The Next Manga Awards 2023 Winners Are The Guy She Was Interested in Wasn’t a Guy At All, There Is Also a Hole in the Student Organization!

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The winners of the Next Manga Awards 2023 have been announced, with Muchimaro‘s There Is Also a Hole in the Student Organization! taking first place in the print manga category and Sumiko Arai‘s The Guy She Was Interested in Wasn’t a Guy At All taking the top spot in the web manga category.

There Is Also a Hole in the Student Organization! (Seitokai ni mo Ana wa Aru!), which began serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine in 2022, is a 4-koma and a “cute slice-of-life comedy” that follows a slightly weird student council. Meanwhile, the more self-explanatory The Guy She Was Interested in Wasn’t a Guy At All (Kini Natteru Hito wa Otoko ja Nakatta) is a yuri romance series with a rock music theme that is posted on X (formerly Twitter) and published in tankoubon format by KADOKAWA.

The other Next Manga Awards 2023 winners are:

• 2nd place: Hiromu Arakawa‘s Daemons of the Shadow Realm (print), Yajima‘s Neko Oji: The Guy that got Reincarnated as a Cat (web)
• 3rd place: Taizan 5‘s The Ichinose Family’s Deadly Sins (print), You Chiba‘s Kindergarten Wars (web)
U-NEXT Prize: Ryo Ishiyama‘s Dragon and Chameleon (print), Watabiki Toshiya and Akinai Garaku‘s Ban-ou (web)
Global Special Prize: English version of Yuama‘s The Summer You Were There (print), Traditional Chinese version of Sumi Ichiya‘s Stepping on, Kicking, Loving (web)

The Next Manga Awards 2023 featured 40 nominees in the print category and 75 nominees in the web category, with the nominated titles being selected from thousands of fan submissions. The nominee submission and selection process lasted from May to June, with voting taking place from June 23 to July 10 JST. 

The awards were established in 2014 by DAVINCI and niconico, with user’s submitting titles based on their “potential to become the next big hits.” Last year’s first-place winners were Tsurumaikada‘s Medalist for print and Jinushi‘s Super no Ura de Yani Suu Hanashi for web.

The full results for the Next Manga Awards 2023 can be viewed on the official website. The print category ranking is here, and the web category ranking can be accessed here.

Source: Next Manga Awards 2023 website

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years, starting from his college days. He still writes about video games sometimes, but now focuses on anime-related news content and the occasional review. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese, both out of interest in the language and because English-translated light novels and manga are expensive. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences, as well as learning about the storyboard artists and directors behind them.
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