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6th Manga Division Excellence Award

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Manga published in book form, in magazine

SATO Syuho [Japan]

Reason for Award

An intensive investigation of the behind-the-scenes of the medical scene has had a huge reaction. This work has been successful in broadening its readership because it does not take up social issues as bad, but rather, as part of the ordinary environment in which humans live. Using the thought and behavior patterns of the characters, the social issues are presented as entertainment. This work is compelling and the adjective “realistic” is very appropriate. The power and the out-of-the-ordinary story telling skills can be observed in this work.