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23rd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Nominees Announced

posted on by Egan Loo & Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the 11 nominees for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize on Monday. 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.

Areyo Hoshikuzu
Sansuke Yamada
Kadokawa

Umimachi Diary
Akimi Yoshida
Shogakukan

Astra Lost in Space
Kenta Shinohara
Shueisha

Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu (A Minimum Healthy and Cultural Life)
Haruko Kashiwagi
Shogakukan

Sayonara Miniskirt (Good-Bye My Mini Skirt)
Aoi Makino
Shueisha

Sono Ko, Jiruba (Jitterbug The Forties)
Shinobu Arima
Shogakukan

Daru-chan
Remon Haruna
Shogakukan

Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi's Long Vacation)
Misato Konari
Akita Shoten

Fragile - Byōrii Kishi Keiichirō no Shoken (Fragile - The Finds of Pathologist Keiichirō Kishi)
Bin Kusamizu, Saburō Megumi
Kodansha

Mashiro no Oto
Marimo Ragawa
Kodansha

The Promised Neverland
Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu
Shueisha

This year's committee – consisting of actress Anne Watanabe; author Kazuki Sakuraba; manga creators Osamu Akimoto, Machiko Satonaka, and Tarō Minamoto; professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō; manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo; and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada – selected the nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2018. This is the fourth nomination for Yoshida's Umimachi Diary (the manga was previously nominated in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and the second consecutive nomination for Shirai and Demizu's The Promised Neverland.

Asahi Shimbun will announce the winners in late April, and will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 6.

Last year, 10 titles were nominated, and Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy won the Grand Prize. Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS won the New Creator prize, and Tarō Yabe's Oya-san to Boku won the Short Work Prize.

Sources: Asahi Shimbun, Comic Natalie


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