The results for the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards have been announced. In the category ‘Best General Manga’ the winners are Kubo Ibuki by Kaiji Kawaguchi and Koi wa Ameagari no You ni by Jun Mayuzuki, in the category ‘Best Shojo Manga’ Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare by Io Sakisaka was awarded, in Best Shonen Manga it was Yakusoku no Neverland by Kaiu Shirai (story) and Posuka Demizu (art), and the ‘Best Children’s Manga’ award went to PriPri Chi-chan!! by Hiromu Shinozuka.
Kubo Ibuki is a military story set in 20XX at the coast of the Senkaku Islands, where the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Chinese navy collide. The Japanese government was alarmed by an aircraft carrier and decided to send their own aircraft carrier called ‘Ibuki’. It is currently being serialized in Shogakukan’s Big Comic. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni tells the story of 17-year-old Akira and her fond feelings for her boss at her part-time job, 45-year-old Masami Kondo. There is currently an anime adaptation airing, A live action movie with Nana Komatsu in the leading role is coming up in May 2018. It is currently being serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits.
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is a youthful story about four high-school students, two males and two females, and their dynamics as a group. It is currently being serialized in Shueisha’s Margaret and has released 7 volumes so far. Yakusoku no Neverland also ranked first place in the ‘Kono Manga wa Sugii!’ (This manga is amazing!) 2018 male ranking. It is currently being serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump and is a fantasy story about boys and girls who live in an orphanage that is like a prison because they are cut off from the outside world.
The children’s manga PriPri Chi-chan!! is drawn by Hiromu Shinozuka, who is known for other series like Mirmo! and Chibi Devi!. The story follows the middle school student Yuka and the underground-dweller Chi-chan. The series is being serialized in Shogakukan’s Ciao and was adapted into an anime in 2017.
For the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Awards, the awards committee was made up of six members: Kiyoko Arai, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Eiji Kazama, Kenshi Hirokane, Yu Nagashima aka. Borubon Kobayashi, and Fujihiko Hosono. The winners will receive a Minori bronze statue and 1 million yen.