The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the 11 nominees for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, which commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition:
- Areyo Hoshikuzu by Sansuke Yamada
- Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida
- Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara
- Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu (A Minimum Healthy and Cultural Life) by Haruko Kashiwagi
- Sayonara Miniskirt (Good-Bye My Mini Skirt) by Aoi Makino
- Sono Ko, Jiruba (Jitterbug The Forties) by Shinobu Arima
- Daru-chan by Remon Haruna
- Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi’s Long Vacation) by Misato Konari
- Fragile – Byōrii Kishi Keiichirō no Shoken (Fragile – The Finds of Pathologist Keiichirō Kishi) by Bin Kusamizu and Saburō Megumi
- Mashiro no Oto by Marimo Ragawa
- The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
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 the nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2018. This is the fourth nomination for Yoshida’s Umimachi Diary (the manga was previously nominated in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and the second consecutive nomination for Shirai and Demizu’s The Promised Neverland.
Asahi Shimbun will announce the winners in late April 2019, and will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 6, 2019.