The Promised Neverland, After the Rain, More Win 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards
posted on by Karen Ressler
The judging committee of the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards announced this year's winners on Monday. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000).
Best Children's MangaPriPri Chi-chan!!
Serialized in Ciao (Shogakukan)
The story revolves around a girl named Yūka, who encounters a being from the depths of the Earth named Chii-chan (a pun of chiteijin, the Japanese word for underground-dweller), and an alien named Ucchan (a pun of uchūjin or alien). The story follows their heartwarming and chaotic everyday lives together.
Best Shōnen MangaThe Promised Neverland
Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu
Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump (Shueisha)
Emma, Norman and Ray are the brightest kids at the Grace Field House orphanage. Under the care of the woman they refer to as "Mom," all the kids have enjoyed a comfortable life. Good food, clean clothes and the perfect environment to learn. One day, though, Emma and Norman uncover the dark truth of the outside world they are forbidden from seeing.
Best Shōjo MangaOmoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
Serialized in Bessatsu Margaret (Shueisha)
Yuna wants a love that's like a dream. Akari thinks she can become better at love and is very realistic in her approach. Kazuomi doesn't understand love and wonders if it's like a tasty food. On the other hand, Rio won't reject anyone who comes his way, as long as that person is cute.
Best General MangaKūbo Ibuki
Serialized in Big Comic (Shogakukan)
The state of world affairs is changing at a dizzying pace, particularly in the growing military strength of countries neighboring Japan. In response to a near-skirmish with China near the disputed Senkaku Islands, Japan builds the Ibuki aircraft carrier.
Best General MangaKoi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)
Serialized in Weekly Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)
17-year-old high school student Akira Tachibana is a girl who barely expresses herself. She harbors a secret crush on Masami Kondō, the 45-year-old manager of the family restaurant she works at part-time.
Mayuzuki launched the manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Big Comic Spirits in 2014, before it transferred to Weekly Big Comic Spirits early 2016. The ninth compiled volume shipped in November. The manga is inspiring an anime adaptation that is currently airing in Japan and streaming on Amazon Prime outside of Japan. A live-action film will premiere in May.
Shogakukan has been awarding this prize since 1956 (for works published in 1955). Last year's winners, all titles published by Shogakukan, included Ijime, Mob Psycho 100, 37.5°C no Namida, Blue Giant, and Jūhan Shuttai!.
[Via Manga Mag]