Kodansha’s 46th annual Manga Awards have revealed this year’s winners! Let’s see if your favorites won.
The Award for Best Shonen Manga goes to That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime by Taiki Kawakami, beating out A Couple of Cuckoos, Shangri-La Frontier, and Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End. Here is the description for That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime:
“Mikami’s middle age hasn’t gone as he planned: He never found a girlfriend, he got stuck in a dead-end job, and he was abruptly stabbed to death in the street at 37. So when he wakes up in a new world straight out of a fantasy RPG, he’s disappointed but not exactly surprised to find that he’s not a knight or a wizard but a he’s become a blind, boneless slime monster. But there are chances for even a slime to become a hero…”
In the category of Best Shojo Manga, the winner is Nina the Starry Bride by Rikachi. It was competing against In the Clear Moonlit Dusk, A Sign of Affection, and My Happy Marriage. Here is the description of Nina the Starry Bride:
“Nina had a rough start to life, stealing to survive—and eventually being sold into slavery by her own brother. But to her surprise, her captor, Prince Azure, ordained that she would live the life of a princess…specifically, that of the recently deceased princess-priestess, Alisha. But despite her changing fortune, Nina won’t give up her old life without a fight…and Azure might just be the one to finally match her wits. But how much can she trust Azure? And can she stop the feelings budding in her heart, knowing she must eventually marry another…?”
The last category is Best General Manga, and that goes to Police in a Pod by Miko Yasu. It won over Yankee-kun to Hakujō Girl Oshi no Ko, Skip and Loafer, Chi: Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite, and Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii. Here is a description for it:
“Female police officer Kawai had enough of a career she wasn’t even that into and was about to hand in her registration, when the unthinkable happened—she met the new, female director of her station! And after spending a little time with this gorgeous role model, Kawai realizes that maybe she isn’t quite done being an officer after all.”
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.