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:
Naisho no Tsubomi (A Secret’s Bud)
Author: Yu Yabu-uchi
Serialized in Shougaku Go-Nensei
Kurosugemu (Cross Game)
Author: Mitsuru Adachi
Serialized in Weekly Shounen Sunday
Author: Kanoko Sakurakoji
Serialized in Betsucomi
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…