Looking for Magical DoReMi, On-Gaku Win at 74th Mainichi Film Awards

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The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper announced the winners for the 74th Annual Mainichi Film Awards on Friday. Looking for Magical DoReMi (Majo Minarai o Sagashite), the anime film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Ojamajo Doremi magical girl anime franchise, won this year's Best Animation Film award. Kenji Iwaisawa's ON-GAKU: Our Sound, the anime film adaptation of Hiroyuki Ohashi's "ON-GAKU" manga, won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new forms of creative expression.

This year's awards ceremony will be held on February 17 at the Meguro Persimmon Hall in Tokyo.

The Mainichi Shimbun launched the Noburou Oofuji Award in 1962, and it is Japan's oldest ongoing animation award. The newspaper then launched the Animation Film Award in 1989.

Previous winners of the Animation Film Award include:

2019 - Okko's Inn 2018 - Complex x Complex 2017 - your name. 2016 - Miss Hokusai 2015 - Giovanni's Island 2014 - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013 - Wolf Children 2012 - Hotarubi no Mori e 2011 - Colorful 2010 - Summer Wars 2009 - Sky Crawlers

Previous winners of the Noburou Oofuji Award include:

2019 - Naoko Yamada's Liz and the Blue Bird 2018 - Masaaki Yuasa's Lu over the wall 2017 - Sunao Katabuchi's In This Corner of the World 2016 - Ryo Orikasa's "Suijun Genten" clay-animated short 2015 - Onohana's "Yodomi no Sawagi" ("Crazy Little Thing") anime short 2014 - Akira Oda's "Umi ni Ochita Tsuki no Hanashi" ("The moon that fell into the sea") anime short 2013 - Katsuhiro Otomo's "Combustible" animated short 2012 - Isamu Hirabayashi's "663114" anime short 2011 - No award given 2010 - Hideto Nakata and Sovat Theater's "Denshin-Bashira Elemi no Koi" stop-motion animation film 2009 - Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's Ponyo anime film

Source: The Maincihi Shimbun's Mantan Web (link 2)

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