The Asahi Shimbun paper introduced the winners for the twenty sixth Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards 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 finest observe his custom.

Grand Prize

Chi -Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite- (Chi – On the Movements of the Earth)
Uoto
Shogakukan (Big Comic Spirits, 2020-April 25, 2022)
Sparks of the discoveries of the Renaissance are solely starting to burn in fifteenth century Europe, at the same time as those that make discoveries are burned for his or her heresy. In Poland, a baby prodigy named Rafal is anticipated to be one other nice thoughts in theology, however an encounter with a sure man leads him down the trail to a heretical fact.

New Creator Prize

Kyōshitsu no Katasumi de Seishun wa Hajimaru (Youth Begins in a Corner of the Classroom) and Konya Sukiyaki da yo (It’s Sukiyaki for Tonight)
Natsuko Taniguchi
Kyōshitsu no Katasumi de Seishun wa Hajimaru: Kadokawa (Monthly Comic Beam, 2020-2021)
Konya Sukiyaki da yo: Shinchosha (Kurage Bunch, April-July 2021)
Kyōshitsu no Katasumi de Seishun wa Hajimaru is an omnibus assortment centering on youth tales. One of the tales includes Mari Yoshida, a lady that solely turns into the primary character for a quick second, earlier than conditions go sideways and he or she turns into cringe. Meanwhile, the alien Nell has held a dream of desirous to do one thing on Earth. Also within the classroom are individuals wanting to cover their otakudom, individuals who act out their preferrred life on social media, and individuals who trust of their particular future. Every child within the classroom has their very own secret, and you may’t even declare to know the child proper subsequent to you.

Konya Sukiyaki da yo facilities on two ladies of their 30s. Aiko is a contract inside designer who desires to marry her present boyfriend, however envisions herself as removed from the perfect spouse, resulting from her being dangerous at family chores. Meanwhile, Tomoko is an image e-book illustrator that’s good at home tasks, however societal notions of marriage and romance do not hit residence for her. They mutually determine that, till they discover their good marriage companion, that they need to get married with one another.

Short Work Prize

Ii Toshi o (Have a Good Year) and Hakumokuren wa Kirei ni Chiranai (White Magnolias Do Not Fall Beautifully)
Izumi Okaya
Ii Toshi o: Kadokawa
Hakumokuren wa Kirei ni Chiranai: Shogakukan
Ii Toshi o is about in the course of the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, and facilities on 42-year-old Toshio Haida, an individual who lives alone and was previously married. He makes use of the event of his mom’s passing to maneuver again in together with his 72-year-old father in Tokyo. When he finds the 5 million yen that his mom left him, he wonders what to do with it.

Hakumokuren wa Kirei ni Chiranai facilities on three buddies since highschool, all born in 1963: Housewife Mari, who truly secretly hates cooking and cleansing and doing the laundry; Sayo, a lady in the midst of a divorce, and who has not seen the necessity to maintain herself even now; and Satoe, a career-minded girl who questions the strain to have youngsters after marriage. The three meet one another once more when their former highschool classmate Hiromi dies alone within the house she owned, the Hakurensō. For some cause, Hiromi named all three of them in her will, though they had been by no means near her.

Chi -Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite- creator Uoto is the youngest ever to win the Grand Prize at 24 years outdated. The manga additionally ended on Monday, with the manga’s eighth and remaining compiled e-book quantity transport on June 30.

Asahi Shimbun had scheduled an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 2,. The Grand Prize winner will obtain a bronze statue and a couple of million yen (about US$19,000), whereas the opposite winners will every obtain a bronze statue and 1 million yen (about US$9,000).

This 12 months’s judging committee – manga creator Osamu Akimoto, manga creator Machiko Satonaka, entertainer Minami Takahashi, author and Tohoku University of Art and Design teacher Yukiko Tomiyama, professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō, manga critic Nobunaga Minami, and comic and manga creator Taro Yabe – chosen the nominees from titles really helpful by specialists and bookstore staff. To be eligible, the manga needed to have had a compiled quantity revealed in 2021.

Last 12 months, 9 titles had been nominated (together with Peleliu: Guernica of Paradise), and Kazumi Yamashita‘s Land received the Grand Prize. Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe‘s Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End received the New Creator prize, and Hiroko Nobara’s Kieta Mama Tomo and Tsuma wa Kuchi o Kiite Kuremasen received the Short Work Prize. The committee additionally awarded the Special Prize to Koyoharu Gotouge‘s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga.

Sources: Asahi Shimbun, Comic Natalie