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13th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced

posted on by Egan Loo

The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the seven nominees for the 13th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize on Thursday. 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.

This year's nominating committee — which includes manga creator Gō Nagai, manga creator Keiko Takemiya, novelist Shion Miura, essayists, and university professors — selected from among the works that were published from January to December of 2008. The newspaper awards a 2-million-yen (about US$20,000) Manga Grand Prize. 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 winners will be announced in the middle of April, and the actual awards presentation ceremony will take place on June 5.

Umimachi Diary
Akimi Yoshida

Eki kara 5-bun (Five Minutes from the Station)
Fusako Kuramochi

Ōoku: The Inner Chamber
Fumi Yoshinaga
To be released in North America by Viz Media

Children of the Sea (Kaijū no Kodomo)
Daisuke Igarashi
To be released in North America by Viz Media

A Drifting Life (Gekiga Hyōryū)
Yoshihiro Tatsumi
To be released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly

Saint Young Men
Hikaru Nakamura

Akira Saso

Umimachi Diary, Ōoku and Children of the Sea were previously nominated in last year's awards. In fact, this is the third year in a row that Ōoku has been nominated. Saint Young Men was nominated for the 2nd Annual Manga Taisho Awards, which will be given out at the end of March. Masayuki Ishikawa won last year's Manga Grand Prize for his Moyashimon medical comedy manga after being nominated three years in a row.

Source: animeanime.jp

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