Studio Khara’s Shin Ultraman film achieved the Best Media award, triumphing over tough competition.
The contenders included the Lycoris Recoil anime series, the Taroman: Okamoto Tarō Shiki Tokusatsu Katsugeki live-action series, the Break of Dawn anime film, the The Orbital Children anime film series, the Summer Time Rendering anime series, the Suzume anime film, the Daikaijū no Atoshimatsu film, the Hoshi Shinichi no Fushigi na Fushigi na Tanpen Drama live-action series, and the DAICON FILM-ban Kaetekita Ultraman (Remaster-ban) series.
Shin Ultraman’s Japanese debut in May 2022 was nothing short of spectacular, soaring to the top spot in its first weekend.
Leading the project was none other than Shin Godzilla director Shinji Higuchi, along with his Higuchi-Gumi team. The visionary mind behind Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, skillfully planned and crafted the film’s captivating scripts. Adding to its allure, Kenshi Yonezu’s melodic prowess shone through in the film’s theme song “M87.”
The Best Artist award rightfully belonged to Kenji Tsuruta, renowned for works like Spirit of Wonder, Manga Abenobashi Mahō Shōtengai – Abeno no Machi ni Inori o Komete, and Wandering Island manga.
Joining him in the recognition was Naoyuki Katō, Studio Nue co-founder, and mastermind behind the illustrations of The Guin Saga novel and the mechanical designs in The Legend of the Galactic Heroes. Remarkably, this marks Katō’s 10th victory in the Art category since 1979.