Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy Wins 9th Manga Taisho Award
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga creator Satoru Noda received this year's Manga Taisho for his Golden Kamuy manga series. The manga centers on Saichi Sugimoto, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war who heads to Hokkaido to find gold to take care of the wife of his fellow soldier. He teams up with an Ainu hunter named Asirpa to find a hidden stash of gold stored by criminals.
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 11 works this year.
Last year, Akiko Higashimura's Kakukaku Shikajika (Such-and-Such) won the award, and Kaoru Mori's A Bride's Story won the year before that. 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.
The official website for the awards posted a video announcing the winner.
Noda drew an illustration in gratitude for the award:
Manga Taisho 2016 Final Results
Dungeon Meshi (Dungeon Food)
Boku dake ga Inai Machi (ERASED or The Town Where Only I Am Missing)
Hyakumanjō Labyrinth (One Million Tatami Labyrinth)
Nami yo Kiite Kure (Waves, Listen to Me)
Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (Love is Like After the Rain)
Machida-kun no Sekai (The World of Machida-kun)
Tokyo Tarareba Musume (Tokyo "What If" Girl)
Okazaki ni Sasagu (Dedicated to Okazaki)
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō
Ipyao, Yūjirō Koyama
Update: Corrected author's name. Thanks Nonaka Machine Gun B!
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