13th Manga Division Critiques
The five members of the jury chose five works that they liked from among the many submissions, and discussed the good points. The works that received the nod from a number of judges became the recipients of the excellence awards, and one of them is judged as the Grand Prize winner. Each nominee is selected from among the outstanding entries. However, the discussion was intense as deciding the definite winner was not an easy task. We also had to decide any defects in the works by pulling each other's opinions. It is not a pleasant task to discuss the faults of outstanding and excellent works, but the work with the fewest faults becomes the winner. Thus, VINLAND SAGA, which some judges described as an "ultra-orthodox adventure story," was chosen as the Grand Prize winner.