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Japanese: メダリスト


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: May 25, 2020 to ?
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Sports Sports
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Tsurumaikada (Story & Art)


Score: 8.501 (scored by 18181,818 users)
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Ranked: #1502
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Popularity: #1725
Members: 11,670
Favorites: 277

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Volume 1


Becoming an ice dancer was not what Tsukasa Akeuraji had aimed for when he decided to take on the figure skating world. However, it is where he ended up as he "started too late" to follow his true solo-skating dreams.

For years, he was content with being a shell of his former ambitions—that is, until he met a little girl in whom he saw himself. Inori Yuitsuka, a fifth-grader so desperate to skate that she practiced in secret, had visited Tsukasa's rink with her mother to ask for lessons. She was branded as useless by everyone around her, told it was "too late" for her to begin, and that catching up to other skaters was impossible.

With a newfound conviction and unwillingness to let another passionate skater go down the same road as him, Tsukasa takes on the responsibility of coaching her and promises to make Inori a medalist.

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Medalist has been published digitally in English by Kodansha USA since May 18, 2021, and in print since March 5, 2024.

The series won the 68th Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category in 2023, and the 48th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category in 2024.



Apr 27, 2021
Preliminary (6/? eps)
Hi, I'm a figure skater.

This manga is incredible and I can attest to that. (TL;DR at bottom)


It's a simple premise, a journey of Inori's way to an Olympic medal, but that's what makes the story so great. With such a simple plot, there's no limit to what you can do with it if you know and care for the sport. (Which, the author absolutely does, considering nearly everything to do with actual figure skating is factual.) For example, they incorporate actual skating culture into the manga, which unfortunately is a culture of classism and superiority complexes, but the culture also attributes to the plot ...
Jan 28, 2021
Preliminary (3/? eps)
Medalist is a new manga that people have probably heard of recently through twitter, and currently has almost no following outside of Japan. If you haven't checked it out already, you definitely should.

It is a very promising manga with a lot of potential so far. The art is fine for the most part, but really shines during emotional bits and parts where they are skating. The author is great at drawing figure skating.

The passion and interest the author has in figure skating really shines in their work here, and the character dynamic between the coach and student is absolutely great. If you came here ...
Feb 21, 2021
Preliminary (3/? eps)
I'm gonna write this from Volume 1 (until Chapter 3)perspective only and review as a sport manga reader and Figure Skating fan.

It's been a while since we get manga/anime about Figure Skating. 1st manga I know was Ginban Kaleidoscope from 2003 and then; Yuri on Ice anime, in which, was okay but it was below my expectation in term of sport entertaining aspect.

Now, we get to see manga about Figure Skating(FS) which focused on Competitive skating. Tsukasa, a retired average-no-job Ice Dancer met Inori, low self-esteem, 5th Grade girl who sought to learn FS but started a tad late according to her age. Nonetheless, she ...

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