After announcing the nominees back in April, Kodansha have now named the winners of their 40th Manga Awards. Out of 14 titles across the categories of Best Shonen, Best Shojo and Best General Manga, here are the series announced top of their class by a selection committee including Love Hina author Ken Akamatsu and Air Gear creator Oh! great.
Best Shonen Manga
Tsuyoshi Yasuda’s DAYS (Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine)
Two boys met on a Stormy Night: Tsukushi, a boy with no special traits at all, and Jin, a soccer genius. On that night, Jin drags Tsukushi into the world of high school soccer.
Best Shojo Manga
Junko’s Kiss Him, Not Me (Kodansha’s Bessatsu Friend)
Kae Serinuma is what you’d call a “fujoshi.” When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn’t exciting to her at all — she’d rather see them date each other!
Best General Manga
Yu Suzunoki’s Konodori (Kodansha’s Morning)
Obstetrician Sakura Konodori also moonlights as a jazz musician. In Japan, childbirth is not considered an illness, and so insurance does not cover normal childbirth. Obstetric care does not mean that an injury or illness is being cured. For a normal childbirth, an obstetrician isn’t necessary, but if something happens, an obstetrician becomes necessary.
The winners’ prizes include a certificate, a bronze statuette and 1 million yen. Kodansha has also given a Best Children’s Manga award in previous years, but starting last year they blended that category with the Best Shonen and Best Shojo categories instead.