Historie Wins 16th Tezuka Osamu Prizes' Top Award
posted on by Egan Loo
The winners for the 16th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes were revealed on Sunday.
7th volume published in November 2011
New Creator PrizeShut Hell
5th volume published in October 2011
Short Work PrizeSake no Hosomichi and Other Titles
30th volume published in December 2011
Special PrizeA copy of Weekly Shonen Jump
Immediately after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster last year, over 100 children took turns reading one sole copy of that year's 16th Weekly Shonen Jump issue at a bookstore in Sendai — the closest major city to the epicenter of the earthquake. That issue was lauded for bringing good spirits and courage to children.
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 2011.
The newspaper awards a 2-million-yen (about US$25,000) Manga Grand Prize along with a statuette of Tezuka's Mighty Atom character. In addition, 1 million yen (US$12,000) 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 25.
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