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March comes in like a lion Wins 18th Tezuka Osamu Prizes' Top Award

posted on 2014-03-24 21:50 EDT

The winners for the 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes were announced on Tuesday.

Grand Prize

March comes in like a lion
Chica Umino
Hakusensha
The story of the manga follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.

New Creator Prize

Machiko Kyō
Mitsuami no Kami-sama and other works
Mitsuami no Kami-sama tells the story of a pigtail-braid girl after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Short Work Prize

Yūki Shikawa
Onnoji and other works
In Onnoji, a girl named Miyako finds herself alone when everyone else in the world disappeared. While spending time on the somewhat strange town devoid of people, she realizes there is "something" else there and names it Onnoji. The four-panel manga follows the daily routine of a girl in a world that is anything but routine.

Special Prize

Fujiko Fujio A (Motoo Abiko)
Manga Michi, Ai…Shirisomeshi Kei ni (completed last year) Manga Michi revolves around the characters Maga Michi and Shigeru Saino, who were modeled after Akibo and Hiroshi Fujimoto (Fujiko F. Fujio) — the creators of Doraemon. The manga also features appearances by the other manga creators who once lived in the famous "Tokiwa-sō," a Tokyo apartment in Toshima Ward: Osamu Tezuka, Fujio Akatsuka, Hiroo Terada, and Shotaro Ishinomori. The Ai…Shirisomeshi Kei ni sequel follows the characters as they are a little older and are pursuing their dreams of becoming manga creators.

Reader Prize

Space Brothers
Chūya Koyama
The manga's story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta's life changes one fateful day. The manga inspired a live-action film and a television anime that just ended this past weekend, but a anime film will open on August 9.

Yasuhisa Hara's Kingdom won last year's Grand Prize, while Miki Yamamoto's Sunny Sunny Ann! won the New Birth Prize. Yoshiie Gōda's Kikai-jikake no Ai won the Short Work Prize.

This year's nominating committee — which includes novelist Atsuko Asano, manga creator Keiko Takemiya, manga creator Go Nagai, manga editor Haruyuki Nakano, and Kyoto Seika University professor Jaqueline Berndt — selected from among the works that were published from January to December of 2013.

The newspaper awards a 2-million-yen (about US$20,000) Manga Grand Prize along with a statuette of Tezuka's Mighty Atom (Astro Boy) character. In addition, 1 million yen (US$10,000) goes to each of the winners of the New Artist Prize, Short Work Prize, and the Special Prize every year. The actual awards presentation ceremony will take place on May 30.

Source: Comic Natalie


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