A “black snow” curses this world by randomly robbing its inhabitants of something. One day, a boy who lost his name, a girl who lost her face, a dog that lost its mass, and a little bird that lost its ability to fly happen to meet, and they embark on a journey to get back what they lost!
I’m so overjoyed I feel like I could have jumped through the ceiling of my room. It’s true. I’m extremely happy and I smile even when I brush my teeth. But, I have to control myself because I have to write my comment as a winner. Please forgive me for messing around with this. but I sincerely relish the pleasure of my first winning experience.
I grew up watching anime and reading manga, and because of that I feel Japan is a paradise of dreams. Every night I dream my works are published in that country. I feel extremely honored to have won the contest, but at the same time I feel nervous, wondering whether I can produce better works in the future.
I would like to thank my family and friends who have believed in me and supported me for a long time. I would also like to express my gratitude to Kodansha for their encouragement through this competition. Thank you very much!!
This work describes a fairy-tale-like world through a unique art style and a use of attractive colors. While we can’t publish the work in color in Morning Two magazine, the dusky colors used for the characters, buildings, sky, etc. match the story so well that they create an atmosphere where it is evident that something important has gone missing. We would like to point out that the artist uses a red color in an impressive way that adds sharpness to some pages of this entry.
This work depicts a fairy tale like world through a unique art style and use of attractive colors. While we don’t publish in color in Morning Two magazine, we would like to note that the dusky colors used for the characters, buildings, sky, etc. fit the story well and create an atmosphere where it is evident something important has gone missing. We would also like to note that the artist's impressive use of red on some pages of this entry sharpens impact.
In addition, the artist boldly changes the colors' tone at the end of the story when the scenes and mood have changed. This technique is great in that it gives readers an impression that the characters now see a different world. Through this technique we believe the artist has a remarkable ability to visually pull readers in to the story.
The story itself is a bit difficult to follow, particularly in the first half. Yet characterizations and the enigmatic dialogue of an older character become increasingly attractive toward the end. From the scene where the old man is able to meet again the person he lost when he was young, to the last scene when the main character utters a name that is familiar to Japanese readers, the story charms and surprises readers.
It is a shame the artist tends to use so many panels on each page, so much so that the pages feel cramped. Since he has such drawing skill, we encourage him to be mindful about expanding his layouts, and also to work on making his dialogue more sophisticated. With these suggestions in mind we believe he can improve his future work.
Having all said that, we enjoy reading this piece from the first page to the last, and we are pleasantly surprised and feel happy after reading it. We give the work the grand prize because of its comprehensive high quality.