47th Kodansha Manga Award Winners Announced

Image source: Kodansha website

On May 10, Kodansha revealed the winners of its 47th Kodansha Manga Award.

Emerging as the victor in the Shonen category was Shangri-La Frontier: Kusoge Hunter, Kamige ni Nidoman tosu, a VR game-themed title written by Katarina (who first published the story as a web novel) and drawn by Ryousuke Fuji. The Weekly Shonen Magazine title began in 2020 and now has an upcoming anime adaptation and video game. 12 tankoubon volumes have been released as of March 2023.

For the Shojo category, the winning title was Mamoru Aoi‘s My Girlfriend’s Child, which began serialization in Bessatsu Friend in 2021 and has five tankoubon volumes as of January this year. The manga, which has teen pregnancy as its theme, previously placed first on the LINE Manga General Ranking.

Finally, the winner of the General category was Misaki Takamatsu‘s Skip and Loafer, which has a currently airing anime adaptation. The manga, which follows a girl from the countryside as she attends high school in Tokyo, began serialization in Afternoon in 2018 and has eight tankoubon volumes as of January 2023.

Below are the winning manga’s respective synopses:

Shangri-La Frontier: Kusoge Hunter, Kamige ni Nidoman tosu (via Kodansha USA)

Second-year high school student Rakuro Hizutome is interested in one thing only: finding “shitty games” and beating the crap out of them. His gaming skills are second to none, and no game is too bad for him to enjoy. So when he’s introduced to the new VR game Shangri-La Frontier, he does what he does best—min-maxes and skips the prologue to jump straight into the action. But can even an expert gamer like Rakuro discover all the secrets that Shangri-La Frontier hides…?

My Girlfriend’s Child (via Seven Seas Entertainment)

Sachi and her boyfriend Takara are your average high school couple. They go to school together, hang out, and even engage in the more intimate side of dating. However, as time passes, Sachi starts to get the feeling that something isn’t right and decides to buy a pregnancy test. Later, in the bathroom of a family restaurant far from her home, she sees the two red lines that will change both her and Takara’s life forever…

Skip and Loafer (via Seven Seas Entertainment)

Mitsumi is bound for high school in Tokyo! She’s got book smarts, but this small-town girl is about to find out she’s massively unprepared for the social norms of big city high schoolers.

The finalists for the 47th Kodansha Manga Award were revealed in April. The other competing titles were:

Shonen category

Akane-banashi Yuuki Suenaga, Takamasa Moue (Shueisha, Weekly Shonen Jump)
Kaoru Hana wa Naharin to Saku Saka Mikami (Kodansha, Magapoke)
GachiakutaKei Urana (Kodansha, Weekly Shonen Magazine)
Megumi no Daigo: Kyuukoku no Orange Masahito Soda, Kuro Tomiyama (Kodansha, Monthly Shonen Magazine

Shojo category

In the Clear Moonlit Dusk Mika Yamamori (Kodansha, Monthly Dessert)
Tamon-kun Ima Docchi?!Yuki Shiwasu (Hakusensha, Hana to Yume)
A Sign of Affection Suu Morishita (Kodansha, Monthly Dessert)

General category

Onna no Sono no HoshiYama Wayama (Shodensha, Feel Young)
The Darwin Incident — Shun Umezawa (Kodansha, Afternoon)
Manshuu Ahen SquadTsukasa Monma, Shikako (Kodansha, Comic Days/Young Magazine)
MedalistTsurumaikada (Kodansha, Afternoon)
Liaison -Kodomo no Kokoro Shinryousho-Yonchan, Yuusaku Takemura (Kodansha, Morning)

Sources: Kodansha website, Kodansha

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