Today, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper has announced the winners of the 20th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize awards, and the Manga Grand Prix reveal has turned out to break new ground. For the first time, the nominating committee chose two winners for the 2 million yen prize and Astro Boy statuette, so Kei Ichinoseki’s kabuki mystery Hanagami Sharaku and Kiyohiko Azuma’s slice-of-life comedy Yotsuba&! will split the prize money between them.
The nominating committee for this year includes novelist Atsuko Asano, actress Anne, manga creator Machiko Satonaka, university professor Shohei Chujo, manga editor Haruyuki Nakano, manga commentator Shinbo Nobunaga, manga creator and researcher Taro Minamoto, and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada. This group selected the winners from the seven Grand Prix nominees, which were in turn chosen from works published between January and December 2015, and their awards will be presented at the May 29th ceremony.