Japan Media Arts Festival  

Manga Division

Jury Selections

Dialog of Utakata

INAI Kaoru [Japan]

© Kaoru Inai / Hakusensha

UTAGAWA and KATANO are high school students holding down part time jobs at a drugstore. There is no burning romance, and no dreams of national sports championships—just a boy and a girl taking one day at a time at the height of their youth. Their clever conversations moving at a fast-paced tempo make for a dialog drama that elicits the image of youth. 

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