Finally, after being nominated for the third year in a row, Golden Kamuy was announced the Grand Prize winner of the 22nd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Award on April 25, 2018. The prize will be handed in a ceremony on 7 June in Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Tokyo. As well as a statuette, Noda Satoru will be awarded with 2 million yen.
To express his gratitude, Noda Satoru made two drawings of Sugimoto and Asirpa with the characteristic beret and glasses of Tezuka Osamu.
Golden Kamuy collected 8 points from the jury and recommendation from booksellers and people in the manga industry.
“I’m beyond happy to receive such a prestigious award,” Noda Satoru said. “The anime too started this month and it’s favourably received. This good timing makes me glad.”
Golden Kamuy serialization started in 2014 and Noda-sensei said he’s already decided how the story will end. “Because weekly serialization is tough, half of me wants to arrive at the final part quickly, but I also feel sad as the end draws nearer. I want to give it a satisfying grand finale that makes people want to re-read it again from volume 1. I will continue running with all my might until I reach my goal!”
Added: Noda-sensei comment from here.
I grew up watching nothing but films of muscular actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and John Travolta, and I slept with a Rambo III poster stuck on the ceiling above my bed; such childhood made me believe that men should be like them.
At that time, the manga world too was dominated by muscle worshipping, with an abundance of works featuring men reeking of strong muscles, but as the times changed, the image of main characters celebrated became one that was clean and androgynous, and I have lived feeling like I don’t belong, like a torn muscle.
Thank you for this prestigious award. I could achieve this by continuously drawing without compromise the beautiful bodies of men, and I am beyond happy because I could deliver to the jury the heat resembling that released by muscles after intense training.
The award is the result of years of toiling as an assistant to other mangaka and debuting a series that’s considered a flop. Noda-sensei vowed to pay back for all the hardships, and he returned with the award-deserving, award-winning Golden Kamuy.