Kagoshima Manga Kurodemy Award prize-winning works exhibited at Yocado Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Feb 14, 2023

The exhibition

The winning works of the “9th Kagoshima Manga Kurodemy Award” are now on display on the second floor of Yocado Kagoshima.

The competition was launched in 2013 with the aim “to introduce Kagoshima’s unique kuro (black) culture and its appeal to the world through manga.” The sponsor is the non-profit organization Manga Project Kagoshima, which called for entries between July and October last year under the SDGs theme of “Food Loss,” “Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy at Home,” and “Abundant Sea and Land.” There were 207 entries.

The Grand Prize went to “Magical Girl Eco-Eco★Eko” by Kotaro Ise from Fukuoka City, and the Junior Kurodemy Grand Prize, established for the first time this year, went to “Oishii no Ippai Kagoshima” by Hana Souzen, a fifth grader from Kagoshima City. The award ceremony was held at Yocado Kagoshima on February 5.

Ise created a story about a magical girl who fights to prevent food loss. In 10 pages, he included a scene in which she fights off an intruder who tries to steal the scraps of vegetables and ideas for eco-cooking, a method of using up all the vegetables without leaving any leftovers. The judges commented that the manga had a seamless sequence of Nori-Tsukkomi comedy delivery and a suitable length of pages, making it a quick and easy read.”

Sozen created a full-color manga to explain why Kagoshima’s food is so delicious by introducing two children to a place with a view of Sakurajima and Kagoshima Bay. The judges commented, “The main character’s motivation to share the charms of her beloved Kagoshima and the flow of the story were clear and easy to understand.”

At the exhibition, all pages of both works are on display, along with 4-5 page excerpts from the Best Prize and runner-up works and 25 illustrations that conclude the story on a single page.

Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Closed on February 22 and 23. Admission is free.