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Oshi no Ko, Frieren, A Sign of Affection and More Nominated for Kodansha’s 48th Manga Awards

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The nominees for Kodansha’s 48th Manga Awards have been revealed! Let’s take a look at who’s in the running.

The awards are narrowed down by category. For the Best Shonen Manga category, the titles competing are The Fragrant Flower Blooms With Dignity by Saka Mikami, Gachiakuta by Kei Urana, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe, Tank Chair by Manabu Yashiro, and Daemons of the Shadow Realm by Hiromu Arakawa.

Next, in the category of Best Shojo Manga, the titles competing are In the Clear Moonlit Dusk by Mika Yamamori, I See Your Face, Turned Away by Rumi Ichinohe, Firefly Wedding by Oreko Tachibana, and A Sign of Affection by Suu Morishita.

The final category is Best General Manga. The titles competing are Oshi no Ko by Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari, The Darwin Incident by Shun Umezawa, Chiikawa by Nagano, Nagatan to Ao to: Ichika no Ryōrichō by Yuki Isoya, Bōkyō Tarō by Yoshihiro Yamada, and Medalist by Tsurumaikada.

There used to be a Best Children’s Manga category, but Kodansha ultimately did away with that and shuffled children’s books into the other categories if they were going to be nominated for something.

The Fragrant Flower Blooms With Dignity, Gachiakuta, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, In the Clear Moonlit Dusk, A Sign of Affection, Oshi no Ko, The Darwin Incident, and Medalist were all nominated in previous years as well.

The winners are scheduled to be revealed on May 14.

In 2023, the Best General Manga Award went to Skip and Loafer by Misaki Takamatsu, the Best Shonen Manga Award went to Shangri-La Frontier by Ryosuke Fuji and Katarina, and the Best Shojo Manga Award went to My Girlfriend’s Child by Mamoru Aoi.

Have you read any of these titles, and do you have any favorites you’d like to see win?

Source: ANN


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its 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.