The five members of the jury chose five works that they liked from among the many submissions, and discussed the good points. The works that received the nod from a number of judges became the recipients of the excellence awards, and one of them is judged as the Grand Prize winner. Each nominee is selected from among the outstanding entries. However, the discussion was intense as deciding the definite winner was not an easy task. We also had to decide any defects in the works by pulling each other's opinions. It is not a pleasant task to discuss the faults of outstanding and excellent works, but the work with the fewest faults becomes the winner. Thus, VINLAND SAGA, which some judges described as an "ultra-orthodox adventure story," was chosen as the Grand Prize winner.
Born in Ishikawa prefecture, 1945. After working as an assistant for ISHINOMORI Shotaro, NAGAI Go debuted with Meaka-shi Polikichi (Detective Polikichi) in "Bokura" (published by Kodansha) in 1967. In the following year, he started a series Harenchi Gakuen (Shameless School) in "Shonen Jump", which immediately became a great success. Since then, he has continued to present many works in a wide range of genres. His major works include Harenchi Gakuen, Devilman, Mazinger Z, Violence Jack, Cutie Honey and many others. He became a professor of the Character Creative Arts Department of Osaka University of Arts in 2005.
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