Takehiko Inoue, creator of Slam Dunk, REAL and Vagabond is no stranger to official recognition. Having already received some for Vagabond-including the Media Arts Festival Award for Manga in 2000 and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002-Inoue has now been honored by the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Inoue is among the winners of this year’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Art Encouragement Prizes. In the Media Arts category specifically, Inoue ran home the winner of the MEXT Art Encouragement Shinjin Prize. That reminds me, I haven’t read Slam Dunk since the death of Raijin; no better time than now to hit the courts again.