The 2019’s Tokyo Anime Film Festival announced on Thursday the winners of Animation of The Year Awards for animation works and individuals.

Weathering With You, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer wins Tokyo Anime Film Festival Awards

Shonen Hit Kimetsu no Yaiba(Demon Slayer) won the Television category while Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With you film won the animated film category. Judges narrowed these two titles among the 439 other titles which debuted between October 14, 2018 and September 30, 2019, to a field of 80 television anime and 20 theatrical film releases. 

Weathering With you Key visual Art
Weathering With you Key visual Art 

Last year’s TAFF winners were Zombieland Saga for Television category and Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer for film category.
Idol themed show Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love Kingdom won the TAFF’s Anime Fan Award based on fan votes.

The winners of the individual awards are as follows:

  • Original Work/Screenplay Category: Koyoharu Gotouge (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
  • Director Category: Makoto Shinkai (your name.Weathering With You)
  • Animator Category: Akira Matsushima (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no YaibaTales of Zestiria the X)
  • Background/Color/Video Category: Mikiko Watanabe (Violet Evergarden, Beyond the BoundarySound! EuphoniumLiz and the Blue Bird) (posthumous)
  • Sound/Performance Category: Yuki Kajiura(Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel, Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of UnderworldPrincess Principal)

Released on July 19th 2019, Weathering With you (Tenki no Noko) is an anime film written and directed by renowned anime director Makoto Shinkai. Film has grossed about $6.7 million in North America.

The film’s story centers around the high school student Hodaka who leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine.

After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina.

Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Animated by ufotable, Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer is a Shonen series debuted during Summer 2019 and had a successful running of 26 episodes. A sequel movie is in production.  

Demon Slayer Episode 19
Demon Slayer Episode 19

The story takes place in Taishō-era Japan, where Tanjirō Kamado who is a kindhearted and intelligent boy lives with his family. He has become his family’s sole source of income after the passing of his father. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by a demon. 

Tanjirō and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After an encounter with Giyu Tomioka, a demon slayer, Tanjirō is recruited by Giyu to also become a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again and avenge the deaths of the rest of his family.


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