In the walled metropolis of Orom live the following peoples… The ruling class of “Greens” lord over the populous along with the“Indigos” and “Blues” immediately beneath them hoping to one day ascend to such heights. Meanwhile outside of the city live the savage and oppressed “Reds”. In a pastry factory works a young lass named Otelia. As her mother delivered her naturally when the people usually buy babies, she was often discriminated against because she was born like animals. One day, Otelia would come to the rescue of a pathetic kitten who was being abused by the police, and in the process would eventually lose an arm, which would eventually be replaced with a prosthetic. Having lost all faith in Orom the girl would then be witness to a masked man known as the "Red Terrorist", who with unimaginable swordplay was ready to bring chaos to the police force and the city.
To be one of the two finalists for the grand prize for such a grand contest such as Kodansha's MICC and for Westerner at that, this really is an honor. I want to thank all my friends that cheered me on, my family, my rivals in this contest and also Morning for giving us foreigners a chance. Knowing there was a deadline to make was coming on, I made great effort to complete the entry on time. And to know that everyone enjoyed it makes me quite glad. I tried to present a strong societal message with a dramatic twist with the plot. At the same time, I understood not to be heavy handed with my readers, so I made sure to make it entertaining for them. I believe that living in Brazil a nation where culture and comics are very different than in Japan, I am privileged with an original perspective. I am thrilled that from here I will have a chance to create a popular, grand and excellent work with Morning! My next will be a grand opus, so please look out for it. Thank you, everyone!
The story revolves around an authoritative society where everyone believes in "happiness", and a lead character that comes to a realization by chance, and calls for a revolt against it. This is a dystopian fantasy, although the world the author depicts has neither virulent darkness nor pessimism. The drawing feel and color are so “pop” that one of the author's messages “what is happiness”can directly get across to the readers. Also, the author has a great sense of what should appeal to the masses with sci-fi gadgetry, such as the swordplay utilized by the masked man or lead's artificial arm. Again, the author's sense and drawing feel can attract men and women, young and old. This person has real skills, and yet some panels are very roughly drawn. There are some fans out there for wobbly monsters, but the number of such fans is limited. So for the next stage, he must grasp on to the details to really breakthrough.