The winners of the 46th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes were announced at an awards ceremony in Tokyo on Friday by the Japan Academy Film Prize Association. Takehiko Inoue’s Slam Dunk basketball manga-inspired anime film, The First Slam Dunk, won Animation of the Year, triumphing over other nominees like Suzume, INU-OH, One Piece Film Red, and Lonely Castle in the Mirror.
Kazuma Jinnouchi and RADWIMPS won Best Music for their work on Suzume (Suzume no Tojimari), a film by Makoto Shinkai. Shin Ultraman’s Osamu Ichikawa and Keizō Suzuki won Best Cinematography, Sosuke Yoshikado won Best Lighting, and Yūji Hayashida and Eri Sakushima won Best Art Direction.
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Shin Ultraman and Anime Supremacy! (Haken Anime!) were nominated for Best Picture, but both lost to the Aru Otoko (A Man) film. Karin Ono won Rookie of the Year for her portrayal of Kazuna Namisawa in Anime Supremacy!, while Meru Nukumi, Daiki Arioka, and Hokuto Matsumura were also recognized for their roles in My Boyfriend in Orange, Shin Ultraman, and the live-action xxxHOLiC film, respectively. Matsumura also received a Popularity Award in the actor division for his performances in Suzume and xxxHOLiC.
One Piece Film Red won a Popularity Award and the Special Award, equivalent to the Chairperson’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual or group’s outstanding accomplishments for that year. The Japan Academy Film Prize Association had previously announced other recipients of special awards.
Films released in Japan between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, were eligible for consideration. In 2021, Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time won Animation of the Year.