Japan Media Arts Festival  
22nd

Manga Division

Jury Selections

HIIRO NO BUNRAKU

KITA Komao [Japan]

© 2017 by KITA Komao / NSP
Outline

Bunraku is Japan’s traditional world-class art of puppet theater and it is depicted in earnest in a manga for the first time. An injury forces Yumiya to give up his dream to be a ballet dancer, and he sets his sights on becoming a gidayu (narrator) for bunraku. Responding to a wish to express in a manga the fire of life coming from the stage, the story portrays the passion of young men pursuing this ultimate art form, inheriting its 400-year tradition.

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