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Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon Wins 5th Manga Taisho Award

posted on by Egan Loo
FMA creator wins award by bookstore staff members for newer work

Creator Hiromu Arakawa received this year's Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) for her Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji) series. Arakawa thanked the judges, her assistants, her family, and her fans, and she also drew the following illustration upon receiving the award:

Unlike many other manga prizes which are chosen by the editors of the manga publishers themselves, the Manga Taisho nominating committee is mostly composed of the bookstore staffers who are in charge of their respective stores' manga sections. The awards are also limited to works published last year with eight or less volumes to promote relatively newer works. The committee nominated 15 works this year.

Shinichi Ishizuka won the first ever Manga Taisho for his Gaku - Minna no Yama work in 2008, and Mari Yamazaki and Chica Umino won the next awards for their Thermae Romae and March comes in like a lion manga, respectively.

Manga Taisho 2012 Final Results

Silver Spoon
Hiromu Arakawa
76 points
Giga Tokyo Toy Box
61 points
Nobunaga Concerto
Ayumi Ishii
57 points
Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū
Haruko Kumota
49 points
25-ji no Bakansu (1 a.m. Vacation)
Haruko Ichikawa
46 points
Kouta Hirano
Published by Dark Horse Comics in North America
43 points
Yūji Moritaka, Keiji Adachi
41 points
I am a Hero
Kengo Hanazawa
40 points
Masakazu Ishiguro
37 points
Takasugi-san's Obento
Nozomi Yanahara
37 points
Hibi Rock
Katsumasa Enokiya
32 points
Flowers of Evil
Shūzō Oshimi
To be published by Vertical in North America
28 points
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Naoshi Arakawa
27 points
Hozuki no Reitetsu
Natsumi Eguchi
24 points
Tonari no Seki-kun
Takuma Morishige
12 points

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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