Greetings The MangaHelpers Manga Awards 2010 was concluded just a few days ago, and I'm sure all of you have had ants in your pants waiting for the results. Thanks to your nominations and votes, we now have our winners! Which manga won the award of Best Artwork? First, let us turn back the pendulum to when the Awards first began...
The nominees we had in this category were: Bleach, Berserk, D.Gray-Man, Vagabond, Tegami Bachi, Nurarihyon no Mago, Vinland Saga, Fullmetal Alchemist, Blame!, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!, Ultra Heaven, I''s, Mahou Sensei Negima!, REAL, Umineko Episode 3: Banquet of the Golden Witch, Claymore, Hajime no Ippo, Me and the Devil Blues, XXXHolic, Blade of the Immortal, The Breaker, Trinity Blood, Air Gear, Ao no Exorcist and Oyasumi punpun!! Bleach led the pack once again with 7 nominations, with Berserk coming in a close second with 5 nominations.
The votes were terribly close, but only the top 5 made it to the voting round. Joining Bleach and Berserk we had... Vagabond (4 nominations), Tegami Bachi (4 nominations) and Vinland Saga (3 nominations)!
Before I tell you who actually won, let me tell you what our STARs and STAFF decided! STARs is our brand new ultra-cool term for our resident Scanlators, Translators, Artists and Reviewers!!! The MangaHelpers Staff includes MangaHelpers, Global Moderators, Administrators and MH Senpai! Interestingly, both these groups of people (votes counted separately) decided that the manga with the Best Artwork is...
Alright then, let's get down to business proper! So without further ado... You, the invaluable members of the MangaHelpers community (by the way, this includes both the STARs and the STAFF) have cast your votes!! And the winner of the BEST ARTWORK category is...!!!
Congratulations to Inoue Takehiko for his breathtaking artwork in VAGABOND!! Vagabond truly deserves the title of Best Artwork, having won in all categories be it the STAFF, STARs or overall votes! You can watch a slideshow of Vagabond's great artwork here! Thank you Mr. Prince!
"Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye."
To all the members of MangaHelpers who nominated or voted, thank you so much for your participation in this project! This project would not have been possible without you!
Till next time!
Last edited by saladesu; January 31, 2011 at 02:04 AM.
It's such a tough choice imo. Berserk, Vagabond and Vinland Saga look so awesome each of them! Almost impossible to choose for me
I admit that D.Gray-Man and Bleach do have good styles. But imo they just cannot keep up with a monthly -or even slower- release pace and the resulting level. Vinland Saga greatly improved when it changed to a monthly release for example.
I don't see what D.Gray-Man & Bleach have at artword level that Air Gear or Tenjou tenge don't have. IMO, Oh!Great is as good a drawer as Kubo Tite. Bleach & D.Gray-Man are not original. It's good, even great but it's "dejà vu".
Berserk & Vinland Saga is not my cup of tea at graphical level . I gave my vote to Vagabond by default. Always Great artwork by Inoue
Bleach has a cool style, but not really that impressive or original. Also lot of focus on characters design doesn't equal to awesome art. Backgrounds in Bleach are just lacking.
D. Gray-man looks good too, but sometimes a bit messy and hard to follow. With monsters (or well, akuma), it just doesn't stand a chance with Berserk. Also I checked the newer chapters, and I don't really like the style the drawings has changed into.
Berserk look very good, but still doesn't really appeal to me too much. Few doublespread I've seen look spectacular.
Vinland Saga has terrific art, and it really helped when the serialization was changed to monthly magazine. I like the way the characters are done. However, in my personal opinion, it just doesn't match Vagabond.
Inoue is art-wise my favorite mangaka. His very realistic style is technique-wise just unbelievable. His skill with brushes is what really inspires me. It's very striking, when he strenghtenss the effect of certain scenes by using brushpen. And the brush really fits the Sengoku-era setting perfectly. Use of watercolor in his coloring is godlike, and the Vagabond mural he painted in a american comic shop just leaves me speechless.
My 2 cents for this category:
I don't understand what people see in its artwork. It's nothing to write home about, seeing how it has diminished to the point where not just backgrounds but even basic things such as shadows (i.e. proper hatching or tones) are done in a very shallow/sloppy way.
It is indeed one of the works with the best artwork in manga. But considering how long it takes Miura to create all of it I don't think I can give my vote to him. I adore his style but just compare what Miura has done in 20 years and what Inoue created in the same time frame. I know it's about quality and not quantity but I can't blank that fact in my voting.
Well... what's most impressive about DGM's artwork is IMO how often it reinvents itself. Some people may love that and others may miss consistency. All in all it just can't play in the same league as the other three big boys.
I nominated the series and I still think Inoue is one hell of an artist. - And that means not just mangaka. He started using a calligraphy brush for this series 8 or 9 years ago which is extremely difficult to master but the man did it. He stated himself that he never adds changes to his pictures, it's sink-or-swim everytime! And nevertheless he continues to create some of the most amazing and overwhelming pictures I have seen in manga.
Yukimura is another a very talented man. What I really love in Vinland Saga is the way he captures mimic (especially those wrinkled old men with their weather-beaten faces, brilliant!) and some of his architecture. Another great plus is the historical accuracy which lives in details such as clothing, dishes and tableware, etc.
I still don't see him on the same level as Miura and Inoue yet for the simple reason of experience. He debuted about 10 years ago while the other two are drawing much longer. But(!) I can definitely see him get there.
I think the best thing about Vagabond some of the faces actually. Kojiro really looks as awesome as the people in the story describe him, which is a rare thing for such a character in a manga imo.
The amount, quality and style of the colour panels are great as well.
I see your point about Berserk, but imo it has an incredible amount of super cool shots all over the story, even though few of them are double spreads.
Didn't you even only read the first two volumes? I don't know how much you've seen of the latest chapters, but approximately in between volume three and six, the art improves greatly. Which really is quite early given the fact that Berserk has over 30 volumes over two decades.
nothing can top Berserk in terms of art! Though I will admit that Vagabond does give it a hefty run for its money. Objectively I'd say they're about the same in terms of technical brilliance so it really boils down to style for me. I'll take Berserk's art simply its more appealing and has the liberty to be more creative with its imagery.
Vinland Saga is a hell of a runner-up though. It probably has the most dynamic art but that's something else. No clue why DGM or Bleach are here
I never really understood why people say Bleach art is good, so that's no.
I would have voted for D.Grayman, but it's art went down too much these days....
and I don't read Vegabond or Berserk, so my vote goes to Vinland Saga
One thing which I really haven't seen done any better than by Inoue, is the display of movements and agility. Swordfighting really looks incredibly graceful in Vagabond, I was very impressed:
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Last edited by Koen; January 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM.
all the art in these manga are fantastic but some can be taken with a grain of salt. my vote though, must go to bleach. even if the story telling can be kind of lax at times, the artwork on this manga is utterly fantastic. everything goes into so much detail that it is highly deserving of the title best artwork. if only the story could match the art at times and then this could be one of the best.
I think that especially in the category of details, Vagabond and Berserk are far, far beyond anything Shounen displayed as far as I know.
Pages like this (and this is any random example) are not special, but just standard for Vagabond. It really impressed me that Inoue almost always shows a full sized full detailed background, it must be so much work!
Or let's take Berserk, Miura never lets out even the slightest detail of complex stuff like Guts' armor:
Last edited by Roflkopt3r; January 11, 2011 at 03:26 PM.
oh no, you have every right to criticize really. bleach was just one of the first manga i actually read so it had a different impact on me you know. not saying the art isn't magnificient in those two as every manga has its day but bleach just stood out to me as a shounen with good art that can be compared to those seinen you know. but you're right, at certain parts it cannot compare.
saying bleach artwork sucks because of lack of background is bad reason. yea it not the best ever but it got style of characters which is its art style which people find it is successful with.
so bleach artwork is successful in the fact its priotority is characters.
and you are comparing a seinen to a shounen different age groups want different art style
then again it not the best artwork i seen
Last edited by Hystzen; January 11, 2011 at 07:10 PM.