Awarded Works

The theme for the second round : "With Japan!" Awarded Works

Overall Evaluation


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Sebastian Masuda
Using the theme "With Japan!", a variety of works with a sense of Japan were collected. I judged with attention paid to the message and humor exuded by the characters.

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Sebastian Masuda
Using the theme "With Japan!", a variety of works with a sense of Japan were collected. I judged with attention paid to the message and humor exuded by the characters.


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Rin Kaname
Because of being themed after Japan, there was a strong impression that everyone truly loves Japan's "kawaii." I was able to see a variety of works including cute and heartwarming, surreal and funny, and among them the artists solidly expressed themselves.

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Rin Kaname
Because of being themed after Japan, there was a strong impression that everyone truly loves Japan's "kawaii." I was able to see a variety of works including cute and heartwarming, surreal and funny, and among them the artists solidly expressed themselves.


Keiji Ota
I was very excited by the creators personally expressing what they each consider to be Japan, whether yokai, subcultures, the four seasons, traditional outfits, etc. Overall, the quality of the submissions was high, and I was also impressed by the many works that brought a feeling of newness to old conventions.

Wakana Okumura
I thought the submitted works would be biased toward Japanese motifs, but I was impressed by the amount of works by the creators that I felt overflowed with an original worldview. All of the works were very energetic, and it was a fun time viewing and judging them. Each of us on the judging panel had our own perspective and viewpoint. Personally, I was thinking in terms of my occupation and which works could be made into anime, but it's interesting that everyone else had their own perspective,and it brought a new excitement. However, we were all consistent with our evaluations of the works that we chose as winners. I was able to feel that charming characters are able to somehow get caught in a person's heart, regardless of age or gender.

【Awarded Works】

Awarded
Cash Prize 250,000 yen

Daramizu-sama

Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
The first major point that drew my eyes as a judge was the video's impact through its combination of real life and anime. I rated it highly for its well-rounded feel and warm sense of security that aptly expresses the safety of Japan today and spending time somewhat lazily.

・Rin Kaname
At first glance I thought, "I like this kid" (lol). I can feel from it something like parental love, and though it's a god it looks cute like a pet. When I saw the animation, I thought the style of combining drawn colors with the real world was well done, and since water is normally so often used, every time I see it it feels like "oh, there it is…" (lol). I felt from it a charm like that of a guardian deity. I personally would like to see small figures and plushies of it.

Message

Daramizu-sama: A lax god of water who can always be found in places where there is water in Japan. Lazy, sloopy, and loose, he merely sits looking off into the distance, but just by doing that he gives people healing energy.

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Chuké

Cash Prize 250,000 yen

Daramizu-sama

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Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
The first major point that drew my eyes as a judge was the video's impact through its combination of real life and anime. I rated it highly for its well-rounded feel and warm sense of security that aptly expresses the safety of Japan today and spending time somewhat lazily.

・Rin Kaname
At first glance I thought, "I like this kid" (lol). I can feel from it something like parental love, and though it's a god it looks cute like a pet. When I saw the animation, I thought the style of combining drawn colors with the real world was well done, and since water is normally so often used, every time I see it it feels like "oh, there it is…" (lol). I felt from it a charm like that of a guardian deity. I personally would like to see small figures and plushies of it.

Message

Daramizu-sama: A lax god of water who can always be found in places where there is water in Japan. Lazy, sloopy, and loose, he merely sits looking off into the distance, but just by doing that he gives people healing energy.

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Chuké

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Awarded
Cash Prize 250,000 yen

GOTTA NIPPON

Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
Although this is a work I highly recommend, I wanted to choose a work that expressed what Japan was seeking from the world since it was also going to be presented in New York. When looked at from abroad, Japan is seen as a country where you can enjoy freely customizing things like fashion, expression, anime, etc. The point I evaluated this work on was that it is a character that the viewer can customize instead of simply being a character on display.

・Rin Kaname
This one feels the most like Japanese culture. It has plenty of beautiful visuals including the shrine, background, and fox, and I think this one would be nice for kids to see because it is pretty and simple. Since it features a fox personified as a bishoujo girl, I think it would be really popular in anime and otaku culture.

Message

At the root of Japanese culture is the characteristic of flexibly incorporating what is thought of as "good" while changing and sublimating it to something better that coexists together. This freedom and largeness is rare in other countries, and the culture harmonizes this kind of "hodgepodge" with nature. In short, I expressed "GOTTA NIPPON" as a character. The concepts behind it are "metamorphosis" and "shrine." In Japanese folklore, plants and animals metamorphose into humans, and even today things that metamorphosize are really popular in manga and anime. Shrines also play a big part. Through INAHO, a genus of shrine foxes that transform into humans, you can learn about the latest fads and secret spots, and, conversely, you can also learn about old customs and classical performing arts. Through transformation, hair color and fashion can also change, and it can become a genderless boy or girl. I devised a fun character with that kind of freedom.

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MIKI YUASA

Cash Prize 250,000 yen

GOTTA NIPPON

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Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
Although this is a work I highly recommend, I wanted to choose a work that expressed what Japan was seeking from the world since it was also going to be presented in New York. When looked at from abroad, Japan is seen as a country where you can enjoy freely customizing things like fashion, expression, anime, etc. The point I evaluated this work on was that it is a character that the viewer can customize instead of simply being a character on display.

・Rin Kaname
This one feels the most like Japanese culture. It has plenty of beautiful visuals including the shrine, background, and fox, and I think this one would be nice for kids to see because it is pretty and simple. Since it features a fox personified as a bishoujo girl, I think it would be really popular in anime and otaku culture.

Message

At the root of Japanese culture is the characteristic of flexibly incorporating what is thought of as "good" while changing and sublimating it to something better that coexists together. This freedom and largeness is rare in other countries, and the culture harmonizes this kind of "hodgepodge" with nature. In short, I expressed "GOTTA NIPPON" as a character. The concepts behind it are "metamorphosis" and "shrine." In Japanese folklore, plants and animals metamorphose into humans, and even today things that metamorphosize are really popular in manga and anime. Shrines also play a big part. Through INAHO, a genus of shrine foxes that transform into humans, you can learn about the latest fads and secret spots, and, conversely, you can also learn about old customs and classical performing arts. Through transformation, hair color and fashion can also change, and it can become a genderless boy or girl. I devised a fun character with that kind of freedom.

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MIKI YUASA

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Awarded
Cash Prize 250,000 yen

Birth of Kanjimon!

Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
Although it's a common pattern to develop characters from kanji since kanji is part of Japan's unique culture, I evaluated this one for the particularly interesting way it has done it.

・Rin Kaname
My first impression was that it has good rhythm. Since the characters are made from kanji I would like to see this linked with education. I have a 4-year-old brother so I'd like to be able to show him these and ask what the kanji is.

Message

Kanjimon are monsters born from Japanese kanji. The kanji turn into monsters when they put on scarlet red shoes. They are always somewhere nearby, possibly causing mischief from unseen places. Japanese people use kanji every day. However, lately people only type kanji and opportunities to write them are considerably few. Their attachment to kanji is thinning, and surely there are many more people than before who can't write them. However, Japanese people also invented kaomoji. Kanjimon was created from the thought "let's re-examine kanji from a new perspective, rediscover their charms, and enjoy them once more!"". I hope that through Kanjimon people can notice new charms of kanji.

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Hideo Kuragaki/smelly

Cash Prize 250,000 yen

Birth of Kanjimon!

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Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
Although it's a common pattern to develop characters from kanji since kanji is part of Japan's unique culture, I evaluated this one for the particularly interesting way it has done it.

・Rin Kaname
My first impression was that it has good rhythm. Since the characters are made from kanji I would like to see this linked with education. I have a 4-year-old brother so I'd like to be able to show him these and ask what the kanji is

Message

Kanjimon are monsters born from Japanese kanji. The kanji turn into monsters when they put on scarlet red shoes. They are always somewhere nearby, possibly causing mischief from unseen places. Japanese people use kanji every day. However, lately people only type kanji and opportunities to write them are considerably few. Their attachment to kanji is thinning, and surely there are many more people than before who can't write them. However, Japanese people also invented kaomoji. Kanjimon was created from the thought "let's re-examine kanji from a new perspective, rediscover their charms, and enjoy them once more!"". I hope that through Kanjimon people can notice new charms of kanji.

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Hideo Kuragaki/smelly

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Awarded
Cash Prize 250,000 yen

Nekomata Nyantaro

Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
Looking from abroad, I think when one speaks of Japan "sushi" comes to mind, and this character extravagantly uses sushi and a cat, so it easily passed.

・Rin Kaname
My first impression was that it would certainly be popular with girls. I'd like to use it a ton as LINE stamps. I think it would be tremendously popular for its loose feel.

Message

Since Japan is a country in which eight million gods and yokai are said to exist, I created a nekomata yokai character. It is quiet and has the same gentle personality as Japanese people from the good old days. Its body is the color of green tea, and it also like tea as well. Its favorite food is a soul food of Japan that is loved around the world - sushi. It loves sushi so much it normally carries with it sushi balloons using black magic. It loves traveling around the world, and often travels riding a sushi vehicle. It is similar to Japanese people who like to travel.

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Hiroyo Kurikuma

Cash Prize 250,000 yen

Nekomata Nyantaro

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Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
Looking from abroad, I think when one speaks of Japan "sushi" comes to mind, and this character extravagantly uses sushi and a cat, so it easily passed.

・Rin Kaname
My first impression was that it would certainly be popular with girls. I'd like to use it a ton as LINE stamps. I think it would be tremendously popular for its loose feel.

Message

Since Japan is a country in which eight million gods and yokai are said to exist, I created a nekomata yokai character. It is quiet and has the same gentle personality as Japanese people from the good old days. Its body is the color of green tea, and it also like tea as well. Its favorite food is a soul food of Japan that is loved around the world - sushi. It loves sushi so much it normally carries with it sushi balloons using black magic. It loves traveling around the world, and often travels riding a sushi vehicle. It is similar to Japanese people who like to travel.

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Hiroyo Kurikuma

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【Encouragement Prize Works】

Encouragement

SCHIKO

Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
An overwhelmingly controversial work (lol). While the character design is complete to some extent, instead of that there is a feeling of wanting to once more return to the message being visualized. I think that the crazy-like things that flow from this piece are surprisingly fresh. As it currently is, the character is a bit weak, but I think that with further development and by collaborating with other creators it can be polished even more. The character that has a strong spirit. I chose this as a recommended work because I wanted an audition that accepts this kind of work to be delivered as a message.

Message

Video Editor:Thuy-Linh Phan
Illustrator:Marshall Smith and Edd Charmant

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Thien-Long Phan

SCHIKO

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Evaluation

・Sebastian Masuda
An overwhelmingly controversial work (lol). While the character design is complete to some extent, instead of that there is a feeling of wanting to once more return to the message being visualized. I think that the crazy-like things that flow from this piece are surprisingly fresh. As it currently is, the character is a bit weak, but I think that with further development and by collaborating with other creators it can be polished even more. The character that has a strong spirit. I chose this as a recommended work because I wanted an audition that accepts this kind of work to be delivered as a message.

Message

Video Editor:Thuy-Linh Phan
Illustrator:Marshall Smith and Edd Charmant

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Thien-Long Phan

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Encouragement

The Kitten that appeared

Evaluation

・Rin Kaname
This one is difficult to express (lol). This is great artwork which skilled artists couldn't draw but can't help chasing with their eyes (lol). It has a strong impression that would make for an interesting T-shirt. It's not just cute but has other components as well including surrealism. It's a work that left an impression on me.

Message

The Kitten That Appeared is the story of Akina, a very special kitten that happens to be Princess Konohanasakuya's pet, and both live at a secret shrine on Mt. Fuji. When people have problems, sometimes they hear the Akina's meowing and it leads them far into the forest. For some, the secret shrine makes itself visible and they find the kitten. They think the kitten is helpless and an orphan, and so they take it home. Little do they know that the magical kitten sets about trying to help the family through their crisis. When and if that happens, the family may realize that they were blessed by the Princess, and that they should return the kitten to her. They go to Mt. Fuji, and the kitten reunites once again with the Princess, and the family is happy, too.

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Gary Smiley

The Kitten that appeared

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Evaluation

・Rin Kaname
This one is difficult to express (lol). This is great artwork which skilled artists couldn't draw but can't help chasing with their eyes (lol). It has a strong impression that would make for an interesting T-shirt. It's not just cute but has other components as well including surrealism. It's a work that left an impression on me.

Message

The Kitten That Appeared is the story of Akina, a very special kitten that happens to be Princess Konohanasakuya's pet, and both live at a secret shrine on Mt. Fuji. When people have problems, sometimes they hear the Akina's meowing and it leads them far into the forest. For some, the secret shrine makes itself visible and they find the kitten. They think the kitten is helpless and an orphan, and so they take it home. Little do they know that the magical kitten sets about trying to help the family through their crisis. When and if that happens, the family may realize that they were blessed by the Princess, and that they should return the kitten to her. They go to Mt. Fuji, and the kitten reunites once again with the Princess, and the family is happy, too.

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Gary Smiley

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Encouragement

Fuji Jr

Evaluation

・Wakana Okumura
Firstly, I felt that this was drawn from a young perspective, and a wonderful point is its sense of the future. The excellent way the character's lines and visuals were made is also a highlight. Because Mt. Fuji x sumo is limited to this one character, I thought about developing the character horizontally, and call it greedy but I'd like to see different variations of the character. Moreover, the work makes me wonder what other kinds of characters created from the unexpected combination of things that represent Japan could be made using the drawing style and ideas of this creator.

Message

"Fuji Jr." a volcanic sumo wrestler.

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Fuji Jr." by: Theomax

Fuji Jr

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Evaluation

・Wakana Okumura
Firstly, I felt that this was drawn from a young perspective, and a wonderful point is its sense of the future. The excellent way the character's lines and visuals were made is also a highlight. Because Mt. Fuji x sumo is limited to this one character, I thought about developing the character horizontally, and call it greedy but I'd like to see different variations of the character. Moreover, the work makes me wonder what other kinds of characters created from the unexpected combination of things that represent Japan could be made using the drawing style and ideas of this creator.

Message

"Fuji Jr." a volcanic sumo wrestler.

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Fuji Jr." by: Theomax

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