Japan Media Arts Festival  

Manga Division

Jury Selections

Zassoutachi yo taishi wo idake (Ambitious Ordinary Girls)

IKEBE Aoi [Japan]

© Aoi Ikebe / Shodensha FEEL COMICS

Gan-chan, a sleepy-headed high school student who worries beneath her bold brow, quietly longs for her childhood friend Takato-kun. However, it seems as if his heart is devoted to another girl… This series depicts the drama of a group of ordinary young high school girls living in a regional city, who in their youthfulness present a wistful charm. What friends say becomes like magic illuminating life in a story that with great care interweaves these special days. 

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