41st Annual Kodansha Manga Awards' Winners Announced
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Japanese publisher Kodansha announced the winners on Tuesday for its 41st annual Manga Awards.
Best Shōnen Manga
Altair: A Record of Battles (Shōkoku no Altair)
Magazine: Monthly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha)
Summary: For generations the Turkiye Devleti and the Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition to each other. Then one night, when an imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation. As the generals of Turkiye's council cry for war, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha's battle for his country, peace, and trust in his fellow man begins!
Other nominees for Best Shōnen Manga included: Fire Force, Kishuku Gakkō no Juliet, and Dagashi Kashi.
Best Shōjo MangaP to JK
Magazine: Bessatsu Friend (Kodansha)
Summary: The manga revolves around a first-year high school student named Kako who is a beginner at love, and a handsome policeman named Kōta. The two meet at a mixer and are immediately attracted to each other, but Kōta starts treating her coldly after he realizes she is a high school student. The two decide to get married instead of just date, and after getting Kako's parents' permission, they marry secretly and have a commuter marriage until Kako graduates from high school. The manga follows their trials and tribulations through their marriage.
Other nominees for Best Shōjo Manga included: Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare, Deguchi Zero, and Harumatsu Bokura.
Best General Manga
Magazine: Young Magazine (Kodansha)
Summary: A fabled genius at killing resides somewhere hidden in Osaka. Taught since childhood to obey the orders of his boss, he is ordered to live in Osaka as a normal person for one year in order for the boss to lay low.
Other nominees for Best General Manga included: Grand Blue, Interviews with Monster Girls, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, and Otaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii.
The prizes awarded each of the winning authors include a certificate, bronze statuette, and one million yen (about US$8,774). Ken Akamatsu, Tochi Ueyama, Oh! great, Atsushi Kase, Miyuki Kobayashi, Yūji Moritaka, and Kazumi Yamashita formed the selection committee.
In past years, Kodansha gave out a "Best Children's Manga" award as well, but starting in 2015 Kodansha has integrated the nominees for that category into the Best Shōnen Manga and Best Shōjo Manga categories instead.
Last year, Tsuyoshi Yasuda's DAYS manga won the Best Shōnen Manga award, Junko's Kiss Him, Not Me manga won the Best Shōjo Manga award, and Yū Suzunoki's Kōnodori manga won the Best General Manga award.
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