16th Manga Division Jury Selections
ITOH Yu [Japan]
This manga is set in the Western Xia state at the beginning of the 13th century, when there were violent, ongoing incursions by the Mongol army. A present-day boy called SUDO, a high-school student who has been plagued by vivid dreams of a battlefield, is reborn as Shutohel, a female warrior for the Western Xia army who has lived for vengeance on the Mongols, and travels to the battlefield. This is an epic, long-form action manga featuring elaborate, dynamic depictions of combat and the enigma of an ancient script.