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Excellence Award

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

TACHIBANA Masaki (Director)

Animated TV series [Japan]

During their summer holiday, Mirai, a 13-year-old girl, visits Odaiba in Tokyo with her 9-year-old brother, Yuuki, when a massive 8.0 magnitude earthquake hits the mega-city! People are driven to despair at the sight of the ruined city.... By chance, the children run into Mari, a single mother and bicycle messenger, and join her. The three set out for their respective homes, where their families might be waiting. Will they really be able to see their loved ones again?

© Tokyo Magnitude8.0 Committee

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TACHIBANA Masaki

Japan

Born in 1976, TACHIBANA Masaki first stage-directed a TV anime series, Wild Arms: Twilight Venom, and was in charge of storyboarding and stage-directing in works such as the series, Ghost in the Shell: S. A. C. After working as a director for the first time on The King of Fighters: Another day, a bonus gift for early purchasers of a game, he was chosen to be the director of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. He works for KINEMA CITRUS Co. Ltd.

( 2009 )

Award Reason

Every animation is both fiction and fantasy even if its story is based on fact. Many works treating this kind of topic have tried to depict the fear in an extremely realistic manner through high-quality pictures and artwork. As a result, the animations become an “excellent fantasy.” However an earthquake is “reality.” This work is fully illustrates this. In the development after the middle part of the story, the work changes from mere fantasy to super reality. Many viewers will be moved at the point where the main character’s sister reaches her destination in the last part. Father, mother, big brother, big sister, little brother, little sister, grandfather, grandmother, boyfriend, girlfriend, best friends—the work reminds us not only of the fragility of the world in which we live, but also of the importance of the people around us in our daily life. We may lose those we love tomorrow. The sense of loss depicted in this work is real, and in this sense, it is an incomparable masterpiece.

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