Akiko Higashimura's Kakukaku Shikajika Wins 8th Manga Taisho Award
posted on by Egan Loo
Manga creator Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish) received this year's Manga Taisho for her Kakukaku Shikajika (Such-and-Such) series. The semi-autobiographical series tells the story of Akiko Hayashi, a third-year high school girl who wants to be a manga artist.
Higashimura began the series in the debut issue of Cocohana, the relaunch of Shueisha's women's magazine Chorus, in November 2011. She ended the manga in January, and Shueisha is shipping the fifth and final compiled volume on Wednesday.
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 official English name of the awards is the "Cartoon Grand Prize.") The awards are also limited to works published last year with eight or less volumes to promote relatively newer works. The committee nominated 14 works this year.
Last year, Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story won the award. Hiromu Arakawa's Silver Spoon, Shinichi Ishizuka's Gaku - Minna no Yama, Yuki Suetsugu's Chihayafuru, Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae, Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion, and Akimi Yoshida's Umimachi Diary won the first six Manga Taisho in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, respectively.
Manga Taisho 2015 Final Results
Kakukaku Shikajika (Such-and-Such)
Kodomo wa Wakatte Agenai (Children Wouldn't Understand)
Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice)
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (The Town Where Only I Am Missing)
Ballroom e Yōkoso (Sweep Over the Dance Floor or literally, Welcome to the Ballroom)
Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia)
Ōsama-tachi no Viking (Kings' Viking)
Sadayasu, Makoto Fukami
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun)
Mahō Tsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus' Bride)
Hōseki no Kuni (Kingdom of Gems)
Source: Comic Natalie
Update: Final results and Higashimura's illustration celebrating the win added: