10th Manga Division Critiques

[Critique by work category] Frame Manga, Independent Manga, On-line Manga, Others

The number of entries to the Festival has grown steadily every year, but, sorry to say, the number of Frame Mangas was unchanged, and the number of On-Line Mangas and Independent Mangas decreased by almost half. In fact, there were only 2 entries from abroad this year. Admittedly, there is a problem in how we assess a piece of work in a foreign language, but I would like to invite a wide range of entries from abroad by taking various measures and increase the number of submission of works from abroad as much as possible.
Speaking of the contents, the works of OnLine Ma nga including Independent Manga which had impressed readers by using distinctive digital methods attracted our attention. However, it was a shame that they all stopped at the point where they produced the "method" but somehow they were not accompanied by interesting aspects of content.
At the same time, there was a work which was overall not really special , but nonetheless created a favorable impression and it reminded me that "an On-Line Manga has an aspect which can be kept going in color." Also, in Frame Mangas, including Independent Manga, I had an impression that there were many works making skillful use of CG and moving images. I would like to hold out hope for the emergence of a new talent.

Associate Professor, Meiji University
Born in Kumamoto, 1959. Graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Tokyo. Associate Professor, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University. Critic. After working as an editor for Chikuma Shobo, she has occupied her current position since April, 2008. Specializes in Manga Bunka-ron (manga culture). She has delivered commentaries mainly on comics, women, and sexuality. Also she has been on selection committees of Kodansha Manga-sho and Tezuka Osamu Bunka-sho (Tezuka Cultural Award). Director of the Japan Society for Studies in Cartoons and Comics. Her written works include "Watashi no Ibasho wa Doko ni Aruno? - Shojo Manga ga Utsusu Kokoro no Katachi", "Kairaku Denryu", "Shojo Manga Damashii", "Aijo Hyoron", etc.