyama Kei Memorial Award: Mizushima Yuu
Takahashi Kazue Memorial Award: Fukami Rika
"Seiyuu Awards" is an event where the most active, popular and skilled voice actor of the year will encounter each other. It was decided that the award ceremony for the 14th "Seiyuu Awards" will be held on Mar. 7, 2020 and a portion will of the award winner will be announced in advanced in Feb..
The "Seiyuu Awards" had a wide range of awards such as "Best Actor in leading role Award", "Best Actress in leading role Award", "Best Personality Award", "Synergy Award","Influencer Award" "MVS" and others.
Furthermore, as a special program to liven up the "Seiyuu Awards", "Super! A&G+ Special 'Mikami Shiori's Seiyuu Awards Introduction #1' " will broadcast on Jan. 31. The program will be handled by the voice actress Mikami Shiori as she look back at the thirteen "Seiyuu Awards" that was held. Mikami Shiori is the qualified candidate of the newcomer audition of the "2nd Seiyuu Awards" and the Best Newcomer Actress for the "6th Seiyuu Awards".
"14th Seiyuu AwardsAward Ceremony" will be held on Mar. 7, 2020 at Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc, Media Plus Hall.
■14th "Seiyuu Awards" Award Ceremony
○Date: Mar. 7, 2020 (Saturday)
○Time: Starting 6:00 pm/ Ending 8:00 pm (estimate)
○Venue: Nippon Cultural Broadcasting, Inc, Media Plus Hall
Japan's only anime x different industry collaboration award event "Animono Zukuri Award" announced co-sponsorship with "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021 (Kyo Mafu)" to be held in September 2021. In addition to the anime commercials, collaborations, and design departments, a new "regional revitalization department" has been established, and entry acceptance will begin on May 17.
The "Animono Zukuri Award", started in 2017 as an award to recognize these efforts, continues to be a hit with animated movies and TV anime series, and in recent years there has been an increasing number of collaboration cases between general companies and anime, manga, and characters being used for marketing.
More than 300 works have been submitted so far, and many excellent prize-winning works have been selected at the "Animono Zukuri Awards" held three times in the past.
The event was postponed last year due to the spreading of the novel coronavirus, but it will be held this year and co-sponsored with "Kyo Mafu" as the "1st Kyoto Animono Zukuri Award" at the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021 (Kyo Mafu)", which will be held in Kyoto City in September. Furthermore, from this year, 7 categories, including 6 categories such as animation CM, content collaboration, craft design category, and a new "regional revitalization category" with the theme of "regional revitalization x anime" have been selected.
In addition, the selection committee chairman Natsuno Takeshi and other selection committee members who have a deep knowledge of anime, manga, characters, and games have been appointed.
Entries for the "1st Kyoto Animation Monozukuri Award" will be accepted from May 17 to June 30, and the Grand Prix and prize-winning works of each category will be announced and the award ceremony will be held at "Kyoto Mafu" held in mid-September. The schedule is under development.
For details, please check the official website.
Animono Zukuri Award Executive Committee
Due to the spreading of the novel coronavirus, we postponed the "4th Animono Zukuri Award" last year, but this year, we have obtained cooperation from the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2021", a comprehensive trade fair for content centered on manga and anime. With the cooperation of "Kyoto Mafu", the "Kyoto Animono Zukuri Award" will be held in September at the same place.
We apologize for the inconvenience caused to the companies and related parties who entered last year's "4th Ani Monozukuri Award", but we hope that you will continue to support this award. Thank you for your consideration.
In addition, the works that have already been submitted will be considered as entry works for the "Kyoto Animobi Zukuri Award". We will contact each company individually, but if you have any questions, please contact the secretariat.
[Anime! Anime! Biz / Article reprinted from animeanime.biz]
'Japan Sinks : 2020' directed by Yuasa Masaaki has been nominated for TV Films in the Competition "Annecy International Animation Film Festival"
"Japan Sinks : 2020" is the first-ever anime adaptation of "Japan Sinks", a big hit novel written by Komatsu Sakyo. The anime adaptation is directed by Yuasa Masaaki ("The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl" "Lu over the Wall"), a world- famous director, and a total of 10 episodes are available on Netflix since July 2020.
Episode 1 titled 'The Beginning of the End' is nominated for TV Films in the Competition 'Annecy International Animation Film Festival' .
Yuasa-director has four works nominated for Annecy International Animation Film Festival: one for Short Films, two for Feature Films, and one for TV Films. In 2017, he won the Crystal award for a Feature Film with "Lu over the Wall".
'Annecy International Animation Film Festival' 2021 will be held from June 14 to 19.
（C）"Japan Sinks : 2020" Project Partners
"8th New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival" has been decided. It will be held onsite in New Chitose Airport Terminal, Hokkaido and online. For the onsite, it will be held for 4 days from November 5 to November 8, 2021.
"New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival" is a film festival that gathers all the latest animation work from all around the world in New Chitose Airport that is making rapid progress to become an entertainment airport as well as a gateway to connect Hokkaido to the world.
This is the world's first film festival held in the airport that started in 2014 with the objective of "The film festival transmitting throughout the airport and can only be held in an airport". In 2019, it has recorded the highest number of attendance, which is approximately 43,000 local and overseas attendances. Due to the coronavirus last year, this festival was held both onsite and online, and the total online view has exceeded 100,000.
This year, it will also be held in both onsite and online in New Chitose Airport Terminal just like last year and it will deliver the exciting experience of the animation that can only be felt "now",
It will be held in the airport for 4 days from November 5 to November 8, 2021, while the date for the online format will be announced in the future on the official website.
Also, the category of the competition, which is the main event of this film festival, are the short and long featured animation, open for students as well that is the same as last year. The application will start on April 19. For the short featured animation, other than the usual short animation move, GIF, VR, digital animated comic, and movie installation works are also applicable for this category.
Do check out the official website for more information on the application detail and method.
The nominations for the "93rd Academy Awards" have been announced on March 15, 2021 (US time). The nominated works for the Best Animated Feature Film are "Onward", "Over the Moon", "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon", "Soul", and "WolfWalkers".
"Onward" is a Disney work depicting the adventures and bond of a pessimistic boy with his optimistic older brother. "Over the Moon" is the first film by the director Glen Keane, the animator of "Beauty and the Beast" and other Disney works. "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon" is the latest work of Aardman Animations Ltd.
"Soul" is a Disney work that focuses on the music and it was nominated under Best Original Score and Best Sound for the "93rd Academy Awards" as well. "WolfWalkers" is the latest work of Ireland's Cartoon Saloon that has 4 nominated work in the past "Academy Awards".
Do look forward to the work that will obtain the Oscar honors. "93rd Academy Awards" will be held on April 26 (Japan time).
（C）2019 Aardman Animations Ltd and Studiocanal SAS. All Rights Reserved.
The chorus unit "Healer Girls" will be voicing a completely new original TV anime, "Healer Girl". A teaser visual has been released.
The main characters will be voiced by Isobe Karin, Horiuchi Marina, Kumada Akane, and Yoshitake Chihaya from the chorus unit, and the animation will be produced by Studio3Hz.
The "Healer Girls" is a young female voice acting unit that has covered numerous anime songs in chorus since their debut in January 2021.
The "Healer Girls" are a young female voice actress unit that has covered numerous anime songs in chorus since their debut in January 2021.
The four-member group consists of Isobe Karin, Horiuchi Marina, Kumada Akane, and Yoshitake Chihaya, and was formed after their activities on the adult anime song program "Anison Days” and As the name of the unit implies, they deliver healing through the power of their voices.
The production of "Healer Girl" has been decided, and these girls will be the voice actors for the main characters in this "new sensation musical healing animation". It will be a new original TV animation that depicts the world of "healers" who use songs to heal people.
The animation production will be directed by Irie Yasuhiro of "Fullmetal Alchemist FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST", and Studio 3Hz, which produced "Princess Principal", will be in charge of the production.
The teaser visual that was released depicts the main characters, including Fujii Kanai (played by Isobe-san), Itsushiro Reimi (played by Horiuchi-san), Morishima Hibiki (played by Kumada-san), and Yanagi Sonia (played by Yoshitake-san). We can't wait for more information to come.
（C）Healer Girl Project
April 28 is Toyonaga Toshiyuki-san's birthday.
Toyonaga Toshiyuki-san was active as a child actor, and made his debut as a voice actor in 2000s. He won Best Actor in a Leading Role on The 12th Seiyu Awards. In 2021, he is playing a role in "Koikimo", "I-Chu", and other titles.
To celebrate his birthday, Anime!Anime! conducted a reader survey titled 'Who is your favorite character voiced by Toyonaga Toshiyuki?'. During the survey period from April 13 to 20, a total of 569 responses were received. For the gender ratio, the females were the majority with about 95% while the males were about 5%. For the age distribution, we received responses from the readers of all ages: about 25% were from minors, 25% were from twenties, and 25% were from thirties.
■Sports anime occupied the top positions!
1st place went to Katsuki Yuri "Yuri!!! on Ice" again for three years in a row. The support rating was about 40%.
The readers left comments, using the word "sensitive"： Yuri has a heart of glass, and his sensitivity, confidence, and strength that he achieved through interacting with his coach is wonderful.' 'Yuri is competitive but sensitive at the same time, and Toyonaga-san perfectly played both.' 'Toyonaga-san's gentle voice matches the image of Yuri-kun, who is sensitive.'
Some readers said that they became Toyonaga-san's fan through this title, and some of them also got interested in figure skating, which shows the title's power of influence.
2nd place went to Kiyose Haiji (Haiji) "Run with the Wind" asthe same last year. The support rating was about 8%.
Here, Toyonaga-san plays a character who aspires to participate in the Hakone Ekiden: 'I like listening to Toyonaga-san's natural voice through this character, which is perfect for Haiji, who is kind, fleeting, but strong.' 'I like not only his running scenes but also daily conversation as Toyonaga-san plays very naturally. Haiji-san leads the team and encourages them, which is very impressive.' 'Haiji is truly pure and innocent, but he never shows it, and supports other members in a matter-of-fact way. Toyonaga-san perfectly recreates it. He is gradually showing his honest feelings, and speaks about his passion at the end, which was really moving.'
3rd place went to Shirabu Kenjirou "Haikyu!!", getting a higher rank than 6th place last year. The support rating was about 7%.
Shirabu Kenjirou is a second-year student at Shiratorizawa Academy and is a setter for the team. The comments received were: 'His comments "I will be a setter that never stands out." was so cool when he should be nervous in the middle of the game.' 'I got goosebumps to see the scene where Shirabu, who is usually calm, gets so excited that he raised his voice!' 'Shirabu is usually calm, but he really admires their ace Ushijima. Toyonaga-san perfectly play such multiple roles.'
■Let's introduce other comments!
Kaneshiro Goshi "B-PROJECT"
'I like Toyonaga-san's lower voice and singing than usual. He is singing and dancing as Kaneshiro Goshi at live-performances as well, and I'm always fascinated by it.'
Claude von Riegan "Fire Emblem: Three Houses"
'This character is seemingly hard to deal with, but actually he is pure, smart, and good at taking quick action, which is very attractive.'
Narrator "Secret × Heroine Phantomirage!"
'He was in charge of narrating, but his enthusiasm was surprising.'
'I couldn't help laughing to see the theatrical version of "Hyper Ver. Advance Notice".'
Popp "Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai"
'Toyonaga-san's voice is so wonderful that it conveys how Popp has been growing up from a loser through battling, and his feelings. I can feel as Popp really existed as Toyonaga-san gives consideration to Popp.' Some readers voted for the popular title that released new series in 2020.
In the survey this year, the titles featuring sports occupied the top 3 positions. From the latest works, "Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai" were ranked in top 10. Please look forward to the next survey for which characters to be chosen.
■Ranking Top 20
1. Katsuki Yuri "Yuri!!! on Ice"
2. Kiyose Haiji (Haiji) "Run with the Wind"
3. Shirabu Kenjirou "Haikyu!!"
4. Tanizaki Junichirou "Bungo Stray Dogs"
5. Kaneshiro Goshi "B-PROJECT"
6. Popp "Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai" (2020)
7. Arisugawa Homare "A3！"
8. Ryugamine Mikado "Durarara!!"
9. Claude von Riegan "Fire Emblem: Three Houses"
9. Shiina Asahi "Free!"
11. Yatonokami Nayuta "Paradox Live"
12. Irie Shoichi "Reborn!"
12. Tachibana Sousei "Yumeiro Cast"
14. Nagachika Hideyoshi "Tokyo Ghoul"
15. Suzukawa Naoto "Aikatsu!"
16. Aoi Kentarou "The Prince of Tennis"
16. Ohara Sora "Tsukipro The Animation"
16. Fuwa Mahiro "Blast of Tempest"
16. Momochi "Dear Vocalist"
20. Kisaki Hotaru "On Air!"
20. Harimiya Touji "DREAM!ing"
（Survey Period: April 13 - 20, 2021)
*This survey is intended to research the readers' "interest in anime and characters today". It is not intended to discuss the relative merits of each character nor work. I would be glad if this article can help you develop an understanding and interest in the anime and characters.
Additional cast members have been announced for the TV anime "Platinum End" (scheduled to air in the fall, 2021). Morikawa Toshiyuki will play as Mukaido Nanato, and Kayano Ai will play as Baret. Comments from the cast have also arrived.
The original story of "Platinum End" is by Ohba Tsugumi (original writer), and Obata Takeshi (illustrator), known for "DEATH NOTE" and "Bakuman.” The total number of copies sold worldwide has exceeded 4.5 million.
Kakehashi Mirai lost his family in an accident and has been living a difficult life with relatives who took him in. Despairing of everything, he throws himself off the roof of a building on the day he graduates from junior high school. However, he meets an angel there, and....... This work is a dark story that begins with the encounter between these two.
In the cast information released, Morikawa Toshiyuki will play Mukaido Nanato, who is suffering from terminal cancer and decides to participate in the selection of God because he is worried about his family's future, and Kayano Ai will play as Baret, a first-class angel with a wealth of knowledge about the heavenly world, who selected Mukaido as a candidate for God.
The TV anime "Platinum End" will start airing on TBS and other stations in the fall, 2021.
＜Full text of the comments as follows〉
Morikawa Toshiyuki as Mukaido Nanato
I'm very honored to be playing as Mukaido Nanato in the anime "Platinum End".
As one of the candidates for God, he is a person with heavy shackles. The complex setting and worldview that surrounds him is fascinating, and I think he's a very worthwhile character to play.
I hope I can express the charm of "Platinum End" to the fullest for fans.
Kayano Ai as Baret
Since I was informed that I had been chosen to play as Baret, I have been reading the original story with great excitement. ...... Each of the characters' conflicts are deeply portrayed, and I was immediately absorbed into the story. I'm looking forward to seeing how this world will be portrayed in the anime.
As Baret, I would like to stay close to Mukaido-san and play with care.
(C) Ohba Tsugumi, Obata Takeshi / Shueisha, Platinum End Production Committee
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.