Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary Wins 6th Manga Taisho Award
posted on by Egan Loo
Creator Akimi Yoshida (Banana Fish) received this year's Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) for her Umimachi Diary series. The manga follows three sisters who live in the seaside city of Kamakura. They learn of the death of their father, years after he divorced their mother and left the family. At their father's funeral, they meet their half-sister for the first time.
Yoshida launched the manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine in 2006, and Shogakukan published the fifth volume last December. The manga was nominated in the award's first year in 2008, but garnered only third place that time.
Yoshida thanked everyone for the award this year, "I was so surprised. After all, I didn't expect it at all. I'm doing my best and creating my works, so I'd like for lots of people to know about it and read it. I think this award will be the trigger to that, so I am extremely honored." She then mentioned a possible adaptation of the manga, "Talks of a visual adaptation have come, but technically, I am not involved, so I cannot say anything..."
She drew the following illustration upon receiving the award:nominated 11 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. Last year, Hiromu Arakawa received the honor for her Silver Spoon manga.
Manga Taisho 2013 Final ResultsUmimachi Diary
The Bride's Stories
Ballroom e Yōkoso
Hi Score Girl
Story: Kazune Kawahara
Kui Ryōko Sakuhin-shū: Seven Little Sons of the Dragon
Story: Yū Sasuga
Art: Kenichi Tachibana
Bokura no Funka-sai
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
Update: Name typo corrected. Thanks, Wooga
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