“SUGOI JAPAN Award2016″, or the greatest pop culture award in Japan announced the results of the national voting for selecting ” the works desired to be shared with the people all over the world”!
“SUGOI JAPAN Award2016”, which is the award hosted by SUGOI JAPAN Executive Committee and Yomiuri Shinbun for selecting the Japanese pop culture works desired to be shared with the rest of the world, announced the first prize winners in respective categories on March 22nd.
As a result of the national voting which is the second one, four works won first prize in the respective genres: “One Punch-Man” in MANGA, “Your Lie in April” in ANIME, “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” in RANOBE (light novels), and “The Empire of Corpses” in NOVELS (Entertainment Novels).
* Ms. Hinako Sano who spoke as a guest
The award covers the works in the four genres including “Manga”, “Ranobe”, “Entertainment Novels”, and “Anime” which were released during a specified period, that is, from January 10th in 2012 to July 31st in 2015 for the former three categories, and from July 1st in 2014 to July 31st in 2015 for anime. About 20 works in each of the four genres (92 works in total) were selected as “SUGOI 20” by the recommendations of fans and the discussions of intellectuals. The first prize winner was decided in each category by national voting as final screening.
1st prize winners in the respective genres in SUGOI JAPAN Award 2016
1st prize winner in MANGA genre: “One Punch-Man”
Authors: Originally written by ONE and illustrated by Yuusuke Murata
Publisher and Publishing label: Shueisha and JUMP COMICS
The manga series began publication on a Web site free of charge in 2009. The series achieved 20,000 hits a day and more than 10 million cumulative page views (in 2012). A digital manga remake of the series, illustrated by Yuusuke Murata, began serialization on the Web manga site “Tonari no Young Jump” in 2012.
The manga series turned into anime on TV Tokyo in 2015, and has gained a lot of fans abroad.
1st prize winner in ANIME genre: “Your Lie in April”
Director: Kyouhei Ishiguro
Production and Package sales: A-1 Pictures and Aniplex
Nominated for “Manga Taisho 2012”. Won the “Kodansha Manga Award” for boys’ section in 2013.
This anime series attracted more attention since Eiichirou Oda writing the national manga “ONE PIECE” cited it as the work of which he felt jealous.
The series is scheduled to turn into a live-action movie with Suzu Hirose and Kento Yamazaki cast as its leading actors in 2016.
1st prize winner in RANOBE: “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?”
Author: Fujino Omori Illustrator: Suzuhito Yasuda
Publisher and Publishing label: SB Creative and GA Bunko
Won the 1st prize in “Dai San Kai Ranobe Zuki Shotenin Taisho (The Third Ranobe Favorite Bookshop Clerk Grand Prize)” in 2014.
In 2015, the series reached 3.7 million cumulative copies and was turned into an anime on TOKYO MX.
The series is also becoming popular overseas. For example, it was listed high in the best seller ranking announced by the New York Times in the U.S.
1st prize in “Entertainment Novels” genre: “The Empire of Corpses”
Authors: Project Ito and Tou Enjou
Publisher and Publishing label: Kawade Shobo Shinsha and Kawade Bunko
Won the 33rd Nihon SF Taisho Award “Special Award” in 2012, the 1st prize in “SF Ga Yomitai! 2013 Nenban (We Want to Read SF! 2013 Edition)” (National Version) in 2013, and the 44th Seiun Award “Best Japanese Novel Award”. “The Empire of Corpses” is the long SF novel drafted by Project Ito who was called a short-lived genius writer and completed by Tou Enjou. The work was made into a theatrical anime in 2015.
Top 5 List in the respective genres in SUGOI JAPAN Award 2016]
1. One Punch-Man
2. Tokyo Ghoul
4. Twittering birds never fly
5. Everyday Life with Monster Girls
1. Your Lie in April
3. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!
4. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
1. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
2. Saenai Heroine no Sodate-kata
3. Amagi Brilliant Park
5. SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
Entertainment Novels genre
1. The Empire of Corpses
2. Kaidantou series
3. The Murder of Alice
4. A Vow Fulfilled
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