A Japanese cartoonist Nobuhiro Watsuki, who is a famous as a author of Rurouni Kenshin also called Samurai X, has been arrested on the charge of the violation of a ban of child pornography possession on November 21, 2017.
Preceding the release of the live-action movie “Hagane No Renkinjutsu-shi(Full metal Alchemist)” a.k.a Hagaren starring Ryosuke Yamada as a Edward Elric, Dean Fujioka as a Roy Mustang, and Tsubasa Honda as a Winry Rockbell, the film-distributing agency has announced that they will distribute a volume 0 of the Full metal Alchemist’s manga comic.
Hiromu Arakawa, a Japanese popular comic writer, appeared in TV program “How to enjoy an Exhibition of Full Metal Alchemist 100 times as much” for the first time in forever. Her background hasn’t revealed ever so this TV program was attracting attention from fans of her manga comics.
Japanese Jail located in Yamaguchi prefecture has started to sell drawings written by its prisoners. Those are sold in a website “Mangaka Honpo(Comic writer shop)” opened in April 2017. People who saw the drawings are surprised at its high quality.
Japanese popular manga Rurouni Kenshin a.k.a Samurai X has been restarted on monthly comic magazine Jump SQ. from September 4 2107.
Japan Comic Award, Manga Taisho 2017 has announced the winner on March 28th 2017. This award is chosen by booksellers and it means this is the most satisfactory comic in the year.
“Hibiki -How to become a novel writer-” won the award
Hibiki -How to become a novel writer- written by Mitsuharu Yanagimoto won the award this year. The story of this comic is that a 15-years-old girl named Hibiki Ayukui sends a draft of innovative novel to a publisher without contact address. A editor of the publisher Hanai starts to find her. And finally Hibiki’s debut novel will be nominated to Japan’s most biggest awards for literature, Akutagawa-sho and Naoki-sho.
Akiko Higashimura can’t win this year
This award in this year had been received much attention because Akiko Higashimura might win this award for the second straight year. Last year Tokyo Tara-reba girls written by Akiko Higashimura won the award. It’s a story of some girls around 30 years old. It is said that it’s common to get married by 30 years old especially for women in Japan. The comic describes how those girls manage this kind of matter. “Tarareba” means regret, they look back at their past and think “If I do that, If I chose that at that time…”.
This year her comics “Kakukaku-jikajika” was nominated but it couldn’t win the award. “Kakukaku-jikajika” means omission and describes her life until becoming a comic writer.
2017 Nominated comics
1st. “Hibiki” How to become a novel writer – Mitsuharu Yanagimoto
2nd. Kin-no-kuni Mizu-no-kuni – Nao Iwamoto
3rd. Dungeon Meshi – Ryoko Kui
4th. Aoashi – Yugo Kobayashi
5th. Namiyo Kiitekure – Hiroaki Samura
6th. Yakusoku no Neverland – Posuka Demizu
7th. Golden Gold – Shota Horio
8th. Fire Punch – Tatsuki Fujimoto
9th. High Score Girl – Rensuke Okikiri
10th. Karakai Jozuno Takagi-san – Soichiro Yamamoto
11th. Watashi no Shonen – Hitomi Takano
12th. Tokyo Tarareba musume – Akiko Higashimura
13th. Kuutei Dragons – Taku Kuwabara