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Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story Wins 7th Annual Manga Taisho Award

posted on by Emma Hanashiro
Emma creator wins award for historical drama set in Central Asia

Mangaka Kaoru Mori (Emma) received this year's Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) for her A Bride's Story series. The manga is set in 19th century Turkic Central Asia and revolves around the everyday life of a young woman sent to a distant village to marry a boy eight years her junior. However, soon after, the bride's family demands for her return.

Mori launched the manga in Kadokawa's Fellows! in 2008, and Kadokawa published the sixth compiled volume in January. The manga was nominated for last year's award and earned second place.

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 11 works this year.

Shinichi Ishizuka won the first ever Manga Taisho for his Gaku - Minna no Yama work in 2008, and Mari Yamazaki, Chica Umino, and Hiromu Arakawa won the next awards for their Thermae Romae, March comes in like a lion manga, and Silver Spoon manga, respectively. Last year, Akimi Yoshida received the honor for her Umimachi Diary manga.

Manga Taisho 2013 Final Results

The Bride's Stories
Kaoru Mori
94 points
Boku dake ga Inai Machi
Kei Sanbe
82 points
Sayonara, Tama-chan
Kazuyoshi Takeda
66 points
The Seven Deadly Sins
Nakaba Suzuki
59 points
Hikidashi ni Terrarium
Ryōko Kui
54 points
Jūhan Shuttai!
Naoko Mazda
46 points
One-Punch Man
Story: ONE
Art: Yūsuke Murata
43 points
Gamon Sakurai
32 points
Ashizuri Suizokukan
31 points
Sakamoto desu ga?
Nami Sano
9 points

Source: Natalie

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