• Skip and Loafer Wins Best Animation Screenplay Award at the 29th Shanghai TV Festival Magnolia Awards
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Skip and Loafer Wins Best Animation Screenplay Award at the 29th Shanghai TV Festival Magnolia Awards

The TV anime "Skip and Loafer," produced by DMM pictures, an animation label of DMM.com LLC (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Chairman and CEO: Keishi Kameyama), has won the Best Animation Screenplay Award in the animation category at the 29th Shanghai TV Festival "Magnolia Awards," one of China's top three TV awards.

29th Shanghai TV Festival "Magnolia Awards

29th Shanghai TV Festival "Magnolia Awards

The award ceremony was held on June 28, 2024, at the Lingang Performance Center in Shanghai.

Skip and Loafer began airing on TOKYO MX and other channels in April 2023, receiving high acclaim not only in Japan but also on the Chinese video site BiliBili. In September 2023, it became the first Japanese anime to win the Overseas Anime Award at the 20th China Animation & Comic Golden Dragon Award. The series has also been nominated for "Best Romance" and "Best Slice of Life" at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2024, drawing international attention.

Skip and Loafer

Skip and Loafer" Wins Best Animation Screenplay Award

In Japan, the original manga won the 47th Kodansha Manga Award in the General category on May 10, 2023. Additionally, it ranked first in Filmarks' "Top Anime of the First Half of 2023."

29th Shanghai TV Festival "Magnolia Awards

29th Shanghai TV Festival "Magnolia Awards

Director and series composer Kotomi Deai commented, "I feel once again that this work has a universal theme that resonates with many people. This award is a gift to all the staff, voice actors, and the original author, Ms. Misaki Takamatsu, who were involved in the production."

The Shanghai TV Festival "Magnolia Awards," organized by the National Radio and Television Administration and the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, began in 1986 and is one of China's top three TV awards, alongside the Flying Apsaras Awards and the Golden Eagle Awards. It honors outstanding works in TV dramas, documentaries, animations, and variety shows, with many entries from both China and abroad. In the animation category, 10 works are nominated from over 100 entries, and two awards are given: "Best Animation" and "Best Animation Screenplay."

TV Anime Skip and Loafer

Skip and Loafer

Skip and Loafer (C) Misaki Takamatsu / Kodansha / "Skip and Loafer" Production Committee

Mitsumi Iwakura, who topped the entrance exam at a prestigious high school in Tokyo, moved from a small middle school in the countryside with a perfect life plan in mind. However, her unique sense of distance leads to many failures. Despite this, her natural charm influences her classmates, fostering rich friendships.

Original Work: Misaki Takamatsu (serialized in Kodansha's "Monthly Afternoon")
Director & Series Composition: Kotomi Deai
Assistant Director: Yuriko Abe
Character Design & Chief Animation Director: Manami Umeshita
Chief Animation Director: Rena Igawa
Prop Design: Satomi Higuchi
Art Director: E-Caesar
Art Supervision: Junichi Higashi
Art Setting: Yuta Fujii
Color Design: Yuko Kobari
Director of Photography: Kazuto Izumita
3D Director: Motonari Ichikawa
Editing: Ayumu Takahashi
Sound Director: haru Yamada
Music Production: DMM music
Music: Takatsugu Wakabayashi
Animation Production: P.A.WORKS
Production: "Skip and Loafer" Production Committee

Cast, Voice Actor
Mitsumi Iwakura: Tomoyo Kurosawa
Sousuke Shima: Akinori Egoshi
Mika Egashira: Yuka Terasaki
Yuzuki Murashige: Maaya Uchida
Makoto Kurume: Megumi Han
Nao: Mitsuki Saiga
Tsukasa Mukai: Hikaru Tanaka
Kento Yamada: Ayumu Murase
Narumi Kanechika: Ryohei Kimura
Tokiko Takamine: Minami Tsuda

Theme Songs
Opening Theme: "Mellow" by Keina Suda
Ending Theme: "Hanauta to Mawarimichi" by Rikako Aida

Skip and Loafer" is available on Netflix and other platforms.

Source : PRTIMES