13th Manga Division Critiques
Every work that was selected for the final screening is unique and reminds the jury of the depth and breadth of manga expression. I would also like to mention some other works that came up in the discussion. Young and middle-aged artists received many votes in the early stages, and in the end, the 'veterans' yielded to the young. JIN by MURAKAMI Motokazu, MOROHOSHI Daijiro's bio no mokushiroku, and MOBILESUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN by YASUHIKO Yoshikazu were excellent and are regarded as characteristic works. In particular, 5 minutes from the station by KURAMOCHI Fusako is an aspiring work that portrays human relationships in our Internet society, and has a high level of characteristic manga expression. It is a story about people's lives of different generations and professions in a small town, and how they are loosely related to each other. Another impressive work is IGARASHI Mikio's To Kamuroba Village. This story portrays a kind of utopia that is experienced by the hero who refuses money. A strange event caused by human imagination colors the world and imparts a peculiar feeling after reading the story.