8th Animation Division Excellence Award
Animated series or films released in home-video formats [Japan]
Reason for Award
Applause goes to the director for skillfully integrating the theme of “try hard with high spirits” with sophisticated direction and popular characters. Daichi’s alert ingenuity that even enabled sign language to be incorporated into his work is outstanding regardless of his status as a professional. Animation is supposed to be a medium to provide joy to the public; therefore, MAKASETE IRUKA is superior to those adult-oriented works that tend to encourage wild fancies. The implication of the director’s protest against the incapable adult society supporting such works gives us the opportunity to think about the response.