©ODA Rieko

15th Manga Division Jury Selections

Everyday life of a member of a city council

Comics published online (for computer or mobile) [Japan]

ODA Rieko


The real-life member of the Kawasaki City Council, Rieko Oda, depicts the political landscape through her own experiences in a four-frame manga, which is published on her blog. The creator, who originally worked as an employee at an ordinary company, makes use of the background that led to her becoming a politician due to a strange turn of events, and introduces various peculiar customs and odd people in the world of politics, through the eyes of an ordinary citizen. This is an essay-type manga that has been drawn with the intention of eliminating political point as far as possible, and seeking to arouse an interest in politics amongst many more people. The lovable character touches and abundant sense of humor have made this an instant hit.