© URASAWA Naoki / TEDUKA Production / NAGASAKI Takashi / Shogakukan
Born in Tokyo in 1960. He started his career as a manga artist with BETA! in 1983. His major works are PINEAPPLE ARMY, YAWARA!, MASTER KEATON, Happy!, and 20th Century Boys. He received the Excellence Prize at the first Japan Media Arts Festival for MONSTER.
Born in Miyazaki in 1956. Prior to becoming a freelancer, he worked as the editor in chief of Shogakukan's magazine, Big Comic Spirits. He was the producer of both PLUTO and 20th Century Boys, as well as the being author of the original stories for ILIAD-Iriyado KENBUNROKU and SEIKYO-Bluehood.
Born in 1961 in Tokyo. Visualist.
Astro Boy was one of the great, horizon expanding, manga masterpieces of its time. For the ordinary observer, it is almost all we can do just to be impressed by Astro Boy, but here, the maestro, URASAWA Naoki, has turned his attention to multiple structural universes, perhaps even beyond the horizon of manga's potential. It leaves one speechless; it is an exciting, forward looking and much appreciated work; hats off to Mr. URASAWA, who always gives his fans such joyful surprises. The concept of this work itself is impressive, and we really appreciate the effort and passion of all the people involved. Finally, we would like to point out that it was suggested this work should be awarded the Grand Prize when it ended.
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