Malaysia’s Mechamato series has made history by becoming the first non-Japanese animation to win the ‘Anime Fan Award’ at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) 2023.
Animonsta Studios (Monsta) Chief Executive Officer Nizam Abdul Razak said the win was a good start for the local studio’s animation series in the Japanese, as well as international, market.
“We thank everyone who voted for Mechamato. We are very excited to have won the award at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival, which is from Japan, a country famous for its animation industry,” Nizam said in a statement.
“Monsta is confident that ‘Mechamato’ will be able to captivate the hearts of the Japanese audience, especially children, because of its unique concept and the story, which is full of noble values,” he said in a statement today.
Communications and Digital Minister YB Fahmi Fadzil congratulated Monsta on its success, saying on Facebook that “Mechamato” had brought glory to Malaysia with the win. “It should be an inspiration for local players in the animation industry. The government will always support the industry’s efforts, especially in producing quality work without neglecting local values,” he added.
“Mechamato” secured 40,590 votes, ahead of 50 other competitors in the same category including “Tiger & Bunny 2, Part 1” and “Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero”.