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Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave Wins Best Animated Film at Sitges

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The 52nd annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival was held in Spain this past weekend, and Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave anime film took home a big award. The latest from the DEVILMAN crybaby and Mind Game director received the Award for Best Animated Feature Film on Sunday, coming out on top against competitors like The Wonderland and Human Lost.

Ride Your Wave previously won the Best Animation Film award at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet Awards on June 23, as well as Fantasia International Film Festival’s Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation prize on July 25.

Stay tuned for more info on GKIDS’ upcoming North American screenings. Here’s how the distributor describes it:

From visionary director Masaaki Yuasa (The Night is Short Walk On, Girl, DEVILMAN crybaby) comes a deeply emotional new film that applies his trademark visual ingenuity to a tale of romance, grief and self-discovery.

Hinako is a surf-loving college student who has just moved to a small seaside town. When a sudden fire breaks out at her apartment building, she is rescued by Minato, a handsome firefighter, and the two soon fall in love. Just as they become inseparable, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Hinako is so distraught that she can no longer even look at the ocean, but one day she sings a song that reminds her of their time together, and Minato appears in the water. From then on, she can summon him in any watery surface as soon as she sings their song, but can the two really remain together forever? And what is the real reason for Minato’s sudden reappearance?

Via Anime News Network