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Nominees Announced for 2017 Manga Taisho Award

Looking for some fresh new manga to sink your eyeballs into? You could do worse than checking out the just-announced list of manga up for 2017’s Manga Taisho.

Nominees for the award, which was established in 2008, are selected by bookstore staff members who run their stores’ manga sections. In other words, they’re on the ground, actually getting a feel for who’s buying what, making it a potentially more interesting award than one chosen by some high-falutin’ critics like, uh, us.

To be nominated for the Manga Taisho, series must have eight or fewer collected volumes, a rule put in place to promote new(ish) works.

The manga nominated for the 2017 award are:

Yugo Kobayashi and Naohiko Ueno

Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Soichiro Yamamoto

Kin no Kuni Mizu no Kuni

Nao Imamoto

Kutei Dragons

Taku Kuwabara

Golden Gold

Seita Horio

Delicious Dungeon (Dungeon Meshi)

Ryoko Kui

Tokyo Tarareba Musume

Akiko Higashimura

Tokyo Tarareba Musume by Princess Jellyfish‘s Akiko Higashimura

Nami yo Kiitekure

Hiroaki Samura

High Score Girl

Rensuke Oshikiri

Hibiki – Shosetsuka ni Naru Houhou

Mitsuharu Yanagimoto

Fire Punch

Tatsuki Fujimoto

Yakusoku no Neverland

Posuka Demizu and Kaiu Shiroi

Watashi no Shonen

Hitomi Takano

Of all the titles on the list, only Delicious Dungeon has been announced for an English release (it’s due out this spring from Yen Press), but considering the popularity and critical acclaim these series have grabbed, I suspect we’ll see more of them in western release soon.

The results of the next round will be released in March.

Hitomi Takano’s Watashi no Shonen

Source: Yaraon

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.