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TAAF 2021 Announces Anime of the Year Winners

TAAF 2021 Announces Anime of the Year Winners

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) has announced the winners for its Animation of the Year awards for works and individuals in a press release.

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) began in 2014, after the merger of the Tokyo International Anime Fair with the Anime Contents Expo and the formation of the AnimeJapan convention.

Judges chose the winners from a pool of 457 anime that were screened, aired, or distributed in whole or in parts in Japan between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020, with 100 titles (80 television anime and 20 theatrical anime) ultimately in the running for the Anime of the Year awards.

Winners Roster

Popular comedy and slice-of-life series, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken, won the television category for works while the coming of age, Violet Evergarden: The Movie, won the animated film category.

Thanks to doting fans’ votes, IDOLiSH7 Second Beat! won the highly coveted Anime Fan Award and seasoned veterans Akira MatsushimaMikiko Watanabe, and Yuki Kajiura were also honored again.

The announced individual winners are as follows:

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  • Original Work/Screenplay Category: Reiko Yoshida (Violet Evergarden: The MovieLiz and the Blue BirdRide Your Wave)
  • Director Category: Haruo Sotozaki (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaTales of Zestiria the X)
  • Animator Category: Akira Matsushima (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaTales of Zestiria the X- also last year’s winner in the same category)
  • Background/Color/Video Category: Mikiko Watanabe (Violet Evergarden: The MovieBeyond the BoundarySound! EuphoniumLiz and the Blue Bird- posthumous, also last year’s winner in the same category)
  • Sound/Performance Category: Yuki Kajiura (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaFate/stay night: Heaven’s FeelSword Art Online: Alicization – War of UnderworldPrincess Principal- last year’s winner in the same category)

Event Details

The Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) will be held March 12-March 15 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and will feature additional entries from around the world in the Feature Animation Competition and Short Animation Competition categories.

There have been at least 22 submissions from 20 countries and territories and 817 submissions from 57 countries and territories. 39 of these entries (four for Feature Animation and 35 for Short Animation) were selected by the TAAF 2021 Preliminary Selection Committee. The Grand Prize and Award of Excellence will be granted to two films in each category, and additional awards may be announced at a later date.

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