Demon Slayer won the grand prize in the Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) award. Yesterday on the 50th Japan Cartoonists Association (JCA) awards, they announced Demon Slayer as the winner in the comic division. The manga artist Koyoharu Gotouge’s Demon Slayer was awarded 500,000 Yen, a gold plaque, and a medal. In the cartoon division, Joruju Piroshiki’s self-published work NEW NORMAL! also won the grand award, and they were also awarded 500000 Yen, a gold plaque, and a medal.
War’s Unwomanly Face, the manga adaptation of the Noble Prize winner author Svetlana Alexievich’s non-fiction World War II, has also received the excellence award known as the Kingdom Tottori award. The winner of the manga segment had received a medal, a gold plague, and 2000,000 yen in price money.
Sōtensha’s EYEMASK one-panel manga won the Manga Kingdom Tosa award, which is an excellence award. Kenzo Takada’s Okiagari Koboshi project won the MEXT award. All three awards include a silver plaque, a medal, and 200,000 yen (about US$1,800) in prize money.
Those who don’t know about JCA Awards should understand that it has been there since 1972. It is an actual award in which recipients of the Grand Prize receive a medal, gold plaque, and a cash prize of ¥500,000. And those who won the Excellence Prize receive a silver plaque, a medal, and a cash prize of ¥200,000. Another category called Special Award is there where the recipients receive the same items as the grand prize winners.
Machiko Satonaka was the head of the selection committee this year. The judges this time were Shōji Igo, Kamakiri Uno, Hiroshi Odagiri, Kōji Fujishita, Moto Hagio, Mitsuru Miura, George Morikawa, and Ikuya Kōmori.\