‘Summer’ heats up Japanese fest

'Mori no asagao' wins manga section

TOKYO — The Japan Media Arts Festival has announced its winners for 2007, with Keiichi Hara’s feature toon “Summer Days With Coo” scooping the Grand Prize for animation.

Pic is about a boy’s adventures with a kappa, a Japanese leprechaun, which Shochiku released last summer.

Sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, the National Art Center and the CG-ARTS Society, the fest presents awards in four categories: animation (toons both traditional and digital); art (digital art), entertainment (games and other digital entertainment), and manga (Japanese comics).

Jean-Gabriel Periot’s A-bomb docu “200,000 Phantoms” won the art award; Wii Sports grabbed the entertainment honor; while “Mori no asagao,” Mamora Gouda’s comic about capital punishment in Japan, won the manga section.

Excellence prizes went to the toons “Ukkari Penelope,” “Gurren lagann,” “Den-noh coil” and “Franz Kafka’s a Country Doctor.”

This year the fest attracted 2,091 entries from 43 countries and regions. Of this total, about 170 will be screened or displayed from Feb. 6 to 17 at the National Art Center in Tokyo.

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