The 9th Manga Taisho Award goes to historical seinen manga “Golden Kamuy”

Results for the 2016 iteration of Manga Taisho Award is out, with Satoru Noda’s Golden Kamuy claiming the top spot. For those who wondered, The Manga Taisho Award is an annual award paneled by selected bookstore staff meant for relatively new, active manga title; the requirement for a nomination is to have less than 8 published volume, one of which must be released this year.

This time around, 11 titles were nominated through a first round of voting where each voter chose 5 titles each. After that, a second round of voting was held for a certain number of top titles from the first round, generating the final result. The 11 titles nominated this year (and their final score) are:

  1. Golden Kamuy [seinen, historical] by Satoru Noda (91 pts)
  2. Dungeon Meshi [seinen, fantasy] by Ryoko Kui (78 pts)
  3. Blue Giant [seinen, music] by Shinichi Ishizuka (68 pts)
  4. Boku dake ga Inai Machi [seinen, supernatural] by Kei Sanbe (55 pts)
  5. Hyakumanjou Labyrinth [seinen, sci-fi] by Takamichi (49 pts)
  6. Nami yo Kiitekure [seinen, romance] by Hiroaki Samura (43 pts)
  7. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni [seinen, romance] by Jun Mayuzuki (42 pts)
  8. Machida-kun no Sekai [shoujo, school] by Yuki Andou (38 pts)
  9. Tokyo Tarareba-Jou [josei, romance] by Akiko Higashimura (29 pts)
  10. Okazaki ni Sasagu [seinen, slice-of-life] by Saho Yamamoto (28 pts)
  11. Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou [shounen, comedy] by Epyao & Yuujirou Koyama (25 pts)

Golden Kamuy is a story of Sugimoto Saichi, a war veteran nicknamed “Invincible Sugimoto”. In the aftermath of the Russo-Japanese war (1905), Sugimoto found himself caught up in a mythical search for a hidden gold stash involving a corrupt criminal and a group of prison escapees with maps tattoed on their bodies. Which ones of the above titles are familiar to you, Arama readers? Let us know in the comment section!