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25th Manga Division Jury Selections

New Normal

AIHARA Akito[Japan]


The story takes place in the near future, where wearing masks has become the new normal and part of the culture due to an infectious disease. NATSUKI, who thinks nostalgically upon the pre-pandemic time, incidentally exposes her bare face to her classmate HATA. This story about a “new abnormal” unfolds in a possible post-pandemic world with the values based on the “new normal,” in which exposing the usually-hidden mouth has great significance.