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Excellence Award

Kamigami no Itadaki

YUMEMAKURA Baku / TANIGUCHI Jiro

Manga published in book form, in magazine (Shueisha / Business JUMP) [Japan]

© Baku YUMEMAKURA 2001
© Jiro TANIGUCHI 2001

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YUMEMAKURA Baku

Japan

1951 Born in Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. 1973 He studied Japanese Literature in the School of Letters at Tokai University and graduated. 1979 Yumemakura's first publication, Nekohiki no Oraorane ("Oraorane, the Cat Player"), was published by Shueisha Cobalt-Series. 1982 He released the Chimera series from Asahi Sonorama when he began working in earnest as a writer. 1989 Yumemakura won the 10th Nihon SF Taisho Award for Jogen no Tsuki wo Taberu Shishi ("The Lion Who Ate The Quarter Moon"). 1998 Kamigami no Itadaki won the 11th Shibata Renzaburo Award. 2000 Onmyoji (Sorcerer), illustrated by Reiko Okano, won the 5th Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.

( 2001 )

TANIGUCHI Jiro

Japan

1947 Born in Tottori, Tottori Prefecture, Japan. 1972 Taniguchi debuted with Kareta Heya (Husky Room) in Young Comics in 1972. His principal works include Blanca, "Botchan" no Jidai [about the Meiji period (1868_1912) in which Natsume Soseki's Botchan was written], Aruku Hito (Walking Man), and Inu wo Kau (Owning a Dog). He collaborated with Baku Yumemakura on Garouden [a manga about martial arts]. 1992 Inu wo Kau won the Shogakukan Manga Award. 1993 "Botchan" no Jidai won the Japan Cartoonists Association Award. 1998 "Botchan" no Jidai won the Second Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize Grand Prix. 1999 Harukana Machi E ("A Town Far Away") won the 1999 (3rd) Media Arts Festival Excellence Prize. Recently His Award-winning Works are currently serialized in Business Jump. Another manga, Ten no Taka (Sky Hawk), is serialized intermittently in Manga Action.

( 2001 )

Award Reason

Mt. Tanigawa, the European Alps, Everest, K2. What impels people to challenge the world's highest mountain peaks? What beasts prowl on the dark side of human nature? Is it fame and distinction we crave, or the satisfaction of great achievement? These compelling human dramas of the men who challenge the summits of the gods, places divorced from the mundane world, will grip readers until they have finished the last page. The powerful illustrations seem to transport the reader right up into the mountains.

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