12th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced
posted on by Egan Loo
The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the 10 nominees for the 12th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize on Wednesday. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy/Mighty Atom, Kimba the White Lion/Jungle Emperor, Phoenix, Black Jack) by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition. Both general readers and experts participate in the nomination of manga that were published from January to December of the previous year. The newspaper awards a 2-million-yen (about US$20,000) Manga Grand Prize and 1 million yen (US$10,000) each for a New Artist Prize, a Short Work Prize, and usually a Special Prize every year. The winners will be announced in early May.
Umimachi Diary 1: Semishigure no Yamugoro
Kaijū no Kodomo
(Released in North America by Viz Media)
Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture
Ushijima the Loan Shark
(Released in North America by ADV Manga)
Ohoku and Moyashimon were previously nominated in last year's awards. In fact, this is the third year in a row that Moyashimon has been nominated. Umimachi Diary 1, Ohoku, Moyashimon, and Yotsuba&! were also nominated for the first ever Manga Taisho Awards, which will be given out at the end of March.