February X,2016
Announcement of Winners for the Ninth International MANGA Award
The International MANGA Award was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to honor MANGA artists who have contributed to the promotion of MANGA overseas. There were 259 entries from 46 countries and regions this year.

Following the first selection carried out with the assistance of the Association of MANGA Publishers, the Jury of the Award led by Ms. Machiko Satonaka (Manga artist) made strict and fair judgment. As a result of the judgment, the Executive Committee of the Award chose a total of 14 winners, including one Gold Award work and three Silver Award works. The team from Israel, Boaz Lavie, Asaf Hanuka & Tomer Hanuka won the Gold Award this year. They were the first-ever winner of the International Manga Award from Israel.

On February 26, a ceremony for the Tenth International MANGA Award were held in Tokyo to grant Gold and Silver Awards to the works below.
  • Gold Award (the best work)

    The Divine

    Artist : Asaf Hanuka & Tomer Hanuka
    Story Artist : Boaz Lavie

    (c)Csaf Hanuka / Tomer Hanuka / Boaz Lavie / Ron PropperAsaf Hanuka
    Country & Region : Israel
    Language : English
    Artist : Asaf Hanuka
    Born in 1974 in Ramat Gan, Israel
    Made his debut in 1996 with “Streets of Rage” .
    “Waltz with Bashir” was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award in 2008.
    Artist : Tomer Hanuka
    Born in 1974 in Ramat Gan, Israel
    Made his debut in 2000 with “Bipolar” .
    Won multiple gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York City.
    Original Artist : Boaz Lavie
    Born in 1974 in New York, USA
    Made his debut in 2009 as a director and scriptwriter of a short film “The Lake”. It was featured in multiple international film festivals such as the San Francisco International Film Festival.
    〈Story line〉 The Divine tells the story of Mark, an explosives expert who signs onto a freelance job with his old army friend, Jason. In Quanlom, a fictional Southeast Asian country, the pair are assisting the military when Mark is lured in by a group of child-soldiers, led by 10-year-old twins nicknamed "The Divine", intending on forcing a showdown between ancient magic and modern technology.
  • Silver Award

    無名歌 vol.1

    Artist : ROCKAT

    (c)無名歌 / 搖滾貓 / GAEA BOOKS
    Country & Region : Taiwan
    Language : Chinese
    Artist : ROCKAT
    Born in 1984 in Taoyuan,
    Taiwan Graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts Released a card game “The Wonderful IsLand” in 2013 Made his debut in 2014 as an comic artist with “DEMO ♯1 vol.1”.
    〈Story line〉 Taiyo, who once has been a lead singer of a band group, is working as a recruiter in the entertainment business. As he goes thorough depressing days at work, he hears a beautiful singing voice in the park, which reminds him of his dream of being a rock musician.
  • Silver Award

    Holy Dragon Imperator

    Story Artist : NGUYEN KHANH DUONG

    Country & Region : Vietnam
    Language : Vietnamese
    Artist : Nguyen Thanh Phong
    Born in 1986 in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Made his debut in 2004 with “Holy Dragon Imperator
    Won a Jury’ s Special Award in the Asian Youth Animation and Comics Contest in 2011.
    Story Artist : Nguyen Khanh Duong
    Born in 1986 in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Made his debut in 2004 with “Holy Dragon Imperator” Opened a manga website “Comi-Cola” and published 20 works so far.
    〈Story line〉 A professor in the Ancient Greece discovers that an infant’ s brain can be used as information storage. The Ancient Chen dynasty implants a very dangerous plan in a baby. Time passes and the story features a girl of the present day who suddenly loses consciousness and recalls the memory of a village-head’s daughter who refuses to marry and intends to spoil her wedding ceremony.
  • Silver Award


    Artist : Li Lung-chieh

    (c)Li Lung-chieh / ACCC / China Times Publishing Co.
    Country & Region : Taiwan
    Language : Chinese
    Artist : Li Lung-chieh
    Born in 1982 in Taipei, Taiwan
    Exhibited his works in manga exhibitions such as Festival International de la Bande Dess inée d'Angoulême, Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Alger and Musée National d'Art Moderne. His main works include “Animal Impact”, “Taiwan Super Riders” and “Taiwan Determination”
    〈Story line〉 Ichthyophobia is a fear of fish, which has suffered the artist for a long time. This silent manga is a kind of autobiography based on his real life, in which he suffers from and struggles with ichthyophobia.
  • Bronze Award

    Pra Yok San Ya Lux(Symbol Sentences)


  • Hesecubiu Kuy


    Artist : Lisa Cloud(Ukraine)
    Artist : Tori(Ukraine)
  • 女王桃樂絲


  • 幸福調味料


  • вдохновение (Inspiration)


  • SQ从你的名字开始 (SQ beginning with your name)


  • 银色海・如果你找到一座島(Silver Ocean)


    Artist : Starry(China)
    Story : 王巧琳(China)
  • My Unforgettable Single Life


  • 破風(はふう) (TO THE MORE)



    (Cote d'Ivoire)

    TAPE ZATO(Cote d'Ivoire )

Executive Committee

Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan
Mr. Kiyoshi YOKOTA, Director, Shogakukan Inc.
Ms. Saya SHIRAISHI, Emeritus professor of Tokyo University
Mr. Kotaro SUGIYAMA,Chief Creative Officer/Deputy President, Light Publicity Co., Ltd
Mr. Frederik L. SCHODT, writer, interpreter, translator
Mr. Hiroyasu ANDO, President, Japan Foundation


Ms. Machiko Satonaka (Manga artist)
Mr. Yoshimi KURATA (Manga artist),
Ms. Kimie SHIGA(Manga artist),
Mr. Akira HIROTA (Manga magazine editor),
Mr. Tsutomu FUJITA(former Manga magazine editor)

Primary Selection Committee: The Association of MANGA Pubulishers

Akita Publishing Co., Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co.,
Kodansha Ltd., Shueisha Inc.,
Shogakukan Inc., Shonen-gahosha Co.,
Shinchosha Publishing Co., Hakusensha Inc.,
Futabasha Publishers Ltd., Leed Publishing Co.
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