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'Kakukaku Shikajika' Wins Manga Taisho Award for 2015

by Sakana-san
Mar 27, 2015 8:09 AM | 26 Comments
The 2015 award list for the 8th edition of Manga Taisho, the annual Japanese Manga Award, has been announced. The award is decided by a panel of bookstore clerks who select the best title from manga series which are relatively new (have published less than 8 volumes) and have released at least one volume in the last year. The first voting round decides the nominees and the second decides the final ranking.

*1. 80 pts Kakukaku Shikajika [josei, slice of life] by Akiko Higashimura (Kuragahime)
*2. 66 pts Kodomo wa Wakatte Agenai [seinen, slice of life] by Rettou Tajima
*3. 65 pts Koe no Katachi [shounen, romance] by Yoshitoki Ooima
*4. 57 pts Boku dake ga Inai Machi [seinen, supernatural] by Kei Sanbe (Mouryou no Yurikago)
*5. 49 pts Blue Giant [seinen, music] by Shinichi Ishizuka
*6. 40 pts Ballroom e Youkuso [shounen, sports] by Tomo Takeuchi
*7. 38 pts Innocent [seinen, historical] by Shinichi Sakamoto (Kokou no Hito)
*8. 36 pts Boku no Hero Academia [shounen, action] by Kouhei Horikoshi
*9. 35 pts Ousama-tachi no Viking [seinen, thriller] by Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass)
10. 30 pts Kasane [seinen, drama] by Daruma Matsuura
11. 28 pts Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun [shounen, comedy] by Izumi Tsubaki (Oresama Teacher)
12. 20 pts Mahoutsukai no Yome [shounen, fantasy] by Kore Yamazaki
13. 18 pts Houseki no Kuni [seinen, sci-fi] by Haruko Ichikawa
14. *8 pts Dormitory Tomkins [slice of life] by Fumiko Takano

Source: Comic Natalie

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Mahoutsukai no Yome looks so artistic. I need to read more of the gems.

Apr 24, 2015 9:58 AM by TragicRomance

Almost every manga here are worth reading.

And yes, Kakukaku Shikajika is amazing.

Apr 11, 2015 7:51 AM by live2win

Kakukaku Shikajika obviously wins by a large margin when it comes to pure sophistication and artistic value. I mean seriously, this series is almost like a visualized poem. The air of sentimentalism and touching mood that the series is able to consistently build up on each chapters is also huge plus. It also helps that the characters are so human. With all their minor errors and failures. One can easily relate to that.

But when it comes to pure entertainment value, it's Boku no Hero Academia for me. Why? Because it's a shounen with highly relatable protag, well-timed humor, lots of asskicking and explosions, and endless stock of hot blooded characters.

Apr 8, 2015 5:36 AM by Amiluhur

Yay for Mahoutsukai no Yome and Boku no Hero Academia.

Gotta check Kakukaku Shikajika right now.

Apr 8, 2015 3:05 AM by BoredEntity

Kakukaku Shikajika, Kasane, and Gekkan? Yay and congrats for them!

Adding Mahoutsukai no Yome, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi, and Ballroom e Youkoso to my PTR.

Apr 8, 2015 2:50 AM by mangosteen05

Kinkara said:
Lenums said:
Boku dake ga Inai Machi is such an underrated manga.
4th is a good position if you ask me.

I agree. And it doesn't seem that it is underrated, it's just not as popular and widely-read as other well-known manga.

Apr 3, 2015 10:12 PM by zenith_kim94

I added Kakukaku Shikajika, Ballroom e Youkuso, Innocent, Boku no Hero Academia (thanks for reminding me), and Kasane on my plan to read list~
Congrats to them.

Mar 29, 2015 2:21 AM by Tengai

Sakana-san said:
*7. 38 pts Innocent [seinen, historical] by Shinichi Sakamoto (Kokou no Hito)
Wanna read this...but must wait for it to end first..

Mar 27, 2015 6:02 PM by VanishingKira

kukakakaka





WAIT A MINUTE HOLY SHIT THESE MANGA LOOK GREAT
I WANT BLUE GIANT BY MAPPA
BALLROOM E YOUKOSO BY MADHOUSE, after that dancing sequence in Flyers, MAAAAN

Godfuckindamnit man
Not just them, but almost EVERYTHING looks great and WAY more interesting than the shit anime these days.

Mar 27, 2015 5:56 PM by zetsu_shoren

Sakana-san said:

*1. 80 pts Kakukaku Shikajika [josei, slice of life] by Akiko Higashimura (Kuragahime)
*6. 40 pts Ballroom e Youkuso [shounen, sports] by Tomo Takeuchi
11. 28 pts Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun [shounen, comedy] by Izumi Tsubaki (Oresama Teacher)
My favorites as well.

KakuKaku is amazing, I really admire Higashimura's homage to her teacher, it has something unique in the manga format, something refreshing.

Mar 27, 2015 4:39 PM by Kurini

Good to see some love for Houseki no Kuni. It's such a unique and beautiful manga, but with so little recognition

Mar 27, 2015 4:02 PM by Nucksen

Not surprised since Shikajika is pretty awesome.

Mar 27, 2015 10:55 AM by Trequartista

Love the fact that the judging panel are people who work with books. ^^

I love also that I haven't heard about half of these. Some really interesting works that I'd like to read. :D

Mar 27, 2015 10:40 AM by Mirorin

I got more stuff to read now.

Mar 27, 2015 10:02 AM by Arelia

*1. 80 pts Kakukaku Shikajika [josei, slice of life] by Akiko Higashimura (Kuragahime)


Another manga to the PTR list, the cover looks great.

*3. 65 pts Koe no Katachi [shounen, romance] by Yoshitoki Ooima
*8. 36 pts Boku no Hero Academia [shounen, action] by Kouhei Horikoshi


Nice, nice.

Mar 27, 2015 10:02 AM by Nuvi

kakukaku is such a good read but i never expected it to win such a prize not bad

Mar 27, 2015 9:52 AM by Jousuke

Kasane should have won, smh :(
http://myanimelist.net/manga/55377/[seinen, drama]

Mar 27, 2015 9:49 AM by ichii_1

Subpyro said:
What do the star markings from 1st to 9th place, as well as 8 pts for the 14th place represent?
It's so that everything will be in proportion.

Mar 27, 2015 9:37 AM by Sakana-san

*3. 65 pts Koe no Katachi [shounen, romance] by Yoshitoki Ooima
*8. 36 pts Boku no Hero Academia [shounen, action] by Kouhei Horikoshi

Good, these getting some attention.

Mar 27, 2015 9:32 AM by Yohimo_asakura

Lenums said:
Boku dake ga Inai Machi is such an underrated manga.
4th is a good position if you ask me.

Mar 27, 2015 9:30 AM by GrouchoMarx