19th Manga Division Jury Selections
Suna no eikan (Crown of the Sand)
MITA Norifusa [Japan]
This story is about the captain of Kashino High School baseball club who strategically deploys money in his quest to enter the Koshien baseball championship after failing to qualify on the 100th anniversary of his school. NANASHIMA Hiroyuki, the new captain, secretly receives 10,000,000 Yen from an old man, a passionate fan of this baseball team. This piece dissects the unknown side of the high school baseball championship considered to be the biggest profit generator for newspapers.