Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun has announced the winners of the 17th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. Asahi Shimbun describes the award as "honoring the late Osamu Tezuka, an artist who left an indelible mark on the nation's manga culture." Historical manga came out on top again, with the prize going to Yasuhisa Hara's Warring States Period epic Kingdom.
This is the latest in a string of historical manga winning the prize.
Last year, Hitoshi Iwaaki's (Parasyte) Alexander the Great series Historie won the top prize while Yu Ito's 13th century Mongol work Shut Hell won the newcomer award. Before that, the grand prize went to Motoka Murakami's story of a brain surgeon transported to Edo Japan, Jin shared with Taiyo Matsumoto's tale of an Edo era tenement, Takemitsuzamurai. In 2010, it was Yoshihiro Yamada's tale of a Sengoku Era warlord's tea-mania, Hyouge-mono, with Mari Yamazaki's ancient Rome public bath manga THERMAE ROMAE taking the short story prize. In '09, it was Fumi Yoshinaga's gender swapped Shogunate alternate history Ōoku: The Inner Chambers.
You have to go back to '08's Moyashimon victory to find a non-historical work taking the top prize.
Miki Yamamoto's road trip chronicle Sunny Sunny Ann! won the newcomer prize this year.
Yoshiie Goda's look at robots with emotions Clockwork Love won the short story prize.