Previously, we reported to you 14 the Nominees of the annual Kodansha Manga Award. Yesterday, right on schedule, the giant publishing company announced its winners. This year, three manga titles nabbed the prestigious award across three categories: Best Shonen Manga, Best Shojo Manga, and Best General Manga. Check out the list of nominations and the winner for each respective category (on bold) after the jump!
Best Shonen Manga:
- Owari no Seraph by Takaya Kagami (story), Yamato Yamamoto (art), and Daisuke Furuya (storyboards) in Jump SQ (Shueisha)
- DAYS by Tsuyoshi Yasuda in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha)
- Noragami by Adachitoka in Monthly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha)
- Boku no Hero Academia in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha)
Summary for DAYS:
Two boys met on a Stormy Night: Tsukushi, a boy with no special traits at all, and Jin, a soccer genius. On that night, Jin drags Tsukushi into the world of high school soccer.
Best Shojo Manga:
- Kurosaki-kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai by Makino in Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)
- Say “I Love You” by Kanae Hazuki in Dessert (Kodansha)
- Nijiiro Days by Manami Mizuno in Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)
- First Love Monster by Akira Hiyoshimaru in ARIA (Kodansha)
- Kiss Him, not Me by Junko in Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)
Summary for Kiss Him, not Me:
“Kae Serinuma is what you’d call a “fujoshi.” When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn’t exciting to her at all — she’d rather see them date each other!”
Best General Manga:
- Ajin – Demi Human by Gamon Sakurai in good! Afternoon (Kodansha)
- Konodori by Yu Suzunoki in Morning (Kodansha)
- Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda in Young Jump (Shueisha)
- Tokyo Tarareba Musume by Akiko Higashimura in Kiss (Kodansha)
- Boku Dake ga Inai Machi by Kei Sanbe in Young Ace (Kadokawa)
Summary for Konodori:
Obstetrician Sakura Kōnodori also moonlights as a jazz musician. In Japan, childbirth is not considered an illness, and so insurance does not cover normal childbirth. Obstetric care does not mean that an injury or illness is being cured. For a normal childbirth, an obstetrician isn’t necessary, but if something happens, an obstetrician becomes necessary.
Congratulations for the winner and may the work continue to gain success in the future!