Historical Manga Win Big at Tezuka Cultural Prize

Manga about Alexander the Great and Mongol army take top prizes

Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun announced the winner of its annual Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize, "honoring the late Osamu Tezuka, an artist who left an indelible mark on the nation's manga culture." Top prize for 2011 works went to volume 7 of Hitoshi Iwaaki's (Parasyte) Historie, the life story of Alexander the Great's confidant Eumenes of Cardia.


Other nominees included Mikio Igarashi's [Eye], Kotobuki Shiriagari's Manga From That Day, Chica Umino's (Honey and CloverMarch Comes in Like a Lion, Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan, and Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru.



The New Creator prize also went historical, with Yu Ito taking the award for Shut Hell, about the feared woman known as Shut Hell and a 13th century Mongol prince.



Food manga writer Roswell Hosoki's The Way of Fine Sake won for short work.



Shonen Jump received special recognition for its role in comforting the children of Shiokawa, Sendai during the March, 2011 earthquake. 1 million yen was donated to reconstruction in its honor.


Manga innovators Keiko Takemiya (To Terra) and Go Nagai (Mazinger Z, Cutie Honey), as well as children's novelist Atsuko Asano (Telepathy Shojo Ran), are part of this year's nomination comitee.


via Comic Natalie

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