The 11th Seiyu Awards have announced some of the winners in advance before the award ceremony on March 18, 2017. The awards are for the special committee selections: the ‘Merit/Achievement Awards,’ the ‘Kei Tomiyama Award’ and the ‘Kazue Takahashi Award.’
The Seiyu Awards is the biggest event for voice actors and actresses. The event gathers the most popular professional voice actors and actresses who have contributed in the industry during the year, as well as veteran voice actors and actresses who have worked in the industry for a while. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka and Inori Minase were given the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Leading Role. Also, Hiroshi Kamiya, to critical acclaim, was honored with the award of Most Votes (Hall of Fame), winning it five years in a row.
Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Mari Shimizu, and Junko Hori, among other voice actors and actresses, were presented the Merit/Achievement Award which is given to those who have contributed for a long time to various genres, including international works.
Kobayashi is known for his work as Daisuke Jigen in Lupin the Third and Bem in Youkai Ningen Bem. Shimizu did voice work as Atom/Tobio Tenma in Astro Boy and Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island. Hori is known for his roles as Kanzou Hattori in Ninja Hattori-kun and Q-tarou in Shin Obake no Q-tarou.
Ryuusei Nakao (Frieza in Dragon Ball) was honored with the Kei Tomiyama Award, an award given to actors who helped build the voice actor industry in various media. Sumi Shimamoto, who is known for the role of Nausicaä in Studio Ghibli’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, was also honored with the Kazue Takahashi Award. Both Nakao and Shimamoto will be commended on the day of the ceremony.
Furthermore, Bunka Housou Media: Chou! A&G+ will broadcast a special TV program for The 11th Seiyu Award at 4:00 p.m. on March 3, 2017. The show will surely get the audience fired up, as Ruriko Aoki will host the program. The show will not only look back and review the past years, but it will also highlight significant moments of the 11th Seiyuu Awards. Please watch the show before the ceremony for extra details.
Ruriko Aoki’s Seiyu Award Navigation!
Date: Friday March 3, 2017 (4:00 p.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.)
Bunka Housou Media: Chou! A&G+ Special The 11th Seiyu Award Ceremony LIVE SP
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017 (6:00 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.)
Seiyu Awards official Website