Shogakukan 54th Annual Manga Awards


Shogakukan, the mega-publishing house behind many famous manga magazines such as Shounen Sunday (and incidentally also an owner of North American anime/manga company Viz Media), announced the results for their 54th Annual Manga Awards earlier this week.

The winners of this year’s awards are all likely unknown to most international fans, but in past years the Shogakukan awards have been bestowed to popular series such as Bleach, Fullmetal Alchemist, Inu-Yasha and Detective Conan.

The awards follows the same format as last year’s awards, divided into the four categories of Children’s, Shoujo, Shounen and General:

Children’s Category

Naisho no Tsubomi (A Secret’s Bud)
Author: Yu Yabu-uchi
Serialized in Shougaku Go-Nensei



Shounen Category

Kurosugemu (Cross Game)
Author: Mitsuru Adachi
Serialized in Weekly Shounen Sunday



Shoujo Category

Author: Kanoko Sakurakoji
Serialized in Betsucomi



General Category

Gaku ~ Minna no Yama (Peak ~ Everyone’s Mountain)
Author: Shin-ichi Ishizuka
Serialized in Big Comic Original



The official awards ceremony will take place on March 3 in Tokyo, where the authors will receive a trophy and an award of ¥1,000,000.

Looking at the past awards, we can see that coincidentally the vast majority of their awards go to titles they publish; last time they graciously gave out one to Kodansha, and over their history they have given out awards to 20 such titles, out of hundreds…

Via Shogakukan.

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    Comment by Gantz_Playboy
    21:55 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah!!! Black Bird!..go go Black Bird!!!finally some recognition for....OK! OK!- I have no idea about ANY of these titles! never even heard of Black Bird- lol.

    This makes as much sense as the Oscar Nom's in the US. Don't you love when an Industry gives it's own awards out? no Biased there- lol. For anyone who cares "MILK" will win best picture (and a slew of others) because #1 Sean Penn, #2 Left needs a back-pat, #3 to make-up for "BrokeBack" losing...and #4 the gay thing due to Prop 8 being voted down by over 70% of Californians. Then again I predicted "MILK" the moment I saw the trailer in November- lolol.

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    Comment by chad001
    14:40 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    This was a rigged election... I refuse to accept these results... this was decided by angry fat guys in basements...

    Comment by flaskis
    17:39 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You wanted Naruto or Bleach to win the shounen category? ಠ_ಠ

    Comment by Kah
    03:47 27/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ಠ_ಠ indeed.

    Comment by Fonzer
    23:39 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about the other mangas ranks that aren't also anime bassed?
    Or at least not these mangas that are overpopular there.
    Becouse none of these are of my taste.
    Want to see some lower ranked ones.

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    00:43 26/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Winners are voted by the readers not fans.

    Comment by Jemmie
    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh boy, baseball manga! How original!

    Comment by Marine-RX179
    07:20 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What the hell? Mitsuru Adachi is getting an award in the Shounen Category!? To be honest I'm surprised and his manga is still selling at all, when his manga are all same old same old baseball titles without much creativity nor improvement in artwork for like the pass 20 years...

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    Comment by Riot Gear
    00:41 26/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think you should read some of his works before you judged.Artwork styles,he ain't but when it comes to visual storytelling,he is the master.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    07:36 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quick fact.
    - This company is owned by Shueisha, the parent company of rival mag Shounen Jump
    - Viz is co-owned by them AND Shueisha, making them partners with their own parent company (a bit weird but that's the truth lol)

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    03:34 26/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So does it make it like...incest o_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually Shueisha was split off from them many, many years ago, not the other way around. They have since become separate companies, though they are apparently, together with Hakusensha, part of a larger publishing group.

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    Comment by linkinstreet
    07:40 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pressed the wrong buttons, anyways, Adachi still has a large following in Japan, and baseball based story sells well in Japan. That, and the fact that he always manage to get both audience (shounen AND shoujo) to read his mango means that he still is a hot commodity for any publishing company, now that Takahashi Rumiko has dried up quite a bit.

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    Comment by Ashton
    17:52 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    even though every manga of his is the same story, characters etc. with only a different setting ? :(

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    Comment by Daisuke.exe
    10:39 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    ಠ_ಠ indeed.

    Comment by Floripes
    07:49 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mitsuru Adachi never ceased to produce great manga.
    Cross Game is becoming an anime this year. Should be great...

    Comment by meganeshounen
    11:10 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy crap. Naisho no Tsubomi getting an award? :D

    Comment by Endz
    10:12 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cross Game deserves for best sports I don't know about shounen. And Cross Game hasn't ended yet and will continue this spring =/

    As an Adachi fan... Cross Game improved everything bad of all Adachi's past work(The pacing, character development etc.)

    Unless there is some stupid twist or stupid endings(like in H2, although you might argue with me with how the pair ended up. I wouldn't have a problem with it if the ending pair had the most character development but nooo... I'll spare the details since its a major spoiler)

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    09:21 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Loli raepan manga got awarded? xD

    Comment by Marine-RX179
    11:45 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol I wonder if Quen chose that particular page on purpose.

    If loli raep really was in children's category manga, I must say it must be one most those "early otaku eduation" (like that famous picture of the baby and the Shana hug-pillow XD)

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    Comment by Quen
    17:35 25/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I actually got the pages for both the shoujo and children's books from the links given on the Shogakukan awards page; those are the first pages that appear when you click "Read Inside", so apparently someone at Shogakukan is also a fan of that sort of stuff. ^^

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