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I Appreciate That We Have These Works in Our Own Daily Lives

YAMADA Tomoko

Manga Researcher

In many cases, as series last a long time, they tend to lose their freshness or their illustrations becomerougher. However, JOJOLION is depicted ever more carefully and its style becomes newer despite the length of the series. The brilliant aspect of this work is that, while remaining a big hit series, it remains a unique and front-line artwork. I attended the screening meeting with the intention of nominating it from the beginning. With its originality, SHOUWA GENROKU RAKUGO SHINJU completely turned around my thoughts that if one depicts a world of traditional Japanese art, it must always seem old-fashioned. Soredemo Machi wa Mawat teiru (The Town Keeps Moving) is basically a collection of standalone episodes, brilliant in the way it holds readers' attention from the first volume to the very latest. The highlight of CHIISAKOBEE is the vivid depictions of mouth-watering foods which Ritsu cooks. Hikidashi ni Terrarium (TERRARIUM IN DRAWER) is superb in its imagination packed into many different short stories. Le Goût du Chlore is printed in full color, which is uncommon for Japanese manga. Its experimental use of colors is new and unique. Alice to Zouroku is a SF fantasy combined with cute illustrations. Readers are impressed with Zouroku's integrity and excited about the daily discoveries of Sana. In the pale illustrations of Natsuyasumi no Machi (A Town during Summer Vacation) you can sense the bright summer sunshine. With the Special Achievement Award, NAKAMURA Kimihiko, the representative of COMITIA (original independent comic exhibition), may seem too young to be awarded the prize. However, given the amount COMITIA has contributed to the manga scene's creativity, I think presenting the award to him is actually overdue. I personally feel that MIZUSHIRO Setona and ONE could have won the Excellence Award and the New Face Award respectively. However, in both their cases, due to their popularity their votes were split between multiple works nominated for different awards. I have the overall impression that many of this year's works deliberately portray a collection of everyday details. I would like to conclude this year's awards by stating how much I appreciate that we have these works in our own daily lives.

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YAMADA Tomoko

Manga Researcher

YAMADA made her debut as a manga writer in commercial publications in 1998 with her article *Who Does the 'Year 24 Group' Refer to?* in the *Comic Box* magazine. Starting with her earliest temp job at the Kawasaki City Museum, she has been involved for over 20 years in manga exhibition, acquisition and preservation. In 2008 she supervised the *Ballet Manga -Leap above the beauty-* exhibition at the Kyoto International Manga Museum. In recent years she has frequently interviewed or emceed roundtables of such prominent girls' manga artists as HAGIO Moto, YAMAGISHI Ryoko, and IKEDA Riyoko. Since 2009 she has been a director of the Japan Society for Studies in Cartoon and Comics. She is also on the staff of the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures at Meiji University.

( 2013 )

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