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'Umimachi Diary' and 'Bakuman.' Live-Action Films Win at 39th Japan Academy Prize

by arsonal
Mar 4, 2016 9:01 AM | 19 Comments

At the ceremonies of the 39th Japan Academy Prize on Friday, the live-action film adaptations of manga Umimachi Diary and Bakuman. received multiple awards.

Umimachi Diary received awards for Picture of the Year, Director of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, and Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction. The film opened last June and earned 1.68 billion yen in the domestic box office. The original manga, drawn by Akimi Yoshida, has won the Manga Taisho and the Shougakukan Manga Award.

Bakuman. received the awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing. It also received the Popularity Award, which is voted on by listeners of the All Night Nippon radio program on the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting station. The film opened in October and earned 1.76 billion yen in the domestic box office. The original manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata ended serialization in 2012.

Newcomer of the Year awards were also presented to actress Tao Tsuchiya (Naho Takamiya in the live-action film adaptation of Orange), actress Suzu Hirose (Suzu Asano in Umimachi Diary), actor Kento Yamazaki (Rita Terasaka in the live-action film adaptation of Heroine Shikkaku), and actor Ryousuke Yamada (Nagisa Shiota in the live-action film adaptation of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu).

Members of the idol group Momoiro Clover Z also received the Popularity Award for their roles in the youth drama film Maku ga Agaru.

Source: Official site

19 Comments Recent Comments

Good for them! Takagi's actor looks so much like him.

Mar 6, 2016 6:28 AM by desseroni

tsudecimo said:
Zapredon said:


Yup, you got it right. What appeal to anime fan are not necessarily appeal for general mass(non anime fan).

For example, OPM appeal to anime fan/otaku but it does not appeal to general mass(non anime fan).

Maybe I should use the words 'anime fan' rather than otaku.

It still doesn't appeal to ''anime fan''.

It's aimed for a mainstream audience. The movie naturally reached a wider range. Otaku or 'anime fans' that like OPM weren't it's target audience.


You mean Bakuman only entertain mainstream audience, the general mass(non anime fan) but not anime fan itself even though it's original adaption is from manga? I feel Bakuman manga sold decent though.
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-11-30/top-selling-manga-in-japan-by-series/2011
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-12-02/30-top-selling-manga-in-japan-by-series/2012

Mar 5, 2016 3:36 AM by Zapredon

Zapredon said:
kuuderes_shadow said:
Mm I read it as him saying "it appeals to Otaku and to the general masses as well".


Yup, you got it right. What appeal to anime fan are not necessarily appeal for general mass(non anime fan).

For example, OPM appeal to anime fan/otaku but it does not appeal to general mass(non anime fan).

Maybe I should use the words 'anime fan' rather than otaku.

It still doesn't appeal to ''anime fan''.

It's aimed for a mainstream audience. The movie naturally reached a wider range. Otaku or 'anime fans' that like OPM weren't it's target audience.

Mar 5, 2016 12:15 AM by tsudecimo

kuuderes_shadow said:
Mm I read it as him saying "it appeals to Otaku and to the general masses as well".


Yup, you got it right. What appeal to anime fan are not necessarily appeal for general mass(non anime fan).

For example, OPM appeal to anime fan/otaku but it does not appeal to general mass(non anime fan).

Maybe I should use the words 'anime fan' rather than otaku.

Mar 4, 2016 8:05 PM by Zapredon

Yeah Bakuman. Now I wanna see this movie. Loved the anime.

Mar 4, 2016 5:04 PM by Santoryu_XBurner

Yeah for UMIMACHI DIARY.
This film is fucking amazing!
One of the best Japanese Movie that ever made!!

Really enjoying this, I hope more people watch Umimachi Diary

Mar 4, 2016 2:40 PM by NotThisShitAgain

Yay for Bakuman ^^ I should check out the live action, loved the anime and manga.

Mar 4, 2016 1:51 PM by toblyvikku

How about some love for UMIMACHI DIARY!!!!!!!!!....which for some reason was renamed Our Little Sister for Western audiences.

what a fucking film. A gorgeous slice of life with a healthy dose of sweetness and realness.

Mar 4, 2016 1:24 PM by simo000

Sorry for a semantic argument but ''not just to'' implies that the former is the main audience, and the latter is included.

e.g
Star Wars appeal not just to nerds but to public movie goers as well.

Mar 4, 2016 1:02 PM by tsudecimo

Mm I read it as him saying "it appeals to Otaku and to the general masses as well".

Mar 4, 2016 12:51 PM by kuuderes_shadow

kuuderes_shadow said:
tsudecimo said:

It never appealed to Otaku...

It's a shounen Jump manga about making manga in Shounen Jump.


Appealing to Otaku and appealing to the general public aren't mutually exclusive you know?

Sure but he phrased like it's main audience was otaku then it ended up appealing to general public as well.

Most shounen manga have general public (mainstream) as the audience, Otaku are in the minority there. To love ru and ecchi ones aside that is.

Bakuman anime in particular didn't have a noticeable otaku following (only 2k BD+DVD sales from what I can find), and stayed in the air due TV ratings. Hence my surprise for him to even bring the word Otaku, it's not relevant.

Mar 4, 2016 12:42 PM by tsudecimo

tsudecimo said:

It never appealed to Otaku...

It's a shounen Jump manga about making manga in Shounen Jump.


Appealing to Otaku and appealing to the general public aren't mutually exclusive you know?

Mar 4, 2016 12:18 PM by kuuderes_shadow

Zapredon said:
Proud of you Bakuman. Well done. Bakuman appeal not just to otaku but also to the general mass although in the form of live action instead of anime.

( ಠ_ಠ)

It never appealed to Otaku...

It's a shounen Jump manga about making manga in Shounen Jump.

Mar 4, 2016 11:50 AM by tsudecimo

The Bakuman film was very normal imo. But the awards it received are well-deserved since it was good in those specific areas. sakanaction did a great job with the soundtrack.

Mar 4, 2016 11:43 AM by komasan

Bakuman looks really good.

One of my first animus. Love it

Mar 4, 2016 11:41 AM by Klad

Proud of you Bakuman. Well done. Bakuman appeal not just to otaku but also to the general mass although in the form of live action instead of anime.

Mar 4, 2016 10:14 AM by Zapredon

Sounds legit.

I might even give that Bakuman live action film a chance in the future.

Mar 4, 2016 10:05 AM by Stark700

Takagi's actor look exactly like him, except for the hair color.

Someone should add the manga to the database?

Mar 4, 2016 9:39 AM by tsudecimo

First thing I see is Kento Yamazaki!!! Omg! Congrats ♥

Also, really happy for both Umimachi and Bakuman. Need to check out both as I loved their Anime/Manga.

Mar 4, 2016 9:09 AM by Mayuka

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