Nominees Announced for the 23rd Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize

The Asahi Shimbun paper announced the 11 nominees for the 23rd Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, which commemorate the contributions of the manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka by recognizing the manga that best follow his tradition:

  • Areyo Hoshikuzu by Sansuke Yamada
  • Umimachi Diary by Akimi Yoshida
  • Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara
  • Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu (A Minimum Healthy and Cultural Life) by Haruko Kashiwagi
  • Sayonara Miniskirt (Good-Bye My Mini Skirt) by Aoi Makino
  • Sono Ko, Jiruba (Jitterbug The Forties) by Shinobu Arima
  • Daru-chan by Remon Haruna
  • Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi’s Long Vacation) by Misato Konari
  • Fragile – Byōrii Kishi Keiichirō no Shoken (Fragile – The Finds of Pathologist Keiichirō Kishi) by Bin Kusamizu and Saburō Megumi
  • Mashiro no Oto by Marimo Ragawa
  • The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu

This year’s committee – consisting of actress Anne Watanabe; author Kazuki Sakuraba; manga creators Osamu Akimoto, Machiko Satonaka, and Tarō Minamoto; professor and scholar Shōhei Chūjō; manga critic Nobunaga Shinbo; and author and manga researcher Tomoko Yamada – selected the nominees from titles recommended by specialists and bookstore employees. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume published in 2018. This is the fourth nomination for Yoshida’s Umimachi Diary (the manga was previously nominated in 2008, 2009, and 2011, and the second consecutive nomination for Shirai and Demizu’s The Promised Neverland.

Asahi Shimbun will announce the winners in late April 2019, and will host an awards ceremony in Tokyo on June 6, 2019.

Source: ANN

Winners Announced for the 42nd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards

Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced the winners for its 42nd annual Manga Awards.

Best Shōnen Manga

  • BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki

Best Shōjo Manga

  • Tōmei na Yurikago (The Invisible Cradle) by Bakka Okita

Best General Manga

  • Sanju Mariko (Mariko at 80) by Yuki Ozawa
  • Fragile – Byōrii Kishi Keiichirō no Shoken (Fragile – The Finds of Pathologist Keiichirō Kishi) by Saburō Megumi and Bin Kusamizu

The prizes awarded to each of the winning authors include a certificate, bronze statuette, and one million yen (about US$9,100). Ken Akamatsu, Tochi Ueyama, Oh! great, Atsushi Kase, Miyuki Kobayashi, Yūji Moritaka, and Waki Yamato formed the selection committee.

Source: ANN

Nominees Announced for the 42nd Annual Kodansha Manga Awards

Kodansha has announced the nominees for its 42nd annual Manga Awards, honoring 12 titles across three categories. The winner for each category will be announced on May 10, 2018.

Best Shōnen Manga

  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan by Hiromu Arakawa
  • In/Spectre by Chasiba Katase
  • Cells at Work! by Akane Shimizu
  • BEASTARS by Paru Itagaki

Best Shōjo Manga

  • Lovesick Ellie by Fujimomo
  • Kore wa Kitto Koi Janai by Maya Tachiki
  • Suteki na Kareshi by Kazune Kawahara
  • Tōmei na Yurikago by Bakka Okita

Best General Manga

  • Sanju Mariko by Yuki Ozawa
  • Tongari Bōshi no Atelier by Kamome SHIRAHAMA
  • Hare Kon. by NON
  • Fragile – Byōrii Kishi Keiichirō no Shoken by Saburō Megumi and Bin Kusamizu

Source: ANN