It’s that time again, the 26th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in Manga, which honors legendary manga creator Tezuka Osamu, who was known as the “Father of Manga” and known for his works such as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Princess Knight, Phoenix, and Black Jack. Comic Natalie recently posted the list of nominees for the 26th annual manga award, without further ado, here are the nominees for this year’s Manga Awards:
- Oshi no Ko written by Aka Akasaka and illustrated by Mengo Yokoyari
- Kaiju No. 8 by Naoya Matsumoto
- JoJolion by Hirohiko Araki
- Takaoka Shinno Kokai by Yoko Kondo, original story by Tatsuhiko Shibusawa
- Chi: Chikyu no Undo ni Tsuite by Uoto
- Futaro Fusen Nikki by Bun Katsuta, original story by Futaro Yamada
- Peleliu: Guernica of Paradise by Kazuyoshi Takeda
- Bokyo Taro by Yoshihiro Yamada
- Do Not Say Mystery by Yumi Tamura
According to Crunchyroll’s Japan Correspondent, Daryl Harding, this was the second year in a row that Kazuyoshi Takeda’s Peleliu: Guernica of Paradise has been nominated for the grand prize, though it did not win in 2021.
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The judge’s for this year’s award include Kochikame creator Osamu Akimoto, Machiko’s One Thousand and One Nights creator and Osaka University of Arts teacher Machiko Satonaka, former AKB48 star Minami Takahashi, writer and Tohoku University of Art and Design teacher Yukiko Tomiyama, Japanese translator and film critic Shohei Chujo, manga critic Nobunaga Minami, and comedian and Prince of the Stars creator Taro Yabe. Katsu Tsunoda and Yoshihisa Kita from the Asahi Shimbun, the news organization that runs the prize, are also judges.
This year’s nominees were chosen by the judges from recommendations by a wide group of people in the Manga Business, which include Manga Creators, book store employees, and editing staff. The titles were picked out of every manga that had a volume released in Japan in 2021.
The grand prize will be announced in late April through the Asahi Shimbun, with a ceremony to be held on June 2 to award the prizes, including a bronze statue and 2 million yen (US$17,400) to the grand prize winner and a bronze statue and 1 million yen (US$8,700) to the winners of the other categories.
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