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'Bakemono no Ko' Wins Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year

by arsonal
Mar 4, 2016 6:25 AM | 36 Comments
The Japan Academy Prize Association announced during a ceremony on Friday that the 2015 original anime movie Bakemono no Ko is the winner of the Animation of the Year award.

The movie was nominated alongside Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda., Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai, Dragon Ball Z Movie 15: Fukkatsu no F, and Love Live! The School Idol Movie in January. Nominated works must have opened in theaters in Japan between December 14, 2014 and December 15, 2015.

Bakemono no Ko opened in theaters in Japan last July. According to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, the movie earned 5.85 billion yen to become the second highest grossing domestic movie of 2015. FUNimation Entertainment has licensed it for release in North America under the title The Boy and the Beast, with screenings in select theaters beginning on March 4.

The movie is the fourth work by director Mamoru Hosoda to win the award. Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (2006), Summer Wars (2009), and Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012) previously won the award.

Source: Official site

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Well looks like i need to watch now. Thanks internet :D.

Mar 6, 2016 1:42 AM by Rubcies

Nice, just watched it today.

Mar 5, 2016 11:35 PM by gophercg

Not a lot of hype for films this year but I still plan on watching all the nominations.

Mar 5, 2016 12:41 PM by Gabagool

Good. I think he is the best movie director.

Mar 5, 2016 11:55 AM by tsudecimo

Paulo27 said:
So basically everything Hosoda has made won this award now (at least since Animation of the Year started being awaraded).

Outside of Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda I don't think this had much competition anyway. Excited to see both of them.


Miss Hokusai has been racking up the awards and is supposed to be very very good. It's the one I want to see most. After Bakemono and Hokusai there's a pretty huge gap between mainstream acceptance and the other nominees which are more late night anime type affairs so realistically it was always between those two. Actually DBZ is pretty widely recognized, just not by academy types.

Mar 5, 2016 10:54 AM by PeacingOut

I had a feeling that 'Bakemono no Ko' would win cuz it was DAMN amazing so it deserves it.

Mar 5, 2016 1:17 AM by dolly94

You know they are right calling him the next Miyazaki, because people will like his movies unconditionally, much like Pixar before Disney bought it.

Mar 4, 2016 11:54 PM by raveninthemuddle

nice, it's been showing in select theatres in Australia over the weekend, so I might go see it tomorrow!

Mar 4, 2016 9:48 PM by Bird

Surprised it won the reward when I've heard so many mixed feelings on it.

Mar 4, 2016 5:21 PM by Tyrel

Well I was expecting Love live to win ... Definitely gonna watch this one when it gets sub.

Mar 4, 2016 5:18 PM by xRhai

i've been intrigued about this since it was first announced

subs when

Mar 4, 2016 5:08 PM by Sad

Sad Love Live didn't win :( but cant say much, I have yet to see this movie and see If it was worth to win or not :)

Mar 4, 2016 4:00 PM by badwolf45f

Congrats to Bakemono no Ko! Anyway, I will watch this movie. I was hoping Love Live Movie to win but I guess µ's can't take all awards lol.

Mar 4, 2016 3:49 PM by jayvee2016

Cant wait to watch this!

Mar 4, 2016 1:38 PM by LonelyWasteland

Been wanting to watch this for months.

Mar 4, 2016 1:30 PM by Red

congrats, looking forward to watching it

Mar 4, 2016 1:11 PM by j0x

I need to watch it. NOW.

Mar 4, 2016 1:09 PM by Rikki

Wow, awesome

Can't wait watch this movie soon as possible

Mar 4, 2016 11:34 AM by Gikiseima

Iizbakaokay said:
Comic_Sans said:
Why would I try to bait anyone?

I neither have the possibility to buy anime nor do I want to so obviously I am going to have to wait until it gets released on kissanime


You do realize KA just torrents it from other sources?

Maybe we shouldn't have this conversation in the first place but anyway since you seem to be uninformed (or a great troll which I am pretty confident you are) KA will gladly steal from another stealing group.

So it's fair to say if any fansubbing group is going to pick it up I am going to torrent it. Well whatever you prefer to use, I do not care much. (KA will probably be slower as they add gimmicks to the original file as well)
Yes, and I don't care

Mar 4, 2016 8:59 AM by Comic_Sans

Comic_Sans said:
Iizbakaokay said:

Not sure if baiting or just plain stupid ._.
Why would I try to bait anyone?

I neither have the possibility to buy anime nor do I want to so obviously I am going to have to wait until it gets released on kissanime


You do realize KA just torrents it from other sources?

Maybe we shouldn't have this conversation in the first place but anyway since you seem to be uninformed (or a great troll which I am pretty confident you are) KA will gladly steal from another stealing group.

So it's fair to say if any fansubbing group is going to pick it up I am going to torrent it. Well whatever you prefer to use, I do not care much. (KA will probably be slower as they add gimmicks to the original file as well)

Mar 4, 2016 8:54 AM by Iizbakaokay

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