© Fumiyo Kouno / NIHONBUNGEISHA Co., Ltd.

20th Manga Division Jury Selections

Hi no tori (Bird of the Sun)

KOUNO Fumiyo [Japan]


“On that day you vanished”. . . This is a book of sketches in single-frame manga format depicting eastern Japan after the earthquake of 2011, told in the style of a diary by a rooster searching for his lost wife. The author’s gentle ballpoint-pen artwork portrays towns undergoing recovery and landscapes still scarred by the disaster. The rooster character is both humorous and aloof, adding a warm touch to the story.