Akatsuka Award

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The Akatsuka Award (赤塚賞 Akatsuka Shō?) is the name of a semi-annual award presented to humorous manga cartoonists by the Japanese publisher Shueisha. The award has been given since 1974 and it aims to reward new manga artist in the comedy manga category. Its counterpart award, Tezuka Award, awards new manga artists in the Story Manga category. Notable entrants and winners include Takeshi Okano, Kazumata Oguri, Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, Norihiro Yagi and Yusuke Murata. The award was named after Fujio Akatsuka, one of the most successful gag manga artists.