The seventh Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) is set to be held next March in the Ikebukuro district of the capital. The official website of TAAF announced on 19 December that the Lifetime Achievement Anime Award would be given to nine recipients, which includes eight people and one company. These recipients have contributed greatly to the growth of the animation industry and culture, and help propagate anime internationally.
Here are the nine recipients of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Anime Award:
- Shoji Sato, Producer, Future Boy Conan
- Junzo Nakajima, Producer, Heidi, Girl of the Alps
- Takeshi Shudo (deceased), Screenwriter, Pokémon the Movie – Mewtwo Strikes Back
- Kazuko Nakamura (deceased), Animator, White Snake Den
- Hisao Shirai (deceased), Director of Photography, My Neighbor Totoro
- Akiko Koyama, Color Design, Little Women
- Michio Mamiya, Composer, Gauche the Cellist
- Masako Ikeda, Voice Actor, played Maetel in Galaxy Express 999
- Seiki Co., Ltd., for precision equipment manufacturing that has supported production sites for many years in the industries
The Tokyo Anime Award Festival is to be held from 13-16 March and was first launched after the Tokyo Anime Award, which was first held in 2002 as part of the Tokyo International Anime Fair.
The Tokyo Anime Award Festival aims to discover and nurture new talent, which shows the potential to play important roles in expanding and facilitating the process of advancing the industry of animation production.
Held in Ikebukuro since 2007, the Tokyo Anime Award Festival presents features and short films as well as exhibits related to the winners of the Achievement Award. It also screens anime titles, and this year the award festival will also offer a workshop for children. The Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2020 or TAAF2020 will be held by the Tokyo Anime Award Festival Executive Committee and The Association of Japanese Animations and co-hosted by Tokyo Metropolitan Government.