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Excellence Award

GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX

KAMIYAMA Kenji

Animated TV series [Japan]

© Shirow Masamune・Production I.G/KODANSHA

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KAMIYAMA Kenji

Japan

Born on March 20, 1966. Began production of own animations since high school. After graduation from Department of Food, Chichibu Agriculture and Industry Public High School, trained as a chef, while making own animations on the side. Joined Studio Fuga in 1985. Participated in the plays Akira and Majo no Takkyubin as the background. In 1966, participated in the Oshii Juku (school) hosted by Mamoru Oshii at Production I.G. At the same time, directed play JIN-ROH, scripted Blood, and directed Minipato and built up extensive experience. Currently directing TV program Koukokukidoutai.

( 2002 )

Award Reason

This is a completely original television series which follow the comics by Mr. Masamune Shiro and the big-screen animation by director Mamoru Oshii, both of which were highly praised overseas. From the time the production was announced, it drew considerable attention because people wondered what type of work would be completed by director Kenji Kamiyama and his surrounding younger staff members. Although the unique world view, common to both the original work and Mr. Oshii's work, has been omitted, the work is compensated by catering to the audience of the television series and thus making it more entertaining and easy to understand. The new character, "Motoko Kusanagi " should also be appealing to the ardent fans.

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