9th Manga Division Critiques
[Critique by work category] Story Manga
It was most welcome that the total number of applicants has increased this year. The On-line Manga, especially, enjoyed a marked 275 percent increased compared with last year, which suggests the likely future tendency of manga publication. The number of entries from abroad has gone up year after year; about 10% of entries in the Manga Division were from overseas. This is evidence of the increasing recognition of the "Manga Award" at the Japan Media Arts Festival. There was great variety in the work of the final candidates, which reflects the broad spectrum of the manga field; from overwhelmingly epic themed work to very personal stories, from excellent orthodox work to styles somewhere between the painting and manga; each fully competed with the other. As this "Manga Award" is open to any nationality, any age, and both professional and non-professional artists, we are hoping to receive an even greater number of entries next year.