© Kaoru Inai / Hakusensha

21st Manga Division Jury Selections

Dialog of Utakata

Manga published in book form, in magazine

INAI Kaoru [Japan]


UTAGAWA and KATANO are high school stu- dents holding down part time jobs at a drugstore. There is no burning romance, and no dreams of national sports championships— just a boy and a girl taking one day at a time at the height of their youth. Their clever conversa- tions moving at a fast-paced tempo make for a dialog drama that elicits the image of youth.