Gundam’s Director Receives Life Time Achievement Award From Japanese Government

Gundam’s Director Receives Life Time Achievement Award From Japanese Government

October 10, 2022

The Gundam anime director Yoshikazu Yasuhiko won the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from Agency For Cultural Affairs Film. The award was granted to him for his active work in the fields of animation, manga, and illustration for several years. He was awarded for his work in the field of animation and character design.

Another veteran of the anime industry, Minoru Tamura was also awarded. He was awarded for his work in 3D animation shooting. He was majorly involved in the stop-motion animation of Tadanari Okamoto and Kihachiro Kawamoto as a cameraman.

Tamura has been in charge of shooting and lighting for a wide variety of short animations using materials such as 3D, semi-3D, clay, yarn, and cells. He was also part of director Kihachiro Kawamoto’s works such as Dojoji and Book of the Dead.

Whereas, Mr. Yasuhiko joined Mushi Pro in 1967 as an animator. He later became a freelance character designer and animation director for Brave Raideen and Mobile Suit Gundam. He also directed Crusher Joe and Mobile Suit Gundam Cucuruz Doan’s Island. He also created manga’s such as Arion and Vinas Senki etc.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs Film award was established in 2003. It aimed to improve and develop the art of film. It has two categories 1. The Cultural Documentary Film Award and 2. Excellence Awards. which target documentary films.

Along with these two, Hiroshi Sasagawa, Gisaburo Sugii, Tsutomu Shibayama, Shichiro Kobayashi, Katsumi Hando, Susumu Aketagawa, Akio Sugino, Hisao Shirai, Seiji Morita, Masashi Furukawa, Takeshi Seyama, Akiko Koyama, Kenji Uchida and Takuya Mori also received awards.

It is indicated that the Agency for Cultural Affairs Film Award will end at the end of this year. These will be the final winners of these awards. This year’s presentation ceremony is scheduled for October 24, 2022 at Tokyo Midtown Hibiya BaseQ.

Source: Animation Business Info

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