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2001 Tezuka Award Nominees are in

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7 Manga have been nominated for the 2001 Tezuka Cultural Award

According to March the 18th of Asahi Shimbun, seven Mnaga have been nominated for the 5th Tezuka Osamu Bunka-sho ("Tezuka Cultural Award"). These are:

Inyoh-Shi ("The Master of Shade and Light") , story by YUMEMAKURA Baku, drawn by OKANO Reiko, published by Hakusen Sha.

Gu-gu Datte Neko De Aru ("Even Gu-gu is a Cat") by OSHIMA Yumiko, published by Kadokawa Shoten.

Kemusho on Naka ("In the Penal Institution") by HANAWA Kazuichi, published by Seirin Kogei Sha.

Vagabond by INOUE Yuhiko, published by Kodansha.

Berserk by MIURA Kentaro, published by Hakusen Sha.

Yajikita in DEEP by SHIRIAGARI Kotobuki, published by Aspect.

ONE PIECE by ODA Eichiro, published by Shueisha (One Pieve got the greatest number of nominations from manga fans for the second straight year).

The winners will be announced in May. Last year's winner was Morohoshi Daijiro (Familly name first) who won for his manga "Saiyu-Yoen-Den", which is based on the Chinese legend of The Monkey King (Hsi Yu Chi), on which Akira Toriyama's Dragonball is also losely based. Frederik. L. Schodt won a special award for his book "Dreamland Japan".

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