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  • © boichi, Kodansha 2019

Grand Prize

ORIGIN

Boichi

Manga published in book form, in magazine [South Korea]

Firstly, I am blown away by the graphics. Drawn with such precision as if not to miss even the subtlest shadows of an eyelash or furrowed eyebrows, it expresses complicated emotions—or lack thereof—without relying on symbols. We can observe the same creativity as a sci-fi piece here that we saw in the author’s past masterpiece, HOTEL. I am astonished at his ability to accom- plish the difficult task of portraying a challenging time setting, 30 years in the future, with such realism, knowl- edge, and imagination. Moreover, the indescribable humorousness in the parts depicting the characters’ everyday lives, and the contrast between the violent battles and the main character’s lack of emotion are remarkable; they inspired the judges. Some aspects like the grisly battle scenes and the representa- tion of female characters may not be for everyone. But the exceptional quality of this work—created by an artist who chose to leave his home country to work in Japan and put his whole heart into it—has given us a glimpse of what greater pos- sibilities there may be for the genre of manga. (SHIRAI Yumiko)

© boichi, Kodansha 2019

Profile

Boichi

South Korea

Manga artist.

( 2018 )

Award Reason

Firstly, I am blown away by the graphics. Drawn with such precision as if not to miss even the subtlest shadows of an eyelash or furrowed eyebrows, it expresses complicated emotions—or lack thereof—without relying on symbols. We can observe the same creativity as a sci-fi piece here that we saw in the author’s past masterpiece, HOTEL. I am astonished at his ability to accom- plish the difficult task of portraying a challenging time setting, 30 years in the future, with such realism, knowl- edge, and imagination. Moreover, the indescribable humorousness in the parts depicting the characters’ everyday lives, and the contrast between the violent battles and the main character’s lack of emotion are remarkable; they inspired the judges. Some aspects like the grisly battle scenes and the representa- tion of female characters may not be for everyone. But the exceptional quality of this work—created by an artist who chose to leave his home country to work in Japan and put his whole heart into it—has given us a glimpse of what greater pos- sibilities there may be for the genre of manga. (SHIRAI Yumiko)

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