Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys has been honored with this year's award for "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" in North American comic industry's prestigious Eisner Awards. The series follows Kenji Endo, who abandoned his rock n' roll dreams to run the family liquor store, which he converted to a franchise convenience store and take care of his sister's abandoned daughter, only to find himself drawn into a mystery in which the games he played as a boy are apparently being used to try to take over the world. The 20th Century Boys manga and its live action adaptations are released in North America by VIZ Media.
Other nominees for this year's "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" included Osamu Tezuka's Ayako, Yumi Unita's Bunny Drop, Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories and Natsume Ono's House of Five Leaves.
Urasawa was also nominated for Best Writer/Artist, which went to Darwyn Cooke, and 20th Century Boys was also nominated for Best Continuing Series, which went to Rob Guillory's Chew.
Nobuaki Tadano's manga 7 Billion Needles was nominated for Best Adaptation, which went to Eric Shanower and Skottie Young's Marvelous Land of Oz.
The "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" was instituted in 2010, and in that year went to Yoshihiro Tatsumi' A Drifting Life. The between 2007 and 2009, manga's main category was "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan". Winners included
2007 Old Boy, by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi (Dark Horse Manga)
2008 Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White, by Taiyo Matsumoto (Viz)
2009 Dororo, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
Before that the primary award vied for by manga was "Best U.S. Edition of International Material."
1998 Gon Swimmin' by Masahi Tanaka (Paradox Press)
1999 Star Wars: A New Hope - Manga by Hisao Tamaki (Dark Horse)
2000 Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura (Dark Horse)
2001 Lone Wolf and Cub by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima (Dark Horse)
2002 Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo (Dark Horse)
2004 Buddha, vols. 1 and 2, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
2005 Buddha, vols. 3–4 by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)