Tokyo, Sept. 18 (CNA) Three Taiwanese artists have been named winners of 2021 Kyoto Worldwide Manga Anime Awards, one of many largest comics and animation occasions in western Japan.
Comedian e book “Concord (異人)” by Taiwanese mangaka Nigou (貳號) was topped winner of the Excellence Award, the very best accolade within the Manga Contest class, in accordance with the record of winners launched Friday.
“Aquamation (洄)” by Taiwanese animator Amoon was one of many “Finalist” winners within the CG Anime Contest, whereas illustrator simiart’s “Fantasy Travels in Kyoto (奇幻京都之旅)” was additionally a “Finalist” winner within the Illustration Contest.
“Concord” revolves round a world the place people are abruptly pressured to try to coexist with an unknown alien species. Whereas mankind was fearful at first, they quickly determined to stay in “concord” with the aliens after discovering the potential for monetary acquire from the outsiders.
One of many award’s jurors, editor Shihei Rin of the acclaimed Japanese comedian e book writer “Shonen JUMP+,” praised Nigou’s work for its introduction and presentation. Rin additionally appreciated the framing of characters within the visible story, whose shift in physique language offered readers with clear modifications in plot units.
Whereas Rin additionally criticized the pacing of the story, he mentioned the creator nonetheless displayed the flexibility to make drawings that captured the eye of readers.
In an interview with CNA, Nigou revealed that the inspiration for Concord, a graphic fantasy, got here from his personal love for Xenomorphs, from the favored “Alien” film franchise, and undiscovered species.
On his win, Nigou mentioned that he felt gratified to know that individuals have been actually studying his comics. Having solely created content material in his spare time, Nigou mentioned the accolade would encourage him to pursue his ardour extra.
He mentioned he initially received into creating mangas after realizing he beloved to assume up tales that went along with his artwork, relatively than simply draw.
Different Taiwanese artists have acquired the identical award prior to now.
Final yr, Taiwanese artist Gene not solely took dwelling the Excellence Award for illustration with “On the Solution to the Pageant (慶典路上),” the artist was additionally the winner of the KYOMAF Grand Prize Award with “Guardian of the Scarecrow (稻草人的守護者).”
Taiwanese artist Kurofu’s (銀甫) “Demon Illustrator – Evening Parade of One Hundred Demons (繪妖師–百鬼夜行)” was additionally the Grand Prize winner of the award in 2019, whereas Chang Sheng’s (常勝) “THE HIDDEN LEVEL (隱藏關卡)” was the winner of the manga contest in 2017.
The Kyoto Worldwide Manga Anime Award started in 2012 as a part of the annual Kyoto Worldwide Mange Anime Honest, a two-day occasion that celebrates the comics and animation tradition of Japan.
Additionally it is one of many largest occasions of its variety in Japan’s Kansai area and sometimes attracts distributors from the business to take part in exhibits and markets.
This yr, the Manga and Anime Award garnered a record-setting 2,632 submissions from 97 nations and areas, with Japan profitable the most important variety of entries at 520, adopted by Taiwan with 323.