The judging committee of the 64th Shogakukan Manga Awards has announced this year’s winners. Each winning title will be honored with a bronze statuette and a prize of 1 million yen (about US$9,000).
Best Children’s Manga
- 12-Sai. (Age 12) by Nao Maita
Best Shōnen Manga
- Dr. Stone by Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi
Best Shōjo Manga
- Suteki na Kareshi (Where’s My Lovely Sweetheart?) by Kazune Kawahara
Best General Manga
- Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō by Mitsuharu Yanamoto
- Kenkō de Bunkateki na Saitei Gendo no Seikatsu by Haruko Kashiwagi
This year’s judging committee included Kumiko Asou, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Eiji Kazama, Genki Kawamura, Kazuhiko Shimamoto, Bourbon Kobayashi, Fujihiko Hosono, and seven others.
This year’s third issue of Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine has announced that manga creator Junji Ito will write a one-shot manga titled “Wasuregatami” (Memento) in the magazine’s next issue on February 5, 2019. The magazine describes the manga as a “married couple horror story.”
Ito’s other works include Uzumaki, Tomie, GYO, Flesh Colored Horror, and Museum of Terror.
The executive committee for the 12th Manga Taisho awards has announced this year’s 13 nominated works:
- 1122 by Peko Watanabe
- Ikoku Nikki (Foreign Country Diary) by Tomoko Yamashita
- Astra Lost in Space by Kenta Shinohara
- Kengōji-san wa Mendōkusai (Kongōji-san is Annoying) by Minoru Toyoda
- Golden Gold by Seita Horio
- Sazan to Suisei no Shōjo (Sazan and the Comet Girl) by Yuriko Akase
- Delicious in Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi) by Ryōko Kui
- Nagi no Oitoma (Nagi’s Long Vacation) by Misato Konari
- Hakumei & Mikochi – Tiny Little Life in the Woods (Hakumei to Mikochi) by Takuto Kashiki
- The Blue Period. by Tsubasa Yamaguchi
- Go with the Clouds, North by Northwest (Hokuhokusei ni Kumo to Ike) by Aki Irie
- Mystery to Iu Nakare (Do not say mystery) by Rui Morita
- Metamorphose no Engawa (The Balcony of Metamorphose) by Kaori Tsurutani
The nominating committee is composed mainly of bookstore staffers who are in charge of their respective stores’ manga. This year’s nominating committee consisted 94 individuals, who selected from 247 titles. Any manga title that was released in 2018 and has eight volumes or less is eligible. The volume cap is intentionally added so that the prize winners would be relatively new works that have not already earned their popularity through sheer longevity.
The second round of voting will determine the winner of Manga Taisho 2019, which will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held sometime in late March or early April 2019.
The official website for Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Gene magazine has announced that JIN and Mahiro Satou’s Kagerou Daze manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on February 15,2 019. The manga’s final chapter will have a color opening page and the manga will feature on the issue’s front cover.
JIN’s Kagerou Project began as a Vocaloid song series that JIN wrote and composed in 2011. JIN launched the Kagerou Daze novel series in May 2012, with illustrations by Sidu. Kadokawa published the eighth and final volume in December 2017.
Satou launched the manga adaptation of the novels in Kadokawa’s Monthly Comic Gene magazine in June 2012.
The February 2019 issue of Kodansha’s Monthly Young Magazine has announced that Yuzo Takada’s 3×3 Eyes: Kiseki no Yami no Keiyakusha manga will move from the E-Young Magazine website to Monthly Young Magazine beginning with the next issue on February 20, 2019.
Takada launched the manga on E-Young Magazine in December 2016. Kodansha published the third compiled volume in July 2018. The manga is set 12 years after the last battle with Kaiyanwang, and once again centers on Pai and Yakumo.
The official website for Hakusensha’s Manga Park website and app has announced that the Manga Park W app has launched in Africa. The app is currently available in Kenya and Nigeria, but there are plans to release it in more countries in Africa.
The app currently features Kentarou Miura’s Berserk, Hisaya Nakajo’s Hana-Kimi, Hiro Fujiwara’s Maid-sama!, Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight, Bisco Hatori’s Ouran High School Host Club, Mizuho Kusanagi’s Yona of the Dawn, and Kiminori Wakasugi’s Detroit Metal City manga. More works are planned for release in the app in the future.
The app is available to download for free, but it includes in-app purchases. With the app, Hakusensha hopes to take a lead in the African market, which has limited access to official manga content. Hakusensha aims to proactively prevent the spread of pirated content by entering the African market.
The Manga Park app launched in Japan in August 2017 with series from several of Hakusensha’s manga magazines.
Comic-Con International has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creators Akira Toriyama and Naoki Urasawa for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2019. They are part of a selection of 16 nominees, four of whom will be selected by vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Creative professionals working in the comics or related industries, publishers, editors, retailers (comics store owner or manager), graphic novels librarians, and comics historians/educators can vote online now for four nominees, and the vote will continue until March 15, 2019.
Other nominees for this year include Brian Bolland, Kevin Eastman, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Lynn Johnston, Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, Alex Niño, Lily Renée Wilhelm Peters Phillips, Wendy and Richard Pini, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Don and Maggie Thompson. The judges also picked four creators to be automatically inducted: Jim Aparo, June Tarpé Mills, Dave Stevens, and Morrie Turner.
The previous Japanese inductees of the Eisner Hall of Fame were Osamu Tezuka (2002), Kazuo Koike (2004), Goseki Kojima (2004), Katsuhiro Otomo (2012), and Rumiko Takahashi (2018).