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15th Japan Media Arts Festival Award List Announced

by dtshyk
Dec 14, 2011 10:22 PM | 54 Comments
According to the official website, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica has won the grand prize of the 15th Japan Media Arts Award.

Anime Category
Grand Prize
Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica

Excellence Prizes
Momo e no Tegami

Manga Category
Grand Prize
Dosei Mansion

Excellence Prizes
Anohi Kara no Manga

Source: Japan Media Arts Festival

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Good for Madoka! Just another award in the line, well-deserved with every single frame. I hope the this trend will continue in 2012 as well, not just 2011. First it was Kobe, then Newtype x 12, now this one. *crosses fingers for Nihon Taisho*

Dec 18, 2011 5:00 PM by insoo

I need to watch this, still.

Dec 18, 2011 4:26 PM by Insidious

Well done Madoka !

I Think some show were better tho... =/

Dec 18, 2011 4:10 PM by Bouum

Distinctive artstyle is distinctive. I loved it but would not want to see it in ALL my animu.

Dec 18, 2011 6:11 AM by JesusMcAllah

It's always Madoka, lol. I never expected that to win, much less for all this hate. xD

But no, I enjoyed the art, too. It's one of the reasons I kept watching it. The show overall was enjoyable, but I will say it's a bit overrated, and I would never go so as to say:

" [. . .] this series will become the necessary catalyst to change the world we live in."

Oh, well. I'll admit that there were shows I liked better (AnoHana being one of them, as someone else here mentioned), but there's always next year, maybe.

So congrats, Madoka!

Dec 17, 2011 11:22 AM by Forest-kun

Madoka ftw! :)

Dec 16, 2011 7:14 PM by Ramen

Glad Madoka won. ^^
I think it deserved it.

Dec 16, 2011 6:10 AM by AkkaAkka

Inarius said:


if you are compare them art-wise then you should know that animation, especially TV series is the combination of million drawings. if you make every drawing as detailed and colorful as the fanart below then it will take a lot of time and billions of money, even anime movie doesn't go that far in art quality let alone TV series which have to finish their work every week

Dec 15, 2011 9:10 PM by PointmanW

Obviously, Moe + NGE feeling + good music and you win the best anime award.

Dec 15, 2011 6:49 PM by Valaskjalf

Congratz! :D

Dec 15, 2011 6:38 PM by OriginANIME

Mr_Gutts said:
damn, why is this anime so overrated

I find it absolutely hilarious that you would call Madoka overrated, while you have Naruto, Bleach AND One Piece in your top 5. I'd be willing to bet that you didn't bother to watch Madoka.

Madoka certainly is deserving of this award.

Dec 15, 2011 6:37 PM by Omniknight

_Yamainu said:
A rip-off of what?

Go on. Tell me, I'm all ears.

Steins Gate, Higurashi and probably Fate/

Madoka was written by Gen Urobuchi, who wrote Fate/Zero, and is part of the company who wrote Steins;Gate. Higurashi has nothing similar to Madoka other than the little girls in a messed up world theme, and the time stuff. Neither three of these shows are original either.

You would have had more success saying Madoka ripped off Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain and Nanoha.

Dec 15, 2011 3:59 PM by GZTC

I didn't really enjoy the series as much as others but I still think it is well deserved. I've never seen animation like that in the anime (style at least), reminds me of a few videogames. Heck, the beginning seemed like a boss battle. Charlotte too :3

Dec 15, 2011 2:45 PM by Kigen

You get a media arts award for being meguca? Excellent job

Dec 15, 2011 2:33 PM by mikhailn

With the hope that this series will become the necessary catalyst to change the world we live in, we award it the Grand Prize.

wait, what..............pfuuuuhahahahahhHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHA

Oh never cease to amaze me.

...let the fan-rage being.

Animation...yeah it was good...what did it for me was when Mami got her head bit off damn part of the entire show....but dem character designs...ugh...bleh

Dec 15, 2011 1:33 PM by Inarius

OMG ! again Madoka О__О""

Dec 15, 2011 10:07 AM by Misaola

_Yamainu said:
A rip-off of what?

Go on. Tell me, I'm all ears.

Steins Gate, Higurashi and probably Fate/

then i can say every movie, novel and whatever have story is rip-off of some other. not only anime and not only madoka. like harry potter must rip-off the wizard thing from some other novel, or the shawshank redemption must have rip-off the prison setting from other movie

Steins Gate, Higurashi also must have rip-off some plot element from other anime/novel/manga

Dec 15, 2011 9:02 AM by PointmanW

A rip-off of what?

Go on. Tell me, I'm all ears.

Steins Gate, Higurashi and probably Fate/

Dec 15, 2011 8:37 AM by _Yamainu

@Trisection & PointmanW

Thanks for the links.

Was expecting an art/animation-focused reason than the story aspect

but anyway, even without knowing their reason, it's still clear why Madoka won the award.

Dec 15, 2011 8:13 AM by StormViruz

damn, why is this anime so overrated

Dec 15, 2011 8:12 AM by Mr_Gutts

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