For the past three years, Monthly CGWORLD magazine has been hosting annual awards to recognize the growing artistic achievements and popularity of Japanese CGI animation. Anime, live-action effects, development software, and games are honored in the industry-sponsored awards.
This year saw a boom in CGI anime and graphics-heavy video games, so the panel had some hard choices to make. These are this year’s winners:
CGWORLD Grand Prize: YAOYOROZU (Kemono Friends)
Monthly CGWORLD editor-in-chief Arihito Numakura wrote a special acknowledgment explaining Kemono Friends‘ victory. While the anime doesn’t have high-end CGI animation, studio YAOYOROZU managed to “capture the unique appeal of Japanese animation” with this smash-hit.
Kemono Friends was this year’s biggest phenomenon and became a hit despite the low budget visuals.
Best Special Effects in a Live-Action Work: OLM, Inc (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable – Chapter 1)
Best Work in CG Animation – Orange (Land of the Lustrous)
Best Work in Video Game Graphics – Square Enix (NieR: Automata)
Skill Award – Unity Technologies (Unity Japan)
Do you agree with this year’s winners?