Kodansha began the Noma Publishing Culture Award last year, where it awarded your name.’s director Makoto Shinkai, author Keigo Higashino, models Mai Shiraishi and Erika Ikuta, and publishers Ribon and Nakayoshi.
This year the award goes to Demon Slayer creator Koyoharu Gotouge, Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and author Jun Ikeido.
According to Anime News Network, a big part of the award is related to “reinventing publishing.” Since the Demon Slayer manga has gotten more than 100 million copies in circulation, it has in its own way reinvented publishing in Japan. The 22 volumes of the manga have been on the top 22 comics sales positions in the country, according to the Oricon charts.
Anime News Network says that Animal Crossing: New Horizons was also chosen not only for its sales records, but because it “offers potential as a new medium of expression that goes beyond the previous limitations of games.”
Source: Anime News Network
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.