The Japan Foundation organized a project named ‘This is also an educational manga! ~Project: World Discovery~’ in which they introduced manga that invite readers to learn something new. Until January 2017 a campaign named ‘This is my educational manga!’ was held to support the project. Voters could decide on their favorite ‘educational manga’ and share their choice via social media. The results of the campaign have been announced!
First place goes to Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles. It is based on a real historical event: ‘You learn the historical background of the French Revolution. I can even remember thinks like Robespierre’s full name [laugh]’
Second place goes to Osamu Tezukas’s Black Jack. ‘It is loaded with information about life, starting from how to protect one’s life to how Shiitake-sensei is living.’
Third place went to Ryoko Yamagishi’s Hi izuru tokoro no tenshi. ‘It influenced the acceptance of boys love manga and until now there hasn’t been a manga that has depicted the mentality of the characters so deeply. There are also many real historical events that you can’t help but remember while reading!’
The rest of the spots went to Doraemon in 4th place, Master Keaton in 5th place, Parasyte in 6th place, Moyashimon in 7th place, Space Brothers in 8th place, Slam Dunk in 9th place, and Chihayafuru in 10th place.
The Top Ten manga of ‘This is my educational manga!’ and the rest of the 150 chosen titles were donated to the Tsunami Children Hospice.
Full Ranking of ‘This is my educational manga!’:
(★ indicates that the manga was also in the ‘This is also an educational manga!’ list
1. The Rose of Versailles (Riyoko Ikeda) ★
2. Black Jack (Tezuka Osamu) ★
3. Hi izuru tokoro no tenshi (Ryoko Yamagishi) ★
4. Doraemon (F. Fujiko Fujio)
5. Master Keaton (Naoki Urasawa, Kitsushita Hokusai, Takashi Nagasaki)
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