The winners for the 25th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize have been announced! The prizes are given yearly to manga creators who follow the tradition laid out by Osamu Tezuka.
The Grand Prize, which comes with a bronze statue and approximately $19,000 in cash, goes to Land by Kazumi Yamashita. This title has not been licensed in America.
The New Creator Prize, which comes with a bronze statue and approximately $9,000 in cash, goes to Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe. This title has been licensed by VIZ Media.
The Short Work Prize goes to both Kieta Mama Tomo and Tsuma wa Kuchi o Kiite Kuremasen by Hiroko Nobara. These have not been licensed.
And the Special Prize went to none other than Demon Slayer, which has obviously been licensed in America.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.