The Original Summer 2021 Anime Series sonny boy was announced as one of the winners of the Animation Division Excellence Award of the 25th Japan Media Arts Festival.
the Shingo Natsume-helmed anime is one of four titles awarded with the award, the others including the animated short Letter to a Pig and the movies Fortune favors Lady Nikuko and Dozens of Nords.
The Animation Division Grand Prize went to the Animated Short Film The fourth wall by the Iranian director Mahboobeh Kalaiewhile stop-motion Pui Pui Molcar the anime received the Social Impact Award.
At the same time, the New Face Award was given to the strange taxi animated series and animated shorts A bite of bone and Yallah!.
A list of titles recommended by the jury has also been released, the list including anime titles like Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway; Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie – Mugen Train; Gekijouban Shoujo Kageki Starlight Review; The words are bubbling like sodas; Josée, the tiger and the fish; and In Search of Magical DoReMi.
There have also been anime-related wins in non-animation-specific categories, with the President and CEO of Polygon Pictures Shuzo John Shiota win the Special Achievement Award.