‘Kemono’ Defeats Giants to Win Big in Japan’s CGWORLD Awards

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)

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)

Land of the Lustrous


Best Work in Video Game Graphics – Square Enix (NieR: Automata)

NieR: Automata


Skill Award – Unity Technologies (Unity Japan)

Unity Japan

Do you agree with this year’s winners?

Ader Titsoff
I grew up traveling around the world with my parents who practice and teach medicine. We spent 6 years in South Asia, including Japan, and my anime obsession began there. Sports, horror, and Seinen are my favorite genres. Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." by William James
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