The 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award announced the winners!
General Prize went to BLUE GIANT by Shinichi Ishizuka and Juhan Shuttai! (Sleepeeer Hit!) by Naoko Matsuda. BLUE GIANT is a story about a boy named Dai Miyamoto who dreams of becoming the No.1 jazz player in the world. It is a serial manga for Big Comic by Shogakukan and has been published overseas as BLUE GIANT SUPREME. The award is shared with Juhan Shuttai!, which is serialized in Monthly Spirits! by Shogakukan. The story follows a new female editor and depicts the behind-the-scenes jobs that support the publishing industry. A TV drama adaption starring Haru Kuroki aired in 2016.
Juhan Shuttai! (Sleepeeer Hit!) Vol.1 by Naoko Matsuda
Shinichi Ishizuka – BLUE GIANT Vol.1
37.5℃ no Namida (37.5℃ Tears) by Chika Shiina was chosen for the Girls’ Prize, and Mob Psycho 100 by ONE was chosen for the Boys’ Prize.
37.5℃ no Namida (37.5℃ Tears) is a human drama that follows main character Momoko as she takes care of sick children. She is not good at expressing her feelings, but tries to help solve the family problems that come her way. It is a serial manga for Cheese! by Shogakukan and the TV drama adaption starring Misako Renbutsu aired in 2015.
Mob Psycho 100 is manga about a psychic boy named Shigeo ‘Mob’ Kageyama who is incredibly powerful even though he is clumsy. Mob Psycho 100 is serialised on Shogakukan’s application Manga One and the manga website Ura Sunday. A TV anime adaption aired in 2016.
Mob Psycho 100 Manga by ONE
37.5℃ no Namida (37.5℃ Tears) by Chika Shiina | Manga Vol.1
Ijime (Bullying) by Kaoru Igarashi was chosen for the Children’s Prize. Ijime is a short story series about bullying in elementary and middle school from the victim’s point of view. It is published in Chao DX by Shogakukan on an irregular schedule.
Ijime (Bullying) by Kaoru Igarashi
Finally, the Chief Juror’s Special Prize was awarded to the late Kenichirou Takai, the illustrator of Soumubu Soumuka Yamaguchi Roppeita. Takai was an assistant of Osamu Tezuka, and supported his friend Fujio Akatsuka in designing the characters for Osomatsu-kun. Starting in 1986, he illustrated the manga Soumubu Soumuka Yamaguchi Roppeita written by Norio Hayashi in Shogakukan’s Big Comic for thirty years without any break.
Kenichirou Takai – Soumubu Soumuka Yamaguchi Roppeita Vol.1
The seven jurors for the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Awards were Kiyoko Arai, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Eiji Kazama, Kaiji Kawaguchi, Kenshi Hirokane, Burubon Kobayashi, and Fujihiko Hosono. The winners will receive the bronze statue Minori by Shigeru Nakano and a one million yen prize.