May Lottery to Feature 16 Classic Ribon Shōjo Manga
posted on by Eric Stimson
Ichiban Kuji, a Japanese lottery with frequent anime and manga tie-ins, is featuring 16 classic shōjo manga series from Ribon magazine in an upcoming May lottery. The lottery is part of a celebration of Ribon's 60th anniversary.
The main prizes are sets of clear files and postcards with messages from the original creators and a panel or two from the manga.
ChaCha The Little Red Riding Hood by Min Ayahana
Otō-san wa Shinpaishō ("Dad is a Worrywart")
Ginyōbi no Otogibanashi ("Silver Day Fairy Tale") by Mutsumi Hagiiwa
Good Morning Call by Yue Takasuka
Neighborhood Story by Ai Yazawa
Kodocha - Sana's Stage by Miho Obana
Konpei Sō no Francois ("Francois of Konpei Villa") by A-ko Mutsu
Tsuki no Yoru Hoshi no Asa ("Night of the Moon, Morning of the Stars") by Keiko Honda
Tokimeki Tonight by Koi Ikeno
Passion Girls by Mihona Fujii
Baby Love by Ayumi Shiina
Hoshi no Hitomi no Silhouette ("Silhouette of a Starry Pupil") by Aoi Hiiragi
Ponytail Hakusho by Megumi Mizusawa
Marmalade Boy by Wataru Yoshizumi
Medaka no Gakkō ("Killifish School") by Yukie Mori
Yukan Club by Yukari Ichijo
The "last one" prize is a 17 cm-long (7'') postcard holder.
The "double chance" prize, available for 50 winners, is a big towel (referred to as a "towelket," since it's almost as big as a blanket). The design has not yet been revealed.
The lottery will take place in early May at participating bookstores. The 60th anniversary edition of Ribon will go on sale at the same time for 390 yen (about $3.27). A Twitter campaign is stoking nostalgia by inviting longtime readers to share their memories of their favorite bygone Ribon series.