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14th Manga Division Jury Selections

Hoshigahara Aomanjuu no Mori

Story manga [Japan]



Hoshigahara Aomanjuu no Mori (Ao-manjuu Forest in Hoshigahara). There used to be a breezy forest, which kids called “a ghost forest,” in Hoshigahara. A house stood there, with various cute fairies and a young man named Soichi enjoying a serene life. Several souls with bitter feelings huddle together in a mysterious forest. A story is unfolded in the intersect on between loss and revitalization and between sorrow and tenderness.