Hifumi's Shijūshichi Taisen Manga Takes Top Prize in Web Manga General Election
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pixiv and Nippon Shuppan Hanbai, Inc's "Web Manga General Election" announced its winners on Thursday. 50 selected titles vied for the prize from user-submitted nominations. Ultimately, Hifumi's action comedy manga Shijūshichi Taisen (47th War) took the top spot. The story follows local gods of each Japanese prefecture as they battle to rule in Japan's capital. The manga is serialized on the Comic Earth Star website and has four volumes so far.
The manga was also nominated in last year's elections but did not place in the top 10.
Hifumi's other works include the four-volume Now Playing manga that ran on Square Enix's Gangan Online website. Yen Press licensed that series and released all four volumes digitally.
Second place went to returning favorite Uramichi Oniisan by Gaku Kuze. The story centers on a 31-year-old man named Uramichi Omota who has two sides to his personality. He appears as the young man in charge of physical exercises on the educational program "Maman to Together." Although he has a fresh and upbeat demeanor on the show, he is actually a bit emotionally unstable. The manga reveals the less-than-sunny parts of life for young adults.
The manga previously won last year's top spot in the "Indie" category and won the web division of the Da Vinci magazine and Niconico's third Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards last year.
In third place is Oji-sama to Neko by Umi Sakurai, the runner-up in this year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards' web manga category. The slice-of-life manga follows an older gentleman and his daily life with a fat kitty.
The full top 10 winners are:
- Shijūshichi Taisen by Hifumi
- Uramichi Oniisan by Gaku Kuze
- Oji-sama to Neko by Umi Sakurai
- Celebest Oda Nobunaga by Gentlemen Nakamura
- Sasaki to Miyano by Shō Harusono
- Motohashi Kyōdai by RENA (RENA's Raijin to Riman ranked 2nd last year)
- Maki to Mami: Jōshi ga Suitai Genre no Ota Nakama datta Hanashi by Kayu Machida
- Senpai ga Urusai Kōhai no Hanashi by Shiro Manta (the title took 1st in this year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards' web manga category)
- Gokushufudo by Kōsuke Oono (a runner up in this year's Tsugi ni Kuru Manga Awards' web manga category)
- Inu to Neko Docchi mo Katteru to Mainichi Tanoshi by Hidekichi Matsumoto
Several events and promotions are planned to celebrate the winning manga. Stores around Japan will celebrate the results with book fairs promoting the winning titles beginning in mid-September. 50 life-size panels of Shijūshichi Taisen characters will also go on display at some locations. The Yokohama Yodobashi AKIBA store in Tokyo will offer a special menu and goods based on the top three works starting on September 14. The north passage of the JR Shinjuku station ticket gate will display a large signboard showcasing the top five works the same day.
Shijūshichi Taisen manga shared its win via a voice-acted promotional video on Tuesday. The video stars Nobunaga Shimazaki as Tottori and Shintaro Asanuma as Hiroshima.
The official web page for the manga has more details about its upcoming campaign and includes congratulatory messages from Shimazaki and Asanuma as well as the governor of Tottori prefecture (in cosplay) and the area's official mascot.