Japan Media Arts Festival  

Manga Division

Jury Selections

Shindai kyusya (A Boy and War Pigeons)

HATOYAMA Ikuko [Japan]

© HATOYAMA Ikuko / OHTA Publishing Company

War Pigeons were carrier pigeons that flew here and there in countless numbers to perform their role as messengers carrying secrets in time of war. In this story, the soul of a bird that could not make it home to complete its mission took on the shape of a youth and met another youth, Duby, the protagonist who was traveling on a train. This is a nuanced portrayal that expresses the weight of a life that supported this means of communication, these words. 

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