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Finalists for 28th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Announced

Finalists for 28th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize AnnouncedThe Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, named for the Godfather of Manga himself, is now in its 28th year, and the finalists for this year’s prize have just been unveiled. The 10 manga up for the prize are:

Ikoku Nikki (Tomoko Yamashita)
Oshi no Ko (Aka Akasaka/Mengo Yokoyari)
Kanda Gokura-cho Shokunin Banashi (Akihito Sakaue)
Saturn Return (Akane Torikai)
Kan to Shū (Fumi Yoshinaga)
Blood on the Tracks (Shuzo Oshimi)
Tsuyukusa Nanatsuko no Issho (Miri Masuda)
Tokyo These Days (Taiyo Matsumoto)
PLINIVS (Mari Yamazaki/Miki Tori)
Bocchi Shi no Yakata (Nazuna Saito)

The ten titles were “ vote of seven external selection committee members and recommendations by booksellers, manga professionals, and general readers.”

The next step will be a committee of eight manga-ka and industry professionals, and the winner will be announced at the end of April. The presentation ceremony will take place June 6.

Some of these titles are already available in English, while others don’t even have a Wikipedia entry. In any case, it’s a great list if you’re looking to read some highly regarded manga!

Source: Natalie

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.