‘Kimi no Na wa’ and ‘Shin Godzilla’ Are 20th Japan Media Arts Festival Winners!

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20th Media Arts Festival’s Award-winning works and Special Achievement Award winners have been revealed!

Japan’s Media Arts Festival is an annual festival to honor spectacular works of different media, and the awards are given in four categories: Art, Entertainment, Animation, and Manga. There were entries of 4,034 works from 88 different countries and regions, and this was the highest number of applicants ever. Out of these 4,034 works, the four award winners were chosen, including Shin Godzilla and Kimi no Na wa (Your Name).
Shin Godzilla, which won the top prize in the Entertainment division, is a movie which was released in July 2016. It is the first movie from the special-effects movie series Godzilla to be released in 12 years. The screenwriter and general director of this film was Hideaki Anno, who also directed Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the director/special effects director was Shinji Higuchi. By the power of these two talented men, the story of Godzilla was created with a unique approach and left a huge impact on the viewers.

Kazunari Yonemitsu, one of the award judges, commented, ‘The film has completely excluded the unnecessary human drama and simulated the realistic mainland battle from beginning to end. I’m sure

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