The 36th Annual Japan Academy Prizes were given out on Friday, and Hosoda Mamoru’s anime movie “Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪)” won the best anime film.
The movie came out top against other awesome anime movies including Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, A Letter to Momo, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki, and One Piece Film Z.
Hosoda Mamoru is no stranger to the prize because his previous works “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “Summer Wars” also won the Academy Prize. Other past winners in the animation category include From Up On Poppy Hill, Tekkonkinkreet, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arrietty. Before the animation category was introduced six years ago, Studio Ghibli won the overall Picture of the Year Award for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.