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'Comic Natalie Daishou 2013' Award List Announced

by symbv
Sep 18, 2013 6:58 AM | 51 Comments
Natalie, a major manga news website, has announced its 2013 "Comic Natalie Daishou" award list. The awards are based on polling from professional manga editors for what they consider works they read this year that are particularly stimulating. Manga that was published between July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 was eligible and each editor could vote for up to ten titles. Each vote was assigned equal weight in counting and the list was compiled by ranking titles in descending order of votes.

There are 100 titles in the award list and the following are the top 28 titles:

1. Sakamoto desu ga?
2. Shingeki no Kyojin
3. Ajin
4. Kakukaku Shikajika
5. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
6. Gin no Saji
7. Nanatsu no Taizai
8. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
9. Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu.
10. High Score Girl
11. Ballroom e Youkoso
12. Kuu Neru Futari Sumu Futari
13. Aku no Hana
14. Innocent
15. Kuku no Honkai
16. Hikidashi ni Terrarium
17. Bokura no 17-On!
18. One Punch-Man
19. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
20. Shiki no Zenjitsu
21. Kingdom
22. Genshiken
23. Sayonara, Sorcier
24. Umimachi Diary
25. Sanzoku Diary
26. Tokyo Shinjuu
27. Fujiyama-san wa Shishunki
28. Bungou Stray Dogs

The rest of the awarded titles can be found on the award web page: http://comic-award.natalie.mu/2013/

Last year's result: http://comic-award.natalie.mu/2013/archive/

Source: Natalie

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Good job for Shingeki no Kyojin even if it does not get 1st :)

Sep 20, 2013 8:26 PM by ShanaFlame

yay ! vote for silver spoon.. :)

Sep 20, 2013 6:43 PM by sanjixwaifu

Assassination Classroom! Gin no Saji! Nanatsu no Taizai! One-Punch Man! :3

Sep 20, 2013 5:58 AM by snuffless

iv done a mini rant on Mal demographics thats some uo my viewa on things that also fir in ot this topic

Sep 19, 2013 4:56 AM by DateYutaka

symbv said:
Wow, did not know Kodansha actually maintains an English Q&A blog. Impressive.


It's run by, and is largely about, the US branch of the company. They do take questions related to the main Japanese company, but it's all from the perspective of the English language market. Hence the mention of Vinland Saga, which will be getting an English language release starting in October.

Sep 19, 2013 4:46 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Wow, did not know Kodansha actually maintains an English Q&A blog. Impressive.

That said, the answer in the link is not the whole picture. There are a lot of seinen titles that command a lot of public awareness or popularity, but because of cultural reason it is not really known much outside Japan. Kachou Shima Kousaku is one good example. It is hugely popular and has continued for years, with multiple number of prequels and sequels made that still go on strong now, but except for some students of Japanese culture, business and society the manga is pretty much not known outside Japan.

Sep 19, 2013 4:02 AM by symbv

symbv said:

DateYutaka said:
The isuues of lack of kowning of these titles come from the fact that alot of them are seinen titles and no matter how much mall uerd say anime need to be mature seinen will never be as popular in us ans Japan so yes
reason 1 why alot of good anime and manga dose not get traslated is cuase seinen manga and anime wont get the fan subbers hits end of story
This is so true. And add to this some totally ignorant and arrogant people like Shuhan it is of course not going to help.


and it affects the publishers as well...
http://kodanshacomics.tumblr.com/post/61276620504/do-you-have-any-ideas-on-why-seinen-series-tend-to-do

Sep 19, 2013 2:26 AM by kuuderes_shadow

Gonna check out Sakamoto Desu ga? really looks interesting and also the other ones in the rankings :D

Sep 19, 2013 12:50 AM by kimukun23

mangastar said:
It seems that Japan prefers manga that is based on situations that aren't way out there (such as sci-fi and fantasy) and more realistic.
Initially I was surprised, but then when I thought of how big romance, mystery, and other fictional books set in realistic settings are (it's a little scary how popular romance fiction is, to me) it wasn't that surprising in the end; after all, manga is storytelling that focuses a lot on the art to get across details that would otherwise be written in a novel, so it isn't too odd that a culture which widely accepts manga and anime would read them for similar reasons many other places would read books for.
Very good observation. It is also one reason why those more reality-based manga do not get translated outside Japan, because such manga would rely even more on knowing the culture and the society of the real world Japan, as well as its history, trends and customs. Manga readers overseas are mostly young people who have preference of simpler stories of adventure or romance, which is why those kinds of stories, many of them shounen and shoujo, are picked and translated in English. A lot of real gems are thus hidden and not known to even the more avid manga readers in the west, which is a real shame because a lot of manga in the list offer some very good insights on Japanese culture and society.

Sep 18, 2013 10:48 PM by symbv

Sep 18, 2013 10:05 PM by zetsuboSensei

It seems that Japan prefers manga that is based on situations that aren't way out there (such as sci-fi and fantasy) and more realistic.
Initially I was surprised, but then when I thought of how big romance, mystery, and other fictional books set in realistic settings are (it's a little scary how popular romance fiction is, to me) it wasn't that surprising in the end; after all, manga is storytelling that focuses a lot on the art to get across details that would otherwise be written in a novel, so it isn't too odd that a culture which widely accepts manga and anime would read them for similar reasons many other places would read books for.
Still, am a little sad over how few fantasy and supernatural themed ones there were in the top 27, being the fantasy fan I am.

Sep 18, 2013 8:54 PM by mangastar

Based on what i've seen on this thread (and many other threads on news subforum in general), i'm utterly amazed at how some people can so easily toss around delicate comments such as "shit taste" in a straightforward attitude as if they don't mean it as joke. I'm not saying they're troll, but it gives me impression that these people don't even bother to think before posting such comment.

Sep 18, 2013 7:31 PM by Amiluhur

TinkleTinkle-Hoy said:
Was surprised to see Oyasumi Punpun and I am a Hero did not get a mention. Could have sworn they had vols. that were published in the correct timeframe, guess they just didn't get enough votes :(

I am a hero did get ranked, just not top 27.

Its at 67# with other manga, such as Yotsuba and Terra formars.

Sep 18, 2013 6:22 PM by rederoin

Was surprised to see Oyasumi Punpun and I am a Hero did not get a mention. Could have sworn they had vols. that were published in the correct timeframe, guess they just didn't get enough votes :(

Sep 18, 2013 5:48 PM by Fintan

Sakamoto Desu Ga is brilliant and deserves first place, I just wish the second volume would come out already. Read Ajin as a result of the rankings, it's pretty good.

Sep 18, 2013 5:30 PM by Amarrez


Thank you very much for posting the award list.
I read "Sakamoto desu ga?" right after I saw this news. I was amazed. Period.

Sep 18, 2013 5:30 PM by asinankurus

I need to read more variety here.

Sep 18, 2013 5:29 PM by NeoAnkara

The isuues of lack of kowning of these titles come from the fact that alot of them are seinen titles and no matter how much mall uerd say anime need to be mature seinen will never be as popular in us ans Japan so yes

reason 1 why alot of good anime and manga dose not get traslated is cuase seinen manga and anime wont get the fan subbers hits end of story

Sep 18, 2013 5:25 PM by DateYutaka

Harutora said:
Nanatsu no Taizai. Happy to see it on the list


I think I might start reading this soon later in the year. A friend of mine also enjoys the work from what I've known.

Sep 18, 2013 5:18 PM by Stark700

I've really enjoyed reading Kakukaku Shikajika and Tokyo Shinjuu this year. There is a lot of variety in this list.

Sep 18, 2013 5:17 PM by shinkeikaku