The nominees for Kodansha’s 46th annual Manga Awards have been revealed! We’ll learn the actual winners on May 11, but in the meantime, congratulations to all the nominations! Let’s take a look at what’s running.
In the category of Best Shonen Manga, we have:
A Couple of Cuckoos by Miki Yoshikawa (published in Weekly Shonen Magazine)
Shangri-La Frontier by Ryōsuke Fuji and Katarina (published in Weekly Shonen Magazine)
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe (published in Weekly Shonen Sunday)
That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime by Taiki Kawakami (published in Shonen Sirius magazine)
Moving on to the category of Best Shojo Manga, we have:
In the Clear Moonlit Dusk by Mika Yamamori (published in Dessert magazine)
Nina the Starry Bride by Rikachi (published in Be Love magazine)
A Sign of Affection by Suu Morishita (published in Dessert magazine)
My Happy Marriage by Rito Kohsaka (published in Gangan Online magazine)
The third and last category is Best General Manga. Here are the nominees:
Oshi no Ko by Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari (published in Weekly Young Jump)
Skip and Loafer by Misaki Takamatsu (published in Afternoon magazine)
Chi: Chikyū no Undō ni Tsuite by Uoto (published in Big Comic Spirits)
Police in a Pod by Miko Yasu (published in Morning magazine)
Yankee-kun to Hakujō Girl (translated as The Delinquent and the Girl With the White Cane)
by Uoyama (published in pixiv)
Yakuza Fiancé: Raise wa Tanin ga Ii by Asuka Konishi (published Afternoon magazine)
There used to also be a Best Children’s Manga category, but Kodansha did away with that in 2015, instead putting those manga into the Shonen and Shojo categories.
In 2021, Blue Lock by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Yūsuke Nomura received the Shonen award, A Condition Called Love by Megumi Morino received the Shojo award, and Yuria Sensei no Akai Ito by Kiwa Irie received the General Manga award.
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.