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Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS Wins 11th Manga Taisho Awards

posted on by Egan Loo & Crystalyn Hodgkins
Manga tops 11 other nominations

The executive committee for the 11th Manga Taisho awards announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday that Paru Itagaki's BEASTARS won this year's award.

The manga also won a New Face Award at the 21st Japan Media Arts Festival Awards last week, and also ranked at #2 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! male readers list in December.

Itagaki launched the manga in Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine in September 2016, and Akita Shoten published the seventh compiled volume on February 8. This is the first time a work published by Akita Shoten has won the award.

The manga takes place in a world of carnivores and herbivores, where there is a lot of hope, love, and anxiety. Regoshi is a wolf who is a member of Cherryton Academy's drama club, and even though he's a wolf, he's very sensitive. The manga follows the adolescent life of Regoshi and many other animals.

Previous winners of the Manga Taisho award include:

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 12 works this year.

Manga Taisho 2018 Final Results

Paru Itagaki
78 points

Warera Contactee
Rui Morita
68 points

Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi's Long Vacation)
Misato Konari
56 points

Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi)
Ryōko Kui
52 points

To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e)
Yoshitoki Ōima
47 points

Runway de Waratte (Smile at the Runway)
Kotoba Inoya
46 points

Tongari Bōshi no Atelier (Atelier of Witch Hat)
Kamome Shirahama
42 points

Made in Abyss
Akihito Tsukushi
40 points

Eizōken ni wa Te o Dasu na!
Sumito Ōwara
38 points

Eiga Daisuki Pompo-san (Pompo: The Cinéphile)
Shogo Sugitani
28 points

The Promised Neverland (Yakusoku no Neverland)
Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu
26 points

Golden Gold
Seita Horio
13 points

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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