The Asahi Shimbun paper has announced the winners for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards. The awards commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition.
- Jitterbug The Forties (Sono Ko, Jiruba) by Shinobu Arima
New Creator Prize
- Areyo Hoshikuzu by Sansuke Yamada
Short Work Prize
- Little Miss P (Seiri-chan) by Ken Koyama
The committee also awarded the Special Prize to Takao Saito for his contributions to manga culture over the years. Golgo 13, his seminal work about an assassin for hire, marked its 50th anniversary last year.
This year’s committee – consisting of actress Anne Watanabe; author Kazuki Sakuraba; manga creators Osamu Akimoto, Machiko Satonaka, and Tarō Minamoto; professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō; manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo; and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada – selected 11 nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2018.
Asahi Shimbun will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 6, 2019. The Grand Prize winner will receive a bronze statue and 2 million yen (about US$18,000), while the other winners will each receive a bronze statue and 1 million yen (about US$9,000).