Frieren, Oshi No Ko, Sign Of Affection Amongst The Nominees For Kodansha’s 48th Manga Awards

Kodansha will announce the winners on May 14 (Tuesday).

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Kodansha’s official website revealed the nominees for their 48th annual manga awards on April 8, 2024, under 3 categories:

  • Best Shōnen Manga
  • Best Shōjo Manga
  • Best General Manga

And popular series like Oshi No Ko, Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End and Sign of Affection were listed as nominees, making them the fan favorites to win in their respective categories. Kodansha will announce the winners on May 14 (Tuesday).

Without further ado, here’s the full list of nominees for Kodansha’s 48th manga awards!

Best General Manga

  • Oshi No Ko by Aka Akasaka and Mengo Yokoyari
  • The Darwin Incident by Shun Umezawa
  • Chiikawa by Nagano
  • Nagatan to Ao to: Ichika no Ryōrichō by Yuki Isoya
  • Bōkyō Tarō by Yoshihiro Yamada
  • Medalist by Tsurumaikada

Best Shōnen Manga

  • Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe
  • The Fragrant Flower Blooms With Dignity by Saka Mikami
  • Gachiakuta by Kei Urana
  • Tank Chair by Manabu Yashiro
  • Daemons of the Shadow Realm by Hiromu Arakawa

Best Shōjo Manga

  • A Sign of Affection by Suu Morishita
  • In the Clear Moonlit Dusk by Mika Yamamori
  • I See Your Face, Turned Away by Rumi Ichinohe
  • Firefly Wedding by Oreko Tachibana

Last year in 2023, the best general manga went to Skip and Loafer, best Shonen manga to Shangri-La Frontier and best Shojo manga to My Girlfriend’s Child.

The Kodansha Manga Award, hosted by Kodansha, stands as a prestigious accolade in Japan’s vibrant manga industry. Established in 1977, it celebrates outstanding serialized manga across three main categories: shōnen, shōjo, and general.

Beginning with distinctions for the shonen and shojo genres, the award later expanded to include the general category in 1982 and a children’s category in 2003. Notably, since 2015, the children’s category has been integrated into the shōnen and shōjo classifications.

Source: Kodansha