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Golden Kamuy Gets Grand Prize at Japan Cartoonists Association Awards

The Asahi Shimbun reported on the winners of the 51st Japan Cartoonists Association Awards. The Grand Prize for the comic book category went to Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda.

Looking to the top prize in the cartoon category, the winner was Teinei na Kurashi wo Suru Gaki (translated as A Hungry Ghost that Lives a Careful Life) by Koji Chiriakuta.

Takopi’s Original Sin by Taizan 5 nabbed the Manga Kingdom Tottori prize. Wataru Seken wa Omoshiroi (translated as You’ll Only Find This World Interesting) by Seigo Sakai took the Manga Kingdom Tosa prize.

Meanwhile, the culture minister award was given posthumously to Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito, who passed away in 2021, as well as to his Saito Production company.

Everyone who received an award will also receive a medal, an award certificate, money, and a plaque.

The selection committee that decided on these winners was helmed by mangaka Machiko Satonaka, with Moto Hagio, Hiroshi Odagiri, Mitsuru Miura, Shoji Igo, Koji Tsujishita, Kamakiri Uno, Ikuya Komori and Joji Morikawa also working as members.

VIZ Media publishes Golden Kamuy in English, and gave this description of the first volume:

“In the early twentieth century, Russo-Japanese War veteran Saichi ‘Immortal’ Sugimoto scratches out a meager existence during the postwar gold rush in the wilderness of Hokkaido. When he stumbles across a map to a fortune in hidden Ainu gold, he sets off on a treacherous quest to find it. But Sugimoto is not the only interested party, and everyone who knows about the gold will kill to possess it! Faced with the harsh conditions of the northern wilderness, ruthless criminals and rogue Japanese soldiers, Sugimoto will need all his skills and luck—and the help of an Ainu girl named Asirpa—to survive.”

What do you think of Golden Kamuy taking the top prize at the 51st Japan Cartoonists Association Awards?

Source: Asahi Shimbun


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.