This year’s Kobe Awards winners have been announced, and three Kyoani series were among the honored. The internet series Haurhi-chan, along with its sister series Nyoron Churuya-san, won the Network Award, given to series with outstanding interactive content. Hatsune Miku, Second Life and Final Fantasy XI have all received this award in past years. K-On! took home the Theme Song Award for its popular ending theme, “Don’t say ‘lazy'”, joining previous winners such as “Triangler” from Macross Frontier, “Motteke! Sailor Fuku” from Lucky Star, and “Hare Hare Yukai” from Haruhi’s first season.
Also of interest: Disney’s 2008 film Wall-E won the Theatrical Film Award. According to the judging committe, there was no Japanese animated film that could compete with Pixar’s masterpiece, which they praised as “completely packed with the sheer enjoyment of cinema”.