Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Wins 10th Manga Taisho Awards
posted on by Karen Ressler
The executive committee for the 10th Manga Taisho awards announced during the awards ceremony on Tuesday that Mitsuharu Yanamoto's Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō (Hibiki ~How to Become a Novelist~) manga won this year's award.
In the story, a handwritten novel manuscript is sent into a rookie contest, but it doesn't meet the conditions and is thrown in the trash. Still, an editor named Hanai picks it up by chance and believes it is a revolutionary novel. The author's name is Hibiki Akui, but there is no contact address on the submission. Meanwhile, Hibiki – a 15-year-old student – joins her school's literary club, not knowing that Hanai is trying to track her down.
Yanamoto began the manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in August 2014. Shogakukan released the fifth compiled volume in December, and will release the sixth volume on April 12.
Previous winners of the Manga Taisho award include:
- 2016 - Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda
- 2015 - Kakukaku Shikajika by Akiko Higashimura
- 2014 - A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori
- 2013 - Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida
- 2012 - Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
- 2011 - March comes in like a lion by Chika Umino
- 2010 - Thermae Romae by Mari Yamazaki
- 2009 - Chihayafuru by Yuki Suetsugu
- 2008 - Gaku - Minna no Yama by Shinichi Ishizuka
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 fewer volumes to promote relatively newer works. The committee nominated 13 works this year.
Manga Taisho 2017 Final Results
Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō
Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni
Dungeon Meshi (Delicious in Dungeon)
Yūgo Kobayashi, Naohiko Ueno
Nami yo Kiite Kure (Wave, Listen to me.)
Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland)
Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu
Hi Score Girl
Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san
Watashi no Shōnen
Tokyo Tarareba Musume