The Skip and Loafer anime series received the Overseas Animation Award at the 20th China Animation & Comic Competition Golden Dragon Award (CCAC Golden Dragon Award) during a ceremony held on Tuesday. This achievement marked a historic moment as it was the first time a Japanese work had ever won this prestigious award.
The CCAC Golden Dragon Award serves as the official competition of the China International Comics Festival and is considered a vital component of the cultural development reform plan. It holds a special place as the most authoritative and influential award in China, boasting a rich history of recognition and celebration.
The television adaptation of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer (Skip to Loafer) manga debuted in Japan on April 4, running for 12 episodes. Crunchyroll provided streaming access to the series as it aired in Japan.
The anime was skillfully directed by Kotomi Deai, known for their work on “Natsume’s Book of Friends,” who also oversaw the series scripts at P.A. Works. Manami Umeshita, renowned for “Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3,” designed the characters and served as the animation director. Takatsugu Wakabayashi, known for “Dragonar Academy,” composed the captivating music.
In English-speaking regions, Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing the manga both digitally and in print. The manga tells the story of Iwakura Mitsumi, an outstanding student with big dreams of leaving her small town, attending a prestigious university, and making a positive impact on the world.
However, her journey takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself in the bustling city life of Tokyo high school. Fortunately, she forms a close friendship with Shima Sousuke, a charming classmate whose laid-back demeanor complements her over-preparedness. Together, they navigate the challenges of Tokyo, and Mitsumi’s naïveté meets the vibrant city with Sousuke by her side.
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The series received nominations in the 13th Manga Taisho awards in 2020 and also in the Best General Manga category of Kodansha’s 44th annual Manga Awards in the same year.
Source | Comic Natalie