ANIME NEWS: 'Fairy Tail' takes top award at Paris grand prix

May 05, 2012

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The animated adaptation of the "Fairy Tail" manga written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima won the best Japanese anime award at the 19th Anime & Manga Grand Prix.

Hosted by AnimeLand, which publishes France's largest Japanese anime magazine and operates a website, the competition was held on the sidelines of the 32nd Paris Book Fair, which ran in March.

The winners are chosen from titles released by AnimeLand in the previous year in France.

The awards are given to works in anime, manga and other categories.

This year, the "Fairy Tail" anime series was awarded the Meilleur Anime Japonais, or the best Japanese anime award. The best manga series award went to Ryuhei Tamura's "Beelzebub."

Studio Ghibli Inc.'s animated feature "The Secret World of Arrietty" won the best animated film award. The title also won the best song award for its theme song performed by French singer Cecile Corbel.

Pirate manga and anime series "One Piece" claimed the best classic manga series and best classic boys manga awards.

Wildly popular animated TV series "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" received the best "hope" anime award.

"Nana," "Monster," "Kingdom Hearts" and many other manga and anime titles were also recognized.

In addition, "Fairy Tail" was given the best French dubbing award, which honors excellence in dialogue replacement.

Aside from the Japanese titles, an animated adaptation of "Wakfu" received the best animated series award. The anime series was produced in France.

In addition, the best BD style manga award, which honors "bande dessinee" (traditional specialized comics for French and Belgian readers), went to Rann's "Memento Mori."

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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