The nominees are: The Boy and the Beast (Mamoru Hosoda), Love Live! The School Idol Movie (Takahiko Kyogoku), Miss Hokusai (Keiichi Hara), The Anthem of the Heart (Tatsuyuki Nagai), Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (Tadayoshi Yamamuro).
The Boy and the Beast
The Boy and the Beast (Japanese: バケモノの子 Hepburn: Bakemono no Ko) is a 2015 Japanese animated film written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda. It was released on July 11, 2015. In December 2014 Gaumont secured international sales outside Asia and theatrical distribution rights in France. The film was released in France on January 13, 2016. The film has been licensed by Funimation for a North American release at AMC theaters on March 4, 2016. StudioCanal for the UK and Ireland release and Madman Entertainment for the Australian release.
Love Live! The School Idol Movie
Love Live! The School Idol Movie is a movie of Love Live! School Idol Project, first announced at the end of Season 2. It has a listed screen-time of 102 minutes, and was released in Japanese theatres on June 13, 2015. It was released on Blu-Ray Disc on December 15, 2015.
Its first trailer was revealed during the 5th live concert μ’s Go→Go! LoveLive! 2015 ~Dream Sensation!~.
It was released in theaters outside of Japan, starting on August of 2015. It was aired at theaters in various regions and countries including Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand in August, followed by screenings in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Singapore, and Mexico in September. It debuted in Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and UK on October. More information about worldwide viewing of the movie can be found here.
The movie was awarded one of the five Outstanding Animation Awards handed out at the 39th Japan Academy Awards, though it failed to clinch the Most Outstanding Animation Award.
Sarusuberi (百日紅 Crape Myrtle) is a Japanese historical manga series written and illustrated by Hinako Sugiura. It was adapted into an anime film, Miss Hokusai, directed by Keiichi Hara, that was released in 2015.
The Anthem of the Heart
The Anthem of the Heart, subtitled Beautiful Word Beautiful World, is a 2015 Japanese animated youth drama film produced by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada. The original title is Kokoro ga Sakebitagatterunda. (心が叫びたがってるんだ。, lit. The Heart Wants to Shout), and it is abbreviated as Kokosake (ここさけ). It was worked on by the staff who had previously worked on the anime series Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and its film adaptation. It was released on September 19, 2015.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (Japanese: ドラゴンボールＺ 復活の「Ｆエフ」 Hepburn: Doragon Bōru Zetto: Fukkatsu no ‘Efu’) is the nineteenth Japanese animated feature film based on the Dragon Ball series and the fifteenth to carry the Dragon Ball Z branding, released theatrically on April 18, 2015. It is the first Japanese film to be screened in IMAX 3D and receive screenings at 4DX theaters.
Resurrection ‘F’ is the second film personally supervised by series creator Akira Toriyama, following Battle of Gods in 2013. The movie depicts the return of the villain Frieza, as well as the God of Destruction Beerus and Whis from Battle of Gods.
The film received worldwide release, both in the original Japanese language and in localized dubbed versions. Funimation‘s English dub of the film received a limited release in North American theaters on August 4 and ran through until August 13, 2015. Madman Entertainment released the film in Australian theaters on August 6, where it ran through until August 19, 2015. Manga Entertainment acquired the rights for the release in the United Kingdom in September 2015. The film received generally favorable reviews, with critics praising the quality of animation and the fast-paced action sequences, while criticizing its formulaic and lackluster story tailored for a dedicated target audience without a broad appeal.
And the winner is…
The Boy and the Beast
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