I was principally in charge of judging work in the animated feature film and TV animation fields. There were76 entries in all, 59 of which were submissions from within Japan. Although the Grand Prize was awarded to an overseas work, I was left with the impression that there has been real progress in CG technology in the world of Japanese animated works, while their expressive power continues to increase.However, among the animated films and animated TV series that were submitted, many were by directors whose names are already familiar. While these works possessed a high degree of perfection, it was a pity that they seemed to lack anything unfamiliar and surprising. In comparison, there were many short films submitted by overseas artists, and I observed their wide-ranging use of animation techniques and contents with keen interest.In works of entertainment made for release in theaters or on TV there is a requirement to meet the desires of the age, while the production of works with creative freedom such as short films takes place in difficult conditions. With this in mind, I would like to applaud the directors and staff of the Excellence Awards for their defiant approach. I fear that advances in technology might guide the direction taken by creators as they aim for an increasing level of perfection, but I hold hopes that strong narrative appeal will transcend such trends and enhance the tractive power of Japanese animation in the entertainment field.
Born in 1940 in Shizuoka Prefecture. SUGII is an animation director. He entered the field of animation at the age of 18, and worked as an animator on Japan's first feature-length animation, Hakujaden (Legend of the White Snake) at Toei Doga. After that, he directed TV series animations such as Astro Boy, Goku's Great Adventures and DORORO etc. at Mushi Production. He established the Manga Nippon Mukashi Banashi (Old Tales of Japan) series, and traveled all around Japan. After a ten-year hiatus, he returned to directing with works by ADACHI Mitsuru including Nine and Touch. He received unequivocal praise for the 1985's Ginga-tetsudo no Yoru (Night on the Galactic Railroad) and the 2012's The Life of Budori Gusuko by the same author, MIYAZAWA Kenji.
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