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Born in 1967 in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Inoue won the Tezuka Award for Kaede Purple (Maple Purple) in 1988. His masterwork, Slam Dunk, was serialized beginning in 1990 and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Vagabond has been serialized in Weekly Morning since 1998. Inoue won the Kodansha Manga Award and Media Arts Festival, Agency for Cultural Affairs Grand Prize in the Manga Division in 2000. "Real" has been serialized intermittently in Young Jump since October 1999. When the first volume of Real was published in 2001, it sold more than a million copies.
Takehiko Inoue is well-known for "Slam Dunk," a serial comic on the subject of basketball. "Real" is another sports comic, but one whose story revolves around the novel theme of tough guys and wheelchair basketball. All of the Adjudication Committee members could hardly wait to read the next installments and had to content themselves with awarding "Real" the Excellence Prize. It would have been no surprise if Inoue had followed his success with "Vagabond" by winning the Grand Prize for the second year in a row with this terrific comic.
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