Announcement of Winners for the Fifth International MANGA Award

February 14, 2012

  1. On Tuesday, February 14, the International MANGA Award Executive Committee (Chairman: Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan) selected 14 award winners, including one Gold Award winner and three Silver Award winners.

  2. The International MANGA Award was established in May 2007. This time it received 145 entries from 30 countries and regions all over the world.

  3. A ceremony will be held in Tokyo on Friday, February 17.

  4. Winners
    (1) Gold Award
    Name of Work:  "I Kill Giants" (Published in the United States)
    Artist:  J M Ken Niimura (Spain)
    Writer:  Joe Kelly (United States)
    (2) Silver Award
    Name of Work: "Make a Wish! Da Xi" (Published in Taiwan)
    Artist:  Cory (Taiwan)

    Name of Work: "The Man Who Follow His Own Voice" (Published in Thailand)
    Artist:  Tanis Werasakwong (Thailand)

    Name of Work: "When You Standing on Your Tiptoes" (Published in China)
    Artists:  Pan Li-Ping (China) and Zu Ya-le (China)

[Reference 1]
The countries with the most entries were Thailand (38), Malaysia (21), China (16), and so on.

[Reference 2] Executive Committee
Chairman: Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Members: Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President, Japan Foundation; Mr. Satoshi Katayose, Director, Shogakukan Inc.; Ms. Saya Shiraishi, Professor, University of Tokyo; Mr. Kotaro Sugiyama, Executive Advisor, Dentsu Inc.;

[Reference 3] Jury
President: Ms. Machiko Satonaka (Manga artist)
Members: Mr. Leiji Matsumoto (Manga artist), Ms. Seika Nakayama (Manga artist), Mr. Koichi Yuri (former Manga magazine editor), Mr. Hiroyuki Yoshitome (former Manga magazine editor)

[Reference 4] Primary Selection Committee: Comic Jusshakai
Members: Akita Publishing Co., Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Kodansha Ltd., Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., Shonen-gahosha Co., Shinchosha Publishing Co., Hakusensha Inc., Futabasha Publishers Ltd., Leed Publishing Co.

[Reference 5] Trophies
Since the First International MANGA Award, the trophies have been designed by Mr. Taku Sato.

    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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