The Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize is an annual manga prize named after Tezuka Osamu, a well-known personality in the anime and manga industries. It is organized and financed by one of Japan’s largest media corporations, the Asahi Shimbun, and has been given since 1997.
The winner will get prize money and an unique Astro Boy statue as a trophy, as well as the series’ clear fame and respect. On Monday, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper published the eight nominees for the 27th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The awards honor the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by awarding the manga that best follow in his footsteps.
Here are the nominees for the award
- Umi ga Hashiru End Roll by John Tarachine
- Onnanoko ga Iru Basho wa by Ebine Yamaji
- SPY × FAMILY by Tatsuya Endo
- Takopi’s Original Sin by Taizan 5
- Cesare: Il Creatore che ha distrutto by Fuyumi Soryo
- Tokyo Higoro by Taiyo Matsumoto
- Hirayasumi by Keigo Shinzo
- Yuria-sensei no Akai Ito by Kiwa Irie
While the award winners will not be revealed until April, Tatsuya Endo’s SPY X FAMILY has received the most votes from the selection committee, putting it in the lead for this year’s Grand Prize. The final selection committee will discuss which manga stands out from the crowd, with the results published in Asahi Shimbun and on Asahi Shimbun Digital in late April and the award ceremony on June 8.
About Spy × Family
Spy × Family is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump.
The story follows a spy who has to “build a family” to execute a mission, not realizing that the girl he adopts as a daughter and the woman he agrees to be in a fake marriage with are a mind reader and an assassin respectively.
Season 2 and a theatrical film are releasing in 2023.
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