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The was an event established by Kobe in 1996 to promote anime and other visual media. The are given annually by Kobe and the Organising Committee to creators and creations.

Event

Animation Kobe has been held annually in Kobe since 1996. In addition to the awards ceremony, the event holds screenings of the prize winners and talk shows. The 11th event, in 2006, was carried live on the official website. The awards event was closed in 2015.

Major staff

; Chairman of the Committee * Yasuki Hamano, 1996–2005 * Akira Kamiya, 2006–2015 ; Chairman of the examination The examination is done mainly by a panel of chief editors of the magazines covering anime, such as ''Newtype'', ''Animedia'' and ''Animage''. Usually, one of the city employees sent by Kobe City also participates.Judges
at the 3rd event (1998)

at the 6th event (2001)

at the 9th event (2004)
The panel vote for one of its members to serve as chairman:
at the 6th event (2001)
* Nobuo Oda, 1998 – chief editor of ''Animedia'' * Susumu Asaka, 1999 – chief editor of ''CD-ROM Fan'' * Toshihiro Fukuoka, 2000 – chief editor of ''Weekly Ascii'' * Masahito Arinaga, 2001 – chief editor of a new magazine of MediaWorks * Akitaro Daichi, 2002–2003 – animation director * Kenji Yano, 2004 – chief editor of ''Newtype'' * Yasushi Nakaji, 2006 – chief editor of ''Animedia'' * Toshihiro Fukuoka, 2007 – chief editor of ''Weekly Ascii'' * Isao Fujioka, 2008 – chairman of ''MdN Corporation''

Winners

The committee chooses most of the winners. Only the ''Animation Kobe Theme Song Award'' is chosen by fans' votes in the first selection, though the decision is by the committee. Therefore, the tendency of the prize winners is a little different from other prizes by the fans' vote. (''See'': Animage Grand Prix)

Individual Award

The activities from September of the previous year to August of the event year become objects for the examination. Newcomers expected to have future prominence are noted.criterion of examination
at the 3rd event (1998)

at the 5th event (2000)
* Watanabe, Okiura, Nagahama, Iso and Katō received the award for their first films as director.

Special Award

Awards for individual(s) or group that contributed to Japanese anime during a long period. In the first year, the Yomiuri Award was posthumously given to Fujiko F. Fujio who died two months before the event.

Theatrical Film Award

Animation films released in Japan from September of the previous year to August of the event year become candidates. The candidates are selected not only from Japan, but also from other countries. However, the committee sees more importance in a point of view promoting young creators of Japan.

Television Award

The TV animations broadcast in Japan from September of the previous year to August of the event year, excluding rebroadcasts, become candidates. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries. However, the committee sees more importance in a point of view promoting young creators of Japan.

Packaged Work Award

The packaged media distributed in Japan from September of the previous year to August of the event year become candidates. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries. However, the committee sees more importance in a point of view promoting young creators of Japan.

Network Award

Re-created in 2000 as ''Network Media Award'', the anime-related media making the best use of interactive distribution in Japan from September of the previous year to August of the event year become candidates. The word ''Network'' does not mean only Internet. The candidates are selected not only from Japan but also from other countries. However, the committee sees more importance in a point of view promoting young creators of Japan.

Theme Song Award

The theme songs of either anime or other forms of animated media distributed in Japan from September of the previous year to August of the event year become candidates. The voting by fans is counted, and the five songs with the highest number of votes become the candidates for the final competition. Especially, the committee sees more importance in original songs made for an anime, sung in the 'spirit' of the work. Only the ''Thema Song Award'' is influenced by the fans. This format started from the 4th event. The total number of votes in a year is about 10,000 votes. The result of the vote is also announced on the official sites of Radio Kansai, Anitama.com and the programs of Radio Kansai before the event. Though this is a preliminary vote to reduce the candidates to final, the candidates chosen in first by the vote have always won the award.

See also

* List of animation awards * Lists of animated feature films * BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film * Annie Award for Best Animated Feature * Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film * Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature * Annie Award for Best Animated Feature — Independent * Saturn Award for Best Animated Film * Japan Media Arts Festival * Tokyo Anime Award

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* {{Animation industry in Japan Category:Kobe Category:Anime awards Category:Tourist attractions in Kobe Category:1996 establishments in Japan Category:Recurring events established in 1996 Category:Annual events in Japan Category:Awards established in 1996 Category:Animation awards