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2009 SPJA Industry Awards

Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) announces a call for entries for the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards, one of the most prestigious awards that can be given to any studio and/or individual within the Anime/Manga industries to be held during the Industry Reception at the nation's largest Anime/Manga convention Anime Expo 2009 (July 2-5, 2009; www.anime-expo.org).

Industry companies (both U.S. and abroad) are encouraged to obtain the 2009 Official Nomination Forms via the online website at www.spja.org or to email awards@spja.org. Submission deadline is February 16, 2009 at 11:59 PST.

Categories include:

-- Best Voice Actor (Japanese)-- Best Voice Actor (English)-- Best Voice Actress (Japanese)-- Best Voice Actress (English)-- Best Casting Director-- Best Character Design-- Best Mechanical Design-- Best Male Character-- Best Female Character-- Best Mascot Character-- Best Background Design-- Best Original Video Animation-- Best Feature Film-- Best Television Series-- Best Original Score-- Best Original Song-- Best Director (Japanese)-- Best Director (American)-- Best Manga-Action-- Best Manga-Comedy-- Best Manga-Drama-- Best Publication-- Best Full-Motion Video in Video Game

Past winners have included Bandai Ent. for S.O.S. BRIGADE, Viz Media for DEATHNOTE and BLEACH, FUNimation Ent. for TSUBASA CHRONICLES and more.

Finalists will be announced March 18 ,2009 for public online voting (voting ends May 29, 2009). Winners of the 2009 SPJA Industry Awards will be announced during the Industry Reception held at Anime Expo 2009 on July 2, 2009.

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