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Excellence Award

Ulna at the Emplacement

IZU Toru

Manga published in book form, in magazine [Japan]

Save for a few sunny days a year, the island of Rizul is always covered in wind and snow. The story begins with Ulna Tropp Yonk, a sniper from Rez- more, a country that has seized global hegemony, taking up her assignment. The island has been designated as the living place for the Zoods, a grotesque barbarian tribe whose members look like walking gums. Ulna’s mission is to ght the Zoods, who come from out of the snow to attack. However, biology researcher Latofuma, who has also been sent to the base, has a secret connection with the Zoods. Ulna witnesses these secret meetings and, as she battles, gets closer to the secret behind the Zoods’ grotesque appearance and Rezmore’s national conspiracy. This science ction piece by IZU comes on the heels of wild popularity gained through works such as Mitsubachi no kiss (Kiss of the Honeybee) (2008-09) and Aiming for the ace (2012-14). The rich texture of white snow and powerful images of the Zoods on the attack and other effects are used by the manga artist to intensely draw in the reader, vividly depicting a war zone in a strange world through so- phisticated illustration techniques.

© IZU Toru

Profile

IZU Toru

Japan

Made manga artist debut in 2008 with Mitsubachi no kiss (Futabasha Pub- lishers Ltd.). Other major works include Onsa no hibiki (Futabasha), Eisu (Kodansha Ltd.), and Henkyo de (KADOKAWA).

( 2018 )

Award Reason

Save for a few sunny days a year, the island of Rizul is always covered in wind and snow. The story begins with Ulna Tropp Yonk, a sniper from Rez- more, a country that has seized global hegemony, taking up her assignment. The island has been designated as the living place for the Zoods, a grotesque barbarian tribe whose members look like walking gums. Ulna’s mission is to ght the Zoods, who come from out of the snow to attack. However, biology researcher Latofuma, who has also been sent to the base, has a secret connection with the Zoods. Ulna witnesses these secret meetings and, as she battles, gets closer to the secret behind the Zoods’ grotesque appearance and Rezmore’s national conspiracy. This science ction piece by IZU comes on the heels of wild popularity gained through works such as Mitsubachi no kiss (Kiss of the Honeybee) (2008-09) and Aiming for the ace (2012-14). The rich texture of white snow and powerful images of the Zoods on the attack and other effects are used by the manga artist to intensely draw in the reader, vividly depicting a war zone in a strange world through so- phisticated illustration techniques.

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