Every spring, four manga writers receive one of the highest honors in Japanese comics. The Ozamu Tezuka Cultural Award goes to creators who make a major difference in the industry and titles that made an impact last year. And this year, a major fan favorite took home the grand prize.
The ceremony takes place in June, but we’ve got the list of winners right here:
Grand Prize: Satoru Noda, Golden Kamuy
Satoru Noda’s hit survival manga, Golden Kamuy, has been making waves in both the fan and professional worlds. The story contains both survival action and a deep dive into Japan’s Ainu culture. It’s already received an anime adaptation, plus it’s gotten plenty of awards and nominations before this.
Golden Kamuy beat nine other nominees for the prize this year, including Arpeggio of Blue Steel and The Promised Neverland.
Short Work Prize: Taro Yabe, The Landlady and I
Comedian Taro Yabe turned manga creator for his autobiographical piece The Landlady and I. His short-form stories and simple art won over fans everywhere, and clearly they won over the judges, too.
In January, the short manga got an online minisode, which was narrated by Yabe himself.