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NASA's GPM Mission Announces Anime Contest Winners
July 2, 2013

She can evaporate water with her hair. He measures all the rainfall and snowfall on Earth. Selected as the winners of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission's Anime Challenge, these two characters will star in their own comic series to help teach the public about precipitation science and the Global Precipitation Measurement mission.

The GPM mission, a collaboration between NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the space agencies of France and India, and other international partners, challenged people from around the world to design an anime character to help demonstrate GPM educational science themes of the water cycle, weather and climate, and technology. Anime, short for animation, is a Japanese style of art that has filled shows and comics that are popular around the world.

[image-51]After receiving more than 40 submissions, a panel of NASA scientists and outreach specialists selected two grand prize winners and two runner-up winners from three different age categories.

The two grand prize winners are Sabrynne Buchholz from Hudson, Colo., and Yuki Kiriga from Tokyo, Japan.

Buchholz, 14, was the president of her school's art club this past year and hopes to pursue a career in animation. She enjoys watching anime and learning about Asian cultures. Her winning character for the contest is Mizu-chan (Mizu means water) who personifies water and precipitation. Mizu-chan’s blue dress and blue strands of hair signify water while the yellow strands of her hair represent the sun. Her dress is hemmed with clouds, which can produce rain or snow. When water drops from the clouds lining her dress, it evaporates with help from her yellow strands of hair and then goes back through the water cycle, where it condenses again as clouds at the bottom of her dress.

[image-78]Kiriga writes and illustrates comics. She works for various Japanese publishing companies and enjoys drawing satellite illustrations. Her winning character is a personification of the Earth-observing satellite, GPM, for which the anime character is named. The GPM anime character rides on a platform of the GPM spacecraft instruments. He is the leader of the GPM Constellation and receives help from other satellites to make precipitation observations and measurements. He wears a kimono designed with a snow pattern on one half and a rain pattern on the other half, showing that he observes both snow and rain.

The runner-up winners in the other categories:

Middle school (ages 13-15): Kielamel Sibal, 13, Winnipeg, Canada; and Nicole Bohlen, 15, Winter Park, Fla.

High school (ages 16-18): Kauan de Oliveira Goncalves, 18, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Nicol Lakomy, 16, Garfield, N.J.

Adult (ages 19+): Shinoh Ashibez, 42, Miyagi, Japan; and Joe Holliman, 40, Bowie, Md.

For illustrations and information of all the winning entries, visit: http://pmm.nasa.gov/education/anime-winners.

The contest entries were largely judged on how well the character demonstrates the GPM mission and precipitation science themes. All winners will receive GPM stickers, pins, posters, lithographs and droplet handouts. Additionally, both of the grand prize winners will have their artwork featured in an educational comic series about GPM and precipitation science.

GPM is an international satellite mission that will help further understanding of Earth’s water and energy cycles, improve the forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters, and generate measurements of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.

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Kasha Patel
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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One of the grand prize winning characters of the GPM Anime contest, Mizu-chan wears a flowing blue dress with clouds at the hemline. Mizu-chan, created by Sabrynne Buchholz from Hudson, Colo., will co-star in a comic series about precipitation science and GPM mission.
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Sabrynne Buchholz
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The second grand prize-winning character, named GPM after the satellite, will co-star in the comic series along with Mizu-chan. The character, created by Yuki Kiriga from Tokyo, Japan, makes precipitation observations, measuring both rain and snow.
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Yuki Kiriga
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