The Kodansha Manga Awards are one of the most prestigious prizes in all of manga, and they don’t just give it to titles from Kodansha either. And now, the manga publisher has revealed the winners for the 43rd Kodansha Manga Awards, and they are:
BEST SHONEN MANGA:
The Quintessential Quintuplets (Gotoubun no Hanayome) by Negi Haruba
One day, a poor high school second-year named Futaro Uesugi comes across a private tutoring gig with good pay. But his pupils are his classmates!! And they’re quintuplets!! A-and they’re all gorgeous girls, but they’re also troublemakers who hate to study and are on the verge of flunking out! And his first task is simply gaining the sisters’ trust?! Every day is a party! The curtain is rising on the Nakano quintuplets’ quirky romantic comedy with five times the cute!! (Via Kodansha Comics)
To Your Eternity (Fumetsu no Anata e) by Yoshitoki Ooima
A new manga from the creator of the acclaimed A Silent Voice, featuring intimate, emotional drama and an epic story spanning time and space… A lonely boy wandering the Arctic regions of North America meets a wolf, and the two become fast friends, depending on each other to survive the harsh environment. But the boy has a history, and the wolf is more than meets the eye as well… To Your Eternity is a totally unique and moving manga about death, life, reincarnation, and the nature of love. (Via Kodansha Comics)
These titles both won the award. The other nominees included act-age and Ao-chan Can’t Study!.
Best Shoujo Manga
Perfect World by Rie Aruga
26-year-old Tsugumi Kawana reunites with her first crush from high school, Itsuki Ayukawa, at a get-together between an architecture firm and the interior design company she works at. He sends her heart aflutter, until she realizes he’s now disabled, and in a wheelchair. At first she feels she couldn’t date a guy in a wheelchair, but then her feelings begin to change … (Via Kodansha Comics)
The other nominees for this category include Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Nagi no Oitoma, and Our Precious Conversations.
Best General Manga
What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Kinou Nani Tabeta?) by Fumi Yoshinaga
A hard-working, middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings, and enjoy delicately prepared home-cooked meals! (Via Vertical)
The other nominees for this category include Shouwa Tennou Monogatari (Showa Emperor Tale), The Blue Period., and Watashi wa Dōka Shiteiru (There’s Something Wrong With Us).
Kodansha also announced the Special Award winners. These are given to classic manga titles, and the winners are the Kosaku Shima series and Hajime no Ippo.
Ken Akamatsu, Tochi Ueyama, Oh! great, Atsushi Kase, Akiko Hitashimura, Yūji Moritaka, and Waki Yamato formed the selection committee. They awarded the winners 1,000,000 yen each, plus a certificate and a brinze statuette. Congratulations to all the winners!