11th Annual Tezuka Cultural Prize Winners Announced
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Ryōko Yamagishi's Maihime Τερψιχόρα manga of a ballet dancer's coming of age has won the Grand Prize for the 11th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes on May 9. Yamagishi's manga wins over more internationally known nominees such as Death Note and Ohoku.
The New Artist Prize goes to manga artist Nobuhisa Nozoe and writer Kazuhiro Iwata for their adaptation of Kyojin Ōnishi's The Divine Comedy novel. The pre-World-War-II story about a soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army is similar to Joseph Heller's Catch-22 in its portrayal of the absurdities of the military.
Hiromi Morishita's Osaka Hamlet, a collection of stories about various Osaka dwellers and the problems they face, wins the Short Work Award. The judges decided there was no qualifying work for Special Prize this year.