48th Kodansha Manga Award: Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, Medalist Among Winners

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Kodansha has revealed the results of its 48th Kodansha Manga Award.

The Kodansha Manga Award features the Shonen, Shojo, and General categories. The Shonen winner this time is fantasy adventure Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End, written by Kanehito Yamada and drawn by Tsukasa Abe, which recently had a much-talked-about TV anime adaptation you may have heard of. For Shojo, Rumi Ichinohe‘s high school romance Looking At Your Profile (Kimi no Yokogao wo Miteita), which follows two boys and two girls who are first-years, took the crown.

The winner of the General Category is Tsurumaikada‘s Medalist, a figure skating manga that’s getting an anime next year. Medalist was a runner-up in the 47th Kodansha Manga Award.

Frieren and Medalist are both available in English. Below are their respective synopses:

Frieren (Viz Media)

Decades after their victory, the funeral of one her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality. Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure…

Medalist (Kodansha USA)

Tsukasa, whose dreams were crushed. Inori, left to fend for herself. These two share a dream…and their tenacity may be the only thing that sees them through. Their destination? The ice…on the world’s stage!

Below is the finalist selection for the 48th Kodansha Manga Award. An asterisk means that the title was also a finalist last year

Shonen Category

The Fragrant Flower Blooms With Dignity* Saka Mikami (Kodansha, Magazine Pocket)
Gachiakuta*Kei Urana (Kodansha, Weekly Shonen Magazine) 
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End —  written by Kanehito Yamada and drawn by Tsukasa Abe (Shogakukan, Weekly Shonen Sunday)
Tank ChairManabu Yashiro (Kodansha, Magazine Pocket)
Daemons of the Shadow Realm — Hiromu Arakawa (Square Enix, Monthly Shonen Gangan)

Shojo category

In the Clear Moonlit Dusk*Mika Yamamori (Kodansha, Monthly Dessert)
Looking At Your Profile — Rumi Ichinohe (Kodansha, Bessatsu Friend)
Firefly WeddingOreco Tachibana (Shogakukan, Ura Sunday)
A Sign of Affection*Su Morishita (Kodansha, Monthly Dessert) 

General category

OSHI NO KO — written by Aka Akasaka, drawn by Mengo Yokoyari (Shueisha, Weekly Young Jump)
The Darwin Incident*Shun Umezawa (Kodansha Monthly Afternoon)
Chiikawa: Nanka Chiisakute Kawaii Yatsu Nagano (Kodansha)
Nagatan to Aoto – Ichika no Ryourijou Yuki Isoya (Kodansha, Kiss)
Bokyo Taro Yoshihiro Yamada  (Kodansha, Weekly Morning)
Medalist*Tsurumaikada (Kodansha, Afternoon)

Source: Kodansha

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