11th Manga Division Critiques
[Critique by work category] Frame Manga, Independent Manga, On-line Manga, Others
Although the total number of entries to the Manga Division declined this year, we believe that this is mainly because publishers are selecting their recommendations for the Story Manga category more carefully. In the other categories, with the exception of Frame Manga which experienced a slight decline, the number of applications continues to steadily increase. Most noticeably, the number of entries from abroad, which dropped sharply last year, recovered and some have even been selected as Recommended Works this year. As a result, there is an increased diversity of Recommended Works, which can be seen in the variety of forms of manga at the exhibition. This year, the number of Digital manga entries increased remarkably; however, few of them devised original methods of presentation. It was thought that they should have made a clearer difference in their means of presentation from other existing mobile contents, which already have original methods of display.