Over the weekend the anime series Japan Sinks 2020 won the Jury Award for TV Series at France’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival. This is the biggest and longest-lasting animation film festival on the globe.
Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU were behind the 10-episode series, which streams on Netflix. It’s based on the science fiction novel Japan Sinks by Sakyo Komatsu. There’s also a compilation movie version called Nihon Chinbotsu 2020 Gekijō Henshuban: Shizumanu Kibo that has played in Japanese theaters.
The Deer King; Josee, The Tiger and the Fish; and Poupelle of Chimney Town were other anime nominated for awards at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, but these did not win.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.