Back in March, Golden Kamuy won the Social Impact Award in the Manga Division of the 24th Japan Media Arts Festival. Jury member and mangaka Shimamoto Kazuhiko called it “a wonderful example of how manga can actually contribute to culture”.
Shimamoto emphasised how Golden Kamuy, despite portraying harshness, cruelty, and tragedy, brings people’s hearts together with its expression of human empathy through jokes. He said that when people laugh at the same jokes, a sense of unity is created.
Shimamoto also mentioned how the portrayal of the Ainu in Golden Kamuy deepens people understanding of them and evokes positive emotions that promote love and the power to take action. The desire to learn more also drives economic activities. Shimamoto argued that it’s a very ideal relationship, born from the power of the partnership between author Noda Satoru and supervisor Nakagawa Hiroshi (66), professor emeritus of Chiba University.Continue reading “Manga about Ainu reprinted as interest high thanks to Golden Kamuy”